The main thing I got in my initial hearing of this is that it is a much stronger release from their last. I’ve followed them on and off over the years, some releases are dull, but this one has a lot of energy to it. That’s where it shines, but it’s still dark Obituary putting out quality material in the metal arena. These guys put together some riffs that are just brutal. The music is consistently superior.
I’m surprised that despite it first being able to be digitally downloaded, it’s ratings for the most part are just that it’s a “C”, or simply average. But come on, the vocals, the production, the music, the aura and the sickness to it. Does that make an average album? To me, God no! It was a bit short in length, but everything here is fresh. The leads are great even though not anything close to James Murphy’s in the distant past.
All the energy that they display here on and as a musical standpoint show that they’ve borrowed from what they were strongest in which was the first few albums and tore it apart on this self-titled release. I’ve always favored the vocals on Obituary albums, but Tardy wasn’t the same as on ‘Inked In Blood’. Here he’s in full throttle tearing it apart. The music is for the most part heavy and chunky.
Buy this album! Support the band and don’t jump on the bandwagon of digital downloads. The music industry needs more people still buying CD’s! And this is a great release. It’s a revived Obituary. That sounds like a contradiction in terms, but really folks, it’s worth it. You’ll get a full effect playing it on a boom box or car stereo or both. It’s not a waste of money and forget the naysayers, this rules!
Reviewed By Death8699 (firstname.lastname@example.org).