After releasing nine incredibly bone crushing albums; their first being 1989’s Slowly We Rot and last being 2014’s Inked In Blood; which I remember reviewing on its release and giving it full marks, Florida’s Obituary give us two brand new tracks amongst eleven recordings of their classics touring from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale.
Album opener Loathe is an epic new track with an evil riff that grooves its way to make way for the violent scream from frontman John Tardy. The distinct scream has to be one of the many reasons I rate this band as the most consistent Death metal groups going today. Brother Donald Tardy is another valid reason I rate this group so high above their peers. The drumsticks take a beating while Tardy is precise as a serial killer who leaves no trace behind. After you have snapped your neck, violently headbanging for the last six minutes to the stomping riffs provided by long time guitarist Trevor Peres and Kenny Andrews; which has proved his worth since 2012, the lads don’t let you take a breath.
The title track, Ten Thousand Ways to Die; half the length of the song previous, however, what the song features in those three-plus minutes, is the equivalent of the number of blood-thirsty vampires, you could imagine lining up at a blood bank if it was to give away blood. This song has the Obituary stomp we have grown to love; blast beats thrown in for good measure, wicked guitar solos, and pummeling bass that we hear more of in the live tracks. Bass extraordinaire Terry Buttler stands out on the live tracks as his constant brutality is as prevalent as ever. The man having played for years with the ultimate masters of death and rightfully titled Death as well as Massacre and Six Feet Under.
From the instrumental Redneck Stomp off the Frozen In Time album to recent songs like Centuries of Lies and Visions in my Head from Inked in Blood. Songs are covered from the band’s vast discography. Classics like Don’t Care off World Demise are great to hear, but it’s the last two tracks that are definite highlights, Chopped In Half off the infamous Cause of Death record and title track off their debut Slowly We Rot. Long live the mighty Obituary. After hearing the new tracks and how tight the band sound live we know what greatness the band are still capable of after all these years. Now we have their 10th offering to look forward to. \m/