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Obituary

Possessed and Death may have brought death metal to life, but Obituary brought it to fruition. After releasing some demos as Xecutioner as far back as 1986, the five-man band debuted as Obituary in 1989 with Slowly We Rot, and in a word, the album was landmark. The previous forays into what would quickly become tagged as death metal -- primarily by the above-mentioned bands, Possessed and Death, along with grindcore innovators Repulsion and Napalm Death -- were exercises in relentlessness. These bands took the breakneck abandon of Slayer's Reign in Blood one step further, to the point of sheer, sometimes even ridiculous musical abandon. Obituary, on the other hand, varied their tempo considerably -- and did so at the absolute height of speed metal nonetheless.

Yes, the band could play at breakneck speed, but within the same song, guitarists Allen West and Trevor Peres could slow the tempo down to dirge-like levels in a moment's notice, all the while keeping the music as heavy as hell thanks to down-tuned guitars and the snarling vocals of John Tardy. As a result, Slowly We Rot made quite a splash back in 1989, influencing an entire legion of death metal bands in Florida: Morbid Angel, Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Cannibal Corpse, and numerous others now forgotten among the thousands of international bands that followed. In a way, Slowly We Rot was the prototypical death metal album, establishing a template that would come to define the style (one that is distinct from grindcore or black metal, it should be pointed out).

A few albums followed -- Cause of Death (1990) and The End Complete (1992), both also very influential -- but by the mid-'90s Obituary had run their course and the band splintered, reuniting now and then. Yet even as the bandmembers went their separate ways (most notably West going on to much success as the guitarist of Six Feet Under), Obituary continued to stand tall as one of the definitive death metal bands, if not the definitive (a distinction that probably goes to Death, whose James Murphy actually was a bandmember for a while).

A long period without recording was ended in 2005 when the band released Frozen in Time. Although Xecutioners Return followed just two years later, it appeared on a different label (Candlelight instead of the band's perennial Roadrunner) and it was recorded without guitarist West (whose alcohol and drug problems led to his being replaced by Ralph Santolla of Millenium and Deicide fame). Darkest Day followed in 2009, also on Candlelight. Both Santolla and longtime bassist Frank Watkins left not long after, and in 2014 the band released its crowd-funded ninth album, Inked in Blood. It was the first Obituary album to feature Kenny Andrews on lead guitar and Terry Butler on bass. The album performed surprisingly well on the charts, resulting in Obituary's first appearance on the U.S. album charts. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Inked In Blood

1. Centuries Of Lies

2. Violent By Nature

3. Pain Inside

4. Visions In My Head

5. Back On Top

6. Violence

7. Inked In Blood

8. Deny You

9. Within A Dying Breed

10. Minds Of The World

11. Out Of Blood

12. Paralyzed With Fear

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Track List: Inked In Blood (Deluxe Version)

1. Centuries Of Lies

2. Violent By Nature

3. Pain Inside

4. Visions In My Head

5. Back On Top

6. Violence

7. Inked In Blood

8. Deny You

9. Within A Dying Breed

10. Minds Of The World

11. Out Of Blood

12. Paralyzed With Fear

13. Intoxicated

14. Bloodsoaked

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Track List: The Best Of Obituary

1. Internal Bleeding

2. 'til Death

3. Slowly We Rot

4. Cause Of Death

5. Chopped In Half

6. Turned Inside Out

7. End Complete

8. I'm In Pain

9. Don't Care

10. Final Thoughts

11. Kill For Me

12. Threatening Skies

13. On The Floor

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Track List: Frozen In Time

1. Redneck Stomp

2. On The Floor

3. Insane

4. Blindsided

5. Back Inside

6. Mindset

7. Stamp Alone

8. Slow Death

9. Denied

10. Lockjaw

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Track List: Anthology

1. Find The Arise (Demo)

2. 'Til Death

3. Internal Bleeding

4. Intoxicated

5. Slowly We Rot

6. Cause Of Death

7. Dying

8. Chopped In Half

9. Turned Inside Out

10. Back To One

11. End Complete

12. I'm In Pain

13. Kill For Me

14. Final Thoughts

15. Don't Care

16. Threatening Skies

17. By The Light

18. Back From The Dead

19. Buried Alive

20. Boiling Point

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Track List: World Demise

1. Don't Care

2. World Demise

3. Burned In

4. Redefine

5. Paralyzing

6. Lost

7. Solid State

8. Splattered

9. Final Thoughts

10. Boiling Point

11. Set In Stone

12. Kill For Me

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clinton won new york
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Obituary is cool first tape I bought by them
Was Cause of Death. That was when I was
Getting into Death Metal
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im votiing hillary clinton
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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Can't find Demi Boguir death cult asylum
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One of the first metal bands I've listened to I found out that they were a really good band ROCK ON !!!!
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I'd have sex with Trevor regardless of his age
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Back From The Dead is good too. Where is it PANDORA ????
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Where is their first three albums PANDORA ???
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More albums ???
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Redneck Stomp
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ernestomendo z a 5 4 4 e i m
one of the best deathmetal bands period.
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When he have peace in the world, that means the devil is busy with damned souls and since he's not around, but busy, that's when we experience peace - lol
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I'm lovin this guitar riff
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obituary kicks a**
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i love this band
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\m/
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Losangelesha u n t e d h a y r i d e . c o m
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Broken flesh ⚡️ valley of mass destruction ⚡️ broken flesh
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An obituary can also be part of newspapers or magazines where names of recently deceased can be found
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\^^|
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Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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✨❤️✨
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⚡️♣️⚡️⚫️⚡️♠️
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⚡️⚫️⚡️❤️⚡️⚫️
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Somehow, this music scares away evil around me ..
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mary03201
Obituary, Death, Possessed,Mo r b i d Angel,Unleas h e d ! My top 5 death metal bands! Possessed get da benefit of da doubt, still a lil thrashy, but dats o k!
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Back from the dead
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Hard to find a girl into metal
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Splattered
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Slowly we rot
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Paralyzed? I thought I was only one whose experienced this while sleeping
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⚡️❤️⚡️
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relapse records
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good news..naruto is dead
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rock intesity dudes
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the new obituary is in the dirty dozen in my list. It's a compliment.
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Three Great Albums that they do pandora doesn't have
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Back From The Dead ????
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Cause Of Death ???
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Slowly We Rot (Album)
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final thoughts sounds like symphony of destruction, good
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Lol
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anthology has the song slowly we rot
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slowly we rot
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right on
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BACK FROM the DEAD!!!!!!!! !
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we also need back from the dead
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I got slowly we rot for free on spotify
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I agree with windy. We need slowly we rot!!!
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