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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 on Roadrunner Records 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 its course and the band splintered, reuniting now and then. Yet even as the bandmembers went their seperate 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). Their latest, Xecutioners Return was released in August 2007 on the Candleight label. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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No slowly wtf man???
Pandora's missing Cause of Death too .
Pandora's missing link to the World of Metal is here.
Death Metal Rules ! Follow for a follow
His growling is one of the few that are truly unique
Slowly we rot labeled as dethroned emperor (Celtic Frost cover) Pls fix.
luke.ingolds b y
ughhhhhhhh
I can listen to obituary and death 24/7
smkennedy73
One of the best death metal acts there is.OLD SCHOOL BABY!!!!!!
Slowly we rot. Butchered at birth. Altars of madness. Cause of death. Beneath the remains. Best death metal album of all time!!
saw same show in L.A.
Saw them with napalm death and machine head, early 90's black cat in DC. Sick show !!!
Hey Scott...it's even in the Bio of the band and they fail to list it...REFUND!
What??? no slowly we rot???? REFUND!
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
How do they not have slowly we rot?! This is blasphemy
Today is one of those days when NOTHING sounds as satisfying as Obituary! Gotta respect their badass-ednes s .
djjuanmolina r
ClasSick f**k you if you don't know who Obituary is\m/
Got to see Obit in Milwaukee Tardy was sick with the flu or some s**t but with fill in singer they still kicked a**.
F**king great band!!!
New Pandora upgrade is crap-don't do it! (I love this song).
perrycraigan t h o n y
Fucken metal f**k yeah
ddm3671
strike thatCause of death is my fav.
ddm3671
i have 2 agree J. the end complete is my 2nd fav cd by them.
Slowly We Rot is in the top 5 best Death Metal albums all time
plaguepeddle r
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obituary is the best ever
old school or new wave.. no one can F**K with obituary!!!! ! ! The HEAVIEST,GAN G S T A , B R U T A L S**T EVER. and the never changed their style by the way....
RAWEWWHHHAWW W ! DIIIIIIEEEEE E ! one of the few growlers I really like! Gobituary!
Celtic Frost skull f**ks McTague97. So does Obituary, I get the fermenting thirds.
Cant count the many times I've seen these punks! Real metal all day
Obituary f**king rules!!!
Slowly we rot rules
Celtic frost are legands and rightfully so.
Just recently got into death metal and I gotta say I'm rly f**king likeing it! Obituary along with death cannibal corpse and morbid angel is the s**t
No it isn't because Celtic Frost sucks.
Considering how much I loved Obituary and Coroner, it's retarded that I didn't get into Celtic Frost!
yeah
Dont like to much death metal but these guys are the s**t . Thanks Obituary
tristanhi88
always has been in my top ten since the early ninties have been hellbanging since eighty one n eighty six when it got better
old school is the way to go!!!
my love for you is TICKING CLOCK
Evil Ways!
oh jesus christ nailed to the god phucking cross, WTF.. NO CAUSE OF DEATH? EAT MY CACK AND SACK WHOR-DORA
Slowly and Cause best s**t ever
Yikes, there are a lot of Obituary albums missing here on Pandora... Glad to hear Slowly We Rot, though. \m/
BENEATH OBLIVION
Obituary=Goo d old fashioned balls to the walls death metal
o my god.....no cause of death, no end complete, no slowly we rot. WTF is even the point of putting obituary on here if you aren't going to put their defining albums!!!
IS GOOD ! IT CRUSH ME !
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