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It's unreal to me that we don't have an Obituary thread here already. Maybe it got lost in the shuffle at some point? Anyway, yeah, I agree with BAN. Cause Of Death is their high point IMO, killer songs made even better by those James Murphy leads. I liked The End Complete alright, but they never quite matched up to COD again to my ears. Nothing I've heard since their comeback has grabbed me, unfortunately.

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Despite "Slowly We Rot" being the first vinyl record I ever bought and it holding a special place in my heart as being the first death metal album I ever listened to (blind bought) I still recognise the mastery of "Cause of Death" over the nostalgia trip that the debut represents.  I think their last two releases "Inked in Blood" and the self-titled are okay, I still play them which is more than can be said for "World Demise" or "End Complete".

The only thing I find as i get older is that Tardy's vocals can grate on me at times.  Entirely a mood thing but there are days were I detest his vocals.

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It's unreal to me that we don't have an Obituary thread here already. Maybe it got lost in the shuffle at some point? Anyway, yeah, I agree with BAN. Cause Of Death is their high point IMO, killer songs made even better by those James Murphy leads. I liked The End Complete alright, but they never quite matched up to COD again to my ears. Nothing I've heard since their comeback has grabbed me, unfortunately.
Even without the leads, it is the pinnacle of their songwriting and their heaviest/darkest album. It just gets everything right, the sick vocals, the decrepit atmosphere, the punishing grooves, the perfect Celtic Frost cover, there's just not a single flaw that I can think of.

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I agree with BlutAusNerd, FatherAlabaster and MacabreEternal - Cause Of Death is easily the best release.

I also own the Don't Care EP, Xecutioner's Return, Inked In Blood and that Tardy Brothers album - all solid. But yeah...

Finally got to see them live last year, and was a little underwhelmed if I'm honest. Perhaps that was just down to so many people having hyped their live presence over the years, though; and/or the system not being as loud as it should have been. Would love to see them playing Cause Of Death in any case.

On 1/20/2018 at 2:20 PM, FatherAlabaster said:

It's unreal to me that we don't have an Obituary thread here already.

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'The End Complete' was my first album by them and stands as my favorite. 'Cause of Death' is right beside it though. I actually like all of their albums.

I've seen them live twice and had a blast both times. Last year they did 'Slowly We Rot' in full and now this year 'CoD'? Cool! I'm there!

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