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Slowly We Rot
Cause of Death
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all kick much a$$. The first four CDs listed above you can get cheap and remastered with these 2-fer sets, which are a good deal. Their style is blood-gurgling/bass-drum battering death metal that never relents. These two albums just sound mean.
If you already have these CDs, then you may still want to upgrade for a few reasons. This set features 5 demos at the ends of the respective CDs and the other 2-fer has 5 live tracks from way back. The original album covers are included full-size inside the packaging, so don't worry about having to squint to see the Cause of Death painting. The remaster job makes it all a little crisper, but let's be honest, these albums are more-or-less intentionally lo-fi. There aren't any lyrics included, oddly enough. Obituary often wrote some of the best lyrics around, particularly as their career wore on and they became more socially-conscious.
If you are new to Obituary's style of DM, then I have to say they offer a new twist on the typical proceedings. The musicianship is commendable, but John Tardy's vocals are really what sets them apart from other great bands like Suffocation or Pestilence.
Should you buy this album. Yes. Cast a vote for Obituary and send Britney Spears to hell!
On the downside, no lyrics are included (though the vocal are partially understandable). Plus, the cover artwork is horrible. What's with the cheesy, kinda CG looking hands and crypt, with the bands name looking very out of place? Would it have been so hard to simply have the band logo, and pictures of the albums included?
Despite the packaging, this set is still worth picking up for it's low price and great music.
Eventually I've gotten into bands like Death, Morbid Angel, and of course who can leave out Possessed and their "Seven Churches" CD..which I guess can be considered an early version of a DM band. Obituary remains my favorite of all time though, "Slowly We Rot" I can listen to over and over, especially in the fall (Halloween season), just sets the mood perfectly at times. My fav song by Obit up to this point was and still is "Chopped In Half" on Cause Of Death also, and it's a decent record also.
Obit to me just had the most extreme DM vocals, no lyrics just like I like it, although like has been said you can understand some of it, or at least I can make out a few growls, I always prefer the vox in DM to be just another instrument. Obit and eventually getting into Deicide were and are still to me the heaviest of the DM bands, Death perhaps took it to the next level, and they are probably the best ever, but as far as pure force and sticking to the original sounds, you gotta love Obituary, to me it's fun music to listen to, it's really pummeling and heavy, and regardless of how simple it seems by todays standards; and we all know how technical and sophisticated DM bands are today and this and that, but to me this stuff is classic DM.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never listened to this cd because I don't care for this heavy type of music but my daughter loved it! That's all that counts!Published 23 months ago by Cookie
Obituary is a great band. John Tardy is a great vocalist. Their music is slow and groovy awesome death metal. However, these roadrunner reissues are garbage. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by J.F. Carroll
Two american metal gems for a very low price. A must have for every fan of the genre. Buy it!Published on February 9, 2013 by Federico Restrepo
This is an amazing deal, it would've been more expensive for me to buy one Obituary CD, than to buy this deal. You get way more than you pay for.Published on January 9, 2013 by cristian
way back in the dark ages of the metallian, when i first heard "Slowly We Rot," it shocked me. i liked me some "Leprosy" and some "Scream Bloody Gore" at the time, but john tardy... Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by J. P. Kennon
I just finished up my reviews of "Slowly We Rot" and "Cause of Death", but this packaging is how I got both albums. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by William Dorfer
Great cds, definatley better than getting 2 seperate cds of their first 2 albums. Great pricesPublished on June 7, 2008 by Eli D. Mcclernon
Awesome stuff and combining these 2 classic metal albums in 1 package is just a wealth of riches. Great death metal. You cannot go wrong.
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