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Slowly We Rot [Original recording remastered, Import]

ObituaryAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Roadrunner UK
  • ASIN: B000000H41
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the penultimate Death Metal album September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When this came out in 1989 Obituary had quite a few demos under their sleeves. They were releasing demos under the name Xecutioner as far back as 1986. There was also something else Obituary had going for them -no one else sounded like them. As far as early Death Metal goes, and I have tons of demo tapes from this period, this album exemplifies everything a good band should have.

Shortly before releasing the great "Slowly we Rot" Xecutioner changed their name to Obituary, I suppose because they didn't want to get confused with the Thrash band (a good one at that) from Boston with the same name.

The guitar duo of Peres and West go from the slugdy slow heavy as all hell riffs to the lighting fast (in comparison to the verses) wild solos. The drumming ala Don Tardy is also very simple and goes from a mid-tempo to a slow thrashing of the high-hats, to hitting the crash cymbals to the breaking point. All of this is connected by the vocalist John Tardy's undeciferable signing and gutteral noises that make the music all that much more threatening sounding. I really hate most of the cliche Death Metal "cookie monster" vocals (as best exampled by Cannibal Corpse) but Tardy I could always admire. He just did it so well. It was the sound of decay coming forth from his throat.

The lesson of Obituary is a very good one. They could play fast if they wanted to but...They proved that to play really heavy music it was better if you played really slowly in order to emphasize the heaviness of it. Just like Black Sabbath had done a generation earlier, Obituary made into a science. They took the wild solos from mid 80s Slayer, the ferocity of S.F.'s Possessed, and the lessons from Black Sabbath, as well as their own stylings to create a totally original sound.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST! April 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I would actually give this CD 6 stars but it's not possible! This CD opens up with some echoes of demons growling or something then the band kicks in and "BLLLAAAAAUUGGG!"! Man, that part is a classic! This is an awesome release and the heaviest album ever laid down. Not cliched Death Metal but a wank-o-rama continuing guitar solo. More solos are found here than on CDs like Back From the Dead and The End Complete. The vocals aren't the usual Death Metal vocals but that of screaming mixed with growling. Very unique. The guitar tone is also very crunchy, down-tuned, heavy and unique. If you like Suffocation, Dismember, Master or Incantation, you will LOVE this CD! The guitarist, Allen West, can also be found on Six Feet Under's first 2 discs called Haunted and Warpath. Those discs also come recommended. They don't sound like Obituary at all, but they are "The AC/DC of Death Metal". Get this CD now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate March 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After over 15 years since I last heard their music, I decided to pick up this CD. It is the ultimate in true death metal. I don't even listen to this type of music any more, but I listen to this CD. For anyone new to the genre; don't start here... you will be dissapointed in anything else you listen to in the genre from here on out.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Like the Elizabeth Fraser of death metal, Obituary vocalist John Tardy belches lyrics made of inhuman growls rather than words. His vokills are one of the few original elements of the first side of Slowly We Rot, which for the most part is primitive, Slayeresque thrash. The band begins to pick up momentum, and by the second side the songs become more interesting and complex; "Suffocation" and "Intoxication" show a variety of speed changes and interesting riffage. The albums closer "Stinkupuss", is an example of how good death metal can be when it clicks: starting on a memorable mid-tempo riff, the song suddenly gets fast, then much faster, finally settling into a mosh tempo groove with Tardy howling on top of the whole thing. My main gripe about this album is the way the songs either abruptly stop out of nowhere, or suddenly do a bad studio fade. There are certainly some example of dubious production here, but overall Obituary display a heaviness and a thrash-overkill sound that is often thrilling. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you can run, but you can't stop... April 4, 2005
By M. suh
Format:Audio CD
I've bought this album 10 years, I'm an old man now.

But still I can't stop the CD once I start to play, because I don't know when to stop.

All the songs can be entitled as masterpieces, true heaviness and insanity ties my body and soul like a chain

and won't let go even after the play stops by itself. And this has been the same for 10 years.

I sincerely recommend this one and their live album for those about to rock until the death greets their hearts...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic early death-metal January 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is Obituary's debut, and it has every attribute of early death-metal records. What works favourably in this record, is it's brutality and great growling vocals. Remeber, this is 80s' recording, not contemporary stuff!
But sadly, this type of music hasn't aged well, partly because few years later the scene was flooded with plenty of brutal bands sounding mostly the same.
And personally I prefer Obituary's 2 succeeding record, "Cause of Death" and "The End Complete" where they play more of the same, but matured somewhat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's The Big Deal
I really don't understand why people are like this is a instant classic in the Death Metal Genre if you don't like this your a poser and so on and so on I mean yeah its got some... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly We Rot
This was the first death metal album I had ever heard. I didn't even know what death metal was until this album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by esthomas
5.0 out of 5 stars this album is awesome
I loved this album way back in high school during the age of cassette tapes and am ecstatic that I was able to get the cd now! 8)
Published 13 months ago by John Gumprecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut from the true pioneers of death metal, thanks to the Florida,...
Death metal's roots (at least the INFLUENCE) can easily be traced back to Europe where black and speed metal were starting to emerge in the mid 80's. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Starry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Vocals
If it wasn't for Deicide's debut album, I would say this album was the hardest, most brutal Death Metal recording of its day. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by The Honey Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most seminal and important death metal albums ever
41 minutes of grinding, snarling guitar riffs, pounding drums, chaotic guitar solos and some of the most demonic vocals ever recorded. This is Obituary's "Slowly We Rot". Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by William Dorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite by them
This is my favorite by Obituary. They were one of the first Death metal bands in existence. In their sound they utilize slower tempos in some parts. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by ME
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary!
Obituary maybe my second favorite extreme death metal band! Only the even more legendary Death would come ahead. Read more
Published on May 19, 2006 by The Metal Master_92
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic
Obituary were on of the pioneers of the Florida death metal wave. And even though they were one of the best bands to come out of that movement, Obituary never quite achieved the... Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Moshing Fun
Obituary, just like Death, made a huge impact in the start of the Florida death metal scene in the late 80's with their 1989 debut album Slowly We Rot. Read more
Published on August 29, 2004 by Jeremy Brackeen
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