Death metal legends Obituary are back at it again. Releasing a two-song single with 11 live recorded tracks to satiate the bloodthirsty hounds that are their fans, Obituary teases us with the plans of a new album, out spring 2017.
Ten Thousand Ways to Die begins with “Loathe.” The wavering growl of the guitars brings the slow introduction into focus, transitioning into John Tardy’s guttural rumble. The guitar picks up the pace, guiding me into an obedient head bang. The clang of the cymbals punctuates the heavy riffs. The slow drive of this track lacks the punch that normally would make you recognize it as Obituary’s sound, but it brings a welcome breather to their normal ass kicking stride.
The album’s title track “Ten Thousand Ways to Die” brings it back to classic Obituary. Pulling through with a twist of hooks and riffs, it focuses on Donald Tardy’s violent beats and is fortified by Trevor Peres’ non-stop riff-raff. This is what enlightens you to Obituary’s true nature and plunges you into hoping for an early spring release of their new album.
The rest of Ten Thousand Ways to Die is untreated, unholy, death metal in its purest form. Eleven live tracks chosen from various cities provided a different taste of each crowd’s pure enthusiasm for death metal’s favorite elite band. Recorded with state of the art electronics, I couldn’t tell the difference between a studio track and the live track until I heard the wild screams of fans. John Tardy’s dark growl is as clear as if I were standing on stage with him.
“Redneck Stomp” kicks off the live tracks with dark, crunching guitar. John Tardy’s devilish scream brings the live show to your home stereo system in “Find the Arise.” Featuring plenty of songs from their first album Slowly We Rot back in 1989, the live version recorded in 2015 proves that Obituary is nothing short of immortal.
Use Ten Thousand Ways to Die to calm your Obituary cravings while you wait patiently for new material. Its sinister live tracks and hellbound single will appease your insatiable thirst until spring.
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