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Obituary: Frozen in Time

Don't let the slow, doomy, and repetitive instrumental opener "Redneck Stomp" fool you-Obituary are back with a vengeance, and classic death metal fans can rejoice. These guys have been around since the early 90's when Floridian bands like Morbid Angel, Death, and Deicide were ruling the extreme metal scene, and after a brief break-up are back once again creating some brutal and intense music.

Obituary never tried to be the most techncially inspiring band or the most maniacal, but what they do they do well, which is plow ahead with speedy and chunky death metal creations that features plenty of classic riff-o-rama to mosh or bang your head to. Tunes like "On the Floor" and "Insane" take the best of early Slayer and Death, up the guitar heaviness a bit, and spit it out in your face. Really, it's just one mosh-riddled riff after another, and this album contains so many of them your head will spin. Singer John Tardy has just enough of a hardcore bark mixed with a thrash roar to make things interesting, which sort of sets the band apart from other groups in the genre. His raspy growls mesh perfectly with the churning and doomy guitar dirges on "Mindset", one of the albums more plodding pieces. If you like things a little more frantic, there's the blistering thrash of "Stand Alone" or the raging death metal machine of "Slow Death", one of my personal favorites.

Obituary has been an institution for so long, you would think that their ideas would have run dry by now, but that is clearly not the case. Chalk up another strong release for these cagey veterans, who still know how to break knees and split skulls.

Track Listing
1. Redneck Stomp
2. On The Floor
3. Insane
4. Blindsided
5. Back Inside
6. Mindset
7. Stand Alone
8. Slow Death
9. Denied
10. Lockjaw

Added: February 2nd 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Obituary Website
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Language: english

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Obituary: Frozen in Time
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2007-02-27 15:09:08
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They must have owed Roadrunner a cd on their contract because they sure as hell did not release this out of gratitude for the Death Metal art. This is an excellent proclomation of the bands greatness. All the trademarks of their sound are here and this cd rules for that reason. My third favorite in their catalog behind Cause of Death and Slowly We Rot. I really believed that the The End Complete was overated and I have never owned World Demise, but I intend to change that sometime in the future and the placement might change. The only thing that would have made this better would be if James Murphy was playing the guitar solos. A.W. continues his Kerry King worship on this--Someone I think sucks as a lead player--but it does not hurt the disc either. Frozen in Time, but still very much alive!!

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