Obituary – Dying of Everything

7/10

Never being the fastest or the most brutal band in the Death Metal universe, Obituary have always lived on their incomparable groove in combination with being maybe the heaviest band in the Death metal scene.

Roughly speaking, by using a distillate, or maybe homage is the proper word, of old “Celtic Frost riffs”, just playing them either a bit faster, either slower, they created their own niche in Death Metal, and since early Celtic Frost is one of my favourite bands it’s no wonder that Obituary is one of my all-time favourite Death Metal bands.

Although, over the last couple of albums they have, more and more, been drifting towards sheer groove, losing a bit of their Death Metal touch and even if their groove still makes them stand out, I somehow miss their earlier sound, longing for a bit of the back to basic-Death Metal brutality of their first three albums.

Therefore, a big smile occurred on my face when I first put on their new album, “Dying of Everything” and the first song “Barely Alive” turned out to be a fast-paced Death metal-hymn that made Obituary sound, maybe not innovative (which I surely am glad for) or hungry, but at least like they got some appetite for more brutal stuff back!

Unfortunately, the (sort of) freshness of the first song doesn’t last and the album hereafter kind of resorts back to the sound Obituary maintained since their “come back”-album “Frozen in Time”. Sure, we got some other fast paced songs, such as the title track, but for most of the time they doesn’t leave their comfort zone of groovy mid-tempo riffs mixed with some utter heaviness.

Knowing that I might sound a bit to negative and unfair here, I’m the first to admit that I love both Obituary’s groove and, of course, their heaviness, but if they just mixed in some of their old-time brutality, like in the opening song, their groove would sound even groovier and their utter heaviness would, once again, transform into something abysmal!

With that said, John Tardy is still one of the most unique and interesting vocalist in the genre, Donald Tardy still being one of the better, and importantly, “organic” drummers in Death Metal, Trevor Peres still delivers the heaviest riffs in the world and in their newest member, Kenny Andrews, Obituary have found a lead guitarist that manage to deliver melodic solos without completely losing that chaotic feel, so utterly necessary for the genre!

“Dying of Everything” is thus, despite my nit-picking, a good album! Maybe even Obituary’s best record since their come back to the scene, but I would love if they, once again incorporated, just a tiny bit more of the original Death metal-sickness, that so efficient helped paint soundscapes such of that rotten corpse on the cover of their fantastic debut album.

https://open.spotify.com/album/40OiBOttM0iJXZ8cCkFbxR?si=Zie97QasRd-aGfRya9ISyA

Artist: Obituary
Title: Dying of Everything
Rating: 7/10
Label: Relapse Records
Playing time: 44:57
Date of release: 2023-01-13
Place of origin: USA
Standout track: Barely Alive

Obituary – Dying of Everything

January 22, 2023

A big smile occurred on my face when I first put on their new album, “Dying of Everything” and the first song “Barely Alive” turned out to be a fast-paced Death metal-hymn that made Obituary sound, maybe not innovative (which I surely am glad for) or hungry, but at least like they got some appetite for more brutal stuff back!

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