Obituary are death metal legends for a reason. Their classic albums have a unique, sludgy sound all their own, the guitars grinding like monster trucks in low gear, with John Tardy's unhinged vocal howls up front, sounding less like a demon from hell than the crazy guy you really don't want sitting next to you on the bus. From their 1989 debut, Slowly We Rot, to their final Roadrunner release, 2005's Frozen in Time, the band never abandoned their core mission of sonic aggression and creeping, slow-groove destruction. As drummer Donald Tardy said in our recent feature on the 15th anniversary of the band's 1997 release, Back from the Dead, "Obituary has never been a band that tries to focus on what we think fans would want from a new album, nor did we ever try too hard to change things just to change things...we stuck to our game plan when it came to writing songs and recording them – which was, write songs we will be proud of and ones we want to play for ourselves. We always kept the mindset that if we liked them, we believed our fans would like them. We never allowed outside influences to creep into our brains while creating new material. We have always been that way as individuals and as a band in full – Obituary took on a life of its own, and is bigger than any one member. So as soldiers, we go with the flow and write songs we love that truly represent the Obituary style."
Check out every one of Obituary's albums on our site, and you'll find a selection of classic death metal tracks on SoundCloud that you can headbang to. Here are the links:
And don't forget to check out the band's classic videos for "The End Complete," "Insane" and "Don't Care" below!