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Obituary - Cause of Death

1990 Roadrunner Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-08

Cause of Death is easily my favorite Obituary album. No, it's not the sickest, nor the fastest, nor the most technical, but the band managed to capture a feeling here that is lacking on most metal albums. I'm not sure if it's the recording or what, but there's just a feeling of space here that makes this album just so... fucking... heavy. All the tracks are classics for all time, but Chopped in Half will always hold a special place in my heart. Allen West is replaced here by metal gun for hire Murphy, but his role was minimal, only really laying down leads in the studio, main man Trevor Peres being responsible for almost everything here, which may be why this rules so much. The essential of the essentials.