Sunday, February 8, 2009
Cause Of Death Reigns Supreme As My Second Classic Pick
As much of a Thrash fan as I was back in the late 80's I really wanted something heavier. In 1990 me and a friend of mine were both having the same issue. We were huge Thrash Metal fans, but we wanted something more. I really didn't know much about Death Metal, but I was definitely interested in hearing more from the genre. The album that really kick started it all for me as far as Death Metal goes is Obituary's "Cause Of Death". From the opening track "Infected" to the last track, "Turned Inside Out" I was just blown away by what I heard. There wasn't a bad song to be had. There wasn't even a a single song that I would consider "filler". I think the thing that really did it for me was the guitar playing of James Murphy. This guy's playing to me is just incerdible. To this day he is still my favorite Death Metal guitarist. James Murphy was obviously on a lot of other people's lists as being an incredible guitarist because he played with several other bands in the Death Metal genre.
I've listened to a lot of Death Metal albums since 1990, and I don't hold too many of those albums in the same reguard that I hold "Cause Of Death". There are a few that are in the same league, but most pale in comparison. This album just has a great vibe that I can't even describe. One of the things that I love about Obituary is that they don't feel like they have to play 100 mph to be heavy. To me they have one of the heaviest sounds you'll ever hear. On top of that the songs are memorable. You don't feel like the next song on the album that you're listening to sounds like the one before it. This batch of songs actually have their own identity from song to song. This is a problem that would later plague the Death Metal genre. You'd have band after band pumping out albums where every song would sound like the one before it. If you ask me it's what has killed the genre. That and the fact that after a while every DM vocalist started to sound the same. That's something that cannot be said about John Tardy. He had his own style for the most part. Yeah he had the gutteral voice with unintelligible vocals most of the time, but he delivered them in a way that was different from the rest.
This album definitely belongs in the top 10 all time best Death Metal albums list. For me it's probably at the very top. I may also feel this way because it was one of the first DM albums I ever heard, but without hearing this one in the beginning who knows how I may have felt about the genre. What if my first DM album had been something by Oppressor or Broken Hope? I may have ran screaming back to Thrash Metal.
If I had to pick just one track as my favorite it would be tough to do, but I think I'd have to choose "Chopped In Half". It's a face ripper from beginning to end.
Great album. Great band.
Chopped In Half
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- I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!