"...And Justice For All" for death metal
William Dorfer | 06/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Cause of Death" sounds rather different than Obituary's debut album "Slowly We Rot". Whereas their debut was essentially a 40 minute blast of stripped-down, raw death metal, but still an extreme metal essential, "Cause of Death" takes things into a more progressive, technical, and shall I even say a classier state of being.
"Cause of Death" showcases Obituary playing longer, more epic-sounding songs with a much more technical aspect to them. Progressive songwriting is also very abundant here. In fact, I would say that this is to death metal what Metallica's "...And Justice To All" is to thrash metal.
In addition, James Murphy, formerly of the band Death, is the lead guitarist on this album. His leads and solos add much more depth to this album than what was demonstrated on "Slowly We Rot". On this album, the guitar solos are less chaotic and random, and instead more classically influenced, melodic and technical. This makes the album even better.
Overall, "Cause of Death" is another classic death metal album, and an astounding relase from "Obituary". My only complaint here is the unnecessary cover of Celtic Frost's "Circle of the Tyrants". Honestly, I think that song is covered too much, but still Obituary's cover of it is a great one. And by the way, be sure to get this album in the 2-for-1 deal with "Slowly We Rot". It'll save money and it gives you more Obituary music faster! Well, that about wraps up this review, but still, I can't wait for when the band releases "Darkest Day" in just a few days! Thanks for the time, and peace."