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The Moshville Times

Review: Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways To Die

In the run-up to a slew of UK dates (with the equally mighty Exodus, Prong and King Parrot), Obituary are about to drop a two-song single backed by a bunch of live recordings. The live material varies from more recent – comparatively speaking – fare such as “Redneck Stomp” to dyed-in-the-wool classics such as “Slowly We Rot”, “Chopped in Half” and “Don’t Care”.

Obituary - Ten Thousand Ways To DieBoth studio tracks are brand new – “Loathe” and “Ten Thousand Ways To Die”. “Loathe” is as slow and heavy a song as Obituary have ever created. The simple riff repeated throughout is almost hypnotic and only broken away from a couple of times, and even then only for a few bars. Given its running time of over six minutes, I’d expect this to remain one to listen to at home rather than a live favourite.

The titular “Ten Thousand Ways To Die” is a bit more of a belter. Still ridonkulously heavy, it’s got a bit more of an up-tempo collection of riffage and a greater variety within than “Loathe”. Utilising the trademark overlapping vocals we’ve heard before from Obituary, this is a modern classic. “Classic” in that it sounds like Obituary, “modern” in that there’s definitely something new in there – this isn’t just the same old stuff. A definite headbanger. Banging slowly, but banging for sure.

The dozen live tracks are well recorded though with my crappy headphones there was definitely just a hint of clipping when the volume was cranked. It’s a wonderful selection, though. All the songs were recorded on the 2015 Inked in Blood tour and they’ve obviously cherry-picked the best recordings from various dates. This could have been released as a live album and I’d have no complaints.

Ten Thousand Ways To Die is out on October 21st and you can pick it up through Amazon to help support this site: downloadCD

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Father of three, teacher of Computing, SCUBA divemaster, Krav Maga Practitioner, geek, nerd and metal nut. Currently living in Glasgow and running this page purely for the fun of it... and because I just love heavy metal!

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