It begins encouragingly enough with "List of Dead", a tune high on foot-tap-ability and general good time chug. It will also remind, incase you'd forgotten, that production values have virtually stalled for Obituary since about - the band still reek of the Morrisound far unlike any of the other bands who debuted with that sound nigh on two decades ago now. Of course the pace is mixed up where faster tracks like "Lost" intermingle with the grinding DM that Obituary made their name in, such as "Your Darkest Day", a song that sounds very similar to the cult deceased doom band Winter check out "Eternal Frost".
And good riffs can be found aplenty, "Payback" and "Violent Dreams" both being fine examples of this quality. But as I'm sure you can tell not all is sweet and rosy.
The feeling of Obituary going through the motions it at times a little too hard to take, resulting in the fact Obituary are never to produce another truly exciting album, without significant stylistic changes. The simple summation is "Darkest Day" represents an improvement on the lackluster "Xecutioner's Return" and is a very solid meat 'n' potatoes meal but don't come into this dinner expecting anymore.
Originally written for Rockfreaks. Like the previous album, 'Xecutioner's Return', 'Darkest Day' is another attempt at a return to Obituary's roots: pure death metal, with deep grooves and horrifying vocals courtesy of John Tardy. Gone are the hardcore overtures which plagued some of their late 90s albums. Sadly, while it's superior to 's abysmal Frozen in Time, this album fails to deliver the quality moments of creepy riffing that permeated their classic albums 'Cause of Death' and 'Slowly We Rot'.
On the surface, this album does possess all the elements that made their old records so great. Even the mix sounds similar, with the band's signature guitar tone and lead outbursts. It just lacks in inspirational riffing. Tracks like "List of Dead" and "Blood to Give" could be outtakes from 'Cause of Death', but they lack the replay value. A few tracks later on the album come close, like the grooving "This Life" and the furious "Violent Dreams", but they fall shy of the mark.
At this point, I can't really call 'Darkest Day' a disappointment. I've been underwhelmed by a number of the band's previous albums 'The End Complete', 'Frozen in Time'. Perhaps one day, the 'forces realign' and Obituary kicks my ass once again.
Not this time around. I think the band has managed to make a better album this time around. List of Dead starts proceedings with a typical Santolla flourish but before I could say more of the same, the band goes off into a Slayer inspired riff with John Tardy doing his trademark vocals. Kickass opener and things are off to a good start. Blood to give has a kickass groove reminding me of Redneck Stomp from Frozen in Time while Lost is pretty much vintage Obituary with its mid paced death metal riff and another manic performance from Tardy.
Title song Your Darkest Day is the highlight of the album and reminds me a bit of Infected from Cause of Death with its death metal as a slow dirge. Also, the songs benefit from a very sludgy sound that works well and adds to the heaviness. The album tapers off in the second half and is probably a good three songs longer than it needed to be. Still, overall, this is a pretty enjoyable album from one of the founding fathers of the genre and a bit better than the bands last effort.
I was having a look through the record store in the mall the other day and, lo and behold, I came across the new Obituary album, Darkest Day. Having heard mixed opinions on it, and due to Xecutioners Return being so boring, I was a bit skeptical. However, nothing else in the store was of much interest at the moment, and since Obituary was the band that got me to like death metal in the first place, I figured I'd buy their latest output.
The album starts out quite nicely with "List of Dead". Left To Die. List Of Dead Live like the dead. We find what its like to rise.
We die to create. We will not wait. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Darkest Day is without Meta l hesitation, one of my top three albums of … spanning all the Metal genres. I am counting down the minutes in my Metal mind to this great moment in Slayer history. Death Metal jubilation. I am also reminded as to why I am lured into the heaviest, most Metal bludgeoning genre there is… it is Obituary.
These guys are not about making nice with the trend setters… forget about it. Your Darkest Day Lyrics. Payback Lyrics. Outside My Head Lyrics. Blood To Give Lyrics. Truth Be Told Lyrics. Forces Realign Lyrics. Left To Die Lyrics. I'm In Pain - Live - Reissue. Internal Bleeding Reissued.Outside my head by Obituary.