Sunday, 11 March 2012

OBITUARY - The End Complete (1993)


01  I’m In Pain
02  Back To One
03  Dead Silence
04  In The End Of Life
05  Sickness
06  Corrosive
07  Killing Time
08  End Complete
09  Rotting Ways

This album is Obituary's best selling, with over 200,000 copies sold in the U.S. and more than 550,000 worldwide. It reached #16 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Also, the band's new logo introduced on The End Complete is the best selling t-shirt print in the history of Roadrunner Records. The band's third, it marks the return of lead guitarist Allen West and it also marks an impressive leap forward in production. The songwriting and playing on Obituary's past albums had been commendable, and The End Complete is no exception in that regard. Rather, it's the return of West and the remarkable production job by Scott Burns that sets this album apart from its predecessors.

This is not an album made in pursuit of money. It is not a sellout, it is simply a pure death metal album, made by people who love what they do. What makes Obituary amazing is exactly this: Rarely is there much difference in their albums, and they all possess a certain charm. Some may say derisively “all their albums sound the same.” To that, I say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Obituary had no reason to change their formula that worked so greatly on Cause of Death and Slowly We Rot. It was music they loved, and their fans loved, and it worked every single time.

Everything from the post apocalyptic artwork to the foul sound of those delightful buzzing guitars and John Tardy´s sickening and corpselike vocals are old school trademarks of the band, let alone the deadly rhythm section, the difference lies in the “take no prisoners” vibe, there’s absolutely no mucking about, not even a flash of an idea that would pave way for something unorthodox might have led to betrayal of their primal roots, like riding a train with no stops, deadly. If there is a problem with this album, it is the lack of outstanding songs on the album. There isn’t a “Slowly We Rot”, or “Chopped in Half” contained within. “Sickness” comes close, but doesn’t match up to the aforementioned classics. Still, I’d rather have an album filled with very good songs rather than an album with one or two outstanding songs followed by ten weak ones. Fortunately, the term “weak song” doesn’t exist in Obituary’s vocabulary, and “The End Complete” is proof of that.

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