Cause of Death (album)

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Cause of Death
Obituary-Cause of death.jpg
Studio album by Obituary
Released September 19, 1990
Recorded 1990 at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida
Genre Death metal
Length 41:02
Label Roadrunner
Producer Scott Burns and Obituary
Obituary chronology
Slowly We Rot
(1989)Slowly We Rot1989
Cause Of Death
The End Complete
(1992)The End Complete1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Cause of Death is the second album by American death metal band Obituary. It was released on September 19, 1990. Cause of Death is considered a classic album in the history of death metal.[2] The artwork was done by artist Michael Whelan. It is their first release with longtime member Frank Watkins on bass, and also their first and only album with guitarist James Murphy, previously of the group Death.

The cover art of this album was used in an H.P. Lovecraft collection, Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, and part of it was used in The Tomb and The Doom That Came to Sarnath paperbacks. It was supposed to be the cover of Sepultura's album Beneath the Remains,[3] but Roadrunner Records let Obituary use it first. Roadrunner Records forced Sepultura to use another Michael Whelan illustration for Beneath the Remains.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Infected" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 5:34
2. "Body Bag" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 5:49
3. "Chopped in Half" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 3:43
4. "Circle of the Tyrants" (Celtic Frost cover) T. G. Warrior 4:25
5. "Dying" Obituary/Peres 4:29
6. "Find the Arise" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 2:51
7. "Cause of Death" Peres/A. West/J. Tardy 5:38
8. "Memories Remain" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 3:44
9. "Turned Inside Out" Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy 4:57
Total length: 41:02



  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Cause of Death - Obituary". Allmusic. Retrieved December 12th, 2010.
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "The End Complete - Obituary". Allmusic. Retrieved September 11th, 2011.
  3. ^ Barcinski, André & Gomes, Sílvio. Sepultura: toda a história, 1999