Obituary (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2017[1]
StudioRedNeck Studios, Gibsonton, Florida
GenreDeath metal
LabelGibtown, Relapse
Obituary chronology
Inked in Blood

Obituary is the self-titled tenth studio album by American death metal band Obituary, released on March 17, 2017.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Metal Hammer4/5 stars[5]

Obituary has received generally positive reviews from critics. MetalSucks rated it four out of five, and wrote, "The men of Obituary may seem mellow enough, as casual and personable as the most humorless extreme metal guys are considered and intense. But their shorts-and-hoodie vibe belies their poise as they walk the line between Obituary tradition and the demands of a tenth album. That this tenth album is self-titled prompts fans to expect a rebirth or definitive statement. Or possibly a final statement."[6]

The Guardian writer Dom Lawson gave the album a rating of four stars out of five, and wrote, "Plainly intended to be definitive, their 10th album stays true to the scything, mid-paced attack that had such an impact on fledgling extreme metal in the late 80s, but in contrast to 2014's Inked in Blood, this is no perfunctory delivering of familiar goods. Latest recruits Kenny Andrews (guitar) and Terry Butler (bass) have brought renewed focus to both songwriting and sound: the former's blistering, old-school solos are uniformly stunning and Butler's chemistry with drummer Donald Tardy lifts the likes of breakneck opener Brave to levels of intensity that Obituary haven't reached for years."[4]

Ray Harmony of Terrorizer rated it eight out of ten stars, and wrote, "There is still nobody else in the industry able to make the monstrous vocal sounds that effortlessly ooze outta John Tardy's mouth. There is still no other band that can sludge their way through swampy death riffs with as much groove as guitarist Trevor Peres and drummer Donald Tardy, with his trademark double-kicks and half-time snares. [...] Their self-titled tenth studio album is not for the fainthearted, but the brave few who're willing to brace against the bone-crushing heaviness of ten new Obituary songs, will be handsomely rewarded."[8]


Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Decibel 40 Best Albums of 2017
Loudwire 25 Best Metal Albums of 2017
Revolver 20 Best Albums of 2017
Rolling Stone 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by John Tardy; all music composed by Trevor Peres, Donald Tardy and Ken Andrews.

2."Sentence Day"2:49
3."A Lesson in Vengeance"3:07
4."End it Now"4:02
5."Kneel Before Me"3:04
6."It Lives"3:24
8."Turned to Stone"4:13
9."Straight to Hell"3:57
10."Ten Thousand Ways to Die"3:16
Total length:33:07
Deluxe edition CD bonus track
11."No Hope"3:21
Total length:36:28



Technical personnel[edit]

  • Obituary – production
  • Mark Prator – executive production
  • Joe Cincotta – mixing
  • Brad Boatright – mastering
  • Andreas Marschall – cover art
  • Ester Segarra – photography
  • Jacob Speis – layout


Chart (2017) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 83
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[16] 42
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 67
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 34
US Billboard 200[20] 184


  1. ^ a b "Obituary To Release Self-Titled Tenth Album In March". January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Obituary by Obituary". Metacritic. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith-Engelhardt, Joe (March 15, 2017). "Obituary: Obituary". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (March 16, 2017). "Obituary: Obituary review – death metal revival with sharp, insidious hooks". The Guardian. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Lawson, Dom (February 27, 2017). "Obituary - Obituary album review". Metal Hammer. United Kingdom: Future Publishing. ISSN 0955-1190. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Anso DF (March 16, 2017). "Review: Obituary's Obituary Is No Obituary". MetalSucks. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  7. ^ O'Connor, Andy (March 20, 2017). "Obituary: Obituary". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Harmony, Ray (April 2017). "Obituary: 'Obituary'". Terrorizer. Leigh-on-Sea: Dark Arts (280): 62. ISSN 1350-6978.
  9. ^ "SPOILER: Here Are Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2017 | Decibel Magazine". Decibel Magazine. November 20, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "25 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Loudwire. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "20 Best Albums of 2017". Revolver. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "20 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  13. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  14. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  15. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201712 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  17. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  18. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  19. ^ " – Obituary – Obituary". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Obituary Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2017.