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Obituary - Dying Of Everything review

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Band: Obituary
Album: Dying Of Everything
Release date: January 2023

01. Barely Alive
02. The Wrong Time
03. Without A Conscience
04. War
05. Dying Of Everything
06. My Will To Live
07. By The Dawn [feat. David Austin]
08. Weaponize The Hate
09. Torn Apart
10. Be Warned

Happy new year?

The new year has only just begun and Obituary are already writing the... obituary for the year. Still, despite how glum and hopeless the world seems right now, at least you have a kick-ass soundtrack to go with it, thanks to Dying Of Everything.

Perhaps the greatest death metal band ever, Obituary have long honed a classic sound that is as instantly powerful as it is recognizable, spawning many imitators who never quite get it right. While the band's output has been patchy since the 90s, Dying Of Everything is one of the better records they have put their name to, though one that still has its flaws. Dying Of Everything does try to give itself a unique identity in the band's discography through its production, giving fans a new twist on the same formula.

Dying Of Everything is a misnomer if there ever was one, with the band's performance and songwriting feeling more alive than it has since Inked In Blood. "Barely Alive" blasts out of the gate from the off, before handing the baton over to Peres and Andrews to present a riff so catchy I want it hooked up to my veins with "The Wrong Time". Not to be outdone, D.Tardy makes the sprawling "My Will To Live" his own, with his thundering drums being showcased on this cracker. The other two highlights "Weaponise The Hate" (cliché title, but not a clichéd track) and "Torn Apart" (which sounds so old school, I had to check to see if it was a re-recorded track from the band's earlier work) see John Tardy make his case for being the best singer in the genre.

While I think the album's sound gives Dying Of Everything a unique and raw flavour, I can see the production not being to everyone's liking; the stripped-back and unpolished nature adds a punk-esque visceral bite at the expense of refined power. While this 'live in the studio' feel is probably one of the best of its kind (many bands attempt this sound but usually fall on their face), it is an acquired taste that may be equally as off-putting as it is alluring for sections of listeners.

While the production may give them a uniqueness, there are several tracks on here that just sound like generic mid-tier Obituary songs, with the likes of "Without A Conscience", "War" and "By The Dawn" carrying on the mis-steps of 2017's Obituary and lacking any spark to proceedings. These three tracks, however, are passable, if unremarkable, unlike the closing "Be Warned", which is a title that should be heeded by listeners, owing to its few ideas being stretched way too thin over the five-minute runtime. While the latter is the only track I'd avoid, the prior three do detract from the overall quality of the album.

There are worse ways to ring in the new year than listening to Dying Of Everything; it may not inspire much faith in humanity, but it does set the bar for what is to come in the next twelve months.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 6

Written on 13.01.2023 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


Comments: 8   Visited by: 143 users
13.01.2023 - 21:30
Rating: 8

Thanks for the review. However, I would rate the songwriting higher than 7. This album is way better and more entertaining than their last two records. In fact, I think this one is their best since "Back from the Dead" at least (in terms of both production and songwriting)
13.01.2023 - 21:40
Rating: 8

As for the soundtrack to 2023, I'm afraid we should wait for a less safe and conservative record. I remember that Anaal Nathrakh's 'Endarkenment' was regarded by many as a perfect soundtrack to the pandemic year, and since then things are only getting worse.
15.01.2023 - 11:40
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
I would agree whit s review but whit a little error, this us best DM band from N America
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
17.01.2023 - 17:01

It s a killer album.. 8 for me... Maybe 8.5
17.01.2023 - 20:55
Rating: 9

Man, the last track "Be Warned" is the one that stood out to me the most. For a band that specializes in DM, they put out a freaking fantastic sounding sludge/doom track right on the end. A perfect way to taper off the album ending, IMO. All around great stuff, and it's been played on my turntable more times than I can count already.
02.02.2023 - 02:56
Rating: 8
The Ancient One
Got to say, this album caught me by surprise. Probably my favorite release of theirs in the last 30 years. Through Cause of Death and into The End Complete I felt they got a bit better or tighter with each production, before going into a "Reverse Bolt Thrower" where each album after felt more stagnant and less interesting.

Maybe it caught me off guard and will require subsequent listens, but this is the first time I felt that groove and general excitement from one of their albums in a loooooooooong time.
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02.02.2023 - 03:31
A Real Monkey

>Perhaps the greatest death metal band ever

They're not even the best death metal band from Florida.
"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
03.02.2023 - 23:21

Written by BitterCOld on 02.02.2023 at 02:56

Got to say, this album caught me by surprise.

Currently listening, me too I must say !

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