Florida’s Founding Fathers of Death Metal

While Chuck Shuldiner could be considered the Karl Marx of Death Metal, Obituary is its Vladimir Lenin. That is to say while Death may have laid the groundwork for the genre, Obituary took that blueprint, lit it on fire, pissed on it and threw the smoldering remains in the face of the world. Theirs is death metal for proletariat; accessible, straightforward and egalitarian. If one were to make a meat and potatoes comparison, it would be more burgers and fries than filet mignon and fingerlings. So when planning your next picnic, be sure to take along some Obituary.

The Floridian pioneers of pummel were in Detroit last weekend with diverse line up of openers, that included doom metal darlings Pallbearer, the ever-awesome Skeletonwitch, and German thrashers Dust Bolt. Each of the openers held their own, with Skeletonwitch turning in the most rousing set of the three. Singer Adam Clemans is no longer merely the new guy with something to prove, and has assumed full command of center stage.

Blistering, intense and brutal are all words you could use to describe Obituary’s set, but another unrelated word rises above them all: fun. This is fun band to see live. Their material translates incredibly well to the stage. It’s music that was meant to be heard live. John Tardy is still the man. Terry Butler (bass), Kenny Andrews (lead guitar), Trevor Peres (rhythm guitar) and Donald Tardy (drums) pounded the crowd not into submission, but into adulation. Seeing a band which has played such a prominent role in the rise death metal, and is still on top of their game, makes for one hell of a night.

Todd Gilleland
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