Florida is the Mecca of death metal, wherever you are in the world, those who follow the genre find themselves orientating themselves towards the Sunshine State when they pray to the gods of death. One band from this pantheon are Obituary and this year has the Floridian titans releasing not one, but two live albums, the first of which features the seminal ‘Slowly We Rot’ played in its entirety and released as ‘Slowly We Rot – Live & Rotting’.
Obituary have always been a great live band, what you see is what you get. They’re a band which doesn’t fuck around with audience interactions more than it needs to, they let the music do the talking. Therefore, what the listener gets here with ‘…Live & Rotting’ is a top-quality live album captured in the studio environment where Obituary manage to deliver the entirety of ‘Slowly We Rot’ with the hindsight of 30 years’ experience under their belt.
Yes, ok, this is a live album conducted almost flawlessly and it shows Obituary doing exactly what they are good at. However, it been approx. five years since Obituary last released a studio album and there are plenty of fans out there who would much prefer new studio output rather than a studio live album and ultimately, if you already own ‘Slowly We Rot’, you could just put that on instead, but if you are a massive collector of Obituary, fill your boots.
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