First European re-release of the second full-length album by the legendary American Death Metal band.
A classic album in the history of Death Metal! A pride of the American Death Metal scene!! It’s band’s first release with permanent member Frank Watkins on bass, and also their first and only album with guitarist James Murphy, previously of the band Death.
The songwriting on “Cause Of Death” is still quite strong and reminiscent of “Slowly We Rot”. The songs continue to bleed into each other forming this solidarity of working compositions unified on a single front and acting as one. The riffs lend well to this, possessing a unique identity for each song while still lending to an organized whole. A special mention is given to Donald Tardy as he manages to beat the hell out of his kit with such force even a guitarist would let his jaw drop and marvel at the musicianship.
The cover art of album was done by artist Michael Whelan and 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", but Roadrunner Records let Obituary use it first, even though "Cause Of Death" was released in 1990, a year after "Beneath The Remains".
Pretty much indisputable and almost unique-sounding classics that came out in the right place at the right time, which is late eighties / early nineties Florida. This is a must-listen for death aficionados and everyone in need of a chillin’ trip back to the nineties. Strongly recommend you pick it up or die tryin’! This is Obituary’s last truly great effort and warrants purchase by even a casual Death Metal fan!! The completely original sound this band had crafted with their first two albums was something to behold and the mix of Doom and Death is even tastier than peanut butter and jelly!!!
Re-edition includes two bonus tracks. 180 gram vinyl comes with printed inner sleeve.
Roadrunner Records/Cargo Records GmbH Germany, 1990/2010 (RRCAR 8767-1). Made in Germany.
1. Infected 5:35
2. Body Bag 5:51
3. Chopped In Half 3:47
4. Circle Of The Tyrants (cover Celtic Frost) 4:28
5. Dying 4:32
6. Find The Arise 2:49
7. Cause Of Death 5:38
8. Memories Remain 3:44
9. Turned Inside Out 4:57
10. Infected (Demo Version) 4:16
11. Memories Remain (Demo Version) 3:34
Total playing time: 49:11 min.