With every new album ever since the release of the seminal "Slowly We Rot", Obituary have taken themselves further and further on their personal evolution. Except for "The End Complete", of course, which was pretty good but not quite the innovation some fans might have expected. Well, to make a long story short, "Back From the Dead" is rather similar in that respect. Where "World Demise" included the incorporation of samples due to Scott "Extra Member of the Band" Burns' influence, "Back from the Dead" contains nothing of the sort. The only innovative thing is the "Bullituary (Remix)" track, featuring the Bully Boys. Other than that, it's just more of the same, really. Not bad, not better.

Oh, I'd almost forget the multimedia track: A well designed CD ROM bonus thing with some video clips and the like. Quite interesting.



Written September 1997


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