OBITUARY’s ‘triumphant’ return with the album, “Frozen In Time” will have many Death Metal fans cheering, but for me – I felt that the band had simply revived exactly where they left off, which wasn’t necessarily a great place.
Granted, it is nice to hear the Floridian quintet back from the dead (pun intended) but I had fairly high expectations from this release. Needless to say, “Frozen In Time” wasn’t what I was expecting. The band does sound like they are back to redeem themselves somewhat from their last lackluster release, “Back From The Dead” but the energy the band has on the opening few tracks quickly becomes too repetitive and many of the following songs drag on far too long.
Put the overall sound of “Frozen In Time” will be familiar to fans of OBITUARY. The riff heavy chug pacing occasionally picks up but the band doesn’t seem to be concerned with being fast by any means still. The Tardy brothers still have their precision timing and know when and when not there is too much for the band. Of course, there is still the sporadic and burst like soloing that I wish the band would incorporate more but never really has.
“Frozen In Time” is a solid release though and in general if you like OBITUARY you are going to like this album. Unfortunately for me, I was hoping for something a little more along the lines of reclaiming the Death Metal throne for these guys and what I got was just a more general album. Still solid and a good listen but nothing to riot over.
Songs to check out: “On The Floor”, “Stamp Alone”, “Slow Death”.
(Online August 22, 2008)