In Time" opens with the three and a half minute instrumental
"Redneck Stomp". At first you think: "this sounds a tad
boring". Then, half-way through the track, the groove sets in and
you're flung some sixteen years back to a time when exactly that
groove so seriously tore shit up in the death metal community, when
five lads from Tampa, Florida reinstated Celtic Frost as a major
inspiration for metal and they themselves became one of the biggest
sources of inspiration for budding death metal bands. The thing is,
they were never equalled in their particular vein of metal and having
Obituary back as a recording band is therefore nothing short of a
the band's never been away and never experimented with hip-hop (the
track "Bullituary" in "Back from the Dead"). This
their first studio-outing in eight years is just a full-on grooving
death metal assualt like only Obituary can do it. I assume that the
title of the album refers to the band's own acknowledgement of the
fact that they haven't moved one bit forward but just done what
they're good at. There are straight lines back to "Slowly We
Rot", "Cause of Death" and the entire lot of classic
death metal albums churned out by the five-piece over the years.
34 minutes "Frozen In Time" lasts, we're reassured that John
Tardy's vocal is as unique as it ever was and that Allen West's lead
still can cut to the bone. The rhythm trio consisting of Frank Watkins,
Trevor Peres and Donald Tardy keeps everything steady and solid as f*ck.
Just like it's meant to be. This is a tidbit of death metal. Go git it!