Upon switching their name from Xecutioner to Obituary, the career of
one of the most successful and influential Death Metal bands began.
Hailing from Florida and featuring John Tardy (vocals), brother Donald
Tardy (drums), Trevor Peres (guitar), Allen West (guitar), and Daniel
Tucker (bass), the band signed to Roadracer Records, a now defunct
division of Roadrunner, for the recording of their debut albumthe
immense and immeasurably heavy Slowly We Rot (1989). The album was
engineered by the legendary Scott Burns at Morrisound Studio, which
would come to be the most sought after facility for production of
albums during 1990s rise of the Death Metal genre. Unlike much death
metal preceding it, the album had a sludgy feel and integrated
devastatingly slow passages along with obliterating overtures that
reached far beyond any point of mayhem that metal had yet to reach; the
result was a carnal pleasure for doom, death and thrash fans alike
coupling the adrenaline of a speedball with the slow, degrading
measures of a sewer at dusk. Like them or not, Obituary was unlike anything anyone had heard before.