Cause of Death

Release date
27 Jan 1998
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Infected 5:35 28,566
2 Body Bag 5:49 27,264
3 Chopped in Half 3:43 37,888
4 Circle of the Tyrants 4:27 22,204
5 Dying 4:29 30,339
6 Find the Arise 2:49 26,487
7 Cause of Death 5:37 31,381
8 Memories Remain 3:44 22,578
9 Turned Inside Out 4:56 26,885
10 Infected (Demo) 4:16 6,638
11 Memories Remain (Demo) 3:34 6,079
12 Chopped In Half (Demo) 3:45 6,149

About this album

Cause of Death is a 1990 album by American death metal band Obituary. Cause of Death is considered a classic album in the history of death metal. The artwork was done by artist Michael Whelan. It is their first release with permanent member Frank Watkins on bass, and also their first and only album with guitarist James Murphy, previously of the group Death.

The cover art of this album 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. Sepultura chose another Michael Whelan illustration for Beneath The Remains’s cover.

Lead guitarist Allen West didn’t join Obituary for their second album, Cause of Death, which makes a bigger difference than you might expect. His replacement is a close associate of the band, James Murphy of the band Death — the man many consider to be the godfather of death metal — and he brings his own style to Cause of Death, resulting in an album that sounds like a hybrid of Obituary and Death.

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