From page 95 of Classic Rock Magazine April 2004
‘The End Complete’ ‘World Demise’ (Roadrunner) By the start of the 1990s, death metal had become stale and slightly hackneyed, suffering from a surfeit of clichés and little sign of forward momentum. In the midst of all this stuttering and meandering, Florida’s impressive Obituary were attempting to drag the genre into a fresh era. Their 1992 album ‘The End Complete’ (★★★★★ ) was their third, and saw them lashing some ferocious and monolithic riffs to a barbaric, sophisticated sense of purpose, with ‘Sickness’ and ‘I’m In Pain’ truly astonishing moments.
But Obituary failed to take the initiative on 1994’s ‘World Demise’ (★★★ ★★).
The same forthright attitude was evident in the fiery guitar twinning of Allen West and Trevor Peres, and vocalist John Tardy adds a certain flashing sparkle to his trademark growl, but the album got a little bogged down with too many average songs. Thus Obituary slightly stalled when it mattered, instead of forging ahead of the pack.
Ultimately, the band were to be left behind by the rise of nu metal. Now, though, their boldness more than a decade ago can be fully appreciated.