20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

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14. Obituary, 'Obituary'

It takes either audacity or stupidity to release a self-titled album 30 years into your career. Luckily, Obituary have the guts (and the lyrics about guts) to pull it off. As one of O.G. death metal's burliest and most churlish bands, the Florida crew stuck to what they did best on Obituary: chunky riffs that groove, gnarled vocals that provide a sweep of sound similar to an analog synth and rat-a-tat machine-gun drumming. Like AC/DC, they found their sound early and have been honing it ever since, inching closer and closer to perfection. They achieved that here on "It Lives," and its souped-up Sabbath-ian outro, and in the confrontational invective of "End It Now." K.G.

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