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Cause of Death is a 1990 (see 1990 in music
1990 in music
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1990.-Events:*January 21 – MTV's Unplugged premieres on cable television with British band Squeeze...

) album
An album is a collection of recordings, released as a single package on gramophone record, cassette, compact disc, or via digital distribution. The word derives from the Latin word for list .Vinyl LP records have two sides, each comprising one half of the album...

 by American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 death metal
Death metal
Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, minor keys or atonality, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes....

 band Obituary
Obituary (band)
Obituary is an American death metal band formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner, and later changed their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarists Trevor Peres and Ralph...

. Cause of Death is considered a classic album in the history of death metal. The artwork was done by artist Michael Whelan
Michael Whelan
Michael Whelan is an American artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years he worked as an illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art...

. It is their first release with permanent member Frank Watkins
Frank Watkins
Frank Watkins is an American heavy metal musician best known as the former bass player for the death metal band Obituary. As of September 2010, Watkins is no longer a member of the band...

 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
Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte, formed in 1984. The band was a major force in the death metal, thrash metal and ultimately groove metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments melding nu metal, hardcore punk and industrial.Sepultura...

's album Beneath the Remains
Beneath the Remains
Beneath the Remains is the third studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released in 1989. It was their first release through Roadrunner Records.-Overview:...

, but Roadrunner Records let Obituary use it first, even though Cause of Death was released in 1990 and Beneath The Remains was released in 1989. Sepultura chose another Michael Whelan illustration for Beneath The Remainss cover.

Track listing

  1. "Infected" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 5:34
  2. "Body Bag" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 5:49
  3. "Chopped In Half" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 3:43
  4. "Circle of the Tyrants" (Celtic Frost
    Celtic Frost
    Celtic Frost was a metal band from Zürich, Switzerland. They are known for their heavy influence on the extreme metal genres. The group was first active from 1984 to 1993, and re-formed in 2001. Following Tom Gabriel Fischer's departure in 2008, Celtic Frost decided to break up again...

     Cover) - (T. G. Warrior) – 4:25
  5. "Dying" (Obituary/Peres) – 4:29
  6. "Find the Arise" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 2:51
  7. "Cause of Death" (Peres/J. Tardy/Murphy) – 5:38
  8. "Memories Remain" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 3:44
  9. "Turned Inside Out" (Peres/D. Tardy/J. Tardy) – 4:57

Bonus Tracks 1997 Roadrunner Remasters

  1. "10) Infected" (demo version) (4:16)
  2. "11) Memories Remain" (demo version) (3:34)
  3. "12) Chopped in Half" (demo version) (3:45)


  • John Tardy
    John Tardy
    John Tardy is an American vocalist who is best known for his work with the death metal bands Obituary and Tardy Brothers. He is the brother of Donald Tardy who is the drummer of Obituary.- References :...

     - vocals
  • James Murphy - lead guitar
  • Trevor Peres
    Trevor Peres
    Trevor Peres born July 25, 1969 is an American heavy metal musician best known as the guitarist, song writer and one of the founding members of the death metal band Obituary.-Bands:*Obituary *Meathook Seed *Catastrophic...

     - rhythm guitar
  • Frank Watkins
    Frank Watkins
    Frank Watkins is an American heavy metal musician best known as the former bass player for the death metal band Obituary. As of September 2010, Watkins is no longer a member of the band...

     - bass
  • Donald Tardy
    Donald Tardy
    Donald 'Don' Tardy is the drummer of death metal band Obituary and the brother of John Tardy, who is the lead singer of the band. Besides Obituary, they have a band called Tardy Brothers, where Donald also plays guitar and bass, as well as drums. Donald also played drums for Andrew W.K on the...

    - drums