Op·pro·bri·um
noun

  1. harsh criticism or censure.
  2. the public disgrace arising from someone’s shameful conduct.
  3. an occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace.

See that definition above? That’s being kind. Supernatural Death is a bad record. It’s 14 remastered songs plus two bonus songs, “Cursed of the Damned City” and “Fear of the Unknown.” The production quality on the two bonus songs is nonexistent. Where’s it at?

“Curse of the Damned City” sounds like it was copied from a double-dubbing cassette deck from 1986 or a third or fourth generation live recording. And “Fear of the Unknown” ? What is going on there? I kid you not; the song switches back and forth between the aforementioned sound and what I can only describe as maybe, possibly, another recorded version of it. It’s bizarre to say the least. Whoever had the bright idea to do this and include it on this record for everyone to hear should never be allowed anywhere near a studio again. I’d call it amateur, but it’s far worse. It actually makes Anal Cunt and GG Allin live recordings sound, well, listenable.

I can’t for the life of me figure out why Opprobrium wanted this record released or re-released/remastered the way it sounds. It makes the band look and sound bad, which they aren’t. Songs sound over-driven and fuzzy (“Hell’s Fire”) or hollow and tinny and/or fuzzy (“Incubus” and “Cataleptic”).

And this sucks because Opprobrium kicks ass. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to Beyond the Unknown and Serpent Temptation, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to review this record. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out where the remastering happened because I can’t tell any difference. This whole thing is a train wreck. What happened here?

I really wish I didn’t have to write a negative review about Opprobrium, but wow, this record is 13 levels beneath horrendous. And who wrote their press release?  Guys, contact me, I’ll write a solid press release you can be proud of. I’ve been trying to come up with one, just one good thing to say about Supernatural Death, but I can’t find anything. Look. Opprobrium is a killer metal band.  Buy their catalog; they’re that good. But this record? Avoid it like the friggin’ plague.

Purchase the album here.

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