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Formed: 1984
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Obituary News

Below is our complete Obituary news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Obituary Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal legends Obituary are the latest band to be announced for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which will take off early next year. They join other recent confirmations such as In Vain, Heidevolk, Dark Funeral, Unleash The Archers and Twilight Force. The ship will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Dark Funeral
In Vain
Max & Iggor: Return To Roots
Ne Obliviscaris
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Twilight Force
Unleash The Archers
Visions Of Atlantis

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Obituary Announces East Coast Tour

American death metal legends Obituary has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the East Coast next month, where they will be joined by Exmortus. Speaking about the tour, the band stated:

"We are super excited to announce the U.S. East Coast RedNeck Run II and are really looking forward to this. It would have been easy to set up shows in the typical cities and venues but we are not your typical band. We are looking for an adventure and something different so we have booked smaller towns and markets so the fans who don’t often have the chance to experience an OB SHOW get their chance!! We have never been to some of these cities so we are looking forward to invading them and throwing down with you guys, so hang tight and hang on to your ass because this could get crazy!!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Obituary Drummer To Miss European Tour

Obituary drummer Donald Tardy, who has been unable to perform at four of the band's European shows thus far, will not be flying out to complete the trek. A post from Monstrosity/former Malevolent Creation drummer Lee Harrison, who has been filling in for Tardy, reads as follows:

"So tonight will be my 4th show (temporarily) playing drums for the mighty Obituary. Donald had some things going on at home that he needed to be there for. I'm honoured he called me to fill in but it was also pretty stressful having to learn the set in such a short time (3 days notice).

"Wishing Donald all the best and he will be back to his spot after this run so don't worry. I'm just glad I could be there for him and somewhat pull this off. I've got 3 more shows to do and things will be back to normal for me. lol. Tonight we rock Krakow Poland! Come out if you can!!"

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Ralph Santolla To Be Taken Off Life Support Today

As reported earlier this week guitarist Ralph Santolla (ex-Deicide and Obituary) fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack. After his mother Sue revealed things were not looking good during this week, his son, Dorian Angelo Santolla, broke the sad news that his father is going to be taken off life support today June 6th, 2018:

“We are going to take my father off of assisted living on Wednesday. If any of his friends would like to say goodbye, the family will welcome you at St. Joseph’s tomorrow (Tuesday). He would appreciate the love. Thank you ?”

Ralph's mother also revealed that Ralph has some unreleased trackings with his last band, Devil’s Highway, which should be released soon:

“Ralph Santolla is an organ donor so he will live on. Those recipients don’t know what they are getting until they suddenly become sarcastic, funny, get tattoos, start playing guitar. One other thing, Devil’s Highway was getting close to completion. It will be done and that is a Ralph’s legacy. “

Ralph Santolla is only 48 years old. Our sincerest and deepest condolences to his family. More...

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Ralph Santolla (Ex-Deicide, Obituary) In A Coma

Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Devil’s Highway, ex-Deicide/Obituary/Death, etc.) is currently in coma after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday (May 29th). His mother posted the below statement on his condition via Facebook:

“Friend and family..it is out there now so let me tell you what I know. Ralph thought he had a spider bite on Saturday. Went to the hospital. It was not a spider bite, it was a blood clot. Tuesday nite he fell and he had a heart attack. John Rocha gave him CPR until EMT arrive. His heart had stopped but they got him back. His visuals are staple but he is in a coma.

He is on a ventilator but he is breathing around it he could breathe on his own but they do not want to had additional strain to his body. He is in a coma. That is the main concern at this moment. They can fix everything else. We are having as many of his friends as he can come and talk to him and play music. There has been a minimal movement but some.

It is ICU but he is in a private room and they are letting anyone in and they can stay as long as they want. So please pray as he has people all over the world praying and if you can come and spend time with him. Please..he needs to get back from the place that he is in. I love you all…let’s just work on getting him out of the coma if we can. I will keep everyone update the best I can” More...

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Slayer Farewell European/UK Tour Leg Announced

Slayer have now officially announced all the dates for their European/UK leg of their global farewell tour and as was previously rumored, the run will feature the support acts Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary. Below’s where the trek will hit:

11/01 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/03 London, UK – Wembley Arena
11/05 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/07 Birmingham, UK – Birmingham BCA
11/09 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
11/10 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
11/12 Glasgow, UK – The Hydro SSE
11/14 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
11/15 Zwolle, NET – IJsselhal
11/17 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
11/18 Barcelona, SPA – St. Jordi
11/20 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
11/21 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
11/23 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
11/24 Freiburg, GER – SICK ARENA
11/26 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
11/27 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
11/29 Munich, GER Olympiahalle
11/30 Erfurt, GER – Messehalle
12/02 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
12/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
12/05 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
12/06 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
12/08 Helsinki, FIN – Helsingin Jäähalli

In other news, Slayer began their farewell tour past Thursday at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. According to fans in attendance, the below setlist was performed: More...

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Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax & Obituary Tour Leaks

Initial dates have leaked out for the European leg of Slayer‘s global farewell tour, which will see Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary as support. Thus far the following dates got posted:

11/14 Dortmund, GER
11/15 Zwolle, NET – IJsselhallen
11/24 Freiburg, GER
11/26 Hamburg, GER
11/29 München, GER
11/30 Erfurt, GER
12/02 Berlin, GER

A proper announcement is expected soon.

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Obituary North American Tour Announced

Obituary will be going on a North American tour this spring. They will be joined by Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt at the following stops:

05/02 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/03 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
05/04 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
05/05 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
05/06 Boston, MA – Sinclair
05/08 Toronto, ON – Opera House
05/09 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
05/10 Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
05/11 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
05/12 Detroit, MI – Majestic
05/13 Chicago, IL – Metro
05/15 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
05/16 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
05/18 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
05/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
05/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/22 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/23 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/25 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
05/26 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
05/27 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
05/29 Austin, TX – Barracuda
05/30 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
05/31 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
06/01 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
06/02 Orlando, FL – The Haven Lounge
06/03 Miami, FL – The Ground

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Obituary Debut New Music Video For "Brave"

Obituary debut the below music video for their track “Brave“, which was directed by Shaun Egger at their home studio near Tampa, FL.


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Dust Bolt Debuts New Music Video

German thrashers Dust Bolt debut a new music video for "Mind the Gap", taken from the band's 2016 release "Mass Confusion". The outfit is ready to embark on its biggest tour yet, supporting Obituary and Exodus on a monthlong United States tour run.

Check out now "Mind the Gap" below.

The outfit is ready to embark on its biggest tour yet, supporting Obituary and Exodus on a monthlong United States tour run. Find all tour dates below: More...

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Obituary Releases Live Video

Tampa Bay death metal godfathers Obituary just shared an official live video accompanying "Sentence Day" off the band's self-titled album. The video was filmed in 4k by Magnetar Studios at several locations on Obituary's headlining tour with Gruesome earlier this year.

The band comments: "We are super excited to bring you guys another music video from the new album. This video was extra fun for the band as we invited James to ride along with us for a couple shows and get onstage/offstage and crowd footage then his entire crew met up with us and filmed a show with multi-camera angles. 'Sentence Day' is one of our favorite songs on the album and definitely a fan favorite so we are proud to bring you guys this video. Enjoy!"

Additionally, Obituary returns to Europe for ten performances on August 6th at VOA Heavy Rock Fest in Portugal. The band will also perform at Alcatraz Festival, Bloodstock, Summer Breeze and more.


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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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Obituary Announces Tour With Exodus

The Florida death metal godfathers from Obituary will collide with Bay Area thrash metal kings Exodus for another epic "Battle of the Bays" this fall. The two American legends went to war in Europe last year and are now bringing the Battle to America this time with support from Power Trip and Dust Bolt.

The co-headlining tour kicks off September 14th in Durham, NC and ends on October 15th in Baton Rouge, LA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16 and a complete listing of dates is available below.

Additionally, Obituary will perform at the prestigious Hellfest Open Air 2017 on June 18th in France and return to Europe for a headline tour on July 8th, including multiple festival appearances at Resurrection Festival, Rock Maraton 2017, VOA Heavy Rock Fest and more. More...

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Obituary Posts Drum Playthrough

Donald Tardy of death metal legends Obituary just shared an official drum playthrough video for the track "No" today.

The video features live and in-studio footage of Tardy playing along to the song, which appeared as a digital bonus track on Obituary's self-titled album as well as the Decibel Flexi series.

Obituary also kicks off the Redneck East Coast Run with label-mates Gruesome today in Pensacola, FL. The headlining tour lasts until May 22nd and ends in Jacksonville, FL. A full list of tour dates is available below, including upcoming European Summer festivals. More...

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Second Part Of Documentary On Obituary Posted

The second installment of Obituary's new documentary for its recently released self-titled album is streaming below. Like the first part, this one also features various other musicians discussing the impact of Obituary on the death metal genre, including Steffen Kummerer (Obscura), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Trevor Strnad (Black Dahlia Murder), John McEntee (Incantation), Gus Rios (Gruesome) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope) among many others.

Check it out below.

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Obituary Streaming Full New Album

Following the release of a crazy animated music video for "Then Thousand Ways To Die," Obituary has now made the band's entire new self-titled album available for streaming.

Listen in via the player below, or over at Bandcamp here.

Additionally, Obituary just kicked off the Decibel Magazine tour with Kreator, Horrendous, and Midnight, which runs through April 15th.

Following that trek, Obituary will hit the road with Gruesome. A full list of tour dates can be found below, and the new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Brave 02:14
2. Sentence Day 02:49 video
3. A Lesson in Vengeance 03:07
4. End it Now 04:02
5. Kneel Before Me 03:04
6. It Lives 03:24
7. Betrayed 03:01
8. Turned to Stone 04:13
9. Straight to Hell 03:57
10. Ten Thousand Ways to Die 03:16
11. No Hope (Deluxe Bonus Track) 03:21 More...

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Obituary Releases Animated Music Video

Today marks the official release of Obituary's self-titled new album via Relapse Records. In celebration of the release, the band has shared an animated music video for "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" directed by Balázs Gróf - check it out below.

Obituary also commented on the music video: "We are so stoked about the new 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die' video. We knew even while making the 'Violence' video from the 'Inked In Blood' release that there would be a continuation video to follow.

"It just goes to show once again that this band is not afraid to have a good time and laugh at ourselves. Balázs is an amazing artist and captured the band's characters and personalities perfectly in both videos and we are so excited to get the reaction from the Obituary fans."

Additionally, Obituary kicks off the Decibel Magazine tour tonight with Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight. All confirmed tour dates are listed after the jump. More...

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Obituary Starts Documentary Series For New Album

Obituary has begun a documentary series for the band's new self-titled album that arrives today, March 17th. This first installment finds various musicians discussing the impact Obituary has had on their lives, including Trevor Strnad (Black Dahlia Murder), John McEntee (Incantation), Gus Rios (Gruesome) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope) among others.

Check it out below.

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Obituary Posts "A Lesson In Vengeance"

Florida death metal crew Obituary just shared a new song from the impending self-titled album due out next week on March 17th. Hear "A Lesson In Vengeance" now via the YouTube clip below.

Additionally, Obituary has announced new U.S. headline tour dates with labelmates Gruesome from May 11th till May 21st.

The band kicks off this touring cycle with the 2017 Decibel Magazine tour featuring Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight on March 17th in Charlotte, NC. A complete list of dates, including numerous festival appearances are included below. More...

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Obituary Posts "Sentence Day" Playthrough

Florida death metal crew Obituary today shares a guitar playthrough video for "Sentence Day" off the band's forthcoming self-titled album. Check it out in the player below.

"Obituary" is due out March 17th, 2017 on CD/LP/digital formats. Physical and digital pre-orders are available now via Relapse Records. The band will also be touring as part of the 2017 Decibel Magazine tour with Kreator, Horrendous, and Midnight.

The tour kicks off on March 17th in Charlotte, NC and runs through April 15th in Philadelphia, PA. A complete list of dates, including numerous festival appearances are included below. More dates will be announced shortly. More...

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