Band Photo: Obituary (?)
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
John Tardy Vocals
Terry Butler Bass
Trevor Peres Guitar
Ken Andrews Guitar
Donald Tardy Drums
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Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
This Saturday, January 30th, 2016 marks the first annual Florida Metal Fest organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends Obituary.
The event is set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa and the two stage gala will see some of the Sunshine State's most iconic bands - including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Atheist and Deicide.
Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist.
Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was Untoten Krieg. The second battle took place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City, with Unsung Destroyer winning the proverbial belt.
Said John Tardy of fest: "My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. More...
While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.
Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.
A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:
Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) December 29, 2015
Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP pic.twitter.com/WC1csn5F5x— Metallica (@Metallica) December 29, 2015
January 30th, 2016 will mark the official kick off of the first annual Florida Metal Fest! Organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends, Obituary, and set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, year one of the brutal gala will see some of the Sunshine State's most iconic bands - including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Deicide and Atheist - unite and return to their roots in the very heart of the death metal world. Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist!
Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was
Untoten Krieg. The second battle will take place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City to determine the final band of this year's lineup.
Said John Tardy of fest: "My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. We want to put together a first class festival. From the venue to the PA, from the lights to the lineup we are trying our best to make this as memorable event as possible. No festival, anywhere in the world, even with the best possible lineup, would work if the area does not support it. I think that Tampa, and its surrounding cities, is a great music area and one that is ready to make this event come to life."
Florida Metal Fest I Lineup:
Corrosion Of Conformity
Untoten Krieg [Battle Of the Bands Winner] More...
Cannibal Corpse is beginning 2016 with one of the most bludgeoning death metal lineups fans will see all year.
Fellow Florida death metal progenitors Obituary will serve as direct support, followed by Canada's Cryptopsy, as well as Abysmal Dawn from Los Angeles.
The tour, presented by The Noise, will tear across North America beginning on February 12th and runs through March 20th. The dates and cities are listed below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11th, at 10:00am local time through all local and national ticket outlets. More...
Watch Carcass guitarist Bill Steer below, rejoining his former band Napalm Death for the first time since 1988 to perform the classic ND track "Deceiver". The track originally appeared on the B-side of Napalm Death's debut album "Scum", which was released in July 1987 via Earache.
Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod are currently touring Europe. Check out all remaining dates of the European "Deathcrusher Tour 2015" below: More...
Every once in a while, a tour comes along with a lineup that's more or less impossible to ignore. This year, Europe is being treated to a veritable wet dream of extremity, as two of death metal's most revered bands, Carcass and Obituary, are teaming up with grindcore godfathers Napalm Death and Canadian progressive thrashers, Voivod, as well as Swiss act, Herod, to give headbangers the Deathcrusher tour. As if to get the grey island out of the way first, the trek began this past week in the United Kingdom and this reporter was lucky enough to witness the event in Bristol, at a venue called The Motion.
Opening the show was Herod, a progressive sludge metal band from Vevey in Switzerland, who released their debut album, "They Were None" last year. Although they didn't feel out of place as such on this bill, opening such an exciting lineup with sludge didn't seem like a particularly good idea and as a result, Herod came across as a boring start that created the sentiment opening bands dread; the old, "Let's just get this over with so we can watch what we came for," vibe. They received a relatively warm response from the crowd however, who it must be said of Bristol audiences, are usually supportive of unknown or new bands. Whatever the case, with a dull stage presence and uninteresting repertoire, Herod will need to wait until their next album before they seriously impress any passing punters. More...
Obituary is gearing up for it's European Death Crusher Tour with Carcass, Napalm Death and Voivod starting this Friday in Wolverhampton, UK.
Asks Obituary on the band's Facebook page: "Are you ready for the RedNeck Stomp?"
Check out all dates below: More...
Former Obituary bassist Frank Watkins (also known as Bøddel of Gorgoroth) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was only 47-years-old.
Watkins joined Obituary in 1989, after the band's debut album "Slowly We Rot", and recorded with them "Cause Of Death" in 1990. Obituary broke up in 1997 and reteamed again in 2003.
Watkins stayed with the group through the recording of 2009's album "Darkest Day". In 2010 Frank Watkins left Obituary on acrimonious terms and was replaced by Terry Butler.
After having just supported Faith No More on a U.S. run, and in addition to the previously revealed European dates for the "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, Napalm Death will continue touring by joining up with Carcass, Obituary, Voivod as well as Herod on a string of U.K. and Ireland dates of the "Deathcrusher Tour."
An announcement from Napalm Death about the tour can be seen in the video below, while a full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump.
British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much-praised studio album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and have recently announced their participation on what will be one of the heaviest tour packages of the year: The "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, which sees NAPALM DEATH and label mates VOIVOD join up with headliners Carcass, Obituary as well as Herod all throughout November in Europe. Here are the dates revealed so far:
"Deathcrusher Tour 2015"
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Rage Wear, Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin & Big Cheese
01.11. Gent (Belgium) - De Vooruit
02.11. Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
03.11. Geneva (Switzerland) - L'Usine
04.11. Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
05.11. Prague (Czech Republic) - Folimanka Hall
06.11. Magdeburg (Germany) - Factory
08.11. Gothenburg (Sweden) - Tradgar'n
09.11. Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
11.11. Gdansk (Poland) - B90
12.11. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
13.11. Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
15.11. Vienna (Austria) - Simm City
16.11. Munich (Germany) - Kesselhaus
17.11. Bologna (Italy) - Estragon Club
18.11. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
19.11. Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
21.11. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest
26.11. Madrid (Spain) - Sala Riviera
27.11. Lisboa (Portugal) - Cine Teatro Corrois
28.11. Bilbao (Spain) - Sala Santana 27
29.11. Barcelona (Spain) - Sala Razzmatazz
More dates to be announced soon...
NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury comments as follows:
"It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to the upcoming "Deathcrusher Tour". The Musical history and relevance between all 4 of the bands truly speaks for itself I think - It's heartwarming to be a part of it.
All of the bands involved in this tour have been great friends for what I guess is a lifetime now - we have played together on many separate occasions before BUT this tour! This tour is something very special, I mean come on...VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY & CARCASS are you kidding? All on the same bill night after night?? This is the A to Z of heavy, grinding, progressive, crushing riffs in one insane package!
I expect to see nothing less than savage mosh pit mayhem every evening....this is one tour nobody should miss..." More...
German/French TV station ARTE is streaming pro-shot live video footage of Obituary's entire Hellfest performance, which took place last Saturday, June 20th in Clisson, France.
Check it out now below.
Death metal legends Obituary have released an animated music video for the track "Violence" from their most recent album "Inked In Blood." The video, which was animated and directed by Balázs Gróf, can be viewed below.
The band commented on the video: "We had a blast creating the idea for the video and to watch Balázs animate us was a very cool experience. In the world of modern technology it is easy to shoot a music video with a camera crew and high-tech video equipment but we wanted something different. Something we hope the fans enjoy and understand that OBITUARY, though we are the godfathers of Florida death metal, don't take themselves too seriously and enjoy having fun. This cartoon is a perfect example of what kind of people we are. Not afraid to kick ass on stage but also not afraid to laugh at ourselves.
"We know that music is created for fans to enjoy and get away in their mind from the real world for just a few moments at a time and this video we hope makes them smile and laugh with us and at us."
Director and animator Balázs Gróf commented as well: "I made a video for the Hungarian band Blind Myself which went on Headbangers Ball's best videos of 2008 chart and it was seen by John Tardy, who became interested in having an animated video for OBITUARY. Eventually the long awaited new studio album Inked In Blood provided the reason for making one. More...
With American death metal legends Origin, the utterly brutal Morgoth from Germany, Dutch marauders Centurian and Dutch brutal death grinders Korpse rounding off the bill, the line-up for Neurotic Deathfest 2015 is complete.
Europe's premier indoor extreme metal festival sets place on April 17th - 19th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands. 42 bands in total will play at the 12th edition of the festival, including heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath, Obituary and Entombed A.D. Weekend tickets and day tickets are available through this location.
The confirmed bands are as follows:
Bloodbath, Obituary, Entombed A.D., Immolation, Origin, Devourment, Nader Sadek, Broken Hope, Pyrexia, Tribulation, Internal Suffering, Benighted, Internal Bleeding, Morgoth, Dead Congregation, Sinister, Disavowed, Soulburn, Liquid Graveyard, Mass Infection, Gorod, Kronos, Centurian, Ingested, Holocausto Canibal, Jig-Ai, Nominon, Unfathomable Ruination, Acranius, Cardiac Arrest, Incinerate, Regurgitate Life, Hideous Divinity, Contrastic, Perfecitizen, The Walking Dead Orchestra, Near Death Condition, Korpse, Bleeding Utopia, Abhorrent Decimation, Neuroma and Slaughter To Prevail. More...
A new video preview of the upcoming book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers" has been released. Check it out below.
This book includes more than 400 color graphics, 100 exclusive interviews and revealing details about the making of iconic album artworks for bands like Obituary, Death, Neurosis, Slayer, Opeth, At The Gates, Metallica, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Cormorant, Disincarnate, Testament, and many more!
According to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David, Vincent (who wrote the foreword), this 264-pages book is set to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”
Friedhof Magazine has uploaded video footage of Obituary's January 27 performance in Barcelona, Spain. The band has been touring Europe this January with their latest album titled "Inked In Blood".
Check out the live clip now below.
Speaking to Full Metal Jackie, Obituary drummer Donald Tardy stated about "Inked In Blood": More...
Longing running death metal band Obituary has checked in with the following new year message about celebrating 30 years of brutality:
"January 1st, 2015 - is that true? Holy crap is time flying by...
"It's hard to believe we started this band in 1985 in my moms house as teenagers just wanting to jam. Here we are 30 years later and going at it harder and stronger than ever. Thanks to you we are still doing it and having a blast.
"This will be a very busy year for us and we are looking forward to meeting all of you guys when we come thru your town or at one of the festivals we will be playing in support of Inked In Blood.
"Hope you are jamming the New Songs and again THANK YOU for listening to and loving Obituary!
"We could not be more excited about hitting the road to perform for all of you on every corner of this little blue planet. See you soon...." More...
The Neurotic Deathfest has announced new names for the 2015 installment, set to take place at 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands on April 17th - 19th, 2015.
Four new acts are confirmed: Obituary, Gorod, Kronos and Holocausto Canibal. The organization earlier confirmed heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath and Immolation. Tickets are available through this location.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
The Death metal legends from Obituary released their Relapse debut "Inked In Blood" this past October via Relapse Records.
Tomorrow Obituary has scheduled a Reddit "AMA" at 4:00 PM Central Time. Brothers John and Don Tardy will be online to answer any question you may have about the band, the new album and tour dates, and three decades of death metal trailblazing. The AMA will take place at this location.
Obituary has also teamed up with ESP Guitars and Ultimate Guitar for a special guitar solo contest. Visit Ultimate-Guitar.com here and find out how to record your own unique solo on the new song "Violence." Obituary will personally judge each entry awarding one grand prize and 2 runners up. More...
Obituary released Relapse debut "Inked In Blood" this past October via Relapse Records. The record cracked the Billboard Top 100 coming in at #75 and can be heard in full at this location.
This is Obituary's highest chart number to date and sold almost 5 times as many copies as the 2009 release "Darkest Day."
Today Wondering Sound is hosting a stream of one of the bonus tracks from the special edition of "Inked in Blood." The track is a rerecording of the Obituary classic "Bloodsoaked" from the album "Slowly We Rot" and can be heard below. More...