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From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Legendary U.S. death metal act Obtituary has been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. In one of the two sets played on board, the band will premiere its entire upcoming new album, which is as of yet untitled.
The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.
Obituary joins previously announced acts, with 22 more acts still to be announced:
Swallow the Sun
The organizers of the Bloodstock 2014 festival are thrilled to announce the addition of four more metal bands to the main stage bill, issuing the following statement:
"The very mighty New Orleans sludge metal crew, Crowbar make a return to Catton Park in 2014 for a UK festival exclusive. Led by riff lord, Kirk Windstein, who recently stepped down from his longtime tenure with Bloodstock headliners Down to concentrate energies full time on his own band Crowbar, Kirk and the boys are hard at work on a brand new album set for a 2014 release. Kirk loves Bloodstock and is looking forward to a return visit, enthusing, 'Crowbar can’t wait to bring our NOLA doom back to Bloodstock in 2014! It’s our 25th anniversary, so expect a few surprises in our set. New record, new bassist and a whole new Crowbar attitude!' More...
The Tampa death metal icons in Obituary will bring their brutal wares to the stage this Fall on a short series of live assaults.
The tour begins with a pair of back-to-back shows at Brooklyn, New York's Saint Vitus Bar on October 9th and 10th, before flattening nine more venues through October 20th. Having been holed-up in their own Redneck Studios the last few weeks penning the follow-up to 2009's punishing "Darkest Day full-length" (2009), the shows serve as a temporary writing break.
Elaborates drummer Donald Tardy: "We have been busting our asses in the studio, having a blast and writing new material. Twelve songs are done and ready to be recorded but we want a monster album for our fans so we are working on a few more to make this record huge! We will continue writing until October when we will take a break from the studio and new music and go destroy the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest with Hatebreed and crush the US."
10/09/2013 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
10/10/2013 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
10/11/2013 American Legion - Allentown, PA
10/12/2013 Trois-Rivieres Metalfest - Trois-Rivieres, QC
10/13/2013 Presidents Club - Boston, MA
10/15/2013 Beale Street - Indianapolis, IN
10/16/2013 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
10/17/2013 Fubar - St Louis, MO
10/18/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
10/19/2013 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD
10/20/2013 El N' Gee - New London, CT
The as-yet-untitled full-length will be recorded with the KickStarter funding help of the band's legion of dedicated fans around the globe. The campaign is in its final week and can be found right here.
Obituary is now tracking a new album, and the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the recording process.
The campaign reached its funding goal in a single day, but fans can still contribute as stretch goals have been added, including a documentary of the band's time in the studio. Obituary also comments:
"The immediate and overwhelming response has been absolutely unbelievable. We truly have the best fans in the world and thank you guys so much for getting us to our initial goal. Your response and support has us more determined than ever to make it to our ultimate goal which is releasing this album totally under our own control.
"This is not a campaign against the machine, or a bash on record companies. This is just one band's dream...after 25 years of music, to do it our way. Let's get this done!!!" More...
Florida death metal behemoths Obituary, in cooperation with Unation, will be offering up a pay-per-view live stream this weekend. Set to take place Saturday, June 8th at 8:30 EST at The Orpheum in the band's hometown of Tampa, Florida, the show will feature a mammoth all classics set list and include professional multi camera footage.
The cost for viewing is $4.99, with details available at this location. In addition to the stream, participants will also be given a chance to win a pair of all access passes to the next Obituary show in their area.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “We couldn’t be more excited about streaming live from Florida. The band just performed this classic set list on every corner of the planet, so for us to have the chance to come back and play a home-town show and stream it live for the world to watch is amazing. We will be performing songs only off the first three albums! We are celebrating 25 years since the release of Slowly We Rot and we want you to be a part of it with us, so we are giving away VIP passes to your next Obituary show!” More...
I personally find the idea of putting people on a pedestal to be incredibly naive and childish. At some point, whoever you idolize as being perfect will turn out to have some sort of horrible character flaws that you'll never be able to forgive. People are human, and with that comes not being perfect. Hence why I'm able to say that I don't mind somebody's offstage behavior as much as I do the actual music. In the same way, I don't care about lyrical themes that embrace politics that I disagree with. More...
Members of the extreme death metal band Jungle Rot (Geoff Bub, James Genenz) talked to ArmyOfOneTV for a quick video interview for a couple of minutes before they went to sound check on Wed Sept 12th at Bogie's in Albany, NY. The members of Jungle Rot discussed the next album among the other things, on the "Carnival of Death 2012" tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Decrepit Birth and Encrust.
Watch the video interview below and the one camera video shot of their presentation at this location. Jungle Rot has been touring in support of its recent album "Kill On Command," whose songs you may listen to over at YouTube. The whole Obituary performance was captured live, which can be accessed by going here.
The Florida death metal ministers in Obituary are set to kick off their first North American headlining tour in over three years this weekend. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, the Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will commence this Saturday in Orlando, Florida and tear its way through nearly two dozen cities. Further brutality will come from reunited death metallers Broken Hope as well as Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.
Obituary is also currently writing the follow up to the "Darkest Day" full-length, released in 2009 via Candlelight Records, with official details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Carnival Of Death Tour marks Obituary’s first full North American tour run as a four-piece with death metal alumnus Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Denial Fiend) on bass. For this trek, the band — vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres and Butler — compiled a special fan-generated set list that will delve deep into the back catalog to include tunes predominantly off the group's first three full-lengths: "Slowly We Rot," "Cause Of Death," and "The End Complete."
Comments Donald Tardy: “We are super excited about the start of the Carnival Of Death Tour. It has been a long time since we toured extensively across the US and Canada. For the first time we went to our fans and asked their help in picking the songs for this ‘classic set’ and it really turned out to be a great set list. Most of these songs we have not played in over a decade and some of them we’ve never performed onstage so the anticipation is killing me! It's was quite the challenge to re-learn songs from 20 years ago but we are ready to blow our old fans away and hopefully gain some new ones. The scene has been set, the fans have selected the songs and the time has come to hit the road and kick off this Carnival.... send in the Clowns!” More...
In February 2012 the new and fifth release of Psycroptic, titled "The Inherited Repression," was released on the world. Armed with this new weapon, the band is confirmed to support death metal cult act Obituary and the legendary Macabre, plus The Amenta on an upcoming tour in Europe. Dates are as follows:
22.11 Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
23.11 Germany, Trier @ Exhaus
24.11 Netherlands, Leeuwarden @ Romein
25.11 Netherlands, Deventer @ Burgerweeshuis
27.11 Germany, Berlin @ K17
28.11 Czech Republic, Ostrava @ Barrak Music Club
29.11 Austria, Wien @ Szene
30.11 Germany, Cham @ LA Club
01.12 Belgium, Louvain Le Neuve @ Mass Deathtruction Fest
02.12 France, Paris @ Divan Du Monde
04.12 Ireland, Dublin @ Button Factory
05.12 UK, London @ Garage
06.12 Germany, Essen @ Turock
07.12 Germany, Geiselwind @ Musichall (plus Cradle of Filth & God Seed)
09.12 France, Colmar @ Le Grillen
11.12 France, Lyon @ C.C.O. Villeurbanne
12.12 Switzerland, Luzern @ Konzerthaus Schuur
13.12 Germany, Munich @ Backstage Halle
14.12 Netherlands, Eindhoven @ Eindhoven Metal Meeting
15.12 Germany, Leipzig @ Hellraiser / 20 Years Anniversary Hellraiser-Leipzig (plus Endstille & Enthroned) More...
As was previously announced, Chicago band Encrust will be embarking on Fender’s Carnival of Death Tour 2012 with Obituary, Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and a reactivated Broken Hope. The tour begins September 8th in Orlando, Florida and currently wraps on September 29th in Dallas, Texas.
Formerly known as Hunters, Encrust is Chris Angelucci (vocals), Luke Tobias (guitar), Ryan Kasparian (guitar), Jeremy Pyrzynski (bass), and Brian Kutanovski (drums). The five-piece will release debut album, "From Birth to Soil," on September 25th, 2012 through Density Records.
"We couldn't be happier with this tour,” said Pryzynski. “Some of these bands are the reason we do this and it's really an honor to share the stage with all of these bands.”
Encrust has shared the stage with the likes of everyone from Red Fang and Corrosion of Conformity to Goatwhore and Exhumed. "Here's an example," says Pyrzynski. "Chris broke his hand punching Ryan in the head because that's what they do live. They get wild, and it's always unpredictable—even for the rest of us on stage."
Encrust's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Following 23 shows and 19 flights throughout Europe, today pioneering Florida death metal merchants Obituary are pleased to unveil the official routing of their first North American headlining tour in over three years. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, the Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will kick off in Orlando, Florida and tear its way through 20 cities.
Further sonic battery will come from reunited behemoths Broken Hope as well as Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot and Encrust.
The Carnival of Death Tour marks Obituary’s first full US/Canadian tour run as a four-piece with legendary death metal alumnus Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Denial Fiend) on bass. For this special journey, the band — vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres and Butler — are working on compiling a special fan-generated set-list that will delve deep into the back catalog to include tunes predominantly off the group's first three full-lengths: "Slowly We Rot," "Cause Of Death," and "The End Complete." To help the band map out the setlist, fans have been asked to drop by Obituary's official Facebook page with their song picks. More...
Today legendary Florida death metal tyrants Obituary announce their upcoming North American headlining tour. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, Obituary's near month-long Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will run through September and include additional audio demolition from Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot and Encrust. The tour will also feature the return of Chicago's Broken Hope.
Comments Obituary guitarist Trevor Peres, “The Carnival of Death tour will be Obituary's first full North American tour in three years. We are looking forward to it and it is sure to be brutal!”
Tour dates and further info to be announced in the coming days. In the mean time, check out the tour poster below. More...
Believe it or else, there was a time when death metal didn’t consist of bands who looked and sounded exactly the same, when it was an exciting new genre, spurred on by the likes of Possessed and Kreator. Like all genres, it had some bands that stood out more than others, and one group who stood out due to their undeniable quality and fresh approach, was Obituary. Obituary were originally formed by brothers John and Donald Tardy under the name Executioner in 1984, before altering their moniker to Xecutioner, prior to finally (and wisely) changing their name once again in 1988 to Obituary. Soon after the final name change, they entered Morrisound Studios to record with Scott Burns, who within the studio, also produced several other extreme metal classics such as "Effigy of the Forgotten" by Suffocation and a number of albums by Cannibal Corpse. The result was their first album, "Slowly We Rot," which was released in the summer of 1989 through Roadracer Records. The album was very well received, and many Obituary fans still regard it as their heaviest record to date. They were soon faced with the task of finding new members however, as guitarist Allen West and bass player Daniel Tucker parted company with the group, leaving their shoes to be filled by former Death guitarist James Murphy and hardcore loving bassist Frank Watkins respectively. This new lineup soon recorded a second album, "Cause Of Death," released the next year to similar praise. The album featured artwork by Michael Whelan which was originally going to be used by Sepultura for their "Beneath The Remains" album, but Obituary were allowed to use it first. It also contained a cover of the classic Celtic Frost song, "Circle of the Tyrants" and is today regarded as a true classic in the death metal genre.
This would prove to be their only record with Murphy, as the band welcomed Allen West back into the fold soon afterwards. They got to work on their third album, "The End Complete," which remains the biggest selling record to date, shifting well over half a million copies worldwide and gaining the band their first entry into the Billboard charts, peaking at number 16 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Although were not able to replicate this commercial success with the follow up, "World Demise," they made much of a profound statement, particularly with the music video for the album opener, "Don’t Care," which was seen as an environmental protest song, and featured shocking images of pollution. The album featured a number of other bleak sounding songs too, "Final Thoughts," "Lost" and the title track in particular. It would be three years before they released another record, which finally came in 1997 under the title, "Back From the Dead," the first Obituary album not to be produced by Scott Burns. The record received mixed reviews and, owing mostly to a lack of desire for touring, the band decided to call it a day soon after its release, marking their breakup with a live album suitably entitled, "Dead." More...
Florida death metal act Obituary has issued the following recap of recent live shows and announcement about working on the follow-up to the "Darkest Day" album (reviewed here):
"We really had a good time on that run through South America. There were some really good shows, a few cancelled shows too...but, all in all a really good time. We wound up taking 19 flights in 20 days and that was not fun, but the shows we did were awesome! Thanks to Lee Harrison for doing the shows with us. Lee was playing guitar with us and he sounded great! Thank you brother!
"We are home now working some more on the new album. We are in no hurry and it will get done when it gets done! We have a show in Miami coming up and then we head to Europe for about 5 weeks! I hope you can make it out to one of the many shows we have scheduled!
"South America thanks for all the support and we will be back sometime after the new album comes out!!!"
American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
All Shall Perish
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...
The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Children Of Bodom
Jon Oliva's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Texas In July
Winds Of Plague
The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:
Black Sabbath (Headliner)
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Jon Olivia's Pain
Lamb Of God
Sick Of It All
Winds Of Plague
Besides drumming for Obituary, Donald Tardy has other interests of a more altruistic nature. He and his wife Heather established the "Metal Meowlisha" as a way of aiding over 130 feral cats a day. Metal Meowlisha has the following mission statement, and you may go to it's website to learn more.
"Donald and Heather are committed to caring for feral cats in more than 20 spots or ‘colonies’ each day, 365 days a year. This also involves continually practicing Trap-Neuter-Return and using spay/neuter to control the population of free roaming cats in our area. The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return as the ONLY Humane and Effective manner of managing free roaming cat populations, and so do we! In caring for so many cats on the streets, we find many abandoned cats, especially in the current economy and college area that we are working in. Often they are in need of health care, some need extensive treatment. The MM works with our vet and local clinics to the sick and injured cats we find, and networks with the wonderful rescues and shelters in our city to help find homes for friendly, adoptable cats and kittens. We strive to provide medical care as needed to sick or injured feral cats so they can be returned to their outdoor homes to live happily and comfortably. The MM embraces a no-kill ideology and strives to treat sick and injured cats without euthanizing cats based on financial considerations or testing positive for infectious diseases. We also believe that any cat or kitten whose life will be impacted by the results of a "positive" test deserves to be retested as these results are not always correct the first time, and sometimes with time a cat will clear the antibodies or virus. They don't euthanize MLB players for testing positive! We believe all cats deserve a second chance as much as it is possible, keeping the cats quality of life & prognosis of course in primary consideration."
Currently, Obituary is planning it's next big live gig at the Chas Metal Attack VI in the Circo Volador in Mexico City, supported by Pathology and Rigor Mortis. The date for the Festival is February 4th, 2012. Check out Obituary's Facebook page for more information. More...
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...