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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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Three More Acts Confirmed For Bloodstock 2017

Promoters for Bloodstock announced another three acts for the 2017 edition of the annual festival. Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 10-13, 2017. Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners Amon Amarth plus Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Whitechapel, Possessed and Hell.

Florida death metal kingpins Obituary land themselves a Sunday slot on the main stage. With a brand new studio album coming in Spring 2017 via Relapse Records, the band recently unleashed the 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die" CD, featuring two brand new studio tracks and a full live set from the '"Onked In Blood" World Tour.

Poland’s tech/death-meisters Decapitated are lined up for a Friday slot. Having delivered some of the most influential death metal of the 21st century, anticipation is high for Decapitated’s new studio album set for release in 2017. Guitarist/founder Vogg commented: "We're very excited to be returning to Bloodstock Festival - it will have been three years since our last time. We're currently in the studio getting ready to unleash the monster we've been working on for the past twelve months and can't wait to play some Polish metal for our UK fans next Summer!"

Mexican-American agitators, Brujeria also join the main stage bill! The band recently released their first album in 16 years, "Pocho Aztlan" via Nuclear Blast, comprising twelve tracks of uncompromising riffs and brutality.

Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!

VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from December 16th, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at this location. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.

Many more acts are still to be announced. More...

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Relapse Releases Free Sampler

Relapse has a new winter 2016 sampler available for streaming below and up for free download here. The label comments:

"Relapse Records is excited to present one of our largest and most diverse yearly samplers to date, featuring music from all corners of the metalsphere and beyond.

"We’ve gathered 41 tracks taken from new and upcoming releases, including music from rising stars like Gatecreeper, Nothing, Inter Arma, and Gruesome, tracks from sonic boundary-pushers Myrkur, Survive, Brain Tentacles, and Boris, and songs from brand-new signees The Obsessed, King Woman, Cloakroom, and Integrity.

"The sampler also includes new music from Relapse heavyweights Red Fang, Obscura, Obituary, The Album Leaf, and many more alongside selections from our recent reissues of classic albums by Death, Pentagram, and more." More...

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Obituary Streams "Ten Thousand Ways To Die"

Obituary is now streaming latest release "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" online in full, which is a special single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's storied catalog.

Recorded in eleven different cities during the 2015 "Inked In Blood" world tour, these live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years.

Additionally, the band is about to embark on a fall European tour, "The Battle of the Bays," with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off next Friday, October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included after the stream. More...

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Obituary Streaming "Vision In My Head" Live

Obituary has shared a new live song from forthcoming release "Ten Thousand Ways To Die."

The song "Visions In My Head" (from the band's Relapse debut "Inked In Blood") was recorded live at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD and can be heard below.

"Ten Thousand Ways To Die" is a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's storied catalog. The release is coming October 21st, just as the band kicks off a European tour with Exodus, Prong, and King Parrot. More...

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Obituary Posts "Intoxicated" Live

Obituary just shared a live song from forthcoming release "Ten Thousand Ways To Die." "Intoxicated" (off the classic "Slowly We Rot") was recorded live at Revolution Center in Boise, ID and can be seen below.

"Ten Thousand Ways To Die" is a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's storied catalog. Additionally, the band has announced a fall European tour, "The Battle of the Bays," with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot.

The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included after the song stream. More...

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Obituary Releases New Single, Live Album, Tour

Death metal legends Obituary announced "Ten Thousand Ways To Die," a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks, plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's storied catalog.

Recorded in eleven different cities during the band's highly successful 2015 "Inked In Blood" world tour, the live tracks capture the incredible performances of a band that has stood atop the death metal pantheon for almost 30 years. "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" will be released worldwide on October 21st on CD and Digital formats and is sure to satisfy new and die-hard Obituary fans and will quench the bloodthirst of listeners until the band's new album drops in Spring 2017.

Listen to the new single "Loathe" in the player below. Pre-Orders for "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" are available at the Relapse Records Store over here.

Additionally, the band has announced a Fall European Tour, The Battle of the Bays, with support from Exodus, Prong and King Parrot. The tour kicks off October 21st in Hannover, Germany and a complete listing of dates is included below. More...

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"Battle Of The Bays" Tour Extended

Tampa death metal veterans Obituary recently announced the "Battle Of the Bays" European tour 2016, which will see the band crushing the U.K. and Europe this October / November alongside Bay Area thrash legends Exodus.

NY rockers Prong and Australian grindcore up-and-comers King Parrot will provide further support.

More countries on this tour will be announced at the end of August, with a handful of extra dates also being revealed today:

Oct 22 Lille, FR Aeronef
Oct 23 Rennes, FR L’Etage
Oct 24 Paris, FR Elysée Montmartre
Oct 25 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Oct 27 Glasgow, UK Garage
Oct 28 Manchester, UK Academy 2
Oct 29 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
Oct 30 Southampton, UK Engine Rooms
Nov 5 Aarhus, DK Voxhall
Nov 6 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Nov 11 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Nov 12 Katowice, PL Mega Club
Nov 15 Bucharest, RO Arlene Romane
Nov 16 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR Tvornica Club More...

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Exodus Announces "Battle Of The Bays" Tour

The Bay Area thrash titans from Exodus are hugely pleased to announce they will be returning to the U.K. as part of the colossal "Battle Of The Bays" European tour in October 2016, alongside famed Florida death metal squad Obituary.

Support will come from influential NYC groove crossover metallers Prong and Australian wrecking machine King Parrot.

The U.K. dates will see this rampageous assembly visit London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham – culminating with a show in Southampton.

Steve Zetro Sousa comments: "Myself and the rest of Exodus are absolutely excited about going out on tour with Obituary, Prong and King Parrot. What a heavy fucking show!!!! Both Obituary and Prong are solid, legendary bands that have solidified themselves in our genre, and King Parrot has us all turning our heads on what to expect from heavy metal in the future. We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned!!"

25th October – London, Electric Ballroom
27th October – Glasgow, Garage
28th October – Manchester, Academy 2
29th October – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
30th October – Southampton, Engine Rooms

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

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...

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Florida Metal Fest Kicking Off This Weekend

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...

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

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:



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First Annual Florida Metal Fest Announced

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:

Obituary
Corrosion Of Conformity
Deicide
Trouble
Madball
Malevolent Creation
Atheist
Broken Hope
Generichrist
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Cannibal Corpse Announces Tour With Obituary

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...

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Carcass' Bill Steer Rejoins Napalm Death On Stage

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...

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Carcass Cause A ComMotion In Bristol

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...

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Obituary European Tour Starting Tomorrow In UK

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?"

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Frank Watkins (Gorgoroth/Ex-Obituary) Passes Away

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.

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Napalm Death Announces New Tour Dates

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.

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Napalm Death Announces Deathcrusher European Tour

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...

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Obituary Entire Hellfest Concert Posted

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.

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