Band Photo: Obituary (?)
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
Florida-based death metallers OBITUARY are currently rehearsing for their upcoming DVD shoot, which is scheduled to take place August 24 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. They will also perform at the the Up From The Ground festival, which is set to take place August 25-26 in Gemünden, Germany. Check out pictures from the band's recent rehearsal sessions at this location.
OBITUARY are continuing to promote their latest CD, "Frozen in Time", which was released in July 2005 via Roadrunner Records. The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead" was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, and was mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound.
OBITUARY frontman John Tardy spoke to Metalupdate.com recently about a number of topics including the likelihood that they are thinking of releasing a new album without a record label. An excerpt from the interview found here follows:
Metalupdate.com: Any label interest?
Tardy: "As you can imagine, all the likely candidates. Nuclear Blast, Century Media, a handful of others who came to us. No firm offers but they have shown interest. We're at the point of kicking it around, leaving all our options open and half considering the fact we'll do it all on our own." More...
U.K. extreme metal lunatics GOREROTTED have been confirmed as main support for both the CRYPTOPSY and OBITUARY U.K. tours.
Commented vocalist Ben: "Yeah, we're really looking forward to getting back on the road, our last show was in October 2005 so we're all fired up and restless! Along with SEPULTURA and ANTHRAX, OBITUARY are one of the bands that got me into death metal when I was like 12 or something so it's gonna be an honour to share the stage with those fellas, and CRYPTOPSY are probably the best death metal band going right now so who else better could we hope to tour with!? Can't fuckin wait! See you all soon, motherfuckers gonna be drinkin till we're stinkin innit!"
OBITUARY / GOREROTTED / GOJIRA - UK Tour 2006:
Jun. 11 - Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Jun. 12 - TBC - UK
Jun. 13 - Soundhaus - Glasgow, SCO
CRYPTOPSY / GOREROTTED / SHE SAID DESTROY / SYLOSIS - UK and Ireland Tour 2006:
Aug. 12 - Ghostfest (Cockpit) - Leeds, UK
Aug. 13 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
Aug. 14 - Roadkill 350 - Liverpool, UK
Aug. 15 - An Cruiscin Lan - Cork, IRE
Aug. 16 - Temple Bar Music Veneu - Dublin, IRE
Aug. 17 - Barfly - Glasgow, SCO
Aug. 18 - Edwards No 8 - Birmingham, UK
Aug. 19 - Underworld - London, UK
Aug. 20 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
Womb Raiders and guitarist Jay have parted ways. "Musical differences and unprofessional behavior" were cited as the reasons for the split. Mike and Jose of Lustmord will be filling the void on guitars, and Joey of Hate Fuck will be doing live drums, and appearing on the next album from Womb Raiders.
Womb Raiders' plans for appearing on Obituary's Frozen In Time US tour are still on, and dates will be announced in the next couple of months.
In related news, Womb Raiders have released a new full length album on Death Rape Records called "CANNOT ESCAPE". The album consists of 8 songs, 3 are rare tracks recorded in 2003/2004.
On Friday, January 20th, "Uranium: Bands Who Deserve Press" will premiering at 9pm EST. The show will feature legendary bands like Cannibal Corpse and Obituary, plus newer bands like Since the Flood and A Life Once Lost and looks into why metal is shunned by the media masses. For more information on upcoming Uranium shows & for exclusive interviews and performances, log on to www.fuse.tv.
TotalRock.com reports that Obituary had to pull out of their planned show at the Mean Fiddler in London on Sunday January 8. The last-minute cancellation was due to immigration problems. Support act Samael still played, however.
After completing their obligations to Roadrunner Records, Obituary has been writing new material and seeking a new record deal.
They are currently on tour in Europe and have the following tour dates remaining: More...
OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy recently spoke to Zach Palmer of DoomsdayMusic.com about the band's split with Roadrunner Records, among other topics. Here are a few extracts from the conversation:
Doomsday Music: Now, this album, if I'm not mistaken, this was the final album on the Roadrunner contract, is that correct?
John Tardy: "Yeah, we are all done with Roadrunner."
Doomsday Music: Ok. Are there any plans to resign with Roadrunner, or are you going to look elsewhere? Or is there even going to be another album?
John Tardy: "Oh, there's definitely [going to be another]. We've already got some songs written as a matter of fact. We're kind of working on some new stuff, poking around here, so we definitely plan on next year doing another record, but it will not be with Roadrunner, no."
Doomsday Music: Now, I know you probably can't talk about too much specifics if it has even gotten that far, but as far as your preference, what kind of label are you looking for? Are you looking for the size of Roadrunner or bigger like Warner Brothers or are you going for more Nuclear Blast or Century Media size?
John Tardy: "Well, we've gotten some contact from some of those record companies, and we're really just approaching it like all options are open. We've even half-kicked around the fact that we might just do it on our own. So it just all depends here, there's going to be a lot that happens. I think people are just well aware of the fact that we won’t be back with Roadrunner. It just all depends on what's next for us and that's the way we're going to approach it. We're so relieved, we just got off the record deal, we got all our merchandising back, and everything is just in our own laps to do what we want with it, and it's just so nice not to have those ropes tying you down like we had being with Roadrunner for so long and just some of the stuff that they did, we're just so happy to be free of that. So we're leaving all our options open and we'll see what happens."
Read the full article at Dooms Day Music.
Obituary have posted the following message at their official website:
"First we would like to wish all of you a very happy New Year!!! We are really looking forward to 2006 and all the opportunities that face us. As you may or may not know we are no longer with our old record company and we have a lot of options for what we might want to do. One thing is for sure and that is we will have a new CD out sometime this year. We have been working on some new material and when we get done with our European Tour in January we are going to work hard on getting that completed.
Everything is set for our trip to Europe and we are all ready to go. I was just checking the weather and it looks like we will be freezing our asses off but, as my dad would say, "you got to do what you got to do"!!!! Record cold temperatures in some countries is not going to make things easy for us...I can even remember the last time I put a pair of long pants on??? Anyway, we look forward to seeing you all out at the shows and really need your support so please come out and see us!!!"
Dates for the European "Frozen In Time" tour with Samael and Maroon are as follows:
According to a posting on OBITUARY's official web site, "a good possibility" exists that the band will be shooting a new video at their December 9 concert at the Masquerade in Tampa, Florida. Also appearing on the bill will be PATHS OF POSSESSION (the Florida-based band fronted by CANNIBAL CORPSE vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher) and UNDIVIDUAL.
Germany’s metal infused hardcore outfit Maroon will support Obituary and Samael on their forthcoming tour in January 2006. A special guest, who is still TBC, will be added as opener to the package.
“We are extremely happy and very proud to be part of this tour”, says Maroon frontman Andre Moraweck. “Obituary and Samael are some of our most favourite bands and some of the main reasons that got us into music as well as making music. We are really looking forward to sharing stages with both bands. – Don’t miss this awesome package!”
Tour dates: More...
OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, HIGH ON FIRE and EVERY TIME I DIE have taped appearances on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" to air this coming week. The following summary of the week's shows was posted at the official "Metal Asylum" blog:
"On Monday [Sept. 12], none other than Florida death metal legends OBITUARY stop by! They talk about their new album, 'Frozen in Time', guitarist Allen West quitting and rejoining within a two-day period, and the recent resurgence in death metal.
"On Tuesday [Sept. 13], OBITUARY's touring partners legendary grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH stop by the studio. Among topics discussed are their new album, 'The Code is Red... Long Live the Code', touring with OBITUARY, being in the business for over 20 years, and Barney weighs in on a possible political career after he's done with music. Personally I think he's a guy of integrity and whether you agree with him politically or not, that's something that's sorely needed in global politics.
"On Wednesday [Sept. 14], southern metal gods HIGH ON FIRE stop by. They talk about their new album, 'Blessed Black Wings', their metaphorical lyrics for all the songs including 'Devilution', and Matt even talks a little about his time in the underground legendary band SLEEP.
"On Friday [Sept. 16], Buffalo rockers EVERY TIME I DIE drop by the 'Metal Asylum' set and all hell breaks loose. God knows what was talked about besides Michael Madsen (cameo in their new video), 'cause fire alarms were literally going off, sarcasm being dished out in high doses and rock was coming at you from every angle. I swear to you it's a show not to be missed!"
A video interview with OBITUARY members Frank Watkins (bass) and Donald Tardy (drums), conducted on Sunday, September 4 prior to the band's performance in Hartford, Connecticut, has been posted online at www.heavymetalsource.com. Watkins and Tardy discuss the recent departure (and subsequent return) of guitarist Allen West, the group's new CD, singer John Tardy's impending fatherhood, and the second leg of the band's North American tour.
OBITUARY's latest CD, "Frozen In Time", was released in July via Roadrunner Records. The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead", "Frozen in Time" was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, and was mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound.
On Thursday, September 1st, I drove down to Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia to see Obituary, Napalm Death, and Dead To Fall play. This is a lineup that I would not normally have gone out to see, but one of my friends is a big Dead To Fall fan and I was interested in checking all of these bands out anyway, but I might not have gone to the show without any other motivation. As it turns out, my friend never showed up or returned my calls. (Note to self: get new friends that are into metal AND reliable). Having driven almost an hour to get there and paid $25 to get in, I was going to see this show anyway. More...
Shortly after guitarist Allen West announcing his departure from Obituary, the following message has been posted on the official Obituary website:
"First I need to say how much we feel for the people of New Orleans, Mississippi and Florida!!!!! Living in Florida my whole life I am well aware of what a storm like this can do, but it seems like everything time it happens you are once again amazed by the power of mother nature. PLEASE do something to help. To make a donation to the American Red Cross click here.
We are in VA and Napalm showed up last night! We had a few cool ones and it is good to see them. We are ready to take the roof off Jaxx tonight! Rumors have been flying all over the place and our message board and fans email have been blown up with people asking about Allen West and whether or not he was going to play tonight. Once again, if you do not read it here then maybe you shouldn't believe it. Allen will be here tonight and we will get it done! DT and I sat down last night a put together a viscous set list!!!!!!!! GET YOU ASS OUT TO JAXX TONIGHT!!!!!!!"
Guitarist Allen West has announced his departure from Obituary. West's exit from the group comes on the eve of Obituary's U.S. tour with Napalm Death and Allen feels that the fans deserve no surprises when they don't see the band that they were expecting. Allen will concentrate fully on Lowbrow, whose revamped lineup consists of founding members West, Curtis Beeson (Nasty Savage) and Richard Hornberger, along with new bassist Jon Fronza. Lowbrow will continue without former members Ben Meyer (Nasty Savage, Acheron) and Richard Bateman (Agent Steel, Nasty Savage).
Lowbrow are currently preparing material for a new recording to follow 2001's "Sex. Violence.Death". More information will be made available soon.
Although Obituary have yet to comment on West's departure, singer John Tardy posted the following message on the band's official message board in response to a fan who complained about West being too "wasted" during the group's appearance at the Hole In The Sky festival in Norway this past weekend (Aug. 28):
Obituary are about to hit the road with Napalm Death and Dead to Fall in support of their new album "Frozen in Time." The band will also be making a few in-store autograph appearances. At each in-store, people that buy the records will get an exclusive poster for the band to sign. The scheduled in-stores will be on:
Sept 01 Vienna, VA - Tower Records
Sept 02 Fords, NJ - Vintage Vinyl
Sept 07 Philadelphia, PA - Relapse Records
Sept 14 Greenfield ,WI - Exclusive Co.
Sept 17 Tampa, FL - Vinyl Fever
Dead To Fall have seemingly survived their line-up issues and will be at Trax East studios in November and December with producer/engineer Eric Rachel recording their next album. The effort should hit stores in late-Spring 2006 through Victory Records. Meanwhile, following their upcoming tour with Napalm Death and Obituary, the group will be hitting the road with The Absence. Here are the dates:
Dead To Fall tour dates w/ Napalm Death and Obituary: More...
The lineup for the "World Series of Metal," a two day festival in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues, has been announced:
September 9th: JOHN OLIVA'S PAIN, THERION, BEYOND FEAR, CHRIS CAFFERY, BEYOND THE EMBRACE
September 10th: OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, DEAD TO FALL
Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will be appearing on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" program, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST. The episode will air Monday, August 1 and it will feature the world premiere of ARCH ENEMY's new video, "Nemesis", as well as the world premiere of the new OBITUARY video for "Insane".
ARCH ENEMY's new album, "Doomsday Machine", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 26 (August 22 in Europe) via Century Media Records.
"Doomsday Machine" was co-produced by the band and Rickard Bengtsson at Slaughterhouse Studio in Sweden and was mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.
Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:
1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell
The DVD will be available in September.