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Formed: 1984
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.

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Obituary Finalize Dates On Upcoming US Tour

Obituary have finalized dates on their upcoming US tour. Support for the shows will be Alabama Thunderpussy, Full Blown Chaos and Hemlock. The tour will be in immediate support of the band's new album, Xecutioner's Return, that is set to hit stores nationwide on 28th August. Candlelight Records, in cooperation with itunes, will release an advance single - the album track "Evil Ways," on 31st July. It will be the fans' first opportunity to hear the newly recorded material.

September
11 - (US) Jaxx Nite Club - Springfield VA
12 - (US) BB King Blues Club - New York NY
13 - (US) Funhaus - Toronto ON
15 - (US) ADC Performance Center - Southbridge MA
16 - (US) Club Infinity - Williamsville NY
19 - (US) Emerald Theatre - Mt. Clemens MI
20 - (US) Peabody's Down Under - Cleveland OH
21 - (US) The Rock - Maplewood MN
22 - (US) Indianapolis Metalfest - Indianapolis IN
24 - (US) Aztlan Theatre - Denver CO
26 - (US) House of Blues - Anaheim CA
28 - (US) Bourbon Street - Concord CA
30 - (US) Knitting Factory - Los Angeles CA
October
03 - (US) Emos - Austin TX
04 - (US) Granada Theatre - Dallas TX
05 - (US) Meridian - Houston TX
06 - (US) The Hangar - New Orleans LA

Interviews with the members of Obituary discussing Xecutioner's Return and the upcoming tour will be available next week.

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Obituary Vocalist Checks In, Some US Dates Changed

OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy has posted this message on the band's official website:

"We made it to Holland safely and had a great night off in Amsterdam last night. We are in Deventer today to rehearse and go over the set for the London show at the Camden Underworld July 5 and the Walrock Festival in Holland on July 7. We will be playing a couple of new songs!

I have great news for all of you who cannot wait for the August 28 release of 'Xecutioner's Return'. We have confirmed that we will be doing an iTunes exclusive release of 'Evil Ways', a new song off our 'Xecutioner's Return' CD. July 31, 2007 will be the release date for that!!!!!"

In other news, there have been some changes made to the band's upcoming U.S. tour. As well, most of the venues have been announced (see below). Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

July 5 - London, UK - TPA
July 7 - Burgum, Holland - Waldrock Festival
Sept. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sept. 12 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Sept. 14 - Sayerville, NY - TBA
Sept. 15 - Southbridge, MA - ADC Performance Center
Sept. 16 - Williamsville, NY - Club Infinity (New York Fright Fest 4)
Sept. 19 - Mt. Clemens, MI - Emerald Theatre
Sept. 20 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sept. 21 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
Sept. 22 - Indianapolis, IN - KOC Grand Ballroom Metal Festival
Sept. 24 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
Sept. 26 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Sept. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - TBA
Sept. 29 - San Diego, CA - Jumping Turtle
Sept. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory
Oct. 2 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA
Oct. 4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Oct. 5 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Oct. 6 - New Orleans, LA - The Hanger

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Obituary Head Back To Europe

OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy has posted this message on the band's official website:

"We fly out today for another trip! Headed for Amsterdam where we will be playing the Waldrock Festival in Holland on July 7 and we have a short flight to London were we will be playing at the Camden Underworld on July 5! We will be playing a couple of new songs for the first time so get out to the shows!!!

We have been wanting to have a 'real' listening party for a long time, but somehow it never happened the way we wanted it too. This was the listening party we wanted and it was awesome! I would like to thank all of our friends and family, Mark Prator, both Metal Maniacs and Decibel Magazines for coming down and being apart of it.

We had our new 20 X 20 backdrop hanging in Morrisound's studio and it looked sick! Thanks to them for letting us have this party in their facility."

Obituary's new album, "Xecutioner's Return" , is scheduled to be released on August 28 through Candlelight Records.

Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

July 5 - London, UK - TPA
July 7 - Burgum, Holland - Waldrock Festival
Sept. 7 - Ft. Lauerdale, FL
Sept. 8 - Jacksonville, FL
Sept. 9 - Atlanta, GA
Sept. 11 - Springfield, VA
Sept. 12 - Richmond, VA
Sept. 14 - New York, NY
Sept. 15 - Sayerville, NY
Sept. 16 - Southbridge, MA
Sept. 18 - Cleveland, OH
Sept. 21 - Detroit, MI
Sept. 22 - Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 23 - Chicago, IL
Sept. 25 - Denver, CO
Sept. 27 - Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 28 - Orange County, CA
Sept. 29 - Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 30 - San Diego, CA
Oct. 2 - Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 3 - Tucson, AZ
Oct. 5 - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 6 - Dallas, TX
Oct. 7 - Houston, TX

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Obituary and Alabama Thunderpussy Team Up For Tour

The first date has been released for OBITUARY’s upcoming North American tour that, for some reason, features ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, and HEMLOCK:

September 11 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Obituary Gears Up For Next Huge US Tour

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have announced the routing for their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off early September. The dates are as follows (venue details to follow):

Jul. 05 - London, England - TPA
Jul. 07 - Burgum, Netherlands - Waldrock Festival
Sep. 07 - Ft. Lauerdale, FL
Sep. 08 - Jacksonville, FL
Sep. 09 - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 11 - Springfield, VA
Sep. 12 - Richmond, VA
Sep. 14 - New York, NY
Sep. 15 - Sayerville, NY
Sep. 16 - Southbridge, MA
Sep. 18 - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 21 - Detroit, MI
Sep. 22 - Indianapolis, IN
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL
Sep. 25 - Denver, CO
Sep. 27 - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 28 - Orange County, CA
Sep. 29 - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 30 - San Diego, CA
Oct. 02 - Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 03 - Tucson, AZ
Oct. 05 - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX

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Obituary Discuss New Album

Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY have issued the following studio update:

"There is so much going on! The most important thing is the recording/mixing of the new CD and that is going amazing! These new songs are so heavy and we are happy and lucky to announce that Ralph Santolla (ex-DEICIDE, ICED EARTH, DEATH) is helping us with some of the guitar work. To have someone like Ralph working with us is totally new to Obituary and I can't tell you how excited we are. This new album, Xecutioners Return, is just coming to life! I know there has been a lot of speculation about what we were going to do for another guitarist now that Allen West is unavailable. It is kind of strange how things work out. We have known Ralph for a long time and it is no surprise how good of a guitar player he is, but what was really nice is how good we work with each other and how good we get along. Not only is Ralph recording with us, but he will also be going with us to Europe in July and on our U.S. Tour in September. We leave for South America tomorrow for the next set of shows and they should be some good ones. We have been to Argentina (a long time ago), but we have never been to Chile or Brazil, so we are looking forward to these shows. When we get home we will finish up the mixing of the new CD and we are on schedule for a late August release!"

Obituary live dates include:

June
5 - Teatro Teleton - Santiago, Chile *
6 - The Roxy - Buenos Aires, Argentina *
7 - Bar Opiniao - Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil *
8 - Hangar 110 - Sao Paulo/SP, Brasil *
9 - Lapa Multishow - Belo Horizonte, Brasil *

July
7 - Waldrock Fesival - Holland

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Obituary Announce New Album Title

Florida death metal legends OBITUARY have set "Xecutioner's Return" (Candlelight Records) as the title of their forthcoming album. The CD's release date has been pushed forward to August 28 from the previously announced September 11. The band is finalizing U.S. touring plans now that will kick off in early September. Full tour details will be announced shortly.

OBITUARY is working with artist Andreas Marshall for the cover art for "Xecutioner's Return". Marshall has worked with the band for "The End Complete" and their most recent record "Frozen in Time". Tracking of the record has now been completed with mixing and mastering now on schedule in the coming weeks.

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Obituary Issues Post-Australian Tour Update

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Unbelievable trip! It took us over 20 years to get to Australia, but we finally made it and had a great time. Thanks to all our Australian fans that came out to see us.

"We got the extreme tour hitting four cities in four days, but Australia is a great place to be and we do plan to get back after the new CD comes out.

"Believe it or not, we logged over 60 hours of flight time! Flight time!!! I am not even talking about hours in the airport, drive times or flight delays...I'm am talking about sitting on a plane for over 60 hours in our week long trip! Maybe that is why I feel like I was hit by a truck! Looking back it was probably too much too fast, but next time we will plan to spend more time and enjoy it a little more.

"The shows were really great and I know our fans there waited a long time for this so it was nice to finally get down there.

"We are moving along in the studio in between trips. It is actually kind of nice to walk away from it and then come back with a 'clean' ear. Markie was busy doing all the editing stuff he can do without us around and now that we are back we can continue with more of the mixing. The good news is it looks like the release date is getting moved up! I am not positive, but I think it is now the end of August!!!

"South America is up next. After that the schedule is cleaned up a little. I know I will be ready for some rest after the South American dates and we get this new CD finished. We will be back in Europe in July for the Waldrock festival in Holland and I think we are gonna do a show in the U.K. while we are there. I will get you that date when I know it, but it should be around July 6th!!!!"

Check put pictures from OBITUARY's Australian trip at this location.

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Obituary Guitarist Allen West Jailed For DUI

Obituary guitarist Allen West has been jailed for undisclosed offences. He is not expected to be free until next February, but remains an official member of the band, who are currently touring and recording without him.

Rumour has it he was arrested for drunk driving, which reportedly is his fifth arrest for DUI.

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Obituary To Release New Album On Candlelight

Candlelight Records has confirmed September 11th as the U.S. release date for the forthcoming album from death metal legends OBITUARY. Recording of the currently untitled album is already underway with the album’s completion expected for June 1st.

Tampa-based OBITUARY featuring vocalist John Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres, bassist Frank Watkins and drummer Donald Tardy are one of the genre’s most respected and successful bands. Formed in 1985, the quartet have released six critically-acclaimed albums that have to date sold nearly one million copies in the United States. More...

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Obituary Announce First Ever Australian Tour Dates

The promoters who recently brought thrash legends Testament down under, MW Entertainment Pty Ltd, have once again outdone themselves with the official statement: "We are proud to announce that Florida Death Metal legends Obituary are heading our way finally after twenty years."

The dates for the tour, tickets for which are now on sale, are:

15 May, Sydney, The Manning Bar
Supported by Picture The End and The Day Everything Became Nothing

16 May Melbourne, The Prince
Supported by Alarum and Darkest Dawn

18 May Brisbane, Club Phoenix
Supported by Picture The End and The Dead

19 May Perth, Club Capital
Details TBA

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Brutal Truth Head To Japan


Reunited seminal grindcore / extreme metal outfit BRUTAL TRUTH will head to Japan next week to headline the “Extreme The Dojo Tour V.17.” This tour follows the band’s recent successful U.K. headlining run and will kick off on Monday, March 5th in Osaka, Japan with support from Poland’s VADER.

BRUTAL TRUTH will also be performing a select number of U.S. tour dates as headliners at both the Los Angeles Murderfest and Maryland Deathfest. The LA Murderfest will take place the weekend of March 25th and 26th and also includes ATHEIST, REPULSION, OBITUARY and more. The Maryland Deathfest will occur the weekend of May 26th and 27th and includes appearances from CYNIC, REGURGITATE, ORIGIN, F*CK THE FACTS, and others. A complete listing of tour dates and festival information can be found in the tour section.

BRUTAL TRUTH has recently seen the reissue of their heralded 1997 masterpiece Sounds of the Animal Kingdom. The re-mastered and repackaged version comes complete with the preceding Kill Trend Suicide mini-CD (1996), bonus video footage in the form of the band’s 'Dead Smart' video, extensive and exhaustive liner notes from the band, and a forward from Choosing Death author Albert Mudrian.

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Obituary To Record New Album Next Month

Obituary will return to the studio in March to begin recording their next studio effort. According to frontman John Tardy, the band is "still working on the new CD and are getting really excited about these new songs. This is some pretty sick sh--. I still do not know what we are going to do about a record label. We are still talking with a few labels and trying to work something out. Hopefully something gets done soon, so we can move forward and concentrate on future events." In the meantime, you can catch the band's live set starting March 24 in Hollywood at the Los Angeles Murderfest.

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More Bands Announced For Los Angeles Murderfest

More bands have been announced for the Los Angeles Murderfest Version 3.0, which is slated for March 24th and 25th at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA:

Saturday, March 24th: More...

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Obituary Re-Releases Discussed

These death metal pioneers from Tampa, Florida, pretty much defined the sound of this extreme genre of guttural vocals, down-tuned guitars, and a pulverising rhythm section.

What is death metal, you say? Well, the common characteristics are usually violent or dark lyrics which focus on death as a nihilistic metaphor, although lately, more philosophy-based lyrics seem to be becoming popular.

In English, what that means is you sing about death, dying and creative ways of achieving it.

The release of Cause of Death in 1990 is regarded as a defining album in the genre, and vocalist John Tardy is also credited as one of the first to use an abnormally low growl called grinding.

Roadrunner Records has recently re-released Obituary’s classic odes to death as remasters.

Cause of Death can’t be overlooked. If you’re a fan, have limited dough, then just get this remaster. If it’s not in your collection, and you really want to be able to say you have all the “great” albums this genre has ever seen, this needs to be in there.

Without this album and some other shining examples from the same period, there would be no Nile, no Cryptopsy, none of the super technical bands.

Read the full article at Malay Mail.

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Metal Legends Festival Confirm Acts

JAAH Productions presents Metal Legends Festival, scheduled for May 4th in Torreón, Coahuila, México.

Acts confirmed to play the festival currently include: OBITUARY, SADUS, HIRAX, ARMORED, HACAVITZ, CANSERBERIA, PACAL, INHERTED, SOLITUDE, EVIL ENCOURAGE.

More acts to be confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.

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Obituary Post 'On The Floor' Video Online

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have posted their video for the song "On the Floor" at YouTube.com. The clip, which was shot on December 9, 2005 at the Masquerade in Ybor City, Florida with video producer Michael Sarna (MEGADETH's "Of Mice and Men"), can also be seen on the band's MySpace page. Also available at YouTube.com is a video clip of OBITUARY performing the CELTIC FROST cover "Circle of the Tyrants" in 1990 in Tilburg, the Netherlands with James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT) on lead guitar. Check it out at this location. More...

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Obituary "Frozen Alive" DVD Details Revealed

Florida-based death metallers OBITUARY have set "Frozen Alive" as the title of their first-ever live DVD, which was shot on August 24 at the Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro: Rain
02. Redneck Stomp
03. On The Floor
04. Insane
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. Dying
08. Intro
09. Internal Bleeding
10. Back To One
11. Find The Arise
12. Back Inside
13. Threatening Skies
14. By The Light
15. Intro
16. Kill For Me
17. Solid State
18. Stand Alone
19. Back From The Dead
20. Drum Solo
21. Lockjaw
22. Slow Death
23. 'Til Death
24. Slowly We Rot

The DVD will include a seven-camera shoot of the show plus an interview conducted the day before the gig, on August 23. A November release as a regular DVD and limited edition DVD+CD via Metal Mind Productions is expected.

OBITUARY's latest CD, "Frozen in Time", 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.

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Obituary Mixing New DVD

OBITUARY frontman John Tardy has posted the message at the band's website:

"Things are moving right along with the DVD. DT (Donald Tardy - drums) and I spent the week at The RedRoom with Mark Prator mixing the audio portion of the DVD. We expect the first round of the video on Tuesday, so we can start to work with that. If everything goes well we are trying to release it December - January. I will let you know more about the release date and what to expect from the DVD when we get further along. So far it sounds pretty heavy and I am really getting excited. I still can't believe we have waited this long to do one but, that is just the way it worked out."

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Report From Obituary DVD Shoot Issued

Metal Mind Productions have issued the following report regarding last night's OBITUARY DVD shoot in Poland:

"August 24th is a date that some people will remember for a long time. All due to a fantastic performance given by OBITUARY – one of the best death metal bands around. And they proved that again last night at one off gig in Stodola Club in Warsaw, Poland. This special show was recorded for the future DVD release, so luckily people who didn’t attend this show will have the opportunity to see what happened there (the release date is planned for November 2006 on Metal Mind Productions).

Obituary in line-up: John Tardy – vocal, Allen West – guitar, Trevor Peres – guitar, Frank Watkins – bass, Donald Tardy - drums played following tracks:

Intro: 'Rain', 'Redneck Stomp', 'On The Floor', 'Insane', 'Chopped In Half', 'Turned Insideout', 'Dying', 'Internal Bleeding', 'Back To One', 'Find The Arise', 'Back Inside', 'Threatening Skies', 'By The Light', 'Kill For Me', 'Solid State', 'Stand Alone', 'Back From The Dead', Drum Solo, 'Lockjaw', 'Slow Death', '‘Til Death', 'Slowly We Rot'.

Bands members were in ultra TOP form so they easily made the 800-people crowd ecstatic. Great stage design and over 1.5 hour long set recorded by seven cameras promise great results on the final DVD. Future, yet untitled, DVD will include most if not all of tracks played in Warsaw and also an interview conducted a day earlier, on Wednesday (August 23rd). More details to be announced soon."

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