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Formed: 1984
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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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 Complete New Video For "Evil Ways"

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

We had a few busy days over the weekend to get the video for 'Evil Ways' done but, we did it. It was actually a pretty good time and not to painful. Shooting videos is not any of our favorite thing to do but, I think we got some good stuff!

We shoot at a couple of locations and really need to thank Eric and the guys from Etech, Mark Prator (RedRoom Recorders), Dan from Dan's Three Corners Bar and the guys from The Castle down in Ybor City for all their help. The Director Hart and his crew did a great job and we really appreciate all their hard work."

A new Obituary collection, The Best Of Obituary, will be available via Roadrunner Records on January 29th, 2008.

The set (artwork pictured) will include the following tracklisting: 'Internal Bleeding', 'Til Death', 'Slowly We Rot', 'Cause Of Death', 'Chopped In Half', 'Turned Inside Out', 'The End Complete','I'm In Pain', 'Don't Care', 'Final Thoughts', 'Kill For Me', 'Threatening Skies', 'On The Floor'.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Obituary's 'Best Of' Collection Due In January

Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor

Check out the cover artwork at Mthis location.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Wacken 2008

The Gaahl-fronted version of the Norwegian black metal band GORGOROTH has been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The group will be one of the headliners on the event's "Black Stage." The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Holy Moses Announce New Album Title

Long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES have set "Bloodbound" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in the spring. According to a press release, fans can expect another "blast of old-school thrash with modern elements and the classic HOLY MOSES style," featuring "the queen of growls, Sabina Classen!"

Sabina Classen recently secured a brand-new "fashion deal" with the Finnish clothing company Northern Tribe. According to a press release, "the fashion label for metal clothes and merchandise promises best quality with cool artwork at fair prices. Sabina closed the new deal by presenting one model shirt at the Northern Tribe stall [at] the [Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland]. In the future Sabina will present more Northern Tribe fashion on the upcoming HOLY MOSES gigs!"

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

DESTRUCTION
VADER
OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
BELPHEGOR
FINNTROLL
UNLEASHED
AMORPHIS
RAGE
TESTAMENT

One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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Four More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2008

PRIMORDIAL, GOREROTTED, POWERWOLF and AUTUMN are the latest bands confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival will be headlined next year by IRON MAIDEN. The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, GOREROTTED, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, OBITUARY, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES.

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.

Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.

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Melechesh Pull Out Of Legacy Festival

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD
VADER
SEPTIC FLESH

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
BELPHEGOR
RAGE
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL

Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

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As I Lay Dying Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

San Diego's AS I LAY DYING has been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
OBITUARY
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
VADER
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Obitiuary Guitarist To Play At Death Memorial

Another guest musician has been confirmed for the Canadian Tribute to DEATH: Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, DEICIDE, Death, etc.). More guests to be announced soon.

As previously reported, Canadian Death tribute band SYMBOLIC will play a tribute show for Death founder Chuck Schuldiner on December 12th at the Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC.

Symbolic share the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album) and Daniel Mongrain (MARTYR).

Tickets are on sale on Billetech. There are also be limited V.I.P tickets available. This will allow people to enter the show 30 minutes before doors open, have a meet and greet with the band, free posters of the show and more.

All the profits will be divided between Schuldiner’s foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.

In other benefit news: Two more Tribute Shows are scheduled for December 6th and December 15th (in Italy and Massachusetts).

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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Obituary Post Tour E-Card Online

An e-card has been launched to promote OBITUARY's upcoming European tour, featuring streaming audio from the recent studio release Executioner's Return.

Check it out at this location.

As previously reported, Obituary have been confirmed for the 2008 edition of Germany's Party.San Open Air festival which is scheduled for August 7th - 9th in Bad Berka.

Acts confirmed for next year's event include: Obituary, LIVIDITY, ENDSTILLE, DEADBORN, DEFLORATION, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, SKYFORGER, KAMPFAR, INSISION.

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Nevermore Frontman Taps Musicians For Solo Album

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has tapped James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE) to play guest solos on his upcoming solo album, which is tentatively due in early 2008. Dane has written about eight tracks with former SOILWORK guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-HIMSA guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "August", "Obey" (described by Dane as "one of my favorite songs that Peter has penned — very heavy and Dirk's [SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren] drumming is amazing on this track") and "Messenger". Also included will be a "very metalized cover" of an old SISTERS OF MERCY song.

In a September 2006 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Dane stated about the upcoming solo CD, "I've been working on it for like the last year off and on, just writing songs with Peter Wichers, and at some point we'll finish them then go in the studio . . . It doesn't sound like NEVERMORE, and I think, you know, if it did, there wouldn't be much point in doing a side project. If it sounded like NEVERMORE I think it would be a little redundant . . . Of course it's metal! Kind of like metal-infused hard rock, I think. It's different and it's a chance for me to explore myself — explore myself in other ways! [laughs] Well, for me, and for Peter from SOILWORK as well, it was kind of a chance for us both to 'step outside the box,' because people expect a certain thing from both those bands and with this we don't have to fulfill any expectations. We can do whatever we want." More...

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More Bands Announced For Party .San Festival

OBITUARY, LIVIDITY, ENDSTILLE, DEADBORN and DEFLORATION have been confirmed for next year's Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 7-9, 2008 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

OBITUARY
LIVIDITY
ENDSTILLE
DEADBORN
DEFLORATION
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
SKYFORGER
KAMPFAR
INSISION

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Obituary To Headline Brooklyn Xecution Festival

On Saturday, December 8, Florida's iconic death metal band OBITUARY will make its return to New York, headlining the Brooklyn Xecution Festival 2007 at Club Europa in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The event is presented by mandatory New York heavy metal hangout Duff's Brooklyn and sponsored by Williamsburg's San Loco.

Supporting OBITUARY will be respected New York metalcore pioneers MERAUDER, Virginia's lethal, old-school thrashers AT WAR, brutal, black death blasphemers INCANTATION, technical grind-gore masters MALIGNANCY, and Michigan's black thrashers SAURON. Local support for the event features harsh, black/death merchants DIMENTIANON, old-school crossover pitbulls UNDIVIDED, crunchy, death metal hellhounds SHADOW OF DEMISE and old-school death metal, sci-fi reverends CYBER CHRIST. Doors open promptly at 5:00 p.m.

Europa is located at 98-104 Meserole Ave. (corner of Manhattan Ave. and Meserole Ave.) in Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY. Advance tickets can be purchased through www.ticketweb.com or directly at the Duff's Brooklyn located at North 3rd and Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn starting this Friday, November 9 anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

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Six Feet Under Drummer Working On New Project

SIX FEET UNDER drummer Greg Gall is currently writing/recording material with a new, yet to be named band. The guitarist spot has been filled by Brian Loyd (www.bloyd.net).

Gall comments: "The entire recording is being done at John and Donald Tardy's (OBITUARY) studio in Tampa. So far, pre-production is under way and has been a very stress free experience. We've really had the luxury of time on our side. It's given us the ability to focus and really put everything we have into each song. John and Donald's input has been priceless in engineering and producing the effort to this point. We're working to record 4 songs prior to filling the bassist and vocal positions, which we look to do around December or early January. Then we'll spend some time shopping for label interest.
This is going to be more than just a side project; it'll be something I think will really go a long way. We've spent a lot of time on this material and what Brian and I have written so far has me really looking forward to adding the remaining pieces of this band and the release of our inaugural CD."

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Obituary Guitarist Checks In

OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla (also ex-DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) has issued the following update via his MySpace page:

"OK, first off — I don't know or do any picking excercises! I'm not into that stuff at all. To the people that keep asking 'how do you play arpeggios?' the temptation to post a video on YouTube of myself playing a bunch of arpeggios and saying 'thusly" is almost too strong to resist. It's a stupid question, not to insult anybody, but the answer is so obvious that it makes me almost burst into flames every time I read one of those emails. As with the fast picking stuff or anything else that I've ever played on guitar, I do this: I decide what notes I want to play, then I work on them, LISTENING to what it sounds like, until it sounds like I want it to. Sometimes it takes years. The point is, I don't know ANY secrets about playing guitar, and there's no fairy dust that you can sprinkle on your guitar (or yourself, if that's how you roll) to make you good or great. To master an instrument requires suffering. It is also a process, not something that can ever be finished. In other words, everyone working on it in the world is on the same continuum (?), just at different points along the way. So if you REALLY want to play great, there's only one way — work. It's like trying to take down a mountain with a toothbrush — you can never finish, just scrape a little more every day. That's what I do.

"Having said that, here's a small piece of advice that will instantly make you more musical, and bring out more of each person's unique sound immediately: When you play or practice (any instrument), start and end your phrases before and after the bar line, or the 'one.' Starting and ending phrases within the measure all the time sounds very amateurish, and is especially a bad habit of a lot of metal guitarists,. Try it, and don't spill your beer in the process, another rookie move."

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