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

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Obituary Schedule US Tour Dates

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

May 09 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
May 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
May 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Steppin Out
May 12 - New York, NY @ BB Kings
May 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 14 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 16 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 17 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
May 18 - Stroudsburg, PA @ Penn Monster Factory
May 19 - Huntington, WV
May 20 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
May 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 22 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
May 23 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum More...

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

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Moonsorrow Confirmed For Summer Nights Fest

Finnish folk/pagan metallers MOONSORROW have been confirmed for the Summer Nights Open Air festival, set to take place June 20-21 at Castle Frauenstein in Mining am Inn, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

BEFORE THE FALL
BELPHEGOR
BLACK MESSIAH
BLOODFEAST
DARK FORTRESS
DARKSIDE
EQUILIBRIUM
FALL OF SERENITY
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
GODDAMNED X
IN SLUMBER
INZEST
MAROON
MASTIC SCUM
MAYHEM
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
NECROPHAGIST
OBITUARY
OUTRAGE
PERISHING MANKIND
RIGER
SERENITY
THIRDMOON
ULTRAWURSCHT
VARG
VOLBEAT
WOLFCHANT

The festival will feature two stages with more than 40 international metal bands. For more information, visit www.summer-nights.at.

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Obituary Guitarist Checks In

OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla has issued the following update:

"I recently played a few guest spots for some friends and I thought I'd let y'all know what they are, and when/where you can get them.

First off, I played a solo on my friend Todd Grubbs' new instrumental CD, Time, Space And The Electric. Todd is a guitarist based here in Tampa. He writes creative, quirky music, and I was happy to be a part of his record. He's also one of the coolest guys in music. I played a Strat with single coil pickups and a scalloped fretboard straight into a Peavey 5150II head. I have to say that the solo I played on his record is among my favorte things I've ever done. That album is available now through CDBaby, Guitar Nine, etc. It's also available through www.toddgrubbs.com or myspace/toddgrubbs. 20th Century Guitar called it 'a rare work of sonic art.' Way to go, Todd!

Next up is HOLY MOSES. We just did five weeks in Europe with Holy Moses and AVATAR. Holy Moses asked me if I would add a bit of guitar to their new album, and again, I was happy to help out. We recorded my parts in a freezing cold dressing room in Switzerland, but it came out really good. I played several leads sort of in the guitar style I play in DEICIDE, although a bit more melodic. That record will be out later this year, and also features the recording debut of Frank Watkins on lead guitar!!! WOO!!

Lastly, but cetainly not leastly, I was honored to be asked to contribute a few leads to the new JON OLIVA'S PAIN CD, Global Warning. Jon is a legend around here, a longtime hero of mine, and a major influence on me musically. I've wanted to do something with him since I was about 17 years old, and I finally got my chance. I did 3-4 solos on, I think, 2 songs, and the guys seemed to be happy with my work. That also comes out soon, and I'm hoping to get onstage a few times with JOP this year in Europe and the U.S. Thanks to Jon, Matt, and Chris for having me on your record!

Obituary has a little down time before South America and the summer festivals, so I'm finally working on my new guitar album, and my band STARE with Johnny Laennarts. More on that soon..."

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Obituary Frontman Posts Tour Wrap Up

John Tardy, singer for Tampa-based death metal legends OBITUARY, has issued the following update:

"Another successful European Tour complete and we all made it home safely. Five weeks on the road and that bus could not have felt any smaller, but we really had a good time! We made it home on Wednesday and it has taken me a couple of days to get into my office and get the website updated. I still have a bunch of photos to go through and I will work on those and get them up as soon as I can. To back up several days, I have to say that the show in Belgium was one of the best shows of the tour. Belgium, all I can say is thank you! You guys always take care of us and we really appreciate it very much. We finished up the tour in London, and thank all of you as well, then took the 'redeye' ferry and made it back to Amsterdam before on flights left on Tuesday. It made for a couple of busy last days, but it all worked out.

I would like to say thanks to HOLY MOSES and AVATAR - five weeks and no cancelled shows means a lot of hard work by everyone. We wish both of you all the best and hope you keep in touch! To all of our crew guys - you make it happen every day and we could not do it without you. One last time, to all our fans...Thank you...Thank you...Thank you!!!!!!! You are the best!!!!

We hope to have some shows in South America in April. We never did play a show in Tampa on our US Tour, so hopefully we can set one of those up sometime soon. Then we will be back in Europe during the summer for a big run on the festivals!!!!! Those are always a good time." More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.

Acts on board for the festival now include: IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, SAXON, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, OBITUARY, WHITESNAKE, MINISTRY, SONATA ARCTICA, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, VOLBEAT, MY DYING BRIDE, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN, HOLLENTHON, DEATHSTARS, CONVERGE, COMEBACK KID, MADBALL.

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Obituary Vocalist Checks In

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

"The show last night in Glauchau (Germany) was totally sick and packed! We really appreciate all the support from our German fans. I think we have played like six shows in Germany and all the shows there were awesome. We will be back for one more show on (January) 30 in Munich. Today, we are in Prague, Czech Republic and it looks like from the presales that the show at Abaton may end up sold out! I am sure it is going to be crazy in here tonight! Tomorrow is a day off, and after seven consecutive shows I think we are all ready for that. The plan is to spend the day in Budapest, Hungary, which is also the city where the next show will be! A38 is the club we will be at."

Guitarist Ralph Santolla also posted this message yesterday:

"Yesterday was Langenprozelten, Germany. It's a small village near the site of the Up From The Ground Festival. The venue was right next to a river and mountains, so it was a better vibe than the usual industrial scenery. Another day of sitting around with not much to do, so we started working out our set list for the summer festivals. We've got some surprises for you guys, you should be happy with what we've come up with. Thanks to all the people who came out last night. Tonight we're in Eastern Germany, a town called Glauchau. It's cold as hell, but it looks like a sold out show."

Here are the remaining dates on the band's current European tour w/ HOLY MOSES and AVATAR:

Jan. 27 - Prague, Chech Republic - Abaton
Jan. 29 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38
Jan. 30 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
Jan. 31 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Feb. 1 - Stasbourg, France - La Laiterie
Feb. 2 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Feb. 3 - London, UK - ULU

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2008

According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AT THE GATES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
COMEBACK KID
DEATHSTARS
DEF LEPPARD
FORBIDDEN
HOLLENTHON
IRON MAIDEN
JUDAS PRIEST
MADBALL
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
OBITUARY
SAXON
SONATA ARCTICA
VOLBEAT
WHITESNAKE

OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

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

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Ex-Obituary Guitarist Released From Prison

It has been confirmed that former OBITUARY guitarist Allen West was released from the Gainesville Correctional Institution in Gainesville, Florida on January 19, 2008 after serving eight months for driving under the influence (DUI).

According to Headbanger's Blog, West has had problems with alcohol abuse over the years and even quit OBITUARY for a time in August 2005 because he was unable to remain sober enough to play shows. OBITUARY originally hoped West would sober up enough to work on the band's latest CD, "Xecutioner's Return", but the guitarist couldn't pull it off, and on May 16, 2007 he was arrested and imprisoned after his fifth DUI offense.

"If you've followed OBITUARY's history, it really shouldn't be any surprise about West's absence," John Tardy said in a 2007 interview with The Metal Forge. "If you look all the way back to 'Cause Of Death', you could see he had certain issues at the time. If I had to sum up the two years since we released 'Frozen In Time', I would say that they've been a little challenging. His drinking was getting way out of hand. It was affecting us all personally, and affecting our shows with his poor performance onstage. It wasn't fun to be around him at times. It was bad. We would sit down and talk with him, and even beg with him to get his act together, and the very next day you would have a whole day where you simply couldn't get anything done because he was unavailable. There was something going on. His drinking got the best of him. In the end, he finally got himself one DUI (Driving Under The Influence) too many, and in front of a judge, who by all means probably did the right thing by him, put him behind bars for a little while. That's given him plenty of the time to think about the next time he gets behind the wheel of a car when he's been drinking. He could kill somebody next time. As much as I certainly didn't want to see that happen, I think it was all just coming to a head. I think this was the best thing to happen to him. He'll sober up to a point where he can finally think straight. I haven't really talked to him since they sent him to prison. It's not so easy getting contact with him, but I'm sure we'll talk when he gets out early next year. He has a lot of decisions to make, but I can't even begin to speculate what going to happen in the future with West. I don't know where his mind's going to be when he gets out. I don't know if being on the road is the best thing for him right now either. Whether you want to participate or not, every night on the road is like Friday night. You can't avoid being around that kind of atmosphere. It's one of those things. It's easy to get caught up in it too, but at the same we just have to keep focused on what we do. The most important thing right now is putting good shows on for the fans. It's an unfortunate situation West's in, and only in time will we know what's going to happen with that."

OBITUARY is currently utilizing the services of guitarist Ralph Santolla, who has previously played with DEICIDE, DEATH and ICED EARTH, among others. "We're just so excited to have Ralph and we get along great," Tardy said. "He lives a few miles from here and he comes over nearly every day and we're just messing around and writing all kinds of stuff."

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Obituary Drummer To Return To The Fold Tomorrow

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

"Last night's show in Bergara (Spain)went well and we thank you all for the support! Hopefully, that should be the last show we have to do without Frank (Watkins/drums). We wish him safe travels.

I do have to appologize to anyone that may have emailed us through our fans email...the mail box got full and I just had delete a bunch of old shit to make room. If you emailed us in the last couple of days and got it back you can try to resend it and I will get back with you...my bad!

Today we have a day off, which is pretty much going to be consumed by driving, so it kind of sucks but...we are looking forward to getting to France. Our first show, the 21st, is in Rennes and the night after will be Paris."

Watkins is due to hit the stage with Obituary in Rennes. He had to fly home a few days ago to attend his grandmother's funeral back in Florida.

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Obituary Check In From The Road

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

"It was a great night in Milano yesterday. Alcatraz was a really nice venue and made for a great show! Thank you to all that came out! Tonight we are in Lyon, France at CCO and it should be another great night! We hope to see you all out there."

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Obituary Prepare For 2008 Tour

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

"Happy New Year to everyone! We hope all of you have a safe and great new year! Our 2008 European Tour starts in a couple of days and we are ready to go. We fly out today headed to Amsterdam. This is going to be an awesome tour and we can't wait to play a lot of the new material off Xecutioner's Return! You guys have had a several months to learn the new stuff and I hope you are ready! We have a lot of shows set up, so I hope we make it somewhere close to where you are! SEE YOU OUT ON THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!"

Obituary, HOLY MOSES, AVATAR European live dates include:

January
3 - Zwolle, Holland - Hedon
4 - Tilburg, Holland - 0 13
5 - Osnabrueck, Germany - Hyde Park
6 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
8 - Warsaw. Poland - Proxima
9 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
10 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
11 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
12 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
14 - Florence, Italy - The Viper Room
15 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
16 - Lyon, France - CCO
17 - Barcelcona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
18 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
19 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
21 - Rennes, France - Antipode
22 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
23 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
24 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
25 - Schweinfurt, Germany - Stattbahnhof
26 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
27 - Prague, Chech Rep. - Abaton
29 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38
30 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
31 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

February
1 - Stasbourg, France - La Laiterie
2 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof Ter Loo
3 - London, England - ULU

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Obituary Book UK Show

Florida death metal pioneers OBITUARY have announced their only UK gig, February 3rd at ULU (Malet Street, London). Support will come from German's HOLY MOSES and Sweden's AVATAR.

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Obituary Issue Update

Legendary Florida-based death metallers 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 too painful. Shooting videos is not any of our favourite thing to do, but I think we got some good stuff!"

"We shot 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 [comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher] and his crew did a great job and we really appreciate all their hard work."

Director Hart D. Fisher previously stated about the "Evil Ways" clip, "We're shooting in Florida, and I'm going to take this far further than just a bunch of assholes on stage playing their guitars. They want to go dark, go mean, and take this all to the horror movie level. There's going to be cameos from a ton of death metal guys also."

Check out the photos from the shoot at this location.

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGĂ„MESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Onslaught To Play Lagoa Burning Live Festival

The following message has been posted by Onslaught's official Myspace account:

"We are very proud to announce that we have just been confirmed to appear at the 'LAGOA BURNING LIVE FESTIVAL' At Estombar, Algarve in Portugal,on 27th July 2008 alongside our good friends Obituary..
also appearing at the festival will be:
Tankard
Grave Digger
Cruachan
Dark Moon
Dionysus
+ others tbc

Slaught guitarist Nige Rockett comments: We cant fuckin wait to return to
Portugal especially to such a great festival as this one..It really is gonna be awesome with the Obituary guys there too..
Our last visit was amazing and we met so many cool people, this one promises to be every bit as special......."

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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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