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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 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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Obituary Preparing For Upcoming DVD Recording

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.

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Obituary Consider Releasing New Album On Their Own

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...

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Gorerotted To Support Obituary, Cryptopsy In UK

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

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Womb Raiders Part With Guitarist

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.

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"Uranium: Bands Who Deserve Press" Premiere Friday

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.

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Obituary Miss London Show

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...

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