Band Photo: Obituary (?)
From: Brandon, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
John Tardy Vocals
Terry Butler Bass
Trevor Peres Guitar
Ken Andrews Guitar
Donald Tardy Drums
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Mark Carras of RockMyMonkey.com recently conducted an interview with OBITUARY vocalist John Tardy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Rock My Monkey: What do you think hurts the music industry more? Bad choices inspired by their paranoia, or actual downloading?
John Tardy: (laughs)
Rock My Monkey: And this is inspired by the promo of your album I was sent.
John Tardy: Yeah. Well, you know, it's tough. I mean, the downloading thing, it's just really brutal. To be honest with you, it hurts everybody in the industry. Last time around, one of Roadrunner's brilliant maneuvers, we gave them masters. I think like the same day they just started emailing MP3s to everybody in the company. And it was by the end of two days, three months before the album was out, it was just so available on the Internet, it was [like], why would anybody go and buy it when you could just get it so easily? This time around Candlelight did make an extensive attempt to hold back, keep it out of the wrong hands as long as they could. No MP3s were allowed at all. The promo copies that they did made up were somewhat protected for the most part. You couldn't just put them in the computer and copy them. But obviously people are going to find a way around everything. So I know it's out there on the internet now, and we're just under a month before the release date. But there's not much you can do about it. I just hope that people… if they want to see their bands stick around and continue, hopefully they'll go out and purchase a record if it's something they like.
Rock My Monkey: Do you think that it hurts the band at all to have a promo sent out that, for example, like the promo that I got, I have yet to hear the album because it won't play on any of the players in my house.
John Tardy: There's been a couple of people that say that. I just know, I have one of my vehicles that it does not play in, but it plays fine in another of my vehicles. And any regular player that I have it plays fine. Where it has the problem is what they tried to do is the whole MP3 thing, so if your stereo plays like MP3s, or you can plug your iPod into it, it may have a problem. But I just as soon have those handful of journalists have a problem listening to it, than it be so easy that they just get it, right click and copy, right click and paste, and email it to everybody that they want to. Even though that most people are going to find a way around it eventually, anyway. But to be honest with, chances are next time around we may not even send out any promo copies, just for the fact that there's this handful of journalists that are just not responsible with the music. They put it on the interest and they just don't realize how important it is to keep that, to keep it under wraps. You think someone would have a little bit more professionalism and listen to it and hang onto it for what it is, and let it get released and be a surprise to all the kids out there, as opposed to just being able to get it for free months before the album even comes out.
Rock My Monkey: Personally, that's one of my biggest pet peeves because, the people that are being dishonest and doing that kind of thing, they're only making the honest journalists' job more difficult, because they're inspiring record companies to do things like this.
John Tardy: It is a tough and ongoing problem. It's a cancer in the industry. And it's being felt from the bandmembers to literally record companies are going out of business because of this stuff. But like you said, we could mail out a thousand promo copies, and 999 of those people could be responsible with that music, and the one person that lets a friend borrow it, and they go and copy it and they put it on the Internet. You know how rampant it runs. As soon as it's out there, it just starts spreading like crazy. It's just a matter of a couple of days before it's just available to anybody. I don't really know how they're going to change that and get around it. It's just a little strange. We work hard to put our music and stuff together, and we get all excited. We just want to have that release date be something special. Where it's like, you know what, nobody has heard it, and hear it is, and I go out and get it and then everybody talks about it so it's a big surprise and everything. Nowadays it's like, the artwork, everybody has seen it, there's nothing surprise anymore. You've heard the album, you've seen the artwork. So by the time you go to the record store, there's no more surprise to anything. You know, it's like, I don't know. It's strange.
Rock My Monkey: Yeah, it's bad for everybody. I know that I do, I'm very, very hard on my writers to say don't you dare loan these out to anybody, nothing. Personally I wish more labels would actually go around the method of-there's a way you can put tracking stuff in the files where basically that's how you catch people uploading. Because when the record company or the band goes online, looks for the file on The Pirate Bay or whatever, and they see it, they download it, then all they do is they mouse over the thing, and it shows actually where, which CD the file came from. Then they can actually prosecute that person and get that person shut down and black ball them from the industry so they're not creating problems for everybody like that.
John Tardy: I really wish they could. I know in having our own studio and being able to work with ProTools and do that, I know I could make a copy of my record and put a series of clicks in there that you probably never even heard. But if I saw that music get out there, I'd be able to import it, open it up, and with a series of clicks that I could take notes and tell them that I know that on your CD that I gave you that every one of these songs has these little clicks, and I could identify it and say, "You know what, that is the copy I sent to you." But at the same time to try to prosecute somebody now, it may be kind of tough because they can simply say, "Well, how do I know you didn't give it to somebody else, and something happened," and blah, blah, blah. But it sure would be nice to come up with something. But in the world of the Internet it's just tough. Kids are going to have to realize the way they're going to feel it in their pockets is when people come on tour and their ticket prices and merchandise stuff are just going to be higher priced just because the amount of album sales that a lot of bands used to have are not there. It's just the lack of money that comes in from that has to be made up in another way, or it makes it impossible for bands just to even stay together and tour and do records, you know?
Obituary have posted the cover artwork for their forthcoming album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered last month 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 most recent record, "Frozen in Time". A Limited Edition version of the album will contain an additional Track not available on the regular release, and a special poster. You can purchase it here.
According to a recent update by vocalist John Tardy, "All is going good. We have been busy putting one last song together for a limited-edition release of [the new Obituary album] 'Xecutioner's Return'. Along with the newest song, it will have special packaging and a poster included! We have also been working out our set list for the U.S. tour so we have been busy!"
A fan-filmed video footage of Obituary performing the song "Find the Arise" on 5th July, 2007 at the Underworld in London, England has been posted on YouTube.
Obituary will team up with Alabama Thunderpussy, Full Blown Chaos and Hemlock for a North American tour in September/October, and then continue on with long-running German thrashers Holy Moses for a European tour in January 2008. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Egyptian artist Nader Sadek has invited Steve Tucker (ex-Morbid Angel), Trym (EMPEROR, ZYKLON), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ex-Deicide, Death), as well as Middle Eastern legend Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Miles Jay (ex-Weird Al, Fathy S alama's Orchestra), Liron Peled (Raquy And The Cavemen) and Raquy Danziger to contribute to his multimedia installation "The Faceless" that opens 6th September at Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York's Chelsea district.
These musicians worked with Sadek to produce a noise experiment moving in and out of independently conceived death metal and Arabic music tracks. This sonic composition accompanies Sadek's uniquely installed drawings which juxtapose the iconographies of death metal and Middle Eastern fundamentalism, which outsiders often associate with darkness, moon worship, and anti-Christian fervour. "The Faceless" startles the audience into rethinking connections between these two frequently misunderstood and villified cultures.
Having grown up a death metal fan in Egypt, Sadek works from the knowledge that the Egyptian state perceived both death metal and religious fundamentalism as threats to its power and legitimacy: death metal rebels against religious and political hypocrisy; piety rebels against a bureaucratic, commercialized, and godless world. Through sound, image, and space, "The Faceless" mingles these cultures in thoughtful, frightening, and uncanny ways.
Says Sadek: "For a while now, I've been interested in exploring what different cultures perceive of as extreme. 'The Faceless' grows out of years of walking the crowded streets of down-town Cairo dressed as a full-on death metal fan (i.e., long black hair, long-sleeve Morbid Angel/Deicide t-shirts, and an overall grungy look). Then, in a sort of twisted reversal, I decided to walk the streets of New York's Times Square in the black garb of a fully veiled woman. The intense reactions I got in each case confirmed for me the potential of this project. Those experiences inspired me to channel the popular paranoid fantasy in which the fully veiled woman is wrought from a dark death metal world, full of serpents, skulls, demons and dark mountains. I hope that by reflecting back to the audience their paranoid fantasies, which totally oversimplify the reality of Middle Eastern and death metal culture, that my work will get them to question their own prejudices and sense of the extreme."
To preview photographs of the artists and artwork that will be on display during The Faceless event, click here.
Indianapolis Metal Fest I is officially scheduled for September 22nd. The festival will take place at two venues in Indianapolis, Indiana: the KOC Grand Ballroom (all ages) and Birdie's Live (21+). Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and good for both venues for those at least 21 years of age. Here's the line-up for Indianapolis Metal Fest I:
Full Blown Chaos
Temple Of Brutality
Beneath The Sky
Single Bullet Theory
Ashes Of Your Enemy
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY have announced a Fall tour with OBITUARY in support of their brand new full-length Open Fire. ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will join OBITUARY along with FULL BLOWN CHAOS and HEMLOCK on September 11th in Springfield, VA for this four week tour of the U.S.
Immediately following, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY will embark on a month-long headlining European tour. This tour will kick-off on October 25th in Southampton, U.K before working its way through Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and many more central E.U. countries. Joining ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY on the tour will be the U.K.’s own FIREBIRD. A complete listing of ATP tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon. More...
Candlelight Records in cooperation with ITunes announced the exclusive premiere of "Evil Ways" the first song available for fans beginning July 31. ITunes subscribers can return on August 28 to complete their purchase of the full album. Sirius Satellite Radio will additionally begin airing "Evil Ways" as an exclusive on-air pre-release promotion starting July 30.
Obituary will be Metal Maniacs Magazine's cover feature for their issue hitting newstands on August 21. Visit www.myspace.com/metalmaniacs for an exclusive online contest that will allow you to win a copy of Xecutioner's Return.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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 *
7 - Waldrock Fesival - Holland
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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...