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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.
A video interview with OBITUARY members Frank Watkins (bass) and Donald Tardy (drums), conducted on Sunday, September 4 prior to the band's performance in Hartford, Connecticut, has been posted online at www.heavymetalsource.com. Watkins and Tardy discuss the recent departure (and subsequent return) of guitarist Allen West, the group's new CD, singer John Tardy's impending fatherhood, and the second leg of the band's North American tour.
OBITUARY's latest CD, "Frozen In Time", was released in July via Roadrunner Records. The group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back from the Dead", "Frozen in Time" was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, and was mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound.
On Thursday, September 1st, I drove down to Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia to see Obituary, Napalm Death, and Dead To Fall play. This is a lineup that I would not normally have gone out to see, but one of my friends is a big Dead To Fall fan and I was interested in checking all of these bands out anyway, but I might not have gone to the show without any other motivation. As it turns out, my friend never showed up or returned my calls. (Note to self: get new friends that are into metal AND reliable). Having driven almost an hour to get there and paid $25 to get in, I was going to see this show anyway. More...
Shortly after guitarist Allen West announcing his departure from Obituary, the following message has been posted on the official Obituary website:
"First I need to say how much we feel for the people of New Orleans, Mississippi and Florida!!!!! Living in Florida my whole life I am well aware of what a storm like this can do, but it seems like everything time it happens you are once again amazed by the power of mother nature. PLEASE do something to help. To make a donation to the American Red Cross click here.
We are in VA and Napalm showed up last night! We had a few cool ones and it is good to see them. We are ready to take the roof off Jaxx tonight! Rumors have been flying all over the place and our message board and fans email have been blown up with people asking about Allen West and whether or not he was going to play tonight. Once again, if you do not read it here then maybe you shouldn't believe it. Allen will be here tonight and we will get it done! DT and I sat down last night a put together a viscous set list!!!!!!!! GET YOU ASS OUT TO JAXX TONIGHT!!!!!!!"
Guitarist Allen West has announced his departure from Obituary. West's exit from the group comes on the eve of Obituary's U.S. tour with Napalm Death and Allen feels that the fans deserve no surprises when they don't see the band that they were expecting. Allen will concentrate fully on Lowbrow, whose revamped lineup consists of founding members West, Curtis Beeson (Nasty Savage) and Richard Hornberger, along with new bassist Jon Fronza. Lowbrow will continue without former members Ben Meyer (Nasty Savage, Acheron) and Richard Bateman (Agent Steel, Nasty Savage).
Lowbrow are currently preparing material for a new recording to follow 2001's "Sex. Violence.Death". More information will be made available soon.
Although Obituary have yet to comment on West's departure, singer John Tardy posted the following message on the band's official message board in response to a fan who complained about West being too "wasted" during the group's appearance at the Hole In The Sky festival in Norway this past weekend (Aug. 28):
Obituary are about to hit the road with Napalm Death and Dead to Fall in support of their new album "Frozen in Time." The band will also be making a few in-store autograph appearances. At each in-store, people that buy the records will get an exclusive poster for the band to sign. The scheduled in-stores will be on:
Sept 01 Vienna, VA - Tower Records
Sept 02 Fords, NJ - Vintage Vinyl
Sept 07 Philadelphia, PA - Relapse Records
Sept 14 Greenfield ,WI - Exclusive Co.
Sept 17 Tampa, FL - Vinyl Fever
Dead To Fall have seemingly survived their line-up issues and will be at Trax East studios in November and December with producer/engineer Eric Rachel recording their next album. The effort should hit stores in late-Spring 2006 through Victory Records. Meanwhile, following their upcoming tour with Napalm Death and Obituary, the group will be hitting the road with The Absence. Here are the dates:
Dead To Fall tour dates w/ Napalm Death and Obituary: More...
The lineup for the "World Series of Metal," a two day festival in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues, has been announced:
September 9th: JOHN OLIVA'S PAIN, THERION, BEYOND FEAR, CHRIS CAFFERY, BEYOND THE EMBRACE
September 10th: OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, DEAD TO FALL
Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY will be appearing on Fuse TV's "Metal Asylum" program, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST. The episode will air Monday, August 1 and it will feature the world premiere of ARCH ENEMY's new video, "Nemesis", as well as the world premiere of the new OBITUARY video for "Insane".
ARCH ENEMY's new album, "Doomsday Machine", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on July 26 (August 22 in Europe) via Century Media Records.
"Doomsday Machine" was co-produced by the band and Rickard Bengtsson at Slaughterhouse Studio in Sweden and was mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.
Roadrunner Records has announced this year's Roadrage DVD tracklisting:
1. Slipknot – Before I Forget
2. Slipknot – Vermilion
3. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Band Version)
4. Machine Head – Days Turn Blue To Gray
5. Trivium – Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr
6. 36 Crazyfists – Bloodwork
7. Chimaira – 'Cleansation (Live)'
8. Fear Factory – Archetype
9. Fear Factory – Bite The Hand That Bleeds
10. Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine
11. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With A Zombie
12. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day
13. Devildriver – Nothing's Wrong
14. Soulfly – Roots Bloody Roots (Live)
15. Hatebreed – Live For This
16. Caliban – The Beloved & The Hatred
17. Still Remains – The Worst Is Yet To Come
18. The Agony Scene – Prey
19. 3 Inches Of Blood – Deadly Sinners
20. Obituary – Insane
21. Betzefer – Down Low
22. Illdisposed – Still Sane
23. Blood Has Been Shed – She Speaks To Me
24. Zao – The Rising End
25. A Life Once Lost – Vulture
26.Terror – Overcome
27. Open Hand – Tough Girl
28. Walls Of Jericho – There's No I in F**k You
29. Hopesfall – Icarus
30. Throwdown – Burn
31. Madball – Heavenhell
The DVD will be available in September.
The video for the new OBITUARY song, "Insane", coming off the band's forthcoming album, "Frozen In Time", has been posted online for viewing at this location.
NAPALM DEATH frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has commented on the band's upcoming North American tour with OBITUARY, which is scheduled to kick off in early September. Also appearing on the bill are DEAD TO FALL.
Says Barney: "We're very happy to be getting toghether with OBITUARY again because it will kind of rerprise the Campaign For Musical Destruction thing from the early Nineties, which was a lot of fun. Those guys are quite close friends of ours, and it will be interesting to see how they are live since their 'reformation.' I'm excited, but then again, aren't I always!!!!"
NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY, DEAD TO FALL tour dates:
Sep. 01 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Sep. 02 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Sep. 03 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep. 04 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Sep. 06 - New York, NY - BB Kings
Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sep. 09 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sep. 10 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Sep. 12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Sep. 13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Sep. 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagle's Club
Sep. 17 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
Sep. 18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Dead To Fall will be touring with Napalm Death and Obituary this fall, here's the dates so far:
September 01st Springfield, VA - Jaxx
September 02nd Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
September 03rd Worcester, MA - Palladium
September 04th Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
September 06th New York, NY - BB Kings
September 07th Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
September 10th Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
September 13th Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
September 14th Milwaukee, WI - Eagle's Club
September 17th St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
September 18th Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
OBITUARY, NAPALM DEATH, DEAD TO FALL, and one other act TBA has been announced for a September 1st show at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. More info coming soon concerning other tour dates.
Contrary to a previous announcement indicating that the album would be a self-titled affair, Roadrunner Records U.K. has revealed that the new OBITUARY CD will now carry the title "Frozen In Time". The complete track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Redneck Stomp
02. On the Floor
05. Back Inside
07. Stand Alone
08. Slow Death
"Frozen In Time" is tentatively scheduled for release on July 12 (one day earlier internationally). 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.
A brand-new OBITUARY track, entitled "Insane", has been made available for download at Roadrun.com.
"Insane" comes off the group's upcoming self-titled album, due on July 12 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). 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.
It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.
It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.
The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):
Main Stage Friday, April 22:
3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed
Second Stage, Friday:
3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...
Legendary death metallers OBITUARY will be playing with SLIPKNOT and SHADOWS FALL at the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Saturday, April 9.
OBITUARY were added to the bill as the replacement for LAMB OF GOD, who were banned from the church-owned venue in February because church leaders were offended by the group's previous name.
As previously reported, OBITUARY have finished recording and mixing their new CD for a tentative summer release via Roadrunner Records. The as-yet-untitled new album, which was self-produced by the band, with Mark Prator and Scott Burns engineering, will mark the group's first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".
Obituary has posted the following message on the band's official website:
WE ARE DONE! We are all done with the mixing of the new CD and we are now going to sit on it for about a week and make sure we are totally happy before mastering, which should be sometime next week! It has been so awesome to be back in the studio and we are really pumped about the new songs. Can't wait to get out and play them live!
ALLENTOWN, PA get ready because we are coming! We will be playing at this year Louder-Harder-Faster Festival on June 4th at the Crocodile Rock Cafe. We have not been in PA in sometime and it will be good to see all of you!