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

Latest Obituary News

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.

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Roadrunner Celebrates 25 Year With All-Stars Album

Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.

Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.

Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...

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Obituary Interview, John Tardy Reveals Song Titles

Obituary front-man John Tardy recently spoke to Abrasiverock.com and he spoke about the details of the upcoming Obituary album. He also gave a few song titles as well, for the interview please click here.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Obituary Guitarist Talks About New Record

In a recent interview with Metal Maniacs magazine, OBITUARY guitarist Trevor Peres spoke about the songwriting process for the group's much-anticipated new studio album, tentatively due in June via Roadrunner Records. "It's what you would expect from us," he said. "I'm not sure I know what people expect from OBITUARY, but we're going to do what we do. There's some slick, chunky, groovy shit that makes you want to bash heads, you know?! There are driving songs; songs that make you wanna get in your car and out your pedal to the metal."

Metal Maniacs: Where would it fit in with the rest of the OBITUARY catalog?

Trevor Peres: "It's hard for me to say. Some of my songs are being influenced by HELLHAMMER right now, it's ridiculous. The last four years, I've been listening to nothing but HELLHAMMER [laughing]. I'm sitting there writing these two-chord riffs that are so fast and heavy but it's like that old HELLHAMMER, you know [sound effects]. It's just heavy." More...

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Obituary Will Begin Recording New Album Next Month

Legendary death metal band OBITUARY will enter Red Room studios in Tampa, Florida on February 17 to begin recording their new album, tentatively due this summer via Roadrunner Records.

The band's as-yet-untitled new CD will mark their first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead".

In related news, OBITUARY guitarist Trevor Peres' side project, CATASTROPHIC, will be teaming up with ABSCESS and DIVINE EMPIRE for a European tour between April 24 and May 5 (including an appearance at Germany's Fuck the Commerce festival). CATASTROPHIC will be touring in support of their newly recorded sophomore album, "Apathy's Warm Embrace", tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label.

CATASTROPHIC, who are currently unsigned, released their debut album, "The Cleansing", in 2001 via Metal Blade Records.

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Slayer, Obituary Added To Gods Of Metal Lineup

SLAYER and OBITUARY are the latest confirmation for the Gods of Metal Festival 2005, set to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

They join IRON MAIDEN (who headline on the 11th), the reunited MOTLEY CRUE (who headline on the 12th) and ACCEPT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. More bands will be announced soon.

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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New Obituary CD Close To Being Done

Obituary singer John Tardy has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"Donald [Tardy, drums], Al [West, guitar] and I finished another song the other day. We are real close to having the music done, just a few more songs, and we will be getting into the studio. Hopefully by January.

"I went down last night and hung out with the Cannibal [Corpse] and Napalm [Death] guys. I haven't seen either one of them for a while so it was good to get to see them. Unfortunately Napalm's bus broke down and they didn't make it in time for the show but a least I did get to have a few cool ones with them."

Obituary are expected to enter the studio in early 2005 to begin recording their first collection of new songs since 1997's "Back From the Dead", tentatively due next summer through Roadrunner Records.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Accept
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax
Edguy
Endstille
Ensiferum
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Overkill
Turisas

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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Next Month's "Ask The Artist": 3 Inches Of Blood

John Tardy, frontman of the legendary death metal band Obituary is featured in Roadrunner Record's Ask the Artist this month. He answered your questions, including how Obituary formed, vocal influences, and his thoughts on the current death metal scene. Read all the answers in the Ask the Artist section.

Next month's artist is Cam from 3 Inches of Blood. Click here to submit a question to him.

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Ask Obituary Anything

Roadrunner's Ask the Artist this month features John Tardy of the legendary Obituary. Ask your questions here.

Obituary are currently recording their long awaited follow-up to 1998's "Dead." The album is expected to see the light of day sometime in 2005.

Recently, Tardy opened a site where he posts updates about the recording process. You can access that site at www.obituary.cc.

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Frank Watkins On New Obituary Album

Obituary bassist Frank Watkins recently spoke to Decibel magazine about the songwriting process for the group's new studio album, tentatively due in 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label (most likely Roadrunner). Watkins described the group's new material as "going towards more of our older style, more like the 'Slowly We Rot' or 'Cause of Death' era; we're not really going to experiment like we did on past albums. We're trying to make this album as brutal as we possible can, we're going to try to make it the heaviest album we've ever recorded."

With regards to how the legendary death metal band's reunion came about, Watkins said that Andrew W.K. (whose band features Obituary drummer Donald "D.T." Tardy) was playing Ozzfest in 2002, "He asked me and John [Tardy, Obituary vocalist] if we'd get up with them and do a song, so we did it, and then just from there it kind of sparked more interest in all of us to get back together, so we called everybody and it took about a year and a half, and we just said, 'We should start doing it again'."

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Visceral Bleeding To Tour With Obituary

The Swedish death metal band Visceral Bleeding, along with Master, will be teaming up with death metal legends Obituary on their reunion tour accross Europe. The tour will kick off early October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Oct. 08 - Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar
Oct. 09 - Sint-Lievens-Houtem, BEL @ De Fabriek
Oct. 10 - Dublin, IRE @ The Village
Oct. 11 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive
Oct. 15 - Reggio Emilia, ITA @ Transilvania Live
Oct. 19 - Bradford, UK @ Bradford - Rio
Oct. 20 - London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom
Oct. 21 - Osnabrück, GER @ Düttehalle
Oct. 22 - Berlin, GER @ K 17
Oct. 23 - Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios
Oct. 24 - Athens, GRE @ Rodon Club

More dates TBA.

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News From Obituary's John Tardy

"Wow! I can’t believe that this site is actually working! First off, thank you for your patience. If you have been waiting for me sorry it took a little while. I have been learning as I go along and, even though I have had fun, it has been a lot of work. I would like to thank Paul Poyntz and Trevor Peres for all their help. You guys rule! Trevor designed our other Official Web Site: slowlywerot.net. Don’t ask why we have two websites. We just do because we want to. Keep on checking in with us because I have a lot of plans for this site and it will keep changing and updating with the more I learn about Web Design.

Secondly, it feels really good to be back writing new music and playing some shows here and there. We are playing only a few shows right now until the new CD is done. We hope to be recording it near the end of the year and hope for a release sometime early 2005! The shows we are playing are really fun for us because we are playing a lot of old songs we normally don’t play live as well as some other stuff. Hopefully we will see you on the road so you can see what I mean.

I am not one to go on for too long, but I just want to say thank you to all of you for the support over the years and we hope to see you out on the road.. Please keep in touch at fans@obituary.cc. We try to answer as many emails as we can but occasionally the mailbox gets filled up. If this happens please try again some other time and we will do our best to keep up because we would really like to hear from you.

Thank you"

John Tardy

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Metal Musicians Guest On Horrorcore Rap CD

The following guest musicians will be appearing on MC Necro's new album, "The Pre-Fix For Death":

Jamey Jasta and Sean Martin of Hatebreed , #0 of Slipknot aka DJ Starscream (Sid Wilson), Trever Perez of Obituary, Away of Voivod, Dan Lilker of Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., Brutal Truth, and Danny Diablo of Crown of Thorns, Scarhead.

Necro's official biography says the following: More...

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New Live Obituary Footage Online

Three short video clips of the reunited death metal legends OBITUARY performing live at last weekend's March Metal Meltdown VI in Irvington, New Jersey have been posted online at this location.

Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"), the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago. OBITUARY are currently working on material for a new studio album, tentatively due later in the year through Roadrunner Records.

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Obituary Confirmed For Florida MetalFest

The reunion of OBITUARY is now confirmed on the Metalfest.com website for the 1st annual Sun N' Steel Florida Metalfest, held March 6th and 7th at Pinellas Expo Center in Tampa, Florida. Other bands added are THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ENTOMBED, ANAL BLAST, 3 INCHED OF BLOOD and other locals. Also confirmed are the "NWOBHM ALLSTARS" featuring AL ATKINS (JUDAS PRIEST), JESS COX (TYGERS OF PAN TANG) and, DENNIS STRATTON (IRON MAIDEN, PRAYING MANTIS).

The full list of bands confirmed so far can be seen here.

More to be announced.

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Obituary To Reform

Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY are in the process of reforming with a view towards releasing a new CD in late 2004 or early 2005. "[Drummer] Donald [Tardy], [guitarist] Allen [West] and I have been working on some new stuff and are thinking about a new album," singer John Tardy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We are just getting started and I know [Donald] has talked to [ex-OBITUARY guitarist] Trevor [Peres] about it, too. Right now we have no timeline or record deal set up, but we are writing songs. If all goes well, [the reunion] would be with all 'original' members [John, Donald, Allen, Trevor and bassist Frank Watkins]."

Although the reformed OBITUARY would likely perform select live shows before and after the recording of a new studio album, there is no truth to the reports that the band will make an appearance at the Sun N' Steel festival in Tampa in early March. "I don't know anything about a Sun N' Steel show...never heard of it," John said.

Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER), OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"), the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago.

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