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Formed: 1984
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.

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Obituary Reveals Dates For Carnival Of Death Tour

Following 23 shows and 19 flights throughout Europe, today pioneering Florida death metal merchants Obituary are pleased to unveil the official routing of their first North American headlining tour in over three years. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, the Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will kick off in Orlando, Florida and tear its way through 20 cities.

Further sonic battery will come from reunited behemoths Broken Hope as well as Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot and Encrust.

The Carnival of Death Tour marks Obituary’s first full US/Canadian tour run as a four-piece with legendary death metal alumnus Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Denial Fiend) on bass. For this special journey, the band — vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres and Butler — are working on compiling a special fan-generated set-list that will delve deep into the back catalog to include tunes predominantly off the group's first three full-lengths: "Slowly We Rot," "Cause Of Death," and "The End Complete." To help the band map out the setlist, fans have been asked to drop by Obituary's official Facebook page with their song picks. More...

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Broken Hope Returning For Obituary Tour

Today legendary Florida death metal tyrants Obituary announce their upcoming North American headlining tour. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, Obituary's near month-long Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will run through September and include additional audio demolition from Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot and Encrust. The tour will also feature the return of Chicago's Broken Hope.

Comments Obituary guitarist Trevor Peres, “The Carnival of Death tour will be Obituary's first full North American tour in three years. We are looking forward to it and it is sure to be brutal!”

Tour dates and further info to be announced in the coming days. In the mean time, check out the tour poster below. More...

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Sunday Old School: Obituary

Believe it or else, there was a time when death metal didn’t consist of bands who looked and sounded exactly the same, when it was an exciting new genre, spurred on by the likes of Possessed and Kreator. Like all genres, it had some bands that stood out more than others, and one group who stood out due to their undeniable quality and fresh approach, was Obituary. Obituary were originally formed by brothers John and Donald Tardy under the name Executioner in 1984, before altering their moniker to Xecutioner, prior to finally (and wisely) changing their name once again in 1988 to Obituary. Soon after the final name change, they entered Morrisound Studios to record with Scott Burns, who within the studio, also produced several other extreme metal classics such as "Effigy of the Forgotten" by Suffocation and a number of albums by Cannibal Corpse. The result was their first album, "Slowly We Rot," which was released in the summer of 1989 through Roadracer Records. The album was very well received, and many Obituary fans still regard it as their heaviest record to date. They were soon faced with the task of finding new members however, as guitarist Allen West and bass player Daniel Tucker parted company with the group, leaving their shoes to be filled by former Death guitarist James Murphy and hardcore loving bassist Frank Watkins respectively. This new lineup soon recorded a second album, "Cause Of Death," released the next year to similar praise. The album featured artwork by Michael Whelan which was originally going to be used by Sepultura for their "Beneath The Remains" album, but Obituary were allowed to use it first. It also contained a cover of the classic Celtic Frost song, "Circle of the Tyrants" and is today regarded as a true classic in the death metal genre.

This would prove to be their only record with Murphy, as the band welcomed Allen West back into the fold soon afterwards. They got to work on their third album, "The End Complete," which remains the biggest selling record to date, shifting well over half a million copies worldwide and gaining the band their first entry into the Billboard charts, peaking at number 16 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Although were not able to replicate this commercial success with the follow up, "World Demise," they made much of a profound statement, particularly with the music video for the album opener, "Don’t Care," which was seen as an environmental protest song, and featured shocking images of pollution. The album featured a number of other bleak sounding songs too, "Final Thoughts," "Lost" and the title track in particular. It would be three years before they released another record, which finally came in 1997 under the title, "Back From the Dead," the first Obituary album not to be produced by Scott Burns. The record received mixed reviews and, owing mostly to a lack of desire for touring, the band decided to call it a day soon after its release, marking their breakup with a live album suitably entitled, "Dead." More...

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Obituary Working On New Album

Florida death metal act Obituary has issued the following recap of recent live shows and announcement about working on the follow-up to the "Darkest Day" album (reviewed here):

"We really had a good time on that run through South America. There were some really good shows, a few cancelled shows too...but, all in all a really good time. We wound up taking 19 flights in 20 days and that was not fun, but the shows we did were awesome! Thanks to Lee Harrison for doing the shows with us. Lee was playing guitar with us and he sounded great! Thank you brother!

"We are home now working some more on the new album. We are in no hurry and it will get done when it gets done! We have a show in Miami coming up and then we head to Europe for about 5 weeks! I hope you can make it out to one of the many shows we have scheduled!

"South America thanks for all the support and we will be back sometime after the new album comes out!!!"

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Behemoth
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
Godsmack
Gojira
H20 More...

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Ihsahn
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Leprous
Machine Head
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Pennywise
Possessed
Sabaton
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
Slayer
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Trivium
Unearth
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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Five More Names Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Jon Olivia's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Possessed
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
Trivium
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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Donald Tardy Helps Feral Cats

Besides drumming for Obituary, Donald Tardy has other interests of a more altruistic nature. He and his wife Heather established the "Metal Meowlisha" as a way of aiding over 130 feral cats a day. Metal Meowlisha has the following mission statement, and you may go to it's website to learn more.

"Donald and Heather are committed to caring for feral cats in more than 20 spots or ‘colonies’ each day, 365 days a year. This also involves continually practicing Trap-Neuter-Return and using spay/neuter to control the population of free roaming cats in our area. The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return as the ONLY Humane and Effective manner of managing free roaming cat populations, and so do we! In caring for so many cats on the streets, we find many abandoned cats, especially in the current economy and college area that we are working in. Often they are in need of health care, some need extensive treatment. The MM works with our vet and local clinics to the sick and injured cats we find, and networks with the wonderful rescues and shelters in our city to help find homes for friendly, adoptable cats and kittens. We strive to provide medical care as needed to sick or injured feral cats so they can be returned to their outdoor homes to live happily and comfortably. The MM embraces a no-kill ideology and strives to treat sick and injured cats without euthanizing cats based on financial considerations or testing positive for infectious diseases. We also believe that any cat or kitten whose life will be impacted by the results of a "positive" test deserves to be retested as these results are not always correct the first time, and sometimes with time a cat will clear the antibodies or virus. They don't euthanize MLB players for testing positive! We believe all cats deserve a second chance as much as it is possible, keeping the cats quality of life & prognosis of course in primary consideration."

Currently, Obituary is planning it's next big live gig at the Chas Metal Attack VI in the Circo Volador in Mexico City, supported by Pathology and Rigor Mortis. The date for the Festival is February 4th, 2012. Check out Obituary's Facebook page for more information. More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have begun announcing the first batch of names for next years edition of the event, in addition to the previously confirmed headliners, Black Sabbath.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
H20
Lamb Of God
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth

More bands are expected to be announced shortly

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Obituary To Stream Live Performance

Currently in the midst of the East Coast Possession tour, Florida death metal goliaths Obituary will have their New York City appearance streaming live via their website. The show will take place tomorrow -- Saturday, November 19th -- at 8:45PM EST at Santos Party House in Manhattan.

Fans unable to make it to the show in person will get a chance to experience the mayhem in real time for free by going to this location. Fill out the registration form on the splash page and prepare for the pummel.

Commented guitarist Trevor Peres, "The shows so far have been going awesome. We're set to tear up New York City!"

The band is currently composing the follow-up to the "Darkest Day" full-length, with plans to enter the studio early in the new year for a tentative late spring/early summer 2012 release. Obituary has the following upcoming shows:

11/19/2011 Santos Party House - New York, NY
11/20/2011 The Casbah/Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
11/21/2011 The Archive - Atlanta, GA

The band also commented on tonight's show being cancelled:

"Tonight's show in Greensburg, Pennsylvania has been canceled due to the 42nd Street Rock House being shut down by a court order that was signed by the judge ... today. This was ordered by court because the club owner owes $20,636.73 to the owner of the building. Obituary is completely sorry for the cancellation, but it is out of their control. If you bought advance tickets from the opening bands, please contact them directly for your refund. If you bought advance tickets directly from the club, it is out of our hands, we apologize. Tomorrow night at 8:45 pm eastern standard time, you can watch, for free, the live webcast from New York City of Obituary's concert. Go to this location for more details. Again, our apologies for the uncontrollable situation in Greensburg"

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Obituary Video Interview Available

Darkscene.at has posted a video interview online with guitarist Trevor Peres from Florida death metal band Obituary. The two-part clip was recorded in Kufstein, Austria during the European Metal Chainsaw Massacre tour and can be viewed below.

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Obituary Announces Shows With Denial Fiend

Legendary Florida death metal behemoths Obituary will embark on a short East Coast run of dates this November alongside Denial Fiend. The trek will commence on November 12th in Tampa, Florida and runs through to November 2th0 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will be joined by bassist Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre),

Commented guitarist Trevor Peres: "We are gonna rip out some old songs that we haven't played in ages during these shows!"

The band is currently writing the follow up to the "Darkest Day" full-length, released in 2009 via Candlelight Records. "Our goal is to be in the studio by January or February and to release the album in May or June of 2012," says Peres. "Of course, the album will be followed up by a ton of tour dates. We will start out in Europe with the Summer festival circuit, followed by a proper European tour package and then do a full North American tour in the Fall of 2012."

The tour dates are as follows:

11/12/2011 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
11/14/2011 Sirens - St. Augustine, FL
11/15/2011 C Level - Panama City, FL
11/17/2011 Championship Sports Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
11/18/2011 42nd Street Rock House - Greensburg (Pittsburgh), PA
11/19/2011 Santos Party House - New York, NY
11/20/2011 The Casbah/Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC

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James Murphy Selling Testament Lyric Books

Guitarist James Murphy, known for his work with metal heavyweights such as Testament, Obituary, Death and others, has announced that he will be selling some rare Testament lyric books, which feature Testament lyrics in both English and Farsi. This is to help pay for his medical costs as he undergoes treatments to determine whether a cancerous tumour has returned. A message from Murphy reads as follows:

"If anyone wants one of these, I'm selling them, signed, for $15 via PayPal in the US, $25 to the EU. Just message me with the subject 'Testament Farsi Book'. It's a unique collectors item that compiles all of Testament's lyrics from the first several albums in both English and Farsi. I have a couple boxes of them, and I'll be using the proceeds for my prescriptions."

To contact James Murphy about the books, check out his official Facebook page.

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James Murphy Fighting Cancer Recurrence

James Murphy, renowned for his guitar work with Obituary, Death, Testament, and Disincarnate among others, has revealed on his Facebook page that the tumor he fought nearly a decade ago may have returned due to a high hormone indicator present during a routine bloodwork exam. He is scheduled for an MRI on the 11th of this month.

Several messages like the one below have been posted on his page, along with a Paypal account to help with his medical expenses.

"James Murphy A metal guitarist/producing legend is racking up the medical expenses, due to a relapsing brain tumor. I know how bad medical expenses can be in this great country of ours so please help out by donating via paypal to felissarose123@aol.com. Every little bit helps, whether it be 50 cents or a dollar, or more. Oh, and you can purchase these sweet CKY vinyls from Mr. Deron Miller, and all proceeds will go to help out James. Thanks"

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The Cleansing To Play Metal Royal Fest

Denmark's The Cleansing has issued the following update about performing at the upcoming Metal Royal Festival:

"Just wanted to remind you all that we will be playing this Friday (1st of April) in Århus, Denmark at this years Metal Royal Fest!

"We are very proud to be sharing the stage with a lot of great metal bands, such as Malevolent Creation, Hail of Bullets, Obituary, Grave, Artillery, Exmortem and The Burning just to mention a few! We will be playing at 20:00 PM so be sure to be there in time! Hope to see you there!"

The Cleansing also recently announced the title of its new album will be "Feeding the Inevitable." The cover artwork and track listing for the album are both available here.

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Grave Updates Tour Schedule

On March 24th, Sweden's Grave will kick off the "Metal Chainsaw Massacre" European tour
at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Other bands to appear on the bill include Obituary and Pathology. The dates are as follows:

3/24 – LUDWIGSBURG, DE @ ROCKFABRIK
3/25 – PARIS, FR @ ELYSEE MONTMARTRE (PARIS EXTREME FEST)
3/27 – COLOGNE, DE @ WERKSTATT
3/29 – MUNICH, DE @ BACKSTAGE HALL
3/30 – BOCHUM, DE @ MATRIX
3/31 – HAARLEM, NL @ PATRONAAT
4/1 – OLDENBURG, DE @ AMADEUS
4/2 – AARHUS, DK @ VOX HALL (ROYAL METAL FEST)
4/7 – HELSINKI, FI @ NOSTURI
4/8 – RIGA, LV @ MELNAPIEKTDIENA
4/9 – VILNIUS, LA @ PROPAGANDA
4/12 – KRAKOW, PL @ KWADRAT
4/13 – WARSAW, PL @ PROGRESJA
4/14 – BERLIN, DE @ K17
4/15 – LEIPZIG, DE @ HELLRAISER
4/16 – PRAGUE, CZ @ ROCK CAFE
4/17 – BRATISLAVA, SK @ MAJASTIC MUSIC CLUB
4/19 – BOLOGNA, IT @ ESTRAGON
4/20 – MONTPELLIER, FR @ SECRET PLACE
4/21 – LLEIDA, ES @ COTTON CLUB
4/22 – VALENCIA, ES @ DURANGO ROCK CLUB
4/23 – GRANADA, ES @ SALA HYPNOSIS
4/24 – MADRID, ES @ SALA HEINEKEN
4/25 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ES @ SALA CAPITOL
4/28 – VEVEY, CH @ ROCKING CHAIR
4/30 – TILBURG, NL @ 013 (NEUROTIC DEATHFEST)

Grave also has the following upcoming Summer festival: More...

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Obituary Announces European Tour

American death metal veterans Obituary have revealed the dates for their upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Grave and Pathology. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the list below:

03/24 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
03/25 Paris, FRA – Paris Extreme Fest
03/27 Cologne, GER – Werkstatt
03/29 Munich, GER – Backstage Hall
03/30 Bochum, GER – Matrix
03/31 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
04/02 Aarhus, DEN – Royal Metal Fest
04/07 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
04/13 Warsaw, POL – Prosgresja
04/14 Berlin, GER – K17
04/15 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
04/19 Bologna, ITA – Estragon
04/20 Montpellier, FRA – Secret Place
04/21 Lleida, SPA – Cotton Club
04/22 Valencia, SPA – Durango Rock Club
04/24 Santiago De Comostela, POR – Sala Capitol
04/25 Madrid, SPA – Sala Heineken
04/30 Tilburg, NET – Neurotic Deathfest

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Christian Mistress Announces New Tour Dates

Olympia, Washington's Christian Mistress has just confirmed the details on the band's next round of touring, which kicks off in early March. The new West Coast tour runs through most of the month, kicking off in the Northwest and raging down to Texas and back over three weeks. The dates will feature Christian Mistress sharing the stage with Danava, Witch Mountain, Slough Feg and more, including a showcase at Austin's SXSW as well as the Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles alongside Obituary, Morbid Angel, Integrity, Crom, Nails, Atheist, Bastard Noise, The Body and tons more on March 5th.

The band's upcoming dates are as follows:

3/04/2011 The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/11/2011 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
3/12/2011 The Hemlock - San Francisco, CA w/ Slough Feg, Witch Mountain
3/13/2011 BLVD - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ
3/15/2011 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
3/16/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
3/17/2011 Headhunters - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ True Widow, Danava
3/19/2011 The Yard - San Diego, CA
3/20/2011 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
3/21/2011 *equinox party - Rogue Valley, OR w/ RVIVR, Vradiazei
3/22/2011 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Burials, Druden

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