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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 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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Cerebral Bore To Play Neurotic Deathfest

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore have been confirmed to play at this year's Neurotic Deathfest, which takes place on April 29th and 30th in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Other acts on the bill include At The Gates, Autopsy, Obituary, Hate Eternal, Decapitated, and more. For more information about the Neurotic Deathfest, head to this location.

Cerebral Bore formed in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland and have toured relentlessly around the globe. The band is comprised of front woman Som Pluijmers, guitarist Paul Mcguire, bassist Kyle Rutherford, and drummer Allan Mcdibet.

The band's debut album, "Maniacal Miscreation," is due to be released on Earache Records on April 4th, 2011.

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Immolation To Play Scion Rock Fest

Immolation has been announced as the latest confirmed act for the upcoming Scion Rock Festival, which is set to take place on March 5th in Pomona, California. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. The other announced bands are as follows:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

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Scion Rock Fest 2011 Line-Up Announced

The official line-up has been announced for the forthcoming Scion Rock Festival. The 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Fest will be headlined by death metal legends Morbid Angel and will feature 19 other bands. Scion Rock Fest 2011 is set to take place on March 5 in Pomona, California at the Fox Theater and the Glass House, with two other stages being built for the event by festival organizers. Six additional bands will be announced in the near future while you can find a list of the confirmed bands below:

MORBID ANGEL
OBITUARY
DEATH ANGEL
MUNICIPAL WASTE
AGALLOCH
INTEGRITY
BASTARD NOISE
ATHEIST
FLOOR
BLACK BREATH
NAILS
PRIMATE
CROM
WORMROT
KVELERTAK
NECRITE
WOE
FUCK THE FACTS
BONDED BY BLOOD
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

Scion Rock Fest is presented by the automaker Scion, a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Obituary Announces South American Signing Sessions

Florida death metal act Obituary has announced that it will be taking part in two singing sessions in Costa Rica and Guatemala during the bands forthcoming tour stops. The signing session locations are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 22 at Legacy Music in San Jose, Costa Rica
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Address: Antiguo Archivo Nacional, 2do Piso, Local 27, San Jose
Telephone: (506) 2256-4378

Friday, Nov. 26 at Ruta 666 in Guatemala City, Guatemala
Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Obituary South American tour dates:
Nov. 23 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Peppers Club
Nov. 27 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - 4 Grados Norte Club

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Memorain Reveals New Album Details Online

Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:

01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
09. Circle
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
12. Misery

Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.

David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...

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Obituary Parts Ways With Longtime Bassist

In a recent interview with Tomb Of The Opinionated, Obituary singer John Tardy confirmed the rumour that the band has parted ways with bass player Frank Watkins, who has been performing with the latest incarnation of Gorgoroth.

Tardy states: "Frank is no longer in the band and Terry Butler (Six Feet Under) will be doing all the shows that he can with us. Right now we are happy with that and if Terry’s schedule does not allow him to play with us we can always lean on Stever DiGiorgio (Sadus) or Kenny Andrews."

He also gave an update on the band's next studio album, which will be the first to be recorded without Watkins since 1989's, "Slowly We Rot.": "We have been doing so much traveling that is has been hard to get much done but, we have managed to get some songs started. We now have some time set aside to get some writing done so we will know more in the next couple of months. We are in no hurry and are going to take our time and enjoy the writing and recording process!"

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Contraband Candy Posts Obituary Interview

Contraband Candy has posted their first interview from Norway's Hole In The Sky 2010 Festival, with none other than Obituary. The interview also contains footage from their set. Here's what Contraband Candy had to say about it:

Propping up the bar in Bergen's famous Garage venue, we bumped into Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla of Death Metal legends Obituary! Dragging them outside for a few minutes, we got the guys to chat about the new man in the line-up and what happened to Frank, the coming band anniversary and their plans, porn star names and embarrassing places to wake up after a night on the lash.

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Moonspell
Obituary
Dark Tranquillity
Hammerfall
Mayhem
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Mnemic
Sabaton
Balfor
Fleshgore
Bonfire
Oomph!
Maniac Depression More...

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Finntroll
Exodus
Epica
Sonata Arctica
Forbidden
Moonspell
Obituary
Saxon
Sodom
Raven
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

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Von To Perform At Hole In The Sky

The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:

"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."

Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."

The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...

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Obituary Updates Tour Schedule

Death metal act Obituary will kick off a string of tour dates on May 28th, including an appearance at this year's edition of the Maryland Deathfest, before kicking off their summer run of festival dates. Vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, and guitarists Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla will be joined by bassists Kenny Andrews from 5/28 - 6/07 (Andrew WK, Pain Principal), Steve DiGiorgio from 6/26 - 7/10 (Death, Testament, Iced Earth, Sadus etc.) and Terry Butler from 8/12 - 9/02 (Death, Massacre, Denial Fiend).

The upcoming Obituary tour dates are as follows:

5/28/2010 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
5/29/2010 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
5/30/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/01/2010 Opera House - Toronto, ONT
6/02/2010 Blondes - Detroit, MI
6/03/2010 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
6/05/2010 Marquee - Tulsa, OK
6/06/2010 Emo's Alternative Lounging - Austin, TX
6/07/2010 Meridian - Houston, TX
6/26/2010 Grasspop Festival Kastelsedijk - Dessel, Belgium
6/30/2010 Het Burgerweeshuis Deventer - Holland, Netherlands
7/02/2010 Tuska Open Air Festival - Helsinki, Finland
7/04/2010 Unirock Festival - Istanbul, Turkey
7/08/2010 Rockweekend Festival - Soderham , Sweden
7/09/2010 Metal Camp Festival - Tomin , Slovenia
7/10/2010 Savoi Rock Fest - Stade De Baithe Rhone-Alpe, France
8/12/2010 Brutal Assualt Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
8/13/2010 Open Mind Festival - Ostrolecka, Szcyton, Poland
8/14/2010 Bloodstock Festival - Derbyshire, Midlands, United Kingdom
8/19/2010 Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
8/21/2010 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock - Meclenbur, Germany
8/26/2010 Lido - Belin, Germany
8/28/2010 Usf Veftet - Bergen, Norway
8/30/2010 Reaktor Club Minsk - Horad, Belarus
9/02/2010 Global East Rock Festival - Kyiv, Ukraine

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