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Obituary Consider Releasing New Album On Their Own

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OBITUARY frontman John Tardy spoke to Metalupdate.com recently about a number of topics including the likelihood that they are thinking of releasing a new album without a record label. An excerpt from the interview found here follows:

Metalupdate.com: Any label interest?

Tardy: "As you can imagine, all the likely candidates. Nuclear Blast, Century Media, a handful of others who came to us. No firm offers but they have shown interest. We're at the point of kicking it around, leaving all our options open and half considering the fact we'll do it all on our own."

Metalupdate.com: Does it annoy you on any level, that every two-bit nickel and dime death metal/metalcore band seems to get promoted and recognized, yet a legendary proven band such as yourselves still has to scratch and claw for everything you get?

Tardy: "I can't sit here and say it doesn't bother me at all. I'll be honest with ya, when we first did Slowly We Rot, we sat and had that whole album recorded on the tapes in the garage, and I was happy to have that to listen to. I never actually thought about doing a record with it. So I just take what we get as it goes. It's not always the best musicians who are the most popular. It's whatever the industry wants to pick up and push. I would like to think that Roadrunner could have done a lot more with us. It really seems that only Cause of Death and maybe The End Complete, that they did put some effort into. Things were going well for so long with those records and we had a lot of things going for us. But I'm sure everybody would like to think Roadrunner could have done a lot more for us. We're in a position where we are not going to go back with them. Certainly not after what they did to us with this record, which was promise the moon and then once it comes out they sat back and their whole idea was: 'doesn't matter what we do, we're still gonna sell the same amount of records.' That's just a stupid standpoint to have. It wasn't like it was a shitty album, all the reviews and everything we heard, everyone liked it."

Source: BWBK

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1. Spirit of the elder gods writes:

Tough situation for Obituary,Nuclear Blast would be a great label for them.Cause of Death is a classic but I personally feel later albums just haven't matched up.I am sure as veterans, Obituary could handle and produce and mix their own music.However surely they need a record label to handle advertising,merchandise and tours.I think they would be wise to stick to their music and let a label like Nuclear Blast promote them.

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2. metalhead644 writes:

maybe its my own ignorance, but i think they could do it on their own without as much promotion... but then again, the fact is that they wouldnt nearly have the sales theyve had in the past. I think their status as legends and a genre defining band could carry them pretty well, but then again, im sure if you asked the typical "metal head" who obituary is, they probably wouldnt even know.

Im sure either way, theyre gonna put out a great album that will be well recieved

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