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Tampa, Florida, United States (1985 – 1997, 2003 – present)

Obituary is one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre. The band came from Tampa, Florida, and was founded as Executioner in 1985, and then changed their name to Xecutioner to avoid confusion with the other one. In 1988, shortly before the release of their first album “Slowly We Rot”, they changed their name to Obituary. Obituary is considered an influential band in the Florida death metal movement that arose in the late 1980s. The 1990 release “Cause of Death” featured James Murphy on guitar (Cancer and Disincarnate) replacing Allen West for unknown reasons. This release has been described as a seminal album in the Death Metal genre. Vocalist John Tardy is recognized as one of the first vocalists to use an abnormally low growl (compared to the screechy growls used by predecessors Death and Possessed).

Obituary is listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the fifth best-selling death metal band of all time and their albums have sold 368,184 copies. Their 1992 release “The End Complete” has also more than 103,378 copies in the United States alone.

After 1997’s “Back from the Dead” album, the band had grown tired of touring which led to the band disbanding. During the hiatus, Donald Tardy played in Andrew W.K.’s touring band (during W.K.’s appearance on Saturday Night Live Tardy wore an Obituary shirt). Allen West focused on his two projects, Lowbrow and Six Feet Under while not playing in Obituary. Trevor Peres formed Catastrophic in 2001. The band reformed in 2003 and Catastrophic continued to exist alongside the reformed Obituary. Catastrophic released one album, The Cleansing, in 2001.


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  • VerbalAbuser

    New album sucks so much balls its almost fucking unlistenable

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  • Congelamento

    New album is fucking great! [6]

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  • vinicius_young

    New album is fucking great! [5] novo álbum é fodendo legal

    Yesterday 5:37pm Reply
  • EvilDeadcns

    New album is fucking great! [4]

    21 Oct 11:05pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    New album is fucking great! [3]

    21 Oct 10:04pm Reply
  • AndrewYNWA

    New album is fucking great! [2]

    21 Oct 9:39pm Reply
  • Batlorn

    There are some bands that mess everything up on their latest, yok know them, but there are some that are still the same after many years and Obituary is one of them! Their latest is amazing staying loyal to the roots and sounds strong ;)

    21 Oct 6:06pm Reply
  • MetalWarriorRus

    New album is fucking great! Великолепный олдскул. Группа, которая никогда не изменяла своим традициям. Боялся, что звукан будет вылизано-моднявый, но этого не произошло, все норма. Слушать и угарать. 10 баллов можно смело ставить после 3-х прослушиваний.

    21 Oct 2:28pm Reply
  • Alexeushka

    реально ничего нового, этим мне и не нравится, когда группы не эксперементируют, когда они играют одно и тоже на протяжении 20-ти лет, не привнося ничего нового и интересного, оно начинает заебывать, здесь конкретно по инструменталу ничего нового, вокал стал еще слабее чем был до этого, нет никакой зацепки, за что бы затянуло, скудный рычащий вокал вообще не понимаю, как такая группа допустила такой вокал, хотя по убогости он сопостовим с инструменталом. Как буд-то какой-то недо-грув, записанный в гараже, вокал слабый, полностью, а инструментал заезжанный до дыр

    21 Oct 9:31am Reply
  • BlackTormentor

    A banda precisava dar uma variada nos riffs, ter uns solos mais lentos e vocais mais guturais como nos primeiros discos.

    21 Oct 5:17am Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    Not asking for more, the new album is Flawless.

    20 Oct 9:49pm Reply
  • zombiegrave

    New album is fucking great......happy, happy, joy, joy

    20 Oct 9:32pm Reply
  • semarik

    new album is amazing!!! ImI

    20 Oct 8:31pm Reply
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  • Cousin_Eddy

    pre-ordered the new album....CAN'T WAIT!

    28 Sep 12:14pm Reply
  • core_tz

    visions in my head is awsome!

    18 Sep 8:04pm Reply
  • Roxtah

    Roadrunner Collection (Albums 1-6) ---> FTW

    10 Sep 11:32am Reply
  • nathix13

    old school or gtfo!

    6 Sep 3:32pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I can't wait for the new album! It's going to kick major ass!

    5 Sep 5:47am Reply
  • duut

    New song sounds, well, like all songs... highly recommended!

    31 Aug 9:31pm Reply
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