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a.k.a.ex-Executioner, ex-Xecutioner
CountryUnited States
Formed1988, Gibsonton, Florida
GenresDeath Metal
LabelsRoadrunner Records, Candlelight Records, Relapse Records
Years active1984-1986 (as Executioner), 1986-1988 (as Xecutioner), 1988-1997, 2003-present

Line-up (members)

  • Donald Tardy : Drums (1988-1997, 2003-present)
  • Trevor Peres : Rhythm Guitar (1988-1997, 2003-present)
  • John Tardy : Vocals (1988-1997, 2003-present)
  • Terry Butler : Bass (2010-present)
  • Kenny Andrews : Lead Guitar (2012-present)

Former members

  • Daniel Tucker : Bass (1988-1989)
  • Allen West : Lead Guitar (1988-1989, 1992-1997, 2003-2006)
  • Frank Watkins : Bass (1989-1997, 2003-2010) (R.I.P. 2015)
  • James Murphy : Lead Guitar (1990)
  • Ralph Santolla : Lead Guitar (2007-2011)
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Obituary Discography

Album titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Obituary - Slowly We Rot preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Obituary - Cause of Death preview collectionwish list Studio 85 21
Obituary - The End Complete preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
preview collectionwish list Single - 00
Obituary - World Demise preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Obituary - Back From The Dead preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
preview collectionwish list Live - 00
Obituary - Frozen In Time preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
Obituary - Xecutioner's Return preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
preview collectionwish list Compilation - 00
preview collectionwish list EP - 00
Obituary - Darkest Day preview collectionwish list Studio - 00
preview collectionwish list Video - 00
Obituary - Inked in Blood preview collectionwish list Studio - 00

Obituary Top Songs

Track titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1Chopped in Half preview Cause of Death (1990) 901
2Infected preview Cause of Death (1990) 851
3Cause of Death preview Cause of Death (1990) 851
4Body Bag preview Cause of Death (1990) 801
5Turned Inside Out preview Cause of Death (1990) 801
6Circle of the Tyrants (Celtic Frost cover) preview Cause of Death (1990) 751
7Dying preview Cause of Death (1990) 751
8Find the Arise preview Cause of Death (1990) 751
9Memories Remain preview Cause of Death (1990) 701
Additional notes
Originally formed in 1984, under the name Executioner. Since there was already a band called Executioner in Boston, they changed it to Xecutioner and then finally to Obituary in 1988, after they signed with Roadrunner Records.

Obituary are considered to be one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre. They started playing music in the vein of Venom and Celtic Frost. Once the band started hearing groups like Possessed, they realized that they want to make music as "sick as these guys."

Logo designed by Rob Mayworth.

Their "The End Complete" album is crowned the best selling pure death metal album ever released, selling over 100,000 copies in the US, and over a quarter million worldwide. Also, the new Obituary logo (as can be seen on "The End Complete") has been considered Roadrunner's best selling shirt print in its history.

Obituary had a six year absence between 1997-2003, because the band members had other priorities to turn to like raising new families and getting "real jobs". The reunion is credited to Donald Tardy's time playing in Andrew W.K.'s band, when, during one live performance in Florida, some of the other Obituary members were present and decided to play some Obituary tunes just for fun for the audience, eventually leading to a full-time reunion.

Trevor Peres and John Tardy have collaborated with the Brooklyn-based rapper Necro on his album "The Prefix For Death". The band members know Necro through his days as a bass player for death metal band Injustice.

John Tardy said in a interview that initially there was no message in Obituary's lyrics, just some randoms words and statements about death and the rest is just growling. He started writing "proper" lyrics from "The End Complete" onwards, "mostly fictional kind of stuff, not meant to be taken seriously".

Allen West was sent to prison in 2007. John Tardy later revealed in an interview that West had been jailed for repeated drink driving offenses. Ralph Santolla, shortly after departing Deicide, replaced him for "Xecutioner's Return". West was arrested again in 2013 after the police discovered a meth lab in his home. In a 2014 interview, John and Donald Tardy said they have lost contact with West, since he was released from prison.

For the 2010 South American tour, Obituary's long time friend and Floridian death metal stalwart Terry Butler (Death, Massacre, Six Feet Under, Denial Fiend, Obliterhate) took on bass duties in place of Frank Watkins. Terry Butler permanently replaced Watkins some time later.
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