Obituary

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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This intense and disturbing death metal act originates from Brandon, Florida, USA, where they formed in 1985. After recording a single and contributing two tracks to Metal Massacre compilations as Xecutioner, they changed their name to Obituary. This was initiated by the appearance of another, inferior act, who also travelled under the Xecutioner banner. Signed to Roadrunner Records, the band’s line-up at this point comprised founder members John Tardy (15 March 1968, USA; vocals), Donald Tardy (b. 28 January 1970, USA; drums) and Trevor Peres (guitar), with new recruits Allen West (b. 17 October 1966, Brandon, Florida, USA; guitar) and Daniel Tucker (bass). Slowly We Rot, unveiled in 1989, was characterized by their vocalist’s gurgling, sewer-like vocals, primarily employed as a musical instrument rather than a means of imparting lyrics, over a maelstrom of crashing power-chords and demonic drumming. Indeed, the indecipherable nature of John Tardy’s...

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