Florida death metal mercenaries, Obituary will be hitting the American highways again this September to decimate the U.S. masses on the “Carnival of Death Tour 2012”. Obituary will bring along fellow brutalists, Broken Hope, Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and Encrust. This weekend Metalholic caught up with founder and vocalist John Tardy to talk about the tour, recording their ninth studio album, and his essential extreme metal albums.
Obituary was formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida by John, brother Donald Tardy (drums), and guitarist Trevor Peres under the name Executioner. In 1988, the band would assume the name that has stuck for over a quarter century. The band was filled out by bassist Frank Watkins who left in 2010 to focus on his work with black metal ensemble, Gorgoroth. The band recently tapped former Death and Six Feet Under bassist Terry Butler to complete the line-up.
While John didn’t want to get into the reasons for Frank’s departure he was very animated about Terry’s arrival;
“We’ve known Terry since we were like in the seventh grade. Having him in the band is just something I wish had happened a long, long time ago, cause he’s just like our brother. Having him around is quite nice, and he’s a bit of an encyclopedia of music. Anytime some band gets brought up, or a who played guitar on this, kind of thing — you can ask the guy almost anything in music and he just listens to so much, he knows like everybody.”
While rumors have been circulating about a new Obituary EP this summer, and a full album sometime later this year, John said that despite those plans, the band doesn’t want to rush anything.
“Our plans just kind of keep changing. The biggest thing is we’re just not in any big hurry. We’ve been moving along pretty good with the music, and there are three songs that we’re ready to hit record on, but then we get drug away. So we really just haven’t been around to finish it up. So the bottom line is, it’s not ready, and it’s not really gonna be ready anytime soon since we’re now taking off in September. We thought we’d be done by now, but we’re gonna continue doing these shows then we’ll try and finish up this album. I’m sure it’s gonna be sometime next year before we get this thing out and about.”
John shared that they will not be playing any of this new material on the forthcoming tour, but U.S. fans are in for a special treat none-the-less. Obituary will be returning to Europe in December and they were asked by promoters about doing a “classic” set. John says the band will test drive that idea here in America first.
“We’re kind of messing with putting together a set of just old songs. Maybe a lot of stuff off ‘Slowly We Rot‘. So I think that’s what we’re gonna kind of stick with. I think we’re gonna put that set together and maybe do that in the U.S. also. Some of these songs, God we haven’t played in so long. Donald was over the other day in the studio and we were sitting listening to the old CDs — just going through them song by song, and some of the songs I hadn’t even listened to in years and years, let alone played. We gotta kind of relearn the things altogether.”
Listen to the full interview with John below, and check out the dates here for the “Carnival of Death Tour 2012” date nearest you.