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BACK FROM THE DEAD

FLORIDA’S DEATH METAL KINGS OBITUARY ARE BACK WITH THEIR SELF-TITLED TENTH STUDIO ALBUM AND IT’S AS BLISTERING AND EVIL AS YOU’D EXPECT FROM THE MASTERS. WE SPOKE TO THE BROTHERS TARDY – THAT’S DONALD AND JOHN – ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY RECORD LABEL RELATIONSHIP AND THE SECRET OF LONGEVITY

OBITUARY

“It was a pain in the fucking dick!”

Going the Kickstarter route when you’re a small band with more time on your hands than fans makes for a completely different crowd funding experience when compared to what happens when a band with 30-plus years of history under its belt that includes sales totals occasionally eclipsing the fivefigure mark decides to hit up their fanbase to test the waters of independence. It’s an even different story when you have five self-professed “simple rednecks” managing all aspects of the crowd funding process, including the eschewing of outside help when it comes to packaging, sending out and covering (and admittedly underestimating) the costs of mailing out the finished product and the various perks and value-addeds offered during the campaign. The on-the-surface ease of crowd funding – recording an album with the incoming funds and sending out the completed project at one’s leisure – shields a busier reality when the donating public’s dollars are directly running through the digital door and their money and expectations need to be kept track of. Remember that throughout all this, there’s a creative process and path to remain on, one which has to consider the added pressures of greater outside contribution and accountability. So, while in the above expression of exasperation, Obituary drummer Donald Tardy may specifically be talking about the amount of time the band spent “on our hands and knees on the floor of our studio” safely packaging merch items pertaining to their last album ‘Inked In Blood’ so that they would arrive without being crushed, killed or destroyed at the destination of those who pledged funds for the record’s creation (not to mention how well they got to know the staff at their local post office), know that what he’s inadvertently and ultimately describing is a microcosmic part of not only how that album came to be, but where Obituary stands today.

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Sitting here wrapping up this brand new issue of Terrorizer, I find myself realising how many ‘old’ bands or new bands with ‘old’ members have been on the cover over recent issues. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not because new bands are shit (just check out our Choice Cuts section for proof), it’s just that some of the old guard are still producing belting new albums and deserve the recognition. Obituary are no exception to this rule. It’s been around 26 years since I first set my eyes and ears on the death metal pioneers and they’ve always stayed close to my heart – hell, I still have my old personal bootleg of them playing Wrexham Memorial Hall at the start of the ’90s. They’ve had a few career wobbles since then, but their new self-titled album is testament to a band that can still deliver the goods and haven’t churned out formulaic rubbish. I hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and what being in Obituary means to all involved. Elsewhere there’s a heap of exciting new bands and projects covered including Venom Prison, Vodun, and the earth shatteringly ace OHHMS – all fucking incredible new bands. And then of course, we have some favourites who are back with new albums, so we hope you enjoy reading this all-encompassing issue. See you next month! Darren Sadler
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