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An obituary is something you write about dead people in the newspaper....

[[IThoughtItMeant Oh,]] you mean the ''band''...

Obituary is a DeathMetal band from Tampa, Florida. The band is considered one of the first true death metal bands, having emerged only a few short years after Possessed, Death, and the like. They were originally named Xecutioner, but changed it for unknown reasons. The band is the 5th best-selling death metal band of all time. They are known for their simplistic yet crushing sound, as well as their vocalist John Tardy's style, which consists of mainly clearer shouts as opposed to their genre's usual [[HarshVocals death growls]]. Their debut album, ''Slowly We Rot'', was released in 1989. Their next album, ''Cause of Death'', is considered to be a classic in the death metal genre. Afterwards, the band released 3 more albums before breaking up in 1997; ''The End Complete'', ''World Demise'', and ''Back from the Dead''. They broke up because they were bored of touring. The band got back together 6 years later, and released their first album in 8 years since their breakup, ''Frozen in Time'', in 2005 to critical acclaim. The album also is home to one of their best-known songs; the instrumental track 'Redneck Stomp'. Two more albums were made and released by the band since, those two being ''Xecutioner's Return'' (a ShoutOut to their original name) and ''Darkest Day''. A ninth album, or fourth since their reunion, was slated for 2012, but a couple years of DevelopmentHell ended up pushing it to 2014.

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* ''Slowly We Rot'' (1989)
* ''Cause of Death'' (1990)
* ''The End Complete'' (1992)
* ''World Demise'' (1994)
* ''Back from the Dead'' (1997)
* ''[[ReunionShow Frozen in Time]]'' (2005)
* ''Xecutioner's Return'' (2007)
* ''Darkest Day'' (2009)
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!!! Obituary provides examples of:
* EpicRocking: "Contrast the Dead" and "Left to Die"
* ExecutiveMeddling: Rumored to have played a role in both the lower quality of ''Back From the Dead'' and the band's 1998 break-up. Given that Roadrunner had already [[ScrewedByTheNetwork axed every other death metal band on the label]], this seems likely.
* GaiasLament: ''World Demise'' has shades of this throughout. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9yb88fa4MA The music video for "Don't Care"]] really plays this up. (be warned, contains possible NauseaFuel)
* LongRunnerLineUp: Only their bassist has changed frequently. Everyone else has been with the band since their inception.
* MinisculeRocking:
** "Godly Beings" and "World of Evil" from ''Slowly We Rot''.
** Darkest Day has "Violent Dreams".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Unlike [[Music/{{Death}} many]] [[Music/{{Behemoth}} other]] [[Music/{{Nile}} death]] [[Music/CannibalCorpse metal]] bands, they usually settle on a solid 9/soft 10.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The song "Bullituary" on ''Back from the Dead'' could best be described as [[RapMetal rap death metal]], as it features two rappers on the song. It's actually a remix of ''By the Light''.
* {{Sampling}}: Used on ''World Demise''.
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The ninth album slipped into DevelopmentHell for a while after the band's release from Candlelight and subsequent inability to find a new label, and they ended up having to set up a Kickstarter to raise funds for an independent release. However, the band was able to raise $60,000 on a goal of $10,000, guaranteeing both the album's release and a set of documentary-style mini-films shot at Morrisound.
* SiblingTeam: The Tardy bros.
* SignatureStyle: Dirty raw atmosphere, the instantly recognizable laid-back guitar style of Allen West, [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth repetitive groovy riffs]] that will find their way into your head, and John Tardy's inimitable deranged wailing. Also, they tend to have more traditional song structures than most death metal bands, giving them a sound that is basically impossible to miss unless you know nothing about death metal.
* SpecialGuest: [[Music/{{Death}} James Murphy]] filled in for Allen West on ''Cause of Death'', as West was on a leave of absence for unspecified reasons.
* TropeCodifier: One of the trope codifiers for death metal, along with Music/{{Deicide}}, MorbidAngel, and CannibalCorpse.
* TheUnintelligible: Averted. Unlike nearly all death metal bands, there are times you can actually understand what John is saying. ''Sometimes'', though.
** WordSaladLyrics: ...Except for the fact that John has stated that his lyrics mean nothing and that he just writes what he thinks fits the music.
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