When OBITUARY announced plans to record a new album in early 2007, the metal world stood up and applauded. One of death metal’s crown jewels was returning and fans couldn’t have been more enthused. The album, Xecutioner’s Return, delivered the goods as only OBITUARY could. Now, two years later, the band returns with eighth full-length Darkest Day. Signature in every way, the record proves the band gets even better with age.
OBITUARY’s core of brothers — John Tardy (vocals) and Donald Tardy (drums) — with guitarist Trevor Peres came together in 1984 forming what would become one of death metal’s most successful and internationally respected bands. OBITUARY 2009 — the Tardy brothers, Peres, guitarist Ralph Santolla and bassist Frank Watkins — remains unwaveringly brutal. Said John Tardy about new CD Darkest Day, “It came out really sick and I cannot wait for you guys to hear it… it is heavy!” Added guitarist Ralph Santolla, “The new stuff is heavy, some of my favorite OBI riffs yet. Trevor’s guitar sounds huge and menacing. If you like OBITUARY, you’re gonna love this record.”
The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who created the art for The End Complete, Frozen In Time, and the group’s last record, Xecutioner’s Return.