Legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover production costs of their new album.
OBITUARY has released eight studio LPs to date, including its most recent CD, “Darkest Day”, which came out in 2009. Since then, OBITUARY has taken the time to fully renovate its studio and set up all of the production equipment the bandmembers need to record on their own.
Says the band: “This is about putting our trust, our music, our career, and our new album in your hands!
“We have made the decision to partner with record labels in the past, and we know that we wouldn’t be where we are without their help…. but at the end of every single day – the fans are death metal — not some label.
“We don’t want to make music for a label, we want to make music for the fans that still come out to shows, that still rock our gear, that still have a‘Slowly We Rot’ CD in your car. You… you are the reason that we are doing this.
“As you’re reading these stupid words right now, we are extending our hand, and we are asking for your support… so that we can make another heavy fucking death metal album for your little angry ears.”
Adds OBITUARY singer John Tardy: “To be able to do an album on our own is something we’ve been thinking about for a long time. It just never has been there, the reach hasn’t been there, our experience hasn’t been there and everybody would always tell you that you just can’t do it on your own, but so many things have changed, and there’s so many things that we’ve learned… that to do our own album would really cap off what’s been a great 25 years so far.”
Comments OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy: “Building the Kickstartercampaign has been interesting because this is a first for OBITUARY, and I think we’re stepping onto grounds that a lot of bands are watching, and thinking about trying.
“We dug deep into the sheds and trailers to find one-of-a-kind items, and tons of merchandise… then to wrap all this stuff around a new album and just kinda put it all in the hands of our fans is really exciting.”
The Kickstarter goal is set at $10,000 and 100% of that money will be used to pay a production team that will mix, master and produce the newOBITUARY album.
Within three hours of launching the campaign, OBITUARY had raised over 30% of its goal.
OBITUARY is considered to be one of the pioneering bands in the death metal genre, and their 1992 album “The End Complete” holds the title of the one of the best-selling pure death metal albums ever released, with 100,000 copies sold in the U.S., and over 250,000 worldwide.
The band got their start in 1984 under the name EXECUTIONER, they later changed the name to XECUTIONER, and finally to OBITUARY in 1988 after signing with Roadrunner Records.