Obituary is a death metal band formed in 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The band consists of vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarists Trevor Peres and Ralph Santolla and bassist Frank Watkins.
Obituary is listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the fifth best-selling death metal band of all time and its albums have sold 368,184 copies of their 1992 release The End Complete has sold more than 103,378 copies in the United States alone.
After 1997's Back from the Dead album, the band had grown tired of touring, which led to the band disbanding. During the down time, Donald Tardy played in Andrew W.K.'s touring band. Allen West focused on his two projects, Lowbrow and Six Feet Under while not playing in Obituary. Trevor Peres formed Catastrophic in 2001, which released one album, The Cleansing, in that same year. Obituary reformed in 2003 and Catastrophic continued to exist alongside the reformed Obituary. A reunion album, Frozen in Time, was released in 2005. The band's first live DVD, Frozen Alive, was released in January 2007. These guys are pioneers of their genre. If there is anyone who can show you how to rock metal style it's Obituary. Learn from Trevor and Ralph!