Reunited death metal legends OBITUARY have announced that they will perform at this year's Sun n' Steel festival, scheduled to take place March 6-7 at Pinellas Expo Center in Tampa, Florida. "Everybody is back together — me, John [Tardy, vocals], Trevor [Peres, guitar], Allen [West, guitar] and Frank [Watkins, bass]," drummer Donald Tardy told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We are writing new music right now, and are talking to Roadrunner [Records] about an album deal. I couldn't be more excited about this."
Formed in 1984 as EXECUTIONER (later shortened to XECUTIONER),OBITUARY are widely considered to be one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in the death metal genre. After releasing several successful albums in the late Eighties/early Nineties (including the classic 1989 debut "Slowly We Rot" and its equally punishing 1990 follow-up, "Cause of Death"),the band announced their breakup, with John Tardy's disinterest in touring apparently a major factor, according to the Internet heavy metal encyclopedia BNR Metal Pages. Trevor Peres has since started CATASTROPHIC, while Donald Tardy joined Andrew W.K.'s band some time ago.