Florida death metallers OBITUARY are featured in the latest episode of Digital Tour Bus‘s “Bus Invaders”, which takes you inside the touring vehicle of one of today’s top touring acts. The footage was shot on February 27 in Chicago, Illinois.
OBITUARY‘s ninth studio album, “Inked In Blood”, sold around 5,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 75 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s first full-length CD in over five years, “Inked In Blood” was recorded by OBITUARY in April 2014 at the group’s own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida.
Asked by RockSverige.se if there are any plans for OBITUARY to record a new album, the band’s drummer, Donald Tardy, said: “We always think about it and work on stuff, but for God’s sake, don’t even use the word new album yet! [Laughs] ‘Inked In Blood’ (2014) is still just an infant and we have a lot of touring to do. This world is very big when it comes to getting on airplanes and go and let the fans see the ‘Inked In Blood’ songs. We’re gonna push this album as well as we can and we’re having a good time doing it. Our lineup is great right now, the bandmembers are as tight as can be and the album came out as well as we hoped it could. When we’re in the studio, we’re always throwing riffs around and always remembering those and putting them in our back pockets, so there is no question that we have some new stuff and we’re always sitting on some ideas that we will work on, bur right now we’re focused on ‘Inked’.”
Regarding OBITUARY‘s decision to use Kickstarter to finance the making of “Inked In Blood”, Donald said: “We raised a lot of money, but it was an absolute punishing chore because once we were finished, we realized we had 927 orders to fill. It wasn’t just that they all got a sticker. Instead it was, ‘This dude from Texas is getting the medium shirt and a signed CD.’ We were still trying to finish the ‘Inked In Blood’ album and we were working on the promotion for the upcoming U.S. tour for the album. To finish it all and trying to mix the album at the same time, it was a nightmare for us, but we did it. We busted our asses, we didn’t ask for any outside help, didn’t bring in friends, didn’t bring in a third party to pack it for us — we stayed on our hands and knees for months packing it. In general, everyone got their shit and some people got it and it was damaged, but we were happy to send it again. We spent way more money than we thought on the shipping cost, so what was raised really did pay for the album and the actual product, like the shirts and the hats and everything. It paid for that and it was a cool experience, but I don’t know if I wanna do it again. [Laughs] I don’t think I ever wanna do that again, man. I would rather ask people to just pre order the album digitally on the OBITUARY site and give them the digital copy before anyone gets their hands on it. It was part our fault, letting everyone choose this size, pick this stick or Trevor‘s [Peres, guitar] pick. It was a nightmare.”