According to drummer Donald Tardy in an interview with Riff Crew, Obituary is working on one hell of album in quarantine. Because what else is there to do when everyone is grounded from touring?
"Sadly, even though [COVID-19 has been] going on four months now, I don't think it's really dawned on us how long we're about to sit home as a band and as a touring group, because until venues are allowed to do shows and promoters are booking shows and we're feeling safe to go do something, we're gonna be home," said Tardy. "And from the looks of it, and from what my agents are saying, we very well might be home for a year before we get to play one note of one show.
"So, what a scary reality. We're trying to stay positive; we're trying not to panic. Besides the finance part of it, and we don't really know what's gonna happen if we are having to sit home for a year, what we're gonna try and do is we are gonna try and write a monster of a new Obituary album. And that's kind of what our goal is. No matter what happens with us financially, we're still gonna try and find a way to get music started, because when you write a song or a part of a song, if you can tuck it away for a week or two and then you come back and listen to it, any songwriter knows, you always come up with a better idea and you say, 'You know what? We need this part. Something here is needed.'
"So we're really gonna just focus on getting an album done, getting it written, getting it recorded, and being ready for 2021. And that's really the only thing we can do. Our only job at this point is gonna be getting prepared for 2021, when the gate opens and we're allowed to go unleash the mayhem again."
The new Obituary album will be the follow-up to the band's 2017 self-titled album (and their 2019 standalone single "A Dying World").
Tardy added the band has been staying away from one another while COVID-19 has been raging on, mostly out of respect for their families. "There's no sense to be getting together every day or every other day when we don't if and when one of us catches this thing," he said.
In the meantime, go check out Obituary's set from Hellfest 2015. It rips big time.