OBITUARY Forced To Perform Without Bassist FRANK WATKINS

OBITUARY bassist Frank Watkins has been forced to miss the band's last couple of shows in Europe in order to attend his grandmother's funeral in Florida. He is expected to rejoin his bandmates for Monday night's (January 21) concert in Rennes, France.

OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.

Check out the photos from the shoot at this location.

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor

Check out the cover artwork at this location.

Fan-filmed video footage of OBITUARY's January 16, 2008 concert in Lyon, France can be viewed below (courtesy of "lucifersspawn666"). Support at the gig came from long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES and Swedish metallers AVATAR.

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