"Darkest Day", the new album from Florida death metal legends OBITUARY, sold around 1,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Note: Internet/digital sales **ARE** included in the SoundScan totals.) The CD landed at position No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Darkest Day" was released on June 30 via Candlelight Records. Vocalist John Tardy previousy said about the CD, "It came out really sick and I cannot wait for you guys to hear it... it is heavy!!"
Check out the album artwork below. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who created the art for "The End Complete", "Frozen in Time", and the group's last record, "Xecutioner's Return".
"Darkest Day" track listing:
01. List of Dead
02. Blood to Give
04. Outside My Head
06. Your Darkest Day
07. This Life
08. See Me Now
09. Fields of Pain
10. Violent Dreams
11. Truth Be Told
12. Forces Realign
13. Left to Die
An e-card for "Darkest Day" is available at this location. It features audio clips of three songs from the CD —"List of Dead", "Blood to Give" and "Payback".
Guitarist Ralph Santolla previously said about the new material, "The new stuff is HEAVY, some of my favorite OBI riffs yet. Trevor's [Peres] guitar sounds huge and menacing. If you like OBITUARY, you're gonna love this record."
OBITUARY will release a new concert DVD, tentatively titled "Live Xecution In Bad Berka 2008", later in the year via Regain Records. The footage for the disc was filmed at last year's Party.San Open Air festival, which was held August 7-9, 2008 in Bad Berka, Germany.
Commented bassist Frank Watkins: "We did over 30 festivals last summer and the Party.San festival was the very last and best one for OBITUARY... Fortunately, the show was filmed."
OBITUARY last year released the "Left To Die" EP via Candlelight Records. The CD contains four songs: two new originals, a new 2008 studio recording of "Slowly We Rot", and a cover of "Dethroned Emperior" by CELTIC FROST. The EP also includes the band's popular "Evil Ways" video.