In 1984, Tampa, Florida was the death metal capital of the world: bands such as Nasty Savage, Death and Morbid Angel, which originated there, created a template from which extreme bands all around the world would later draw. Before this happened, however, Obituary, inspired by the aforementioned outfits, was founded in Tampa. The band's debut album, Slowly We Rot, was released in 1989; the 1990s brought Obituary worldwide success, four more albums and tours with Napalm Death, Sepultura, Eyehategod or the then unknown Machine Head. The strain of touring life led the band members to a six-year hiatus. Obituary returned to the stage in 2003; since then they have released five more studio albums and were part of Slayer's farewell tour.