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is an American
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A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...
who has been a member of Obituary
Obituary is an American death metal band formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner, and later changed their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarists Trevor Peres and Ralph...
, Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1993. The band was originally a side project by Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes with guitarist Allen West of Obituary...
and Lowbrow. He is considered to have been one of the first musicians to play a style of music known as death metal
Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal. It typically employs heavily distorted guitars, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, minor keys or atonality, and complex song structures with multiple tempo changes....
in the 1980s.
In high school, West formed the band Massacre. West's second band was Xecutioner, which laid down the foundation of Obituary.
West has one son and resides in Florida.
On May 16, 2007 he was arrested and imprisoned after his fifth DUI offense, incarcerated at the Gainesville Correctional Institution and released on January 19, 2008. After his release he cast his lot full-time in the band Lowbrow. It was announced in January 2009 that Lowbrow has decided to disband at the conclusion of their European tour. West is currently in the band Southwicked.
- Slowly We Rot
Slowly We Rot is a 1989 album by American death metal band Obituary. It was their debut album and is also the only album on which Obituary used E standard guitar tuning - all of Obituary's other albums use D standard tuning. Despite this, it is widely considered as Obituary's heaviest album...
(1989, re-released in 1997)
- The End Complete
The End Complete is a 1992 album by American death metal band Obituary.This album is Obituary's best selling, with over 200,000 copies sold in the U.S. and more than 550,000 worldwide. It reached #16 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart...
(1992, re-released in 1998)
- World Demise
World Demise is a 1994 album by American death metal band Obituary.-Track listing:#"Don't Care" – 3:08#"World Demise" – 3:43#"Burned In" – 3:32#"Redefine" – 4:39#"Paralyzing" – 4:57#"Lost" – 3:59#"Solid State" – 4:38#"Splattered" – 4:15...
(1994, re-released in 1998)
- Back from the Dead (1997)
- Frozen in Time
Frozen in Time is the 2005 comeback album by American death metal band Obituary. It was the band's first album in eight years since 1997's Back from the Dead....
- Frozen Alive
Frozen Alive is Obituary's first live DVD. It was recorded August 24, 2006 in Warsaw, Poland. It has songs from each of their albums through Frozen in Time...
Six Feet Under
Haunted is Six Feet Under's debut album. It was released on Metal Blade in 1995, after Barnes' departure from Cannibal Corpse.-Track listing:*All Songs Written By Chris Barnes & Allen West.#"The Enemy Inside" - 4:17#"Silent Violence" - 3:33...
- Alive and Dead
Alive and Dead is Six Feet Under's first EP, released October 29, 1996. The EP compiles a handful of live songs culled from Six Feet Under's debut album, Haunted, and features three new studio tracks, including a cover of Judas Priest's "Grinder."...
Warpath is Six Feet Under's second studio album. Tracks on this album include "Death or Glory", which is a cover of a song originally done by Holocaust and "4:20", a song 4:20 in length which, according to the liner notes, was recorded at 4:20 PM on April 20, 1997-Track listing:#"War Is Coming" –...
- Victims at Play (2000)
- Sex, Death, Violence (2003)