Frank Watkins (musician)

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Frank Watkins
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Watkins performing with Gorgoroth as "Bøddel". Photo by Alexandre Cardoso.
Background information
Also known as Bøddel
Born (1968-02-19)February 19, 1968
United States
Died October 18, 2015(2015-10-18) (aged 47)
Genres Death metal, black metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar
Years active 1986-2015
Associated acts Obituary
Bad Rep

Frank Watkins (February 19, 1968 – October 18, 2015) was an American heavy metal musician best known as a former, long-time bass player for the death metal band Obituary. From 1989 to 1997 and then from 2007 until his death in 2015. He had been the bass player of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth.


Frank Watkins was born in 1968.[1] He began playing music at the age of 12 and started his professional career in 1986, before joining Obituary in 1989. He played on every Obituary release except for their debut album Slowly We Rot, and cites his musical influences as "anything dark, aggressive, and pissed off". He tends to bring his punk/hardcore background to the realm of death/black metal.

Frank prided himself not only on the technical side of his music, but also on the business aspect, managing, mentoring, and guiding other bands and musicians. He formed his management company, Back From the Dead Productions, in 2007 to help bands create a positive career in the music business. In late 2007, Watkins became the bassist of Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, and in 2009 he participated in the recording of the Gorgoroth album Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt. He debuted live with the band at the Hole in the Sky festival in Bergen on August 29, 2009. This was the first concert Gorgoroth had performed since September 2007. In an interview with Metal Maniacs published online in August 2009, Watkins explained that for his work with Gorgoroth he had taken the stage name "Bøddel", which means "Executioner" in Norwegian.

Watkins died from cancer on October 18, 2015. He was 47 years old.[2]


  • Sacrosanct (1985–1986)
  • Bad Rep (1986–1987)
  • Hellwitch (1987–1989)
  • The Henchmen (1993)
  • Obituary (1989–1997, 2003–2010)
  • Gorgoroth (2007–2015)





  1. ^ "Frank Watkins, U.S. heavy metalist bass, Obituary, Cause of Death February 19 in History". 1968-02-19. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  2. ^ "Former OBITUARY Bassist FRANK WATKINS Dies At 47". October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.