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Formed: 2002
From: Munich, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Obscura news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ex-Obscura Guitarist Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Ex-Obscura guitarist Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschläger premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the his upcoming solo album "Reverse Engineering", which will be out this Friday, August 05 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Reverse Engineering" in its entirety below.

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Obscura Posts Drum Playthrough

Following a music video for the track and a subsequent bass playthrough, Obscura and skinsman Sebastian Lanser have just shared a new drum playthrough for the "Akroasis" single "Ten Sepiroth."

In addition to a series of festival appearances this coming summer, Obscura also announced a stacked new European tour this coming October. Full dates are available after the jump.

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Beyond Creation Announces European Tour

Canadian tech death band Beyond Creaiton has announced a new European tour, kicking off on October 20th and seeing the band travel throughout Germany, Holland, The UK, Belgium, France, and more.

Beyond Creation will be performing alongside Obscura, Revocation, and Rivers Of Nihil. This live excursion will follow the previously announced Beyond Creation North American tour, which is slated to begin on June 26. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...

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Obscura Posts "Ten Sepiroth" Music Video

A new music video from German tech-death force Obscura just premiered online and can be seen below. "Ten Sepiroth" is taken from the band's recent full-length "Akroasis" (reviewed here).

In addition to a series of festival appearances this coming summer (including Brutal Assault, Tuska Open Air, and more), Obscura also announced a new headlining European tour this October. View a full itinerary of dates after the jump. More...

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Stortregn Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Swiss blackened death metal band Stortregn premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Singularity", which will be out in stores via the Dutch label Non Serviam Records on May 27.

The album features performances by some notable guests:

Steffen Kummerer: (Obscura, Thulcandra)
Ville Viljanen: (Mors Principium Est)
Simon Girard: (Beyond Creation)
Vladimir Cochet: (Mirrorthrone, Unholy Matrimony, Weeping Birth)

Check out now "Singularity" in its entirety below.

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Obscura Posts Fretless Bass Playthrough

The German technical/progressive death metal luminaries from Obscura have just shared a new playthrough video, which features fretless bass virtuoso Linus Klausenitzer shredding his way through the track "Ten Sepiroth."

This track is taken from the band's latest release "Akroasis" and the playthrough is available below. Additionally, Obscura has announced a series of festival appearances this coming summer.

The band will be performing throughout Europe & in Israel at major festivals including Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic, Summer Breeze in Germany, Tuska Open Air in Finland, Metaldays in Slovenia, and more. View a full itinerary of dates below.

Jul 7 Helsinki, FI Tuska Open Air
July 24 Tel Aviv, IL Gagarin / Progstage Festival
July 24 - 30 Tolmin, SI MetalDays Festival
Aug 11 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault
Aug 17 - 20 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze Festival
Aug 21 Brittany, FR Motocultor Festival
Sept 11 Aalborg, DK Aalborg Metal Festival More...

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Obscura Posts "Akróasis" Acoustic CD Bonus Track

Obscura is streaming an acoustic CD bonus track taken from the band's latest release "Akróasis".

Check out now "The Origin Of Primal Expression" below.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer:

" 'The Origin Of Primal Expression' shows the title track of our new album stripped down to only one acoustic guitar and is meant to give a slight insight behind the scenes of writing an Obscura song. More...

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Obscura Posts Full New Album Online

Today, after teasing numerous songs from new album "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening"), the German progressive metal masters Obscura are finally streaming the complete disc online. Listen in below.

Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), "Akróasis" consists of eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal.

Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, "Akróasis" will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond when it drops February 5th, 2016. More...

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Obscura Premieres New Song "Ten Sepiroth"

German technical and progressive death metal outfit Obscura premieres a new song entitled "Ten Sepiroth", taken from the upcoming new album "Akróasis", which will be out in stores February 05 via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Ten Sepiroth" below.

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Obscura Streams "The Monist"

The progressive/technical death metal masterminds from Obscura have revealed a third new track from their forthcoming full-length "Akroasis." New song "The Monist" is available below, courtesy of a stream hosted by MetalSucks.net.

If you missed it, the previously posted track "Sermon Of The Seven Suns" is also still available at this location.

It has been five years since the release of Obscura's previous full-length "Omnivium" (reviewed here). "Akroasis" will be released February 5th, 2016 via Relapse Records.

Additionally, Obscura will provide direct support in Europe for Death DTA on the "European Thoughts Pattern" tour. The tour kicks off March 24th in Strasbourg, France and runs through April 12th in Riga, Latvia. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Obscura Updates Tour Schedule With Death DTA

Obscura just checked in with the following announcement about updates and changes to the band's European tour with Death DTA:

"Next spring, Steve Di Giorgio and Gene Hoglan will be on U.S. tour with thrash metal legends Testament to conquer the stages with mighty Slayer. Unfortunately, this tour overlapping with the upcoming Death DTA Tour.

"To make sure you still get the full Death experience, the band decided to re-schedule the dates. Obscura will not perform at the mentioned dates below due to scheduling conflicts and drop off the tour after Tallinn, EE. Here’s what changed:

19.04.2016 FR – Strasbourg, La Laiterie (moved from 24.03.2016)
20.04.2016 CH – Aarau, Kiff (moved from 26.03.2016)
21.04.2016 IT – Brescia, Circo Colony (moved from 29.03.2016)
22.04.2016 IT – Cagliari, Cueva (moved from 28.03.2016)
23.04.2016 IT – Pordenone, Deposito Giordani (moved from 27.03.2016)

"Already purchased tickets are also valid for the new dates. We are still trying to find a date to re-schedule the already announced show in Lyon @ CCO Villeurbanne. Furthermore, Death DTA could add some extra dates to the tour. Please find the new schedule below." More...

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The Best And Worst Of Metal In 2015

We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.

This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.

On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.

After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.

While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.

The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015

Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.

But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.

The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...

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Obscura Streaming New Track

It has been five years since the release of Obscura's "Omnivium" album. Now the progressive metal masters return with "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening" and a full track has landed online from the impending release. Check out "Sermon Of The Seven Suns" in the player below.

Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), "Akróasis" is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. The album will be released February 5th, 2016 via Relapse Records.

The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and digital download. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sermon of the Seven Suns
2. The Monist
3. Akróasis
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
8. Weltseele
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track) More...

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Obscura Issues Second Teaser For "Akróasis"

German technical/progressive death act Obscura - featuring Thulcandra's Steffen Kummerer - issued a second preview teaser for the upcoming new album "Akróasis." The album is set for release on February 5th via Relapse Records.

The track list for the release is:

1. Sermon of the Seven Suns
2. The Monist
3. Akróasis (see music video here)
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
8. Weltseele
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track)

Check out the preview here: More...

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Obscura Releases "Akróasis" Music Video

German technical/progressive death act Obscura - featuring Thulcandra's Steffen Kummerer - issued a music video for the title track of the new album "Akróasis." The album is set for release on February 5th via Relapse Records. Pre-orders for the release can be made at this location.

The album features eight songs and was produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence). The track listing is:

1. Sermon of the Seven Suns
2. The Monist
3. Akróasis
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
8. Weltseele
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track)

Check out "Akróasis" here: More...

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Obscura Reveals New Album Details

It has been five years since the release of Obscura's "Omnivium" album (reviewed here). Now the progressive metal masters return with "Akróasis" (Greek for "hearing" or "listening") - check out a trailer and the artwork below.

"Akróasis" will be released February 5, 2016 via Relapse Records. The album will be available in CD, 2xLP and digital download formats. Steffen Kummerer had this to say:

"With 'Akróasis,' we produced our grand opus featuring eight songs of fluent arrangements, odd time signatures never heard before in metal, and the most high end production in the history of the band. Without question Akróasis is the heaviest, most complex record we have made to date. We cannot wait to perform live again and bring this excellent music to stages around the globe."

The album features eight songs and was produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence). The track listing is: More...

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Obscura Finishes New Album

After dropping off the Summer Slaughter tour due to visa problems, technical death metal band Obscura has issued a new update on the progress of an upcoming album. Bassist Linus Klausenitzer comments:

"We are proud to announce that we finished the production of our new album! The production was full of extremes in so many ways. All band members were working at their limit to make this album the best possible.

"Thanks to the mix and mastering qualities of our long time producer V. Santura our songs became even more powerful than I could have imagined. You can be looking forward to very fast and Obscura typical up tempo tracks but also some very new sounds with very detailed, atmospheric, dark and heavy parts."

This upcoming release will follow 2011's "Omnivium" (reviewed here), with full details still to arrive.

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Obscura Drops Off Summer Slaughter Tour

In addition to After The Burial dropping off the Summer Slaughter Tour due to the death of the band's guitarist, Obscura also will not be appearing due to visa problems. Obscura comments:

"Obscura won’t be able to participate in this year’s Summer Slaughter due to visa issues. We started the visa process in April a few days after we confirmed the tour but it seems that U.S. Immigration is a lottery to get a visa in time or not.

"We lost all of our flights, our gear is in Los Angeles, our U.S/ crew lost their job for a whole month and the 3000 US$ we paid for visas are non-refundable. In total Obscura lost 15000 US$ with this stunt to be straight. This is an existential amount of money for a band of this size. And personally, I face this situation a second time after 2012’s Death DTA disaster.

"We have been prepared, hired a professional agency to have all visas been applied for correctly and in time – starting in April. The immigration failed to file a necessary I-797 form (the final work permission) from June 3rd – this takes up to two weeks according to their official information but they did not even started at this point, so we won’t get an estimate when we can pick up our passports/visas. To clarify, if we would try to get into the country with a tourist visa or without a visa at all the band will get deported on our own costs and get banned from the United States for 10 years.

"If we jump on the tour at a later point we will lose even more money since all of our gear, production and breakables arrived in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Also booking flights a second time costs us another 8000 US$. Our coach is based in Los Angeles and paying 1000 US$ per day until we finally would be able to enter the country would ruin the band completely.

"It is a bitter, frustrating situation we, our loyal fan base and all promoters and agents have to face right now. We won’t give up and we will come back to the United States, but we have to drop off Summer Slaughter 2015."

This bad news follows the absolute implosion of the Metal Alliance tour and the abysmal sales and constant bickering between bands of the Mayhem Festival. Is the era of big U.S. metal tours coming to an end?

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Arch Enemy Kicking Off Summer Slaughter

Update: this is a bad year for U.S. metal tours. Obscura just dropped off the bill due to visa problems.

Arch Enemy is kicking off the 2015 installment of Summer Slaughter, which sees the griyo as the tour's headliner.

This will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis. For a preview of what concert-goers can expect live, a new tour trailer has been launched, featuring footage of the track "Avalanche" from Hellfest.

The Summer Slaughter tour also features Born Of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, Beyond Creation, and Cattle Decapitation. Dates are as follows: More...

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Obscura Taps Rüdinger For "Summer Slaughter Tour"

Obscura taps Ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rüdinger (see also clip below) - now drummer of Conquering Dystopia - for the bands run on this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Original drummer Sebastian Lanser will be forced to sit out the tour due to health issues.

Explains Stefan Kummerer:

"Regrettably, we are unable to perform at Progstage Festival, Tel Aviv and Metaldays Festival Slovenia this year. Our drummer Sebastian Lanser overstrung his left hand and suffers from a serious inflammation since then. Playing this complex music with this condition won’t allow us to play a tight 80 minute headlining show our fans and we as musicians demand.

"We decided not to play a halfhearted set, instead we postpone both concerts and come back with an extended live show including songs of our new, upcoming album. Dates will be published soon.

"In the meantime Alex Rüdinger (Conquering Dystopia) will step in to play this year’s Summer Slaughter festival tour in North America.” More...

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