Band Photo: Obscura (?)
From: Munich, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
Latest Obscura News
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.
Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.
Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.
While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!
In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.
Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.
Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...
Progressive technical death metal project NYN - featuring lead guitarist Tom "Fountainhead" Geldschläger (Obscura) and Jimmy Pitts (Eternity’s End, Pitts Minnemann Project) on keyboards -premieres a new song entitled "Embrace Entropy", taken from the upcoming new album "Entropy: Of Chaos and Salt".
Check out now "Embrace Entropy" below.
The German technical/progressive death metal luminaries from Obscura just shared a new playthrough video.
The clip, available below, features fretless bass virtuoso Linus Klausenitzer shredding his way through the title-track taken from the band’s latest release "Akroasis" (reviewed here).
“When I thought to record another playthrough video, I decided for the title track of our new album Akroasis,” Said Linus Klausenitzer. “As it is a very atmospheric song, the bass lines are probably the easiest one to play on the whole album. This way I hope to motivate people to try playing the song themselves and to pay more attention to phrasing on bass. In this video I play my fretless Ibanez BZB7 that people ask me about very often. I recorded 90% of the album with this bass.”
Relapse has a new winter 2016 sampler available for streaming below and up for free download here. The label comments:
"Relapse Records is excited to present one of our largest and most diverse yearly samplers to date, featuring music from all corners of the metalsphere and beyond.
"We’ve gathered 41 tracks taken from new and upcoming releases, including music from rising stars like Gatecreeper, Nothing, Inter Arma, and Gruesome, tracks from sonic boundary-pushers Myrkur, Survive, Brain Tentacles, and Boris, and songs from brand-new signees The Obsessed, King Woman, Cloakroom, and Integrity.
"The sampler also includes new music from Relapse heavyweights Red Fang, Obscura, Obituary, The Album Leaf, and many more alongside selections from our recent reissues of classic albums by Death, Pentagram, and more." More...
German progressive and technical death metal masters of Obscura are currently on an extensive European run with Revocation, Beyond Creation and Rivers Of Nihil.
Catch the bands live on the following remaining dates below: More...
PA technical death metal outfit Rivers Of Nihil premieres a new guitar playthrough video showcasing Jon Topore and Brody Uttley shredding through "Reign of Dreams". The track is taken from the band's 2015 album "Monarchy", out in stores via Metal Blade Records.
Check out now "Reign of Dreams" below.
Rivers of Nihil will be touring Europe with Obscura, Revocation and Beyond Creation. Catch them on the following dates: More...
Hannes Grossman (Alkaloid/Ex-Obscura) premieres the full-album stream of his new crowdfunded solo album, "The Crypts Of Sleep", which hits stores today. Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan, Scar Symmetry's Per Nilsson and more guest on this album.
Check out now "The Crypts Of Sleep" in its entirety below.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track) More...