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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.
Bass webzine NoTreble has released an exclusive interview with Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Nufutic, Pestilence, ex-Obscura), where he talks about his musical background and leaving German technical death metal act Obscura.
Thesseling collaborated with Obscura from 2008 to 2011 and recorded the band's full-length albums "Cosmogenesis" (2009) and "Omnivium" (2011). In 2009 Jeroen rejoined Dutch death metallers Pestilence after a 15-year hiatus. He recorded Pestilence's fourth and sixth studio albums, "Spheres" (1993) and "Doctrine" (2011).
Thesseling commented in the interview, "After leaving Obscura, I thought 'What could I do?', I don’t feel like touring anymore, being five or six weeks on the road in a bus, every night playing the same songs. It was great to do it, but on the other hand I must say you don’t get to develop yourself to become a better musician because you’re always playing the same stuff every night, over and over again."
A further excerpt from the interview can be found below.
NoTreble: A few months ago it was announced you left Obscura. What happened?
Jeroen: That was a very hard decision for me, but I had to leave the band. Four people trying to make a living off that band means you have to tour a lot. If you do nothing besides the band, you have to tour for 7-8 months per year just to make a living of it. That was something that I tried. I left my job and I went for it. During the period that I was active with Obscura, I also rejoined Pestilence again for several reasons, but also to make money to survive. Then you find out that it’s extremely hard to combine two bands, not only for recordings, but more for touring. You get huge problems and conflicting schedules.
It was last year that made me decide that it would be better to go back to a job and give up one of those bands. You can’t be in a day job while the rest of the band wants to tour for months. It was more like a financial pressure that made me decide to leave Obscura while the band was doing really well and as they were recording their second album, which was released and received very very well. [I played on the album], but I haven’t performed it live.
Read the full article at NoTreble.
German technical death metal Titans Obscura have released two tracks from their upcoming demo collection, "Illegimitation" at this location.
The collection, set to be released in March 2012, will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011. The album's track listing, cover art, and numerous, unique packages are available directly from the band now via Kickstarter at this location.
Obscura also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
German technical/progressive metal titans Obscura have announced a four-week headlining European tour in the spring of 2012 in support of their latest album "Omnivium." Support on the tour will come from label-mates Spawn of Possession, French tech-death maestros Gorod, and Dutch metallers Exivious.
The tour will kick-off on March 9th in Stuttgart, Germany then march through Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and the UK before returning to Germany on April 7th. A complete listing of dates is listed below. Obscura's Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming run:
"We are stoked to announce our upcoming European headlining tour to support our newest album 'Omnivium'! With our label-mates Spawn of Possession, tech-death lunatics Gorod and the fusion influenced Exivious this tour is a must for everyone who is into progressive music. This is the ultimate shredfest of the year!"
Additionally, Obscura recently announced a demo collection entitled "Illegimitation," which will be released by the band this March. The collection will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011. The album's track listing, cover art, and numerous, unique packages are available directly from the band now at this location.
The band's tour dates are as follows: More...
Spawn of Possession has announced it will be supporting German technical death metal act Obscura for a European tour in March, 2012. Gorod and Exivious are rounding out the bill. You can check out the tour poster below, or find full details on the dates and venues for the tour at this location.
German metal quartet Obscura has announced the band's first ever demo collection, entitled "Illegimitation," which is set to be released independently by the band this March. The collection will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011.
Obscura has decided to release a special, limited-time pre-order for "Illegimitation" through Kickstarter.com. The album's tracklisting, cover art, and numerous, unique packages are available directly from the band now at this location.
Obscura's Steffen Kummerer commented on the release, "This will be a independent release so we can give our fans the opportunity to participate in the project and offer special packages such as a livelong free entry to all Obscura shows, limited edition items, face to face lessons with our members, and tour used gear from the band!"
Additionally, Obscura recently kicked-off their first North American headline tour in support of the latest album "Omnivium." The Metalunderground.com sponsored tour began on Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and runs through Dec. 7 with support from Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason, and Enfold Darkness. Dates are as follows: More...
German metal quartet Obscura is set to embark on a Metalunderground.com-sponsored first ever North American headline tour in support of the band's latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here). The tour will start November 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates ABYSMAL DAWN, LAST CHANCE TO REASON (select dates) and ENFOLD DARKNESS (select dates).
OBSCURA’s Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming tour: “We are glad to announce our very first headlining North American tour alongside Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason, and Enfold Darkness! For the upcoming shows we’ll have a full set out of material from all three albums including many tunes we have never played before live. See you on tour & blast on!"
Here are the latest Obscura tour dates with Abysmal Dawn, and openers Last Chance to Reason and Enfold Darkness on select dates (below):
Nov. 4 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13 w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 5 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre ( Metal Sucks Fest) w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 7 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 9 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 11 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 13 - Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’s Pub w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 14 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 15 - Calagary, AB @ The Distillery w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 17 - Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 20 - San Fancisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 21 - Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 23 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 25 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre w/ Last Chance to Reason
Nov. 27 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee Theatre w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 28 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 29 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit w/ Enfold Darkness
Nov. 30 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 2 - Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 3 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 4 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 6 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/ Enfold Darkness
Dec. 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ Enfold Darkness
The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:
"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)
"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."
The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...
The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:
Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)
Keep of Kalessin
Friday, November 4th More...
Obscura has announced the band's first ever North American headline tour in support of the latest album "Omnivium." The tour will start Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance to Reason (on select dates), and Enfold Darkness (select dates). Dates are as follows:
Nov. 4 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
Nov. 5 New York, NY Gramercy Theater (as part of MetalsucksFest)
Nov. 6 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
Nov. 7 Toronto, ON Hard Luck
Nov. 8 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
Nov. 9 Joliet, IL Mojoe's
Nov. 10 St Paul, MN Station 4
Nov. 11 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
Nov. 13 Saskatoon, SK Louis' Pub
Nov. 14 Edmonton, AB Pawn Shop
Nov. 15 Calgary, AB The Distillery
Nov. 16 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 17 Portland, OR Branx
Nov. 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov. 21 Hollywood, CA Key Club
Nov. 23 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
Nov. 25 Denver, CO The Marquis Theater
Nov. 27 Tulsa, OK The Marquee Theater
Nov. 28 Dallas, TX The Rail Club
Nov. 29 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
Nov. 30 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Dec. 2 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
Dec. 4 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
Dec. 5 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Dec. 6 Richmond, VA Kingdom
Dec. 7 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Obscura, which parted ways with bassist Jeroen Thesseling, has now officially confirmed the band's new bass player.
Linus Klausenitzer will be rounding out the Obscura lineup. Linus has played with Obscura on the band's European tour with Hate Eternal as well as a recent North American tour alongside Children of Bodom and the Devin Townsend Project. Linus is also part of the progressive metal outfit Noneuclid. A video statement from the band can be viewed below.
MetalSucks has announced the latest batch of bands to appear at The Metal Suckfest, a concert event this fall spanning two days and featuring 20 bands. As previously announced, Municipal Waste will headline the first night, Friday, November 4th, while Cynic will headline the second night, Saturday, November 5th, at NYC's Gramercy Theater.
The lineup so far is shaping up as such:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Today is the Day
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
The Red Chord
A Life Once Lost
Scale the Summit
The remaining four bands to play the festival will be announced soon. Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Friday, September 9th, at 10am at LiveNation.com.
A new Relapse Records podcast has been posted online and is now available by heading over to the Relapse website at this location.
This is the 14th installment of the new label podcasts that will be posted every month, highlighting brand new songs from Relapse artists, exclusive interviews, and classic Relapse tracks.
This month's podcast, as sponsored by MetalInjection.net, features an exclusive interview with David Davidson of Revocation who talks about the band's brand new album "Chaos of Forms" and upcoming U.S. tour alongside Chimaira.
The podcast also includes exclusive new music from Brutal Truth, Rotten Sound, Dying Fetus, and more.
Not new, but it's never too late to get free music: Like Hails and Horns on Facebook to download their 27-song "Screams of Summer Comp 2011."
The "Screams of Summer Comp 2011" tracklisting is as follows:
1. SUICIDE SILENCE – “You Only Live Once”
2. ARCH ENEMY – “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone”
3. JUNGLE ROT – “Rise And Revolt”
4. RED FANG – “Wires”
5. ROTTEN SOUND – “Self”
6. ALL SHALL PERISH – “Divine Illusion”
7. WARBRINGER – “Living Weapon”
8. AFTER THE BURIAL – “Sleeper”
9. AMORPHIS – “You I Need”
10. BLACKGUARD – “Firefight”
11. PATHOLOGY – “Code Injection”
12. OBSCURA – “Euclidean Elements”
13. RINGS OF SATURN – “Seized And Devoured”
14. THE FRANCESCO ARTUSATO PROJECT – “Gardens Of Yama”
15. PERIPHERY – “Frak The Gods”
16. CYNIC – “Wheels Within Wheels”
17. FINNTROLL – “Solsagan”
18. WORLD UNDER BLOOD – “God Amongst The Waste”
19. LOCK UP – “Life Of Devastation”
20. EXHUMED – “Funereality”
21. TOXIC HOLOCAUST – “Judgment Awaits You”
22. BENIGHTED – “Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”
23. SEPTIC FLESH – “The Vampire From Nazareth”
24. DECAPITATED – “Homo Sun”
25. GENERAL SURGERY – “The Succulent Aftermath Of A Subdural”
26. WATAIN – “Reaping Death”
27. HAMMERFALL – “One More Time”
Technical death metal act Obscura will head to South East Asia and Dubai for the first time ever this September. This run of dates kicks off on September 23rd and is in support of the band's latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here). The band's upcoming tour dates are available here.
Obscura's Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming tour: "We are honored to get the chance to play in South East Asia with Obscura for the first time ever. After our European run with Hate Eternal and the North American tour alongside Children of Bodom the 'Omnivium World Tour' finally extends to Asia. The band is stoked to meet our fans in the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia in September and October this year!"
Obscura is also confirmed to perform at the German metal festivals Summer Breeze and Way of Darkness. The band is currently streaming the new album "Omnivium" in its entirety online at this location.
Metal Injection has posted a new video interview online with founding Obscura member Steffen Kummerer, who discusses the band's new album, "Omnivium," (reviewed here) as well as the overarching four album concept the band is hoping to achieve. Steffen also discusses bassist Jeroen Thesseling leaving the band, and the possibility of a new album. You can check out the video interview below.
German technical death metal band Obscura has issued the following brief announcement about canceling the band's Halifax show tonight due to problems crossing the border:
"Relapse and Obscura regret that the band isn't able to make the Halifax show tonight. Obscura was held at the border for over 5 hours, and when they were finally able to get through it simply didn’t leave enough time to make the drive to Halifax.
The band hopes to return to play for their Halifax fans on their next trip to North America."
A video interview with Obscura in Slovenia was also recently posted online and can be viewed by heading over here.
A video interview, conducted by Profanity TV from Slovenia back in May, has now been posted online featuring German technical death metal act Obscura. You can check out the clip below. Obscura has been touring in support of the band's latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here).
I hadn't seen Children of Bodom live since the band opened for Megadeth back in 2008, so of course I was anxious to see the group play again. The fact that Children of Bodom was playing with Devin Townsend and Septicflesh just made this show that much harder to overlook. Plus the fact that The House of Blues has a great location and is known for providing great sound quality sweetened the deal.
After meeting an interviewing Devin Townsend himself for an interview that will be posted shortly, as well as getting my Strapping Young Lad collection signed, I unfortunately had to deal with The House of Blues draconian security, which required me to leave the backstage area, get a ticket after being confirmed to be on the guest list, head to the back of the line and then reenter the venue. So I'd personally like the thank the management, box office, and security for helping the most impatient man you'll ever meet reenter a venue that he already had access to.
Thankfully this was only a mere hour-long inconvenience and I was able to enter the venue in time to see Septicflesh. While I actually enjoy Septicflesh's albums, their stage show needs a bit of work. It's too theatrical and artificial. The mic stand shaped like a Lovcraftian Eldrich Abomination as well as Spiros Antoniou's overly flamboyant stage presence crossed the line between enthralling and distracting for me. The band needs to tone things down a bit if it wants to be taken seriously, particularly in the North American market in which things are far less pretentious than the band's native Europe. More...
Obscura has announced more tour dates to the band's upcoming North American tour that kicks-off next week. These new shows include off-dates from the Children of Bodom tour as well as headlining dates in western Canada and Ohio. A complete listing of Obscura tour dates can be found here.
Additionally, Obscura has posted "Concerto," which was included as the Japanese bonus track and on the iTunes digital deluxe version of the new album "Omnivium" (reviewed here) online now via the band's Facebook page. "Concerto" is a cover track from Marty Friedman and Jason Becker's Cacophony album "Speed Metal Symphony."
Obscura has also announced a signing session at the new ENGL Amps showroom in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday June 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00PM PST. The ENGL Showroom is located at 10911 B Vanowen Street, next to ESP Guitars, in North Hollywood, California.
A teaser trailer has been posted online for Italy's upcoming Viadana Open Air 2011, which will include performances from Dark Tranquillity, Obscura, Theatres Des Vampires, Dark Lunacy, Hour of Penance, and Airlines of Terror.
The festival takes place on August 13th, with additional details available here.