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Formed: 2002
From: Munich, Germany
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Arch Enemy Headlining Summer Slaughter 2015

Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.

Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.

Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"

Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...

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Obscura's Kummerer Presenting Engl Gigmaster E310

German technical death metal masters of Obscura have just posted a new video showing vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer presenting you the Engl Gigmaster E310 and its features.

Check out now the clip below.

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Obscura Releasing New Album

German progressive metal masters Obscura will enter Dreamsound Studios this April to begin recording drums for a new album and first full-length in over four years, following the "Omnivium" album (reviewed here).

The band will work once again with long time producer V. Santura ("Cosmogenesis," "Omnivium"). The album will see a late 2015 release via Relapse Records. Guitarist / vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming material:

"We are all pleased with the new material which pairs the songwriting, technicality and arrangements of our previous albums with the creative input of members Linus Klausenitzer, Tom 'Fountainhead' Geldschläger and Sebastian Lanser, while keeping our trademark prog riffing across the fusion and death metal landscape that makes Obscura sound unique. This album sees Obscura move a step further."

While the band prepares the upcoming recordings, a digital tablature book for "Omnivium" is available for pay-what-you-want download at this location. The book contains 368 pages in total, including tabs for all lead and rhythm guitars, transcribed live versions of each solo and arrangements for two guitars plus liner notes for each song. See the tech death group live on these dates:

July 18th Prog Stage Festival Israel
July 24th Metal Days Open Air Tolmin, Slovenia

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Obscura Issues Album Update

After parting ways with Hannes Grossmann And Christian Muenzner earlier this month, Obscura has set up a row of auditions in August / September to find fitting members who may participate in the band's upcoming album.

The yet-untitled fourth full length is the third out of a four album concept arc that started with the release of "Cosmogenesis" (reviewed here) in 2009. Steffen Kummerer comments:

"Currently we are in the middle of the songwriting process for our new album. The yet finished material turns out to focus on the trademarks we established during the last 12 years. Technicality paired with stringent arrangements, progressive riffing across fusion and death metal that makes Obscura sound unique. We will enter the studio by the end of 2014. Since Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann departed we recieved requests from all over the world. We invite the candidates that may fit and get in touch directly with each person. To both, Christian and Hannes; I wish them the best for their solo careers and new projects."

Linus Klausenitzer adds: "We spend a lot of time for songwriting and preproduction to make the new songs as intense as possible. Every album needs to have a certain vibe to stand out from the others. I'm glad that we can see this picture in the puzzle already."

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Obscura Splits With Drummer And Guitairst

Drummer Hannes Grossmann and guitarist Christian Muenzner have announced their departure from German prog/tech death metal band Obscura.

Due to these lineup changes, recordings for the band's fourth album and follow-up to "Omnivium" (reviewed here) have been postponed. Christian Muenzner comments:

"My decision to step down from my position as the lead guitar player in Obscura after more than 6 years was not an easy one, but even though it may come unexpected for the majority of fans, it is something I have been contemplating for the last couple of years. There is no bad blood between me and any of the other members of the band.

"However, I just want to devote the biggest part of the time that I have to work on my own music and visions. Doing this, I just can't invest the bulk of my time into the band, because a band operating at the level of Obscura does not work as a an additional thing or even a 'hobby'. It demands a lot of time and availability, but I I know that if my heart is not fully into the music anymore it is not true to myself, my bandmates or to the fans, and I have always believed that solely the fact that a band is successful or that people expect you to play a certain style of music are not enough of a reason to do it.

"A second crucial factor in my decision was that I am still dealing with a neurologic condition in my fretting hand called Focal Dystonia, which almost took the ability to play guitar away from me completely by late 2011/early 2012. Even though I regained most of my chops by now through re-training and Botox therapy, the condition is still there and I have to be very careful not to relapse and undo my progress by putting too much strain on my hand, which is why touring several months on an album cycle with material that brings me to the edge of my technical ability every night is not an option for me anymore in the near future.

"The slightest chance of recovery or at least further improvement have absolute priority for me in the coming years, as I want to be able to play guitar and release music for much longer. Thus I decided to focus mainly on my teaching career and on writing and recording my own music for now. I will remain very active and you will hear a lot of new music from me in the future. More...

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Death Announces New Tour Dates

After a North American tour and a performance at Neurotic Deathfest, Death: DTA will tour Europe for the first time.

The Death line up will consist of Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic) - guitar & vocals. The set list will feature most of the songs from the "Human" album plus other Death classics.

In 1998, "The Sound Of Perseverance," the very last studio album of progressive death metal icons Death from Florida, saw the light of day. In 2001 charismatic band leader, guitar god, and sound pioneer Chuck Schuldiner tragically passed away. Many years later, the towering monolith of Chuck and Death's testimony hasn't even faintly started to crumble.

Direct support will come from German tech death heroes Obscura, who's singer/guitarist Steffen Kummerer was asked to be vocalist on the first Death-tribute shows in 2012, but couldn't take the job due to visa issues. Also on the tour will be Darkrise. More...

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Over Your Threshold To Miss Final Date Of Tour

Germany's Over Your Threshold, which has been on tour with Obscura, has checked in with the following announcement about missing the trek's final date:

"We feel very sorry to inform you that the 'A DECADE OF PROGRESSIVE DEATH METAL' tour has come to an end for us earlier than expected. Due to a road accident with our caravan on the way to Zurich we are forced to cancel the tour´s big finale tonight. N

"one of us were harmed, but we won´t be able to make it in time to the venue. It´s an unfortunate and frustrating happening, but it can´t be changed anymore.

"Nevertheless, Over Your Threshold is looking back to a mind-blowing tour that exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you so much to all the visitors and supporters, every single venue´s staff, the whole tour crew, Deadborn, Aeon and last but not least Steffen Kummerer & Obscura to make this an unforgettable experience!

"Once more…THANK YOU!!! See you soon!" More...

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Obscura Announces Shows With Aeon

Celebrating a decade of progressive death metal, Germany's Obscura will be heading out for a nine-date tour through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in March of 2013.

The Swedish Satanic Death Metal outfit Aeon will be acting as direct support to the headliner. Comments the band: "It will be awesome to do this tour with Obscura, and with our newly released album 'Aeons Black' we are now stronger than ever with a killer live set that will leave no venue and crowd intact. Expect nothing else but pure fucking death metal!"

The opener on the run will be Munich death metal hopefuls Over Your Threshold, who comment on their first tour as follows: "We feel honoured to be a part of the 'A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal' Tour and also are very excited to present all songs of our recently released debut album 'Facticity' to you people. There are plenty of stages we´ve never entered before, and all the more we are looking forward to share them with such stunning bands like Obscura, Deadborn, and our label-mates of Aeon. This is a mandatory happening for all the metal heads who are into tech death metal! See you on tour!"

22/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
23/03/13 – DE – Ludwigshafen – Sultans Of Death Fest
24/03/13 – DE – Berlin – K17
25/03/13 – DE - Hamburg – Marx
26/03/13 – DE – Bochum – Bahnhof Langendreer
27/03/13 – DE – Siegen – Vortex
28/03/13 – DE – Kassel – K19
29/03/13 – AT – Wien – Escape
30/03/13 – CH – Zürich – Alte Kaserne

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Obscura Announces 10th Anniversary Show

German progressive death metal titans Obscura have announced a special 10th anniversary show this December in Landshut, Germany. This one night only event will take place on December 15th at Alte Kaserne with special guests Dark Fortress, Hokum, and Illegimitation, an incarnation of the band’s original lineup, which will play the band's first demo in its entirety. More info on the show, including ticket information is available via the band’s official website here.

Guitarist/Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming anniversary show: “After years of recording, touring & building up a loyal fanbase around the world we invite all of our friends & fans to our 10 year anniversary show in Landshut, Germany. We celebrate the end of the ‘OMNIVIUM Worldtour‘ in the same city where it started early 2011. To make this event something special we reformed the original lineup of Obscura for a short set, playing the full ‘ILLEGIMITATION‘ demo as a whole. While DARK FORTRESS and HOKUM share a long history of links with OBSCURA, it seems almost self-evident to have both booked for ‘10 YEARS OBSCURA – A Decade Of Progressive Death Metal‘. Let’s make this a great evening for everyone.”

Obscura is also currently streaming the 2011 album "Omnivium" (reviewed here) at this location. Obscura's upcoming tour dates are:

Dec 8 Tlalpan, Mexico Circo Volador
Dec 15 Landshut, Germany Alte Kaserne (10th Anniversary Show)
March 23 2013 Ludwigshafen, Germany Sultans Of Death Fest

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Obscura Announces First Latin American Show

German progressive death metal titans Obscura have announced their first ever Latin American appearance this December in Mexico City. This special one-off show will take place on December 8th at Circo Volador with Portugal’s Moonspell. Guitarist/Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming appearance:

"We are proud to announce our very first show in Mexico City after almost 10 years of playing Death Metal! This is the first show in Latin America for Obscura and our fan base in Mexico is just incredible. Since there were rumors spread about this single show we receive every day more and more messages from fans if this is going to be true. We can confirm the concert with Portugal's finest, Moonspell, and make this a special show for everyone. We are looking forward to playing for you!"

Additionally, Obscura is about to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary with a string of shows in Germany. More details will be announced shortly. The band is also currently streaming 2011’s "Omnivium" (reviewed here) in the bandcamp player below. More...

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Obscura Set From Tokyo Show Posted Online

German progressive/technical metal titans Obscura recently wrapped up a tour of Japan. The band has just released live footage from one of the shows that was filmed in Tokyo. The entire set was filmed and is available for viewing below. The setlist from the show was:

Vortex Omnivium
Orbital Elements
Universe Momentum
Ocean Gateways
Anticosmic Overload
Centric Flow

Flesh and the Power it holds (Death cover)

Frontman Steffen Kummerer spoke about the Japanese tour and Tokyo show: "With the recent trip to Japan the Omnivium world tour is almost finished. It was a pleasure to meet our fans from the land of the rising sun again, thank you for your never ending support! We would like to share our Tokyo concert with all of you, so feel free to see the fan filmed material below."

Obscura's latest release "Omnivium" is streaming in its entirety on the group's Bandcamp Page. More...

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Beneath The Massacre Announces Japanese Shows

Montreal's Beneath the Massacre has announced the band's first ever Japanese tour, which will see the group perform alongside Obscura. The group will venture over to Japan in the middle of June after completing a string of dates in Eastern Canada. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Earlier this year, Beneath the Massacre released the band's first full-length since 2008, “Incongruous." Footage from the album's recording sessions can also be viewed at this location.

4/27 Drummondville, Canada - Salle Gaston Mandeville w/ Obey The Brave
4/28 Rimouski, QC - Bar Le Cactus w/Obey The Brave
5/11 Toronto, Canada - The Rockpile
5/12 Niagara, Canada - Niagara Metal Fest
5/13 Hamilton, Canada - the Underground
6/1 St.Hyachinthe, QC - Bar Le Trash
6/12 Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro #
6/13 Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro #
6/14 Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro #
# w/Obscura

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Obscura Streaming Cynic Cover

German technical death metal band Obscura is streaming the band's cover version Cynic song "How Could I?," over at Metal Sucks at this location. The song appears on Obscura's "Illegimitation" collection, which is available for purchase through the band at this location.

"Illegimitation" contains the following material:

Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)

1. ...and all will come to an end
2. Crucified
3. Fear
4. Immanent Desaster

Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)

5. Incarnated
6. Open the Gates
7. Headworm

Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)

8. Flesh and the Power it Holds (Death Cover)
9. Atheist - Piece of Time (Atheist Cover)
10. How Could I? (Cynic Cover)

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Blotted Science Drum Playthrough Video Available

Footage has been posted online of drummer Hannes Grossmann (also of technical metal titans Obscura) playing through the song "Ingesting Blatteria" by Blotted Science. Check out the footage below.

The full music video for "Ingesting Blatteria," synced up with the film "Creephsow," is also still available for viewing here. More...

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Obscura Streaming Atheist Cover

German technical death metal act Obscura has posted a cover version online of the Atheist track "Piece of Time," which is available for streaming online now through MetalHammer Germany.

The cover is taken off Obscura's "Illegimitation" collection, featuring the following track listing:

Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)
1) ...and all will come to an end
2) Crucified
3) Fear
4) Immanent Desaster

Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)
5) Incarnated
6) Open the Gates
7) Headworm

Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)
8) Death - Flesh and the Power it Holds
9) Atheist - Piece of Time
10) Cynic - How Could I

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Obscura Posts "Omnivium" European Tour Trailer

Technical death metal titans Obscura have an upcoming European tour featuring Spawn of Possession, Gorod, and Exivious. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the "Omnivium" tour, which can be found after the jump. The dates are as follows:

09.03.12 Germany Stuttgart @ Universum
10.03.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle Kraftwerk
11.03.12 Germany Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
12.03.12 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
13.03.12 Sweden Stockholm @ Debaser Slussen
14.03.12 Norway Oslo @ Betong
15.03.12 Denmark Copenhagen @ Templet
16.03.12 Germany Jena @ Rosenkeller
17.03.12 Germany Bischofswerda @ Eastclub
18.03.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Black Pes
19.03.12 Slovakia Bratislava @ Randal
20.03.12 Germany München @ Feierwerk
21.03.12 Austria Wien @ Arena
22.03.12 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
23.03.12 Italy Milano @ Zoe Club
24.03.12 Italy Rome @ Traffic Club
25.03.12 Italy Bologna @ Blogos
26.03.12 Switzerland Zürich @ Werk 21
27.03.12 France Toulouse @ Dynamo
28.03.12 France Nantes @ Ferrailleur
29.03.12 France Paris @ Glazart
30.03.12 France Dunkerque @ 4 Ecluses
31.03.12 France Rouen @ 106
01.04.12 UK Manchester @ Moho Live
02.04.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
03.04.12 UK Bristol @ The Croft
04.04.12 UK London @ Underworld
05.04.12 Belgium Vosselaar @ Biebob
06.04.12 Holland Haarlem @ Patronaat
07.04.12 Germany Köln @ Underground More...

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Obscura Posts Death Cover Track Online

German technical metal act Obscura, which recently announced more European shows, has posted another track online from the upcoming "Illegimitation" demo collection. Check out Obscura's cover of the Death track "The Flesh and the Power it Holds" in the player available below.

You can also hear a previously posted song from the collection recently posted online. Head here to check out "Incarnated." More...

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Obscura Adds More Tour Dates

German metal titans Obscura have confirmed four additional dates for their four-week headlining European tour this spring in support of their latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here).

Support on the tour will come from label-mates Spawn of Possession, French tech-death maestros Gorod, and Dutch progressive 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. Details are as follows:

March 9 Stuttgart, Germany Universum
March 10 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle Kraftwerk
March 11 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof
March 12 Berlin, Germany Magnet
March 13 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
March 14 Oslo, Norway Betong
March 15 Copenhagen, Denmark Templet (New Venue)*
March 16 Jena, Germany Rosenkeller
March 17 Bischofswerda, Germany East Club (New Show)*
March 18 Prague, Czech Rep. Black Pes
March 19 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal
March 20 München, Germany Feierwerk Hansa 39
March 21 Wien, Austria Arena
March 22 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
March 23 Milano, Italy Zoe Club
March 24 Rome, Italy Traffic Club
March 25 Bologna, Italy Blogos (New Show)*
March 26 Zurich, Switzerland Werk 21 (New Show)*
March 27 Toulouse, France Aero
March 28 Nantes, France Ferrailleur
March 29 Paris, France Glazart
March 30 Dunkerque, France 4 Ecluses
March 31 Rouen, France 106
April 1 Manchester, UK Moho Live
April 2 Dublin, Ireland The Pint
April 3 Bristol, UK The Croft
April 4 London, UK Underworld
April 5 Vosselaar, Belgium Biebob
April 6 Haarlem, Holland Patronaat
April 7 Köln, Germany Underground

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Bands Recall New Year's Memories

As part of the ongoing "Ask the Artist" series, Metal Injection asked members of Prime Evil, Ramming Speed, Rosetta, A Life Once Lost, 3, Fight Amp, Howl, Black Tusk, Last Chance To Reason, Obscura, God Forbid, Magrudergrind and more to recall their favorite New Year's experience. Watch the video of their answers below.

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Obscura Streaming Track From Demo Collection

Obscura has issued the following announcement about posting a song online from the band's upcoming demo collection:

"Happy new year to you all! Get started in 2012 with a few new tracks of the 'Illegimitation' Demo Collection we uploaded to our official YouTube channel. Enjoy & kepp on shredding in the new year!"

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 "Illegimitation" track listing is as follows:

Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)
1) ...and all will come to an end
2) Crucified
3) Fear
4) Immanent Desaster

Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)
5) Incarnated
6) Open the Gates
7) Headworm

Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)
8) Death - Flesh and the Power it Holds
9) Atheist - Piece of Time
10) Cynic - How Could I

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