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Formed: 2002
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.

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Steffen Kummerer Announces Signature Guitar

Polish guitar manufacturer Ran Guitars has signed on to create an official Steffen Kummerer signature guitar. The custom Obscura model will be a 7-string, neck-through-body mahogany guitar featuring EMG pickups and a Schaller Floyd Rose tremolo. The band’s logo will be embossed on the fret board inlay. Detailed photos of the guitar can be viewed now at this location.

Kummerer commented on his partnership with Ran Guitars: "I am glad to be a part of the RAN family now. I started playing RAN custom built guitars in 2003 and was instantly impressed with the high quality of the build, fine woods, and precise hardware they use. You'll hear and see the new RAN axes during the upcoming tours in support of Obscura's new album in February '11."

Osbcura also recently unveiled the name of the band's forthcoming full-length album as "Omnivium," which was recorded and is currently being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. You can also catch Obscura live on the following dates:

10/31 Bucharest , Romania Hatework Festival
12/4 Louvain -la-Neuve, Belgium Mass Deathtruction Festival (w/ NAPALM DEATH, SODOM , more)
12/4 Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg Bang Your Head Festival

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Obscura Reveals New Album Title

Obscura has unveiled the name of the band's forthcoming full-length as "Omnivium." The new album was recently recorded and is now being mixed at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress). The nine-track album will see an early 2011 release date. Additional album details will be made available shortly. Obscura's Steffen Kummerer issued the following update from the studio:

"Although we recorded again with our long time friend and producer V. Santura in the Woodshed Studios, the studio sessions were hard work and lots of sweat. It was for the best though since Omnivium is definitely the next step for this band.

"Christian (Muenzer – guitar) recorded some outstanding solos with a new 8 finger tapping technique, Jeroen (Paul Thesseling – bass) brought his own stamp of fretless tone into the mix again, and Hannes (Grossmann - drums) recorded his heaviest session to date and broke through the 260 bpm line. Everyone brought lots of great ideas to the table and made Omnivium a truly collaborative band effort. Omnivium sounds solely like Obscura, and brings us a step closer to reaching our unique vision of progressive death metal."

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Obscura Recording New Album

Technical death metal act Obscura has begun recording the follow-up album to the band's latest release "Cosmogenesis" at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany. Engineer V. Santura will helm the recording. An early 2011 release date is expected with additional album details to be announced soon.

Obscura founder Steffen Kummerer commented on the new album: "We are glad to work with our long-time friend V.Santura once again to record our new album. The new material feels broader in some way as everybody in this band brought many unique ideas to the songwriting and we were able to integrate different elements into our sound. More open chords, more acoustic guitars, more seven string shred-tunes. Remember: more is always more. We are excited to create another album of progressive death metal and to start touring through the whole world in early 2011.”

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Jeroen Thesseling Discusses His Vegetarianism

Bassist Jeroen Thesseling of German technical death metal act Obscura was recently interview by Peta2 regarding his stance on vegetarianism. An excerpt from the interview follows:

Peta2: What prompted you to become vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your decision?

Jeroen: I decided to become a vegetarian about 16 years ago at that age when young people become aware and conscious of their decisions and the world in general, about life and what you want to stand for. Also some people around me were already vegetarian which stimulated me to make the same step. Moreover, I have great respect for nature and animals in general. The decision to never eat meat again was natural and logical.

Peta2: What are some of your favorite vegetarian foods?

Jeroen: I love Italian cuisine. For me it is the most tasteful food, with endless meatless possibilities; and best to enjoy with a glass (or bottle) of Italian red wine. I also like Indian food from time to time.
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Steve DiGiorgio To Join Obscura On Tour

Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death/ex-Testament) will join German progressive death metal act Obscura on their upcoming Japanese tour alongside Nile and Triptykon. Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the tour situation:

"During scheduling conflicts with Pestilence, Jeroen Paul Thesseling is not able to join us on the trip through the land of the rising sun. Fortunately our friend Steve DiGiorgio will help us out and plays these special shows with Obscura. With that said, I will clear that Jeroen is not leaving our band nor is a session player. We will record the third album with the same lineup as with Cosmogenesis in 2008 and start a huge world wide touring schedule with Jeroen on our side on all shows when the yet untitled third album will be released."

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Video Interview With Obscura Bassist Available

Metalinjection.net has posted a new video interview online, as part of their "Instruments of Death" series, with Obscura bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Jeroen talks about his history as a bass player, the specific bass that he uses, the band's songwriting process, and much more. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Obscura Updates Tour Schedule

Obscura's Steffen Kummerer has issued the following update about the band adding on a Mexican appearance to their "Cosmogenesis" tour:

"We are more than happy to get the chance to perform at this year's Mezcal Fest alongside Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel and many more in Mexico City. Since the release of 'Cosmogenesis' we got so much feedback from fans all over the world and after the trip to Japan in June we will travel to Mexico for the first time in the history of this band. just amazing."

"Cosmogenesis", the second full-length album from Obscura, sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted in February 2009 at No. 71 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Obscura's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

6/2 2010 Osaka - Club Quattro Japan
6/3 2010 Nagoya - Club Quattro Japan
6/4 2010 Tokyo - O-East Japan
6/20 2010 HELLFEST France
7/17 2010 METAL SPLASH FESTIVAL
9/26 2010 MEZCAL Festival Mexico

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Obscura Checks In From The Road

Drummer Hannes Grossmann of Germany's Obscura has checked in with a new road report via Sick Drummer. An excerpt from the report follows:

"March 8th - Portland/OR, Hawthorne Theater: I've been to Portland before, but I didn't notice how much of a hippie town it is. At least the part of the city called Hawthorne is. The good thing about hippie towns is that they care a lot about healthy food and good coffee. I'm not sure if walkin' barefootin' allday is really healthy, but maybe if you eat all that veggie crap every day, it doesn't matter anymore...

"Well, nice theater we were playing in. The audience was really enthusiastic and finally I got the chance to catch Augury. Even though they lost their rhythm section right before the tour started, they sound tight. Tommy really can play the drums. We were all very tired because we had an overnight drive from San Francisco, so we packed our stuff as soon as the concert was over and drove to the closest Motel 6.

"March 9th - Seattle/WA, El Corazon: El corazon...that must be Spanish for THE BUTTHOLE. The most rotten stage we played on this tour so far, two of my tom mics didn't just fell off, they literally fell apart in its single pieces. Steffen got hit by his microphone stand in the mouth because the audience went totally crazy. At least one really cool thing about that venue, as long as you don't have to sing. No seriously, the audience was great and I really would love to play in Seattle again. Maybe in another club. More...

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Obscura Issues Tour Report

OBSCURA has issued the following tour update:

"The tour is going great so far! Being halfway through now we must say that we are overwhelmed by the reactions of our American fans. It's a great pleasure to play for such dedicated groups of people every night and to meet and hang out with our fans. Thanks to all of you for your unbelievable support!"

"We feel the package together with The Black Dahlia Murder, Augury and Hatesphere is very strong and we are proud to be a part of it. Every band on the bill has their own original sound and delivers their own idea of metal for a new geneartion of fans. We get along very well with everyone on this tour as everybody is being super cool, which makes life on the road very easy and enjoyable. Great times for sure!" More...

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Obscura Adds Japanese Tour Dates

Germany's Obscura have added on several Japanese dates to their upcoming tour schedule. The currently confirmed Obscura tour dates are as follows:

3/12 2010 Denver - Marquis Theatre USA, Colorado
3/13 2010 Lawrence - The Bottleneck USA, Kansas
3/14 2010 Des Moines - People’s Court USA, Iowa
3/15 2010 St. Paul - Station 4 USA, Minnesota
3/16 2010 Chicago - Metro USA, Illinois
3/18 2010 Washington DC - Rock’n Roll Hotel USA, Washington DC
3/19 2010 Philadelphia - First Unitarian Church USA, Pennsylvania
3/20 2010 New York - Santo’s Party House USA, New York
3/22 2010 Allentown - Crocodile Rock USA, Pennsylvania
3/23 2010 Pittsburg - Mr Smalls USA, Pennsylvania
3/24 2010 Detroit - Magic Stick USA, Michigan
4/2 2010 INFERNO FESTIVAL Oslo
6/2 2010 Osaka - Club Quattro Japan
6/3 2010 Nagoya - Club Quattro Japan
6/4 2010 Tokyo - O-East Japan
6/20 2010 HELLFEST France

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Watch Live Footage of Obscura In Atlanta Online

OBSCURA has posted live footage from their North American tour online. The footage was from The Masquerade in Atlanta on February 24th, 2010. Watch the footage below in the videos below:

"The Anticosmic Overload:"

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Obscura Streaming "Retribution" Re-Release Online

Germany's Obscrua kick-off a four-week U.S. tour with The Black Dahlia Murder today in Atlanta, GA. This is Obscura's third U.S. tour since releasing their Relapse debut "Cosmogenesis" early last year. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below. The band is also streaming the recent reissue of the debut album "Retribution" online now at this location. The 2006 release has been re-mastered, re-packaged, and features three bonus tracks.

2/24 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
2/25 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
2/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
2/27 Orlando, FL The Social
3/1 Houston, TX Meridian
3/2 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
3/3 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
3/5 Tucson, AZ The Rock
3/6 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
3/7 San Francisco, CA Slims
3/8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/10 Boise, ID The Venue
3/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
3/13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
3/14 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
3/15 St. Paul, MN Station 4
3/16 Chicago, IL Reggies
3/18 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
3/19 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
3/20 New York, NY Santo's Party House
3/21 Cambridge, MA Middle East
3/22 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
3/23 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
3/24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

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Augury Announces New Drummer and Bassist

Montreal's Augury has checked in with the following update:

"After eight years of collaboration, we are sad to announce that we had to part way with our bass player Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe. We keep in mind his outstanding musical input and volcanic stage presence, and thank him for helping to shape the sound of Augury.

"But the show must go on and we are actually starting The American Defloration tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere, with a very special rhythm section featuring Quebec City jazz player Christian Pacaud (MAG Project) on bass, and our long-time friend Tommy McKinnon (formerly of Neuraxis) behind the drum kit. With such great personnel on board, we are eager to give American ears a good scrub once again!"

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Obscura To Re-Release "Retribution"

Germany's Obscura will see the reissue of their debut album "Retribution" next month via Relapse. The 2006 release has been re-mastered, re-packaged, and features three bonus tracks. "Retribution" will be released on February 16th. Obscura are currently out on the 2010 Bonecrusher Fest with The Black Dahlia Murder, 3 Inches of Blood, Necrophobic, and more. The European tour will conclude on February 6th in Holland.

Immediately following the Bonecrusher Fest, Obscura will team-up with The Black Dahlia Murder for a four week U.S. tour. This tour kicks-off on February 24th in Atlanta, GA and also includes Augury and Hatesphere. A complete listing of tour dates can be found below. More...

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Obscura Announces U.S. Tour Dates

German technical death metallers Obscura will extend the "Cosmogenesis Worldtour" with a second leg to the USA. With Black Dahlia Murder, Augury, and Hatesphere they will play the last US tour supporting the "Cosmogenesis" record. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/24 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
2/25 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
2/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
2/27 Orlando, FL The Social
3/1 Houston, TX Meridian
3/2 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
3/3 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
3/5 Tucson, AZ The Rock
3/6 Los Angeles, CA Ultra Violet
3/7 San Francisco, CA Slims
3/8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/10 Boise, ID The Venue
3/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
3/13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
3/14 Des Moines, IA People's Court
3/15 St. Paul, MN Station 4
3/16 Chicago, IL Metro
3/18 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
3/19 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
3/20 New York, NY Santo's Party House
3/21 Cambridge, MA Middle East
3/22 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
3/23 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
3/24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

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Obscura Announces European Tour

German technical death metallers Obscura have announced they will be touring Europe alongside 3 Inches of Blood, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Necrophobic. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/8 Wiesbaden , Germany Schlachthof
1/9 Oberhausen , Germany Turbinenhalle
1/10 Hamburg , Germany Markthalle
1/11 Malmo , Sweden KB
1/12 Aarhus , Denmark Voxhall
1/13 Berlin , Germany Columbia Club
1/14 Prague , Czech Rep. Abaton
1/15 Nurnburg , Germany Hirsch
1/16 Dresden , Germany Reithalle
1/17 Wien , Austria Arena
1/18 Budapest , Hungary Diesel
1/19 Ljubljana , Slovenia Kino Siska
1/20 Munchen , Germany Backstage Werk
1/21 Bologna , Italy Estragon
1/22 Milan , Italy Musicdrome
1/23 Erstfeld , Switzerland Transilvania Live Club
1/24 Esch-Alzette , Luxembourg Kulturfabrik
1/26 Barcelona , Spain Salamandra 1
1/27 Madrid , Spain Joy Eslava
1/28 Porto , Portugal Cine Teatro Julio Diniz
1/29 Durango , Spain Plateruena
1/30 Paris , France Trabendo
1/31 Antwerp , Belgium Muziekodroom
2/1 Bristol , UK Academy
2/2 Leeds , UK Rios
2/3 Glasgow , UK Garage
2/4 Birmingham , UK Academy
2/5 London , UK ULU
2/6 Utrecht , Holland Tivoli

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Obscura, Arch Enemy, Seupltura, and Twisted Sister are the latest bands confirmed for next's year's Hellfest, set to take place June 18-20, 2010 in Clisson, France.

The current line up is as follows:

7 SECONDS
AGNOSTIC FRONT
ARCHITECTS
ARCH ENEMY
ATHEIST
BEHEMOTH
BLACK COBRA
BLOODBATH
BORN FROM PAIN
COUNT RAVEN
DARK FUNERAL
DYING FETUS
EARTH CRISIS
FINNTROLL
GENERAL SURGERY
GHOST BRIGADE
GWAR
IMMORTAL
KAMPFAR
NEGURA BUNGET
OBSCURA
RWAKE
SAVIOURS
SECRETS OF THE MOON
SEPULTURA
SUFFOCATION
SWALLOW THE SUN
SWORN ENEMY
TANKARD
TWISTED SISTER
WALLS OF JERICHO
WEEDEATER

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Cannibal Corpse Announces European Tour Dates

Cannibal Corpse has announced that they will be embarking on their "European Plague Tour" this fall. Support will come from Dying Fetus. On the mainland the package will be completed by Evocation and Obscura while Trigger The Bloodshed and Annotations Of An Autopsy will support the bands in the UK.

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

Tour w/ Dying Fetus, Evocation, Obscura
10/02 Oberhausen, DE Death Feast Ultimate
10/03 Lichtenfels, DE Way Of Darkness Festival
10/04 Pratteln, CH Z7
10/05 Saarbrücken, DE Garage
10/06 Vosselaar, BE Biebob
10/07 Paris, FR La Locomotive
10/09 Barcelona, ES Razzmatazz 2
10/10 Madrid, ES Heineken
10/11 Bilbao, ES Rock Star
10/12 Lyon, FR Transbordeur
10/13 Milan, IT Alcatraz
10/14 Rome, IT Alpheus
10/16 Athens, GR Gagarin 205
10/17 Thessaloniki, GR Principal Club Theatre
10/18 Belgrade, RS SKC
10/19 Bratislava, SK DK Dubravka
10/20 Cracow, PL Studio
10/21 Berlin, DE Columbia Club
10/23 München, DE Backstage
10/24 Linz, AT Posthof
10/25 Ludwigsburg, DE Rockfabrik
10/26 Dordrecht, NL Bibelot
10/27 Zwolle, NL Hedon

Tour w/ Dying Fetus, Trigger The Bloodshed, Annotations Of An Autopsy
10/28 Colchester, UK Arts Centre
10/29 London, UK Koko
10/30 Sheffield, UK Corporation
10/31 Glasgow, UK ABC
11/01 Leamington Spa, UK Assembly

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Line-Up Announced For Bonecrusher Festival 2010

The Black Dahlia murder has announced that they will be headlining the European Bonecrusher Festival tour in 2010. Supporting acts will include 3 Inches of Blood, Necrophobic, Obscura, The Faceless, Carnifex, and Ingested.

The Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad has this to say: "We are very excited to be the drunken hosts of the Bonecrusher tour. In cooperation with the wonderful Avocado, we have assembled quite a brutal line up for all tastes of the extreme. We are to be joined in this merciless campaign by our bearded brethren in 3 Inches Of Blood, personal favorites Necrophobic, Carnifex, Obscura, The Faceless and one of the UK's finest, Ingested. You'd be a fool to miss such a killer line up! Come out to the show and leave in an urn... bones crushed!!!"

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Burnt By The Sun Announces New York City Show

NJ metal band BURNT BY THE SUN has announced their first US show in support of their latest album, "Heart Of Darkness." The Brooklyn Vegan/1000 Knives presented show will take place just before the band’s first ever and last-ever European tour in early October. Check out the tour dates below. More...

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