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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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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
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!"

Upcoming Augury tour dates with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura and Hatesphere: More...

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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:


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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!!!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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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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Disdained Announces Guest Musicians

Disdained has issued the following announcement about guest musician appearances on their upcoming full-length album:


"It is my pleasure to announce the guest musician appearances that you will get the chance to hear on our upcoming 2nd full-length studio record:

"STEFFEN KUMMERER of OBSCURA (Germany, Relapse Records), HONZA KAPAK of AVENGER (Czech Republic, DeathGasm Records), UROK of MAY RESULT (Serbia, BattleGod Productions)

"Unfortunately the date of release is still TBA. However, promo copies/free downloads will be available soon, so be sure to drop by/contact me soon for yours!

"Also be sure to catch us live on our INFINITE BRUTALITY TOUR 2009 with Svart Crown (Death/Black Metal, France) & Fractured Insanity (Brutal Death Metal, Belgium). For more info, check out the previous blog, and see the confirmed dates on our profile page."

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Obscura Bassist Comments on Metal Mixing

Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA/Ex-PESTILENCE) says most bassists should be more audible in death metal recordings. "In many of the death metal productions the bass guitar is simply absent or inaudible in the mix, which is a shame. Perhaps this is one of those aspects that will change as the genre evolves. We are lucky to have bassists like Steve DiGiorgio and Alex Webster, both of whom have contributed greatly to the death metal style of bass playing."

Further information can be found at www.jeroenthesseling.com and www.warwick.de More...

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Ensemble Salazhar Seeking Record Deal

Dutch band ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR is looking for a record label. Founded in 2005 by guitarist Ronald Bekking and Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA, ex-PESTILENCE) with the intent to bring world music into dialogue with other modern styles. "We are currently working on the final recordings and it’s time to find the right label to release a debut album," according to Thesseling.

Four promo tracks of ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR can be found at www.jeroenthesseling.com.

Thesseling joined the German progressive death metal band OBSCURA in late 2007, with which he recorded their second full-length album, "Cosmogenesis," released in early 2009 via Relapse Records. Recently OBSCURA embarked on their first-ever North American tour alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE.


Ronald Bekking – Guitar, Guitar Synth
Hans Grotenbreg – Piano, Rhodes Piano
Jaap van Keulen – Percussion, Samples
Jeroen Paul Thesseling – Bass

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Obscura Drops Off "Relapse Contamination Tour"

Due to illness, death metallers, OBSCURA, have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their North American tour. The Relapse Contamination Tour will continue on through May 10, with Relapse labelmates GRAVES OF VALOR and appearances on select dates from BRUTAL TRUTH and HERO DESTROYED. More...

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Cannibal Corpse Announces European Tour

American death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has announced a headlining run of Europe for this Autumn. Dying Fetus will support the band on all dates with Trigger The Bloodshed and Annotations Of An Autopsy as additional support in Great Britain while Evocation and Obscura as additional support in mainland Europe.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 2 - Oberhausen, Germany - Death Feast Ultimate
October 3 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Way Of Darkness Festival
October 4 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
October 5 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
October 6 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
October 7 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
October 9 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
October 10 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
October 11 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star
October 12 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
October 13 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
October 14 - Rome, Italy - Alpheus
October 16 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
October 17 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Club Theatre
October 18 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
October 19 - Bratislava, Slovakia - DK Dubravka
October 20 - Cracow, Poland - Studio
October 21 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
October 23 - München, Germany - Backstage
October 24 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
October 25 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
October 26 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
October 27 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Hedon
October 28 - Colchester, England - Arts Centre
October 29 - London, England - Koko
October 30 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
October 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
November 1 - Leamington, England Spa - Assembly

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Obscura Announces Additional Tour Dates

Germany’s Obscura have announced a couple of additions to their already in progress, first-ever North American tour. The band is currently touring in support of their recently released Relapse debut "Cosmogenesis"

The band's upcoming full tour schedule is as follows:

4/20 w/ Neuraxis - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah Hamilton, Ontario
4/21 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Montreal, QC @ The Medley Canada, Quebec
4/22 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Ottawa, ON @ Babylon Canada, Ontario
4/23 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole Canada, Quebec
4/24 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance USA, New York
4/25 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz USA, Virginia
4/26 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall USA, North Carolina
4/27 w/ Cannibal Corpse - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live USA, Florida
4/28 w/ Graves of Valor - Birmingham, AL @ The Nick Birmingham, Alabama
4/29 w/ Graves of Valor - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
4/30 w/ Graves of Valor - Nashville, TN @ The Muse Nashville, Tennessee

5/1 w/ Graves of Valor - Owensboro, KY @ The Brothers Owensboro, Kentucky
5/2 w/ Graves of Valor - Indianapolis, IN @ Zanies Too Indianapolis, Indiana
5/4 w/ Graves of Valor - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
5/5 w/ Graves of Valor - Southgate, MI @ Modern Exchange Southgate, Michigan
5/6 w/ Graves of Valor - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Pirate’s Cove Cleveland, Ohio
5/7 w/ Graves of Valor - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon Syracuse, New York
5/8 w/ Graves of Valor - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5/9 w/ Graves of Valor - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel Allentown, Pennsylvania
5/10 w/ Graves of Valor - Boston, MA @ The Church of Boston Boston, Massachusetts
5/12 w/ Graves of Valor - New York, NY @ Fontana’s New York, New York
5/13 w/ Graves of Valor - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Baltimore, Maryland
5/14 w/ Graves of Valor - Philadelphia, PA @ Broad Street Ministry Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8/8 BRUTAL ASSAULT FEST Czech Republic
8/13 PARANOID FEST Slovenia

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Too Much Is Never Enough: Technical Metal in 2009

Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.

So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...

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