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.
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...
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...
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
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
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:
BORN FROM PAIN
SECRETS OF THE MOON
SWALLOW THE SUN
WALLS OF JERICHO
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
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...
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...
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."
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...
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.
ENSEMBLE SALAZHAR is:
Ronald Bekking – Guitar, Guitar Synth
Hans Grotenbreg – Piano, Rhodes Piano
Jaap van Keulen – Percussion, Samples
Jeroen Paul Thesseling – Bass
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...
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
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
5/30 NEUROTIC DEATHFEST Netherlands
8/8 BRUTAL ASSAULT FEST Czech Republic
8/13 PARANOID FEST Slovenia
8/14 SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL Germany
8/15 SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL Germany
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...
German technical death metal band Obscura have announced that they will be embarking on the Relapse Records Contamination Tour alongside Graves of Valor and Abysmal Dawn in April and May of 2009. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
German metal band Obscura has posted their entire new album, "Cosmogenesis" online for everyone to listen to. You can check it out by heading to www.obscuracosmogenesis.com. The album was released in North America on February 17th and will be released internationally on February 23rd. They will be embarking on their first ever North American tour this year as support to death metal legends Cannibal Corpse.
Relapse records has issued the following statement about Obscura posting a new music video online:
"Germany's OBSCURA see the world-wide premiere of their "Anticosmic Overload" video today, exclusively via MySpace. The video, the first from their forthcoming Relapse debut Cosmogenesis, was directed and filmed by OBSCURA's own Steffen Kummerer as well as Christoph Harrer as part of their final project in video design at the University of Deggendorf, Germany. The video was shot at the Metropolis Music Hall in Munich last November.
"OBSCURA have also recently announced their first-ever North American tour, touring in support Cosmogenesis. OBSCURA will spend the month of April on tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE FACELESS, and NEURAXIS throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon.
"Cosmogenesis will see its North American release on February 17th, 2009 (March 2nd internationally)." More...
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has announced that they will embark on a headlining tour of North America this April. Joining them will be The Faceless, Obscura and Neuraxis.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
German progressive death metallers, OBSCURA, have posted a fourth preview track off their new album, the title track, "Cosmogenesis," which features a guest appearance by Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink, Watchtower). The track can be heard on the band's MySpace page. Other tracks on the page include "Incarnated," "Anticosmic Overload," and "Universe Momentum." Cosmogenesis will be released in North American on February 17th and March 2nd internationally.