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.
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.
The German death metal outfit Obscura is streaming "Universe Momentum" from the upcoming album "Cosmogenesis" on the band's official MySpace page. Obscura is also already streaming the new tracks "Anticosmic Overload" and "Incarnated" at the same location.
The German death metal band Obscura has posted the new song "Incarnated" on their official MySpace page. The track is from their upcoming album "Cosmogenesis" which will be released on February 17, 2009.
OBSCURA, who recenlty signed to Relapse Records and feature Steffen Kummerer (guitar/vocals), Christian Muenzner (guitar; ex-NECROPHAGIST), Jeroen Paul Thesseling (bass; ex-PESTILENCE), and Hannes Grossmann (drums; ex-NECROPHAGIST), has posted a brand new song, "Anticosmic Overload" on their MySpace page. "Anticosmic Overload" is taken from their forthcoming Relapse debut, "Cosmogenesis," which will see its international release in February 2009. Additional information and album artwork can be found here.
OBSCURA has also recently been confirmed as co-headliners of Euroblast Festival 2009 along with DEW SCENTED. This festival will take place January 24th, 2009 in Cologne, Germany. For more information, go here.
Germany's OBSCURA, (Steffan Kummerer: guitar / vocals, Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST): guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE): bass, Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST): drums), are currently recording their second full-length and Relapse debut.
OBSCURA founder Kummerer commented on the signing and new album; "We are very happy to have found in Relapse a strong partner for the upcoming albums. We think Relapse is one of the best homes for progressive death metal in general and we are looking forward for this long time cooperation. We are putting the final touches on the mix and mastering for the upcoming album which will see the light in the beginning of next year. Obscura are back - stronger than ever!" More...
OBSCURA will headline this year's edition of the Munich Deathfest. Recently the band finished the recordings of their second album, which will be released at the beginning of 2009. OBSCURA announced that they will perform all songs of the upcoming album during the show in Munich.
Munich Deathfest festival will take place November 8, 2008 in Munich, Germany.
OVER YOUR THRESHOLD
AGE OF CARNAGE
For more information, visit myspace.com/munichdeathfest.
German death metallers OBSCURA are currently recording their new album with producer V. Santura (DARK FORTRESS) at The Crypt Studios in Germany.
OBSCURA bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) comments: "I just got back from Landschut, Germany, where we've finished most of the recordings for the new album. I'm very excited about the new OBSCURA material; it sounds extremely brutal and technical compared with PESTILENCE's 'Spheres' (1993). We are looking forward to play most of the new songs during the upcoming shows."
German death metallers OBSCURA have uploaded rough-mix versions of the tracks from their forthcoming three-track promo CD, recorded by Victor Bullok (DARK FORTRESS; CELTIC FROST touring member).
The songs available for streaming at this location are as follows:
01. The Anticosmos Overload
02. Choir of Spirits
OBSCURA recently announced the addition of former NECROPHAGIST guitarist Christian Muenzner to the group's ranks.
The band's new lineup is as follows:
Steffen Kummerer - Guitar, Vocals
Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Guitar
Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) - Bass
Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Drums
OBSCURA issue the following press release:
"OBSCURA caused quite a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for SUFFOCATION on their European tour 2006 and when they independently released their debut album Retribution later on. Now they are back and stronger than ever before! Mastermind Steffen Kummerer (guitar/vocals) is now backed up by no one else than the former PESTILENCE bass player Jeroen Thesseling and the ex-NECROPHAGIST members Christian Muenzner (guitar) and Hannes Großmann (drums). Together they create their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements and technical as well as compositional demand. Something that the band simply calls extreme metal art. The focus lies on songwriting though and not just showing off technical riffs, blast beats and sweeps." More...