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Formed: 2002
From: Munich, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Obscura Streaming New Song Online

German technical death metal act Obscura is set to release the new album "Omnivium" on March 29th, 2011 via Relapse Records. The album's artwork can be viewed at this location. The band has now posted a new song online from the upcoming album, titled "Septuagint," which can be heard via the band's MySpace page.

Obscura has also revealed that the following songs will appear on the new album: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."

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Obscura Posts New Album Artwork

German technical death metal act Obscura has announced its new album "Omnivium" is currently slated for release on March 29th, 2011 via Relapse Records. The band has now posted the artwork online for the new album, which can be viewed at this location.

Obscura has also revealed that the following songs will appear on the new album: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:


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Obscura Announces New Album Release

German technical death metal act Obscura has issued the following announcement about the release date for the band's new album:

"The band will be releasing the first song from their highly-anticipated new album 'Omnivium' within the next couple of weeks on Facebook so like their page for exclusive updates, giveaways and content. 'Omivium' is set for release March 29th in North America, April 1st in Germany / Benelux & April 4th in Europe. Prepare for THE defining progressive metal album of 2011!"

The band also recently announced the track listing would consist of the songs “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."

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Relapse Records Offering Free Sampler Album

Relapse Records is currently offering a free, 26 track, digital label sampler online now exclusively via the label's Facebook page. The sampler includes previously unreleased tracks from Red Fang, Abysmal Dawn, Noisear, as well as songs from Obscura, Baroness, Black Tusk, Dying Fetus, Death and more. The track listing is as follows:

1. Baroness - "Swollen and Halo"
2. Red Fang - "Number Thirteen"
3. Black Tusk - "Embrace The Madness"
4. Revocation - "ReaniManiacs"
5. Obscura - "Incarnated"
6. Abysmal Dawn "In Service of Time"
7. Cephalic Carnage - "When I Arrive"
8. Dying Fetus - "Descend Into Depravity"
9. Misery Index - "The Spectator"
10. Black Anvil - "Scalping"
11. Tombs - "Merrimack"
12. Howl - "Heavenless"
13. Kingdom Of Sorrow - "God's Law In The Devil's Land"
14. Toxic Holocaust - "Nuke The Cross"
15. Noisear - Global Warning
16. Murder Construct - "End of An Error"
17. Kill The Client - "Vicious Slaughter"
18. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - "Agorapocalypse Now"
19. Brutal Truth - "Get A Therapist...Spare The World"
20. Royal Thunder - "Mouth of Fire"
21. Titan - "Wooded Altar Beyond The Wander"
22. Mose Giganticus - "The Great Deceiver"
23. Circle of Animals - "No Faith"
24. Cough - "Crippled Wizard"
25. Horseback - "Invokation"
26. Death - "Scavenger Of Human Sorrow" (re-master)

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Obscura Guitarist To Release Solo Album

Obscura guitarist Christian Muenzner has posted the following update online in regards to his forthcoming solo album:

"Being a fan of instrumental guitar music for many years, this has always been a dream of mine.

"After I finished recording my guitar parts for the upcoming Obscura album 'Omnivium', I felt quite inspired and spent all of my free time working on the songs for this project.

"The CD is gonna contain 12 instrumental songs. Stylistically, the music is quite diverse and has influences from various genres such as neoclassical shred, fusion, power metal, hard rock, prog and thrash metal. And, of course, the songs will have guitar all over it! I like to describe it as '80s Shrapnel Records shred meets modern metal.

"I am super-happy and honored that some of the world's best metal musicians agreed to work on this album with me!

"I'm very excited and can't wait to hear their contributions!"

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Obscura Drummer Releasing Instructional DVD

Obscura drummer Hannes Grossman is working on his first instructional drum DVD titled “Progressive Concepts for the Modern Metal Drummer." The DVD will feature different chapters about hand/foot techniques, blast beats, advanced double bass drumming, rhythmic modulations, and song and performance tutorials.

Grossman commented on his forthcoming DVD: "After the recordings for Obscura's new album I decided to start filming because the energy of the recording process was still valid. The final motivation came from Nile-drummer George Kollias, with whom we toured in Japan. Thanks again, Bro'! Of course the DVD will not only feature solo and song performances, but also very deep advice about the things that I use, like finger control technique, hybrid techniques, advanced foot technique or odd-time signatures."

Obscura has also been confirmed for the Mass Deathtruction Festival in Belgium and the Bang Your Head Festival in Luxembourg this December.

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Obscura Reveals New Album Details

Obsccura has recently completed work on the band's new album "Omnivium" and has revealed its track listing as: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum." The album was recorded at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura and is expected to see a March 2011 release date. Additional album details will be announced shortly.

Obscura drummer Hannes Grossman commented on recording the album: "The recording process was intense and time-consuming, but it brought us many steps forward as musicians both individually and collectively. The songs are still catchy, but there are more epic parts involved, as well as faster and more melodic songs. The extremes of the band's sound extend on all sides, so to say. Expect some things which have never been done before like this in Death Metal!"

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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
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
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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