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Retribution (Reissue)
2/16/2010

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2/17/2009

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Obscura Reveals New Track
January 19, 2011
Obscura has posted the first preview track, “Septuagint“, from their highly-anticipated new album Omnivium online now via the band’s MySpace and Facebook pages. Omnivium, the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed Cosmogenesis album, will see its North American release on March 29th on CD, double LP, and digitally.


Two versions of the Omnivium CD are available for pre-order now including the standard and limited deluxe version that comes in a digi-pak with extra bonus track, embroidered Obscura patch, guitar pick, and an Omnivium album cover sticker. More information on the deluxe version can be found here. A deluxe digital edition is also available now via iTunes that includes a bonus track and digital booklet. The Omnivium artwork was designed and laid out by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, High On Fire, Origin) and can be seen in detail at this location.
 
 
 
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Obscura Complete Omnivium Recording, Reveal Track List
November 17, 2010
Obscura has recently completed work on their brand new album 'Omnivium' and has revealed its tracklisting as follows:

1. Septuagint
2. Vortex Omnivium
3. Ocean Gateways
4. Euclidean Elements
5. Prismal Dawn
6. Celestial Spheres
7. Velocity
8. A Transcendental Serenade
9. Aevum

'Omnivium' was recorded at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany with engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) and is expected to see a March 2011 release date. Additional album details will be announced shortly.

Obscura drummer Hannes Grossman commented on recording 'Omnivium'; “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!"

Additionally, 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 been confirmed for the Mass Deathtruction Festival in Belgium, and Bang Your Head Festival in Luxembourg taking place this December. A listing of dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.


Obscura Tour Dates:
12/04 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - Mass Deathtruction Festival (w/ Napalm Death, Sodom, more)
12/04 - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg - Bang Your Head Festival
 
 
 
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Ran Guitars To Create Steffen Kummerer Signature
October 18, 2010
Polish guitar manufacturer RAN Guitars have 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."

Obscura recently unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as 'Omnivium'. 'Omnivium' was recorded and is currently 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 has been confirmed for the Hatework Festival in Romania, Mass Deathtruction Festival in Belgium, and Bang Your Head Festival in Luxembourg. A listing of dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Obscura
Tour Dates:
10/31 - Bucharest, Romania - Hatework Festival
12/04 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - Mass Deathtruction Festival (w/ Napalm Death, Sodom, more)
12/04 - Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg - Bang Your Head Festival
 
 
 
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Obscura Unveil Album Title, Issue Studio Update
September 25, 2010
Progressive death metal act Obscura has unveiled the name of their forthcoming full-length as 'Omnivium'. 'Omnivium' was recently recorded and 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."

Obscura has recently been confirmed for the Mass Deathtruction Festival held in early December in Belgium with additional touring to be announced soon.

Obscura
Tour Dates:
12/04 - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - Mass Deathtruction Festival (w/ Napalm Death, Sodom, more)
 
 
 
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Obscura Begin Work On New Album
July 21, 2010
Progressive death metal act Obscura has begun recording the follow-up album to their breakthrough release, 'Cosmogenesis', at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany. Engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) 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."

Obscura's recording and touring line-up remains as Kummerer on guitar and vocals, Christian Muenzner on guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling on bass and Hannes Grossman on drums. The band will round out the 'Cosmogenesis' touring cycle with a performance as part of the Mezcal Metal Festival in Mexico City, Mexico in September.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2002
HOME TOWN: Germany
MEMBERS:
Steffen Kummerer - Guitars
Vocals
Christian Muenzner - Guitars
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - Bass
Hannes Grossmann - Battery

The progressive German death metal band Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer and drummer Jonas Baumgartl. The band caused a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for Suffocation on their European tour in 2006 and when they independently released their debut album 'Retribution' that same year.

After several lineup changes, Kummerer enlisted a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007, Obscura added drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. The group's latest addition, guitarist Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist), came into the ranks early 2008.

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. Obscura has set 'Cosmogenesis' as the title of it's second full-length album, due in early 2009 via Relapse Records.