OBSCURA: Complete New Album
Reveal Album Title Photo Credit: Christian Martin Weiss
Technical death metal masters OBSCURA have completed their fifth full-length album entitled Diluvium. Diluvium was recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. The album is set for a Summer 2018 release via Relapse Records.
Some special contributors were involved with the making of Diluvium including Linus Klausenitzer’s father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer, who has worked previously as a violinist and conductor with renowned musicians Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more.
Additionally, Jonas Baumgartl, a founding member of OBSCURA, who was a key member of the band between 2002 and 2007 returned to take part in the Diluvium sessions on cello. Jonas recorded drums and cello on the band’s first and only demo Illegimitation, as well as their debut full-length Retribution.
Vocalist / guitarist Steffen Kummerer commented on the new album:
“Our new album ‘Diluvium’ finally marks the end of Obscura’s four album circle we started around ten years ago when we wrote ‘Cosmogenesis’, followed by ‘Omnivium’ and ‘Akroasis’ in recent years. With Rafael Trujillo, Linus Klausenitzer, Sebastian Lanser and myself participating as equal songwriting contributors, the record turned out diverse, progressive and colorful in every possible way. We can’t wait to share the final piece of this long running four-album-concept with you and look forward to the album release along with extensive touring throughout 2018.”
OBSCURA is set to begin a busy 2018 touring schedule. From February 1-5, the band will perform at the annual 70000 Tons of Metal with labelmates Exhumed. Later that month, OBSCURA begins their massive European tour with Sepultura, Goatwhore and Fit For An Autopsy. The tour commences on February 23, runs through 26 cities and ends on March 24. In April, the band heads to Japan for an exclusive headline tour (April 12-15). On April 30, OBSCURA celebrates their 15 year anniversary at Alte Kaserne Landshut in Germany. Additionally, the band has announced several festival appearances including Vienna Metal Meeting, Amsterdam Metal Meeting and Summer Breeze Open Air.
More tour dates and album info will be announced soon.
Additionally, OBSCURA recently reissued their second full-length album, Cosmogenesis, on vinyl in November via Relapse. The album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.
Stream OBSCURA’s complete discography on Bandcamp HERE.
View the collection of official OBSCURA music videos HERE.
OBSCURA Tour Dates:
Feb 01-05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2018
— All Dates Feb 23 – Mar 24 w/ Sepultura, Goatwhore & Fit For An Autopsy —
Feb 23 Leipzig, DE Conne Island
Feb 24 Zlin, CZ Masters of Rock Cage
Feb 25 Budapest, HU Barba Negra
Feb 27 Rome, IT Orion Club
Feb 28 Milano, IT Magazzini Generali
Mar 01 Graz, AT Explosiv
Mar 02 Bratislava, SK Majestic Music Club
Mar 03 Warsaw, PL Proxima
Mar 04 Gdansk, PL B90
Mar 06 Berlin, DE Columbia Theater
Mar 07 Hamburg, DE Docks
Mar 08 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Mar 09 Stuttgart, DE LKA Longhorn
Mar 10 Munchen, DE Backstage
Mar 11 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Ronda
Mar 13 Bristol, UK SWX
Mar 14 Glasgow, UK SWG3
Mar 15 Dublin, IR The Tivoli
Mar 16 Pwllheli, UK Hammerfest
Mar 17 Sheffield, UK Foundry
Mar 18 London, UK Koko
Mar 20 Paris, FR Elysee Montmarte
Mar 21 Bochum, DE Zech
Mar 22 Nurnberg, DE Hirsch
Mar 23 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 24 Solothurn, CH Kofmehl
— Obscura Japan Tour 2018 —
Apr 12 Tokyo, JP Cyclone
Apr 13 Tokyo, JP Cyclone
Apr 14 Nagoya, JP Club 3Star Imaike
Apr 15 Osaka, JP Soma
Apr 30 Landshut, DE Alte Kaserne Landshut *15 year anniversary show*
May 12 Vienna, AU Vienna Metal Meeting 2018
May 19 Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Metal Meeting 2018
Aug 15-18 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze Open Air 2018
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band OBSCURA caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for the legendary Suffocation on the band’s European tour in 2006 and independently released their debut album Retribution that same year. From its very beginnings, the band (named after Gorguts’ inimitable 1993 full-length) demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements.
Following this auspicious start, OBSCURA’s lineup was bolstered by a number of star-studded additions to the band’s lineup. In late 2007, OBSCURA added drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members, while guitarist Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, ex-Necrophagist) came into the ranks in early 2008. In 2009, after being acquired by Relapse Records, the band released Cosmogenesis, a marvel of technical and progressive metal that firmly established OBSCURA as one of modern extreme metal’s leading lights. Not one to bend to convention, OBSCURA distinguished themselves and their unique brand of music via the tasteful use of vocal effects, fretless bass, philosophical underpinnings, and other elements rarely touched on in extreme metal.
In addition to cracking the US Billboard charts, the release of Cosmogenesis saw OBSCURA embark on their first worldwide tour, which included visits to North America, Europe, and Japan. Cosmogenesis was followed in 2011 by Omnivium, which was lauded by Decibel, Terrorizer, Metal Injection, and dozens of others as a landmark achievement in technical music. That album entered the US and German charts while enabling the band to conduct another run of extensive touring across the globe, now joined by fretless bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Noneuclid). The band embarked on multiple world tours with such renowned artists as Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Suffocation, Atheist, Death To All, The Black Dahlia Murder, Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend and countless others including numerous festival appearances at Summer Breeze, Hellfest, Inferno Festival, Neurotic Deathfest, and many others. In 2014, Muenzner and Grossmann left OBSCURA to focus on personal endeavors. Their positions were filled by jazz guitarist Rafael Trujillo and fusion drummer Sebastian Lanser (Panzerballett).
Now, five years since the release of the universally-acclaimed Omnivium, the progressive metal masters are poised to return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly-named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA’s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), Akróasis is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, Akróasis will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond.
Steffen Kummerer – Vocals & Guitars
Rafael Trujillo – Guitars
Linus Klausenitzer – Bass
Sebastian Lanser – Drums