Obscura has lost drummer Hannes Grossmann and guitarist Christian Muenzner who decided to leave the German prog death metal band. The band will soon open auditions to new members. Also, due to the lineup changes, the recordings for the band's yet untitled fourth album have to be postponed until the end of 2014. Both drummer Hannes Grossmann and guitarist Christian Muenzner have solo projects and released albums this year. Do you think it will be a big blow for the band?
Obscura has announced their first ever North American headline tour in support of their latest album Omnivium. The tour will start Nov. 4 in Wilmington, Delaware and run through Dec. 7 with support from label-mates Abysmal Dawn, Last Chance To Reason (Nov. 4 -25) and Enfold Darkness (Nov. 28 - Dec. 7).
You can now watch the video where German band Obscura unveil their new bass player. Linus Klausenitzer is the chosen one and below he talks about his influences, music studies and where he used to play and still plays now. Also, you can see some examples of his bass playing and statements from the band about the new bassist.
Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Pestilence, ex-Mayan) has left German progressive death metallers Obscura.
In a statement released to Blabbermouth, Thesseling explained: "Due to repetitive conflicting schedules with job related obligations I have decided to depart Obscura. Beside the limited availability that kept me away from touring during the last months, I feel like taking new directions in my musical development.
Looking back, the cooperation with Obscura has been positive and successful. However, it's time to move on and find new challenges and opportunities for my musical career.
I would like to thank all the fans who supported us and wish Obscura all the best with their future work."
"Concerto", a new track from German technical death metallers Obscura, has been made available for streaming over at Facebook (you'll have to "like" the band to access the stream).
"Concerto" is a cover track from Marty Friedman and Jason Becker's Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony album.
"Concerto" was included as the Japanese bonus track and on the iTunes digital deluxe album of the band's latest album, entitled Omnivium, which was released on March 29th in North America and early April in Europe through Relapse Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Obscura drummer Hanness Grossman will release his instructional DVD, Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer. The 2-DVD set features almost four hours of lessons, clips, and live footage of both Obscura and Necrophagist and is available for pre-order at this location along with complete details on the DVD.
Also a trailer for Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer can be viewed at this location.
Children Of Bodom has announced a North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Reckless Forever. Support on the Children Of Bodom tour will come from Devin Townsend with openers Obscura and Septicflesh rotating positions each night.
Brought to you by Guitar World and Revolver, the North American leg of Children Of Bodom's Ugly World Tour will kick off in Los Angeles on June 24 and run through July 24 in Montreal where COB will perform alongside Kiss, Motörhead and more as part of the Heavy MTL hard rock festival.
"We are psyched to see all of our friends in North America and to play our new songs live for all of the Bodom maniacs," commented COB guitarist/vocalist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho. "Get ready to throw it down!"
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.
29/03/2011 - US
01/04/2011 - Germany / Belgium / The Netherlands / Luxembourg
04/04/2011 - worldwide
We formerly reported the revealing of the new artwork. That can be found here.
Omnivium, the upcoming album of technical death metallers Obscura will be released on March 29th through Relapse Records. Cover artwork can be found below, while the complete tracklist and more details are available here.
According to a press release, Omnivium finds the band pushing the progressive edges of the genre's sounds to new heights while delivering the technical metal that has become their calling card. The band gracefully blends brutality and beauty with complex, commanding songs played at stunningly virtuosic levels. Ominivum very clearly raises the bar for extreme, technical metal and is Obscura's finest moment to date. Get excited!