OBSCURA – "The Anticosmic Overload", taken from the critically acclaimed album 'Cosmogenesis' – in stores now via Relapse Records. [link]
Take a look at the sick album art from OBSCURA's incredible new album, Omnivium while listening to the world premiere of the second track off the album, Vortex Omnivium. The album hits stores 3/29/2011. Pre-order here and visit the band on Facebook and MySpace.
For more videos, visit http://metalinjection.net - We interview founding Obscura member Steffen Kummerer, who discusses the band's new album, Omnivium, as well as the overarching four album concept the band is hoping to achieve. Also, we learn how the band writes their music together, even though they live far apart from each other. Steffen also discusses Jeroen [...]
Wow, this Death To All tour just got so much more awesome. The tour, which will pay tribute to fallen Death frontman Chuck Shuldiener by playing some classic Death cuts with an all-star lineup of former Death members like Paul Masvidal and Gene Hoglan. As for vocalists, names are slowly trickling out. A few days ago, it was revealed that Charles Elliot of Abysmal Dawn will be one of the vocalists on the tour. Now, we can confirm that Obscura frontman Steffen Kummerer will also be a part of the tour. Obscura, no doubt, takes much influence from Death, so this has to be a huge honor for Steffen. I cannot wait for this tour!
Five years is certainly a long time to wait in-between album releases, but when your material is as daunting, dense and brutal as Spawn of Possession’s Incurso, it makes complete sense. The band’s previous effort, the stunning Noctambulant, certainly lit a fire underneath the technical death metal community; further expanding their hyperspeed sound with a more crisp sounding mix and an even more progressive approach to their songwriting. Hell, I’ll be honest – “Sour Flow” is one of the most incredible songs I’ve heard in the genre. Now, with the newly added guitarist Christian Muenzner (Necrophagist, Obscura) and bassist Erland Caspersen (Vile, Decrepit Birth), Spawn of Possession is primed and ready to be accepted as one, if not the premier technical death metal band in the game today. (more…)
I'm about a week away from heading to Austin, TX for South By Southwest and damn it, I WISH IT WAS HERE ALREADY! I'm ready to party, go to shows, and possibly twist my ankle again. Hey, it's the life we lead! Anyway, as I amp up for South By, here is some new music released today:
Jeff Loomis's new solo record is going to be amazing if this video sampler is any indication. His new album, Plains of Oblivion comes out April 3rd. (more…)
We get comments all the time from European junkies talking about how jealous they are of certain US tours that will never make it to their country. Well, now it's my turn to be jealous of you. We got an email this morning with an official announcement of pretty much the most broooootal tour package; I have ever seen: Obscura headlining, Spawn of Possession, Gorod and Exivious support. So much tech-death, so little time. I don't understand why Spawn of Possession won't just come play the US. Don't be pussies! Just do it. If you are a European junkie, and this tour is coming to a town nearby, you would be a fool to miss it! Here is the current routing: (more…)
Seeing Obscura this weekend was one of the highlights of the Metal Suckfest. They are tighter than a schoolboy's anus. (I went there!) Also, without question, their 2011 release Omnivium, will make my year-end list. Which is why I'm super excited that the band is planning to self-release a collection of demos and covers in March of next year. The collection features demos, and scrapped songs from previous sessions as well as a few covers. The band is self-financing the release, so they have started a Kickstarter campaign to help get the funds to release this sucker. Some of the rewards for contributing are pretty awesome, such as lifelong free entry into Obscura shows or a dinner with the band. Here is the track listing as it currently stands: (more…)
This is exciting news. German technical metal gods Obscura have gone and announced a headlining tour of the US. The band will be hitting the road with our friends in Abysmal Dawn (who just so happen to be running a Make Your Own AD Video Contest, with some sick prizes) and on select dates: Last Chance To Reason or Enfold Darkness. The tour hits many cities in the US and some stops up north to our friends in Canada. Here are the dates: (more…)
When we interviewed Steffen of Obscura a few months ago, and asked about bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling leaving the week prior, he mentioned how Jeroen had actually been gone for a few months and they had just made it official. At the time, Linus Klausenitzer was filling in on the low end. It's safe to say he meshed really well with the band, as today it was announced that he is officially in the band. The band even released this sweet video showing off Klausenitzer's skills: (more…)
Our friends over at Metalsucks are throwing a pretty rad two-day rager that they're calling the Metal Suckfest, two days, twenty bands, and a lot of booze. The party happens on November 5th and 6th at the Gramercy in NYC. The first day will feature Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, Magrudergrind, Ramming Speed and Prime Evil and the second night will feature the mighty Cynic headlining, Obscura, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Scale the Summit, Fight Amp, Rosetta, Ultrageist. Four more bands are expected to be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale this Friday 10am at LiveNation.com.
For all of you out-of-towners, don't fret, Metal Injection will be there covering the shit out of this event!
Tech death fans, get ready to be super psyched! As we've already mentioned, Blotted Science, the instrumetal tech-death trio featuring Ron Jarzombek, Cannibal Corpse's Alex Webster and Obscura's Hannes Grossmann, is putting out an album this year. We knew it was going to be called The Animation Of Entomology but we didn't know when we could finally hear it. UNTIL TODAY! The album will be released October 4th on Jarzombek's EclecticElectric label. There will be 24 minutes of new music, and just reading this description from the press release gets me incredibly excited: (more…)
Well this is sort of a bummer, bassist extraordinaire Jeroen Paul Thesseling has announced his departure from technical heavyweights Obscura. Thesseling cites scheduling conflicts as his reason for leaving, which sucks because he was a very vitol part of what made the band rule. Here is his official statement: (more…)
Not all of us can be lucky enough to live in Holland, but those that do live there got the chance to experience the Neurotic Deathfest this weekend which featured such bands as At The Gates, Autopsy, Athiest and other bands whose names don't start with the letter A. For those of you like me, who were not able to attend due to financial or geographical reasons, YouTube user letthedeathmetalflow posted a bunch of awesome HD quality bootlegs a lot of the bands performing. Here are some of my favorite clips: (more…)
Holy. Fucking. Shit. Every now and then a tour comes along where it's hard to find a weak point where you can go outside and smoke a J. This is one of those tours. Just announced: Children of Bodom will headline a summer tour taking out some extremely awesome bands with him including The Devin Townsend Project, Obscura and Septicflesh. Am I the only one that's really excited? I doubt it. The month long run kicks off in LA on June 24th and wraps up in Montreal hopping on the Heavy MTL Festival. Will you be there? Here is the itinerary: (more…)