Obscura / About This Artist
Artist Details and Stats:
Hometown: Munich, DE
Label: Relapse Records, Relapse Records
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.
"this band represents the tech-death equivalent of the Übermensch, and Cosmogenesis is the sound of death metal virtuosity transcending itself" 4.5/5
“Retribution is a perfect union of jaw-dropping technicality and creativity.”
“this shit is mandatory.”
“Cosmogenesis might be the first true follow-up to Death’s legendary Human opus.”
“This band is amazing….like The Black Dahlia Murder on acid meeting Cryptopsy’s Whisper Supremacy for a genetic experiment.”
Chris Arp of PSYOPUS
“Cosmogenesis will likely remain relevant well past its release.”
“Drummer Hannes Grossmann & Obscura have filled any void you might have had in your search for truly intelligent & intense metal! It's almost unreal!”
Sick Drummer Magazine
“Obscura's unabashed taste for combining melody with progressive death and fusion influences puts a fresh twist on a notoriously dogmatic genre.”
Broward Palm Beach New Times
“If you love ridiculously tight Atheist-style riffing, melodic sweep-picking solos, fusion breakdowns and fretless bassists that refuse to settle for a supporting role, Cosmogenesis became your favorite album of 2009 before you ever heard it.”