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Bassist JEROEN PAUL THESSELING Rejoins OBSCURA

Veteran bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (QUADVIUM, SALAZH TRIO, ex-PESTILENCE) has rejoined the German progressive death metallers OBSCURA as a permanent member after a nine-year break. Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in death metal and world fusion, joined OBSCURA in 2007 an...
April 29, 2020
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OBSCURA Parts Ways With Guitarist, Bassist And Drummer

German progressive titans OBSCURA have announced the departures of guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer and drummer Sebastian Lanser due to "musical differences." The trio will move on with their new group, named OBSIDIOUS. OBSCURA leader Steffen Kummerer said in a statement: "First...
April 22, 2020
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TESTAMENT, Ex-OBSCURA Bassists Team Up In QUADVIUM

American bass player Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH) and Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (SALAZH TRIO, OBSCURA, PESTILENCE),globally renowned for their fretless signature playing, have teamed up to work on a brand new world-fusion-metal group named QUADVIUM. They have been joined...
November 2, 2019
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OBSCURA Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST

Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of Germany's finest progressive death metal band OBSCURA. Founded in 2002, the group established its reputation by releasing five studio albums which have been highly acclaimed by fans and press alike, accompanied by playing support tours as well as their own...
October 30, 2019
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Sunless

Bands will pay the price for picking a shit name. It may have seemed terribly post-modern and in-jokey at the time, but being lumbered with a name like PET SLIMMERS OF THE YEAR was never a smart move. Sensibly, this UK-based post-metal crew have trimmed that unwieldy tag down to the simpler PSOTY: s...
September 15, 2019
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Dawn Of Infinite Fire

It says a lot about the strength of frontwoman Obscura's vision that ASAGRAUM are currently being talked about as major black metal contenders. As much as I'm sure the band don't need a white, middle-aged man to congratulate them for making fantastic music and possessing vaginas at the same time, it...
September 15, 2019
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Obscura

Slowing down is always a risky business. For the uninitiated, ERADIKATOR are one of the UK's best and most respected contemporary thrash metal bands. With two excellent albums under their collective cummerbund, the Brits have been proudly flying the flag for a beefy and bruising but fervently melodi...
August 16, 2019
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Seven Pathways to Annihilation

It was always going to be epic. Take one of the most inventive and quite possibly unhinged songwriters in extreme music history, Davide Tiso (EPHEL DUATH),and pair him with one of the greatest metal voices of all time, Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER),and then, why the fuck not, get Hannes Grossmann (H...
July 6, 2019
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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JEFF LOOMIS Among Guests On New HANNES GROSSMANN Album, 'Apophenia'

German prog and extreme metal virtuoso Hannes Grossmann (ALKALOID, TRIPTYKON) will release his third solo album, "Apophenia", on March 11. Grossmann is a world-renowned drum maestro, formerly of NECROPHAGIST, OBSCURA and BLOTTED SCIENCE, and he can also be heard on many other guest projects, such a...
February 13, 2019
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Upon Desolate Sands

Erik Rutan is one of the most important men in the history of death metal. He has established himself as one of extreme music's premier producers—having twiddled the knobs for the likes of everyone from MORBID ANGEL and CANNIBAL CORPSE all the way over to SOILENT GREEN, MADBALL and EPHEL DUATH. But...
November 6, 2018
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Nex Nihil

There is a distinct dark energy that seems inherent to Latino extreme metal bands. The sonic stench emanating from the coffin is arguably more pungent and bleaker than the sounds born from the dark hearts and souls of metal musicians from many other regions. SHUB NIGGURATH, CENOTAPH, THE CHASM and D...
October 15, 2018
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OBSCURA's STEFFEN KUMMERER Doesn't Think Fans Pay Attention To Band's Lyrics

Alex Haber of Heavy New York conducted an interview with frontman Steffen Kummerer of German progressive death metal masters OBSCURA prior to the band's September 26 concert at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERM...
September 30, 2018
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Ex-VOIVOD Bassist BLACKY Accuses His Former Bandmates Of Cheating Him Out Of His Rightful Royalties

Ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault has accused his former bandmates of fraud, claiming that they have tried to cut him out of his rightful royalties for the albums that they wrote and recorded together. According to Blacky, he was recently informed by the U.K. branch of BMG that a sum of...
September 12, 2018
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OBSCURA: 'Mortification Of The Vulgar Sun' Video Released

"Mortification Of The Vulgar Sun", the new video from Germany's progressive death metal masters OBSCURA, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Diluvium", which is due out July 13 on CD, LP and digital via Relapse Records. OBSCURA completes its long-running, four-album con...
July 13, 2018
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Listen To New OBSCURA Song 'Ethereal Skies'

"Ethereal Skies", a brand new song from Germany's progressive death metal masters OBSCURA, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Diluvium", which is due out July 13 on CD, LP and digital via Relapse Records. OBSCURA completes its long-running, four-album conceptual ci...
July 2, 2018