The virtuosos of OBSCURA strike again with a third single, taken from the upcoming album “A Valediction”, which is set to be released on November 19th through Nuclear Blast Records.
This time they reveal the probably most brutal and darkest track from the album – “Devoured Usurper”. Band leader Steffen Kummerer comments: “Merciless, moldered and putrid alike – “Devoured Usurper” showcases a crude abrasive side to shake some bodies at live shows in the near future. With utterly brutality the song depaints an inevitable reckoning and underlines the death metal roots of Obscura.”
And once again the band worked with Mirko Witzki on the video, who also produced “Solaris”, “A Valediction” and previous videos for Obscura.
Steffen reveals: “We recorded the music video at famous Stress Studio in Graz, Austria, where also drums for the new album have been tracked. We preprare our live shows and assemble parts of our production in this unique environment before we embark on upcoming tours.”
OBSCURA have unleashed the second teaser for their upcoming album “A Valediction”, which is set to be released on November 19th. This time, it´s the catchy title track that manifests OBSCURAs meldodic pace, that they stand for over a decade.
Mastermind Steffen Kummerer comments the track as follows: “The title track combines past and future to the present. With a combination of virtuosity, catchiness and clear arrangements, “A Valediction” unfolds a bittersweet, fragile temper and sums up the lyrical framework of the entire album. A worthy title track and characterful summit of upcoming concerts.”
The video was shot, once again, with talented Mirko Witzki and brings back the vibes of late 90ies MTV.
Just recently, virtuosic extreme metallers, OBSCURA announced that their sixth studio album “A Valediction” will see the light of day on November 19th and that they are ready to hit the road with their upcoming European tour in autumn. Today it is time for the first single and video from their new masterpiece, called “Solaris”
Founder & mastermind Steffen Kummerer comments on the track as follows: “Solaris” turned out to become one of the band’s shortest and utmost direct compositions featuring all trademarks, lots of attitude and melodic approach. Flattering guitar work, pushing drums and swinging bass lines combined with a relentless vocal performance and ultrasonic leads became easily a highlight of “A Valediction”.
The video has been directed by Mirko Witzki and you can watch it here:
“A Valediction” will be available in various formats and is now finally up for pre-order and pre-save via this link: https://bfan.link/Obscura
Mixed and mastered by award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström, “A Valediction” is due to be released on November 19th and the band will head out for their European tour right away.
Just recently, virtuosic extreme metallers, OBSCURA, have announced the completion of their sixth studio album “A Valediction” that will see the light of day on November 19th and obviously, the German combo around mastermind and founder Steffen Kummerer is more eager than ever to finally hit the stages again.
Together with Andorra’s prog masters PERSEFONE and Germany’s progressive melodic death metallers DISILLUSION, OBSCURA will kick-off their “A Valediction” European Tour 2021 on the day before their album release and conclude the extensive run including 21 international dates with a spectacular home game in Munich on December 11th.
„Europe, we will hit the road in November and December presenting our brand new album ‘A Valediction’! We celebrate the release of our sixth full-length album with an extensive setlist, a major stage production and exceptional lineup. Join us in this new chapter, reserve your tickets and don’t miss out on the tour of the year!”, states OBSCURA‘s frontman Steffen Kummerer.
“Since the first time we met OBSCURA at UK Tech Fest years ago, there’s been a great relationship between both bands! When the chance to join forces on a tour happened, we knew we had to jump in. OBSCURA is a big reference when it comes to technical death metal and we think that this tour package, combined with the release of new music from both bands, will offer an intense and diverse musical landscape at every show. We are so excited to get back on the road with such an amazing band”, adds PERSEFONE.
“DISILLUSION” is very excited to be touring Europe with the fabulous OBSCURA and PERSEFONE at the end of the year! After the long break due to the pandemic, it feels great to get back on stage and feel the vibe of the live atmosphere. Above all, we are tremendously happy that many of our fans will experience their first DISILLUSION live concert, as we are visiting many countries for the first time. Let’s keep fingers crossed that this will be happening!”, concludes DISILLUSION.
Tickets are on sale now and you can catch OBSCURA on one of the following European live dates:
OBSCURA with PERSEFONE + DISILLUSION 18/11/ Vienna – Viper Room 19/11/ Prague – Nova Chmelnice 20/11/ Poznan – Klub 2Progi 21/11/ Berlin – Hole 44 22/11/ Hamburg – Knust 23/11/ Cologne – Gebäude 9 24/11/ Frankfurt – Das Bett 25/11/ Nijmegen – Doornroosje 27/11/ Leeds – Brudenell 28/11/ Glasgow – Audio 30/11/ Dublin – Voodoo Lounge 01/12/ Bristol – Exchange 02/12/ London – The Underworld 03/12/ Paris – Petit Bain 05/12/ Toulouse – Le Rex 06/12/ Madrid – Caracol 07/12/ Barcelona – La Nau 08/12/ Lyon – CCO 09/12/ Milan – Legend Club 10/12/ Zürich – Komplex 11/12/ München – Backstage Halle
Twenty years active; six highly prized albums; over 600 shows on four continents. “A Valediction” finds OBSCURA turning the page to a new chapter in the band’s evolution. A year in the works, the songwriting sessions followed a new approach, where the framework was relaxed, allowing new inspirations, imagining, and opportunities to arise. Songs like the opening epic ‘Forsaken,’ the ’80s-tinted ‘When Stars Collide’ (featuring Soilwork/The Night Flight Orchestra frontman Björn Strid), the brutal groove of ‘Devoured Usurper,’ the ethereal artistry of ‘Heritage,’ and the fleet-fingered title track benefitted compositionally (refined structures) and aesthetically (more dynamism) from OBSCURA’s restyled songwriting stratagem.
In 2021, the group continue to be a beacon for change. No doubt OBSCURA’s new stats will amaze, but what they’re focused on is the release of “A Valediction” and then taking it on the road. Several high-caliber tours of Europe, North America, and Asia are planned through to 2023, with routes are in the works for the band to visit Australia, South America, and beyond. Truly, there is no band quite like OBSCURA. “A Valediction” proves that persistence, perseverance, and enterprising minds can achieve anything. Welcome to the next level!
On November 19th, German metal band, OBSCURA, will herald a new era of extreme metal as they combine virtuosic songwriting with surprisingly catchy melodies and stunning craftsmanship.
After recently finishing the recordings in Gothenburg for their sixth studio album to date and the follow-up to 2018’s “Diluvium”, the combo around mastermind and founder Steffen Kummerer is now announcing the title of their upcoming album to be “A Valediction”. Thematically dealing with final farewells, the album will be a very personal record, as Steffen reveals:
“A Valediction” unfolds OBSCURA in its purest form and showcases the band at new heights and offers immediacy with a rather personal touch. We cannot wait to perform this album on stage and celebrate each and every song live with our loyal fans around the globe. This record goes to eleven, so watch out for the first single dropping in July and worldwide tour dates to be announced soon.”
The album, graced by a cover artwork painted by internationally renowned artist Eliran Kantor, will consist of 11 new studio tracks and the tracklist reads as follows: 01) Forsaken 02) Solaris 03) A Valediction 04) When Stars Collide (feat. Björn ‘Speed’ Strid) 05) In Unity 06) Devoured Usurper 07) The Beyond 08) Orbital Elements II 09) The Neuromancer 10) In Adversity 11) Heritage
Mixed and mastered by award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström, “A Valediction” is due to be released on November 19th, and the band is already preparing further plans for this autumn which are soon to be announced. The first single of the OBSCURA‘s new chef d’oeuvre will see the light of day in July, so stay tuned for further information on the song, the album pre-order and an upcoming European tour!
German tech death metal titans, OBSCURA, finished the songwriting for their upcoming album and enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2018’s “Diluvium”. The sixth album of OBSCURA is scheduled for a 2021 woldwide release via Nuclear Blast. The band tapped famous award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström for the upcoming full-length album and booked famous Studio Fredman, located in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Steffen Kummerer states: „As of now, songwriting duties for the new, yet untitled album, have been finished. We picked the most promising compositions out of more than twenty pieces written during the last months and we can’t wait to record our sixth studio effort, starting in December. While the new album contains more guitar solos than any of our records before, all compositions are eagerly waiting to be performed live on stage and celebrated worldwide with our fans. As a collective, we are enthusiastic about the diverse, progressive and heavy songs to be released in 2021 through Nuclear Blast records.”
OBSCURA was formed by Steffen Kummerer in 2002 and established its reputation by releasing five studio albums that have been highly acclaimed by fans and press alike. Putting great emphasis on hooks and songwriting, OBSCURA became one of the modern age elites within the genre. Their latest album “Diluvium” is a stunning achievement for the illustrious quartet and a landmark release for progressive metal as a whole. Complete with all the band’s signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and jaw-dropping virtuosity, OBSCURA raised the bar with an album that will go down in the annals of metal history as one of the most astonishing performances the genre has to offer.