Obscura Premiere “Solaris” Music Video

Obscura have premiered a new video for their new song “Solaris.” This track is from the band’s new album “A Valediction,“ which will be released on November 19. Steffen Kummerer commented:

“‘Solaris’ turned out to become one of the band’s shortest and utmost direct compositions featuring all trademarks lots of attitudes and a 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’.”

Obscura Announce European/UK Tour With Persefone & Disillusion

Obscura have announced a European/UK tour with Persefone and Disillusion. The band will be touring in support of their new album “A Valediction,“ which is set to be released on November 19.

Tour Dates:

11/18 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
11/19 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
11/20 Poznan, POL – 2 Progi
11/21 Berlin, GER – Hole 44
11/22 Hamburg, GER – Knust
11/23 Köln, GER – Gebäude9
11/24 Frankfurt, GER – Das Bett
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
11/27 Leeds, UK – Brudenell
11/28 Glasgow, UK – Audio
11/30 Dublin, UK – Voodoo Lounge
12/01 Bristol, UK – Exchange
12/02 London, UK – The Underworld
12/03 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
12/05 Toulouse, FRA – Le Rex
12/06 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
12/07 Barcelona, SPA – La Nau
12/08 Lyon, FRA – CCO
12/09 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
12/10 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
12/11 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle

Obscura To Release New Album “A Valediction” In November

Obscura have announced that they will be releasing their new album “A Valediction” on November 19. The cover art was created by Eliran Kantor and it can be found below, along with the track listing:

“A Valediction” Track Listing:

01. “Forsaken”
02. “Solaris”
03. “A Valediction”
04. “When Stars Collide” (feat. Soilwork’s Björn “Speed” Strid)
05. “In Unity”
06. “Devoured Usurper”
07. “The Beyond”
08. “Orbital Elements II”
09. “The Neuromancer”
10. “In Adversity”
11. “Heritage”

Steffen Kummerer commented:

“‘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.”

Obscura Finish Writing New Album

Obscura have officially finished the writing process for their new album. The band will be entering the studio in the near future to begin tracking the effort.

The group commented:

“Today, we’re excited to announce that the songwriting for the upcoming album is finished and we’ll enter the studio very soon. We tapped famous award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström for the upcoming full-length album and booked famous Studio Fredman, located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The sixth album of Obscura is scheduled for a 2021 woldwide release via Nuclear Blast.”

Vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer added:

“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 Reveal Producer For New Album

Obscura have confirmed that they working on their new album with producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Steffen Kummerer commented:

“With our recent album, we closed a ten-year long-lasting chapter of the band. With our new album, we work with well-known producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, Sweden. Fredrik‘s productions are classy, timeless, and tasteful alike. Stay tuned for regular updates!”

Guitarist Christian Münzner Rejoins Obscura

Christian Münzner has officially rejoined Obscura. This news comes after the guitarist previously exited the band in 2014.

Münzner commented:

“I’m very excited to be back in the band. After my departure in 2014 I stayed very active on the scene in various formats, but I needed some time off from the busy touring schedule to take the time and learn to manage my hand issues, regroup my thoughts about my musical future and focus on some other matters that were going on in my life at that time.

I’m happy to say I’m back with a vengeance and I feel I have taken my playing to a new level in recent years, and I can’t wait to share with all the Obscura fans what we are working on at the moment.

During my time away from the band we remained in touch, and in recent years I felt my interest in extreme music and the drive to write and play in that style resurfacing, it feels like everything came together at the perfect moment. I think we are having a very strong line-up and I am excited about the future of Obscura.”

Münzner’s return follows the departure of guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, and drummer Sebastian Lanser. The group have since moved forward with returning bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling and new drummer David Diepold (Cognizance, etc.).

Obscura Recruit Drummer David Diepold

Obscura have officially recruited David Diepold (Cognizance) as their new drummer. This news comes after the band recently reunited with bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling after parting ways with guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, and drummer Sebastian Lanser.

Diepold commented:

“Being asked to join Obscura was definitely a dream come true! You know, I’m at a point in my musical career, where I tend to say, that the countless hours in my rehearsal room are finally starting to pay off.

Especially over the last five or six years, applications from bands and musicians continuously got more professional and collaborating with those artists all helped a lot to improve my drumming skills and to grow as a musician. I will do my absolute best to recreate Hannes’ and Sebastian’s parts in the context of our live performances but most of all, I’m looking forward to write new material with such outstanding musicians!”

Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling Rejoins Obscura

Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Quadvium, Salazh Trio, ex-Pestilence) has officially rejoined Obscura. This news comes after the band recently parted ways with guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, and drummer Sebastian Lanser.

Thesseling said the following:

“Perhaps fans are somewhat surprised about my comeback. After leaving Obscura in 2011, we stayed in touch and over the years I’ve visited some of their concerts. Since the departure my main focus has been on exploring 7-string bass guitar and playing different genres.

It’s really nice to be back in the fold, being involved again in the writing process, collaborating on material for the upcoming sixth studio album and to prepare for intensive touring. We expect to announce a completion of the group’s new line-up on short notice.”

Obscura Part Ways With Guitarist, Bassist, & Drummer

Guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, and drummer Sebastian Lanser have all exited Obscura. Despite this, vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer plans to continue the band with new members.

The following statement was issued:

“German progressive titans OBSCURA announce guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer and drummer Sebastian Lanser parting ways with the band due to musical differences and move on with their new group, named “Obsidious”.

“Firstly, I would like to thank our former members Rafael Trujillo, Linus Klausenitzer and Sebastian Lanser for their dedication during the last years. Now, 2020, a new chapter for OBSCURA begins with entering Woodshed Studios this Summer to produce our sixth full-length record, and the first album for our new label Nuclear Blast. The new lineup will be revealed shortly.” – Steffen Kummerer

“I’m really thankful for the amazing experiences I have made over the last couple of years and all people who have supported me on that path. Leaving something behind opens new opportunities.“ – Rafael Trujillo

“No one except Steffen has been in the band longer than I have, so you can imagine that this was not an easy decision for me. However, for us, this is the beginning of a musical journey that I’m sure you will enjoy.“ – Linus Klausenitzer

“Time has come for me to move on and pursue new musical adventures. A big “Thank You” to all our fans around the world for the amazing support – You Rock! I am sure we will meet again at some point in the future. “ – Sebastian Lanser

The three former members like to thank Steffen Kummerer, crew, business partners and especially all loyal fans all over the world.”