In the first episode of our making of series, it’s all about the artwork of “A Valediction” and the concept behind it. Join us on a journey to Berlin and meet Eliran Kantor, who created the artwork for “A Valediction“.
Watch the full episode on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/ckxs9CzBMq4
OBSCURA | release new single & video for “Solaris”
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”.
“A Valediction” will be available in the listed formats below and is now finally up for pre-order and pre-save via this link: https://bfan.link/Obscura
Digipak Digipak incl. patch + signing card (NB mailorder exclusive) Jewelcase (USA) 2LP, 180g, with etching on D-side in the following colours: black silver (wholesale + NB mailorder) gold (NB mailorder, limited to 300) bronze (bandshop, limited to 200) white with red+toffee splatter (bandshop, limited to 300) yellow+orange cloudy (USA) transparent red+black marbled (Decibel, limited to 200)
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 will head out for their European tour right away. 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
We’re 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, we will kick off our “A Valediction” European Tour 2021 on the day before the release of our new album “A VALEDICTION“, and conclude the extensive run including 21 international dates with a spectacular home game in Munich on December 11th.
Steffen Kummerer states, „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!”
“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 A VALEDICTION European Tour with Persefone & Disillusion
18.11. AT – VIENNA, VIPER ROOM 19.11. CZ – PRAGUE,NOVA CHMELNICE 20.11. PL – POZNAN, 2 PROGI 21.11. DE – BERLIN, HOLE 44 22.11. DE – HAMBURG, KNUST 23.11. DE – KÖLN, GEBÄUDE9 24.11. DE – FRANKFURT, DAS BETT 25.11. NE – NIJMEGEN, DOORNROOSJE 27.11. UK – LEEDS, BRUDENELL 28.11. UK – GLASGOW, AUDIO 30.11. IE – DUBLIN, VOODOO LOUNGE 01.12. UK – BRISTOL, EXCHANGE 02.12. UK – LONDON, THE UNDERWORLD 03.12. FR – PARIS, PETIT BAIN 05.12. FR – TOULOUSE, LE REX 06.12. ES – MADRID, CARACOL 07.12. ES – BARCELONA, LA NAU 08.12. FR – LYON, CCO 09.12. IT – MILAN, LEGEND CLUB 10.12. CH – ZURICH, KOMPLEX 11.12. DE – MUNICH, BACKSTAGE HALLE
After recently finishing the recordings in Gothenburg for our sixth studio album to date and the follow-up to 2018’s “Diluvium”, we’re now announcing the title of our upcoming album to be “A Valediction”. Thematically dealing with final farewells, the album will be a very personal record, as Steffen Kummerer 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 we’re 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!