Video for “When Stars Collide” online now! Fast cars and even faster guitars are what you get on OBSCURA‘s new music video off our upcoming studio album “A Valediction“.
The music video was once again produced by director Mirko Witzki and does not only offer the possibility to witness the outstanding talent of the musicians during the performance, but also some visual pleasure for car nerds.
Steffen Kummerer comments: “One of the highlights and contested compositions of “A Valediction” features Björn Strid of our label mates Soilwork. ‘When Stars Collide’ recombines an uplifting pace with a rather dark and bitter narrative that leads into a story for reflection. A sense of delight and feeling of relief covers all mournful misery.”
Unfortunately, we have to announce to postpone our European tour to September next year. Thanks to everyone involved, the shows got moved, not cancelled. We are eagerly looking forward to celebrating our brand new album “A Valediction” on stages across Europe and see you soon.
A VALEDICTION EUROPE 2022 with Persefone & Disillusion
07.09. DE – KÖLN, GEBÄUDE9 08.09. DE – HAMBURG, KNUST 09.09. DE – BERLIN, HOLE 44 10.09. CZ – PRAGUE, FUTURUM 11.09. PL – WARSAW, HYDROZAGADKA 13.09. AT – VIENNA, VIPER ROOM 14.09. CH – ZURICH, KOMPLEX 15.09. IT – MILAN, KOMPLEX 16.09. FR – LYON, CCO 17.09. ES – BARCELONA, LA NAU 18.09. ES – MADRID, CARACOL 19.09. FR – TOULOUSE, LE REX 20.09. FR – PARIS, PETIT BAIN 22.09. UK – BRISTOL, EXCHANGE 23.09. IE – DUBLIN, VOODOO LOUNGE 24.09. UK – GLASGOW, AUDIO 25.09. UK – LEEDS, BRUDENELL 26.09. UK – LONDON, THE UNDERWORLD 28.09. NL – NIJMEGEN, DOORNROOSJE 29.09. DE – FRANKFURT, DAS BETT 30.09. DE – MANNHEIM – MCS COMPLEX 01.10. DE – MUNICH, BACKSTAGE HALLE
All tickets for re-scheduled shows will remain valid. Ticket holders for the cancelled show in Poznan should contact their point of purchase for a refund.
While most shows could be postponed, the previously announced show in Poznan (PL) had to be cancelled and was replaced by a show in Warsaw (PL). A show in Mannheim (DE) was added as well.
The virtuosos of OBSCURA strike again with a third single, taken from the upcoming album “A Valediction”, which is set to be released onNovember 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.”
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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
OBSCURA wrote, recorded, and finalized “A Valediction” during the pandemic. The stipulations of working during this time allowed OBSCURA to work cross-country, tracking each respective part—drums, guitar, and bass—in national studios across The Netherlands, Austria, and Germany. Once the pieces were completed, the recordings were shipped off to award-winning producer Fredrik Nordström and Studio Fredman (In Flames, Architects) in Gothenburg, Sweden, where Kummerer and Münzner completed vocals and acoustic guitars using custom-built ENGL amps.
Nordström was also tapped to mix and master. The final result is a deeper, heavier, yet more rounded production. The band will head out for their European tour right after the release and tickets are on sale now.
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 04/12/ Limoges – Festival De Noel #29 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
Making Of ‘A Avalediction’ – Episode 05: Studio Fredman’A Valediction’ is the first OBSCURA album that was produced in a studio outside Germany. Watch the new episode of our Making Of ‘A Valediction’ documentary and meet the one and only Fredrik Nordström in his Studio Fredman in Gothenburg: https://youtu.be/bS9edMmQdnc