OBSCURA | Steffen Kummerer Demos his ESP Custom Guitar

A new video in which OBSCURA guitarist and vocalist Steffen Kummerer presents his ESP Guitars Japan Custom model – from its unique shape to selected EMG pickups – can be seen below.

OBSCURA | ESP Custom Guitar Steffen Kummerer

Photography by Chris Rogl.

„After three years in the making, ESP Guitars released an astonishing instrument which perfectly suits my needs on stage and in the studio. Working on this project with excellent people in Germany, the United States and Japan over such a long period turned into a unique guitar featuring the finest Japanese craftsmanship. Makoto Suzuki and his team of ESP Japan delivered an excellent, perfect built guitar – top-notch of quality combined with breathtaking design. The choice of adding scalloped frets, a tailor-made cutaway and customized solutions for every need enhanced the playing experience.

I am looking forward to recording OBSCURA’s new album by the end of this year and start rehearsing for all upcoming tours and festivals. With Christian MünznerJeroen Paul Thesseling and David Diepold a new chapter of the band begun and we are excited to release new music through our new partner NUCLEAR BLAST.”

Founded OBSCURA and THULCANDRA in 2002 and 2003 respectively, Kummerer is leading both groups up today, receiving worldwide recognition as vocalist & guitarist. OBSCURA established its reputation by releasing five studio albums which have been highly acclaimed by fans and press alike, accompanied by hundreds of shows all around the globe. Putting great emphasis on hooks and songwriting, OBSCURA became one of the modern age elites within the genre.

Based on his work with OBSCURA, Kummerer joined DEATH TO ALL / DEATH DTA for numerous shows in Europe, South- & Central America to perform the music of the late Chuck Schuldiner alongside original members Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENTDEATHDARK ANGEL), Steve DiGiorgio (DEATHSADUSSOEN), Sean Reinert (DEATHCYNIC), Paul Masvidal (DEATHCYNIC), Bobby Koelble (DEATH) and Max Phelps (EXIST).

In 2017, Kummerer left RAN Guitars after 15 years of successful collaboration.


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OBSCURA | “Emergent Evolution” Guitar Contest 2020

OBSCURA announce a guitar contest for the latest single “Emergent Evolution“. Take your chance to show us your solo. In association with ENGL amplification and ESP Guitars,we will provide some amazing prizes for the winners!

OBSCURA | Guitar Contest 2020 – Submissions

1. Download the Backing Track , GuitarPro File, PDF and Cubase Session here.
2. Record a video submission of your solo and upload it to YouTube with the tag
3. Only one entry per person.
4. All submitted videos will be collected in the playlist “OBSCURA | Guitar Contest
2020”- send your links to contact@realmofobscura.com
5. Submissions are to be entered between 8th of January and 8th of February.
6. OBSCURA pick the three winners on 12th of February 2020!

1. The first place winner of the contest wins a brand new ENGL Cabloader, an
Emergent Evolution TS, a signed Diluvium Vinyl, a signed Diluvium CD, custom
Obscura earplugs, a Obscura logo keychain, and 4 Ernie Ball Obscura Guitar Pics
2. The second place winner wins a signed Diluvium Vinyl, a signed Diluvium CD,
custom Obscura earplugs and 4 Ernie Ball Obscura Guitar Pics.
3. The third place winner wins a signed Diluvium CD, custom Obscura earplugs and 4
Earnie Ball Obscura Guitar Picks.

● The winner will be picked by the band on Feb 12 2020.
● All decisions are final.
● By entering the contest you agree that your full name and YouTube account is
mentioned on our social media platforms and that we might contact you in case of
● In case of winning you agree to submit your video in high resolution and allow
OBSCURA, ENGL amplification, and ESP guitars to upload it to their social media accounts.
● In case of winning you will provide a valid shipping address..
● The raffle is not associated with YouTube, Facebook or Instagram in any way.

OBSCURA | Share “Emergent Evolution” Guitar Playthrough Video

ESP player extraordinaire Steffen Kummerer of Obscura does a playthrough of their song “Emergent Evolution” using his E-II Arrow and the new ENGL Savage 120 Mark II.



OBSCURA | Steffen Kummerer nominated for “Best Guitarist 2018”

Obscura | Diluvium Feature at Guitar GermanyAlongside Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Dave Davidson (Revocation), Obscura‘s Steffen Kummerer got nominated as “Best Guitarist of 2018” by Metal Injection! So much shred! So many riffs! So little time – vote for your favorite guitarist at this location.


OBSCURA | Steffen Kummerer talks “DILUVIUM EUROPA 2019”

Obscura | Diluvium Europa 2019 TourGermany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA announce Winter 2019 headlining tour dates supporting the recently released Diluvium full-length. Presented by Metal Hammer, Ibanez Guitars, Guitar Magazine, FUZE Magazine and Metal.de, the tour begins February 1 in Germany and ends February 23 in Austria. Support will be provided by Fallujah, Allegaeon & First Fragment. A full list of confirmed tour dates in available below.


Feb 01 München, DE @ Backstage Event | Tickets
Feb 02 Nurnberg, DE @ Z-Bau Event | Tickets
Feb 03 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat Event | Tickets
Feb 04 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece Event | Tickets
Feb 05 Dublin, IE @ Voodoo Lounge Event | Tickets
Feb 06 Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse Event | Tickets
Feb 07 Manchester, UK @ Rebellion Event | Tickets
Feb 08 London, UK @ 02 Academy Islington Event | Tickets
Feb 09 Paris, FR @ Trabendo Event | Tickets
Feb 10 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum Event | Tickets
Feb 11 Bilbao, ES @ Santana 27 Event | Tickets
Feb 12 Porto, PT @ Hard Club Event | Tickets
Feb 13 Madrid, ES @ Caracol Event | Tickets
Feb 14 Barcelona, ES @ Boveda Event | Tickets
Feb 15 Lyon, FR @ CCO Event | Tickets
Feb 16 Milan, IT @ Legend Event | Tickets
Feb 17 Aarau, CH @ Kiff Event | Tickets
Feb 18 Wien, AT @ Arena Event | Tickets
Feb 19 Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island Event | Tickets
Feb 20 Berlin, DE @ Lido Event | Tickets
Feb 21 Hamburg, DE @ Logo Event | Tickets
Feb 22 Oberhausen, DE @ Kulttempel Event | Tickets
Feb 23 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse Event | Tickets


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