OBSCURA | Share “Ethereal Skies” visualizer Video

German tech-death unit Obscura are nearing the release of Diluvium, their fifth studio album. They’ve already shared the title track and are now debuting the next single “Ethereal Skieshere at Loudwire.

This track is rife with melody right from the start with some cyclical guitar tapping and while fairly catchy, the hook begins to dig in as the accompanying instrumentation indulges in proggier moments, fluid bass lines and stuttered, jagged rhythms. It all seems to be typical Obscura, but the mid-section adds the surprise of orchestration and a jazzy solo to help the band break into uncharted areas. With “Ethereal Skies,” Obscura throw down the gauntlet in an otherwise jaded tech-death scene.

“‘Ethereal Skies‘ marks a special collaboration with Obscura‘s former drummer, cellist and founding member Jonas Baumartl who performed on the band’s demos, Illegimitation, our debut album, Retribution and the pre-production for Cosmogenesis. While Jonas never got the attention he deserved and has been an important member of the band it felt like a closing chapter both of us started years ago,” offers vocalist / guitarist Steffen Kummerer.

The mainman also went on to reveal, “Alongside Jonas, the second guest on the album is Linus Klausenitzer‘s father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer who worked as a violinist and conductor with Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more. Diluvium will be the first release where Linus and his father collaborate and therefore a unique cooperation. You hear both, Jonas Baumgartl and Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer participating on cello and violin in the middle section of ‘Ethereal Skies‘.”

Diluvium will be released on July 13 through Relapse Records and pre-orders for the album can be placed here.

Additionally, OBSCURA have announced a North American headlining tour set to take place from mid September through early October. The band will be joined by Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi & Exist for what is sure to be THE most talked about progressive death metal tour of the year. The full list of tour dates will be announced shortly.

Obscura | Diluvium Amerika Tour 2018

Watch the previously released video for “Diluvium” via YouTube HERE and stream the song AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes.

OBSCURA’s fifth studio album Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.

OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany, 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 raise the bar once again 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.

Obscura | Diluvium CD

Album Art Credit: Orion Landau

 

OBSCURA Tour Dates:

July 21 Brescia, IT Colony Summer Fest 2018
Aug 15-18 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze Open Air 2018

 

OFFICIAL LINKS:

OBSCURA Official Website
OBSCURA YouTube Channel
OBSCURA on Facebook
OBSCURA on Instagram
OBSCURA on Twitter
OBSCURA on Bandcamp

OBSCURA | “Diluvium” – Official Guitar Playthrough by Rafael Trujillo

OBSCURA’s Rafael Trujillo Defies The Laws of Physics With This Guitar Playthrough of “Diluvium”

“German progressive death metal masters Obscura are just one of these bands that have me analyzing their music over and over again. The sheer technicality of their songwriting always has me picking up my guitar, trying to write something even remotely similar, and then realizing I should just stop because I am not a worthy guitar player. They are one of these kinds of bands. And in anticipation of their newest record Diluvium, set to be released July 13th, 2018 through Relapse Records, the band has just released this very special guitar playthrough of the title track. And yes, it makes me feel just as bad.

In the playthrough, guitarist Rafael Trujillo tears things up magnificently (on his Kiesel DC700, we might add). With so much control and focus throughout this 5-minute beast of a track, Trujillo makes everything look so goddamn easy. Through that classic Obscura blend of melodic lead playing, swirling dissonance, and ridiculous trem-picking, Trujillo is bound to blow the socks off any musician out there, and the track is an absolute banger. I actually found myself stopping the video at times, finger pointed at my computer screen, screaming existential questions like “WHY?” and “HOW?”. That’s a good thing, of course.

You can pre-order Diluvium on the band’s website, and watch the official music video for the song here. Be sure to hurry up on those pre-order bundles though, because they are going fast. And of course, don’t forget to follow these dudes on Facebook for all the latest tour dates and deets. I’m going to go burn my guitars now.”

Written by Isaac Stolzer-Gary for GearGods.net

OBSCURA | “Diluvium” Vinyl Editions

First Press

Release Date: July 13, 2018

1200 x Silver Standard Gram UK / Europe Exclusive
800 x Black Standard Gram North America Exclusive
500 x Bone White with Purple, Silver and Blood Red Splatter Standard Gram Relapse.com Exclusive
300 x Picture Disc Relapse.com Exclusive
200 x Deep Purple and Bone White Merge with Blood Red and Hot Pink Splatter Standard Gram SOLD OUT
100 x Blood Red Inside Clear with Purple, Silver and Black Splatter Standard Gram SOLD OUT
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Obscura | Diluvium Picture Disc VinylGermany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany, 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 raise the bar once again 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.

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OBSCURA | Share “Emergent Evolution” visualizer Video; Announce Headlining North American Tour

Germany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA have shared the second single from their highly anticipated impending full-length album Diluvium. Watch the official visualizer video for “Emergent Evolution” via Metal Injection HERE.

“Obscura finally return to North America with an extended headlining tour supporting our brand new record “Diluvium” which marks the end of a ten year long lasting four album cycle. With Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi and Exist we return to the United States and Canada with the most extreme tour of the year. We can’t wait to hit the road again and present you songs off all four records “Cosmogenesis”, “Omnivium”, “Akroasis” and “Diluvium”.” – Steffen Kummerer

Additionally, OBSCURA have announced a North American headlining tour set to take place from mid September through early October. The band will be joined by Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi & Exist for what is sure to be THE most talked about progressive death metal tour of the year. The full list of tour dates will be announced shortly.

Obscura | Diluvium Amerika Tour 2018

Watch the previously released video for “Diluvium” via YouTube HERE and stream the song AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes.

OBSCURA’s fifth studio album Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services AT THIS LOCATION.

OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany, 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 raise the bar once again 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.

Obscura | Diluvium CD

Album Art Credit: Orion Landau

 

OBSCURA Tour Dates:

July 21        Brescia, IT        Colony Summer Fest 2018
Aug 15-18    Dinkelsbuhl, DE        Summer Breeze Open Air 2018

 

OFFICIAL LINKS:

OBSCURA Official Website
OBSCURA YouTube Channel
OBSCURA on Facebook
OBSCURA on Instagram
OBSCURA on Twitter
OBSCURA on Bandcamp

OBSCURA | EMP exclusive Shirt & Preorder Bundle

Obscura | Exclusive "Diluvium" TS & Preorder BundleDeutschlands Progressive Death Metal-Meister Obscura vervollständigen ihren lang andauernden, vier Alben umfassenden konzeptuellen Zirkel mit der Veröffentlichung von “Diluvium“, ihrer bisher eindrucksvollsten, vielseitigsten und lebendigsten Veröffentlichung.

Mit „Diluvium“ liefern Obscura den vierten und letzten Teil ihres Langzeitkonzepts ab, welches 2009 mit ihrem zweiten Studioalbum „Cosmogenesis“ losgetreten wurde. Die elf neuen Tracks beinhalten abermals ein Freudenfest für alle Prog-Fetischisten und Anhänger obskurer Death Metal-Scheiben der alten Schule. Dabei sind Obscura dem Erbe von Chuck Schuldiner und Death näher denn je und schaffen es erneut sich selbst zu übertrumpfen.

Obscura | Exclusive "Diluvium" TS & Preorder BundleDas Schöne an „Diluvium“ ist, dass Mastermind Steffen Kummerer und seine drei Mitstreiter trotz ihrer vertrackt-komplexen Kompositionen nie den Faden verlieren und stets nachvollziehbare Songs produzieren, deren technisches Niveau plättet, fasziniert und flasht. Der kosmisch-futuristische Anteil ist vergleichbar hoch wie auf dem superben Vorgänger „Akróasis“ und erzeugt abermals, dank der großartigen Produktion von V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence u.a.), eine dreidimensionale Wahrnehmung. Extrem Metal-Kunst auf allerhöchstem Niveau!  – Markus Wosgien, EMP Redaktion (05.06.2018) 

Diluvium” Erscheint als limitierte Edition auf silbernem Vinyl (inklusive Downloadcode) und ist exklusiv bei EMP im Package mit einem T-Shirt (100% Baumwolle, Größe S, M, L, XL, XXL) erhältlich.

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