Ernie Ball

Linus Klausenitzer joins the Ernie Ball artist family

„For my playing I need heaviness and a full tone for higher frequencies. Due to the strong magnetism the output of Ernie Ball Cobalt strings is magnificent. Their sound and quality fit my needs perfectly.“ – Linus Klausenitzer

Ernie Ball, the world’s leading manufacturer of strings and accessories, has been making high-quality electric guitar and bass strings since 1962. World-class players like Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Slash, Jimmy Page, and Buddy Guy have all played Ernie Ball strings to create their unique sound.

Cobalt strings provide an extended dynamic range, incredible harmonic response, increased low end, and crisp, clear highs.
Cobalt provides a stronger magnetic relationship between pickups and strings than any other alloy previously available. Cobalt Slinky bass guitar strings are also soft and silky to the touch, making string bending a breeze.

Tour announcements: Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan

Diluvium Europa 2019

Germany’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.

OBSCURA
FALLUJAH
ALLEGAEON
FIRST FRAGMENT

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

Diluvium Japan 2019

presented by ESP Guitars, ENGL Amps, Ernie Ball and EMG Pickups

OBSCURA
JINJER
NUCLEUST

Apr 04        Osaka, JP @ Fan J Twice
Apr 05        Nagoya, JP @ Imaike 3 Star
Apr 06        Tokyo, JP @ Cyclone Club
Apr 07        Tokyo, JP @ Cyclone Club

Diluvium Australia / New Zealand 2019

For the very first time, German progressive and technical death metal virtuosos OBSCURA bring their jaw-dropping musical prowess to Australia and New Zealand!

Complimenting the technical insanity will be Australia’s longstanding metal progressive leaders in ALARUM. Blending all forms of metal alongside rock, jazz, latin and fusion, ALARUM have proven they can match the big names on a worldwide level.

Shifting between frothing black metal hate to slower progressive instrumental interludes and back again, the mysterious SOMNIUM NOX will no doubt leave a chilling impression upon those summoned.

 

OBSCURA, Alarum & Somnium Nox performing at:

March 28th – Brisbane, Crowbar
March 29th – Sydney, The Factory
March 30th – Melbourne, The Corner
April 1st – Valhalla, Wellington

 

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM Tuesday January 15th at:

BRISBANE – http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.oztix.com.au
MELBOURNE – http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / https://cornerhotel.com
SYDNEY –  http://soundworksdirect.eventbrite.com / www.factorytheatre.com.au
WELLINGTON –  https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/tour/9548/Obscura—Diluvium-NZ-Tour.utr

New Bass Playthrough: Diluvium

Notreble.com is featuring the first bass playthrough video for Obscura’s new album „Dilivium“.

Linus Klausenitzer: „When I planned to record a playthrough video I decided to play the title track of the album. It is very different to what we have composed before and it has become one of my favorite tracks playing live. For this video I wanted to have a visual setup in the style of the album artwork so we recorded it during our Diluvium Amerika tour. The bass that I use is an Ibanez Custom Fretless BTB based on a BTB1826E Premium.
On the Official OBSCURA website we offer free playbacks for bassists that want to play their own version of the songs of Diluvium. Also all bass tablature books are available there.“

Full post & video:
https://www.notreble.com/buzz/2018/11/02/video-premiere-linus-klausenitzer-bass-playthrough-of-obscuras-diluvium

Gitarre & Bass

Feature in „Gitarre & Bass“

In the new issue of German’s legendary magazine „Gitarre & Bass“ Obscura bassist Linus Klausenitzer is talking about songwriting, his equipment, live sound concepts and much more.

The magazine visited Obscura during their recent tour with Sepultura and made an additional video interview that has just been released:


Gitarre & Bass

Ibanez BTB

New Ibanez Custom Bass Guitar

Linus Klausenitzer switches to a new main bass:

Ibanez Custom Fretless BTB1896F Premium with Nordstrand Pickups

Linus Klausenitzer:

I would like to thank Ibanez Guitars and Ibanez Germany. Great guys, great partnership and mostly: great instruments!
This beauty represents everything I want in Obscura: a powerful/percussive sound in the lower frequencies and a clear/singing tone on the high strings.

Details:

  • pick ups: Nordstrand Audio Pickups
  • neck: Panga Panga/Purpleheart/Maple neck-through w/Graphite reinforcement rods
  • body: Walnut top & back/Ash wing body
  • fretboard: Bound Panga Panga fretboard

The basis of this instrument is a BTB1826E Premium.

Obscura Diluvium

Obscura Chart Positions

OBSCURA made it to #1 Soundcheck and Album of the Month in the new edition of Rock Hard Germany. Alongside a fantastic 9/10 Review by Andreas Schiffmann, this marks the highest rating the band reached in 16 years.

“Die Scheibe markiert den vorläufigen Zenit der Band und transzendiert das Genre Progressive Death Metal” – Andreas Schiffmann

“Diluvium”, the new album from the progressive death metal act Obscura landed at position #3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Obscura‘s previous album, “Akroasis” (2016), landed at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart while “Omnivium” (2011) reached #11 and “Cosmogenesis” (2009) #71.
Furthermore, “Diluvium” entered German “Offizielle Top 100” at #58 and Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) at position #93 which marks the very first time in Obscura’s 16 year lasting history to enter official German and Swiss Charts. “Diluvium” marks the band’s most successful and best selling record to this date.

Obscura | Diluvium – Chart Positions:

  • #3 Heatseekers Chart (USA)
  • #18 Independent Albums (USA)
  • #24 Top Tastemaker Albums (USA)
  • #58 Offizielle Top 100 (Germany)
  • #93 Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland)
Obscura Diluvium

Obscura | Album & Video releases

Relapse Records:

„Germany’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 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

Obscura – new songs released

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‚.“

Watch the official visualizer video for “Emergent Evolution” via Metal Injection <a href=“http://www.metalinjection.net/interviews/obscura-premieres-new-song-emergent-evolution-reveal-north-american-tour-in-exclusive-interview“>HERE</a>.

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

 

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