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 Skies“ here 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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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. Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.
Pre-orders are available at https://www.realmofobscura.com/shop/
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„5 days days of sun, incredible bands, hanging out with new friends/old friends, my amazing band colleagues & crew, 2 amazing live shows with Obscura, a clinic and an all star jam that the one and only Jeff Waters has invited me to (Judas Priest – Running Wild with Ralph Scheepers from Primal Fear, Eloy Casagrande from Sepultura, Sami Yli-Sirniö from Kreator and Rob Barrett Iii from Cannibal Corpse).“ – Linus Klausenitzer
Technical death metal masters OBSCURA have completed their fifth full-length album entitled Diluvium. Diluvium was recorded with longtime producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) at Woodshed Studios in Landshut, Germany. The album is set for a Summer 2018 release via Relapse Records.
Some special contributors were involved with the making of Diluvium including Linus Klausenitzer’s father, Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer, who has worked previously as a violinist and conductor with renowned musicians Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more.
Additionally, Jonas Baumgartl, a founding member of OBSCURA, who was a key member of the band between 2002 and 2007 returned to take part in the Diluvium sessions on cello. Jonas recorded drums and cello on the band’s first and only demo Illegimitation, as well as their debut full-length Retribution.
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Tickets are available at the Official Obscura website.
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Linus Klausenitzer’s father Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer will be a guest on the next Obscura album.
As a violinist and conductor he worked with Arvo Pärt, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Mikis Theodorakis, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and many more.
In 2010 Linus and his father played together in the project ‚Transition Metal‘ where Noneuclid performed with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra. Now they will be together on an album for the very first time.