As a son of two musicians, Linus Klausenitzer was faced with music at a very young age. Before he found his passion in playing the bass when he was 15 years old, he learned to play piano and trumpet. After graduating at a musical secondary school, he studied at the music college in Regensburg and graduated from a study course in popmusic at the conservatory in Hamburg. Having gained experience in bands of several genres, the German bass player found his main place in the genre that he has always loved most: Metal Music.
He started to perform internationally as a band member of Fall of Serenity and his first experimental band Noneuclid.
After recording their masterpiece “Metatheosis” Noneuclid’s pioneering spirit led to an appearance in the renowned contemporary music festivals “Dag in de Branding” (Den Haag) and “Dutch Music Days” (Amsterdam), where the band premiered the 25-minute death metal symphony “Black Vortex Cathedral” as soloists along with the world famous “Dutch Metropole Orchestra“, in front of a stunned classical audience in the fall of 2008. In 2010, the band embarked on their next symphonic collaboration, this time with Linus’s father Professor Ulf Klausenitzer’s “Bavarian Chamber Orchestra“: “Transition Metal”, an encounter between the music of Richard Wagner and Noneuclid.
In 2011 Linus Klausenitzer joined the band he is most known for: Obscura. Linus started extensive touring on multiple world tours with such renowned artists as Sepultura and Children of Bodom. Later Obscura started to play headliner tours in Europe, Australia, Central/North America (USA, Canada, Mexico) and Asia (Japan, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, …).
In 2014 Linus co-founded the extreme metal band Alkaloid which consists of international high-class musicians, including current and former members of Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, Necrophagist, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid. Alkaloid seamlessly ebb and flow through an arrange of styles and genres, creating an intelligent and fascinating blend of Prog, Death Metal, and Fusion. In 2015 Alkaloid was the first German Death Metal band to ever perform in Egypt.
Later Linus Klausenitzer started to give bass masterclasses (“Guitar Summit”, “Popakademie” and many more) and to be a speaker about “a digital musician”. Digital masterclasses are available at different online platforms like lowenduniversity.com and onlinelessons.tv.
As a studio artist he recorded with musicians like Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Kreator, etc.), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) and Marty Friedman (Megadeth).
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band OBSCURA have distinguished themselves and their unique brand of music via the tasteful use of vocal effects, fretless bass, philosophical underpinnings, and other elements rarely touched on in extreme metal.
Linus Klausenitzer joined the band in 2011. The band embarked on multiple world tours with such renowned artists as Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Death To All, Children of Bodom and countless others including numerous festival appearances at Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting and many others.
In 2018, OBSCURA completed 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.
This band is defined through the field of tension created between musical opposites. ALKALOID merge extreme metal and other more diverse genres of music into a unique style that people will somehow find familiar, but haven‘t heard yet.
All musicians in the band are known and active death metal players who all have a much broader view of music than just blastbeats and growls. Alkaloid want to establish from the beginning that they have many faces, and oscillating between (seemingly) contrary or mutually exclusive styles is a factor. To use playing technique only to write good songs, is another factor.
Alkaloids are a chemical compound produced by many plants and other organisms.
They are found in many psychoactive substances (psylocin / LSD, cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, morphine, bufotenin, and many medical plants among others). The band sees the term Alkaloid as a symbol for the chemical agent that changes matter, or the perception of the physical universe and produces intense experiences of a multidimensional or exaggerated nature. The fact that they affect both mind and body gives them the allure of a magical formula, after which nothing is the same. The nature of „change happening“ is something very much presented in ALKALOID’s music, lyrics and visual identity. Let it be one big permanent morphing!