OBSCURA Drops Off 'Relapse Contamination Tour'

Due to illness, death metallers OBSCURA have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their North American tour. The Relapse Contamination Tour will continue on through May 10, with Relapse labelmates GRAVES OF VALOR and appearances on select dates from BRUTAL TRUTH and HERO DESTROYED.

Commented OBSCURA vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer: "Several nights ago, after struggling with illness throughout this tour, I've lost my singing voice entirely and can barely speak. At this juncture, it's best for me to rest rather than deliver anything less than exceptional performances. For all the cities we'll miss, we'll be back in the winter to make up these dates. Thanks to everyone who made our first North American Tour so amazing. We're looking forward to returning again in the winter."

HardTimes.ca conducted an interview with OBSCURA drummer Hannes Grossmann on April 16, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Watch the 17-minute chat below.

"Cosmogenesis", the second full-length album from OBSCURA, sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 71 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.

"Cosmogenesis" was released in the U.S. on February 17 via Relapse Records (March 2 internationally). The CD features guest appearances from Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK, BLOTTED SCIENCE) and Tymon Kruidenier (CYNIC, EXIVIOUS).

OBSCURA was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer. After several lineup changes, Kummerer enlisted a new team of virtuoso musicians. In late 2007, OBSCURA added drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) as new permanent members. The group's latest addition, Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST), came into the ranks last year.

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