Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of Germany's finest progressive death metal band OBSCURA. Founded in 2002, the group established its reputation by releasing five studio albums which have been highly acclaimed by fans and press alike, accompanied by playing support tours as well as their own headline shows all around the globe.
Band founder Steffen Kummerer states: "Partnering with the world's biggest independent metal label feels like the start of a new chapter for OBSCURA and we are very much looking forward to a great collaboration and to releasing our forthcoming sixth studio album with a great team at our side."
Nuclear Blast's Jaap Wagemaker adds: "As fans ourselves at Nuclear Blast, we have long admired the artistry of German progressive death metal masters OBSCURA. We were blown away by their musical four-album cycle that started with 'Cosmogenesis' and ended with 'Diluvium', complete with all the band's signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and jaw-dropping virtuosity! We knew that OBSCURA has the potential to become one of the leading forces in progressive death metal worldwide, so when the opportunity came to work with them, there was no room for second thoughts. We at Nuclear Blast are very curious to see where OBSCURA's musicial journey beyond 'Diluvium' will bring them. If you are a fan of progressive metal, you should definitely check out this band!"
In other news, OBSCURA will once again be touring in support of its current studio album, "Diluvium", in February/March 2020. Support on this run, which will see them performing in 21 cities in 19 countries across the continent, will come from various special guests: Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED, Kummerer's blackened melodic death metal band THULCANDRA as well as French progressive death metal outfit FRACTAL UNIVERSE.
Feb. 15 - CH Zug - Galvanik
Feb. 16 - I Bologna - Locomotiv Club
Feb. 17 - SLO Ljubljana - Orto Bar
Feb. 18 - A Graz - Explosiv
Feb. 19 - BIH Tuzla - Club Palma
Feb. 20 - BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
Feb. 21 - RO Bucharest - Quantic Club
Feb. 22 - SRB Belgrade - Božidarac
Feb. 23 - H Budapest - Dürer Kert
Feb. 24 - SK Bratislava - Randal Club
Feb. 25 - CZ Prague - Futurum Music Bar
Feb. 26 - PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
Feb. 27 - PL Warsaw - Proxima
Feb. 28 - LV Riga - Melnā Piektdiena
Feb. 29 - EST Tallinn - Rockclub Tapper
Mar. 01 - FIN Helsinki - Tavastia
Mar. 03 - S Stockholm - Fyshuset Klubben
Mar. 04 - N Oslo - John DEE
Mar. 05 - DK Aarhus - VoxHall
Mar. 06 - D Essen - Turock
Mar. 07 - D Landshut - Rocket Club
Mar. 21 - D Heidelberg - Deathfest
Steffen Kummerer - vocals, guitars
Rafael Trujillo - guitars
Linus Klausenitzer - bass
Sebastian Lanser - drums
Photo credit: Christian Martin Weiss