The progressive German death metal band OBSCURA was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer. The band caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for Suffocation on their European tour in 2006 and when they independently released their debut album ‘Retribution’ that same year. After several lineup changes, Kummerer enlisted a new team of virtuoso musicians consisting of Christian Muenzner (ex NECROPHAGIST) and Hannes Grossmann (ex NECROPHAGIST, BLOTTED SCIENCE). With their break through album ‘Cosmogenesis’ Obscura cracked the US Billboard charts and embarked their first worldwide tour visiting North America, Europe and Japan. With the release of ‘Omnivium’ the band prooved their status as a unique group of talented musicians and set new standards in the genre of progressive death metal.
The group’s latest addition, bassist Linus Klausenitzer (NONEUCLID), came into the ranks in early 2011.Together they have created their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive and technical elements as well as complexe song structures. Entering US & European charts with their latest release, the ‘Omnivium Worldtour’ started with it’s release in March 2011.
Vocals & Guitars
Steffen Kummerer is the founding member of Obscura and takes care of art & lyric concepts since the very beginning of the band. Being one of the main composers and the frontman, Steffen leads the group with forward thinking ideas and creative song writing and composition.
In early 2008 Christian joined the band as guitarist and songwriter, since then he has been responsible for most of the lead guitar work in Obscura. With a musical background mainly rooted in neoclassical metal and fusion, he adds his own twist to the bands sound.
After two tours as session bassist Linus was officially anounced as a permanent member in September 2011. His significant 6-string fretless bass sound is characterised by his musical education and experience in different styles like Pop, Funk, Jazz and collaborations with classical music for over 10 years.
Hannes joined Obscura in 2007 as a drummer and songwriter, he also plays an important role for song structurizing, arrangements and audio production. Being active in the drummer’s community, Hannes released his first instructional drum DVD ‘Progressive Concepts for the Modern Metal Drummer’ in 2011.