Obscura Announce New Album “Diluvium”

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Photo Credit: Christian Martin Weiss

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.

You can also stream the single here

Diluvium was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes. The band commented further on the concept: “With the title track of our new album we present you one of the most fast forward and brutal compositions “Diluvium” has to offer. The music video created by German Cinematographer Mirko Witzki shows the first part of a connected story relating to the band’s long running four album cycle.”

Additionally, Obscura will perform at select European festivals this summer including Vienna Metal Meeting, Amsterdam Metal Meeting and Summer Breeze Open Air. Stay tuned for more tour dates in the near future.

“Diluvium” is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records

Physical packages are available here

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.

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Photo Credit: Orion Landau

Tracklist
1. Clandestine Stars
2. Emergent Evolution
3. Diluvium
4. Mortification of the Vulgar Sun
5. Ethereal Skies
6. Convergence
7. Ekpyrosis
8. The Seventh Aeon
9. The Conjuration
10. An Epilogue to Infinity
11. A Last Farewell (Bonus Track)

Tour Dates
May 12 – Vienna, AU – Vienna Metal Meeting 2018
May 19 – Amsterdam, NL – Amsterdam Metal Meeting 2018
August 15-18 – Dinkelsbuhl, DE – Summer Breeze Open Air 2018

About Obscura
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band Obscura caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for the legendary Suffocation on the band’s European tour in 2006 and independently released their debut album Retribution” that same year. From its very beginnings, the band (named after Gorguts’ inimitable 1993 full-length) demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements.

In 2009, after being acquired by Relapse Records, the band released “Cosmogenesis”, a marvel of technical and progressive metal that firmly established Obscura as one of modern extreme metal’s leading lights. Not one to bend to convention, Obscura 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.

In addition to cracking the US Billboard charts, the release of Cosmogenesis” saw Obscura embark on their first worldwide tour, which included visits to North America, Europe, and Japan. Cosmogenesis” was followed in 2011 by “Omnivium”, which was lauded by Decibel, Terrorizer, Metal Injection, and dozens of others as a landmark achievement in technical music. That album entered the US and German charts while enabling the band to conduct another run of extensive touring across the globe. Five years since the release of the universally-acclaimed “Omnivium”, the progressive metal masters returned with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly-named Akróasis (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of Obscura‘s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole.

The band embarked on multiple world tours with such renowned artists as Cannibal Corpse, Death To All, Children of Bodom and countless others including numerous festival appearances at Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting and many others. 

Now in 2018, 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. 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.

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