“As you might have read through the Official Obscura press statement already, I am leaving Obscura (as well as Rafael Trujillo and Sebastian Lanser).
Let me use this opportunity to explain the situation and tell you about the exciting plans that I have for the future.
I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 9 years in Obscura and I feel very grateful for what I have experienced during this time. We made 3 records together and toured regularly through 4 different continents. Very fast I became one of the main songwriters and in the end we signed with the biggest independent label of the world “Nuclear Blast”. No one except Steffen has been in the band longer than I have, and together with Steffen I was part of the company “Obscura” behind the band. So you can imagine that this was not an easy decision for me to take. I haven’t been feeling comfortable with the recent band situation anymore, including musical differences, so I needed a change to reach a next step. Obviously those differences were between the three of us and Steffen. There is still no bad blood but that’s why we ended the collaboration, before too many negative emotions appear.
That’s the simplified version of what happened. I understand that people want to know more in detail about it but those situations are hard to describe to people who were not involved.
On the other hand, Steffen has always been the most driving force and I will always be thankful for his contributions. If he wouldn’t have started Obscura so many years ago my career would have taken a whole different path. I am happy it was this one. Normally when 3 of 4 people want to continue to make music together, the remaining band member leaves. But Steffen is the only remaining founding member so we decided that he should go on with the name “Obscura”. I wish the very best to Steffen and the future members of Obscura. I would like to thank our amazing crew, our business partners and specially all our fans for all the good times and unforgettable experiences. I am thankful for everyone who continues following me on my journey!
It feels very good to be open to new opportunities now and to expand my existing activities that I love.
During my time in Obscura I have been very active with other activities that I plan to continue: Giving bass workshops all around the world. I
recorded bass and composing lessons for different platforms including my own website: linus-klausenitzer.com/shop
And then there is another activity that I have always loved a lot: Being a recording session musician. I was able to record with amazing
international talents and heroes of my youth. If you are interested in my work, please visit my website or get directly in contact with me.
Let me tell you about my future plans:
In Obscura I had the privilege to play with some of the best musicians in the metal scene. Some of them are my band colleagues of the band “Alkaloid” since a couple of year already. We are in the song writing process of our third album right now.
With the other part I will form a new band that I am extremely excited about: “OBSIDIOUS“. Please visit obsidous-band.com to listen to the
first audio clip and for more information. Beside the fact that Sebastian and Rafael have became close friends of mine we have always
worked well on songs together. We want to continue with the vibe of Obscura songs that we composed completely (except vocals): Clandestine Stars, Diluvium, Mortification Of The Vulgar Sun, Ethereal Skies, An Epilogue To Infinity, etc. We want to bring this style of composing to the next level.
When I started to compose for Obscura’s next album I was trying different musical directions. I just enjoyed the process of it and ended
up with 8 songs that want to see the light of day. Except for some songs, that we will use for Obsidious, I will use them for a solo album that I am planning on since quite a while.
I have some more plans, which I can’t talk about yet, but I think QUITTING OBSCURA, FOUNDING OBSIDIOUS and WORKING ON A SOLO ALBUM is already enough news for one day ;)”
More information about Obsidious:
Linus Klausenitzer releases 3 instructional packages sharing the experiences of his career:
- Composing Concepts: The digital video workshop shows different composing tools and how to start with a concept. The course includes examples of composing processes he use for Obscura songs.
- Composing Metal Bass Lines: Linus Klausenitzer presents different methods to write bass lines for making a song better. He shows how he wrote bass lines for his bands (Alkaloid and Obscura) and how to play one part in 5 different ways to support its character.
- Bass Essentials: Linus Klausenitzer explains his point of you to rudimental topics: warming up, left and right hand technique, timing, sound, strings, studio and live equipment, effects and much more
QUARANTINE-SPECIAL: The course includes 14 chapters and can we included to a 14 days learning routine.
These digital workshops don’t include standard exercises that you can find in most bass books and on YouTube. The concept was prepared to deliver exclusive content. The downloads include video files and exercises with PDF, Guitar Pro and playalong files. You can choose between 3 courses or buy them a bundle.
The courses are available at his new webshop.
The Wacken Metal Academy is part of the Hamburg School Of Music where you can be educated to get an official job title as metal musician.
On March 11th 2020 Linus Klausenitzer will present a bass workshop there:
Additional information and registration:
Obscura released 2 pro-shot live clips of “The Monist” and “Centric Flow” from their 15 years anniversary show 2018.
DILUVIUM EUROPA Tour 2020 with God Dethroned / Thulcandra / Fractal Universe
14.02. FR – Metz, Les Trinitaires
15.02. CH – Zug, Galvanik
16.02. IT – Bologna, Locomotiv
17.02. SL – Ljubljana, Orto Bar
18.02. AT – Graz, Explosiv
19.02. BIH – Tuzla, Palma
20.02. BG – Sofia, Mixtape 5
21.02. RO – Bucharest, Quantic Club
22.02. SR – Belgrade, Dom Omladine
23.02. HU – Budapest, Dürer-Kert
24.02. SK – Bratislava, Randall
25.02. CZ – Prague, Futurum
26.02. PL – Krakow, Kwadrat
27.02. PL – Warsaw, Proxima
28.02. LV – Riga, Melna Piektdiena
29.02. EST – Tallin, Tapper Club
01.03. FI – Helsinki, Tavastia
03.03. SWE – Stockholm, Klubben
04.03. NO – Oslo, John Dee
05.03. DK – Aarhus, Voxhall
06.03. DE – Essen, Turock
07.03. DE – Landshut, Rocket Club
For the first time you can book Skype lessons with Linus Klausenitzer. Those lessons are not on a regular basis and slots are limited.
Linus Klausenitzer will go through all the questions you have. The content is up to you. Possible topics: bass playing methods, learning Obscura/Alkaloid songs, technique, discussing your music, songwriting in general or music business.
He will teach on the 12th and 19th of December 2019. You can book a lesson in the form below.
The payment needs to be done via PayPal and to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You have to send it as ‘friends and family’ otherwise you’ll need to send extra money. It is 45€ for a 45 minute lesson.
As soon as you have booked your spot in the form below and after the payment has happened your slot is locked. The payment needs to be done at the latest 24 hours before the lesson.
If you are interested in a specific topic, please let Linus know in the description field.
Note, that all times are CET (Central European Standard Time) so please calculate the time difference to your time zone.
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OBSCURA Tour Dates:
15.02.2020 Zug (Switzerland) – Galvanik Event | Tickets
16.02.2020 Bologna (Italy) – Locomotiv Event | Tickets
17.02.2020 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar Event | Tickets
18.02.2020 Graz (Austria) – Explosiv Event | Tickets
19.02.2020 Tuzla (Bosnia-Herzegovina) – Palma Event | Tickets
20.02.2020 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Mixtape5 Event | Tickets
21.02.2020 Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club Event | Tickets
22.02.2020 Belgrade (Serbia) – Bozidarac Event | Tickets
23.02.2020 Budapest (Hungary) – Dürer-Kert Event | Tickets
24.02.2020 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal Event | Tickets
25.02.2020 Prague (Czech Rep.) – Futurum Event | Tickets
26.02.2020 Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat Event | Tickets
27.02.2020 Warsaw (Poland) – Proxima Event | Tickets
28.02.2020 Riga (Latvia) – Melna Piektdiena Event | Tickets
29.02.2020 Tallinn (Estonia) – Tapper Club Event | Tickets
01.03.2020 Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia Event | Tickets
03.03.2020 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben Event | Tickets
04.03.2020 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee Event | Tickets
05.03.2020 Aarhus (Denmark) – Voxhall Event | Tickets
06.03.2020 Essen (Germany) – Turock Event | Tickets
07.03.2020 Landshut (Germany) – Rocket Club Event | Tickets
We’re finally able to confirm that OBSCURA has signed to Nuclear Blast !
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.
Read the full statement on our website:
Thanks to all of you for supporting us on our way!
Metal-Bass mit Linus Klausenitzer
Bass Stage – Darkglass
September 27 @ 14:45
Metal needs innovation: it’s the best timing to make bass more interesting again.
This workshop is not only for bassists but for everyone who wants to arrange interesting bass lines. Linus Klausenitzer will present classic bass sounds, equipment tips and musical potential for the future metal scene.
Known for his significant 6/7 string fretless bass sound Darkglass Elektronics artist Linus Klausenitzer gained international fame. With German’s biggest active Death Metal band OBSCURA he has toured intensely all around the world since 2011. His second band Alkaloid was the first German Death Metal band to ever perform in Egypt.
Linus Klausenitzer is also known for his bass masterclasses (“Wacken Music Camp”, “Popakademie” and many more). 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).
“I have always been very critical about distortion pedals on bass. They often kill the attack and hide the character of a player. But Darkglass Elektronic worked on solutions for exactly those problems and created pedals that made my concerns completely obsolete. I am proud to represent their innovative products.”- Linus Klausenitzer
More information: https://www.darkglass.com/