Obscura has a new lineup

Obscura has new band members:

  • German fretless guitarist Tom Geldschläger aka “Fountainhead” – Linus Klausenitzer recorded two tracks for his solo record earlier this year.
  • Sebastian Lanser on drums – also known from “Panzerballett”

Obscura is writing on new songs to record a new album in 2015 and hit the road again. Shows in Isreal and Slovenia are already confirmed.

The new lineup is:

Steffen Kummerer – lead guitars & vocals
Tom Geldschläger – lead guitars
Linus Klausenitzer – bass
Sebastian Lanser – drums


Bass Recordings for Alkaloid

Linus Klausenitzer hits the studio to record the bass tracks for the upcoming debut album of Alkaloid. In contrast to his bass playing in Obscura and Noneuclid he uses a mix of fretless and fretted bass sounds across the hole album. To accomplish this it uses different sounds and basses: “Ibanez ATK”, a custom 7 string fretless “Ibanez BTB7” and the hybrid bass “Ibanez Ashula”.

The material by main songwriter Hannes Grossmann and Florian Magnus Maier is planned to come out in spring 2015.

Further information:


Alkaloid – new band

Linus Klausenitzer is part of a new band with members of Aborted, Noneuclid and ex-Obscura.

After his departure from German technical death metallers OBSCURA, drummer Hannes Grossmann (also known for his work with BLOTTED SCIENCE and NECROPHAGIST) joined forces with some of his former bandmates in a new project called ALKALOID. In addition to Grossmann, the new group features Christian Muenzner (ex-OBSCURA, NECROPHAGIST, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and Danny Tunker (ABORTED, ex-GOD DETHRONED) on guitar and Linus Klausenitzer on bass. The band’s frontman is classical composer Florian Magnus Maier (a.k.a. Morean) on vocals and guitar, also known for his orchestral collaboration with Devin Townsend, PARADISE LOST and his work with DARK FORTRESS and NONEUCLID.

Comments Grossmann: “As sad as things have turned out with OBSCURA, I’m really happy that the songs Christian Muenzner and I had initially written for their next record will find a new home in ALKALOID. However, I don’t see ALKALOID as a ‘tech-death’ band, because we just aren’t. The music is definitely prog, but in terms of dynamics, song structures, harmonics and rhythms, it’s just too diverse to be put into a small sub-genre.

“The band was brought to life in 2012 by myself and Florian Magnus Maier, who is by far the best composer I ever worked with. His band NONEUCLID had a big impact on the last OBSCURA record, ‘Omnivium’, on which I contributed the vast majority of the music and arranged all the songs. Generally, this is the sort of music we would like to continue with ALKALOID, but make it sound more colorful, more vibrant and way catchier. I’m also happy to have some of my dearest friends on board, such as Christian Muenzner — we make music together for more than 10 years — and Linus Klausenitzer, who is one of my favorite bass players and did a great job on my solo record, ‘The Radial Covenant’. Last but not least, we have Danny Tunker as third guitar player, who is just one of the best players I’ve ever seen. Once we toured with him — he was playing for SPAWN OF POSSESSION — I saw him learning two OBSCURA songs in about an hour, playing them flawless. Never seen a talent like him before.”

Linus Klausenitzer will be using a mix of his Ibanez basses: Ibanez ATK, Ibanez Ashula, Ibanez BTB7


Metatheosis out now!

Available as ultra-limited Clear/Black Half-and-Half 2xLP and 16-panel CD in digipack!

Specs:
* First time publication of this insanely complex and long-buried / self-produced masterpiece, featuring Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura, members from Triptykon, Revamp and Dark Fortress.
* Artwork by Aeron Alfrey, with layouts by Seempieces | Illustration & Design by Travis Smith.
* Released by Blood Music

Song preview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9gSUlYlzuQ

Further information:
http://noneuclid.com/

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Bandcamp:
http://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/metatheosis
Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/album/5T0Nl2evaJLUqA0HMw9HhC
Amazon mp3:
http://www.amazon.com/Metatheosis-Noneuclid/dp/B00IQ3ZJOA/
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/metatheosis/id829742330?uo=4
Google Play Store:
https://market.android.com/details?id=album-Bjfsmc74i4kl5xaeivr5qqrg3by
X-Box Music:
http://music.xbox.com/album/noneuclid/metatheosis/57bd3108-0100-11db-89ca-0019b92a3933
Rdio:
http://www.rdio.com/artist/Noneuclid/album/Metatheosis/

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Physical copies can be found at retailers or can be requested by retailers across
North America and Europe, including Amazon, HMV, Sears, etc.
Also from Blood Music (Finland/USA), Dark Descent (USA), Record Shop X (Finland), Eisenwald Tonschmiede (Germany), Aural Music (Italy), etc.
http://www.blood-music.com/store


Noneuclid to release Metatheosis in May 2014

Finnish specialty label Blood Music will introduce the global audience to NONEUCLID, one of extreme metal’s most fascinating entities. The band features the considerable talents of members of TRIPTYKONOBSCURATHULCANDRA and DARK FORTRESS, and yet manages to become even more than the sum of its parts.

Blood Music will release NONEUCLID‘s second studio album, “Metatheosis”, on May 6 on digipack CD with 12-page booklet (limited to 1,000 copies) and gatefold 2xLP limited to 250 copies with 100 on ebony and 150 on half-ebony/half-crystal vinyl.

Preorders will launch on March 5 at this location.

“Metatheosis” takes NONEUCLID‘s unique musical amalgam several steps further in all respects. Entirely produced by the bandmembers themselves, the album offers a wide spectrum of colors, ranging from brutal death thrash to sludgy doom, symphonic prog-death with an edge, hallucinatory rock, and epic polymetric insanity.

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NONEUCLID is:

Linus (OBSCURA, FALLACY) – Bass
V Santura (TRIPTYKON, DARK FORTRESS) – Guitar
Morean (DARK FORTRESS, THE HUNGRY GODS) – Guitar, Vocals
Seraph (DARK FORTRESS, REVAMP, THULCANDRA) – Drums

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/german-extreme-metal-supergroup-noneuclid-to-release-metatheosis-in-may/#5swum1LSo9QyfQ57.99


Crowdfunding campaign for Christian Münzner’s second solo record

Obscura guitarist Christian Muenzner is working on his second solo album ready for release in May and set up an Indiegogo campaign. There is a video of a new song and some audio samples inside, help him to make it happen if you like what you hear: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-the-wall-of-sleep-solo-album
Line up:
Jimmy Pitts (The Fractured Dimension, Spastic Ink, Pitts/Minnemann) on keyboards
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) on bass
Hannes Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science) on drums

The album will be mixed and mastered by Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) in March 2014.

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Bass recordings for Christian Münzner’s second solo album: ‘Beyond The Wall Of Sleep’

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (OBSCURASPAWN OF POSSESSIONPARADOX, ex-NECROPHAGIST) is working on his second all-instrumental solo album, following his 2011 debut CD, “Timewarp”. The new effort will be entitled “Beyond The Wall Of Sleep” and will feature the OBSCURA rhythm section of Hannes Grossmann on drums and Linus Klausenitzer on bass, as well as keyboard virtuoso Jimmy Pitts (PITTS/MINNEMANNSPASTIC INKTHE FRACTURED DIMENSION). Estimated release date is around April/May 2014.

“Beyond The Wall Of Sleep” will contain 11 high-intensity instrumental tracks, and, like “Timewarp”, will be mixing different genres, such as neoclassical, thrash metal, progressive metal, fusion, ’80s heavy/speed metal and even elements of death and black metal. The album theme will revolve around old mystery stories and supernatural themes, which will also be reflected in the album’s artwork, created, once again, by Anestis Goudas. Some of the songtitles include “Shadow Over Innsmouth”“Evil Spell (The Book Of Belial)”“The Pit And The Pendulum”“Demon’s Gate”“The Witch Of Endor” and “The Crawling Chaos”.

Comments Muenzner: “The majority of the album is recorded by now. We’re just working on a few guitar overdubs and additional keyboard arrangements, and then the whole thing is ready to be mixed.

“The songwriting took place between October 2012 and May 2013.

“I have been working on the album on and off for most of the last year, whenever touring activties and my busy teaching schedule allowed it. It is also a very important step and personal statement in my career, as about two years ago I was diagnosed with focal dystonia and had to face the possibilty of never being able to play again. Even though I’m still dealing with the condition on a daily basis, I have been able to improve a lot with the help of some great people, without whom this album would never have been possible. It took some time, but I am convinced that this is the best and most intense playing I have recorded up to date.

“Compared to my first album, there is a lot more focus on riffing this time, but also the neoclassical elements and ’80s Shrapnel influences will be more apparent, and it contains some of the best melodies I wrote so far. I think the music is a little bit more straight to the point and in your face, but the album is once again going to include an eight-minute prog epic. In addition, JimmyHannes and Linus have all delivered mindblowing performances. I am very lucky to be able to work with such outstanding musicians.

“This instrumental solo stuff is what I enjoy working on most recently, as it allows me the most creative freedom. I hope that this time I will also get the chance to tour and present the music of both albums in a live format.”


Bass recordings for Hannes Grossmann’s first solo album: ‘The Radial Covenant’

Hannes Grossmann is a drummer and composer from Nuremberg, Germany, and plays for the bands OBSCURA and BLOTTED SCIENCE.

He set up a crowdfunding campaign to have full artistic freedom for this project:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-radial-covenant-solo-album

Musicians:

  • V.Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress), Florian Magnus Meier (Dark Fortress) – Vocals
  • Linus Klausenitzer – Bass
  • Jimmy Pitts (Spastic Ink, Pitts/Minnemann) – Keys

 

On guest guitars:

  • Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Spawn Of Possession, Ex-Necrophagist)
  • Ron Jarzombek
  • Fountainhead
  • Danny Tunker (Aborted)
  • Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry)
  • Jeff Loomis

 

Sound examples:

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