Obscura is a German technical death metal band with (former) members of Necrophagist and Pestilence. All members have an formal qualification in music, which clearly shows on the musical exploits of their dynamite second album, entitled Cosmogenesis. Let’s take a closer look.
The song material on Cosmogenesis shares a lot of traits with the later Death era (Individual Thought Patterns), Necrophagist and a tad of early Cynic. Kummerer and Co have a profound love for lightning fast arpeggios, odd time signatures and other technical wizardry. Besides their technical prowess the band have two other things going for them. Firstly, the band’s uncanny ability to write memorable songs and secondly, the considerable skills of bass virtuoso Jeroen Paul Thesseling.
Obscura’s virtuoso fusing of technical prowess and good clean song writing becomes apparent in tracks, like Anticosmic Overload, Choir Of Spirits, Incarnated, Infinite Rotation and Centric Flow. Normally the bass plays a supplementing roll within the overall band sound, but that’s not the case with these guys. The bass lines by Jeroen Paul Thesseling are just every bit as important as the guitar leads and solos by Steffen Kummerer and Christian Muenzer. Last but not least are the impressive drumming skills of Hannes Grossmann. He really brings Cosmogenesis to the next level. This album also has some guest contributions from Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower) and Tymon Kruidenier (ex-Cynic).
The production of Cosmogenesis is spot on. It’s clear enough to make every instrument perfectly audible, but it contains enough power to fuel the aggression factor this kind of death metal feeds on.
Obscura have delivered one hell of a musical calling card with Cosmogenesis. They’ve managed to find the right balance between aggression, virtuosity and memorable songs. These guys should go far!
Written by Raymond Westland