Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling has left German progressive death metallers OBSCURA. In a statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Jeroen explained, “Due to repetitive conflicting schedules with job related obligations I have decided to depart OBSCURA. Beside the limited availability that kept me away from touring during the last months, I feel like taking new directions in my musical development.

“Looking back, the cooperation with OBSCURA has been positive and successful. However, it’s time to move on and find new challenges and opportunities for my musical career.

“I would like to thank all the fans who supported us and wish OBSCURA all the best with their future work.”

In other news, German bass manufacturer Warwick recently released a brand new seven-string fretless custom shop model for Jeroen.

Due to the ultra-low tuning that was used for the recordings of PESTILENCE‘s “Doctrine” album, Jeroen wanted to work with a low F-sharp string. Right after the studio sessions, Hans Peter Wilfer, founder and managing director of Warwick, decided to support Thesseling by producing a fretless seven-string version of their famous classic Thumb NT series.

Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in progressive death metal, joined OBSCURA in 2007 and recorded the band’s full-length albums “Cosmogenesis” (2009) and “Omnivium” (2011), both released via Relapse Records. In 2009 Jeroen rejoined the Dutch death metallers PESTILENCE after a 15-year hiatus. He recorded PESTILENCE‘s fourth and sixth studio albums, “Spheres” (1993) and “Doctrine” (2011).

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