Death Metal artist Obscura is releasing the highly anticipated ” Omnivium” album on March 29. Singer and guitarist Steffen Kummerer offered LoudTrax.com an in depth, song by song description. We are proud to offer the album download at the lowest price online – a very metal price $6.66!
Obscura – Omnivium
Track by track details for Loudtrax.com, by Steffen Kummerer.
The opener was written by Christian Muenzner, Hannes Grossmann and myself and was actually planned as last song on the album. When we started to get into the first sketches of a tracklist we thought it could be an interesting idea to come up with the acoustic intro of the song to gain a less stressfull start into the album rather than starting with a blast from second one. Especially the diversity and different directions of the whole composition are manifold. Especially the guitar solo is a something out of the box and sounds very very 80ies.
For me this tune is the essence of Obscura and every single part of our signature band sounds got it’s own spot. The neoclassic approach fits very well to the compact song structure and the almost chorus-like memorable vocal line. The main work on this tune was written by Christian Muenzner who managed to create a song that breathes Obscura in it’s full intensity. The break within half of the song is an interesting new side of the band that is included to all of the links to the previous album ‘Cosmogenesis’. You can see this song as a bridge between both records.
As I love links between all of our work, music, artwork photos for example, ‘Ocean Gateways’ relay to ‘Nothing’ the second song of our debut album from 2004. A very heavy groover with a tiny break up in the middle seciton. This tune will definately included to our live set, so the crowd gets some less technical audible food within longer sets. In the end a very special song for our band and thankfully to our wrists not on 250 bpm.
A very well composed and almost neoclassic composition that breathes the spirit of ‘Universe Momentum’. I guess especially the guitar work is very special and an interesting tune for the shredders at home and post their videos on YouTube. I am looknig forward to play this wonderfull song live and hope all of the many details can shine through the live mix.
With this song we go on in our tradition to write tech death half ballads as we did with ‘Hymn to a nocturnal Visitor’ ‘Incarnated’ on the previous albums. Unfortunaltey the song turned out into a monster and the song structure is very different to our previous work. It starts with some Opeth vibes and ends with blastbeat blitzkrieg at 250 bpm and features 46 different vocal lines. I am very glad to have a diverse song like this on ‘Omnivium’.
An almost new field for our band is the song ‘Celestial Spheres’ that is inspired by piano related composition of Aziza Mustafa Zadehs and shows another influence of our whole sound. The improvised bass solo on this album, the unbelievable guitar lead and the less use of death metal vocals are the points that shine through.
One of my personal favourites on this album in general. This composition is a combination of a few strong influences from my side that just a few may know. The swansong of Emperor, Prometheus, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra included to the fields of Obscura will sound exactly like ‘Velocity’. The dark and black feeling of this composition with four different rhythm guitars plus leads, cracked up with an outstanding guitar lead and several diverse drum patterns make this a very special song that noone had in mind for a new Obscura album.
A Transcendental Serenade
This may be the most unique instrumental we have ever written and showes our prog, shred neoclassic metal influences. Especially the 7-string guitars get your guts and drag you down into a whirlwind of sweeps and almost hypnotic riffs and interludes. The combination of extremely slow riffing with the use of minor chords combined with the other side of the extreme, the 260 bpm blasts gives the second half of the song a monumental feeling. Very interesting for those who are into progressive metal in general.
The beginning of Aevum seems to be almost Swedish and the addition of the acoustic guitars underlines once more the natural approach of the instruments. The heavy and groovy sections get along with the upbeat and high speed parts and melt into a slow and mean out fading enigma that let you go with your twisted mind after almost 55 minutes of tonal information.