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An extremely technical death metal band from Munich, Germany, Obscura were founded in 2002 by vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer, who purportedly took the name from a 1998 album by Canada's influential Gorguts -- one of his inspirational touchstones, along with Cynic, Pestilence, Morbid Angel, and others. Kummerer spent the ensuing years composing the songs that would comprise Obscura's 2006 debut album, Retribution, bypassing the traditional extreme metal process of distributing demos and performing in clubs along the way. Even his supporting cast during the album sessions -- guitarist Markus Lempsch, bassist Jonas Fischer, and drummer Jonas Baumgartl -- were merely hired guns who would be subsequently dispensed with after its independent release to widespread rave reviews -- so raving, in fact, that Kummerer and his pet project quickly became the objects of a metal label bidding war before signing with the highly respected Relapse Records for the release of the Obscura's second album, Cosmogenesis. This too met with overwhelmingly positive response within the metal community, and benefited from a new lineup of virtuosos including guitarist Christian Münzner and drummer Hannes Grossman, formerly of respected German techno-deathsters Necrophagist, plus legendary Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Two more albums followed in 2011 (Omnivium) and 2012 (Illegimitation) before even more lineup changes transfromed the band's sound. Bassist Linus Klausenitzer replaced Thesseling in late 2011, drummer Sebastian Lanser joined for a 2014 tour, and young jazz guitarist Rafael Trujillo was recruited in 2015. The band's first recorded date with this roster was Akróasis in early 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   Lack of Comprehension
  3.   The Monist
  4.   Sermon of the Seven Suns
  5.   Septuagint
  6.   Euclidean Elements
  7.   Alone
  8.   Perpetual Infinity
  9.   Velocity
  10.   Celestial Spheres
  11.   Unhinged
  12.   Synthetically Revived
  13.   Sentiment
  14.   Nothing
  15.   None Shall Be Spared
  16.   Humankind
  17.   God of Emptiness
  18.   Exit Life
  19.   Hymn to a Nocturnal Visitor
  20.   Weltseele
  21.   Prismal Dawn
  22.   A Transcendental Serenade
  23.   Akróasis
  24.   Ode to the Sun
  25.   Hate Anthem
  26.   Ten Sepiroth
  27.   Fractal Dimension
  28.   Ocean Gateways
  29.   Centric Flow
  30.   Choir of Spirits
  31.   Cosmogenesis
  32.   Desolate Spheres
  33.   Incarnated
  34.   Infinite Rotation
  35.   Nospheres
  36.   Oribital Elements
  37.   The Anticosmic Overload
  38.   Universe Momentum
  39.   [Untitled]
  40.   Aeuum
  41.   Vortex Omniuium
  42.   Aevum
  43.   Vortex Omnivium
  44.   Orbital Elements
  45.   Noospheres
  46.   The Origin of Primal Expression

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