German technical/progressive death metal masters OBSCURA have just shared a stream of “The Origin of Primal Expression,” the deluxe CD-only bonus track from their brand-new record Akroasis via Metal Hammer Germany! Steffen Kummerer of OBSCURA commented on the track:
“The Origin of Primal Expression” shows the title track of our new album stripped down to only one acoustic guitar and is meant to give a slight insight behind the scenes of writing an Obscura song. The two main themes show that certain Death vibes are still present and audible within the multilayered song structures we work with.
The bonus tracks on Akroasis are a gesture of gratitude to everyone who purchases physical copies of the record. Music, lyrics and artworks together build an album and create a certain vibe and flair within the songs that is barely comprehensible with a few files stored on a hard disc.”
OBSCURA has also conducted an exclusive takeover and interview on the official Relapse Podcast, the March edition of which can be streamed or downloaded for free via Metal Injection here.
Additionally, OBSCURA will provide direct support in Europe for Death DTA on the “European Thought Patterns” tour this March and April. The tour kicks off in just one week in Rome, Italy. and runs through April 13th in Tallinn, Estonia. OBSCURA has also been confirmed for numerous festivals next summer July & August, including the following dates and more TBA.
Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), Akróasis is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, Akróasis will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond. Akróasis is out now worldwide via Relapse Records on CD, 2xLP and Digital download. Physical orders for Akróasis are available HERE, and digital orders can be placed HERE.
Watch the official music video for the title track from Akróasis via the Relapse Records YouTube Channel here.
1. Sermon of the Seven Suns
2. The Monist
4. Ten Sepiroth
5. Ode to the Sun
6. Fractal Dimension
7. Perpetual Infinity
9. Melos (Deluxe Vinyl Bonus Track)
10. The Origin of Primal Expression (CD Bonus Track)
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band OBSCURA caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for the legendary Suffocation on the band’s European tour in 2006 and independently released their debut album Retribution that same year. From its very beginnings, the band (named after Gorguts’ inimitable 1993 full-length) demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements.