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Album Review

Extreme metal can certainly be a very technically demanding musical style, but not exactly to the level of say, Dream Theater. But on their 2009 release, Cosmogenesis, Obscura certainly approach the same complex heights as the aforementioned band. In other words, lots of sweep picking, finger-straining riffing, impeccable drumming, and bass being played like a lead guitar. The only thing that separates this German quartet from all the other technical metal bands on the scene is that they're fronted by a death metal growler, Steffen Kummerer. Take your pick of any of the album's ten tracks, and be prepared to be met head on with metal so complex that you may need a compass to navigate your way through it.

Customer Reviews

Brutal and technical as hell

I'm fortunate to able to be the first to review this work of genius. These guys are talented. The soloing and harmonies are insane and the fretless bass playing is just SICK!!!! The vocals are maniacal. The guitar playing is just out of this universe!! Very well thought out music. Guest appearance by Tymon, guitarist for Cynic. Get this NOW!!! Guaranteed to be one of the top albums of the year!!!


I'm not usually into the growling thing (aside from Opeth), but these guys are so incredible I just had to throw my five stars up on the board as well. This album is one of a few in the world I would actually describe as 'a stunning masterpiece'. 5 stars with absolutely no reservations. Well done!

Mind blowing.

Everything is very technical but still carries melodies. Its absolutely incredible. So awesome.


Genre: Rock

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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...
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