with Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi and Exist
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From the Promoter
The technical German death metal band Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer and drummer Jonas Baumgartl. The band caused a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for Suffocation on their European tour in 2006 and when they independently released their debut album ‘Retribution’ that same year. After several lineup changes mastermind Steffen Kummerer got backed up by a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007 Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist. Together they create their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements and technical as well as compositional demand.
Steffen Kummerer: Vocals, Guitar [since 2002]
Linus Klausenitzer: Bass [since 2011]
Sebastian Lanser: Drums [since 2014]
Rafael Trujillo: Guitar [since 2015]
Tom Geldschläger: Guitar [2014-2015]
Christian Münzner: Guitar [2008-2014]
Hannes Grossmann: Drums [2007-2014]
Jeroen Paul Thesseling: Bass [2007-2011]
Johannes Renning: Guitar
Jürgen Zintz: Guitar died 01/06/2007 (Suicide)
Jonas Fischer: Bass [2005-2007]
Markus Lempsch: Vocals, Guitar [2005-2007]
Jonas Baumgartl: Drums [2005-2007]
Since the release of their debut full-length album, The Aura, in June 2011, Montreal progressive death metallers Beyond Creation have become known for taking the innovative and exciting metal sound of their Quebec homeland and launching it into uncharted territory. Guitarists Simon Girard and Kevin Charté blend top-notch technical death metal playing, at times reminiscent of Gorod and The Faceless, with uid and progressive slides and taps, inspired by everything from
Guthrie Govan to Animals As Leaders. They are joined by arguably one of the most forward-thinking players in metal, Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe, on six-string fretless bass, known for his work with Augury, Quo Vadis, Teramobil, Atheretic and others. Backed by the relentless assault of hyperactive drummer Philippe Boucher (Other bands: Incandescence, First Fragment, Chthe'ilist, Décombres) and led by Girard's blend of guttural growls and inhaled/pitched screams, Beyond Creation are blazing their own trail through hard work, originality and a fresh perspective on the metal genre.
For the recent successes of technical death outfit ARCHSPIRE to come into fruition, certain variables must align. Talent, drive, creativitiy, and absolute dedication are only a few characteristics one may notice about the group, and indeed many have experienced the bi-product of these characteristics:
A tight live performance, where impressive speeds come grinding to a halt, and in even less time twist and contort into complex passages rife with beautiful harmonies, juxtaposed against insidious melodies. An attention to songwriting, focusing not only on technicality, but originality as well, take this sub genre and put it on it's ear. And the combination of musical backgrounds, which is apparent in much of ARCHSPIRE'S music, showing itself through catchy rhythms, interesting riffs and arrangements, and progressive passages.
Pushing boundaries of speed and endurance set only by the genre's top artists, while remaining accessible and interesting is no small feat. These Canadians have proven themselves worthy of touring and playing with bands like Origin, Decapitated, Hate Eternal, Abysmal Dawn, Vomitory, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Aborted.
When all the elements required align in such a way that they form something original, and interesting, it becomes a catalyst for something new... and in the case of ARCHSPIRE, All has indeed, Aligned.
For fans of : Origin, Spawn of Possession, Obscura, and Immolation.
Melodic death metal band from Nashville, Tennessee.
Founded in 2006, the band released two albums, "Divinity in War" (2007) and "The End of an Era" (2009), then it was put on hold. In 2011 the lead guitarist, Malcolm Pugh, decided to resurrect the band, recruiting Mike Low on guitar and Jack Blackburn on drums.
Josh Harrell - Vocals (2006 - present), Bass (2006 - 2008)
Malcolm Pugh - Guitar, Vocals (2006 - present)
Mike Low - Guitar (2011 - present)
Jack Blackburn - Drums (2011 - present)
Nevin O'Hearn - Bass (2006 - present)
Chris Brocius - Guitar (2006 - 2009)
Eric W. Brown - Drums (2006 - 2009)
Progressive Metal from Baltimore MD