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Alex Rudinger Will Fill in on Drums for Obscura on Summer Slaughter Tour

Photo credit: Chantelle Préjean
Photo credit: Chantelle Préjean

Alex Rudinger is quickly becoming the Kevin Talley of modern death metal: by the time the year 2020 rolls around he’ll have played drums in approximately every single band there is. Hopefully he won’t be hawking DVDs in the parking lot to earn some extra coin.

So when Obscura announced that Sebastian Lanser wouldn’t be able to play with the band on the upcoming Summer Slaughter tour due to injury, we could’ve guessed that Rudinger got at least a phone call before reading any further. Here’s an official statement from Obscura via Facebook:

Regrettably, we are unable to perform at Progstage Festival, Tel Aviv and Metaldays Festival Slovenia this year. Our drummer Sebastian Lanser overstrung his left hand and suffers from a serious inflammation since then. Playing this complex music with this condition won’t allow us to play a tight 80 minute headlining show our fans and we as musicians demand.

We decided not to play a halfhearted set, instead we postpone both concerts and come back with an extended live show including songs of our new, upcoming album. Dates will be published soon.

In the meantime Alex Rüdinger (Conquering Dystopia) will step in to play this year’s Summer Slaughter festival tour in North America.

– Steffen Kummerer

Rudinger spent time filling in for Revocation’s Phil Dubois when the latter was sidelined with injury late last year, although that slot has since been filled permanently by ex-3 Inches of Blood skinsman Ash Pearson. He’s also played with The Faceless, Monuments, Conquering Dystopia, Cognizance and probably several hundred other bands I can’t think of off the top of my head. AND HE’S ONLY TWENTY FUCKING THREE YEARS OLD!

Rudinger guested on the MetalSucks Podcast earlier this year and had quite the riveting chat with Chuck and Godless about the various projects he’s worked on; listen here.

Here’s a drum playthrough of Rudinger covering Obscura’s “Anticosmic Overload.” Yeah, he’ll be able to handle those techy, German parts just fine.

Get dates for Summer Slaughter here.

[via The PRP]

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