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Bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling Rejoins Obscura

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Well, that was quick! A mere week after announcing the departure of bassist Linus Klausenitzer — along with guitarist Rafael Trujillo and drummer Sebastian Lanser — Obscura have now revealed that they’ll be rejoined by Klausenitzer’s predecessor, Jeroen Paul Thesseling. Thesseling appeared on Obscura’s Cosmogenesis (2009) and Omnivium (2011) before leaving the band in 2011, citing “repetitive conflicting schedules with job related obligations” as the cause.

Says Thesseling in a statement:

“Perhaps fans are somewhat surprised about my comeback. After leaving Obscura in 2011, we stayed in touch and over the years I’ve visited some of their concerts. Since the departure my main focus has been on exploring 7-string bass guitar and playing different genres. It’s really nice to be back in the fold, being involved again in the writing process, collaborating on material for the upcoming sixth studio album and to prepare for intensive touring. We expect to announce a completion of the group’s new line-up on short notice.”

I assume by “We expect to announce a completion of the group’s new line-up on short notice,” Thesseling means “We expect to announce a completion of the group’s new line-up shortly.” Because the way he phrased it, the sentence means that Obscura will announce the group’s new line-up without time to properly prepare for that announcement. But we’ll cut Thesseling some slack because English isn’t his first language.

Much more importantly: it sounds to me like they’ve already got a new guitarist and drummer lined up and just waiting to dot the i’s and cross the t’s before they announce. Or maybe they’re just being dramatic, and will unveil each new member every Wednesday for the next three weeks (including this week, obvi). Either way, expect to have some idea of what Obscura 2020 looks like real soon.

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