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Guitarist Christian Münzner Re-Joins Obscura

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Meet the new Obscura, same as the old Obscura.

As you likely recall, last month, bassist Linus Klausenitzer, guitarist Rafael Trujillo, and drummer Sebastian Lanser all left Obscura at once to start their own project, Obsidious. It has since been announced that Klausenitzer would be replaced by the guy he replaced, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, while David Diepold would be occupying the position left by Lanser.

Now the band has completed its latest line-up with guitarist Christian Münzner… who, like Thesseling, is replacing his own replacement.

In other words, save for drummer Hannes Grossmann, the version of Obscura that made Cosmogenesis (2009) and Omnivium (2011) has now been reunited.

Says Münzner in a statement:

“I’m very excited to be back in the band. After my departure in 2014 I stayed very active on the scene in various formats, but I needed some time off from the busy touring schedule to take the time and learn to manage my hand issues, regroup my thoughts about my musical future and focus on some other matters that were going on in my life at that time.

“I’m happy to say I’m back with a vengeance and I feel I have taken my playing to a new level in recent years, and I can’t wait to share with all the Obscura fans what we are working on at the moment. During my time away from the band we remained in touch, and in recent years I felt my interest in extreme music and the drive to write and play in that style resurfacing, it feels like everything came together at the perfect moment. I think we are having a very strong line-up and I am excited about the future of Obscura”.

I can’t imagine any Obscura fan will see this as a “bad” development — Cosmogenesis and Omnivium are both awesome, and besides, frontman Steffen Kummerer has made it clear that he will continue to be the driving creative force behind the band. So this is all good news.

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