Top 10 Facts About Metal Band Obscura And Its Members

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Obscura is a German death metal band. One of the best bands this metal subgenre can offer.
Subgenres Obscura play: Progressive death metal, Technical death metal

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1 All current members (as of 2018) have University degrees

1) Steffen Kummerer (rhythm guitar, vox) - Master degree in Media Technology Engineering
2) Linus Klausenitzer (bass) - 2 degrees: Hamburg Music and Art University; Regensburg Music College

3) Rafael Trujillo (lead guitar) - 2 degrees: Munich Guitar Institute; Amsterdam Conservatorium (2 degrees and he's only 24! ; he was born in 1994)

4) Sebastian Lanser (drums) - Anton Bruckner University (Austria), where he studied percussion (with a minor in piano) and graduated with honors

5) Ex-member: Christian Muenzner (lead guitar) - Munich Guitar Institute - Metal_Treasure

2 Cosmogenesis, their 2nd full-length album, was awarded "Best Death Metal Album of the year 2009" by Loudwire

... and after 2009 they made even more impressive albums. - Metal_Treasure

3 There's artistic freedom in the band (mostly thanks to the band leader Steffen Kummerer)

Interestingly, a band that plays extremely tight, offers freedom to the band members.
I have nothing but admiration for this guy - Steffen Kummerer (born 1985). He's immensely talented musically, very intelligent, very nice, very charming...And obviously a great leader of his band - a guy who doesn't make his band mates feel restricted. He is like the opposite of the authoritarian and overcontrolling Dave Mustaine. Overall, Steffen is a guy you would wanna be around.

Christian Münzner, who was in the band for 6 years but left for severe health issues, loved being in Obscura - he said he liked the artistic freedom he had in this band, particularly thanks to the band leader Steffen Kummerer who welcomed his contributions. Christian Münzner added that he didn't feel happy in Necrophagist and it was the reason he left and joined Obscura.

Also, band leader Steffen Kummerer said that one thing never happened in this band: band members were never told "can you play a ...more - Metal_Treasure

4 Frontman and band leader Steffen Kummerer was in a school for musically gifted kids where he studied mainly piano, composition, music theory and history Frontman and band leader Steffen Kummerer was in a school for musically gifted kids where he studied mainly piano, composition, music theory and history Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.

His main duties in Obscura include: all vox, all lyrics, rhythm guitar, co-writing songs (plus leadership and decision making) - Metal_Treasure

5 Omnivium, their 3rd full-length album (2011), debuted at #11 on the USA's Top Heatseekers Albums chart, issued by Billboard magazine
6 Steffen Kummerer plays black metal for Thulcandra Steffen Kummerer plays black metal for Thulcandra Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
7 Drummer Sebastian Lanser played keyboards for Belphegor Drummer Sebastian Lanser played keyboards for Belphegor
8 Christian Muenzner played for Necrophagist Christian Muenzner played for Necrophagist
9 They didn't kick out lead guitarist Christian Münzner when he got serious heath issues

And we've heard of way dumber reasons why people have been kicked out of their bands. - ParasN2000

No, he had no drug problems. Münzner's heath issues peaked in 2011-2012 when he was unable to play at all. Two or three solos on the album Omnivium (2011) were played by guest guitarists. Christian left the band later, in 2014, for his heath problems, but he wasn't kicked out.

In 2011, Münzner was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his left (fretting) hand. He had this disorder for several years but physicians couldn't characterize the disease. Münzner describes the disorder as "impairing the coordination between both his index and middle fingers, making the technical demands of his music impossible, forcing him to change his fingering and technique."

This disease is a severe thing for a virtuoso guitarist, especially in the left (fretting) hand. Münzner explained:

"My decision to step down from my position as the lead guitar player in Obscura after more than 6 years was not an easy one, but even though it may come unexpected for the majority of fans...I am ...more - Metal_Treasure

10 Past and present Obscura members have been helping Christian Münzner (their former lead guitarist) to make albums outside Obscura

Touring (playing difficult material every night) is a problem for Christian Münzner (the main reason he quit Obscura) but writing and recording music is still possible. Past and present Obscura members played on his solo albums.
In the band Alkaloid he's again with some of his former Obscura band mates: Linus Klausenitzer (bass) and Hannes Grossmann (drums). - Metal_Treasure

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1. All current members (as of 2018) have University degrees
2. Cosmogenesis, their 2nd full-length album, was awarded "Best Death Metal Album of the year 2009" by Loudwire
3. There's artistic freedom in the band (mostly thanks to the band leader Steffen Kummerer)
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