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OBSKURIA

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OBSKURIA is a multinational project which arised spontaneously during the 2006 'Trip In Time' festival in Mannheim/Germany. 'The Discovery of Obskuria' was initiated by the german World In Sound label and some members of the invited bands decided to take the chance to record an album together. The band consists of musicians coming from three different continents: Tom Brehm (USA), known as the guitarist of the psychedelic band DRAGONWYCK, the complete staff of LA IRA DE DIOS (Peru) plus keyboarder Winnie Rimbach-Sator who is the member of KARMIC SOCIETY (Germany). They are supported by Matthias Schäuble (guitar, vocals) and Kristin Shey (vocals).

Musically OBSKURIA is delivering a wide spectrum of bluesy, heavy rock but also atmospheric spacy sounds with fuzzy guitars and compelling hammond work. The songs were recorded at the Perplex Studios Walldorf within four days and nearly ten hours of instrumental jams approximately without a previously fixed concept. Vocals were overdubbed later provided with a soundtrack concept about the destruction of mother earth in 2012 and the search for a new mankind's home on a distant planet. The album consists of four selected covers - for example an 8 minute version of Metallica's 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' - and six self-composed cuts. The musicians are reworking two songs of the punk bands The Misfits and Day Glo Abortions and offer also exciting intoxicative psych/kraut drenched jams. Original, solid and varied - a highly recommended album.

OBSKURIA is announced to come together again for the 40th anniversary of the Burg Herzberg Festival in July 2008 and to record a new album.

related bands: La Ira De Dios

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3.86 | 3 ratings
Discovery Of Obskuria
2007
2.67 | 3 ratings
Burning Sea of Green
2010

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 Discovery Of Obskuria by OBSKURIA album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Discovery Of Obskuria
Obskuria Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Psych 'n' Punk leading to planet Obskuria ...

This is a surprising result of relatively spontaneous jam sessions by some musicians which joined during the Trip-In-Time festival 2006 in Mannheim/Germany. Primarily initiated by the german World In Sound label DRAGONWYCK's Tom Brehm, the complete staff of the peruvian heavy psych band LA IRA DE DIOS, Winnie Rimbach-Sator, keyboarder of the german KARMIC SOCIETY and other musicians came together and recorded ten hours of heavy psychedelic and kraut drenched songs with some blues and punk additions. The essence of this instrumental recordings later was overdubbed with some vocals and provided with a provoking concept about the destruction of mother earth in 2012 (not far away!) and the search for a new mankind's home on the distant planet Obskuria.

So if you're familiar with some punk bands you'll probably recognize that I am my own god originally is played by the band DAY GLO ABORTIONS. A punching rock 'n' roll startup/warmup for the album indeed. Depending on the story the title seems to imply an impeachment at this widespreaded mode of thinking. The fantastic METALLICA cover For Whom The Bell Tolls follows in a special krautrock meets BLACK SABBATH mood provided with a hypnotic groove plus mystic organ. Now the first self-composed song I see is psych pure with good vocals and a dramatic behaviour supported by Matthias Schäuble (guitar, vocals) who is also the engineer and co-producer of the album. Winnie Rimbach-Sator convinces with his sensitive keyboard work. Later the band intones a DOORS reminiscence combined with a short freak out - definetely a highlight of the album.

The next minimalistic cover Come Together is somewhat nice but not that important for me wheras the following Breakfast suite and Forbidden look are really good heavy prog tracks creeping up on the album's summit. Essence of its own is to see literally - for me the song is definetely the essence of this interesting project - for others maybe boring and of no interest. A wonderful nineteen minute psych/kraut jam where the OBSKURIA members are proving their talents with a somnabulistic interaction - I would say a masterpiece - grooving and meandering along dominated by spacey guitars, hammond and a fantastic rhythm branch. The bluesy Turn your face is a noticable contrast to the improvisation suite which is continued by the title song Discovery of Obskuria now partially with more tempo and a special dramatic art once again.

The last two short songs are attracting attention in a completely different way. Die Die My Darling is another punk piece originally provided by the MISFITS and with contributions by female vocalist Kristin Shey. The world is gone with a happy flavour (contrary - isn't it?) and vocals reminding at Tom Jones is written by german Peter Thomas who is responsible for several movie sound tracks like the Sci-Fi series 'Raumpatrouille Orion'.

As for the story I would better prefer and help to save this planet instead of leaving and otherwise not being able to enjoy the new output of such exciting bands like Obskuria anymore. Anyway - this album is a must have for fans of the psychedelic/space genre without a doubt. Check it out - a follower is announced for the year 2008.

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