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Old 07-11-2014, 02:07 AM
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Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann leave Obscura

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OBSCURA: drummer and guitarist quit

According to their official website, drummer Hannes Grossmann and guitarist Christian Muenzner leave German prog Death Metal band OBSCURA.

Muenzner speaks out:
"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, it is something I have been contemplating for the last couple of years. There is no bad blood between me and any of the other members of the band. However, I just want to devote the biggest part of the time that I have to work on my own music and visions. Doing this, I just can't invest the bulk of my time into the band, because a band operating at the level of Obscura does not work as a an additional thing or even a 'hobby'. It demands a lot of time and availability, but I I know that if my heart is not fully into the music anymore it is not true to myself, my bandmates or to the fans, and I have always believed that solely the fact that a band is successful or that people expect you to play a certain style of music are not enough of a reason to do it.
A second crucial factor in my decision was that I am still dealing with a neurologic condition in my fretting hand called Focal Dystonia, which almost took the ability to play guitar away from me completely by late 2011/early 2012. Even though I regained most of my chops by now through re-training and Botox therapy, the condition is still there and I have to be very careful not to relapse and undo my progress by putting too much strain on my hand, which is why touring several months on an album cycle with material that brings me to the edge of my technical ability every night is not an option for me anymore in the near future. The slightest chance of recovery or at least further improvement have absolute priority for me in the coming years, as I want to be able to play guitar and release music for much longer. Thus I decided to focus mainly on my teaching career and on writing and recording my own music for now. I will remain very active and you will hear a lot of new music from me in the future.

I still consider all past and present members in Obscura that I played with among my very best friends, and the album recordings and tours we did in the last 6 years are among the greatest memories of my life so far. The band took me all around the world several times and I got to meet thousands of great people and fans. I want to thank all of you for your support, even in the tough times when my condition was at its worst. I do not exclude the possibility of future collaborations with each of the other members and wish the band the best of luck for the future.

Grossmann speaks out:

"Leaving the band was a difficult choice to make, but it was also a big relief. In the last two years it just became more and more obvious that the musical chemistry between band founder Steffen and me just wasn't right anymore. It's not a personal issue, it's a musical one. For the last two records I contributed a large amount of music, including most of the arrangement work. However this was causing problems, because the band was set up as a collective of songwriters, and so the new record should have been a collective work. In general I also prefer working with other people rather than just doing it on my own. However, my musical vision was going into the direction of songs like 'Aevum' or 'Septuagint', maybe in terms of complexity even further. Steffen's ideas are musically rather in the vein of the Comogenesis album. But I wanted to explore a way different side of Obscura. The catchy 'Anticosmic Overload'-side just doesn't really hook me emotionally. In the end it's hard to explain to an outsider, but our musical taste and vision for the band's future are just incompatible at this point. It even started to affect our personal relationship and I don't think that it's worth sacrificing our friendship for personal issues. That's why I decided to quit the band and record the songs I wrote with my new band ALKALOID."

Due to the mentioned lineup changes recordings for the yet untitled fourth album have to be postponed to the end of 2014. To replace both, Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann, a row of auditions will be launched soon.
Pretty gutted by this, since Hannes wrote alot of the material on Omnivium, but I guess it's for the best if their hearts aren't in it anymore.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:25 AM
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I was wondering why they had seemingly disappeared over the last couple years. It was clear something was going on, but I don't think anybody expected this.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:29 AM
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I kinda saw Christian's exit coming because of his hand condition and the fact that he was losing interest in modern death metal.

Hannes leaving is what really got me, because of his contributions on Omnivium.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:36 AM
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I suppose I haven't followed them closely, as I didn't even know about that. I just noticed that they fell silent at the peak of their popularity and found it strange.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:39 AM
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I'm hoping Steffen can find good musicians, but it's gonna be pretty difficult to replace Hannes and Christian.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:49 AM
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I like that they both want to do their own things, but their solo albums sound exactly like Obscura. WTF. At least this hints towards to next album being more in the vein of Cosmogenesis.



This is Hannes' new band. It has Christian and Linus in it.

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Old 07-11-2014, 03:44 AM
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This is shitty news, but I have complete confidence Steffen will be able to find quality musicians to replace them.
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Old 07-11-2014, 02:49 PM
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This came as a complete shock to me earlier. It does explain why there has been nothing going on with Obscura lately.

I hope hope all sides are happy from where they go from here.
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