Diluvium North American Tour: Obscura / Beyond Creation / Archspire / In Feri / Exist / Torn The Fuck Apart
21 AND OVER
Founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, German progressive death metal band OBSCURA caused a stir when they – out of nowhere – toured as support for the legendary Suffocation on the band’s European tour in 2006 and independently released their debut album ‘Retribution’ that same year. From its very beginnings, the has band (named after Gorguts’ inimitable 1993 full-length) demonstrated an uncanny ability for blending different forms of technical, cerebral metal into a coherent synthesis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements.
Now, five years since the release of the band’s universally-acclaimed 2011 release ‘Omnivium,’ the progressive metal masters are poised to return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly-named ‘AkrÃ³asis’ (Greek for “hearing” or “listening”) draws on all the various elements of OBSCURA’s signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), ‘AkrÃ³asis’ is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, ‘AkrÃ³asis’ will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond.
Beyond Creation was formed in 2005 in Montreal, Canada by Simon Girard (guitar/vocals) and Nicolas Domingo Viotto (guitar). For the first few years, they worked on their music without the right musicians to turn the project into a live band. In 2008, Guyot Begin-Benoit joined as the drummer while Nicolas left the to be replaced by Kevin ChartrÃ© (Brought by Pain, Unhuman), a good friend. Beyond Creation was ready to hit the stage in 2010, when Dominic “Forest” Lapointe (Ex-Quo Vadis, Augury, Teramobil, First Fragment, Ex-Atheretic), completed the formation with his six-string fretless bass.
A year later, the band self-released their debut full-length album “The Aura”, which became a highlight in the genre. Since then, Beyond Creation has been known as the progressive, innovative and exciting new metal sound of their homeland, Quebec. Blazing their own trail through hard work, originality and a fresh perspective on the metal scene, their fanbase kept growing as fast as their will to push the boundaries of the style. In late 2012, the band had Philippe Boucher (Ex-First Fragment, Incandescence, Chthe’ilist, DÃ©combres) take Guyot’s place on drums.