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Obscura + Persefone + Disillusion

Fans of technical, complex progressive metal have something to look forward to: we are proud to welcome Obscura, Persefone and Disillusion, three fantastic progressive metal bands.

Obscura has been praised for years for their highly skilled complex death metal. The German band is project of Steffen Kummerer. With their latest album “Diluvium” (2018) they have concluded their four-part philosophical concept series that started with 2009’s “Cosmogenesis”. Together with the albums “Omnivium” and “Akroasis”, this four parter is an epic series with blistering arpeggios, impressive bass parts and a lot of polyrhythms. They’ve raised the bar with each new part and it’s impressive how these Germans manage to come up with even more memorable riffs and complexity, both perfecting their sound yet still being innovative. Soon they are going to release another album, “A Valediction”.

A metal band from Andorra is quite unusual, but Persefone from this tiny nation has the potential to become a worldwide sensation. The music of this six-piece progressive metal band is melodious and technical and shines through their use of keys, a combination of grunts and clean vocals and gorgeous guitar parts. The band is easily on par with the best works of Between the Buried and Me, Revocation and Obscura. If we reach back a bit further, we can also hear influences from Death, Atheist and Cynic in their sound. And let’s not forget the fantastic drumming! A band to watch.

Disillusion debuted in 2004 with a progressive masterpiece, “Back to Times of Splendor”. The record was followed by the equally fantastic “Gloria” in 2006. The future was bright for this German band, but they vanished for a while after this. It wasn’t until 2016’s single ‘ALEA’ and a number of live shows that the band made a return, with main composer Andy Schmidt accompanied by almost an entirely new band. Through crowd-funding, Schmidt was able to work on writing and recording “The Liberation” for two years, an album that came out in 2019, almost 13 years after the previous one. The album does not only reach back to the debut – raising expectations in the process – it also invigorates the progressive, film-like death metal of yore.