Obscura, Beyond Creation
Archspire, Inferi, Exist
510 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2B7
This event is 19 and over
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The technical German death metal band Obscura was founded in 2002 by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer and drummer Jonas Baumgartl. The band caused a stir when they - out of nowhere - toured as support for Suffocation on their European tour in 2006 and when they independently released their debut album ‘Retribution’ that same year. After several lineup changes mastermind Steffen Kummerer got backed up by a new team of virtuoso musicians. Late 2007 Obscura announced drummer Hannes Grossmann (ex-Necrophagist) and fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Pestilence) as new permanent members. Early 2008 the new lineup was completed by Christian Muenzner (ex-Necrophagist) as permanent guitarist. Together they create their vision of the future of extreme metal. A symbiosis of death, thrash and black metal merged with progressive elements and technical as well as compositional demand.
Steffen Kummerer: Vocals, Guitar [since 2002]
Linus Klausenitzer: Bass [since 2011]
Sebastian Lanser: Drums [since 2014]
Rafael Trujillo: Guitar [since 2015]
Tom Geldschläger: Guitar [2014-2015]
Christian Münzner: Guitar [2008-2014]
Hannes Grossmann: Drums [2007-2014]
Jeroen Paul Thesseling: Bass [2007-2011]
Johannes Renning: Guitar
Jürgen Zintz: Guitar died 01/06/2007 (Suicide)
Jonas Fischer: Bass [2005-2007]
Markus Lempsch: Vocals, Guitar [2005-2007]
Jonas Baumgartl: Drums [2005-2007]
Armed with a sound that has been compared to The Faceless, Obscura, Gorod and Augury, Montreal's Beyond Creation put forth technical and progressive death metal, at once pushing the boundaries of aggression and creating catchy, melodic songs. The band draws inspiration from all corners of the scene, from the complex brutality of Necrophagist to the harmonious and rhythmical musicality of Animals As Leaders.
On a high from recent shows in support of well-known acts such as Atheist, Augury, Obscura, Neuraxis, Martyr,and Revocation, Beyond Creation are receiving a warm welcome from the eager death metal throngs. The launch of the band's 2011 album, 'The Aura', in 2011 has seen the band achieve North American distribution and is solidifying its rising star status.
In the coming months, Beyond Creation is looking forward to several shows in Quebec and elsewhere, including a few official 'The Aura' launch events.
For the recent successes of technical death outfit ARCHSPIRE to come into fruition, certain variables must align. Talent, drive, creativitiy, and absolute dedication are only a few characteristics one may notice about the group, and indeed many have experienced the bi-product of these characteristics:
A tight live performance, where impressive speeds come grinding to a halt, and in even less time twist and contort into complex passages rife with beautiful harmonies, juxtaposed against insidious melodies. An attention to songwriting, focusing not only on technicality, but originality as well, take this sub genre and put it on it's ear. And the combination of musical backgrounds, which is apparent in much of ARCHSPIRE'S music, showing itself through catchy rhythms, interesting riffs and arrangements, and progressive passages.
Pushing boundaries of speed and endurance set only by the genre's top artists, while remaining accessible and interesting is no small feat. These Canadians have proven themselves worthy of touring and playing with bands like Origin, Decapitated, Hate Eternal, Abysmal Dawn, Vomitory, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Aborted.
When all the elements required align in such a way that they form something original, and interesting, it becomes a catalyst for something new... and in the case of ARCHSPIRE, All has indeed, Aligned.
For fans of : Origin, Spawn of Possession, Obscura, and Immolation.
Melodic death metal band from Nashville, Tennessee.
Founded in 2006, the band released two albums, "Divinity in War" (2007) and "The End of an Era" (2009), then it was put on hold. In 2011 the lead guitarist, Malcolm Pugh, decided to resurrect the band, recruiting Mike Low on guitar and Jack Blackburn on drums.
Josh Harrell - Vocals (2006 - present), Bass (2006 - 2008)
Malcolm Pugh - Guitar, Vocals (2006 - present)
Mike Low - Guitar (2011 - present)
Jack Blackburn - Drums (2011 - present)
Nevin O'Hearn - Bass (2006 - present)
Chris Brocius - Guitar (2006 - 2009)
Eric W. Brown - Drums (2006 - 2009)
American progressive metal band from Maryland