Obscure: From the time of times for dew and rust, for decay and consumption

Obscure – Darkness Must Prevail

There are some on and off bands, and Spanish Obscure is one of them. They were active between 1988-1994, 2005-2009, 2016 and present.

Two years ago the old-school death metal band Obscure started to record their long-awaited full-length album Darkness Must Prevail, which took them two years to get it completed, containing both new and unreleased songs from 90’s. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios and will be released in November 2019 through Xtreem Music. The track Curse Of My Race,

Obscured is one of the primal Spanish death metal bands of the late 80s and early 90s, the times when the graveyard-flavored metal madness was established. Those were the times of bones and skulls, of guts and grave diseases, the times for dew and rust, for decay and consumption. Obscure saw the dark lights back in 1989. There came a period of executing and evil-doomed music knee-deep in the dead. All this massacre lasted until 1994, when the band divided to have a long break to sharpen in the kingdom of the dead…

Obscure core draws from the germ of a previous band, in which Enri Sanchis (drums), Voris Ortiz (guitar) and Rafa Cortés (guitar) decided to take a different path and start writing new songs. Vicent Riera would join later as a vocalist, to this first line-up. They record our first demo, Disgusting Reality at the end of ’89 and soon later asked Anselmo Roca singer and guitar in Aggressor to cooperate in Obscure`s live shows playing the bass, but since Aggresssor did split-up, Roca remained as a permanent member of the band.

It was in October 1990 when the recording of their maybe most well-known demo Curse The Course started at Distorsión Hasta la Locura Studio. From then on, Obscure searched for more dense and powerful sounds by lower-tuned instruments and slower and heavier riffs, moving the sound of the band towards what is now known as death metal sound. The band appeared in several fanzines and underground publications together with emerging bands from that moment like Entombed, Gorefest, Unleashed, Grave, Darkthrone, My Dying Bride…

The band recorded their 3rd and last demo Non Existendi Cultu in ’92, their most elaborated work until then. At the same time, Voris Ortiz left the band. The next two years several worrying events discouraged the rest of the band’s members (moving to different rehearsal rooms and job circumstances…). It took Vicent Riera and Anselmo Roca to start their own project and they leave the band as well. This meant the final dissolution of Obsure.

It must be mentioned the futile attempt to resurrect the band with other members in 2005, being a dismal failure.

In 2016 Obscure released Back To Skull through Xtreem Music, which collects the three band’s demos. The idea of gathering the band once again, but this time with the original members came up, which included some problems that were resolved with Xavier Beleth (Noctem) joining as vocalist.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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