Release Day Roundup – 3/20/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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19 – feat. Jimmy Pitts and Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager

We have two very special guests today! Jimmy Pitts and Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschlager, who are involved in so many projects that it’s kind of ridiculous. Between them, they’ve worked with Christian Muenzner, Hannes Grossmann, Obscura, Spastic Ink, Scholomance, Nader Sadek, Cerebric Turmoil and many more. Jimmy’s currently playing keyboards for Muenzner’s power metal band Eternity’s End, and him and Tom are currently crowd funding the Pitts Minneman Project’s new album, The Psychic Planetarium on Indiegogo. Top notch prog metal/jazz fusion. We invited them over to have a chat about their projects, but of course it all devolves into talking about a whole slew of topics, and we had a great time!

Obscura – Akroasis

With their cosmic imagery and lyrical themes, melodic-yet-alien riffing, oldschool Cynic-influenced jazzy breaks and calm-yet-powerful approach, Obscura have become one of the biggest names in the genre with their past two albums Cosmogenesis and Omnivium. After losing several of the most talented musicians in metal from their roster, they’ve come back with a new lineup for their fourth album Akroasis. Usually a huge shake-up in a band is dangerous, especially when the members who left, Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, their own respective solo projects and much more) were known to contribute to the writing process of the band. Clearly, founding member and frontman Steffen Kummerer has within him enough of the DNA that not only can he preserve what made Obscura great in the past, but even take the band to the next level, as Akroasis is nothing short of fascinating.

Obscura Announce New Album And Tease Some Tracks

Finally! Technical/progressive death metal masters Obscura are announcing their fourth album after a five-year-long wait! The band’s 2011 release Omnivium was a delightful masterpiece, but after the departure of the talented Christian Muenzner and Hannes Grossmann to Alkaloid, questions about the band’s sound and future naturally arose. After all, those…

Alkaloid Answer The Call of ‘Cthulhu’

German progressive death metal supergroup Alkaloid is definitely on the top of my watchlist. Not just because the group has Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possesion, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) and Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, ex-Necrophagist, ex-Obscura), Linus Klausenitzer (Noneuclid, Obscura), Danny Tunker (Aborted) and Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid). Not only is this…

Obscura Announce New Guitarist Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger

Technical death metal legends Obscura recently announced that guitarist Christian Muenzner (Alkaloid, ex-Necrophagist) and drummer Hannes Grossmann left the band. While they found a replacement rather quickly in Sebastian Lanser of Panzerballett, they hadn’t announced a replacement until now. Cue Tom Geldschäger of Fountainhead, who uses fretless guitars. And they’re working on a…

Gorod – A Perfect Absolution

Gorod A Perfect Absolution 01. Birds Of Sulphur 02. Sailing Into The Earth 03. Elements And Spirit 04. The Axe Of God 05. 5000 At The Funeral 06. Carved In The Wind 07. Varangian Paradise 08. Tribute of Blood [05/08/12] [Unique Leader Records] 2012 has been an obscenely great year…

Spawn of Possession – Incurso

Spawn of Possession Incurso 01. Abodement 02. Where Angels Go Demons Follow 03. Bodiless Sleeper 04. The Evangelist 05. Servitude of Souls 06. Deus Avertat 07. Spiritual Deception 08. No Light Spared 09. Apparition [03/13/12] [Relapse Records] Even though it is such a niche genre, technical death metal has many…