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.