Obscura Guitarists Steffen Kummerer and Rafael Trujillo Talk New Album, 'Diluvium'

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When original Obscura guitarist and songwriter Steffen Kummerer finished working on the band’s second album, Cosmogenesis, he knew it would be the first of a four-part concept series. He just had no idea it’d take him another nine years to complete the story.

Then again, between the German technical death metal band’s inception in 2002 and the just-released chapter-closing Diluvium, Kummerer watched 13 bandmates come and go, including two former members of the pioneering tech-death band Necrophagist; guitarist Christian Münzner and drummer Hans Grossman quit in 2014 to pursue other ventures. But the greatest hardship came in 2015 when Obscura were denied visas to enter the U.S. and had to drop off the Summer Slaughter tour.

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo.com, Revolver, Inked, Loudwire.com and other publications and websites.