Obscura at Sonar

By Mario Pareja-Lecaros

Published on Monday, February 13, 2012

This was my second time seeing Obscura and I was really looking forward to it. The first time I saw them was on the Children of Bodom/Devin Townsend Tour earlier this year and while their performance was awesome they were cut short and were not able to finish their set which was disappointing. This time around I was hoping to get the full set experience. Unfortunately again, their set was fairly short for a headliner, only containing 7 songs and a drum solo. They did however encore with their instrumental track “Orbital Elements” off of Cosmogenesis. Having recently lost Jeroen Thesseling did not detract from the show at all as his replacement Linus Klausenitzer fulfilled the fretless bass role flawlessly.

As a big fan of Obscura and the concert experience I always like to hang out up front to literally see the band. Their performance was flawless and it was obvious they were enjoying themselves too. It was the last day of the tour and they all seemed like they were very much enjoying themselves. They began their set with “Septuagint” from their new album which is a perfect opener having the acoustic intro. “The Anticosmic Overload” was played fourth which I found odd since it was clearly their most known track and I would have expected it to come last. Before their last track we were treated with a drum solo by Hannes Grossmann. The performance was superb and the crowd was really into it. They ended their regular set with “Centric Flow” which while not their signature track, worked really nicely since it ends with a very mellow melody and does not abruptly end the show.

After their set ended the entire band hung out at their merchandise table for a good while and I was able to meet and converse with all of them except for Hannes who was behind the table and surrounded by fans. Overall, it was a great a show by a very talented band.

Photos (All Photos By Cristina Gonzales):

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