The band gained notoriety in heavy metal when members of Necrophagist and Pestilence joined Steffen Kummerer to release the critically acclaimed second full length album, Cosmogenesis. Obscura are known for playing highly sophisticated music, with several band members having studied theory. They are considered pioneers of progressive metal, taking strong inspiration from Jason Becker, Cynic and Death, as well as classical composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach. The name of the group comes from the album Obscura by Canadian death metal band Gorguts.
Obscura's discography draws significant philosophical influences from Arthur Schopenhauer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schelling, whose writings on Naturphilosophie formed the conceptual basis for their lyrics.
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