After a nine-year break, bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Quadvium, Salazh Trio, ex-Pestilence) has rejoined Obscura as a permanent member. The announcement follows the recent lineup change when guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer and drummer Sebastian Lanser quit the band. It’s only a matter of time until we hear who the new guitarist and drummer are.
In the meantime, read the full statement below:
“Fretless bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling rejoins OBSCURA Legendary bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling ( QUADVIUM, SALAZH TRIO, ex- PESTILENCE) has rejoined the German progressive death metallers OBSCURA as a permanent member after a 9-year break. Thesseling, known for his signature fretless playing in death metal and world-fusion, joined OBSCURA in 2007 and recorded the band’s critically acclaimed full-length albums “Cosmogenesis” (2009) and “Omnivium” (2011), both released via Relapse Records.
“Perhaps fans are somewhat surprised about my comeback. After leaving OBSCURA in 2011, we stayed in touch and over the years I’ve visited some of their concerts. Since the departure my main focus has been on exploring 7-string bass guitar and playing different genres. It’s really nice to be back in the fold, being involved again in the writing process, collaborating on material for the upcoming sixth studio album and to prepare for intensive touring. We expect to announce a completion of the group’s new line-up on short notice”, says Jeroen.
Thesseling, who has been touring the world, also recorded PESTILENCE’s fourth and sixth studio albums, “Spheres” (1993) and “Doctrine” (2011). Late 2017 he released the debut work “Circulations” with the jazz-fusion group SALAZH TRIO, featuring legendary drummer Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández. In 2019 Jeroen founded the fusion-world-metal group QUADVIUM with fellow fretless bassist Steve Di Giorgio ( TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH). QUADVIUM is currently working on their debut album. Further information can be found at www.jeroenpaulthesseling.com. “