OBSCURE was one of the very first Death Metal bands formed in Spain, at around the years 88/89. The band’s core draws from the germ of a previous band, in wich Enri Sanchis (Drums) Voris Ortiz (Guitar) and Rafa Cortés (Guitar) decide to take a different path and start composing new songs. Vicent Riera will join later as a vocalist, to this first line-up.
At that time they take the name OBSCURE and a few months afterwards they record their first demo, “Disgusting Reality” at the end of ’89. This first edition was made of two songs recorded in a studio and three live tracks. In the studio recording process, they ask Anselmo Roca (singer and guitar in AGGRESSOR) for cooperating in the OBSCURE’S live shows for playing the bass, but since AGGRESSOR split up, Anselmo stays as a permanent bass player. In May 1990 the band releases another version of “Disgusting Reality” with the live tracks replaced by an enhanced version. They used the opportunity to add a bonus song to this second edition. The stylistic of this demo is a kind of Hardcore/Thrash in the vein of Carnivore and other bands typical of that time.
Not long afterwards since “Disgusting Reality” so that they start preparing the next demo “Curse the Course”. It is in October 1990 when the recording starts at “Distorsión hasta la locura” studios with a “4- tracks”. It takes pretty much until December to finish and self-edit “Curse the Course”. The band releases the first edition in the same month. From then on, OBSCURE searches for more dense and powerful sounds by lower-tuned instruments and slower and heavier riffs, moving the sound of the band towards what is now known as Death Metal sound.
Regarding with concerts, it is at this point when the most prolific time comes for the band. Drowned Productions Would deal with the second “Curse the Course” release, having an important impact at both national and international levels. The band appears in several fanzines and underground publishings together with emerging bands from that moment like Entombed, Gorefest, Unleashed, Grave, Darkthrone, My Dying Bride…All the Drowned copies were sold out and the band releases a third edition of “Curse the Course”.
There were more concerts and more interviews. The band starts their third and last demo “Non Existendi Cultus” in ’92, their most developed work until then. But they started becoming discouraged. All the great effort and global impact didn’t get to consolidate any relevant agreement in spite of having interesting proposals from Wild Rags and Overdrive (Soziedad Alkohólika). A number of worrying events (Voris left the band temporarily replaced by Lenon, the band’s moving to differents rehearsal rooms and labour circumstances of some members…) take OBSCURE to the final break up.
Vicent Riera decides to quit OBSCURE and starts with his own band NADIR, along with AnselmoRoca on the bass. This happened by the year ’95 and supposed the dissolution of the band.
After 10 years, back in the 2005, most of the NADIR members: David García (Drums) Anselmo Roca (Bass) and Vicent Riera (Singer) take the decision to count on Rafa Cortés in order to bring OBSCURE back. José Ochando joins the band on the guitar and the band starts a very difficult stage. Four different drummers in less than three years (David, Enri, Edgar y Sergio), three rehearsal room changes, José had a serious car accident that put him away for a long time…the adverse circumstances didn’t allow the band to make progress.
Xtreem Music gives to OBSCURE the opportunity to release an album with the unpublished tracks plus a compilation of their three demos, but is not possible to carry out this project due to discrepancies between some members. These members were quitting the band between the years 2009 to 2012 and play in other bands.
In 2016 Rafa Cortés together with Enri Sanchis and Anselmo Roca pick the Xtreem Music’s offering back to collect and release all the OBSCURE’S demos on CD.
Eventually, OBSCURE releases “Back to Skull” in 2016 August, wich collects their three demos: “Non Existendi Cultus” (’92), “Curse theCourse” (’90) and “Disgusting Reality” (’89) coming with the best possible sound (unmastered, but enhanced) as well as all demo covers, lyrics and many photos & flyers. Nowadays, the recording of the unpublished songs is still in process.
Current line up:
Guitar: Rafa C.
Drums: Enri Sanchis.
Bass: Anselmo Roca.
Guitar: Voris Ortiz.
Vocals: Xavier Beleth.
Vicent Riera: Vocals 89/11 .
Voris Ortiz: Guitar 89/93 // 2016.
Lenon: Guitar 93/94 .
José Ochando: Guitar ’05/’09.
David García: Drums 2005.
Edgar Pelús: Drums 2007.
Sergio: Drums ’07/’09.