“Leaving OBSCURA was a difficult choice to make, but it was also a big relief. In the last two years it just became more and more obvious that the musical chemistry between band founder Steffen and me just wasn’t right anymore. It’s not a personal issue, it’s a musical one. For the last two records I contributed a large amount of music, including most of the arrangement work. However this was causing problems, because the band was set up as a collective of songwriters, and so the new record should have been a collective work. In general I also prefer working with other people rather than just doing it on my own. However, my musical vision was going into the direction of songs like ‘Aevum’ or ‘Septuagint’, maybe in terms of complexity even further. Steffen’s ideas are musically rather in the vein of the Comogenesis album. But I wanted to explore a way different side of Obscura. The catchy ‘Anticosmic Overload’-side just doesn’t really hook me emotionally. In the end it’s hard to explain to an outsider, but our musical taste and vision for the band’s future are just incompatible at this point. It even started to affect our personal relationship and I don’t think that it’s worth sacrificing our friendship for personal issues. That’s why I decided to quit the band and focus on my own music and my newly installed recording studio.
As sad as things have turned out with OBSCURA, I’m really happy that the songs I had initially written for their next record will find a new home in ALKALOID. However, I don’t see ALKALOID as a “tech-death” band, because we just aren’t. The music is definitely prog, but in terms of dynamics, song structures, harmonics and rhythms, it’s just too diverse to be put into a small sub-genre.
The band was brought to life by myself and Florian Magnus Maier, who is by far the best composer I ever worked with. His band NONEUCLID had a big impact on the last OBSCURA record ‘Omnivium’, on which I contributed the vast majority of the music and arranged all the songs. Generally this is the sort of music we would like to continue with ALKALOID, but make it sound more colorful, more vibrant and way catchier. I’m also happy to have some of my dearest friends on board, such as Christian Muenzner – we make music together for more than 10 years – and Linus Klausenitzer, who is one of my favorite bass players and did a great job on my solo record “The Radial Covenant”. Last but not least, we have Danny Tunker as third guitar player, who is just one of the best players I’ve ever seen. I saw him learning two OBSCURA songs in about an hour, playing them flawless. Never seen a talent like him before.
We’re just about to start recording our debut album, which you can expect in early 2015. We’re stoked, hope you are too!”
More information is available at the band’s facebook page:http://facebook.com/alkaloid.metal