According to a statement sent to Blabbermouth.net, bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling has left German progressive death metal outfit Obscura.
Fuck, that sucks. I think Obscura are one of the best bands to come along in a long while, and Thesseling’s fretless, down-tuned playing was part of the reason why I feel this way. It’s a shame.
“Due to repetitive conflicting schedules with job related obligations I have decided to depart Obscura,” reads Thesseling’s statemeng. “Beside the limited availability that kept me away from touring during the last months, I feel like taking new directions in my musical development.
“Looking back, the cooperation with Obscura has been positive and successful. However, it’s time to move on and find new challenges and opportunities for my musical career. I would like to thank all the fans who supported us and wish Obscura all the best with their future work.”
The news comes on the heels of German bass manufacturer Warwick’s move to release a seven-string fretless custom shop model — for Jeroen.