Finding the right niche, finding your own place, appreciation and identity can be a rather tedious undertaking especially if you are “just” a German doomy death metal band, and strive for sticking out of a never-ending stream of new bands that usually are as quickly formed as they vanish. Since 2005, death/doom act NAILED TO OBSCURITY – tastefully named after a track from Hate Eternal’s debut record – are working, writing, composing, battling to leave their mark on today’s scene, and in contrast to many others, successfully have evolved step-by-step musically and were rewarded with impressive results on the live circuit: Wacken Open Air in 2014, Summer Breeze in 2015, main support on selected German shows for Paradise Lost and Arch Enemy, not bad at all, right?
The reason why they have achieved all this is rather simple to explain: NAILED TO OBSCURITY work hard and sound great. After debuting in 2007 with “Abyss”, their second opus “Opaque” (Apostasy Records, 2013) presented a giant leap forward, perfectly blending classic Opeth, Katatonia’s “Brave Murder Day”, Paradise Lost, and Amorphis to a variable yet highly accessible mix that offers a constant melancholic mood as well as crushing heaviness, strong growls, infectious guitar melodies, and mounts in flawless songs that managed to win over the masses and media alike (8/10 in Rock Hard, 9/10 Metal.de, 8/10 Powermetal.de, 9/10 Bloodchamber.de etc). Where other bands seem to be their biggest own fans, the lads in NAILED TO OBSCURITY critically analyse each new riff, every live show they played between Mexico and Romania, lock themselves up in their rehearsal room somewhere in close proximity to the North Sea in Lower Saxony, spend hours setting up their new light show, and invest time in finding new gear that improves their onstage performance, to sum it up: they are not just talented, they know how to transfer dedication into a strong DIY work-ethic.
NAILED TO OBSCURITY even scraped a full recording once current singer Raimund Ennenga entered the game in 2012, realizing he brought exactly the level of expression and quality the band had yearned for. “After listening to the instrumental-versions of the album that would become “Opaque”, I was absolutely sure that I’d love to be a part of this.” Raimund points out, who also rewrote the album’s entire lyrics. “The arrangements are so diverse and full of emotions. Then, I wrote lyrics together witch Carsten and Ole which brought us a lot more together. I think the lyrics we wrote work quite well with the music. They deal with multiple types of inner conflicts, how people handle or hide them and also our ever-changing view of past events. “Opaque” sends the listener on an emotional trip through the innermost with its multiple musical facets. I can’t await to continue this story.”
That continuation is already in motion as these lines are being written while NAILED TO OBSCURITY are busy creating their third album somewhere near the cold waves of the North Sea. Meanwhile, the quintet has also been acquired to a renowned booking company (Dragon Productions), aiming to take them out on the road wherever they can, and are confident to develop further from the remarkable results achieved with “Opaque”. “When we released “Opaque”, we immediately felt this was going to be a giant step for the band”, says Jan-Ole Lamberti (guitars). “We felt more confident with what we had come up with, and feedback from press was overwhelming. Suddenly we got the chance to play bigger festivals and also concerts we could only dream of before.“
That dream is far from being over. NAILED TO OBSCURITY’s magnificent melodic doom/death shall conquer the hearts and souls of many with the release of their third opus. That is a promise.
Raimund Ennenga – Vocals
Jan-Ole Lamberti – Guitar
Volker Dieken – Guitar
Carsten Schorn – Bass
Jann Hillrichs – Drums