Ne Obliviscaris – Urn

Label: Seasons of Mist     release: 27. 10. 2017     playing time: 45:56

Ne Obliviscaris are simply brilliant. That’s about it. And those Australians have been proving this plain fact with two previous releases (Portal of I, Citadel) and a number of tours around the globe.

All I can do is therefore repeating my impression of their debut album:’Complex rhythms, a variety of sophisticated sound dimensions, influenced by Prog, Melodic Death and even Folk-Jazz  … “Intense Progressive Extreme Metal” is the official definition according to the band info: Epic-heroic-passionate Clean Vocals (Tim Charles, who also plays the violin) contrasted with bestial growling (Xenoyr), melancholic virtuoso solo guitars (Benjamin Baret) plus catchy-rolling riffing (Matt Calvins – git) that was inspired by Land-of-the-thousand-lakes-sound, plus a drummer from another planet (Dan Presland) … and this is just my description of the first song…’

Another connection with Portal of I are those Flamenco influences woven into the song structure. In case you cannot imagine how this should work in combination with Death Metal and a violin, just check the video “Intra Venus” below.

The only real surprise on this album was those few minutes of commerce, yes, radio Pop (giggle) – there’s a potential “ohohoh”  sing-along part which surely works like a charm when played live. Because otherwise it’s too much of a challenge for any audience to sing along with Ne Obliviscaris material …

Summing up I can only repeat what I wrote back then: ‘This is one of those albums that leave you open-mouthed, and you know instantly that this is an ingenious masterpiece – a MUST for every record collection. Maximum points – buy it!’

Ne Obliviscaris - Intra Venus (official music video)

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Klaudia Weber

reckless and merciless dictator, so KNEEL! In other words, editor-in-chief, translator, website and ad admin, "Jane of all trades" - - - addicted to books (everything between Lord Of The Rings & quantum physics) and music, mainly Metal made in Finland. Furthermore, there's painting, drawing, movies, theater... so you can expect some variety on this website too. MA Master of Arts, English and American studies & Media communication = completed two full studies parallel within 5 years; very proud of my achievement - a bit later in life thanks to a scholarship - as a working class girl in a highlyconservative-romancatholic nation...