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Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Ne Obliviscaris (Pronounced: Nay Ob-li-vis-kar-is) are a metal band consisting of 2 guitars, bass, drums, 2 vocalists and a violin. Their music flows through a variety of different musical "flavors" including black and other "extreme" metal genres, and even western art music. Their music progresses through different extremes at times brutal and technical and at other times melodic and subtle. Ne Obliviscaris is often compared to bands such as Opeth but truly they sound nothing like them, they create an extremely original brand of metal which defies any genre of music currently in existence. They have a vocalist who specializes in the art of brutal shrieks named Xenoyr. They also utilize melodic vocals that are sung by their violinist, Tim Charles. Among them is the flowing rhythm of drummer Daniel ' Mortuary' Presland (who was crowned as the Fastest Feet in Australia in 2006) and bassist Brendan 'Cygnus' Brown. Originally Matt Klavins was their "rhythm" guitarist and Corey King (as heard on The Aurora Veil) had lead guitar duties. In 2007, the original lead guitarist, Corey King left the band. After a worldwide search lasting over 9 months that saw guitarists audition from across Australia, the USA and Europe, they announced the arrival of Benjamin Baret, from Bordeaux, France as Ne Obliviscaris' new lead guitarist. Currently they only have one self recorded demo titled The Aurora Veil but they are writing new material for their full length album planned to be released in 2008 or 2009.

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3.82 | 122 ratings
Portal of I
2012

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 Portal of I by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.82 | 122 ratings

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Portal of I
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars This confident debut by Ne Obliviscaris offers up an onslaught of progressive black metal reminiscent of what would happen if you took Sham Mirrors-era Arcturus, strapped a rocket to it, and fired it at the sun. Mostly eschewing the black metal tradition of ominous stage names and facepaint, this Australian crew offer up a vision of cosmic megalomania, Tim Charles and Xenolyr sharing the vocals in which they rant about goodness-knows-what whilst the band play up a storm. Whilst some prog metal groups go for a "proggy bit, metal bit, proggy bit" sort of structure, Ne Obliviscaris go for a more integrated approach, each and every second of the album standing poised between enchanting you with visions of unworldly beauty and punching your teeth in. In short, these lads are ones to watch.

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 Portal of I by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Portal of I
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by CCVP
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3 stars Next big thing in progressive metal? Maybe in the future, but definitively not for now

From time to time, a band arises in the progressive rock (and metal) community that claiming the position of possible big guysin the scene and, in 2012, Ne Obliviscaris has taken that place. Obviously, for being in such position, their debut album was for many times discussed and talked about by the community, so I had to see (or hear) for myself if all what was being said did in fact made sense. Also, I feel that it is necessary to mention that, however big the amount of positive feedback, there were people bashing the guys for not being original and claiming they were mere copiers of Opeth and generic symphonic black metal bands. Even though the band had previously released a demo EP some years back, Portal of I is my first contact with this Australian progressive black metal group.

Since the beginning, from the very first song, you can see that, to some degree, the people that praise this album does indeed have some reason in doing so. The compositions in general are indeed impressive and they evolve gradually, they are carefully crafted and well developed, denoting that the guys from the world's largest island did take their time writing and sharpening the material they had for Portal of I. Also, there is the impressive violin and solo guitar parts that, together, amount for the best elements in the whole album; indeed, they are truly awe inspiring, specially the violin parts. Another quite interesting part of the band's opus are the lyrics which, in spite of not making much sense themselves (if taken literally), are quite beautiful in the way they sound and how you need to twist and turn them to get their true meaning.

However, this album does not comes without flaws. starting with the compositions, the strongest element in this album, even though they are very well crafted, the band allowed their influences to be too much in our face, instead of letting them to subtly guide themselves. The most obvious ones are Opeth, which guides most of the album's light - dark, forte - piano, growling vocals - clean vocals aesthetics (these are the whole musical concepts of Portal of I); and Borknagard, whose influence can be felt in how the band portrays their melodic black metal lines, much in the same vein as the Norwegian band does themselves.

Another issue I have myself with this album is with the mixing and mastering. Starting with the former, I feel that whoever mixed this album cared mostly for the base part of Portal of I's sound, because the drums and the bass are way too high. They are so loud that at points they drown mostly every other thing, besides the violin and the highest notes from the solo guitar. Everything else gets inaudible, the music turns into a mass of blast beats, repetitive bass lines and some indistinguishable noise which consist in all other instruments and the vocals. As for the mastering, there are also some problems with the music's loudness; instead of just keeping how the instruments were, the person responsible for the album's mastering decided to make everything louder, making the music get clipped at times, further worsening the problems of the bad mixing.

Rating and Final Thoughts

Having addressed both strong and weak points in the band's output, I must say that both sides on the prog music community are right in their claims to some extent. The guys from Ne Obliviscaris do have a strong chance to impress us in the future whenever they choose to release another album (or when they decide to re-record or re-release Portal of I without so many flaws regarding the mixing and mastering and making their influences less apparent).

For now, however, I feel that, in spite of releasing an album with strong compositions, Portal of I is so fundamentally flawed in such important instances that for some moments the album's qualities are unimportant.

Everything considered, I think that the three stars rating is the most appropriate for this particular album.

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 Portal of I by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Portal of I
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kev rowland
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5 stars Although I am just over the ditch as it were, I must confess to not knowing a great deal about Australian bands (apart from the more well known ones such as The Angels, Cold Chisel etc). But, one of my favourite prog albums of all-time hails from there (Aragon's 'Don't Bring The Rain') so when I saw this described as "Intense Progressive Extreme Metal like you never heard before" I was intrigued. I then noticed that it had been mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Ihsahn, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), which also got me interested. I mean, why would someone of this stature be involved with an unknown band from Australia? What is going on?

It didn't take long to find out the answer, all I had to do was put it on the player. This is an incredibly intense album, and in many ways indescribable (which isn't exactly helpful to anyone who hasn't heard it). It is clear that these guys are operating at an incredibly high musical level with a line-up that includes violin, two guitars, bass, drums (which is intense, I mean, they can all play but the speed of these double bass drum hits are stunning), clean and extreme vocals. Their influences are at times classical and progressive while at others they go through the extreme genres of black, thrash and death metal while also not being afraid to be extremely melodic at some times and insanely over the top at others, and of course you can also add jazz and acoustic noodlings to the mix as well.

But what makes this work so incredibly well is that it doesn't feel like a hotchpotch when one is listening to it, it just makes total musical sense. There is a clarity and single purpose of vision that is outstanding, and I won't be surprised to see this make 'album of the year' in many quarters ? not bad for such a complicated and complex musical offering. All power to Aural Music for digging these guys out and giving them the opportunity to impress on a larger stage. Of course, now I know about them I'll have to see if they're heading this way for some gigs ? you never know.. www.auralmusic.com

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Portal of I
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Review by Gallifrey

5 stars Ne Obliviscaris - "Portal of I" 13/20

46th place album of the year 2012

Of the many metal album of the year lists I have studied in order to diversify mine, Ne Obliviscaris' "Portal Of I" seems to be one of the common factors in many. The album, which took all of 8 years to come to life, is 72 minutes of layered, complex, and sometimes quite beautiful progressive black metal. The exact genre of this work is debatable, with elements taken from both death and symphonic metal, and various bluegrass and classical influences on Tim Charles' violin parts.

I discovered NeO after a recent series of concerts in Australia, aptly named "Progfest". Due to the mediocrity of the New Zealand music scene and the non-existence of the New Zealand progressive music scene, I have recently turned my focus to these Australian bands, with hope they will bring this festival over the ditch one day. This has also led me discover other great Australian bands such as Be'lakor, and especially Chaos Divine (whose shirt I am actually wearing as I type). I later come to discover that one of the faces behind this festival, and its promotion company, Welkin, is Ne Obliviscaris vocalist and violinist Tim Charles. He really deserves all the congratulations he can get.

Portal of I consists of only 7 tracks in its 72-minute lifespan, with all but one falling over the 9 minute mark, and in their field of melodic extreme metal, it immediately brings Opeth into mind. Thoughts of Akerfeldt and his men come back throughout the record, with many of the tracks following the same song structures Opeth utilise, along with a couple of riffs (a certain one in "Forget Not" comes to mind) taken directly from the Opeth book of slides and slides and occasionally palm muting. I am not entirely familiar with the black metal genre, but the parts I understand from that scene hear are the use of 'shrieked' vocals (as opposed to growled) and excessive double-kick drumming. I have to admit, these are two of the weaker aspects of this album, and like with this year's other melodic black metal release (Enslaved's "RIITIIR"), I feel the album could be stronger without, but at times it definitely works with the mood.

Like with Opeth, and other black metal bands, the metal side of the music is less solo and riff-based, and more focused on the atmosphere, but when they do break out a decent riff, it is quite memorable (the opener of "Xenoflux" and about 7 minutes into "And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope" come to mind). Continuing with the focus on atmosphere, NeO often break from the pummeling of the black metal drumming to acoustic instrumental passages, again reminding of Opeth, but with more use of violin, and often all 5 instrumentalists join in without it being cluttered, to create a very ambient, almost post-rock atmosphere. These are very relaxing, especially the break in the opener "Tapestry of the Starless Abstract", which relies on relaxed fingerpicked chords with violin solo, you become almost lost in the music.

Despite the very nice effect both the clean vocals and violin have on the music, at times the parts seem like more of an afterthought, wavering over the heavy music, rather than flowing within it. This is especially evident during "Of The Leper Butterflies", and the last few minutes of "Tapestry of the Starless Abstract", especially with Xenoyr's growling underneath, often the listener is bombarded with far too many things to focus on.

I was thinking about going through this album track-by-track, but it would be over 1000 words long, and I would end up repeating myself. So I'm just going to focus on one track here. The best, the most important, and the title track. Although there aren't any title tracks as you can see, the phrase "Ne Obliviscaris" is latin, and often used as a motto (most famously for Scottish clan Campbell), translates roughly to "Forget Not". "Forget Not" is also a unique name for a track, because it's the only one on the album that doesn't have an insanely badass name ("Of Petrichor Weaves Black Noise" is probably my favourite song title of all time). It is also the longest (tied with "Tapestry?"), so the band obviously wanted it to be the 'centrepiece', and with a 6.5-minute instrumental intro, it really does stand out.

The intro to Forget Not is the best part of the album, and one of my favourite pieces of music released this year. It focuses primarily on the violin, with all the other instruments falling around it, unlike many times in the album, where the violin feels added on the top. Tim Charles gets some of his best runs on the violin here, and the entire atmosphere of the music is incredibly relaxed. It slowly builds up to the black metal drumming and the best riff of the album. Stolen straight from the Opeth book, I honestly couldn't care. After 5 minutes and 57 seconds of build up, that slide riff is what sells this album for you. If you didn't want to buy it after that, you can't hear right.

And that's not it. Less than half of the song completed, "Forget Not" now goes into metal mode, but it is still as melodic as ever, but this time it's Tim Charles' vocals in the focus, with Xenoyr's growls crunching underneath. The thundering climax of the song showcases some of Charles' best vocal work.

A masterpiece of how to build a song, and have every piece of the build up pay of with the combination of the Opeth riff and Tim Charles' wonderful tenor. The return of the violin at the end, this time soaring over the top of an epic black metal part is truly wonderful. This is the part when you really need to have the bass down a bit, because otherwise you'll miss it. This is a song I think everyone should hear. No matter your opinion on black metal, this is a masterpiece of music.

This review has been rather positive, and I'm sure anyone (no one?) who has read the whole thing is wondering how it reflects my rating of 13/20. This is just my opinion of it, because I dislike growls and the black metal drumming. Both of these dislikes are petty, but it does affect my lists and rankings. However, I feel every time I listen to this, it should be higher, and in time I'm sure it will move up. Like with any über-complex album, the more you listen, the more you hear and understand, and the more beautiful it becomes.

How many times have I played this album: 10 Will I play it again after this: Yes. Plenty of times. And that, I think, is the sign of a great album, regardless about what my ranking gives it.

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 Portal of I by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.82 | 122 ratings

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Portal of I
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Portal Of I" is the debut full-length studio album by Australian progressive extreme metal act Ne Obliviscaris. The album was released through code666 in June 2012. The band released the highly praised "The Aurora Veil" demo in 2007 and I've heard the occasional information since that they were working on a debut album, but I wasn't counting on it to take a full five years for them to complete it. The fact that all three tracks from the demo are also included on "Portal Of I" (in re-recorded versions) makes it even more incredible that it took them five years to write four new tracks. There are probably other reasons for the long recording break, so don't put too much into my babbling.

Not surprisingly, since all three tracks from "The Aurora Veil" are included, the music on "Portal Of I" pretty much continue down the same progressive extreme metal path as the sound on the demo. It's majestic, dynamic, progressive and structurally challenging. The vocals alternate between raspy black metal type raw vocals and clean vocals. The latter type vocals are delivered by violinist Tim Charles. The man can sure handle the fiddle, but I'm still not too impressed by his clean vocal style or the melody lines he sings. This is purely a subjective observation though and objectively there's nothing wrong with his vocal skills. I just have a hard time appreciating his voice and the way he uses it. Fortunately that's only a minor issue and the rest of the music is of high quality. I'm extremely impressed by the high quality of the playing on the album and the adventurous approach to songwriting. These guys can go from aggressive blasting sections right into a mellow violin led section and make it sound natural.

At 71:40 minutes distributed over 7 tracks, "Portal Of I" is a very long album, but it's one of those rare long albums that don't feel too long. Too much goes on at all times, that I'm kept on my toes and my attention never wanders. Except for my slight issue with the clean vocals, the album is a really great experience if you enjoy progressive extreme metal. The sound production is clear and powerful, the musicianship is excellent and the tracks are so well written that I can't help being very impressed by the compositional skills of the band. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is fully deserved.

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Review by Codera the Great

4 stars So for those of you who do not know who Ne Obliviscaris are, they are an upcoming Progressive Extreme Metal band from Australia who have been around since 2003. The name "Ne Obliviscaris" itself is a Latin phrase, which translates into "lest you forget". Before the release of their debut album which I'm about to talk about, they also released a demo EP in 2007, called The Aurora Veil, which featured early versions of three songs to be featured on the debut album, "Tapestry of the Starless Abstract", "Forget Not", and "As Icicles Fall". This caught the attention of many people from the progressive metal underground, and anticipation towards this release has steadily increased up to this point.

Now we at last get to hear their first fully-realized effort after five years of eager anticipation, with Portal of I. With this album, we see (and hear for that matter) the band venture forth into early Opeth and Yes territory with a short seven-song track listing and many of those songs exceeding the ten minute mark. Only two songs fall short of the ten minute mark, those being "Of The Leper Butterflies" (5:55) and "As Icicles Fall" (9:27), but by no means are they bad songs as a result.

The music contained within this album features a variety of different instruments, including keyboards, acoustic guitar, and even violin, something heard much more often in symphonic progressive rock, as opposed to progressive metal. Nonetheless, it is a welcome addition to the core sound of this album. Melodic singing, shrieking, and growling vocals are all implemented to convey the album's complex, philosophical themes and lyrics through each individual song. There is a heavy black metal aesthetic throughout the album, as high-pitched black metal tremolos are often played, but death and thrash metal influences are also on full display here. Despite these more "extreme" influences, progressive metal is the true calling card for these men, as they are able to use atmosphere and musical diversity to encapsulate the listener into the world Ne Obliviscaris has created.

"Lest you forget" to pick up this album, I highly recommend that everyone go out and show this upcoming band your support! An excellent start for a very promising career!

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 The Aurora Veil by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.00 | 14 ratings

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The Aurora Veil
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Scourge441

5 stars How often do you find demos that are THIS good? Something like this is almost completely freakin' unheard of.

Ne Obliviscaris describe their sound as "music of many extremes including darkness, light, intensity, melody, brutalist and beauty." Yeah, that sounds pretentious as [%*!#]. But it's also an absolutely spot-on description of what the music sounds like. For one, they're labeled here on the Archives as a progressive black metal band, so influences from those respective genres are abound. But that kind of misses what they're about. The black metal influences are limited mostly to cosmetic elements; there's genre staples like tremolo-picked riffs, high-pitched shrieks, rapid double bass drums and blast beats.

The prog influences are much more obvious. If the extremely long songs didn't tip you off (As Icicles Fall, the shortest song on this 3-song demo, clocks in at over 9 minutes), then the sonic characteristics of the music certainly would. For example, while Tapestry of the Starless Abstract, the opening song of the demo, starts with a pretty simple black metal trem-picked riff and high-pitched screams over a blast beat. It quickly shifts into a chaotic amalgamation of distortion, acoustic guitars, melodic bass lines, and pizzicato violin. But these parts are blended perfectly; even with everything going on, it still sounds beautiful and calm despite the obvious chaos. These parts were put together thoughtfully and carefully; they are definitely not the result of the "OMG I can play hard stuff!" mentality that bands like Necrophagist seem to succumb to.

But, since I brought up Necrophagist, I should say something about the technical abilities of the band. These guys can play. All of them. Drummer Dan Presland won Australia's Fastest Feet competition. Clean vocalist/violinist Tim Charles is classically trained in both of his talents. Bassist Brendan Brown has videos of himself on Youtube playing some of their songs (some of which aren't on this demo), if you want to actually see his chops in action. But mentioning these things is pointless, because the musical abilities are obvious to the listener. Each song has its share of sweeps, jumping bass lines, speedy drumming, violin runs, etc. But, like that chaotic section near the beginning of Tapestry of the Starless Abstract, none of it is wankery. If Brendan is going to play a technical bass line, it's actually going to contribute to the song. Each musician utilizes every last bit of his technical ability, but they do it tastefully. Again, they're not like Necrophagist.

"But wait! Does all of that musicianship mean the lyrics suffer?"

Nope. The lyrics and vocals are crafted with the same effort as the instrumentation. If I may quote a short section from Forget Not:

"Down by the waters, beneath the willow drapery

Cold, timeless prince?Cloaked in raven wings

With two penny moons, passage through the boatman

Across starlit waters, where dreamscapes are golden.

Now, I'm not one who places a lot of emphasis on lyrics. But I do know that some of you out there do. And I do know that well-written lyrics can do nothing but make a song better. I realize that quoting four lines out of context doesn't tell you much (not that it matters, since you can look up the rest of the lyrics right on the Archives), but it should be enough to show you that the band does know how to use the English language effectively. They can actually create a vivid image in your head, a skill that a lot of lyricists lack. Those of you who do want good lyrics will be more than satisfied here.

Since we're discussing lyrics, the people singing the lyrics should also be mentioned. I already mentioned Tim's classical training, so you can expect good pitch and control on his part. Xenoyr tends to rely on his shrieks, occasionally going to a lower growl. Both are damn good at what they do.

So, it's quite obvious that every member is talented at everything they do here. There's plenty of impeccable musicianship, with the added bonus of good lyrics. But none of that considers what is possibly the most extraordinary aspect of this demo: the production. Demos are typically cheap, fuzzy, muddy recordings. This demo was professionally recorded, and sounds better than 99% of full-length albums, metal or not.

If you're not familiar with the Loudness War, go onto Youtube and look it up to see a pretty thorough explanation of what it is and why it's bad for sound in general. But basically, it involves compressing the hell out of recordings to make them louder, killing any dynamic range in the process. And, if you're a musician who's studied a little bit of theory, you know that dynamics (volume changes used to emphasize/de-emphasize certain sections and contribute to mood) are a bonafide musical device. So, it doesn't really make sense for the production to take away an (admittedly underutilized) entire aspect of songwriting, does it?

What makes this demo an anomaly is that this doesn't happen. Generally, with the modern metal scene, we have recordings that are sterile-sounding compressed to hell, killing the dynamics, or we have recordings that are so bad that you wouldn't be able to hear any dynamic differences anyway. The Aurora Veil is plenty loud and plenty clear, but the dynamic range is intact and the sound is not sterilized. Just listen to the rising and falling volume of the opening acoustic section of Forget Not; it, and the rest of the demo, sounds organic, alive. Every part is plenty audible, with room to breathe left in. It's a marvel of modern production.

Ne Obliviscaris have released something truly unique. It may be a bit of a grower due to the amount of things going on; it's not a grower on the level of something truly strange and inhuman like Gorguts' Obscura, but it definitely takes three or four listens to pick out the cool little intricacies. And when you put everything together, it hits you like a raging bull on crack. Everything about this is stellar.

I give this demo five stars. If this were an EP, it would probably lose a few points. But it's a demo, as well as being a debut release. The standards here are different, and Ne Obliviscaris have exceeded them.

(Originally written for Metal Archives. Posted here with some changes.)

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 The Aurora Veil by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.00 | 14 ratings

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The Aurora Veil
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "The Aurora Veil" is a selftitled demo EP/album by Melbourne based Australian progressive extreme metal act Ne Obliviscaris. The band is a sextet which includes two vocalists (one of them also plays violin), two guitarists, one bass player and a drummer.

The music is very interesting with both melodic tech death metal parts and more experimental metal parts. The two vocalists bring great variation to the music. The growling/screaming vocals by Xenoyr are powerful and convincing while Iīm having a hard time enjoying the clean vocals by vocalist/ violinist Tim Charles. His vocal are not very strong. Itīs probably an aquired taste though. One of the features I noticed right away listening to the music is the brutal and varied drumming by Daniel Presland. Lots of double pedal and and other powerful tricks to keep the music interesting. He is a very skilled drummer. Another dominant feature in the music is the violin by Tim Charles. His skills on a violin are considerable and keeping in mind his not so strong vocals he should probably stick to playing his instrument. Iīm really impressed by his violin parts.

The production is very good. Better than many official albums from other artists.

If this band havenīt been offered a record contract yet, thereīs no justice in this world. They are such a talented and unique band and I canīt wait to hear a real studio album from them. Unfortunately the clean vocals by Tim Charles drag my rating down a bit and I really hope he will stop singing and concentrate on his fantastic violin playing which I think is one of the most important and defining features in Ne Obliviscaris music. Without the clean vocals I would have given "The Aurora Veil" 4 stars but as it is now Iīll hand out a 3.5 star rating.

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 The Aurora Veil by NE OBLIVISCARIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
4.00 | 14 ratings

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The Aurora Veil
Ne Obliviscaris Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ozzloaf

5 stars I honestly barely ever give out five star ratings but I can't help it for this band. This band is amazing. I mean really. This is a SELF MADE FIRST RELEASE DEMO! I've heard demos for Opeth and Arcturus and several other bands that I love and they all are extremely bad. That is not the case with this album. This album has so much complexity, depth, and emotion that if you didn't already know that it's a demo you wouldn't in a million years guess that it is. If you put into the information into proportion with all of the other demos ever released then this band will get about 20 times better than they already are. This band will be godly! All three songs on this demo are fantastic. The first song, Tapestry of the Starless Abstract begins with a slightly generic but still complex Black Metal drum beat, dissonant guitars, and screamed vocals. As the song progressive it breaks into a part that is pure bass, acoustic guitar, and violin sweetness. It's so beautiful. There are a lot of clean vocals as well as screamed vocals on this track. My favorite parts of this band is when they use black metal screams over the use of clean vocals. It makes both vocal lines more powerful. Often in this demo, the violin takes over duties for leads rather than the guitars. The next track is mostly the same bass and violin beauty but toward the end develops into some more metal riffs. Tim Charles' vocals and violin dominate on this track. The third song is similar to the first but not as heavy. It it's still a fantastic song but it's my least favorite of the three. On all tracks Mortuary's drums are very fast and technical but he doesn't do any thing flashy. If my predictions are correct, in ten years this band can become the best Tech/Extreme metal band of all time!

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