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SARABANDE TO NIHIL

Ne Obliviscaris

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.06 | 9 ratings

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CassandraLeo
4 stars It's not entirely clear where in the Ne Obliviscaris chronology the compositions on Sarabande to Nihil fit. Some sources have claimed they are Portal of I outtakes, while others claim they predate The Aurora Veil.

In any case, they have been re-recorded for the band's limited edition Sarabande to Nihil EP (one of a pair of limited-edition EPs they handed out to supporters of their crowd funded tour campaign), and they sound great. It's not entirely clear why the band chose not to release these the first time around; they're not as lengthy as the tracks on The Aurora Veil, but they're hardly embarrassing throwaways. The quality of the material may have been perceived as slightly less than the three tracks that did make the cut, which isn't exactly untrue, but when one considers the overwhelming quality of the band's demo, this really isn't a fair comparison to make.

As with Hiraeth, the recording quality here is great, although there is once again clipping in the mastering. And as with Hiraeth, this will probably be impossible to locate in physical form, but interested fans are urged to track down digital versions. Given the paucity of this band's output to date, every little bit of new material is a revelation, and what's here doesn't disappoint.

CassandraLeo | 4/5 |

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