Ne Obliviscaris: Portal Of I-2012.

Ne Obliviscaris:Proggressive Extreme Metal from Australia.

Discography:

The Aurora VeilDemo2007
Portal of IFull-length2012
CitadelFull-length2014
HiraethEP2015 
Sarabande to NihilEP2015 
The Stories Behind Hiraeth and Sarabande to NihilVideo2015 
UrnFull-length2017
And Plague Flowers the KaleidoscopeSingle2018 
Forget NotSingle2020

Members:

Tim CharlesViolin (2003-present), Vocals (clean) (2004-present)
XenoyrVocals (harsh) (2003-present)
See also: AntiqvaOmega Infinity, Spiine
Matt KlavinsGuitars (2004-present)
See also: ex-Agommorah
Benjamin BaretGuitars (lead) (2009-present)
See also: Vipassi, ex-Primordial Space, ex-Ad Patres (live), ex-Withdrawn, ex-Unbreathable
Martino GarattoniBass (2018-present)
See also: Ancient BardsThe Chronicles Project

Past Members:

Adam CooperBass (2003-2004)
See also: Suiciety (Aus)
Corey BakerDrums (2003-2005)
Adam BoddyGuitars (2003-2004)
Sheri-JesseVocals (soprano) (2003-2004)
See also: Black like VengeanceVictoria K
Corey KingGuitars (lead) (2004-2008)
Brendan “Cygnus” BrownBass (2005-2017)
See also: Infinite DensityWheelturner, ex-Aphotic Dawn, Nefelibata, ex-Vipassi, ex-Arcane, ex-The Implicate Order, ex-Primordial Space
Daniel PreslandDrums (2005-2011, 2012-2022)
See also: A Million Dead Birds LaughingVipassi, ex-Aphotic Dawn, The Ocularis Infernum, ex-Adamus Exul (live), ex-Crimsonfire (live), ex-Virvum (live), ex-Metalstorm
Nelson BarnesDrums (2011-2012)
See also: GrowthFunction CeaseThe Schoenberg Automaton

One thought on “Ne Obliviscaris: Portal Of I-2012.

  1. Bent__Canoe, November 10th, 2018

    WOW what an album! I remember first hearing “As Icicles Fall” for the first time and knowing that I struck gold. Within the next week I had gone through Ne Obliviscaris’ discography, and since then, they’ve been my favorite band, but this, even compared to Ne Obliviscaris’ other material is something else.

    The album, despite it’s somewhat lengthy run time of 1 hour and 10 minutes, doesn’t get boring or tiring in the least bit. The album has a perfect balance of loud and emotional climaxes like at the end of “Xenoflux” and quiet, atmospheric passages like the first half of “Forget Not” or the voices at the end of “Of Petrichor Weaves Black Noise”.

    The “Beauty and the Beast” vocals on this album are better executed than on any other album I’ve ever heard. Xenoyr and Tim Charles both have powerful, expressive voices. Tim Charles’ brilliant vocal melodies over Xenoyr’s distinct style of low growls and occasional highs make for memorable and emotional climaxes on this album, and while I pay very little attention to lyrics, I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews for the lyrics on this album.

    The guitars on this album are just as brilliant as the vocals. Fun and melodic riffs everywhere, unexpected terrific guitar solos popping out at you. “Portal of I” also makes good usage of acoustic guitar like on the intro to “Of the Leper Butterflies” making for a more dynamic sound.

    The rhythm section on this album is godly. Their drummer can get creative behind the kit, or execute crazy fast double bass kick and blast beats when the music calls for it. The bass can actually be heard throughout most of the album (something that should be true for every metal album). The bass is groovy and melodic, and everything melodic prog metal bass should be.

    The only instrument I haven’t discussed yet is the violin, one of the highlights of the album. Violin melodies and solos are top notch and just as emotive as the vocals. As a matter of fact, they often take the place of Tim Charles’ vocals as the beauty in the beauty and the beast vocals. Xenoyr’s growls over violin is just as good as Xenoyr’s growls over Tim’s melodic vocals, and Ne Obliviscaris certainly took full advantage of this on “Portal of I”.

    The songwriting on this album is the best I’ve heard ever, and is consistent, hence why this is my favorite album. Each song is like an emotional roller coaster, captivating different emotions, and the whole album flows so well. Production is clean, something others may complain about, but I see as appropriate for this album. This is the one album that I can say with complete certainly, I’d change nothing on. Do yourself a huge favor, and enjoy this masterpiece.

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