Founded in the Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Ne Obliviscaris took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Argyll, Scotland’s Clan Campbell which means “forget not”. From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths.
Ne Obliviscaris had just released a new album in October, “Urn” via Season of the Mist. I gave it a listen and I found it quite interesting. I have never heard of this band before so I was heavily interested in checking it out. Formed in 2003, Ne Obliviscaris (pronounced; Nay Ob-li-vis-kar-is) hit the live scene February, 2006 to widespread critical acclaim throughout Australia with many hailing their unique sound, intense live shows and talented line-up.
This melodic metal band from Australia has some good points. I liked the industrial vibe of mixing the light and the dark. It felt like Placebo meets Abbath in a kind of way. It gave me the feeling of Frankenstein and his monster created a metal band. The clean singer and violinist ,Tim Charles, gives a heavenly peaceful sound in contrast to the chaotic demon like growls of Xenyor. I must say some of the songs fell flat in conveying the emotions of the heavier parts but it still painted beautiful dark pictures in my mind. The album opener “Libera (Part 1) – Saturnine Spheres” and third track “Intra Venis” are two of my faves off this record.
I found it very interesting the way the violin, heavy guitar and drums blended together to give it a dark Victorian feel. The contrast between the singers sold it for me I just wish Xenyor pulled more emotion into his powerful voice instead of at time’s falling flat. They both are very talented and I will be checking out their previous albums because now I want to catch up and be prepared for what they will have next. If you haven’t checked out their album please do. I am quite sure you will find it interesting and it will draw you in with its hypnotically vibrant sound and dark tone. Please keep following Capital Chaos TV and I for your music news and reviews. please check out my next Coast to Coast review where I bring you the best from Sacramento and Richmond VA, two of my home towns.
Check out Ne Obliviscaris, on the remaining dates of their tour with Allegaeon and grab a copy of their new album, online here or at a record store near you.
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Author: Nikki Knight