Portal Of I
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Well, thankfully, that's not the case. Then again, anyone who sees the name of this band should know better. Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "lest we forget") is an Australian extreme progressive metal band that may be familiar to some for their highly acclaimed 2007 demo, The Aurora Veil.
Five years later, the band has released their debut album, Portal of I. It contains all three tracks from their demo, but they've all been reworked and modified with some parts completely rearranged, and of course, the production is a lot tighter. If you, like me, have listened to the demo a lot over the years, you'll notice that the beautifully pronounced bass solo at the end of "Tapestry of the Starless Abstract" is now hidden under a chant-like vocal melody that may or may not be to your liking depending on your tastes. Also, the overtly heavy buzzing guitar tone is replaced with a more central sound; the guitar tones are wider in scope and carry more tonal definition. This has obviously led to the 'blackened' vibe of the songs to be less readily noticeable; the focus is more on creating bruising riffs and dynamic shifts of tempo on this album.
On the other hand, if you've never heard Ne Obliviscaris before, they're a bit harder to classify. They present a powerful mix of growled and clean vocals, sometimes delivered simultaneously (much like some of the vocals on Ihsahn's last album ...Read more ›
In the five years that have passed since the demo's release, the band has reworked those three songs, dropped a few other songs and worked on new material. Though there are only four new tracks on Portal Of I, they and the new versions of the three previously released songs make for quite an enjoyable album. However, I must admit that I prefer the earlier version of "As Icicles Fall", which I thought was the highlight of the demo; the vocals aren't quite as good, the guitars are lacking the sound they had before (even if they re playing the same thing) and the violin doesn't sound as prominent. "Forget Not" sounds different, but I don't think the changes to the song make it any better or worse than the original, while "Tapestry of the Starless Abstract" is greatly improved, although I still think it's the weakest link here.Read more ›
One reason for that is that this album has me totally stunned.
Perhaps blown away would be a better choice of words? It doesn't matter -- what matters is this: this is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard, in my life, in the past several years. Maybe in my life.
I don't know how to classify it. More orchestrally beautiful than much progressive metal... yet harsher and faster and more furious than it too. Yet softer than speed or thrash, with vocals that are between an anguished scream and a saddened whisper.
Perhaps you should listen to some of the tracks on youtube: but know that until you listen to the tracks in full fidelity you'll be missing out. And to miss out on this masterpiece would be a real shame.
A real, true shame.
Harsh and clean vocals? Check.
Incredible drumming? Check.
Crushing guitar rifts and solos? Check and check.
Actual audible bass? Check.
... A VIOLIN?! I didn't know I wanted it till I had it!
These boys have a bright future ahead of them, and I recommend any fan of metal to check this out immediately. If you don't get it at first, try again later. It took me a few listens to fully appreciate and break down what I was hearing, as the songs are long and very dense.
I have strong doubts that And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope will ever be topped as the perfect song to me. I'll be enjoying this one for years to come. And to think it is the very first LP ever released by this group. Incredible \m/
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There's not much I can add that other reviewers haven't already said. Heavy, mellow, brutal, and beautiful. It's all woven together very naturally. Read morePublished 7 days ago by A. Roddy
Received it a day later with amazon prime I really love this album so much thank you! :)Published 1 month ago by Jason
LOVE this album! Neobliviscaris never lets you down the music is incredible.Published 8 months ago by Carrie
I only respect long songs when they deserve the right to be long. And they have the right.Published 13 months ago by Midnight24
i have been listening to metal for 12ish years. This is hands down one of the best albums I've ever heard. The songwriting, creativity and attention to detail are top notch. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chris