Ne Obliviscaris
Portal of I


4.5
superb

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
May 9th, 2012 | 424 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What we've all been waiting for...

Ne Obliviscaris are a band that seemed to have garnered quite a hefty following after releasing a three song demo back in 2007. With a unique sound of Black Metal with Jazz and Classical influences, as well as several others, this group of wonderfully talented musicians were definitely on their way to making something big with their own special blend of Progressive Metal music, and, with several album delays and some disgruntled and impatient fans, Ne Obliviscaris have, after five long years, released their debut LP 'Portal of I'. The album contains the three original songs from the demo, as well as four new tracks, but does it live up to the expectation?

Beginning where the demo started, the album kicks off with the newly recorded Tapestry of the Starless Abstract. The song is more or less the same, with some cleaner production and some minor elements more developed, with some abstract riffing under the vocals near the beginning of the song and that odd acoustic plucking being a little more coherent than before. The clean vocals have improved since the demo, but I feel the production at certain points leaves them sounding too quiet under the music, or too distant.

After the opening track, we get to hear the first new song (which in itself isn't exactly new, as the band have played it live long before now). Fast paced and driven by the drums as violin rolls over behind the harsh vocals, which also have seemed to have improved since the demo. The squealing guitars and violin that kick in further along paint a desolate and brooding landscape for the album, unrelentless until it all crashes down into a softer, guitar driven section.

The album holds a constant mood, but never sounds the same twice. It's constantly shifting, changing, progressing. From soaring clean vocals to crushing harsh growls, the tense drumming behind the kit keeps you gripped. Sometimes this album just sounds damn groovy, notably in the intro for And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope, but at times it sounds almost ambient and dreamlike with small portions of various songs, the flawless transitions make sure you don't skip a beat or miss anything. It can be as heavy and as crushing or as soft and serene as it wants. It takes the best examples from Black, thrash, Death or even Doom and it just pieces it all together as if music were some kind of odd puzzle.

This album isn't without its flaws, most notable the production on a large portion of the clean vocals seems very underwhelming, too quiet at a lot of points and it subtracts from the experience. The drumming, whilst excellent at all times can get a little monotonous at points, seeming a little overdone, but this never lasts long. But simply enough, this album has too much to talk about in each track and it feels a little futile to try and make note of it all. It could be a tad overbearing for some, but somehow I can't imagine how it could.

All in all, this album is a grim endeavour. It completely engages you and doesn't let you go. It brings forth a new, palatable musical style and direction, but it doesn't sound forced or experimental, it sounds as though it has always supposed to be that way and like you've always known it. A wholly enjoyable experience, with very few flaws, even with re-recorded demo tracks taking up half the album, this album does not disappoint. Which leads to my original question: Does it live up to the expectation? Simply, yes. Yes, it does.

Recommended Tracks
- Forget Not
- And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope
- Of Petrichor Weaves Black Noise



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MichaelSnoxall
May 9th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Accidentally submitted before I finished putting in recommended albums, editing doesn't seem to be working right now. Dang it. Anyways, first *proper* review. Feedback appreciated.

MichaelSnoxall
May 9th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I can also see several typos and whatnot. Hopefully the editing will be working tomorrow.

Tyrael
May 9th 2012


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you want to edit something you'll have to ask for it on the forums, sadly...

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

ThroneOfAgony
May 9th 2012


3485 Comments


Out of curiosity, will this editing problem ever get resolved?

CaptainDooRight
May 9th 2012


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

interesting, might check this

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 9th 2012


431 Comments


interesting, might check this [2]

Is this gonna be one of those albums on sputnik I find that have a really high score but not alot of ratings? Also good review pos.

Tyrael
May 9th 2012


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'Out of curiosity, will this editing problem ever get resolved?'

Yes but I fear it will take a while

Ssssssss
May 9th 2012


683 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Am listening to And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope and I am very intrigued.

Wolfhorde
May 9th 2012


13243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good so far, I like that they don't just remastered the songs from TAV they have on here - that would've been incredibly lame.

Not a bad review (except for some minor fuckups) but I'd avoid closing your "arguments" or points with your own perspective. That makes it sound too personal.

zxlkho
May 9th 2012


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is really great.

HenchmanOfSanta
May 9th 2012


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always assumed these guys were black metal. Usually the places I see championing it aren't full of Opeth or Ocean fans. I'll definitely check it out.

diogoserafim
May 9th 2012


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing.

Thanntos
May 9th 2012


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is pretty damn incredible. A great surprise, much like the band 'Sunpocrisy's' debut album this year.

CrimsonLies
May 9th 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been waiting for this.

MichaelSnoxall
May 9th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh, man, it was like 3 in the morning when I wrote this, I didn't even realise I wrote 'monotones' instead of 'monotonous'.

And what, I can't edit this??? Oh, man. Now this review seems more illiterate than ever.

afergusonart
May 9th 2012


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this album is absolutely awesome.

Yazz_Flute
May 9th 2012


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hype.

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

Ovrot
May 9th 2012


10494 Comments


album rules a bunch

Yazz_Flute
May 9th 2012


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are some pretty cheesy moments but for the most part yeah, this is really great.

jimmykidd
May 10th 2012


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything I expected it to be. This is so amazing.



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