NE OBLIVISCARIS – Urn


Meaning Forget Not in Latin, Ne Obliviscaris are a Australian extreme metal outfit who’s been gaining massive attraction while touring bands such as Starkill, Black Crown Initiate, Cradle Of Filth and many more. 3 years later, they’ve created a new full-length with some minor changes in the bass department. But did Urn became a success to 2014’s Citadel or have they changed the musical signatures bit too much? Personally Urn promises to keep the stylistic and traditional Ne Obliviscaris sound fans know and love by incorporating classical violins, well presented clean singing from Tim Charles, and Xenoyr the mastermind behind the lyricism and harsh leads continues to create some of the finest pieces of technical, progressive, and innovative structures of extreme music. The album is filled with riddled passages, wonderfully crafted acoustic guitar melodies, complex rhythms and a wholly unique approach so diverse that the transitions and fresh finishing touches keeps Urn extremely delicate and naturalistic.

Musically, Urn once again delivers to push leaps and boundaries where the songs are not overly predictable but the compositions, familiarized progressions, and tempo lead changes are both mixed beautifully without any forces being repetitive. The production and mixing on Urn is virtually perfect where every instrumental is breathtakingly melodic and agonized as the screams, growls, clean vocal deliveries and emotive expressions from each band member presented here is typical Ne Obliviscaris at best. Not only Urn is a great representation what extreme metal with progressive elements can be atmospheric, textured, and elaborate emotional connections between the album’s Life and Death conceptual meaning but to hear Ne Obliviscaris coming back with a new album intrigued me since they retained such accessible craftsmanship keeps this Australian band consistent and hard-working. But for a album like Urn it’s stunningly magnifenct when you hear songs such as Eyrie, Urn (Part I) – And Within the Void We Are Breathless, and the opening track of Libera (Part I) – Saturnine Spheres prepare yourself for the magical ride of a lifetime as Ne Obliviscaris are back and making their strongest content to date.

Overall Score: 9.0/10

Reviewed by Jake Butler


 

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