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Release date: 7 May 2012
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. Tapestry Of The Starless Abstract
02. Xenoflux
03. Of The Leper Butterflies
04. Forget Not
05. And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope
06. As Icicles Fall
07. Of Petrichor Weaves Black Noise

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Lyrics (7)


Line-up
Tim Charles - violin, clean vocals
Marc "Xenoyr" Campbell - harsh vocals
Matt Klavins - guitars
Benjamin Baret - guitars
Brendan "Cygnus" Brown - bass
Daniel "Mortuary" Presland - drums


Additional info
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth, Soilwork) at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden.

Released on 7 May, 2012 in Australia through Welkin Records.

Guest review by
Dentura

Rating:
8.5
Now I for one am one of the newer fans of this unique progressive metal outfit. I was unaware of the Aurora Veil EP that came out in 2007, was already establishing a fan-base, and was building up significant hype for the release of Portal of I five years later. I have never even heard of Ne Obliviscaris, until right before the album was released, with the surrounding hype growing to a fever-pitch. I was finally able to order a copy from the band's label and after a few spins, I must say, I was quite impressed.

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published 30.09.2012 | Comments (6)

Staff review by
Milena

Rating:
N/A
Reading other people's opinions is a funny thing. Before I checked it out myself, I was convinced Ne Obliviscaris would sound like a bastard child of meloblack-infused Wintersun and Into Eternity on drugs. And I'm not going to lie to you, there's definitely a bit of that in Portal Of I, but that's only a part of the picture.

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published 24.10.2012 | Comments (22)

Guest review by
Lucerna

Rating:
9.0
I was introduced to this band by a friend of mine whose taste in metal was quite similar to mine; he showed me a video of "As Icicles Fall". This took my attention, and I decided to check these guys out; and I was very pleased with what I heard.

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published 04.06.2014 | Comments (2)

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pisymbol - 22.05.2012 at 21:29  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.05.2012 at 03:39

Written by pisymbol on 21.05.2012 at 01:48
Btw Troy, I listened to the album. Sigh, you were right! They have a lot of material that has a lot of potential but they can't coalesce it into anything substantial. Musical masturbation if you ask me.

Not really "glad" that you agree since I'm never glad to hear someone doesn't like something, but it is nice to know someone agrees with me.

And hopefully my comments aren't misconstrued again. I hate looking like an elitist douchebag.


Troy, its alright. You are a polite BME. Just accept it.

(just kidding).
malaikat - 23.05.2012 at 15:34  
Rating: 8 Haters gonna hate, this music makes me happy. Near-perfect mix of proggy, avantguarde and deathmetal-ish sound. Violin is little out-of-place, but in a good way for me, it adds well to the bizzarity of the album. I'm thinking something between 8 or 9, but I will probably give them 9 because it's their first full-length release.

EDIT: nah, probably an 8. I'm enjoying "Portal of I" very much, but I'm actually enjoying what this album could be, rather what it is right now. The idea is fantastic, but the realisation is "just" very good. It's a great album, but if this dudes do their thing right, their second album is going to be *brilliant*.

But the album's imperfections actually sound cute to me. I don't know, I just listening to that kind of albums, where you see the band's potential, but also their current inabillity to achieve it completely. As I said - I'm allready superstoked for Ne Obliviscaris' next release.
Timmeh - 24.05.2012 at 06:33  
Rating: 8
Written by malaikat on 23.05.2012 at 15:34

I'm allready superstoked for Ne Obliviscaris' next release.

You could be waiting a while, this one took forever to come out. I'm with ya though hopefully they've started some momentum with this album.
Risto - 24.05.2012 at 13:14  
Rating: 8
Written by Timmeh on 24.05.2012 at 06:33

Written by malaikat on 23.05.2012 at 15:34

I'm allready superstoked for Ne Obliviscaris' next release.

You could be waiting a while, this one took forever to come out.

It took long because they were super unlucky with several things, all songs had been written for like 3 years prior. Next one should be out quicker.
Urs Blank - 24.05.2012 at 13:39  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 24.05.2012 at 13:14

It took long because they were super unlucky with several things, all songs had been written for like 3 years prior. Next one should be out quicker.


Exactly! I'm glad to see they didn't disbanded, after the hard time they went through with the guitarist's visa issues. And the result is not disappointing! I'm sure we won't have to wait three more years to hear their next delivery, especially considering how well received this Portal Of I is.
Timmeh - 24.05.2012 at 15:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 24.05.2012 at 13:14

It took long because they were super unlucky with several things, all songs had been written for like 3 years prior. Next one should be out quicker.

I noticed the band also stated recently that without the government grant, the album might not have happened. Hopefully money won't become an issue for them for latter releases.
tea[m]ster - 24.05.2012 at 23:56  
Rating: 7 Wtf is up with all the hoopla about this release. I suppose I should sample. People that know me (which aren't many ) , will I dig this whole thing or not?
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 00:06  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 24.05.2012 at 23:56
...will I dig this whole thing or not?

Normally I'm able to lend a hand most of the time when you ask for it but I honestly can't say here. There aren't any post elements or anything of that nature and it's incredibly melodic, with some black metal-lite vocals.

I suppose I'd label it extreme prog, although it's more like extreme pseudo-prog in my opinion.
tea[m]ster - 25.05.2012 at 00:10  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 00:06

I suppose I'd label it extreme prog, although it's more like extreme pseudo-prog in my opinion.


Well Troy, if u didn't know my next favorite genre is prog metal, I have a ton of stuff. When I think extreme prog I think of The Unexpect or BTBAM. Is this close?
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 00:28  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 25.05.2012 at 00:10
Is this close?

Not even a little similar. It's more like... bits of Wintersun, In Mourning, Dark Lunacy, Persefone... and that's pretty much all that comes to mind.
malaikat - 25.05.2012 at 00:32  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 25.05.2012 at 00:10

Well Troy, if u didn't know my next favorite genre is prog metal, I have a ton of stuff. When I think extreme prog I think of The Unexpect or BTBAM. Is this close?


Well, if it helps, it kinda sounds like Unexpect with the insanity levels toned down to me. Kinda. Only "insane" elements are coming from that violin and (ocasionaly) peculiar clean vocals, but it works pretty well, methinks.
Unhealer - 25.05.2012 at 04:02  
Rating: 8 I think it's nowhere close Unexpect. I'd say it's like a proggy Dark Lunacy, as Troy suggested.
Promonex - 25.05.2012 at 06:47  
Rating: 7 I'd actually compare it to Swallow the Sun and Cormorant. Mainly because those are two other bands who receive a lot of praise, but eventually don't really offer anything interesting. Portal of I is decent, I'll give you that, but far from mind-blowing. Oh well, droolers gonna drool.
Troy Killjoy - 25.05.2012 at 13:42  
 
Written by Promonex on 25.05.2012 at 06:47
I'd actually compare it to Swallow the Sun and Cormorant. Mainly because those are two other bands who receive a lot of praise, but eventually don't really offer anything interesting. Portal of I is decent, I'll give you that, but far from mind-blowing. Oh well, droolers gonna drool.

That's also why I compared them to Septicflesh in an earlier post.
Promonex - 25.05.2012 at 16:46  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.05.2012 at 13:42

Written by Promonex on 25.05.2012 at 06:47
I'd actually compare it to Swallow the Sun and Cormorant. Mainly because those are two other bands who receive a lot of praise, but eventually don't really offer anything interesting. Portal of I is decent, I'll give you that, but far from mind-blowing. Oh well, droolers gonna drool.

That's also why I compared them to Septicflesh in an earlier post.

Yeah, but Septicflesh were actually awesome and you're just too stupid to realize it, so I didn't mention them in my post
Bloodshotmage - 25.05.2012 at 21:54  
Rating: 7 This album took me by surprise. Every few minutes, the songs just take really unexpected turns.
R'Vannith - 26.05.2012 at 12:28  
Rating: 7
Written by Promonex on 25.05.2012 at 06:47

I'd actually compare it to Swallow the Sun and Cormorant. Mainly because those are two other bands who receive a lot of praise, but eventually don't really offer anything interesting. Portal of I is decent, I'll give you that, but far from mind-blowing. Oh well, droolers gonna drool.


Cormorant...offer nothing...interesting... ?
Though if a comparison can be drawn between them and this album I'll definitely need to have a listen.
omjaimes - 26.05.2012 at 20:26  
Rating: 8 I really enjoyed this album, everytime I listen it I'm amazed because of it musical level. however, sometimes the clean vocal line seems very extemporized although the singer has a great voice. This detail prevent me to give it a big 9
Abel - 27.05.2012 at 01:51  
  This so FAST... I don't even think is healthy to listen to this 0.0
Unhealer - 27.05.2012 at 04:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Abel on 27.05.2012 at 01:51

This so FAST...


Uhhhhh, fast where?
esw1026 - 27.05.2012 at 10:37  
Rating: 9 I couldn't find out any special moment to keep myself listening to this album. A little bit better than average IMO.
Abel - 27.05.2012 at 18:12  
 
Written by Unhealer on 27.05.2012 at 04:21

Written by Abel on 27.05.2012 at 01:51

This so FAST...


Uhhhhh, fast where?



just the drums (sometimes), all else it's at normal speed, but again i'm not used to this sort of bands.
Timmeh - 28.05.2012 at 04:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Abel on 27.05.2012 at 18:12

just the drums (sometimes), all else it's at normal speed, but again i'm not used to this sort of bands.

Speaking of the drums did anyone else think that the blast beats/double kick was not varied enough and way too overused and found its way into sections that'd be better off without it?
Fradd - 28.05.2012 at 13:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Promonex on 25.05.2012 at 06:47

I'd actually compare it to ... Cormorant ... who receive a lot of praise, but eventually don't really offer anything interesting.

DIE DIE DIE
Abel - 28.05.2012 at 18:04  
 
Written by Timmeh on 28.05.2012 at 04:54

Written by Abel on 27.05.2012 at 18:12

just the drums (sometimes), all else it's at normal speed, but again i'm not used to this sort of bands.

Speaking of the drums did anyone else think that the blast beats/double kick was not varied enough and way too overused and found its way into sections that'd be better off without it?


like i said, i'm not very used to bands like this (altho i don't consider this bad or dislike-able). I like the journey they take you in, BUT like you said, sometimes i was like, dude relax/take a break, it's like he has a death clock timing up he's ass
matia - 31.05.2012 at 16:51  
Rating: 10 Well i am bored to hear all "Pro" wannabees elitistic reviewers (apart from Troy of course cause he is unique, one of a kind ) whining about anything thats not innovative to their ears cause each and every note "reminds" them something else...for gods sake we should all quit hearing metal then cause Black Sabbath played everything about 35 years ago...innovation is not the issue. Its common knowledge that innovation in metal is dead for over a decade or 2 so please STOP expecting it.
For me, and many others i presume, sometimes all it takes to lift up an album from the pile of same colored music is not the final result but simply JUST THE EFFORT of a band to blend musical expertlse with unique elements and above average compositions, and in this album the effort is astounding. The final result may not be so "robust" but the whole journey to the "unknown" destination this album takes the listener is amazing and that is what makes me listen to it repeatedly for so many days now, to enjoy this awesome ride with ups and downs and lefts and rights whilst not getting sick and tired....and if you happen to love this particular haunting violin sound then you are certainly in for a hell of a ride
BaneConall - 31.05.2012 at 22:43  
Rating: 5 I feel like its dragging on a bit. Not sure how I feel about this yet, but from my first listen I'm not really sure why its still in the top spot ...
tea[m]ster - 31.05.2012 at 23:19  
Rating: 7 Well, listening to this as we speak. Must say I don't own anything that sounds like this. I hear 50/50 black and prog. Nice production too.
MechanisT - 02.06.2012 at 01:23  
 
Written by malaikat on 23.05.2012 at 15:34

I'm enjoying "Portal of I" very much, but I'm actually enjoying what this album could be, rather what it is right now. The idea is fantastic, but the realisation is "just" very good. It's a great album, but if this dudes do their thing right, their second album is going to be *brilliant*.

But the album's imperfections actually sound cute to me. I don't know, I just listening to that kind of albums, where you see the band's potential, but also their current inabillity to achieve it completely. As I said - I'm allready superstoked for Ne Obliviscaris' next release.


+1.
The Melting Snow - 04.06.2012 at 15:26  
Rating: 6 Ahh, the first 6 minutes of Forget Not... awesome... great feel to the playing, really gripped me.

but after that, it turns to chaos, except for the guitar solo... disappointed by how such a great build up turned to a mediocre end...
oblong - 05.06.2012 at 16:38  
  I find it hard to go past the clean vocals, for me they are to similar to the plethora of bands that exist in Australia - most commonly found in alternative/rock groups that are predominant (in Australia).

Saying this though, its all a bit messy (for me) - some great elements mixed with some generic melodies.

It will be interesting to see what the next release holds.
*!* - 05.06.2012 at 18:14  
Rating: 8 This album is too complex imo, more than it should be, also the length of this album is pointless, its really hard to keep focus on whats going on throughout the whole thing.
but as most of the comments have stated they have lots of potential and im really excited for their next efforts.
in my opinion this is a very good album but sometimes its just too much and a bit messy.
Unhealer - 05.06.2012 at 20:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 05.06.2012 at 16:38

I find it hard to go past the clean vocals, for me they are to similar to the plethora of bands that exist in Australia - most commonly found in alternative/rock groups that are predominant (in Australia).


That is a really interesting fact, I find the vocals quite unique. Must be like that because the only Australian band I've ever listened before this one is Virgin Black.
oblong - 06.06.2012 at 04:04  
 
Written by Unhealer on 05.06.2012 at 20:21

Written by Guest on 05.06.2012 at 16:38

I find it hard to go past the clean vocals, for me they are to similar to the plethora of bands that exist in Australia - most commonly found in alternative/rock groups that are predominant (in Australia).


That is a really interesting fact, I find the vocals quite unique. Must be like that because the only Australian band I've ever listened before this one is Virgin Black.


Yeah, you won't find many (if any) of the bands with the similar vocal-style on MS - as they're not quite Metal specific. But for years there as been many similar bands etc. with the same vocal style - almost like its own genre.

In saying this though I can definitely see the appeal of the vocal-style, but it has completely worn off for me.
Dentura - 07.06.2012 at 01:53  
Rating: 9 As far as I'm concerned, this album will more than likely claim the Number One spot for Best Album of 2012, unless the long-anticipated Wintersun, along with Katatonia have anything to say about that!
Ap46 - 07.06.2012 at 06:16  
  Fucking Progessive Orgasm!
Paradox0 - 08.06.2012 at 00:17  
Rating: 8 I think I'm gonna mostly agree with the "this has great ideas but is a jumbled mess crowd"...mostly. The album starts off kind of disjointed for tracks 1-4, sometimes making me feel like I am listening to completely different songs (but are usually part of the 10+ minute song I was still listening to). Some interesting Pianos and Violins are embellished throughout these songs but sometimes feel like they just don't fit. The black metal elements are also not as well integrated with the rest of the music as I feel it should. Luckily tracks 5-7 seem to get the formula more correct, kind of like Enslaved's "Axioma Ethica Odini" but with some very well played strings interlaced throughout the song. Sadly, I feel the songs don't need to be as long as they are and even the strings, although very lovely sounding, just don't make anything memorable (but I have difficulty remembering very difficult time remembering melodic music such as Belakor).
Stoned Crow - 12.06.2012 at 07:05  
 
Written by Dentura on 07.06.2012 at 01:53

As far as I'm concerned, this album will more than likely claim the Number One spot for Best Album of 2012, unless the long-anticipated Wintersun, along with Katatonia have anything to say about that!


I'm going out on a limb, Of Breath and Bone will be the number one album- maybe two- but this won't be the number one album. Top ten- yes. But not the number one slot- not that number one means anything aside from general opinion. I've been listening to Rapture more than anything. Going backwards in the metal world is more enjoyable than focusing on new releases. Aside from Forget Not- and - And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope, I find this album quite boring. I know I gave it an 8- but I'm being generous. Just because it won't be the number 1 on the list, doesn't mean it can't be number 1 on your list.
Dentura - 12.06.2012 at 07:11  
Rating: 9
Written by Stoned Crow on 12.06.2012 at 07:05

Written by Dentura on 07.06.2012 at 01:53

As far as I'm concerned, this album will more than likely claim the Number One spot for Best Album of 2012, unless the long-anticipated Wintersun, along with Katatonia have anything to say about that!


I'm going out on a limb, Of Breath and Bone will be the number one album- maybe two- but this won't be the number one album. Top ten- yes. But not the number one slot- not that number one means anything aside from general opinion. I've been listening to Rapture more than anything. Going backwards in the metal world is more enjoyable than focusing on new releases. Aside from Forget Not- and - And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope, I find this album quite boring. I know I gave it an 8- but I'm being generous. Just because it won't be the number 1 on the list, doesn't mean it can't be number 1 on your list.


Yeah, I meant my personal Number One.
R'Vannith - 12.06.2012 at 08:59  
Rating: 7 This is a really difficult one to get a grasp on. I've been through 3 times and it's still very chaotic. I really like "And Plague Flowers The Kaleido" though.
Ag Fox - 13.06.2012 at 08:51  
Rating: 9
Written by R'Vannith on 12.06.2012 at 08:59

This is a really difficult one to get a grasp on. I've been through 3 times and it's still very chaotic. I really like "And Plague Flowers The Kaleido" though.
I think I prefer the demo a little bit more, could be because there's more strings. But I love all the songs here too
R'Vannith - 13.06.2012 at 11:45  
Rating: 7
Written by Ag Fox on 13.06.2012 at 08:51

Written by R'Vannith on 12.06.2012 at 08:59

This is a really difficult one to get a grasp on. I've been through 3 times and it's still very chaotic. I really like "And Plague Flowers The Kaleido" though.
I think I prefer the demo a little bit more, could be because there's more strings. But I love all the songs here too


I noticed that the demo received a lot of attention but I didn't check it out myself. Yeah the strings are mainly what keeps bringing me back to this at the moment, definitely sounds like something unique is going on here.
K†ulu - 14.06.2012 at 18:12  
  I liked it much more on the second listen. It did not feel disjointed to me so far and worked great as background music during some translating activities .
Milena - 14.06.2012 at 22:53  
Rating: 8 Regarding your whole "haters" discussion - can I do this, just this once?
Dentura - 15.06.2012 at 09:32  
Rating: 9 Okay after a few more listens, I had to change my rating (unfortunately lower, but not much). I personally feel that there a few moments of drag here and there, however this is still a phenomenal release, with many incredible moments. This is amazing, especially for a debut release.
tea[m]ster - 15.06.2012 at 21:43  
Rating: 7
Written by K†ulu on 14.06.2012 at 18:12

I liked it much more on the second listen. It did not feel disjointed to me so far and worked great as background music during some translating activities .


I need to give it another listen too. The one listen I didn't give my full attention, was busy doing other shit, maybe that's why I wasn't blown away by this.
tea[m]ster - 15.06.2012 at 21:47  
Rating: 7
Written by Dentura on 15.06.2012 at 09:32

especially for a debut release.


Not a debut release...an EP called The Aurora Veil in 2007
Risto - 15.06.2012 at 21:53  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 15.06.2012 at 21:47

Written by Dentura on 15.06.2012 at 09:32

especially for a debut release.


Not a debut release...an EP called The Aurora Veil in 2007

I think they don't really keep it in that high regard as a release even though it received heaps of attention. They call it a demo and not an EP which kind of showcases that.
tea[m]ster - 15.06.2012 at 21:57  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 15.06.2012 at 21:53

I think they don't really keep it in that high regard


Hmmm, disagree. Google reviews for it. It's regarded by many as the best debut/demo/EP ever recorded.
Troy Killjoy - 15.06.2012 at 22:01  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 15.06.2012 at 21:47
Not a debut release...an EP called The Aurora Veil in 2007

Regardless, this is their full-length debut, which many consider to be a debut in general. EPs and demos are considered debut material, but they're only meant for showcase purposes a majority of the time, especially early on in a band's career before they're able to release a full-length.

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