Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I


8.6 | 689 votes |
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

Top 20 albums of 2012: 1

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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25.05.2012 - 04:02
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
I think it's nowhere close Unexpect. I'd say it's like a proggy Dark Lunacy, as Troy suggested.
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25.05.2012 - 06:47
Rating: 7
Promonex
Cathemeral
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.
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All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu... This is the truth! This is my belief! ...At least for now.
- The Mystery of Life, Vol. 841 Ch. 26
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25.05.2012 - 13:42
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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25.05.2012 - 16:46
Rating: 7
Promonex
Cathemeral
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
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All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu... This is the truth! This is my belief! ...At least for now.
- The Mystery of Life, Vol. 841 Ch. 26
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25.05.2012 - 21:54
Rating: 7
Bloodshotmage
This album took me by surprise. Every few minutes, the songs just take really unexpected turns.
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26.05.2012 - 12:28
Rating: 7
R'Vannith
ghedengi
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.
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26.05.2012 - 20:26
Rating: 8
omjaimes
omjaimes
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
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27.05.2012 - 01:51
Abel
This so FAST... I don't even think is healthy to listen to this 0.0
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27.05.2012 - 04:21
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Abel on 27.05.2012 at 01:51

This so FAST...


Uhhhhh, fast where?
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27.05.2012 - 10:37
Rating: 9
esw1026
I couldn't find out any special moment to keep myself listening to this album. A little bit better than average IMO.
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Yoda rocks!!!
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27.05.2012 - 18:12
Abel
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.
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28.05.2012 - 04:54
Timmeh
Dudeman
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?
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28.05.2012 - 13:33
Fredd
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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
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28.05.2012 - 18:04
Abel
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
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31.05.2012 - 16:51
Rating: 10
matia
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
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31.05.2012 - 22:43
Rating: 5
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
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 ...
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31.05.2012 - 23:19
Rating: 7
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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.
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02.06.2012 - 01:23
MechanisT
Account deleted
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.
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04.06.2012 - 15:26
Rating: 6
The Melting Snow
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...
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05.06.2012 - 16:38
oblong
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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.
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05.06.2012 - 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.
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05.06.2012 - 20:21
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
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.
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06.06.2012 - 04:04
oblong
Account deleted
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.
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07.06.2012 - 01:53
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
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!
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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07.06.2012 - 06:16
Ap46
Fucking Progessive Orgasm!
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08.06.2012 - 00:17
Rating: 8
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
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).
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12.06.2012 - 07:05
Stoned Crow
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.
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12.06.2012 - 07:11
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
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.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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12.06.2012 - 08:59
Rating: 7
R'Vannith
ghedengi
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.
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13.06.2012 - 08:51
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
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
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