Ne Obliviscaris performing in Tokyo in 2015
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Marc "Xenoyr" Campbell
Brendan "Cygnus" Brown
Ne Obliviscaris (Latin for "forget not") are a six-piece progressive metal band from Melbourne. Formed initially as a four-piece in April 2003, the group was founded by Xenoyr and Adam Cooper. The current line-up comprises vocalist Xenoyr, violinist and clean vocalist Tim Charles, guitarists Matt Klavins and Benjamin Baret, bassist Martino Garattoni and drummer Daniel Presland. To date, the band has released a demo, two extended plays and three studio albums. Their most recent album, Urn, was released on 27 October 2017.
Ne Obliviscaris were formed in April 2003 by vocalist Marc "Xenoyr" Campbell and bassist Adam Cooper, later adding a second guitarist and a female soprano. Current vocalist/violinist Tim Charles followed in September 2003. The band went through a number of line-up changes before releasing an independent demo, The Aurora Veil, in 2007. The demo featured three songs which would later appear on their debut album. Their music, whilst being firmly rooted in extreme metal, shows influences from a range of musical styles, including death, black, thrash and melodic metal, as well as classical, jazz, avant-garde and flamenco.
Drummer Dan Presland left the band towards the end of 2011 and was replaced by Nelson Barnes. However, due to the distance between Queensland and Melbourne, Ne Obliviscaris parted ways with Barnes and Presland's return to the band was announced on 24 August 2012.
Released 7 May 2012 Portal of I was the first full-length album by the band. The release of the album was delayed due to the departure of their guitarist, Corey King, in 2007 and the search for a replacement. Benjamin Baret later joined as the lead guitarist, but was subject to lengthy delays in his visa application process.
The band toured in support of the album, which took them overseas for the first time, with the band playing in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand. They were also the headlining act for Progfest 2012 around Australia.
And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope from Portal of I was included in a teaching curriculum at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the song being analysed for its composition
In June 2014, the band announced a crowdfunding campaign to support a world tour with an initial target of $40,000 AUD. This target was reached in just two days, reaching a final figure of $86,132 AUD and breaking the Australian record for crowd-funding in the process.
The subsequent world tour saw Ne Obliviscaris return to Asia supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse as well as their first tours of Europe, the UK and North America where they supported British band, Cradle of Filth. They also played in India for the first time, where they headlined the B-School of Rock at the Unmaad Festival in Bangalore.
2015 saw them perform at festivals across the world: Hellfest (France), Motocultor Festival (France), Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium), Rockstadt Extreme Fest (Romania), Metaldays (Slovenia), Vagos Open Air (Portugal), Resurrection Fest (Spain), Tuska (Finland), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Summer Breeze (Germany), Alcheringa (India) and Soundwave (Australia).
In July 2016, the band began a headlining tour of North America. with headlining shows in the U.K and Ireland following in October 2016 with Atlanta-based band Oceans of Slumber as support. Also announced were further European tour supporting Enslaved between September and November 2016, and headline shows in Australia at the end of November and beginning of December 2016.
On 26 January 2017, the band released longtime bassist Brendan "Cygnus" Brown following allegations of domestic violence. Although they initially gave "irreconcilable personal differences" as the reason, they later explained that it was due in part to the allegations, but also because they believed that Brown needed help. Following accusations from a website that the band knew about Brown's violent behaviour and had been hiding it for years, the band explained that they were only aware of a domestic incident between Brown and his mother six years prior, and, after discovering the truth, immediately tried to get Brown to get help, and relieved him of his services to the band. Brown confirmed both the allegations and the band's statement to be true, adding that being released made him "realize the extent of damage I have caused to people over the years and how badly I need to get help to get my life back on track." He also stated that he had been physically and sexually abused by his mother since childhood, and that the trauma, which caused mental health disorders and ended in drug abuse, made him "an unpredictable character at times, and I have lashed out at people close to me both physically and verbally. I am deeply sorry to anybody that has been victim to this inexcusable behaviour". He also explained that the domestic violence incident with his mother six years prior was him fighting her back for the first time, and that he had not spoke to her since despite his mother harassing both him, his girlfriend, and the band on several occasions, which had led them to complain to the police.
On 26 July 2017, the band announced that their new album, Urn, would be released on 27 October 2017, and released a music video for the track "Intra Venus". They also announced Robin Zielhorst, former member of Cynic, Exivious, and Our Oceans, as their session bassist for the album. On 29 August 2017, they released another song from the album, "Urn (Part I) - And Within the Void We Are Breathless". On 10 October 2017, they released another song, "Urn (Part II) - As Embers Dance In Our Eyes".Urn released on 27 October 2017, though it had been released to Patreon contributors a few days earlier.
In support of the album, the band embarked on a North American tour in November and December 2017, supported by Allegaeon, which was followed by a tour of Australia and New Zealand in February 2018, supported by Circles, and a European tour from March to May 2018, supported by Allegaeon and Virvum. Martino Garattoni joined as bassist after being chosen in online auditions. A North American tour supporting Wintersun will follow in September and October 2018.http://www.dotkomsite.com/recenzije/ne-obliviscaris-urn-down-under-virtouzi/
In addition to the campaign to fund their world tour, the band announced in March 2016 that they were starting a subscription based service through the Patreon micro-payments platform. This was in part inspired by Thy Art is Murder frontman, CJ McMahon, quitting the band for financial reasons. The decision to use Patreon generated some controversy on social media platforms to which vocalist and violinist Tim Charles responded.