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NE OBLIVISCARIS release new single Graal ahead of Exul LP (Season of Mist)

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Progressive metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris have released their new single ‘Graal’, taken from their long-awaited new full-length, Exul, released 24th March 2023 via Season of Mist

Watch the video to ‘Graal’ below.

Pre-orders for Exul are now available here.

Pre-save the album on streaming services here.

Exploring the result of oppression and mistreatment, Ne Obliviscaris‘ new song is about the inner journey and struggle to understand our individual worth. In lieu of a comment, violinist/clean vocalist Tim Charles offers this thought-provoking poem inspired by the song ‘Graal’ and its intensely charged video:

“Lost, he lies… 
His failing body beaten down by the totality of existence, 
The strength to rise, To persevere, To overcome,
Gone.
 
His inner world torments him with the weight of every moment passed by, but not yet forgotten.
 
And yet
He is found
He is lifted
 
And as the essence of his line is fed forth
He breathes
He moves
He rises”

Drum tracking for Exul, the fourth long-player from Australian extreme progressive metallers Ne Obliviscaris, started in March 2020. There is an ominous tone to that date: March 2020. The pandemic demarcation line. That month, Daniel Presland laid down his drums in Nashville, Tennessee, with American producer Mark Lewis. As flight cancellations increased and borders shuttered, Presland made it home literally hours before Australia closed theirs. Lewis, guitarist Benjamin Baret and bassist Martino Garattoni weren’t as lucky. They were due to land in Australia in the days that followed to continue tracking, but were forced to remain overeseas indefinitely. With recording studios shuttered throughout Melbourne, a slow, tedious, life-altering two-year grind to complete Exul ensued for Ne Obliviscaris

What should have been the continued upward swing after 2017’s critically acclaimed Urn turned into the most fraught moment of Ne Obliviscaris’s career. Clean vocalist and violinist Tim Charles says the period “came close to breaking us completely.” It was a time filled with death, relationships breaking down, despair and financial loss. PreslandNe Obliviscaris’s drummer since 2005, amicably parted ways in early 2022, throwing yet another wrench into the band’s plans. 

Seven additional studios and three more countries later, Exul was finally mixed and mastered in July 2022.

The album personifies Ne Obliviscaris’s distinctive, boundary-pushing ethos. The band’s trademark blend of emotion and beauty is as towering as ever, if not even more compelling, particularly how Charles’ violin lines carefully weave their way around Baret and fellow guitarist Matt Klavins’ riffing. The duality of Charles’ clean vocals and Xenoyr’s growls remains the narrative anchor, elevating songs that emanate sophistication and are a masterclass in composition. 

“Our approach is always the same,” says Charles, “which is essentially to just write and see what comes out. Exul definitely had its challenges during the songwriting process. Part of the beauty of how our music comes together is that we are quite different individuals bringing an array of ideas together. From there, we work out how to combine them into something that is seamless and beautiful to us. We were determined to make this our best and most complete album yet, which definitely resulted in it taking longer. But we are so proud of this album and it’s exciting to finally share it with the world.” 
 

The album’s centerpiece is the two-part ‘Misericorde I – As the Flesh Fails’ and ‘Misericorde – Anatomy of Quiescence.’ (A Ne Obliviscaris album is not complete without a multi-part epic!) According to Charles, ‘Part II’ began by taking a song they thought was finished (‘Pt I’) and asking, “What if after that…?” The band then wrote a section that took the piece in a new direction and what was a seven minute song, became an almost seventeen-minute two-part epic. 

“The bulk of ‘Part I’ was written more so by Benji and Martino,” notes Charles“You can hear the very guitar-driven approach present throughout that track. ‘Part II’, by contrast, was written more so by myself in collaboration with others and the emphasis changes more towards expansive solos and slow-developing sections that build towards the epic finale. These two tracks are a great example of how it’s the combination of our different strengths as songwriters spread across an album that results in the sound that is Ne Obliviscaris.”

The Exul album title came to Xen when he was summing up the album’s feeling musically and lyrically. Coincidentally, it matched the experience of most people during the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “I think everyone at some point has felt at odds with the world around them, felt alone, cast out, or misunderstood,” says XenExul felt right to use in a broader sense and as a lone word, for we each have our own history and a story of exile.

“Overall, there’s a darker core to this album, perhaps more ominous than previous releases,” he continues. “However abstract the lyrics are, they involve some form of unwanted departure — all journeys into torment, passion, longing and even despair. They touch on the process of physical and psychological destruction that comes from that sense or reality of being exiled, whether forced from one’s land, ostracised from a community, shunned by a religion, or even simply being treated differently for being who they are.” 

Touring will factor heavily into Ne Obliviscaris’ 2023 plans. The band will embark on headlining tours worldwide that will hit new territories. As luck would have it, the return to live show activity will coincide with the release of Exul and the band’s 20th anniversary. As one of Australia’s leading extreme metal exports, there is a distinct sense of gratitude from Charles and his bandmates. They’re looking forward to sharing it with fans when they resume touring. 

“Simply getting the opportunity to perform music that we’ve written on stages around the world to people that genuinely love and connect with it,” finishes Charles when talking about Ne Obliviscaris’ 20-year journey. “There is something incredibly special about the energy that exists between an artist and audience at a concert and it’s an honor to get the opportunity to spend 2023 connecting with people in that way once more.”

Catch the band live on the following dates:

Ne Obliviscaris
+Persefone +Asymmetric Universe* +The Omnific**
05/05/2023    Tavastia, Helsinki (FI)*
06/05/2023    Klubi, Tampere (FI)*
09/05/2023    Bla, Oslo (NO)*
10/05/2023    Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)*
11/05/2023    Headcrash, Hamburg (DE)*
13/05/2023    Luxor, Cologne (DE)*
14/05/2023    Trix, Antwerp (BE)*
16/05/2023    Grand Social, Dublin (IE)*
17/05/2023    Slay, Glasgow (UK)*
18/05/2023    Rebellion, Manchester (UK)*
19/05/2023    Islington Academy, London (UK)*

20/05/2023    Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden (NL)**
21/05/2023    Petit Bain, Paris (FR)**
22/05/2023    Ferrailleur, Nantes (FR)**
24/05/2023    Hard Club, Porto (PT)**
25/05/2023    RCA Club, Lisbon (PT)**
26/05/2023    Nazca, Madrid (ES)**
27/05/2023    La Nau, Barcelona (ES)**
29/05/2023    Kofmehl Hall, Solothurn (CH)**
30/05/2023    Strom, Munich (DE)**
31/05/2023    Viper Room, Vienna (AT)**
01/06/2023    Futurum, Prague (CZ)**
02/06/2023    Hole44, Berlin (DE)**
03/06/2023    Naumann, Leipzig (DE)**

Recording line-up:
Xen– Harsh Vocals
Tim Charles – Clean Vocals, Violin, Viola & Keyboards
Benjamin Baret– Lead Guitars
Matthew Klavins– Guitar
Martino Garattoni – Bass
Dan Presland– Drums

Current line-up:
Xen– Harsh Vocals
Tim Charles – Clean Vocals, Violin, Viola & Keyboard
Benjamin Baret- Lead & Acoustic Guitar
Matthew Klavins– Guitar
Martino Garattoni – Bass

Guest musicians:
Additional Violin on tracks 1, 2 & 3 performed by Emma Charles
Additional vocals on Track 1 performed by Alana K Vocal
Cello on Tracks 1 & 4 performed by Dalai Theofilopoulou
Cover artwork: Xen

Ne Obliviscaris online:

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