Album Review #5 - Portal of I by Ne Obliviscaris

e Obliviscaris's debut, Portal of I (2012), is another of my favourite albums of all time and is absolutely breathtaking to me. It seamlessly blends harsh black and death metal sections with beautiful softer prog and acoustic passages. The inclusion of a violin adds an extra layer on top of the already complex structure and the two vocalists (one soft and one harsh) complement and clash with each other brilliantly. Song by sonhoughts:

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/stron/strong>Portal of I opens with a very intense passage. This bit is very black metal, with fast drumming and guitar playing along with shrieked vocals. It's quite a shocking start and it works well for me. It cools down shortly and opens into a more melodic section with really great riffs and the combining of the two vocalists. We also get our first taste of the violin a few minutes in. Like a lot of the album the band members balance acoustic and metal passages really well on this song. It's also got an awesome guitar and violinng solo.

Xenoflux opens with an excellent melodic riff and soon combines this with vicious blast beats. There is a lot going on throughout a lot of this song and it comes across quite chaotic. It's one of the more intense songs on the album. I love the guitar tone at 3 minutes, it sounds so awesome and different. Even the acoustic section is quite fast-paced and has other elements on top at times. The bit after the acoustic section is one of my favourite bits on the album. It feels so triumphant and has a brilliant guitar sound. The whole end passage of this song is awesome, I lolos too.

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The shortest song on the album, Of the Leper Butterflies is 'only' just under 6 minutes long. It has some of the best vocals from the two singers and as usual, insanely impressive drumming ("Foresight, and memory"). The part 4:50 is also excellent with the rising violin which then floats along with the guitars for the rest of tht stuff.

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After the short song we get two incredible near 12 minute each masterpieces. Forget Not starts very calm with scarce acoustic notes and builds up throughout the majority of the song, creating suspense and anticipation for the explosion of music that is coming. I love the use of the violin throughout a lot of the song (I always love when it shows up). Forget Not takes its sweet time and I think that works completely to its benefit. It only really starts to get going halfway through, a full 6 minutes in with a riff that I love. Even at this point, it's not super intense. The song finally explodes 3 quarters of the way through with a blistering solo and intense drumming. After this it becomes softer again only for a few seconds until it gets intense again. It sounds like it could be boring but the many different layers and implementation of a violin keeps it interesting the whole time and the end of the song can only be described as euntastic.

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And Plague... opens with amazing violin work which sticks around for a long time and the opening is really different, it's almost got a flamenco sound to it. It's not there the whole time but the violin glides in and out which I absolutely love. Starting at 5 and a half minutes in the incredibly simple but crushingly heavy riff along with the violin coming in is one of my favourite parts of any song. It's there throughout a lot of the album but the bass is especially noteworthy in this song like after the simple riff. The guitar tone after this is also incredible. After this we get an onslaught of amazing solos including a short bass solo. Some of the best clean vocals on the album feature at the end of this song too. This is possibly mll time.
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Thus concludes what used to be my favourite album of all time (It's up there!). Everything about it just works together so fantastically. It also has sick cover art. This album and type of music isn't for everyone but at least give Forget Not and And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope a listen, thial.
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Comments 6

sounds promising :) you could maybe add an album link to spotify on these posts, i think thats ok

09.08.2019 18:09

ok will do! :)

09.08.2019 18:25

cool, it saves lazy people like myself looking for it :)

09.08.2019 18:38

just from the first song i like a lot, saving for later

09.08.2019 18:45

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10.08.2019 15:59