MetalBite Review by Adam M on 10/11/2017 12:36:41 PM
Ne Oblivscaris bring a complex formula to the table. They incorporate strings so nicely into their mix that it’s almost seamless, but no less bombastic. The music here is very busy and interesting in equal measures. The vocals are just as varied as the music, alternating between harsh sections and the wonderful clean ones. The music here is multi-dimensional and infinitely compelling. There is so much going on that it takes multiple listens for the music to sink in, but you’ll be willing to take the journey again and again.
The guitars are utilized effectively, but only in congruence with the violins to add color at the appropriate moments. There is a large amount of variety in the instrumentation, which is one of the main draws of the band. Ne Obliviscaris are able to splice and combine a number of different instruments in the most interesting of fashions. Whether the music is entirely different from the albums that came before it is beside the point. There is simply a number of new passages to become enthralled in with the beguiling method that Ne Obliviscaris creates. The music remains fresh and interesting, though I foresee the band could change their formula a bit in the future. Still, it’s undeniable how beautiful the music here is.
Ne Obliviscaris’ style is one to be copied and adored for ages to come. Their music has the same appeal that old Opeth recordings had and is similarly as impactful. This is simply the most vibrant collection of songs that has been released this year and it should be cherished as such. This band is on a roll and I can’t wait to see what they do next. All fans of heavy metal should find something to like with Urn.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10