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Australian avant-garde death metal group Ne Obliviscaris has parted ways with bass player Brendan “Cygnus” Brown, and now the group has issued this statement about the situation:
"Last week we let go our bassist Brendan Brown due to recent allegations of domestic violence. At the time we were advised by a lawyer to not release details publicly of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal, until Brendan had made a statement disclosing the details himself. Unfortunately in the time it took for the statement to come out, the real issues of domestic violence and mental health were cast aside by some to engage in a smear campaign against the band.
"Yesterday a certain website published an article claiming to have proof of a grand conspiracy by the band to cover up these allegations over the years. This is completely false and we will be taking legal action against those involved.
"Their apparent 'proof' was a Facebook comment from Brendan’s mum stating that we were aware of a domestic assault charge against Brendan from 6 years ago because Tim attended court with Brendan. It is correct that Tim attended court in moral support for Brendan back in 2010 after a domestic incident between him and his mum. However, the nature of the incident was such that although Brendan pleaded guilty to the charge, the judge decided that no conviction was warranted due to the complicated nature of the incident and their relationship in general (which is detailed in Brendan’s statement below).
"Even though this situation was very unfortunate and Brendan had clearly done the wrong thing, we also sympathized about his very difficult home life (at one point Brendan had to live with Dan and his parents when they were in their late teens due to the toxic relationship with his mum) and tried to help him through the whole process. This was the only allegation we were ever made aware of at any time until recently.
"Several people have said online that they knew of other allegations for a year, two or even more - so therefore we must have known about them ourselves. However, none of these people actually came to the band directly to tell us what they had heard.
"Once we were made aware of these allegations and investigated them ourselves we acted straight away to try and get Brendan to seek help and made the decision to remove him from the band. Moving forward the band won’t be making any further comment on Brendan’s departure. More...
Australia's progressive metal quartet Vipassi - mainly comprised of members of Ne Obliviscaris - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Sunyata", which will be released on January 20th through Season of Mist.
Check out now "Sunyata" in its entirety below.
Australian progressive metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris has announced the re-release of long sold out EPs "Sarabande to Nihil" and "Hiraeth" via the band's Patreon campaign. The band are offering the EPs exclusively via the "Ne Obluminati" fan club program here.
These out of print EPs feature re-recorded tracks from the band's early years and the "Portal of I" era. These initially sold out in 2014 and have been out of print ever since.
There are no plans to release these in any other format, so participating in this pledge drive is the only chance to hear these very special recordings.
Ne Obliviscaris vocalist and founding member Tim Charles discusses the campaign at greater length in the video below. More...
Following a European tour alongside Enslaved, Ne Oblivscaris will embark on a headlining Australian tour. The tour begins this week, and sees the band traveling throughout the rest of the month with The Ocean. Dates are as follows:
Nov. 25 Melbourne (AU) @ 170 Russell
Nov. 26 Adelaide (AU) @ Fowler's Live
Nov. 30 Canberra (AU) @ The Basement
Dec. 1 Sydney (AU) @ Manning Bar
Dec. 2 Newcastle (AU) @ The Cambridge Hotel
Dec. 3 16 Brisbane (AU) @ The Brightside
Dec. 4 Perth (AU) @ Capitol More...
Ne Obliviscaris will be supporting latest (and devastatingly awesome) album "Citadel" [reviewed here] on tour in North America this month and into August.
The band's first-ever North American headlining tour begins on July 12 in San Diego at Brick by Brick, and runs until August 12 in Arizona. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Rounding out the bill are Black Crown Initiate and Starkill.
July 12 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
July 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
July 14 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
July 16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
July 17 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
July 18 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
July 19 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
July 21 Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
July 22 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
July 24 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
July 25 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
July 26 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
July 27 Toronto, ON @ Moo Club
July 28 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
July 29 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
July 31 Boston, PA @ Once Ballroom More...
Ne Obliviscaris bassist Brendan "Cygnus" Brown is gearing up to release a solo tech death album under the band name Infinite Density. Vocals are provided by Ben Boyle (AMDBL, Hadal Maw, Vipassi).
"Recollapse of the Universe" will officially drop at the end of July, but today you can hear opening track "Infinite Rebirth" below. Pre-orders are also online at bandcamp here and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Infinite Rebirth
2. Awakening Shantak
3. Multidimensional Unity
4. Pulses of Grandiosity
5. Recollapse of the Universe
6. System Disconnection
7. Aftermath of the Starless Abyss
8. The Culminate Zone
9. Spring on Mars More...
Pennsylvania's purveyors of metal from Black Crown Initiate premiere the title-track from their upcoming new album "Selves We Cannot Forgive", which will be out in stores July 22 via eOne Music. The band has officially welcomed Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless) to their lineup as its new guitarist. He replaces Rik Stelzpflug in the outfit. States Hauch, who has been touring with the group already:
"It’s a really rare and awesome thing if you’re able to find a group of dudes that you can genuinely get along with. It’s even more rare if your musical tastes and goals are congruent. I can definitely say that’s the case right now in Black Crown Initiate and I’m very grateful. Things are great and I’m looking forward to the the future."
Check out now "Selves We Cannot Forgive" below.
Black Crown Initiate will be out touring with Ne Obliviscaris and Starkill. Dates for which can be found below: More...
The progressive death metal gods from Ne Obliviscaris have checked in with the following update about hitting the road with Enslaved this coming fall:
"Starting September 29th we are heading back for a MASSIVE European tour as direct support to Enslaved for their 25th anniversary tour. Even more exciting is that we are doing a 1 HOUR set every night on this tour so that all our fans across Europe can see a much longer show this time around.
"This tour also includes a performance at Damnation Festival in the UK as well as more shows yet to be announced so if your city/country isn't listed below please stay tuned." More...
Dan Presland, the drummer for Australia's fast-rising progressive metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris, is streaming a live performance playthrough for the track "Devour Me, Colossus."
The video, shot while the band was in North America for the very first time, is streaming now below. Ne Obliviscaris is fresh off a first-ever North American trek, supporting latest album "Citadel."
Two days in February will probably become two of the most sought after days for metal concerts in central Texas. This is because European bands invaded the Lone Star state. First, on Friday the 12th, Cradle of Filth ravaged the Aztec Theater in San Antonio. Then, At The Gates thrashed Austin. Both shows brought in a large crowd, which was partially due to their popularity but also due to the fact that Euro bands like these just don’t tour much.
My show report on At The Gates will post soon, but first let’s look at COF’s performance at the Aztec. Due to horrendous traffic, it took me 3.5 hours to drive from Georgetown, Texas to San Antonio Friday traffic is terrible and on this day I encountered 4 wrecks and traffic stalls. I guess next time I’ll need to take off around noon on Friday to see all the bands. The drive is terrible. Once I made it to the venue Butcher Babies were halfway through their set. Other than boobs on parade, I don’t give much credence to this band. They sound very cliché for the times and there is nothing that really grabs me.
The start of Cradle Of Filth's tour with Ne Obliviscaris and Butcher Babies was postponed due to visa issues, but today the band finally arrives and the tour kicks off with all remaining dates to go ahead as planned. The Filth comments:
"United States. We have arrived in Charlotte! And already we have been to a super Walmart star destroyer!
"The nine hour flight over was supplemented by copious amounts of wine and current movies and the bus (once customs was finally cleared) was found to be very much to our liking. Dark green as opposed to the bright yellow of the European tour, and cozy enough. Masses of pictures to follow...
"Today we play The Filmore in Charlotte. Support comes from Wallaby rockstars Ne Obliviscaris and of course, the Butcher Babies. See you down the front!" More...
Cradle Of Filth's tour with Butcher Babies and Ne Obliviscaris was recently postponed due to visa problems, but now the band is officially in transit to the States, with the trek to resume on January 31st.
Ne Obliviscaris fans can still catch that band live this week though, as several headlining shows were lined up in place of the cancelled tour dates while waiting for Cradle's arrival.
Cradle Of Filth has now checked in with the following update:
"CRADLE OF FILTH ARE ON THEIR WAY TO SEE ALL THEIR US FANS!! The band will be flying out Saturday to begin the tour in Charlotte Sun 31st Jan.
"We would like once again apologize to everyone who were intending to see the band at the four cancelled shows this week in the U.S. The cancellation, ironically, was mainly down to the slow return of Dani's visa from the American Embassy in London, rather than the brutal weather. Dani has now received his visa after an agonizing wait.
"We're utterly utterly sorry for the cancellations, but it has been something that has been totally out of the band's hands. We can only hope that the rest of the tour will be as amazing as planned. Thanks once again for your understanding and see you out on the road!" More...
Already in the U.S. waiting for a new tour with Cradle Of Filth and Butcher Babies to start, the Australian avant-garde metallers from Ne Obliviscaris were left standing around with dicks firmly in hand when Cradle had to postpone the starting dates due to visa problems.
Fans of the one legitimately awesome band on this tour needn't worry though: Ne Obliviscaris has now lined up headlining shows to replace these cancelled dates! The group comments:
"Last minute HEADLINE shows in Philadelphia, Providence, and Balitmore announced! Replacing the 4 cancelled shows with Cradle of Filth due to their visa delays. Tickets $10 at the door. Spread the word! Plus an extra headline show in Fresno on Feb 19 has also been added!"
Jan. 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge w/Black Crown Initiate
Jan. 27 Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
Jan. 28 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Feb. 19 Fresno, CA @ Strummer's
Update: Ne Obliviscaris has now lined up several headlining shows to replace the cancelled starting dates of the tour. Full info available here.
The impending Ne Obliviscaris / Cradle Of Filth / Butcher Babies tour will be kicking off later than expected due to (what else?) visa issues. Ne Obliviscaris had this to say about the situation:
"Unfortunately we have received news that the first 4 shows of our tour - Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Raleigh - have been cancelled this week due to a delay in Cradle of Filth's U.S. visas.
"We personally have already landed in LA on our way to Philadelphia tonight and are shattered that we can't play to our fans in these cities... From what we understand, it is expected that this situation will be resolved in the next couple of days so that the rest of the tour goes ahead starting in Charlotte on Jan 31.
"We are so sorry to our fans in these cities who I know will be just as disappointed as we are. We are looking into options at present for any shows in the Pennsylvania tri-state and Mid-Atlantic areas in the meantime in case it's possible to get a show happening on such extremely short notice, and will keep you guys updated as soon as there is more news on our end. Either way, we are here in America, with our Visa's in hand, staying positive and ready to play for you all." More...
Metal and gaming scribe Ty Arthur (xFiruath of Metalunderground.com/GameSkinny) today unleashes his debut novel “Empty” via Mirror Matter Press.
Following a string of short story anthology appearances, this long-awaited standalone sci-fi / horror tome is now available at Amazon here.
Down-on-his-luck, stuck performing punishment duty in the lower levels of the Penrose, Junior Engineer 3rd Class Hansen wants nothing more than to see the wreckage of a newly discovered ship dating back to man's earliest deep space explorations. The engineer is about to get his wish, and in the process come face-to-face with a long-dormant horror waiting patiently for the perfect vessel. What he'll uncover in the darkness will threaten to consume him, body and soul.
Arthur had this to say about his inaugural solo work:
“While the themes of 'Empty' draw heavily from personal experiences, it should come as no surprise that extreme metal was a major inspiration for me, and there wasn't a single moment of writing when I didn't have the headphones on, exploring the outer reaches of space through music. Special thanks in particular are due to Augury, Ne Obliviscaris, and Stagnant Waters for the epic and discordant tracks that acted as a soundtrack to those writing sessions.
“Although on the surface 'Empty' is about horrible things discovered out in the depths of space, I think metal fans in particular will be able to identify with the main character and underlying story dealing with the isolation of being different and separated from the herd.
“In the same way the music propelled me forward and inspired my writing, I hope one day 'Empty' inspires a metal band to write a sci-fi album so it can all come full circle.”
The author's recommended listening playlist to go along with a reading of “Empty” consists of: More...
Following a huge year in 2015, which saw the band release sophomore album, "Take It Like A Man," Butcher Babies will start 2016 as direct support to the metal titans Cradle Of Filth on the "Inquisitional Torture" tour. Rounding out the lineup is Australian progressive metal outfit Ne Obliviscaris.
Speaking about the upcoming run in North America, Heidi Shepherd (vocals) comments: "Touring with Cradle of Filth is a dream come true for me. Dani’s vocal are a huge inspiration for some of my vocal techniques. As for Butcher Babies, we are re-vamping our show to bring fans a whole new BB experience for 2016. Diving into another year of touring, we are excited to present another evolution of the band."
Carla Harvey (vocals) adds, "There has been overwhelmingly positive fan feedback and anticipation for this upcoming run with Cradle of Filth! We are so excited to be touring with such a legendary black metal band...horns up!"
Latest Butcher Babies album, "Take It Like A Man," was released on August 21st, 2015 via Century Media Records. More...
Dan Presland, the drummer of Australian progressive metal visionaries Ne Obliviscaris, is streaming a playthrough video for the track "Devour Me, Colossus." The footage was filmed during the band's recent European tour with Cradle Of Filth and can be seen below.
Ne Obliviscaris recently announced a first-ever North American tour. The "Inquisitional Tourture" 2016 tour begins on January 26th in Philadelphia, PA and sees the band supporting Cradle Of Filth and Butcher Babies across the U.S. and Canada. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Australian progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates across Europe:
"Thank you Europe! Thank you to all the fans that came out to all 33 shows on this tour over the past 6+ weeks! It has been an incredible experience for us and we are so excited to see our fan base growing every day across your great continent. It was awesome getting a chance to meet so many of you at the shows, in the crowd and hanging out at the merch desk. We are already looking at options to get us back to Europe again ASAP so hopefully this is not goodbye for too long.
"Thank you Cradle of Filth! (Richard Shaw - Guitarist, Schoolcraft, Marek 'Ashok' Smerda, Dani Filth, Daniel Firth Music, Martin Marthus Škaroupka) It was such an honour to tour with a band we have so much respect for and to be given the opportunity to play to so many new people every night that hadn't heard us before. 33 shows down and another 30+ to go in North America starting January 26! We can't wait. Also a big thank you to Big M and the Crewdle of Filth for everything they did for us along the way. More...
Ne Obliviscaris just announced a long-awaited North American tour so fans can experience the avant-garde metal mayhem stateside!
The 2016 "Inquisitional Tourture" run begins on January 26 in Philadelphia, PA and sees the band supporting Cradle Of Filth and Butcher Babies across the U.S. and Canada. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Ne Obliviscaris is touring in support of acclaimed latest album "Citadel" (reviewed here). The band is already on a European tour - also with Cradle of Filth - that will run through December 3, 2015. Full upcoming Ne Obliviscaris tour dates are available below. More...
Brendan "Cygnus" Brown, bassist of the Australian progressive metal visionaries Ne Obliviscaris, is streaming a playthrough video of the track "Painters of the Tempest (Part II) Triptych Lux." Regarding the video, Brendan comments:
"I have had many requests to do a play through of this song. It's the most challenging song for me. Given it's length, dynamics and attention to detail. The track was recorded straight from AXE FX into protools 8. Sony HDR-CX130 camera linked up in Sony Vegas 11. So hard to line up perfectly. Sorry for the minuscule delay!"