Last night, while in Connecticut visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the privilege of finally seeing Ne Obliviscaris, a super rad prog-metal band from Australia.
As any music lover knows, it’s one thing to be amazing on a recording, but to be incredibly tight live is a whole other level. NeO was impeccable live. The mixture of songs from their new album “Urn”, to “Citadel”, to “Portal of I” created a truly unique journey of pain, joy, life, and death. were probably one of the most amazing bands I’ve ever seen in concert. How every single one of them plays with absolute perfection every night, is a true testament to their musicianship and professionalism.
I must say that I have never seen a metal musician dancing and smiling on stage before, but that changed when I saw Tim perform. Watching Tim’s upbeat attitude, next to Xen’s mysterious and intense atmosphere, was such a beautiful dynamic.
One other key point I would like to make, coming from someone who can barely sit through a four-minute song without getting bored, is that they were able to keep my attention for a whole sixteen-and-a-half-minute song. I take naps that are shorter than that!! If that doesn’t explain the magic of NeO, I don’t know what will. I’ve never heard a band that is beautiful, brutal, sweet, and intense, all at the same time. The individualities within the band create a prog-metal machine that is incomparable to anything else I have ever heard.
It was truly an honor.
NeO has a few weeks left of their North American tour, and if you are able to catch one of their last shows, I highly, highly suggest that you do.
Nov. 24 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Blind Tiger
Nov. 25 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
Nov. 26 – Orlando, Fla. @ Haven
Nov. 28 – New Orleans, La. @ Gasa Gasa
Nov. 29 – Ft. Worth, Texas @ Rail Club
Nov. 30 – Houston, Texas @ Acadia Live
Dec. 1 – Austin, Texas @ Come & Take It Live
Dec. 3 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Club Red
Dec. 4 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ Constellation Room