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Best Demo Tape ever?! - 98%

nilgoun, December 18th, 2011

To sketch The Aurora Veil out, you would have to say, that it is a mixture of progressive and black/death metal, although the lion’s share is on the side of progressive metal. But, to put the cart before the horse, lets start with the basics: The fundament of their songs, although this can be quite subtle, is on a black metal basis, which could especially be heard in the opener Tapestry of the Starless Abstract, as it starts with it. This fundament is highlighted from time to time, for instance through the use of fast doublebass patterns, but mostly accentuating the progressive structures that are layered above. This progressive layers are so numerous and there is so much going on simultaneously that you should take your time to enjoy the songs.

As usual for progressive tracks, all songs are exceeding the nine minutes mark – and two of them are nearly twelve minutes long. Overlong tracks tend to become boring after a while, but Ne Obliviscaris did circumnavigate well around that cliff. On the one hand because there is -as mentioned before- so much going on simultaneously, that you can discover so much and on the other hand due to enough variation and variety in terms of structures scattered over each track. Every instrument has enough room to breath properly and everything got some time to set a spotlight on itself, for instance the beautiful bass lines, drum accents or some acoustic passages. The major element in terms of orchestration is – without a doubt – the violine which plays apart from light folk melodies (which could be traced back to the jazz/fusion influences violinist Tim Charles has) and often plays the second lead guitar.

Another accent which guarantees that the songs fly by in no time, is the interplay between the guttural vocals of Xenoyr and the clear vocals done by violinist Tim. Simply everything fits together without a flaw, so that even the wildest orchestral and/or vocal passages seem purely natural and completely rounded. Another highlight of this record is the production which is more than crystal clear – but it has to be, as the music is so multilayered, that you couldn’t notice anything if it was worse. If you want to compare them with anything, you could go for Opeth on a really vague basis, as they also use an interplay of guttural and clear vocals and also produce progressive songs.

Conclusion:

The Aurora Veil is the perfect name for this record, as you can’t keep your ears from listening – similiar to the effect you have while watching the northern lights. The Australians are writing virtuosity with capital letters but keep themselves from overstating so that everything is purely natural. Everything on this record is completely rounded and you are bound to listen to it for multiple times, no matter what you do. Some really really little flaws are there, though, as you could say the clear vocals are a bit to cheesy from time to time, but nothing important. This demo is one of the best outputs ever and the first song of their new record seems to be great as well, so keep your eyes open!

Originally written for http://threnodies.com