I will start by saying Ne Obliviscaris has grown to be one of my favorite bands. I just love their music and it grows on me with each play-through, as a great album should. That being said my expectations of Urn has been through the roof. For those unfamiliar with Ne Obliviscaris I often call them “the Bethoven of metal” or “cultivated metal” as their extreme progressive metal is insanely well played and beautiful. A rather unique sound I would say as the closest I can get is Be’lakor or Persefone but I do find them quite different from Ne Obliviscaris as well. For Urn their sound has evolved even more. It’s beautiful acoustic symphonies and orchestral might goes straight to your soul and leaves it’s mark just to lash out into a flurry of riffs and growls. It’s a thing of beauty you have to experience yourself to even grasp how well made this is.
Everything from the violin, growling, clean singing to the guitar riffs is made for perfection, a symbiosis of metal and classic music unlike any other. It’s rather uncanny what Ne Obliviscaris have managed to create here and I am left here with a hard time finding the words that will give Urn the praise it deserves. Urn is one of the best albums this year and if you do not know about Ne Obliviscaris yet now is the time to get sucked into a whole new world of how metal can be played.
Label: Season of Mist
For fans of: Persefone and Be’lakor
Favorite song: Libera, Pt. 1 – Saturnine Spheres