Ne Obliviscaris + Plini + Daemon Pyre
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
5 December 2015
Review by Jessica Miller
The ever-entertaining Daemon Pyre was first to take the stage. I must admit I had a bit of a giggle seeing front man Sam Rilatt sporting a style of corpse paint, as if he’d just escaped the grave, but wearing an Arch Enemy back patch… very uh, kvlt! A dominant force, overly polite and humble, but excelling as one of Sydney’s best melodic death bands. Brilliantly stomping the floor with all the power of Anselmo. Daemon Pyre got the crowd pumped for more.
“Yeah, sorry, Plini is my name, not some death cult”
Sydney based virtuoso Plini and band played to an awe-struck audience. A young man, and his band mates were professional instrumentalists. Musicians encouraging each other, jamming and constantly smiling. Unbelievably tight. The prog-metal-fusion was intense. A huge honour to witness music played by people with such passion and love for their craft. The crowd adored them.
The room was on fire with the anticipation of Ne Obliviscaris returning to the Sydney stage. After a gruelling 6-week European tour, the boys were back in town to show off their hard earned talents. Their recent signing to Season of Mist has given them the ego, strength and determination to compete with some of metal’s biggest names; the likes of Cradle of Filth, 1349 and Revenge just to name a few. Ne Obliviscaris have completely mastered the art of extreme music.
Their worshippers covered the floor of Oxford Arts, it was impossible not to get swept up in the electric energy. The show was made of soul crushing growls paired with delicate violin pieces and severing bass notes. The only downfall, was being 5’4 and unable to see Presland’s full drum set up. He’s a monster of the kit.
Ne Obliviscaris are not to be missed. Absolute champions, at the forefront of Australian metal. Hopefully they’ll continue to stay at the top for a long time to come.