Australian revisionists Ne Obliviscaris announced lately that they are challenging economic distress which proposes some controversial debates on the fact that the musicians should not have to quit their daily jobs, or they did not apprehend that due to financial restraints and industry struggles, to be a progressive extreme metal act nowadays is not something with a profitable future in sight. Evidently, Ne Obliviscaris may not have foreseen how hard it would be to be another act performing their passion for music amid a scene nowadays overcrowded.
Besides spawning worldwide esteem and respect, Ne Obliviscaris just unveiled that they are striving to sustain themselves economically after partaking on numerous international tours, admitting the loss of coarsely €54,000 EUR on their adventures. Even thus, they assert that they are doing what they consider being the most notable thing of their careers, now they are endeavoring to accumulate a minimum wage at the fans expenses.
Ne Obliviscaris are no stranger to crowdfunding, and with this said, they have launched an interactive membership program called Patreon Campaign, which carefully outlines their financial difficulties while attempting to submit the industry where illegal downloads and other virtual practices prevent a musician from gaining any financial sustainability.
[blockquote cite=”Tim Charles”]We’re launching the most important thing we’ve ever done in our career and it addresses a problem in the industry that has been bugging us for a couple of years now. Things need to change, not just for us, but for a lot of bands to able to keep doing this. No one pays for CDs anymore.[/blockquote]
On their newest campaign, Ne Obliviscaris beseech their music inamoratos to support their closest families and their mortgages, while setting them apart from the largest acts when equating to monthly income, encouraging their Patreons to empower their efforts, leaving at their hands the success, or consequential downfall of their future as both musicians and artists.
Patreon grants the benefit to donating funds to causes, be it through small offerings or major ones on an ongoing cornerstone, a form of monthly subscription per say. As retribution, Patreon gives the benefits of pre-sale tickets, exclusive live broadcasting, special and limited merchandise editions and privileged access to the unreleased material. If devotees of Ne Obliviscaris pledge to €170.00 EUR or more on a monthly basis, they will be awarded the honorable title of “Grand Master In The Order Of The Ne Obluminati” and therefore, become part of the acts exclusive inner-circle.
It dispirits to observe one of Australia’s greatest acts resource to charity to keep their careers afloat if we examine theirs on past ventures. On October 28th, 2015, the act premiered their ‘Painters of the Tempest (Part II) Triptych Lux’ playthrough video exclusively through Guitar World Magazine. The premiere featured bass player Brendon Brown. The song ‘Painters of the Tempest (Part II) Triptych Lux’ was taken from Ne Obliviscaris’ second album ‘Citadel’, which has been released by mythical record label Season Of Mist on November 7th, 2014 at a worldwide scale, to then follow in North America on November 11th, 2014.
[blockquote cite=”Brendon Brown”]I have had many requests to do a playthrough of this song. It’s the most challenging song for me, given its length, dynamics and attention to detail. The track was recorded straight from AXE FX into Pro Tools 8. I had a Sony HDR-CX130 camera linked up in Sony Vegas 11. It was so hard to line up perfectly. Sorry for the minuscule delay![/blockquote]
To reckon is that ‘Citadel’ was an album successfully crowdfunded on June 30th, 2014 through the infamous Pozible site. Their goal was to raise enough financial comfortability (circa $40,0000) to record their new offspring, however such aim was accomplished within thirty-eight hours after the campaign was set public, teasing Ne Obliviscaris to pursue thereafter for a higher amount, with which in 10 days after, they successfully topped Eskimo Joe’s previous record of €50,000 EUR by having raised circa €56,000 EUR.
- Painters of the Tempest (Part I): Wyrmholes
- Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
- Painters of the Tempest (Part III): Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb
- Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
- Devour Me, Colossus (Part II): Contortions
November 2015, we saw Ne Obliviscaris announcing a tour alongside British miscreants Cradle Of Filth and United States controversial act, Butcher Babies, who also carried their passing through New York City. The Inquisitional Tourture 2015, which supported Los Angeles-based Butcher Babies, was scheduled to begin in Philadelphia at the end of January 2016. However, Cradle Of Filth had troubles with their visas due to bureaucratic delays, which prevented them from playing Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Raleigh. A tour which was set to defile more than twenty-five United States and Canadian runs, an outgoing even that obliterated New York City on March 11th, 2016.
[blockquote cite=”Ne Obliviscaris”]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 for 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![/blockquote]
Cradle Of Filth had an infectious American tour to support their eleventh studio album, ‘Hammer Of The Witches’, which was unleashed over the past summer, July 10th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Butcher Babies presented their latest release, ‘Take It Like A Man’ in stores by Century Media Records since August 21st, 2015. Ne Obliviscaris, on the other hand, is presenting their ‘Sarabande to Nihil’ EP, which has been self-released on April 5th, 2015.
[blockquote cite=”Cradle Of Filth”]With a massively heavy heart Cradle Of Filth have to announce the cancelation, (for now at least), of our first four shows in the U.S. because of a visa issue with the American Embassy. We are doing everything in our power to rectify this situation as fast as possible.
It is a nightmarish situation for all and we can only apologize for all those fans who have bought tickets. Thank you for your understanding and please be assured we are doing everything we can to be with you as soon as is humanly possible and that should be 31st January in Charlotte, NC. We look forward to seeing you then. For refunds, please contact your point of purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.[/blockquote]
Last December 2015, they announced an extensive national tour in their home country, Australia. Having now authenticating themselves as the frontline when it comes to progressive metal, Ne Obliviscaris are relentless and remarkably pro-active, while channeling their strength toward important activities. This not to forget their participation in last year’s infamous Soundwave Festival, besides headlining India’s B-School Of Rock with an audience that reached 12,000 metalheads, and in Europe, partaking on stages at French massively known Hellfest, Tuska Open Air Festival (Finland), Summer Breeze Festival (Germany), Resurrection Fest (Spain), and plenty of others more.
Ne Obliviscaris have also released footage taken from their headlining tour in Australia. The footage of the tour proceeds from the act’s recent appearances in Launceston, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
Notwithstanding to the Australian Liberal Government’s belief that local musicians rake in an annual salary of over €205,000 EUR, Chris McMahon, the former vocalist of Thy Art Is Murder, claimed that he was strafing in a maximum of €2,000 EUR a year.
A study published last year also uncovered that the majority of Australian performers are not only underpaid but also endure higher rates of mental illness and suicide than their counterparts in other industries.
With adventuresome yet progressive, and nuanced with neo-classical compositions, Ne Obliviscaris is an act with profound depth and a musical proficiency at the highest levels. With their first demo ‘The Aurora Veil’ in 2007, Ne Obliviscaris earned meaningful word-of-mouth awareness within the metal scene. In 2012, their self-produced debut album ‘Portal of I’ showcased their unparalleled array of influences and dynamic songwriting, and sent unprecedented shock waves through the metal scene.
If Ne Obliviscaris is here to outlast or to financially succumb, one must admit that they are audacious and intelligent when endeavoring solutions for the troubles at hand. Personally speaking, they have always proven to be dedicated to their art, in the fashion they carefully present themselves to the media press as well as the support they give in return for sharing publications. I wish them all the best, and would be quite entertained to get to know your opinion regarding their newest hurdle, by commenting below.