with Ne Obliviscaris and Sarah Longfield
From the Promoter
Intensely harmonious, emotionally packed and traditionally arranged are just some phrases that make up what is WINTERSUN. Instantaneously, one will undergo immediate gratification through the sounds of an astonishing eminence made up of powerful, epic and intricate melodies. On Wintersun, the masterminds proudly utilize the Finnish folklore by unveiling a distinguishing piece of work that will cap
ture one's mind and take it on an enthralling and imaginative journey through Finnish lands.
Created by ex- Ensiferum's multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist Jari Mäenpäa, WINTERSUN were superbly formed with the intention of combining an overwhelming quantity of traditional folk influences while sustaining the classic influential power rhythm in conjunction with fusing the complex black/death style mixture. Alongside Jari, drummer Kai Hahto from the grindcore/death metal band Rotten Sound is the ideal individual to be added unto Mäenpäa's creation. Amongst Hahto's proficient and mind-blowing drum work, he remarkably and equally pertains an astonishing musicianship through extreme dedication.
Given an extraordinary impression as a result of highly influential acts such as Amorphis (early years), Children of Bodom, Finntroll and Ensiferum, the members of WINTERSUN commence exploring vital melancholic and majestic sounds while hypnotically delivering diversified song spectrums over a variation of heavy guitar tracks among imperious and mid-tempo opuses. Capable of remaining dynamic and enthusiastic throughout Wintersun, Jari and Kai establish choruses that evoke a vigorous atmosphere that give the songs a powerful and emotional tone, allowing WINTERSUN to emit a pummeling assault of complex guitar solos that synchronize a unique and expressive point of view.
From the opening track "Beyond The Dark Sun" through to "Winter Madness," the band demonstrates their strong emphasis on the material by executing rapid and belligerent, yet essential technical abilities that only Jari and Kai are prepared to bestow. Mäenpäa's possession of rhythmical vocals suits the musical atmosphere flawlessly while creating a steady structure in which he builds solid, dark, ambient and aggressive song melodies. While epic, melodic folk influenced choruses displayed in "Sleeping Stars" and "Death And The Healing" creates the distinctive and enchanting melancholic characteristics that give the material a personal significance that progress throughout the album.
WINTERSUN will soon become the vivacious leaders of the ever expanding metal scene, breaking boundaries and advocating the traditional musical sound that is swarming of rhythmic melodies with a specific vision to continue simulating extreme brutality. Compelling, enchanting and raging drum patterns along heavy metal riffs and folk-like vocals aid in the myriad of neoclassical solos that will make this an appealing and essential release that delivers a pure exhilarating feast of Finnish Metal! Although the nebular dimness of the desolate bleak season is dominant, the winter sun that lies hidden beneath the grim dark haze will not be left unnoticed.
Melbourne, Australia’s NE OBLIVISCARIS are intense progressive/extreme/melodic/violin-laden metal like you’ve never heard before.
Almost 9 years after the bands formative rehearsals first took place; after numerous line-up changes that had seen the band go through almost continual change, always for the better; after more than 5 years had passed since the band released a 3 song demo that garnered them worldwide critical acclaim in the metal underground; after a successful 15 month battle with the Australian Immigration Department saw their French lead guitarist, Benjamin Baret, finally granted a long term visa in Australia in large part due to the incredible support of thousands of fans worldwide; after more frustrations and delays than the band thought they could ever possibly deal with; NE OBLIVISCARIS finally unveiled their debut album ‘Portal Of I in mid 2012, and they did so to incredible reviews from every corner of the globe.
Released worldwide through Code 666/Aural Music & Welkin Records in Australia, 'Portal Of I' saw NE OBLIVISCARIS quickly rise to become one of the most prominent and biggest drawing metal bands in Australia, headlining festivals such as Progfest & Sonic Forge to crowds of up to 1000 people, doing multiple headline tours across Australia and all the while gaining more fans every day throughout the worldwide metal scene.
The end of 2012 saw Ne Obliviscaris appear prominently in a range of ‘Best Of 2012’ lists with their album hailed as a “masterpiece” (Metalinjection.com), “absolutely stunning” (Nocleansinging.com), “capable of holding you in stunned rapture for its entire duration” (Metalobsession.net) & “one of the most original and creative pieces of art of not just the year, but the entire decade” (KZSC Radio USA)
February 12th 2013 Ne Obliviscaris announce deal with Season of Mist.(facebook.com/seasonofmistofficial)
Ne Obliviscaris have also had the opportunity to support high calibre international bands; Devin Townsend Project, Enslaved, Soilwork, Cradle of Filth, Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist, Sirenia, and Suffocation