Progressive metal outfit NE OBLIVISCARIS is now sharing the new song, ‘Misericorde I – As The Flesh Falls’ in anticipation of the release of the band’s new album, “Exul,” which is due this Friday, March 24.

The band comments: “We present to you Part 1 of 2 of our 16-minute+ epic ‘Misericorde,’ a song that delves into the subject of dealing with a terminal illness. It’s about your body betraying you, the inner battle both physical and mental (and the range of emotions that come with it), which eventually becomes apparent to others as your health deteriorates letting your armor fall away.”

NE OBLIVISCARIS recently announced a European/UK tour, which will take place from May 5-June 3, 2023. For all upcoming live dates and tickets, visit the band’s website.

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05 May 23 Helsinki (FI) Tavastia
06 May 23 Tampere (FI) Klubi
08 May 23 Stockholm (SE) Hus 7
09 May 23 Oslo (NO) Bla
10 May 23 Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
11 May 23 Hamburg (DE) Headcrash
13 May 23 Cologne (DE) Luxor
14 May 23 Antwerp (BE) Trix
16 May 23 Dublin (IE) Grand Social
17 May 23 Glasgow (UK) Slay
18 May 23 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
19 May 23 London (UK) Islington Academy
20 May 23 Leiden (NL) Gebr. de Nobel
21 May 23 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
22 May 23 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
24 May 23 Porto (PT) Hard Club
25 May 23 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
26 May 23 Madrid (ES) Nazca
27 May 23 Barcelona (ES) Boveda
29 May 23 Solothurn (CH) Kofmehl Hall
30 May 23 Munich (DE) Strom
31 May 23 Vienna (AT) Viper Room
01 Jun 23 Prague (CZ) Futurum
02 Jun 23 Berlin (DE) Hole44
03 Jun 23 Leipzig (DE) Naumann 

Drum tracking for “Exul,” the fourth long-player from Australian extreme progressive metallers NE OBLIVISCARIS, started in March 2020. There is an ominous tone to that date: March 2020. The pandemic demarcation line. That month, Daniel Presland laid down his drums in Nashville, Tennessee, with American producer Mark Lewis.

As flight cancellations increased and borders shuttered, Presland made it home literally hours before Australia closed theirs. Lewis, guitarist Benjamin Baret and bassist Martino Garattoni weren’t as lucky. They were due to land in Australia in the days that followed to continue tracking but were forced to remain overseas indefinitely. With recording studios shuttered throughout Melbourne, a slow, tedious, life-altering two-year grind to complete Exul ensued for NE OBLIVISCARIS

What should have been the continued upward swing after 2017’s critically acclaimed “Urn” turned into the most fraught moment of NE OBLIVISCARIS’s career? Clean vocalist and violinist Tim Charles say the period “came close to breaking us completely.” It was a time filled with death, relationships breaking down, despair, and financial loss. Presland, NE OBLIVISCARIS’s drummer since 2005, amicably parted ways in early 2022, throwing yet another wrench into the band’s plans. 

There are, however, happy accidents scattered throughout the creation of “Exul.” The extra, unexpected downtime allowed the band to fine-tune and even re-write parts previously set in stone before the pandemic. Charles’s violin solo at the end of ‘Graal’ is a prime example: his original idea wasn’t fully realized until he revisited the song in early 2021 and promptly came up with a new part. It was a classic “a-ha” moment that improved the song. 

“Getting an opportunity to have a song mostly done for a year or so and then go back to it, find what you loved about it the first time, and maybe even improve it in some ways was a nice silver lining from all the delays,” says Charles.

“I think because we had so many delays that were out of our control, we were even more determined to take our time to make sure when the time came to record and to mix, that we ensured it was the absolute best it could be in every way.” 

Seven additional studios and three more countries later, “Exul” was finally mixed and mastered in July 2022.

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