Ne Obliviscaris + Allegaeon + Unbeing @ Foufounes, Montreal – 19th November 2017

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Ne Obliviscaris Montreal

The venue was packed almost from the first opener, Unbeing. This local band was a big surprise for me. I did not have time to listen to them before the show and did not know what to expect, but let me tell you that is one of the best local bands I have heard. They have been playing since 2006 and are highly praised by many others. Definitely, check them out whenever they play again and listen to their music on Bandcamp in the meantime.

Next up, was Allegaeon, the band that I was eager to see the most at this show. I first saw them when they open for the Cavalera brothers in 2016 at this same venue and it was, at that time, the best that I took out of that night of “idol disappointment”.

In one year, they have improved, with a cleaner and more powerful sound, at least from what I remember. The singer moves around the stage as an orchestra conductor feeling each note, break, and climax. The rest of the band was digging being back on the same stage and also

This Colorado death metal band really loves what they are doing and they really want to make it work, as in, they want to be able to make a living out of it and aiming at that they have joined other bands in looking to crowdfund their musical livelihood.

Finally, Ne Obliviscaris, with their unique sound merging progressive rock and death metal, or so they say about themselves. The set took you, at the hand of several tracks of their new album, through all sorts of emotions, all the way from joy to pain.

The singers, Xen and Tim, possessed a balance between intensity and lightness, a sort of yin and yang very rare to see on stage on a death metal concert. Their songs were long and full of energy, not necessarily because they were loud but because their songs were interesting, epic and definitely dwelled in progressive rock, although I do not necessarily see many going from Ne Obliviscaris to King Crimson, Yes or Rush anytime soon.

Ne Obliviscaris Montreal 2017

Ne Obliviscaris Setlist:

Libera (Part I): Saturnine Spheres
And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope
Intra Venus
Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
Forget Not
Urn (Part I): And Within the Void We Are Breathless
Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes

Allegaeon Setlist:

All Hail Science
Proponent for Sentience I – The Conception
Proponent for Sentience II – The Algorithm
Proponent for Sentience III – The Extermination
Behold (God I Am)

Review – Ricardo D. Flores

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