The Painted Progression Tour Brisbane (Brisbane, QLD)

12 May 2019 at The Triffid

Thanks to Welkin Entertainment, Evolution Touring & Wild Thing Presents for assisting Ne Obliviscaris in bringing one of the best Heavy & Progressive line ups to the Triffid in Brisbane.

The old converted Aircraft hanger was pumping with the incredible sound of Rivers of Nihil to begin the evening. I haven’t seen these fellows before, but was looking forward to hearing them live, myself & friends included have now got another favourite band to add to the list. Hailing from Reading, USA this was their first tour to Australia on the back of their 2018 album Where Owls Know my Name.  The title track was played 2nd last & the progression from melodic to wonderfully heavy was a highlight – with the amazing addition of a saxophone solo! Progheads out there would be impressed with both guitars being 8 strings & the bass 5. The final song Silent Life consolidated an incredible set – the crescendo of this song is mindblowing! I encourage you to grab a copy of their album, which I did & it is now on heavy rotation making my car go faster. So refreshing!

Again another first time Australian visitor with NeO bringing another US contributor to the evening with Denver based Allegaeon. Its been 10 years since their first release, so it is poignant that their latest release Apoptosis shows there is no death in these cells anytime soon. I was blown away by all members’ musical ability, vocalist Riley with his effortless looking growls from screams to melodic clean singing, to the two guitarists Greg & Michael synchronising their playing & even solos tighter than the proverbial. Finishing the set with 1.618 they certainly are a force to be enjoyed. Order their new album here.

Third band on the massive line up were Montrealians Beyond Creation who played with NeO on their 2014 Citadel tour. Living up to their progressive highly technical Death Metal badge, their finger tapping style brings an almost orchestral tone to their songs. 2018 was a big year for them as well with the release of their third album “Algorythm” from which I enjoyed the song “Afterlife” with shattering machine like drumbeats & incredible bass & guitar solos. I most certainly enjoyed their prowess & talent & from the crowd’s reaction I was not the only one.

Locals Caligula’s Horse hit the stage next with a very excited avid fan base, for the Progressive rock based band. A lighter style than the previous bands but most certainly as musically talented & very professional. Albeit having a laugh & joke at the new bassist’s expense who hails from Opus of a Machine, the group is full of energy & their music reflects this. A stand out song was Rust from their 2015 album Bloom. Since then they have released another album In Contact which hit the Top 50 ARIA charts. If you enjoy a bit of melodic rock with your prog nerd fix check them out.

Ne Obliviscaris. This is a band that you will never forget. Live they are a powerhouse of highs & lows. Such musical diversion from the Melbourne band, makes me weak that we have such incredible talent within the Australian Metal scene. For example the haunting beginnings of Intra Venus to precision progression into violin, blending into Xens growl, then back to Tims clean vocals. Can you have your cake & eat it too? With Ne Obliviscaris it seems to be so. A cracker of a set that had everyone in the venue moving & no persuasion was needed to create a pit or crowd surfing. Beginning with Devour Me Colossus (Pt1): Blackholes I knew I would wake up with a sore neck the next day. Through Intra Venus, then onto Libera Pt1 from their 2017 album Urn.  Onto their names sake meaning Forget Not the absolute emotional depth of this song is tangible in the extreme. Headbanging & crowd favourite Xeno Flux flowed into & Urn Pt1 & 2. What can I say? Nothing that a 10 minute one song encore can fix – with And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope.  Such an exhilarating, inspiring artistic performance. This was the last gig of the tour & thank you to Ne Obliviscaris for making this brilliant night happen. I trust that your reign of the Australian Progressive Death Metal scene remains long into the distant future. 

Line-up: Ne Obliviscaris, Caligula’s Horse, Beyond Creation, Allegeon, Rivers Of Nihil

Reviewer: Tina Summers
Photocredits: Just Ignore The Camera