Ne Obliviscaris & Former Bassist Open Up About Split & Domestic Violence Allegations

Ne Obliviscaris have recently parted ways with bassist Brendan Brown, and have now offered the more insight into the split and domestic violence allegations involving Brown. You can read statements from the band and Brown below.

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“Last week we let go our bassist Brendan Brown due to recent allegations of domestic violence. At the time we were advised by a lawyer to not release details publicly of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal, until Brendan had made a statement disclosing the details himself. Unfortunately in the time it took for the statement to come out, the real issues of domestic violence and mental health were cast aside by some to engage in a smear campaign against the band.

Yesterday a certain website published an article claiming to have proof of a grand conspiracy by the band to cover up these allegations over the years. This is completely false and we will be taking legal action against those involved.

Their apparent “proof” was a Facebook comment from Brendan’s Mum stating that we were aware of a domestic assault charge against Brendan from 6 years ago because Tim attended court with Brendan. It is correct that Tim attended court in moral support for Brendan back in 2010 after a domestic incident between him and his Mum. However, the nature of the incident was such that although Brendan pleaded guilty to the charge, the judge decided that no conviction was warranted due to the complicated nature of the incident and their relationship in general (which is detailed in Brendan’s statement below).

Even though this situation was very unfortunate and Brendan had clearly done the wrong thing, we also sympathized about his very difficult home life (at one point Brendan had to live with Dan and his parents when they were in their late teens due to the toxic relationship with his Mum) and tried to help him through the whole process.

This was the only allegation we were ever made aware of at any time until recently.

Several people have said online that they knew of other allegations for a year, two or even more – so therefore we must have known about them ourselves. However, none of these people actually came to the band directly to tell us what they had heard.

Once we were made aware of these allegations and investigated them ourselves we acted straight away to try and get Brendan to seek help and made the decision to remove him from the band. Moving forward the band won’t be making any further comment on Brendan’s departure.

Domestic violence is a very serious issue and comes in many forms. What this whole situation illustrates to us is that there is a long way to go in our society towards creating an environment where victims feel safe coming forward and where friends and family feel they have an avenue to help them.

If you have or are experiencing any form of domestic violence, or know anybody who has/is, please contact any of the following hotlines or websites:

Australian Hotlines & Information:
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732
LIFELINE 13 11 14

http://www.1800respect.org.au
http://www.whiteribbon.org.au
http://www.lifeline.org.au

Mental health issues are also prevalent throughout society, affecting people from all walks of life in a variety of different ways. This issue is so broad and complex it is sometimes difficult to understand and talk about. We, as a society, must also seek to create an environment where people are comfortable talking about their mental health in an open and honest way.

If you are experiencing, or know someone who’s experiencing, mental health issues, please contact any of the following hotlines or websites:

Australian Hotlines & Information:
BEYOND BLUE 1300 22 4636
LIFELINE 13 11 14

http://www.beyondblue.org.au
http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
http://www.lifeline.org.au

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Brendan “Cygnus” Brown
STATEMENT

4 February 2017

“I have many regrets in life, but if there is ongoing pain and suffering caused because of my past behaviour towards anybody, man or woman, this would be my greatest.

It is only now after Ne Obliviscaris have kicked me out that I fully realize the extent of damage I have caused to people over the years and how badly I need to get help to get my life back on track. I understand this will be a long path of redemption. I still have a lot of demons to overcome.

Having grown up in a severely abusive household, I have long struggled with the long-term psychological ramifications that follow maltreatment which at times has lead me down dark paths with drug and alcohol abuse. There is nothing that I would rather seek to prevent than for those same horrendous experiences to be pushed onto another individual. As a child I was physically and sexually abused by my mother Linda Brown and other members of our family. This is something I have only told in private to psychologists and those very close to me such as my girlfriends at the time.

As my entire life is completely under scrutiny by members of the public I have no choice but to set the record straight if I have any chance at redeeming myself. After enduring over a decade of severe abuse I finally stood up for myself and during an altercation with my Mother I attacked her back knocking her down which lead to her hitting her head on the concrete as she fell. I attended court for recklessly causing injury and pleaded guilty. I told the police and court as to why I retaliated to her attack instead of walking away.

I was not convicted and a family restraining order was put in place so I could not go anywhere near the property nor could I get my possessions. During this time I stayed on Tim Charles couch and he attended court with me for support. He is in no way involved with this matter other than being a pillar of support at the time which I am forever grateful for. I also want to add that in no way was the band aware of any other incidents or altercations in any way. I have not spoken to my mother since the incident in 2010, despite her numerous attempts to message me and harass members of my band.

She attempted to attend one of my concerts at the Espy and made snide remarks towards my girlfriend Rachel, and I told security to keep her away from me. I will gladly release the full police statements if anybody doubts this.

I state unequivocally and on record that this is the only time I have been involved with the police for claims of domestic violence. For the absence of doubt, I will continue to condemn any form of domestic violence and violence in general. I deeply apologise to anyone I have ever negatively affected through my past actions and acid tongue. I have long struggled with Bipolar disorder and ADHD and I often go from heights of mania and productiveness to absolute crashing self destructive lows where I will lock myself away in my dark room for weeks at a time pushing everyone close to me away.

I am currently on medication for these conditions and involved in counselling, but this was not always the case. In the past I have battled addictions with numerous illicit substances which combined with mental health disorders have made me an unpredictable character at times, and I have lashed out at people close to me both physically and verbally. I am deeply sorry to anybody that has been victim to this inexcusable behaviour.

If anyone is a victim of domestic abuse please speak to someone and go to the Police immediately. Do the right thing and speak to authorities and have it dealt with in the court of law at the time. The authorities are there to help and take these matters very seriously. You can also call 1800737732 and visit whiteribbon.org.au. As for drug abuse contact 1800888236. They have been very helpful to me in the past.

I am immeasurably grateful to have a loving partner who is both supportive and comforting during this trying period and I similarly appreciate the hundreds of messages of support from my friends and fans worldwide. It is your words that gave me strength to persevere and seek professional help so I do not relapse during this trialing time and continue to hurt people and hurt myself.

For the last thirteen years I have lived and breathed through Ne Obliviscaris. It’s the only thing that has given me solace and helped me deal with my past. A platform to inspire others. I have participated in multiple world tours and played hundreds of shows to thousands of fans and broken many boundaries with Crowdfunding and Patreon subscriptions. These are memories I will forever cherish. I do not regret a single moment I shared with the band. I have made fans and friends worldwide and met so many of my personal heroes along the way.

I live for music and will continue to do so with many more personal and solo projects to come in the years ahead. I will not allow for this to ruin all that I have worked hard for as a musician and will continue to be kind and supportive to others, rebuild trust with those who I have disrespected and most importantly work on myself to be the best person I can be and seek further counselling and therapy.

This experience has taught me the true value of family, friendship and faith.
I wish the band all the best for their future endeavours and I will be following from afar, hopefully our paths will cross again soon.

Yours faithfully

Brendan “Cygnus” Brown“

Ne Obliviscaris Part Ways With Brendan Brown

Ne Obliviscaris have parted ways with bassist Brendan ‘Cygnus’ Brown. According to the band, the split was do to “irreconcilable personal differences.”

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Here’s there full statement:

“After much deliberation we have decided to part ways with our bassist, Brendan ‘Cygnus’ Brown due to irreconcilable personal differences.

We know this will come as a shock to our fans. Brendan has been a big part of this band for many years, and it’s a decision that has not been taken lightly.

We will still be moving forward with recording our new album in the first half of 2017 as planned, and are looking forward to getting back on the road to perform for you all later this year with a new bassist on board.

-NeO”

Ne Obliviscaris Re-Release “Sarabande To Nihil” & “Hiraeth“ EPs For Paetron Contributors

Ne Obliviscaris have re-released their out of print EPs, “Sarabande To Nihil” & “Hiraeth,“ for people who contribute to their Patreon campaign, which they created to keep the band in active duty. You can read what the band had to say about that below.

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*NEO RE-RELEASING EP’s ‘SARABANDE TO NIHIL’ & ‘HIRAETH’ FOR FREE via Patreon!*

We are going to give away free digital copies (wav files, artwork & lyrics included) of our two long sold out & ultra limited 2014 crowd funding EP’s and all you have to do is become a member of The Ne Obluminati via Patreon.com/neobliviscaris for as little as $1 a month!

We are aiming to become the first band in history to crowd fund a full time wage and today we are announcing a membership drive that will run until the end of February with the aim to hit our $15,000USD target and help us finally turn NeO into our full time profession and enable us to keep making music and touring long into the future.

Anyone who signs up before the end of February will get:
$1+ a month:
* Sarabande To Nihil EP (Digital Wav Files & Booklet – including LYRICS (never been released until now!)

$5+ per month:
* Sarabande To Nihil EP (Digital Wav Files & Booklet – including LYRICS (never been released until now!) &
* Hiraeth EP (Digital Wav Files & Booklet – including LYRICS which have never been released until now!)

Plus, you also get a host of additional content based on what level you sign up for including live chats with the bands, interviews, tutorials, merch discounts, behind the scenes videos, songwriting updates, exclusive demo’s of new songs before anyone else in the world & more. Full details via Patreon.com/neobliviscaris

It takes 2 minutes to sign up. No lock in contracts. No long term commitment. You can change your pledge up & down month to month as your personal finances permit. All we ask is that if you love our music, get involved and help us make our dream of doing this band for a living a reality!

These EP’s feature re-recorded tracks from our early years and the ‘Portal of I’ era, sold out in days back in 2014 and have been 100% unavailable in any format since then.

We don’t have any plans to release these in any other format and so this pledge drive is your only chance to hear these very special recordings!

This is just the first of a bunch of HUGE announcements we have regarding The Ne Obluminati (Patreon). So stay tuned!

GET YOUR COPIES NOW BY SIGNING UP HERE & GET INSTANT ACCESS TO THESE EP’S:
http://www.patreon.com/neobliviscaris

Ne Obliviscaris Announce 2016 North American Tour With Black Crown Initiate, & Starkill

Ne Obliviscaris have announced a headlining North American tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Black Crown Initiate, and Starkill.

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Tour Dates:

07/12 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
07/13 Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
07/14 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
07/16 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
07/17 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
07/18 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
07/19 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
07/21 Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
07/22 Calgary, AB – Dickens
07/24 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
07/25 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
07/26 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
07/27 Toronto, ON – Moo Club
07/28 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
07/29 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
07/31 Boston, PA – Once Ballroom
08/01 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
08/02 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08/03 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/05 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
08/06 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
08/07 Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
08/08 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
08/10 Denver, CO – Bluebird
08/11 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
08/12 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto

Ne Obliviscaris Start Patreon Campaign To Keep The Band Going

Ne Obliviscaris have started a Patreon campaign to help keep the band in active duty. Fans who contribute with monthly donations will recieve special perks suchs free tickets to shows, calls from the band, and more.

The band issued the following statement:

LET’S EMPOWER THE PEOPLE
The music industry is changing and we need to change with it.

We have inherited a broken system that is no longer what it once was, yet has not found a definitive new way forward. A system where only the biggest of the big bands are able to make a living and the rest of us sacrifice our whole lives and risk financial ruin every step of the way.

So where to from here? Well, we want to create an interactive fan experience unlike any band that has come before us.

We want to help create a path, not just for Ne Obliviscaris, but for the countless bands across the world that are working incredibly hard, touring the world to perform for their fans and losing money every step of the way.

And we want to do it by empowering YOU, the fans, so that you get to decide who succeeds and who doesn’t. The old establishment is dying. Let’s show that we can create our own new way forward and put the power back where it should be, with the fans who love and believe in the music that we, and so many great bands out there are creating.

To start with though, we want to give you guys a bit more background on the reality of our situation, and then we’ll explain exactly how you can get involved in our career in an unprecedented new way.

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Concert Review: Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies, & Ne Obliviscaris In San Francisco, CA

Last night (February 21), I attended the Cradle Of Filth, Butcher Babies, and Ne Obliviscaris show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, and it was a hell of a show.

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Ne Obliviscaris opened the show, and they put on a cool performance. This was the Australian metal band’s first North American tour, and they definitely left a lasting impression. They had a unique heavy sound that also incorporated a violin for a symphonic feel.  A highlight from their set was their performance of “And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope.”

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Butcher Babies took the stage next, and were perhaps the strongest act of the night. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd, and Carla Harvey were energetic and performed at top form. Shepherd even sang in the middle of the pit at one point. Their set was heavily weighted in tracks from their latest release, “Take It Like A Man,” with some tracks from “Goliath,” and their self-titled EP thrown in for good measure. Highlights from their set include: “Axewound,” “Igniter,” “The Butcher,” and a “Goliath” medley featuring bits of the title track, “The Deathsurround,” and “I Smell A Massacre.”

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Then it was time for the headliners of the night, Cradle Of Filth. The band came out one by one as the “Humana Inspired to Nightmare” intro played in the background. Frontman Dani Filth was the last to walk out, and as soon as he walked up to the microphone, he let out his banshee like scream to signal the beginning of “Heaven Torn Asunder.” From their the band performed for about an hour, and then returned for an encore, which was practically another full set. The band was on point all night, proving that the latest incarnation of the band is one of the best lineups in their history. Keyboardist, Lindsay Schoolcraft was especially impressive when she sang vocals on songs like “Nymphetamine (Fix).” All in all they put on a good show full of tracks from their latest album “Hammer Of The Witches,” mixed with others spanning their whole career. Some highlights from their performance included: “Her Ghost In The Fog,” Blackest Magick in Practice,” and “The Principle of Evil Made Flesh.”

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Ne Obliviscaris Announce 2016 U.S. Headlining Dates

Ne Obliviscaris have announced some U.S. headlining shows. Check out the dates below.

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Tour Dates:

01/26 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge (feat. Black Crown Initiate)
01/27 Raleigh, NC – The Firehouse
01/28 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
01/29 TBA – TBA
01/30 TBA – TBA
02/04 Tallahassee, FL – Side Bar
02/06 Columbus, OH – O’Shecky’s
02/07 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter
02/08 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
02/22 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s