Melbourne metal sextet Ne Obliviscaris have welcomed back original drummer Dan Presland into the band.
The group outlined the news on Facebook recently:
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Dan Presland is returning as the drummer for Ne Obliviscaris.
We would like to offer a huge thanks to Nelson Barnes, who did an incredible job in all the shows in the 6 months he was playing with Ne Obliviscaris. We’re sure that he’s headed for big things with his band ‘The Schoenberg Automaton’ and wish him all the best into the future. In the end, the decision to bring Dan back was less to do with Nelson and more to do with the fact that we never really wanted to part ways with Dan in the first place and have such great chemistry working together. Dan was our drummer from our early days, right up to and including the recording of Portal Of I, (2005-2011), and in the end an incredibly difficult year last year, where the whole future of the band was in doubt with Benji stuck in France and no clear future in sight, took it’s toll on everyone and Dan moving on was one of the results of that.
For us, this feels a bit like getting back together with your ex-wife. We have such a long history together, so many great memories and much love for each other, and despite some ups and downs, everyone is as determined as ever to make it all work. Dan has already started rehearsing again with the band and will be playing drums on our upcoming Australian tour starting on September 7. We’ve also started writing material for album #2 already, and are incredibly excited about working together again and with the way the new material is coming along thus far.
See you on tour! – NeO”