Ne Obliviscaris has been tirelessly working to return to the road in support of their new album, Exul. The album itself faced significant delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the doors have finally opened, vocalist Xenoyr has been grappling with health issues this year, necessitating his time off from touring. This issue first arose during their European run, and unfortunately, just a week before their North American trek is scheduled to kick off, the vocalist once again has to sit out from the tour. Black Crown Initiate vocalist James Dorton, who filled in during the European dates, has been asked to step in once again for the North American tour, and he has agreed.

This isn’t the first change for this tour; originally, Persefone was scheduled to open for the band but had to withdraw from the tour. Instead, instrumental progressive outfit The Omnific from Melbourne, Australia, stepped up to replace them. This change was later presumed to be due to vocalist Marc Martins Pia leaving the band after a nearly twenty-year run. Hopefully, there won’t be any further significant changes for the upcoming trek, and fans can still enjoy this incredible lineup with Beyond Creation also on the bill.


Read the band’s statement below:

“JAMES DORTON filling in for XEN

on upcoming Ne Obliviscaris North American Tour.

As many of you may know, Xen was unable to take part in our European tour in May this year due to issues with his own health and wellbeing that took priority at that time. When it came time to plan for upcoming tours Xen was up front that he wasn’t quite sure what he would be able to manage, so we agreed to take things one tour at a time.

Whilst it was incredible to have him back on stage with us for our recent Australian tour earlier this month, we understand 4 shows in your home country is not quite the same as 31 shows in 6 weeks on the other side of the world. With that in mind Xen has decided that unfortunately he is not able to perform on the upcoming North American tour. We are grateful that the incredible James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate, The Faceless), who has been on standby just in case, has agreed to join us once more after an amazing run of shows together in Europe earlier this year.

We’re really excited knowing that James already knows the show back to front and did such an amazing job with us earlier in the year. The feedback from fans was simply immense and having James do this upcoming USA & CANADIAN shows allows us the chance to still put on incredible shows for all of our fans there, whilst also allowing Xen the time he needs to focus on what is most important for him right now. This then creates the best chance for him to join us for all tours in 2024 and beyond, which is definitely the plan.

Next week marks the beginning of our first tour across USA & CANADA in almost 5 years and we can’t wait to get back and perform for you all. We’ll be playing a 100 minute set featuring plenty of stuff from our new album EXUL in addition to songs from each of our albums. A bunch of shows are close to selling out and others selling fast and we hope to see you there.