Why aren't these guys on the archives again?. I will watch out for them. But I'm not sure I can be quoted reliably on that. Thankfully, they redeem themselves in the strength of the last few songs. It's also hard to overlook the various instrumental interludes they place through the album. Definitely will keep them on my radar.
The peculiarities of life, the darkness it brings, and the inability we have to separate the heart from the mind. Even as a pretty active listener, it's not often that I stumble upon an album that defies categorization as much as the debut observation from Oceans of Slumber. God in Skin, the first track, was pretty hard for me to get into; it's complex and atonal, and there's just not enough variety in the vocals to make the song take off. These particular ones are doomy prog that is both downhearted and complex, a crazy journey across a bombed-out soundscape of metal genres, and the vocals do much better here than in the preceding track. It's easily the heaviest track on the album, and really hints at what they might be capable of in the future.
This isn't really my style so I don't plan on digging any further anyway, but her voice really doesn't mesh with the heavier parts. Nailed right on the head. An exceptional grade rating is deserved. The final track, Great Divide, I can only describe as an epic saga for the listener. Very smooth but not exactly powerful.
Yeah that's how I feel based on these songs. Something that can rot us from the inside and that most of us fight with everyday. I tried giving this album a shot a while ago because I heard good things and the description of the music was intriguing, but I found it really flat and boring. Aetherial, their self-released debut, turned out to be almost overwhelmingly dense, and something of a puzzling release with endless twists and turns in each song. The best part about it is that the sonic territory Oceans of Slumber traverses feels entirely natural; each section flows seamlessly into the next, and it never feels like influences are being meshed together just for the sake of doing so. They lend themselves well to each other, the heavy riffs blend well with my emotional inflections. A difficult album to appreciate, but one that pays off in the end so long as you have a bit of patience to let it sink in.
Very few bands manage to pull it off in a manner I find convincing, and I'm not really convinced here. It's quite a strong finish to the album. The beauty of progressive metal is that it isn't confined to any one particular style or sonic disposition. The musicianship is remarkably tight across the board, and although the compositions are quite dense, Oceans of Slumber still crafts music that is highly atmospheric and even melodic. Anyway the singer has an awesome voice and when they want to sound metal, they make a good job.
Today it introduced me to a new band called Oceans of Slumber. It's nice to hear something different within the context of this style. Nailed right on the head. I picked Houston prog metallers Oceans of Slumber out of the promo list without having much of an idea of what they were -- I just liked the sound of the album name. Winter is destined to be one of the best albums 2016. Having said that - add some dynamics to her singing - the sound, drummer and harsh vox are already awesome, they could be really, really good.
But Coffins Like Kites and Memoriam are a lot more fun and showcase the band's sound better. Entitled Aetherial, this early 2013 release could loosely be thrown under the 'extreme progressive metal' umbrella, but that does no justice to the sounds created by this young Texan act - everything from jazzy acrobatics and atmospheric progressive rock to lethal sludge riffs and frantic black metal is explored here, and Aetherial's ability to seamlessly blend these diverse soundscapes is breathtaking. I'm not sure how I feel about the rest of their music right now, but their cover of Solitude by Candlemass is pretty rad, but I'm not sure that her voice fits the song extremely well. Their sound may be quite chaotic with how much goes into it at any given point during the nine tracks on offer but they never sounded messy or unprofessional about it. Posted Thursday, July 11, 2013 Review 996453. Every now and then YouTube makes a really great recommendation. Houston-based progressive metal outfit, Oceans Of Slumber, have just announced the release of their forthcoming full-length album, The Banished Heart, on March 2nd, 2018, via Century Media Records.
Oceans of Slumber have been around since 2011, but that left them enough time to put out a masterfully crafted Aetherial in early 2013, a record which is nothing but simply amazing. Oceans of Slumber is the real deal when it comes to prog. The song begins with a darkly somber melody carried by Gilbert's stunning croon before it becomes a shapeshifter of a song that touches on everything from doom to death. Enter prog metal powerhouse Oceans of Slumber. And we get some gutteral growls from the guitarist. It's a minor misstep on the band's part, but on that's hard to overlook.
Entitled Aetherial, this early 2013 release could loosely be thrown under the 'extreme progressive metal' umbrella, but that does no justice to the sounds created by this young Texan act - everything from jazzy acrobatics and atmospheric progressive rock to lethal sludge riffs and frantic black metal is explored here, and Aetherial's ability to seamlessly blend these diverse soundscapes is breathtaking. I'll have to check that out later. Sometimes in life there are places where we are able to turn away, to get away with applying the utilities of denial, but not this time. The simpler melody towards the end of Coffins Like Kites is good too, something of a relief after the prog craziness of the first track-and-a-half, and we even get some guest female vocals in Memoriam -- a small and pleasant surprise. A relatively young band, this Houston-based sextet gets it. I will watch out for them. That being said, the band is definitely technically proficient, they can all play well and the vocals are great, it just hasn't come together as well as I think it could yet.