Oceans - The Sun And The Cold: Review
The early weeks of the new year are already offering up some incredible new music as we turn our attention to the debut album from post-death metal starlets Oceans.
The Sun And The Cold released early this month via Nuclear Blast and introduces us to Oceans in fantastic fashion. This is a debut full length that the band were not afraid to experiment with. The result is a record full of atmosphere, groove, gloom, heavy riffs and haunting harmonics mixing with clean vocals that intersect with traditional death growls.
Oceans aren't taking anything from anyone else's playbook, instead, they are already blazing their own trail, straight out of the gate. Tracks like Dark emphasise this fact, arranging all of Oceans' arsenal into a showcase track that stands as one of the best on the record. That being said there is no real filler on the record, each track is presented in its own way and whilst all retain the overall soul of the album no two sound the same.
There is no real filler on the record, each track is presented in its own way and whilst all retain the overall soul of the album no two sound the same.
There is a lot of emotion throughout, no more so than on the single Hope which deals with the topic of mental health. We Are The Storm seems to touch on current global issues and the seemingly constant threat of environmental doom. That's not to say that this is a depressing album to listen to, while it may move the listener to a sombre headspace it can also encourage or serve as an act of self-medication or reflection. It has the layers and depth to carry this off, the hallmark of a well put together album in our opinion.
While it may move the listener to a sombre headspace it can also encourage or serve as an act of self-medication or reflection.
Whilst the record was built on a foundation of death metal it transcends that and becomes it's own beast as we alluded to at the top of the review. Paralyzed could be used as a prime example of this, a heavy yet melodic number that is another showcase among a strong tracklist.
While there may be some gloom in their work the future sure does look bright for Oceans if this debut effort is the standard they are setting, their next outing should be very interesting indeed. This one is well worth checking out.