Winter is destined to be one of the best albums 2016. After the first listen, I was going to give this a lower score than I am now, but during the course of writing this review with Aetherial playing non-stop , I revised my opinion. It's a prog metal band out of Houston with a black woman singing. It has all the makings of a prog metal masterpiece and will hopefully land Oceans of Slumber some big tours alongside the peers they're so proudly influenced by. Only A Corpse, the title track, and Primordial all have those cool chorus-pedal guitar passages and fast-picked lead interspersals mixed in with the death metal, and Primordial has a portion during the clean picking that sounds like something Cynic would have put together. This is a ten-minute slog that's just as dense as the preceding songs, but the chorus melody is stronger, the aforementioned lead guitar line is even more cleverly technical, and about two-thirds of the way through the song the lead guitar completely takes over and gives us a longer solo. 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.
Enter prog metal powerhouse Oceans of Slumber. Winter is a fantastic album that down to the variety on offer will have me coming back to it often in the future. 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. Whereas a metal band that's labelled as thrash, death or black gives the listener an idea of what they're in for, prog is a bit more of mystery, acting as a Pandora's Box of sorts for would-be listeners and allowing for total artistic freedom from the musicians therein without any sort of stylistic constraints. 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. 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. Last edited by on Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
To explore its vast and dark void in hopes of uncovering a better path out of it, not only for ourselves, but for all those familiar with that same dark place within themselves. 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. Yeah that's how I feel based on these songs. After the short acoustic passage at the beginning of opening tune God in Skin, Oceans of Slumber take it on a sonic journey full of unpredictable and diverse moments. How often do you see that? Bands interested in taking the feature can get in touch with us through a contact form. 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. Every now and then YouTube makes a really great recommendation.
I will watch out for them. The songs are memorable, the musicianship is incredible, and it's an interesting and compelling listen all the way through. Nailed right on the head. 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. Why aren't these guys on the archives again? 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.
After the more complex and jazzy Remedy, which had almost a late-90s grunge sound in some portions, the sound stays complex but the melodies get more accessible. But I'm not sure I can be quoted reliably on that. 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. 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. Oceans of Slumber is the real deal when it comes to prog. It will move through all kinds of different metal styles including groove metal, death metal, and black metal. Very few bands manage to pull it off in a manner I find convincing, and I'm not really convinced here.
In any case, I'm glad YouTube was a good friend to you today. She has a pleasant and soulful voice, but it's not particularly powerful most of the time. It's quite a strong finish to the album. Looking at the album as a whole the cleaner guitar parts work well against the heavier elements and they benefit from having keyboards as well as a dual guitar line up. She has a pleasant and soulful voice, but it's not particularly powerful most of the time.
The band's independently-released debut album Aetherial was a masterpiece in and of itself, and they've further expanded upon that release and taken even bolder strides forward with their sophomore album and Century Media debut, Winter. It's easily the heaviest track on the album, and really hints at what they might be capable of in the future. Thankfully, they redeem themselves in the strength of the last few songs. But Oceans of Slumber seem not to care who does what, as simply they are tracing their own way in a pretty direct approach. The peculiarities of life, the darkness it brings, and the inability we have to separate the heart from the mind. I will watch out for them.
A relatively young band, this Houston-based sextet gets it. The title track kicks things off and is a bit of a slow burner. Has it Leaked is not a download site. Consisting of guitarists Anthony Contreras and Sean Gary, bassist Keegan Kelly, synth player Uaeb Yelsaeb, drummer Dobber Beverly and vocalist Cammie Gilbert, Oceans of Slumber is a band that truly understands the essence of progressive music and the songcraft required to make a great album. Sure, it stumbles a bit here and there, but not at its own peril. Aetherial sounds like the work of true professionals in every sense, serving as even more proof that great music is constantly being released without the help of a record label. It even incorporates blast beats! Overall, I was pretty disappointed because I was expecting more.
But unlike Alexis of Straight Line Stitch, she sings beautifully, more like a symphonic metal singer. The front half of Winter is more straight-forward and accessible than the back half. Anything they put together, be it high-speed death metal riffs with double-kicked drums, doomy dragging, or grind-style assaults on the the ears, is tightly wound together and fascinating to listen to. 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. Gilbert certainly makes the band stand out from the crowd.
Memory's blurry, but I think it had something to do with there being too much of a profound prog rock influence. Only this time around the only honest way to kick off the review is to say one simply statement: What a genre bender. Allen performed on Aetherial, and though he was a great talent, Gilbert really gives Oceans of Slumber more of its own sonic identity and separates them from the prog metal pack. First two songs are awseome but the rest are much softer. The combination is brilliant, and there's so much in each song that one feels like he has gone through a mini-album every time one of these are done.