Oceans of Sadness
Mirror Palace


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
October 29th, 2007 | 26 replies | 6,433 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is just wonderfully mental, yet in a weird and slightly psychotic way, it all makes sense.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

"As a band we're trying to expand the borders of a metal scene that some pricks claim has come full circle. Well, think again! Oceans' is a blend of a lot of metal styles and also has a lot of influences from the world outside of heavy metal. Probably that's the way you as a listener work too!" - Oceans of Sadness

Innovation. It's a mixed term musically in my eyes. Innovation is, most of the time, not actually there, whether a band promises it or not, and when it is there, it often sounds forced, like a band is trying too hard to sound different. Oceans of Sadness actually do sound different, and I mean different. There is not a single band, in the world, that I can think of that sounds like these guys. But at the same time, while it is wonderful and unique, it still sounds slightly forced.

There are so many different ideas flowing through the mind's of this band that the music they make is almost impossible to keep up with, inviting more listens yet also pushing you away at the same time. Influences from classical music can be heard, death metal, hard rock, jazz, pop, absolutely everything (but this is still a heavy metal album, have no doubts) and the style they play is impossible to pin down. It sounds like a mixture of artists from different genre's have collided together, giving birth to a confused, reckless yet brilliant album full of bright ideas. It sounds like a mess, it sounds like it is all over the place, and it is, but brilliantly so, and you almost wouldn't have it any other way. For to take this randomness away from them would be taking away the very essence of their sound, the very thing which makes them unique. And what metal doesn't need right now, is more ordinary artists. Something crazy should be welcomed.

The instruments reflect the schizophrenic nature of the album, with violin, piano, trumpets and other odd instruments playing alongside the usual metal repertoire. Of course they don't all play at the same time, and some instruments only make brief appearances, the vocals too, very across different styles (more on them later). There are plenty of guitar riffs on this album, plenty of good ones too but due to the crowded sound of the album, they are mostly unmemorable, although on a few tracks the guitarists really do shine, for example, 'Pride and Shame' features a catchy powerful riff and plenty of melodic guitar leads that remind me of a modern version of swedish death metal! Yet more variance in an already varied album. The bass is actually quite established in the sound, more easily heard than on most metal albums, and it helps that they actually have a decent bass player who carries the music along with an undeniable groove, and when the music slows down for brief periods there is always the sound of the bass dragging the tempo along. The drumming is required to be great with the amount of things that go on in the music, and it is, keeping a tempo yet constantly altering the rhythm is no easy feat, but it is pulled off well, and gives a small semblance of order amidst the chaos of this album.

One of Oceans of Sadness' strengths is their vocalist, their are a few mixed opinions about him but in my mind he is excellent. His clean voice cold and distant yet resonates emotion in a strange way. But what I like about him is his growl, which is used less than his clean vocals, they are understandable, yet powerful and almost maniacal. Sounding almost more like a shout than a deep growl they radiate anger and aggression, which helps the music during it's heavier parts, where they almost sound like a death metal band were it not for the constant use of the keyboards. The keyboards form probably the core of Oceans of Sadness' sounds, being present in all of the songs and constantly providing a backdrop for the guitars to work around.

The variance of the album is displayed in the very first track, 'Mould', it starts with a relaxed bass line and keyboard work with a reasonably paced drum beat. The vocals sound sleepy, relaxed, drawing the listener in for the wall of sound that comes bursting in. A huge metal riff comes in with the roar of the vocalist being backed up by the choir, a truly epic opening repeated moments later. Then, the band show off their creativity with an almost childish keyboard rhythm working along with the menacing vocals and guitars.

Bred out of freedom!
Bred out of wisdom!
Bred out of...
Bred out of freedom!
Bred out of wisdom!
Bred out!

The lyrics are simple, yet fantastically catchy and suitable alongside the joyful climax of the music. Soon after this part of the song, there is an almost demonic sounding vocal line which, despite being sung, sounds more evil than the death vocals ever did. Already, early on in the album the band have managed to captivate me with their mix of harsh metal and odd use of keyboards and symphonic elements, and that is only a taste of what is to come. Throughout the rest of the album the band show the same creativity and flair as they did on the first song, and all the songs are catchy as hell at points. Which just adds to the brilliance.

Now though, this album isn't perfect. Far from it, the music is cluttered and all over the place in such a way as to push some listeners away on the first listen, despite the true grandness of the album not being revealed to a few hearings later. Also, some might not warm to the vocalist, as his voice is quite different to others, almost in a love or hate sort of way. Fortunately, I love his voice. Finally, some people just might not like the sound, the keyboards often sound odd, and the constant transition's from soft to heavy in some songs might irritate listeners.

At the end of it all though, you have to respect what Oceans of Sadness have done here. It isn't easy to include so many different aspects of music into your sound and make it work this well. This album is just wonderfully mental, yet in a weird and slightly psychotic way, it all makes sense.



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Crimson
October 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been listening to a lot of obscure music recently, my last three reviews were of bands that weren't even on the site before I added them!

meep17
October 29th 2007



136 Comments


Hmm... might be too crazy for me, but you've intrigued me. I think I'll give it a look...

Good review, too. I think I got a pretty good idea at what I'll find in the album.

Crimson
October 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot to say, they have three songs on their myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/oceansofsadness

Doppelganger
October 29th 2007



3124 Comments


I don't know why, but I just lol'd hard at the album art.

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2007



44164 Comments


Good review, im listening to this off myspace, I like this.

MoonlightBleeding
October 29th 2007



452 Comments


I like this album a lot.

Crimson
October 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool. Rating?

Correction
October 29th 2007



188 Comments


I like this album, and of the metal reviewers on this site, you review the most stuff that I actually like.

Crimson
October 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then you have a good taste in music :D

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2007



16301 Comments


Great review, however I question whether I would enjoy this.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Crimson
October 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listen to Mould on their myspace. You either like it or you don't This Message Edited On 10.29.07

Zoo
October 29th 2007



3759 Comments


Yeah, this definitely isn't for me. Good review, though.

jrowa001
October 29th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is some interesting stuff, thanks for the review it was great. imo they pulled off the Alice In Chains cover excellently

clairvoyant
October 29th 2007



765 Comments


great review. why exactly are you not approved/contributor yet?...

Zoo
October 29th 2007



3759 Comments


[quote=clairvoyant]why exactly are you not approved/contributor yet?...[/quote]
I was wondering that myself.

Willie
Moderator
October 29th 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds like it is the type of stuff I love to listen to... can't access Myspace at work, but when I get home it's totally on.

Good review too... yours and Crysis' reviews always speak to me ;)This Message Edited On 10.29.07

Crimson
April 18th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was listening to this randomly again today and it is still awesome. More people should have checked this out.

AngelPhoenix
April 20th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got a hold of this recently but haven't listened yet, though their myspace tracks were impressive. Looking forward to hearing the whole thing.
Crimson you need to review something that totally sucks and that you hate, I wanna see what a review of yours that's like that would look like, all the stuff I've gotten from your reviews has been awesome.

DWittisarockstar
April 20th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is someone's staff pick (I believe Jom, who I actually respect). Then I saw the review was by you, so win win.

I'll probably listen to this later today.

edit- yeah this ended up being pretty sweetThis Message Edited On 04.20.08

AngelPhoenix
May 4th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gave this several listens, it's really great. There are a few disposable tracks, but like Mould, Sleeping Dogs, Intoxicate Me (definitely my favorite song here) and Silence is Gold make up for it. Thanks for another winner Crimson



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