Oceans of Sadness
The Arrogance Of Ignorance


4.5
superb

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
October 1st, 2008 | 94 replies | 12,134 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oceans Of Sadness get darker, more serious and introduce a whole load of epic into their sound. It's almost impossible to describe, but it's bloody brilliant.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Right, I like to go into everything with a cynical attitude. Call me a bastard or whatever, I don’t care, but as far as I see it, if you think it’s going to be crap, you can’t lose. Either it ends up being unsurprisingly bad or it actually ends up being good and surprising you. Plus it makes you automatically superior to all the hype whores who will jump on any bandwagon (which admittedly is about as big an achievement as remembering not to pick up the soap in prison…) Now, The Arrogance Of Ignorance was different for me. Oceans Of Sadness’s previous album, Mirror Palace, was pretty damn awesome. Sure, it had it’s problems (lack of structure in places, lost steam in places) but all in all it was one of those albums that was just all in all fun; so to be honest, when TAOI came about I had reasonably high expectations, but it did something I wasn’t quite expecting; it exceeded them.

Oceans Of Sadness’s (from now on to be shortened to Oceans') achievement on this album is not limited to any one thing, they’ve streamlined, improved and pushed their sound to the limits here. The band have gotten more serious on The Arrogance Of Ignorance (though they still retain some of the almost circus-like antics on Mirror Palace) and as a result the band have managed to make the album epic on a whole new scale, with songs like “Some Things Seem So Easy” and “In The End” building to breathtaking climaxes which the band have never quite managed to pull off so brilliantly before. This is the product of a band who know what they are doing and who have absolutely perfected their sound to the last tiny detail, and now they have this perfected they can focus on making every second an absolute joy for the listener.

With groovy riffs, eccentric keyboards and erratic vocals Oceans’ sound can be hard to describe. The band themselves don’t like to be labelled in any one category, and I’m not going to try. Imagine ARCTURUS meets OPETH with influences from almost everything else thrown in for good measure; previously, the band could sometimes overdo it, and the result would be songs that sometimes sounded over the top and hard to follow. They’ve successfully solved this though on TAOI, and now every song makes sense in it’s own way, of course the band haven’t toned down some of their more mental moments too much (“The Weakest Link” is a classic OOS song, featuring almost every aspect of their sound and more) but they’ve streamlined it and improved it to the point where you never get lost in the album. This was a necessary improvement from Mirror Palace, and when you add Tijs Vanneste’s improved and even more varied vocals to the mix the band comes off sounding more focused and professional than ever before.

Tijs’ vocals are more impressive than ever before, though his clean vocals are a perfect example of ‘love or hate’ (I’ve seen them be adored and abhorred on this very site!) his extreme vocals have improved from Mirror Palace, with black metal shrieks even finding their way into the album occasionally and low, booming growls taking the forefront in a lot of songs. On the subject of vocals, you also get Annlouice Loegdlund of Diablo Swing Orchestra fame showing off her vocals on the wonderful “Subconscious”; and also Johan Liiva lending his intense voice to a few magical moments on “In The End” (one of the most intense tracks Oceans’ have ever recorded), overall, Oceans’ have gone all out here, Tijs is unrestrained, guest vocalists are introduced and overall it is just a very pleasing listen vocal wise.

Despite the reasonably long time (just over fifty minutes) The Arrogance Of Ignorance never drags, there are enough moments of pure brilliance on the album to warrant listening to it all the way through. For people who heard Mirror Palace, their might be a few surprises here for you. “In The End”, for example, features one of the most aggressive and intense openings Oceans’ have ever written, and I’m not just talking about the guest vocalist; the whole atmosphere of that song is venomous. On the other end of the spectrum is “From Then On”, a wonderfully emotional ballad with some amazing vocal work from Tijs and some beautiful keyboard melodies towards the end. Oceans’ haven’t rested on their laurels with TAOI, they’ve tried new things (the black metal parts that pop up occasionally add a lot of spice and venom to the sound) and pulled them off effortlessly; while there are still a few songs that could’ve fitted in without a doubt on Mirror Palace, on the whole the album is a lot more dark, serious and epic (just wait until you hear the end of “Failure”, one of the most amazing moments in music I’ve heard this year) than it’s predecessor.

The Arrogance Of Ignorance scores high on all levels on an almost impossible level. It successfully streamlines Oceans’ sound while adding new things to it, it manages to be darker and more epic while still keeping the more fun elements from previous albums and they’ve managed to stay completely fresh while still being the same band; basically, they’re firing on all cylinders now, and you better hop on board or be blown out of the way.



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Crimson
October 1st 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks go to teh singer for sending me a copy of this, album features much win and will probably end up pretty high on my albums of the year list

also just realised the track list I copied is wrong, so i r idiot right now.

tracklisting fixedThis Message Edited On 10.01.08

Willie
Moderator
October 1st 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Great review. I'll add this to my list.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2008



17197 Comments


This looks mighty interesting.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2008



2634 Comments


Yeah, this is an astounding album - much more darker, just as you said. I don't think it has the staying power of Mirror Palace, but I'm not saying that this is just a passable record - it's pretty stunning. A good review as well - nice work.

Crimson
October 1st 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, glad you liked this, I've been sort of worried that I would be the only person who enjoyed this as much as this, you heard Mirror Palace too so yeah.
i actually think they've upped everything from Mirror Palace, it's getting better with every listen atm.

AngelPhoenix
October 1st 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review Crimson. You put me on these guys with your review of Mirror Palace. Loved it. Will probably like this even more.
Can't wait.

BallsToTheWall
October 1st 2008



44164 Comments


My man. You came around to this. Awesome review and I plan on acquiring this shortly.

AngelPhoenix
October 1st 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't find this anywhere except 27 plus dollar import buys...
Weak.

Wizard
October 1st 2008



19215 Comments


Omegaorder Angel.

Glad to see you reviewing again Crimson. Been missing your charisma around here! You have me pumped up for this album.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

AngelPhoenix
October 1st 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not there!
I'm really dying to hear this; judging by crimson's review, this is better than Mirror palace in pretty much every way. And that album really took me by surprise.

Wizard
October 1st 2008



19215 Comments


Their older albums are there, meaning that this album will be released on that site in the next month or two if this JUST came out. It's probably out in Europe and not the States yet. Patience or give in to the death-hand of downloading!!!

Crimson
October 2nd 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't find this anywhere except 27 plus dollar import buys...

Weak.

Meh, that's better than what I could find when I was trying to buy it. so far the distribution of the CD has been mediocreatbest.

Wizard
October 2nd 2008



19215 Comments


You WILL find this for cheap when it's released in the states!

EndlessClockwork
October 2nd 2008



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review! I'm definitely interested.

Essence
October 3rd 2008



3578 Comments


Awesome review, as per usual for you.

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2008



44164 Comments


Wow, somebody is a real dick. I found this for 17 bucks and tempted to order right now but maybe i'll settle down and wait till it's cheaper.

Willie
Moderator
October 3rd 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Wow, somebody is a real dick.
Yeah, a lot of the people that mainly review metal seem to have somone that really doesn't like them. Hey mods, does Jesus have an account on here?This Message Edited On 10.03.08

Crimson
October 3rd 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i bet it was wizard

and dude, Jesus would totally rock out to some Oceans of Sadness.This Message Edited On 10.03.08

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2008



44164 Comments


It can't be wizard, he's had his last several reviews negged. But who hasn't these days. The metal prejudice this site has been showing lately has me feeling a bit insecure.

I agree howeever, Jesus needs some metal in his life, but who doesnt?This Message Edited On 10.03.08

einsteinsbiscuit
October 3rd 2008



21 Comments


Jesus would totally rock out to some Oceans of Sadness


Insufficient harmonica



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