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Oceans Of Slumber - Aetherial

Oceans Of Slumber
by Vasilis Odontidis at 08 April 2013, 2:07 PM

OCEANS OF SLUMBER is an American band from Houston, Texas that formed in 2011 and "Aetherial" is their debut album release. I would avoid tagging them in their sound but I would vaguely say that it mixes Heavy Metal and Death Metal and other bits and pieces.

From the opener track “God In Skin” the change of rhythms and styles is more than obvious. Starting with acoustic guitars, then switching to some Hardcore stuff with upbeats and then going to Death Metal forms that cover just the first minute of the song. There is more or less repetition of this pattern and then things go harder with faster guitar riffs with Deahtly grunts and screams which conclude again to the starting theme. “Coffins Like Kites” has a doomish style in the beginning and then mixes Death, Black Metal and an atmospheric bridge. All the songs go in the same progressive - just mix whatever thing. "Aetherial" consists of nine songs in total and a pretty cool album cover.

"Aetherial" has all the good omens to be a very good record. A great and professional production, very skilled musicians and all these utilized to the best of the record. But mixing all these styles generally can lead to overdoing and confusion. Plus unfortunately while I found a lot of professionalism there was no enthusiasm or inspiration. Except the “Great Divide”, which is terrific and the less overdone song, the rest of the record left me untouched. On a final note I read the biography of the band in Facebook. The band is already talking about a trademark sound and all these cool stuff that make them unique and awesome (which unfortunately do a lot of bands and / or their management and labels while promoting them). I would just say to concentrate on their talent and work harder and for the rest we are here to dig them out and spread the good words. 

2 Star Rating

1. God is Skin
2. Coffins Like Kites
3. Memoriam
4. Remedy
5. Only a Corpse
6. Aethereal
7. Primordial
8. Blackest Cloud
9. Great Divide
Ronnie Allen – Vocals
Sean Gary – Guitar
Anthony Contreras – Guitar
Keegan Kelly – Bass
Dobber Beverly - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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