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Velvet Ocean - Purposes and Promises

Velvet Ocean
Purposes and Promises
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 24 January 2020, 7:19 AM

Until the 90’s, the Finnish Metal scene was absent of a worldly recognition, with the country’s band always living in the depths of underground. This fact started to change as SENTENCED, IMPALED NAZARENE and BEHERIT received recognition for their works on other countries. Since then, the Finnish Metal School became ample and showed many different genres. And now, and a true heir of this historical load, the septet VELVET OCEAN comes with their first album, “Purposes and Promises”.

The band’s musical work is form of melodic mix between Symphonic Metal with some Gothic Rock aesthetics and modern elements. It could be described as a personal way of mixing works from NIGHTWISH with EVANESCENCE, with a Pop Rock accessible touch. So the band uses very good and accessible melodies to create their songs, using symphonic parts with synthesizers and keyboards, charming choruses that are easy to understand and sing along, but with a rough modern outfit and with a touch of melancholia. Besides this description could not say clearly what their music is about, it’s truly easy to fall in love with it. Riitu Roukainen and Jake Ronkainen produced the album, having Johan Örnborg (mixing) and Jens Bogren (mastering) using their talent to give “Purposes and Promises” a clean and defined sound quality, with the right amount of modern aggressiveness and weight. So everything can be heard and understood, and the listener will be able to catch what the band is trying to express.

All songs are really charming, and are fine pieces from what the city of Oulu can offer (those who are into Finnish Metal know that this city gave to the world many great bands). But the charming melodic and modern outfit of “It’s So Hard” (excellent work from the vocals) and “Tonight”, some complex tempos heard on “Butterfly” (bass guitar and drums are working on a very good way on this song), the grandiose ambiance of “Truth or Illusion” (very good guitar riffs and keyboards parts can be heard here), the silk and tender melancholic outfit of “Broken”, and the accessible melodies of “Innocent Eyes” are the ones that are the best for a first time on the band’s music.

Of course, “Purposes and Promises” isn’t the newest thing on Earth, because this genre was done before by many bands, but it’s personal, and VELVET OCEAN can improve and give a lot to Metal.

Musicianship: 8
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. It’s So Hard
2. Tonight
3. Requiem
4. Butterfly
5. Truth or Illusion
6. Elysian Fields
7. Broken
8. Innocent Eyes
9. Lullaby
10. Salvation
Riitu Ronkainen - Vocals, Additional Synths
Jake Ronkainen - Guitars, Vocals
Jani Lehtinen - Guitars
Jami Alaverronen - Keyboards
Arto Alikoski - Cello
Tuomas Vesa - Bass
Bastian Schallschmidt - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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