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Oceans of Night

Company: Self-release
Release: 2011
Genre: Prog, power
Reviewer: Nailer

  • A hybrid blend of moody ambiance and traditional headbanging

  • Multimedia-tasker and allroundniceguy™ Scott Mosher leads this duo named Oceans of Night. Prog music is often so obtuse that it's outside my listening zone but their new CD "Domain" dispelled my trepidations with a hybrid blend of moody ambiance and traditional headbanging metal that's somewhere outside of any pure genre demarcation and in the area of "you just have to hear it". If you have to fit a shoe to it, progressive is the easiest choice.

    With introspective chord progressions and atmospheric keyboards reminiscent of Pink Floyd, they create an overall immersion into a dark evening punctuated by Scott's crying lead melodies. It's a creation of a reflective soul and I was pulled right into it. The 17+ minute opening title track encapsulates this feel with multiple segments that alternate between slower and pounding metal sections. Vocalist Scott Oliva has a great lower range that reminds me of Zak Stevens or even Geoff Tate's lower singing. I'd bet dollars to donuts though drummer Alan Smithee (an inside Hollywood joke) doesn't exist.

    The music is consistent throughout and aside from some distortion melding with the bass guitar and drums during the heaviest musical rumbling, the production by Joey Very (Armored Saint) is phenomenal. Fans of Dream Theater and Mercenary should enjoy this one.

    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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