Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oceans Of Slumber/Aetherial/2013 CD Review


  Oceans  Of  Slumber  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive,  psychedelic,  traditional,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Aetherial".

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  some  fast  drumming  and  blast  beats  being  utilized on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording, a s  for  the  sound  effects  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  psychedelic  elements  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  that  combine  prog,  psychedelic,  traditional,  black  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  progressive  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  progressive  touches  to the  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  clean  singing,  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals, while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful, heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Oceans  Of  Slumber  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  prog,  psychedelic,  heavy,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coffins  Like  Kites"  "Only  A  Corpse"  "Primordial"  and  "Great  Divide".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.