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Oceans Of Slumber – Blue – Album Review

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Oceans Of Slumber
Century Media
Release Date: 21 August 2015
Review by Jeremy Edwards

Occasionally bands come along whose unique sound makes them difficult to categorise. Those bands that people argue over, whether they’re this genre or that. Oceans Of Slumber are most certainly one of those bands.

Since the release of their independent debut album Aetherial in 2013, they have signed with heavy metal giants Century Media as well as recruiting a new vocalist, Cammie Gilbert and synthesizer virtuoso Uaeb Yelsaeb.

The Texan progressive metallers are set to release Blue, an E.P of re-visited originals and covers of some of their favourite bands including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Emperor and Candlemass to showcase the multifarious influences and technical mastery of the band.

The highlight is a 13 minute epic re-working of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir where Gilbert’s sultry, ‘60s voice dominates the verses. The song culminates in a progressive metal jam that will have listeners hooked on this band immediately.

Drummer, Dobber Beverly, flaunts his effortless, machine-like double kick while blending in some diverse, technical drumming and the 7-string guitars and the sublime bass-work give an unimaginable depth and moodiness that genuinely establishes what this band is capable of.

Oceans Of Slumber are certainly a band to remember in 2015.

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