Oceans are an interesting band. Their music consists of an engaging combination of diverse influences, all wrapped together with coherent skill. Elements of death metal, melodic metal, melodic doom, nu-metal, and progressive metal can all be heard. Think of a cross between Soilwork, Amorphis, Paradise Lost, Fit for an Autopsy, and Slipknot. Yes, yes; it sounds like a mess, but it isn’t. The talent of the band is such that it’s anything but.
Melancholic and emotive, the band are powered by song-focused writing, producing songs with plenty of hooks and catchy melodies and choruses. The music typically alternates between clearly defined parts. We get cleanly-sung sections, (sometimes lighter, sometimes heavier), that remind of a cross between newer Amorphis, In Flames, and Paradise Lost, with a hint of Slipknot’s nu-metal approach We also get heavier mid-paced death metal-influenced sections that recall Amorphis and In Mourning at their heaviest. The band also speed things up here and there, all the way up to and including blast beat intensity – think Soilwork and Hypocrisy. Essentially, Oceans have a European metal base, and then add a contemporary aspect, (think bands such as Fit for an Autopsy and Gojira, as well as the modern side of the aforementioned bands).
Of course, the above is only a simplistic overview, and the band’s songwriting is better than what I may have implied. Although they still have some development and refinement to do, they’re still in a very strong position with their debut album. With good songs and lots of arena-friendly material, I can easily imagine Oceans becoming one of the bigger bands in the scene with enough progression and support.
The Sun and the Cold is a full-bodied, well-rounded metal release, one which I urge you to check out if you’re a fan of classic European metal sound with a modern, contemporary twist.