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Oceans Of Slumber - Starlight And Ash

7.5 | 69 votes |
Release date: 22 July 2022
Style: Progressive metal


19 have it
11 want it

01. The Waters Rising
02. Hearts Of Stone
03. The Lighthouse
04. Red Forest Roads
05. The Hanging Tree
06. Salvation
07. Star Altar
08. The Spring Of '21
09. Just A Day
10. House Of The Rising Sun [The Animals cover] [feat. Carla Kihlstedt & Philip Sheegog]
11. The Shipbuilder's Son

Cammie Beverly - vocals
Mat Aleman - keyboards
Jessie Santos - guitars
Alexander Lucian - guitars
Dobber Beverly - drums
Semir Özerkan - bass

Guest musicians
Carla Kihlstedt - violin
Philip Sheegog - cello

Additional info
Produced by Joel Hamilton.
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum.
Cover artwork created by Eliran Kantor.

Staff review by
With the album Oceans Of Slumber, the band Oceans Of Slumber followed the trajectory of their previous records into excess; with Starlight And Ash, they’ve changed direction entirely.

published 27.07.2022 | Comments (2)

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25.05.2022 - 16:20

Super stoked for this one!
That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
23.06.2022 - 23:54
J the Metallizer

Dammit, I need to finally check their back catalog out before this comes out.
I've only heard Winter, was deece.
A lot of times, listening to blackened death metal is a lot like waking up after a night of heavy drinking: you know you had a decent time, but you can’t remember much of it. - Mark Z.
22.07.2022 - 18:10
Rating: 7

On first listen, definitely more taken with this one that the self-titled; they cut down a lot of the bloat. It's very much Cammie's vehicle now, but the rest of the band works well enough to work in harmony with her most of the time. The extreme elements are pretty much all gone now

Edit: Less impressed on subsequent listens - still good moments here, but a tad dull
23.07.2022 - 04:35
Rating: 4
I thought this album was boring, it's a sound that you can hear a lot out there. They were differentiated precisely by the combination of extreme progressive + doom from the other albums, it's as if we had reconquered the old Opeth, but with something more, which is Cammie's dramatic voice. After being treated so badly by their Facebook page, I'm not willing to follow them anymore, but I listened to this album just out of curiosity. I wish them success, and it will surely come, because this more commercial appeal will always have more fans than any extreme metal strand.
23.07.2022 - 06:08
Rating: 4
Morbid Angel 13

I don't like pop music.
23.07.2022 - 06:26
Rating: 3

Really weak effort by them, they were calling this New aproach as "New Southern gothic". And the music just sounds as a rock-blues album, they left behind all the good prog-doom stuff that made them an interesting band to become just an average soft rock band with very little to offer. It would be hard for them to step forward whit such a bad performance on this record.
23.07.2022 - 08:21
Rating: 5
Aries Rising

It's not just the softer sound that is the problem, the songwriting is so weak and bland it just puts you to sleep.
25.07.2022 - 19:10

Mmmm, this is boring. What a dissapointment
25.07.2022 - 19:25
Rating: 5
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
This album sounds like they're trying to write a James Bond movie intro. It ends up being very very boring. It's also not progressive at all.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
02.08.2022 - 09:00
Rating: 4
A Nice Guy
I'm so sorry to say this album really doesn't work for me. I find the vocals a deep disappoint, they sound so ordinary and seem to lack any kind of passion, like they will be better suited for mainsteam acts or even chart music. Although the songwriting isn't necessarily bad, the music sounds so dreary and boring tbh, it's not too bad once the solo's kick in which doesn't happen often, but that's about it really.

I agree with BW's comment above, this sounds very much like they are having a crack at their very own James Bond intro, which really doesn't impress me at all

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