|Review: Oceans of Sadness - Mirror Palace|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: February 4, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)
This was my first affair with Belgium's now defunct Oceans of Sadness. Upon their fifth release Mirror Palace we see the band honing in their odd blend of melodic death metal with nods to gothic metal and progressive metal. The band is like a bizarre amalgamation of Paradise Lost, Evergrey, Opeth, Enslaved and strangely Nightwish circa Oceanborn (and minus the female vocals). I can also hear a slight bit of Dark at Dawn in their sound which is cool I guess.
Despite name-dropping a lot of bands I enjoy as sounding similar, Oceans of Sadness' final product is less than desirable to me. The material isn't bad per se, it's just a bit too much, they try to pull too many tricks out of the hat and as a result they stumble. It comes as no surprise why they never made much of an impact. Fans of almost avant-garde "extreme" metal might find something of interest here, but I'm decidedly apathetic to this band and album.
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