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Review: and Oceans - Cosmic World Mother
and Oceans
Cosmic World Mother

Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 2020
Duration: 47:35
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: June 10, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (8 Votes)

I had high hopes for this album upon hearing a new song last winter, and I'm happy to report that ...and Oceans' first album in 18 years, Cosmic World Mother, does not disappoint.

The band started doing some weird stuff with A.M.G.O.D., followed by a lacklustre Cypher that just saw the Finns mess around with their sound more. That actually wasn't uncommon for many Scandinavian black metal bands back in those days, so maybe there was something in the water. Here the band has practically pulled a 180. Cosmic World Mother is chock-full of blasting '90s-style black metal with plenty of speed, attitude and atmosphere. The band's sense of melody is not lost; it's omnipresent throughout and provides for a somewhat soothing, melancholic atmosphere that clashes a little bit with the full-on sonic assault, but they make it work.

This album reminds me a lot of The Dynamic Gallery of Thoughts without rehashing it and it's slightly more brutal and in your face. In fact, I'd say this sounds more of what one might have expected as the band's sophomore effort back in the day. If you preferred their later output, this may not be as attractive to you, but if you're one of those who hoped the band had continued on their original path without stagnating, then this is it right here.

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