CD review OCEANS ‘The Sun and the Cold’

Oceans is a German/Austrian band that’s rather new. The starting point was a few years ago when the guys decided to follow their heart when it comes to music. After having played in several bands the quartet came together and started to work on new material. Not having a name for the band at the time, the musical aspect of this project got shape and form. At a certain moment there was a need for deciding on a moniker and in late 2017 the name was decided on: Oceans.

From this moment things gained speed with e.g. first EP’s that have been released. The new decade marks a next step in Oceans’ career. The debut will be out in the store in a few days, being Oceans start into a new decade.

‘The Sun and the Cold’, both actually not reflecting the current winter season, features 11 songs. It’s not easy to describe Oceans’ music since it includes so many different aspects. The foundation for each of the songs is a Modern Metal sound, based on the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Build on such a solid base, deep growls and melodic vocal lines enrich each of the tracks with partly machine gun-like beats eembedded too. It’s a musical kaleidoscope that takes a bit time before unveiling the entire beauty. Sometimes you have the feeling of listening to the harsh sounds of bands like At The Gates, while there are there are other moments reminding of the current In Flames’ sound due to the melodic contour.

‘The Sun and the Cold’ is an album with songs that, allegorically spoken, reflect the darkness of the Mariana Trench as well as it shows the beauty of the colorful sea that invites for easy-going snorkeling. So put on your diving googles and jump into ‘The Sun and the Cold’. It will be a surprising dive.

Rating: 7 out of 10.


  1. The Sun And The Cold
  2. We Are The Storm
  3. Dark
  4. Paralyzed
  5. Take The Crown
  6. Shadows
  7. Legions Arise
  8. Polaris
  9. Truth Served Force Fed
  10. Water Rising
  11. Hope

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: January 10th, 2020



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