Seventeen years after their last industrialized offering Finns …AND OCEANS have reformed, and with a renewed focus on their original modus operandi – the fine art of devastating symphonic black metal. Is this good news? Yes it is. George Van Doorn (Vahrzaw) shares his thoughts below on their glistening fifth full-length, Cosmic World Mother.
Today, I had a musical itch I couldn’t scratch. Not even Paul Simon‘s ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ could satisfy my craving. That was until I pressed play on …and Oceans new album Cosmic World Mother. I was craving blast beat Black Metal!
Straight off the bat, …and Oceans aren’t afraid to cup your balls firmly in their collective hands and squeeze… hard. Cosmic World Mother has the fury of Panzer Division Marduk combined with the epic/emotive elements of Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. It’d be remiss of me if I didn’t mention that Dark Funeral are clearly an influence on …and Oceans too. And, much like Dark Funeral, the song structures on Cosmic World Mother are a little paint-by-numbers. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that; I like a bit of the old verse/chorus/verse/chorus song structure, but if I noticed it, it annoyed me slightly.
For the most part, this is straight-forward blast beat Black Metal done well. And, there’s enough diversity and symphonic elements here to keep the music interesting. As an example, the second song ‘Vigilance and Atrophy’ has a real Heaven Shall Burn… era Marduk feel about it, even down to the basslines. And as an aside, their bass player is a gun.
Now, before everyone thinks I’ve gone soft and am no longer king of the edgelords – fuck you. Not everything here comes up Milhouse. ‘Oscillator Epitah’, for example, should’ve been culled from Cosmic World Mother. The riffs on this song are pedestrian, at best.
RATING: 4.25 / 5
Cosmic World Mother is available now via Season of Mist.
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