The Weight of Oceans (2012)
Sweden, Spinefarm Records, Progressive Melodic Death Metal
With the 2008 release Shrouded Divine In Mourning was set to conquer the throne of Opeth. 2010’s Monolith had a metalcore-tinged aggressive side, which inspired mixed reactions from critics (this particular metalhead thought it was the second best album of the year).
Where does a top tier metal band go from there? Not where anyone expected, apparently. The Weight of Oceans has the switch from crunchy riffs/death metal growls to melodic strumming/clean sung passages that makes In Mourning so dynamic. But something else too. The Weight adds washy, wavery post-metal passages that wouldn’t seem out of place on a later Isis album, carried on guitar production that emerges from beneath the waves. See opener “Colossus” for an example of how In Mourning’s new speed drags unassuming listeners beneath the tides. Continue reading Review: In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans
I originally had numerous ideas for this week’s column, but while at work (I think about metal a LOT at work) it occurred to me to check which albums I had listened to most in 2012. The list was completely dominated by technical death metal (naturally) as well as the latest Paradise Lost and Cannibal Corpse offerings. Then, I thought to myself, “Man, metalheads LOVE (and HATE) lists! This is a great idea!”
This list is based entirely on number of plays. Hence, an album like Detrimentum’s Inhuman Disgrace, released in January, has a major edge on something like Nile’s At the Gates of Sethu, released months later. Gojira, also a recent release, simply didn’t have enough plays to make the top 15, along with other major players that will most certainly see better representation in a year-end list based on my opinion of the albums. Continue reading Technical Tuesday – The half-year best of!
On this wonderful day Gorod’s A Perfect Absolution was FINALLY available for digital purchase from my preferred music vendors, which I have been waiting months for. On this same day the new Allegaeon album Formshifter AND Weight of Oceans by In Mourning were also made available. All three albums were MUST-PURCHASE-IMMEDIATELY sort of affairs for me (here Amazon, please take my money). I revisited my appreciation of these bands on Technical Tuesday by spending some quality metal time with each band’s back catalog. I chose to focus on one album each. Continue reading And on this day, new albums by three great bands were made available to me