OCEANS OF SADNESS - FOR WE ARE - LSP
Formed out of the ashes of defunct bands Sonic Torment and Musart in 1995, the Belgians follow up their demos, one compilation CD appearance and an opening slot at Dynamo with their debut full length for LSP. Referred to as akin to what early Tiamat would compose, Oceans of Sadness is one of those bands which snitches what Pink Floyd might do with metal pieces a la Paradise Lost or other so-called atmospheric units. The band has a good sound and for fans of the above-described mix might prove a valuable suggestion. - Ali "The Metallian"
OCEANS OF SADNESS - LAUGHING TEARS, CRYING SMILE - LSP
Aside from how the album title reminds me of a famous Black Sabbath line, the title itself has to be taken with a degree of fate seeing how the only place it is mentioned is the biography. Oceans Of Sadness is one of those European bands that has adopted the K&F (keyboards & Female vocals) into its Tiamat-meets-Paradise Lost brand of music and mixes co-ed vocals with growling and gargling at the same time. There also many quieter moments on the CD. The biography shrewdly calls the band's style 'metal in the unpurest form' which sounds almost right. Fans of the genre will love the 70 minute length of this album, even if the so-called hidden track buried at the end of the CD is the sound of a couple of farts - how romantic.