A few days ago i received an email from a guy in Greece. He was the guitarist for a melodic doom metal band based in Athens and asked me to do a review of their new EP Fortress of my dark self, here is that review…
Ocean of Grief are a melodic doom metal bands from Athens, Greece. They formed in late 2014 and brought together influences from bands such as Enshine, Slumber and Saturnus. Their debut EP began its production in late 2015 and was released in February this year through Russian label GS Productions.
The EP opens ominously with a keyboard and guitar, this builds in the first track Spiritual Fortress. One thing that strikes me is the use of death metal type vocals from vocalist Charalabos Babis Oikonomopoulos, though they sound really awesome i personally feel that they don’t really fit with the genre of music too well, at least not as the main vocals. I think the addition of the keyboard is a nice touch and something i feel adds to doom metal music quite nicely when done correctly, which it is here.
The second track comes in with some nice clean-ish guitar and a beutiful distorted lead. House of Misery is the longest song on the EP at 6:22 and has again got some nice use of the keyboards from Aris Nikoleris using what sounds like a synth-strings patch of some sorts. I really like the melodies in this song as well, something about it just clicks together.
One thing i will say is that i feel that this first track and “House of Misery” maybe need some more dynamic variation to the mix to give more texture to the songs
Futile Regrets blasts in as the third song bringing a more uptempo feel to the mix yet still retaining that dark tone. The use of keyboards again draws me in further with a nice piano sound added in here and there.
From here we move onto “Drowned in Nostalgia”, again returning to the slower ominous opening with guitar and keyboards bringing the track to life slowly before more guitars explode onto the playing field. Again another track that i feel has a good melody. Their is also a nice bit of dynamic and structural variation, probably why this is my favorite track on the EP.
The final track “The Birth of Chaos” has again got that uptempo yet still dark feel to it and also like “Drowned in Nostalgia” and “House of Misery” it has a good melody flowing throughout. This song probably has the nicest sounding solo out of the EP with an awesome melodic bass line from Giannis Koskinas holding up with again the keyboard and guitar.
Despite a couple of small things this is a good EP for people to check out if you are interested in exploring sub genres of doom metal or already like melodic doom metal!
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