OCEANS OF  NIGHT - DOMAIN

AMBIENT

 

Metal To Infinity

Oceans Of Night is an American band formed by multi instrumentalist Scott ‘The Ambient Mind’ Mosher who released, before the birth of Oceans Of Night, four solo albums throughout a period of 10 years. Recording and mastering his own stuff, Scott is a well gifted guitar player as well as taking control over the keyboard parts and bass lines seem no problem at all for him. Actually I never heard of his solo project before, Scott contacted me and asked if I was interested in making the review for Oceans Of Night’s second and new CD “Domain”. Checking out a few sound files on the Internet, there was something I really liked on this band so I definitely wanted to hear the entire, new album. Meanwhile, a promopack sent by Scott himself reached my postal address. Inside the package was an extremely high standard CD tucked, including a nice, dark looking and good informative booklet. Lay-out as well as the inlay of the CD got my absolute approval.  

Scott in charge for all bass, guitar and keyboard works but who’s the singer you might ask yourself. I was quite surprised to see on the info sheet that the frontman of Oceans Of Night is Scott Oliva, the frontman of US Power Metal band Wind Wraith. I really like this band but I don’t know for sure if they are still active or not. I hope so because they’ve made wonderful efforts like “The Fortune Teller’s Gaze” and “Minions Of Metal”.  Check out these albums and be a witness of the beautiful high pitched throat of Scott Oliva. Big surprise to me seeing that he teamed up with Scott Mosher to work out “Deep Horizon” released in 2006. The man behind the drums listens to the name Alan Smithee who’s a total stranger to me.  

What Oceans Of Night’s new album “Domain” has to offer is quite a lot to offer due to the wide range of surprising / unexpected elements they used on it. While listening to all of the songs, they took me by surprise because of creating compositions in a pretty strange but original way. Their music can be added under the topic Progressive Rock / Metal music mainly but to be more specifically about these guys’ style of music I can’t avoid the term ‘ambient’. Loads of ambient passages are observable so actually Oceans Of Night takes Progressive music to a new level. The entire concept turns out somekinda weird or unexpected to me, it just requires an adjustment – you have to get used to, that’s for sure. You feel right from the start that the band musically begins to experiment which lead to some unusual moments. This way of musical experience takes me back into times and think of bands like Ambeon, Ayreon, Star One, The Gathering and stuff but once again, Oceans Of Night goes even further…  due to adding ambient elements to the concept they do cause a scoop. 

“Domain” has been mixed and engineered by Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint) while Scott Mosher composed, arranged, performed and recorded all music. No reason to complain about the sound quality, the guys just did a great job releasing “Domain” on a very orderly manner. First song / title track has a running time of 17:39 which is extremely long to keep the listener’s attention intact. This piece produces multiple musical varieties –  melodic and dreamy with a dark feel, do you dare this long musical experience? I hear a good band featuring a brilliant singer Scott Oliva who sings a bit in the vein of Zak Stevens (Savatage / Circle II Circle), a real master on bass, guitar and keyboards named Scott Mosher and also, the most mysterious pawn in the game, a highly appreciating drummer Alan Smithee! It’s hard for me to get used to those ambient passages, it feels rather weird than attractive but who am I to judge a band if I don’t know the real essence of this type of music. My knowledge in Ambient music is nothing so… 

Oceans Of Night is just a real good Progressive Rock / Metal able to surprise me over and over again. Good guitar driven tracks featuring nice melodious parts with awesome vocals are ‘Don’t Look To Me’, ‘Divisions Of Time’ and ‘Ghosts Of The Past’.  Keep in mind that the rest of the tracks are worth to check out as well – people with an open-minded vision on Progressive Metal will be beaten with tons of unexpected twists and turns. Watch for their official homepage at: www.oceansofnight.com  /  www.scottmosher.com  /  http://www.theambientmind.com/ /  http://www.myspace.com/scottmosher  

My Points: 86 / 100 (Review by Stefan)