Oceanwake - Earthen
Label: ViciSolum Productions
Written by: Sabine van Gameren
Oceanwake is a formation from Finland. They have been around since 2009 and have released two albums before. Now number three is out and it is called “Earthen”. This release concludes the trilogy the guys have made.
Two tracks that count over 20 minutes, not something one easily slides into and knowing it is part of a trilogy you may wonder whether it is wise to listen the album if you aren’t familiar with its predecessors. We can tell you that it is not a problem to do so, because the album is standing on its own just as well. It is one that you want to listen fully with care. The album builds on with its tensions, and knows plenty of moments in which all that tension falls back into something calmer once again. The first track specifically has a focus on the calm and serene vibes, where they smartly use the melodics to create a dreamy atmosphere and at the end of the track some higher tempo falls in with a hint of doom and darkness.
The second track knows more darkness and goes more intense. Creepy vocals gnarling through you with the doom hinting its right there, some enlightment comes in but the guys make you aware that all evil can be around the corner. Towards the end of the track you come to a highlight of the album. If you haven’t lost yourself to the Oceanwake dreamworld then here you will feel it all come together. All what these little teasers have been working to. These last couple of minutes are making you fall in love with it. But then they cut it off quite brutally, the only minor remark we could make on it. This abrupt ending is unexpected and a little mean.
The album is smartly composed, at first they give you enough to make you curious, they keep you hanging on and those who can bite themselves into it will enjoy the pleasure of the climax. “Earthen” is a mighty fine release!
01. Storm Sermon
02. In Amidst The Silent Thrones