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Sounds | Oceans of Slumber - Where Gods Fear To Speak



LAP! Laat ons nog maar eens het roer omgooien, moeten Dobber en Cammie gedacht hebben. Na het meer toegankelijke Starlight And Ash keert de nieuwe single deels terug naar de meer complexe nummers ten tijde van The Banished Heart (2018) en de zelfgetitelde opvolger (2020). Tempowissels, breaks en blastbeats vliegen je om de oren, loodzware riffs en een dreunende bas sleuren je de donkerste diepten in. De geweldige strot van Cammie waagt zich zelfs aan het grunten waardoor ze haar reeds kleurrijke klankpallet nog maar eens uitbreidt.

Zomaar een genre plakken op wat de Houstonians doen zou hen oneer aandoen. Where Gods Fear To Speak laat een machtige blend van duistere gothic, melodic death, doom en black metal horen. Alles gekruid met wat electronische invloeden zodat het geheel een progressieve, donkere, filmische sfeer ademt.


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Ahead of their upcoming tour with Lacuna Coil and New Years Day, today, Oceans of Slumber are releasing the first single off their upcoming fifth album.


It's damn near impossible to constrict Oceans of Slumber to one genre. (...) So what do we call this otherworldly occurrence?


"Dark cinematic metal", says drummer Dobber Beverly. In addition to drumming for grindcore legends Insect Warfare and American black metal trailblazers Necrofier, Dobber is a classically trained pianist who composed Oceans of Slumber's new album. "We've taken the raw and heavier direction of our last two albums and elevated it to the scale of a blockbuster IMAX movie".


The album's concept blurs the ideological lines between Dune, Blade Runner and The Dark Tower, though its first single loops back to real life events. All five members of Oceans of Slumber are from Texas, where organized religion can be as suffocating as the dust or heat. But growing up, Cammie was caught in an especially hard bind. Her childhood home was divided over her father's dedication to the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research and her mother becoming a Jehova's Witness. "Regardless of which one you believe, organized religion makes us suffer in order to please this heavenly deity", Cammie says. "But the payoff is only an illusion".


That tension - between the promise of divine pleasure and the pains of the flesh - raises "Where Gods Fear to Speak" to truly Biblical proportions. The chant that creeps in past the four minute mark could pass for the curse of an evil sorcerer. Your grace is sufficient / Made perfect in my weakness. But those lyrics are a direct quote from the Book of 2 Corinthians.


The video for "Where Gods Fear to Speak" ties in nicely with these themes. Taken captive by some unholy masked trinity, Cammie is strung up by ropes fashioned in the style of Shibari, an ancient Japanese torture method that's evolved into a form of BDSM. Of course, nothing is strong enough to hold down Cammie's voice. Her belt covers such a wide range, steeped in the blues as much the gospel, that it really could move mountains. Only now, she's flexing a guttural new muscle.


"I've always wanted to do death growls", Cammie says. "'Where Gods Fear to Speak' presented the perfect opportunity. Mixing harsh vocals in with my cleans speaks to that tug of war between pleasure and pain, though there's a freedom that comes with pushing my voice past its perceived breaking point".


Lineup

Cammie Beverly - Vocals

Dobber Beverly- Drums, Piano

Semir Ozerkan - Bass

Alex Davis - Guitar

Chris Kritikos - Guitar, Synth




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