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OCEANS OF NIGHT

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OCEANS OF NIGHT is a heavy rock/metal band that synthesizes a diverse range of musical influences under the deceptively descriptive title of ambient progressive rock. As the enigmatic and mysterious name suggests, OCEANS OF NIGHT forge a powerful, modern and dynamic musical experience that demands your undivided attention.

Consisting of musical mastermind Scott Mosher and vocal powerhouse Scott Oliva, OCEANS OF NIGHT released their first CD, "The Shadowheart Mirror", in June of 2009. Equal parts progressive metal and modern rock served with a distinct ambient flavor, "The Shadowheart Mirror" is a dark, haunting and cinematic musical statement that resonates with emotional impact.

Through the course of 4 CD's, Scott Mosher has bridged the worlds of progressive metal, melodic hard rock and ambient music to create an experimental yet complimentary style of ambient metal that is at once as subtle as it is powerful, aggressive as it is dynamic and timeless as it is modern. Scott Oliva continues to perform in the legendary NY IRON MAIDEN tribute band, LIVE AFTER DEATH and has played with WIND WRAITH, INNER STRENGTH, LAST VISION BLACK and DRIVEN. The Scott's have previously worked together on Mr. Mosher?s 4th CD release, "Deep Horizon", in 2006.

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2.56 | 3 ratings
The Shadowheart Mirror
2009
3.05 | 5 ratings
Domain
2011
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Midnight Rising
2014

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 Domain by OCEANS OF NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Domain
Oceans of Night Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US duo OCEANS OF NIGHT is the creative vehicle of composer and instrumentalist Scott Mosher with Scott Oliva catering for vocals and some of the lyrics. The twosome made their debut with "The Shadowheart Mirror" back in 2009. "Domain" is their second full length production, and was released in the fall of 2011.

Dark, bombastic progressive metal liberally flavored with futuristic keyboard sounds and ambient moods is what Oceans Of Night provides on their second album "Domain". The epic beast of a title track is arguably the best reason to examine this disc, as long as you like music of this character. How much the rest of this CD will be enjoyed depends very much on your taste in lead vocals. If you enjoy operatic-oriented, emotional vocals chances are good that you'll love the other tracks too; if you don't, then this is a disc that warrants a closer inspection prior to a purchasing decision.

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 Domain by OCEANS OF NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.05 | 5 ratings

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Domain
Oceans of Night Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Domain' - Oceans Of Night (6/10)

The second album by Scotts Mosher and Oliva represents a distinct shift towards the artsier side of metal. With 'The Shadowheart Mirror', Oceans Of Night introduced themselves with a debut album that screamed all things 'melodic'. While it was very impressive in terms of songwriting, I found that the band did not live up to the 'ambient prog metal' label they pitched themselves with. Now, their sophomore 'Domain' sees Oceans Of Night amping up their ambition, and finally creating a more distinct sound for themselves. Like so many second albums by artists though, in maturing their sound, they have lost some of the charm that drew me towards the debut.

To say that 'Domain' is a step above 'Shadowheart' would be only half-true. In many ways, Oceans Of Night have created a more challenging, denser work here. On the other hand, as ambitious as 'Domain' is, its the melodies and memorable songwriting that have been hit the hardest. With a seventeen minute track opening up the album, it's instantly clear that Oceans Of Night have configured their priorities, and in doing so, they have had to let some good things go. Ultimately, the more forward-thinking approach here is to the band's credit. Though there is a much greater emphasis on progressive atmosphere, the quality of the music itself has not been much improved. It's as if they have bought a bigger fish tank, without buying more fishies to warrant the purchase.

Of the two Scotts, Mosher handles the music, while Oliva lends his vocals. While Oliva's classic metal singing was the musical highlight of 'Shadowheart', here his vocals are a little more reserved. Although not as impressive at first, it's a natural change that goes well with the new musical direction Oceans Of Night is going for here. The new star of the show are Mosher's spacey keyboards. This is where the 'ambient' aspect of Oceans' sound comes through. They sound much like the sort of keyboards that Geddy Lee used on Rush's 'Moving Pictures', and they work well to create a futuristic vibe for the music. In terms of the metal, Oceans Of Night's production has enjoyed some improvements in regards to the once-garbled rhythm guitars, but the sound still feels a bit flat. Mosher's lead guitar work is beautiful, but as a whole, I prefer 'Shadowheart's upfront catchiness to this more reserved approach. Both of Oceans Of Night's albums to date are about the same in terms of quality, but they achieve that quality through very different outlets. Where the debut was enjoyable for its melody and songwriting, 'Domain' is intriguing for its ambition and vast atmosphere. I'm not completely sold on either album, but it will be very interesting to see where they go next with it.

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 The Shadowheart Mirror by OCEANS OF NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.56 | 3 ratings

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The Shadowheart Mirror
Oceans of Night Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Shadowheart Mirror' - Oceans Of Night (6/10)

Scott Mosher is a musician already fairly established in progressive metal. With a string of solo releases under his belt, he was already an experienced recording artist by the time Oceans Of Night was formed. Collaborating with vocalist Scott Oliva (no, not the singer from Savatage!), Oceans Of Night seeks to move Mosher's music forward. 'The Shadowheart Mirror' is no revelation for progressive metal, but it stands as a strong collection of well- written tracks that probably could have been better.

Although the band self-labels themselves as 'ambient progressive metal', Oceans Of Night are rooted in the sound and tone of classic melodic metal. Power metal may be a good fit for this music, although the ambient angle does come through in the thick keyboard atmosphere. Incorporating slight prog sounds into the highly melodic take on heavy metal, it's clear from the start that Oceans Of Night are placing themselves within a school that's crowded as it is. Where 'The Shadowheart MIrror' lifts itself up however is through the songwriting, which- above and beyond- is the best thing that the album has going for it. Although I've admittedly grown weary of the 'AOR' take on progressive metal, Oceans Of Night have an excellent grasp of melody, and I found myself humming along to many of these tunes by the third chorus. Driving most of the melodies is vocalist Scott Oliva, who has a voice perfectly suited for this sort of music. I could compare him to a slew of legendary metal vocalists; Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, or Geoff Tate. As technically skilled a vocalist as he is, 'The Shadowheart Mirror' does not showcase him as being terribly unique, although his performance here is top notch.

Scott Mosher's contribution lies in the instrumental delivery, and this is where Oceans Of Night's execution gets a little muddy. First of all, Mosher is a great musician, and though he has several instruments to contend with here, he manages to succeed with each of them, at least decently. The complaints I have about the instrumentation don't lie in the way Mosher has played, but rather the way it is recorded. The production on 'The Shadowheart Mirror' is painfully inconsistent. Oliva's vocals and the playful guitar leads are both captured beautifully, and though the keyboards and drums are doused with nostalgic 80's cheese, they're still listenable. Where Oceans Of Night gets hurt badly are the rhythm guitars, and the way they have been recorded. Throughout the album, the rhythm guitar sounds either like it's playing through an amp that's blown, or my speakers themselves have bit it. I checked it a couple of sound systems however, and while the other aspects of Oceans Of Night were coming out clearly, the garbled sound of the rhythm guitar is painful. For audiophiles out there, the blown rhythm tone might be enough to put you off your lunch. It's a real shame too, because the rest of 'The Shadowheart Mirror' makes Oceans Of Night out to be an incredibly capable melodic metal act. While they're not 'my sort of metal' by any means, there is skill with crafting great songs and catchy hooks that lifts the band's work above many of their melodic peers.

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 The Shadowheart Mirror by OCEANS OF NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.56 | 3 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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2 stars Oceans of Night is first and foremost the creative vehicle of Scott Mosher, with vocal contributions from one Scott Oliva. The Shadowheart Mirror is their debut effort, and while it has several weaknesses it does hold some promise as well.

The music presented here is a rather primitive one as far as progressive music goes. Few changes of pace, sound and style; there's hardly any truly sophisticated elemenst utilized either - no subtle dissonances or disharmonies, nor instrumental details adding slight touches of variations to the proceedings. Instead, the main focus seems to be on melodramatics and stark contrasts.

The stylistic expression blends AOR with a slightly sophisticated version of power metal - vintage Bon Jovi meets vintage Helloween if you like. Singalong melodies and chorus parts, dark, distorted guitars contrasted by light, floating synth textures and powerful very typical metal vocals on top - think a less refined Brude Dickinson for the latter. With a few dreamier passages thrown in for good measure - hence the ambient descriptions given by the band.

The basic ideas are rather good for a fun, simple prog metal joyride. But poor production - at least as I hear it - is a general weakness. The guitars, apart from the soloing passages, sounds undefined and noisy. The vocals appear too be just slightly out of tune at times - probably not noticeable by most listeners though, as I know I am picky about this one. And at last the programmed drums sounds like just that, one-dimensional and mechanical. Which to some extent sums up this album too. With better mix and production this could have been an enjoyable effort, but as far as I'm concerned the weaknesses present distracts too much.

When that is said: I'm close to 40 years old, have listened to such vast amounts of music that my standards are somewhat extreme at times - and 20 years ago I know I would have found this album fascinating. Oceans of Night most certainly aren't in the same league as acts like Riverside or Ayreon, but if a less sophisticated romp through the genre with distinctly old school metal vocals and slight AOR leanings sounds like fun, you might just come to like this production.

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