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Belgian outfit OCEANS OF SADNESS are something of a veteran act in the progressive field, founded all the way back in 1995. Originally without a bass-guitarist in their line-up, the original members of the band were Tijs Vanneste (vocals), Wim Melis (guitar), Hans Claes (keyboards), Guy Vernelen (drums), Tor Kemps (guitar) and Jan Van Deuren (guitar).

Five months after the formation their first demo arrived in the shape of Forgotten Symphony I, which made quite an impact in the Belgian Aardschok magazine. In 1996 Bert Rommes (bass) hooked up with the band as well, and in 1998 their second demo Between Heaven, Earth And Beauty was issued. One year later the EP ...Let Them All In appeared. The same year the band won the Metal Bash award, with subsequent live performances at the Dynamo Open Air festival exposing the band to a larger audence. The next step for the band was a record deal, and in 200o they were signed by Belgian label LSP Records, who subsequently issued their full length debut For We Are.

In 2001 Kemps left the band, and in 2002 it was time for their sophomore effort Laughing Tears, Crying Smile. The album was well receieved on a worldwide basis, but as distribution was limited to Belgium and Netherlands only sales weren't as high as expected. As far as concerts go Oceans of Sadness found themselves opening for bands like Within Temptation and Dimmu Borgir, playing live all over Belgium and the Netherlands. hey recorded their forst ever video this year too, for the song So Close, and it got playtime among several of the important music channels.

Jan Van Deuren left the band in 2003, replaced by Tom Van Cauwenberghe (guitars). And in 2004 he made his recording debut with Oceans of Sadness on their third full length production Send in the Clowns. An eclectic production featuring a variety of non-metal as well as several flavours of metal this venture wass well received, and to promote it they teamed up with Dutch band Epica, touring Spain and Portugal. When vocalist Vanneste suffered collapsed lungs the live concerts ground to a halt though.

In 2005 Rommes leaves the band, replaced by Jo Van Heghe (bass). This slightly revamped line-up hooks up with Swedish producer Jens Bogren in 2006 to record their next album Mirror Palace. Scarlet Records signs the band in 2007, and subsequently issues this fourth full length effort by the band. Tours in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands followed the album release, while the disc ...
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2.50 | 2 ratings
For We Are
3.00 | 3 ratings
Laughing Tears, Crying Smile
2.00 | 2 ratings
Send in the Clowns
3.07 | 5 ratings
Mirror Palace
4.07 | 8 ratings
The Arrogance Of Ignorance

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Forgotten Symphony I
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Between Heaven, Earth And Beauty
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 The Arrogance Of Ignorance by OCEANS OF SADNESS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 8 ratings

The Arrogance Of Ignorance
Oceans of Sadness Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance' - Oceans Of Sadness (8/10)

Splitting up earlier this year, it is unlikely wee will hear anything more from the Belgian metal band Oceans Of Sadness. Over a career that spanned well over a decade, they failed to achieve much longstanding popularity or success, but they had an interesting sound going for them when they were around, and 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance' caps off their career quite nicely. Their fifth album is a well-produced, varied journey, and being my first experience with the music of this band, I have found myself wanting to hear more of what this band has to offer. While it is unfortunate that Oceans Of Sadness have since decided to throw in the towel, they have closed their career on an excellent note.

When first listening to 'The Arrogance Of Ignorance', it became instantly clear that the band was drawing their sound from a variety of different extreme metal sources. Although being rooted in a similar (albeit more melodic) sound to Enslaved or Opeth, Oceans Of Sadness was also taking in gothic, and doom into their sound. This results in a distinct style for the band that does not sound apart from other extreme metal acts, but has enough of a personal identity to it in order to give a memorable experience. Although extreme metal is generally a sound that leans more towards melancholia and sadder emotions, I actually found Oceans Of Sadness to play fun music here; although there is atmosphere and proggy elements in it, the band also makes it clear- especially during the first half of the record- that they aren't taking themselves completely seriously. Sometimes I did find that the band took the tongue-in-cheek nature to levels of silliness, but for the most part, it added a nice 'catchy' element to the music that made it much more accessible than I would have first predicted.

The album does feel as if it goes on for a song or two too long, but Oceans Of Sadness makes their music interesting and attractive throughout. Although I have not heard anything from Oceans Of Sadness before, I certainly think that this was a great way to end the band's career. I am also surprised that the band never achieved a greater popularity when they were around; I could have easily seen them being a quirkier alternative to a band like Opeth. A great album that manages to be dark, progressive, but fun and uplifting, all within the course of one hour.

 Mirror Palace by OCEANS OF SADNESS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.07 | 5 ratings

Mirror Palace
Oceans of Sadness Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by deathlifereborn

3 stars My first review (and of this album too.)

I first heard of this band about four years ago, the album Laughing Tears, Crying Smile. I really liked it but couldn't find anywhere that sold it. Move forward to 2008, i saw Mirror Palace in a music shop (forgot which), and instantly bought it because I was impressed with their earlier album. I like most of the songs off the album (they even have a cover of Alice in Chains' Them Bones which is exactly the same basically which is unfortunate.)

Songs are pretty fast paced, from the opening song to the final (somewhat different as the lyrics are pretty random) song, though it remains consistently good throughout. I wouldn't consider them Prog per se but it still an enjoyable 50 minutes of doomy influenced metal.

Thus i rate it 3 stars.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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