Oceans of Slumber – Winter

It is beginning to become apparent that it is our fate, preordained by a cruel group of gods intent on prolonging our misery, to keep railing and raging against the sin of album structure and, more specifically, this industry’s apparent inability to understand how important it is. Album after potentially great album are destroyed in the hot fires of confusion, chaotic arrangements rendering their otherwise decent voices into a cacophony of wailing, lacking context or understanding. It is an especially frustrating flaw to have; you can sense the potential being squandered, willing as hard as you can to manage to like and enjoy this disjointed mess, like Frankenstein mewling over his mangled creation. To come to the point, Oceans of Slumber’s Winter is such a frustrating creation. This album is filled with gems and when it’s on, you know it’s on. However, it is also almost completely dominated by lackluster explorations into arena rock, cover songs and lukewarm folk renditions, completely burying the excellence contained within it in a bland nothingness.

Beyond the Veil: Deathless Widdling, or Diminished Scales in Tech Death

Welcome to “Beyond the Veil“! In this feature, its name (partially) taken from the Gods of Eden track, we’re going to delve into some theoretical aspect of the music we love in an effort to elucidate the behind-the-scenes workings at play, but in a largely jargon-free manner intended to be accessible to those who…