Symphonic black metal formation …AND OCEANS are now unleashing a brand new music video and track; ‘Cloud Heads’! The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, which will be released on January 27, 2023. More info about the album and pre-orders will be revealed soon.
Watch’ Cloud Heads’ via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE! The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Founding member and guitarist Timo Kontio comments: “‘Cloud Heads’ set the tone for the writing process and set the tone for the new album. It’s only natural to let it continue the journey and prepare people for the new record!”
…AND OCEANS‘ previous album ‘Cosmic World Mother’ was released via Season of Mist on May 08, 2020. The artwork was created by Adrien Bousson and can be viewed below, together with the track list.
1. The Dissolution of Mind and Matter (04:09)
2. Vigilance and Atrophy (04:38)
3. Five of Swords (05:02)
4. As the After Becomes the Before (05:13)
5. Cosmic World Mother (04:37)
6. Helminthiasis (04:26)
7. Oscillator Epitaph (03:54)
8. In Abhorrence Upon Meadows (02:29)
9. Apokatastasis (04:21)
10. One of Light, One of Soil (03:17)
11. The Flickering Lights (05:24)
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
The year was 1995, the fumes of Scandinavian black metal was poisoning the air and the second wave of black metal had taken a new form. AND OCEANS emerged the scene with an exceptional and unique symphonic approach to the music. Still seeking the musical path to take, the Finns delivered a few demos before signing to Season of Mist 22 years ago.
At this point the band had already found its path to walk, shaping the music and lyrics away from the regular black metal outfits and topics with ambient parts and lyrics twisting the reality, using different languages and provoking and confusing both the media and fans.
1998 the debut album ‘The Dynamic Gallery of Thoughts’ received strong feedback in the media and the word got out in a fast pace, which lead to a split album ‘WAR’ with label mates BLOODTHORN; an album featuring new songs and covers. A new perplex album ‘The Symmetry of I, The Circle of O’ was already in the making and which in 1999 pushed the boundaries even further.
Entering the Abyss Studios with the Tägtgren brothers in 2000 changed the whole band once again. The album A.M.G.O.D. was musically very far from the early symphonic black metal delirium with its electronic post-modern approach.
After touring with MARDUK, MORTICIAN, VADER etc. the band re-entered the Abyss Studios to record a more of an elementary album featuring industrial and power electronics vibes. In 2002, when the last album ‘Cypher’ was released, the band had reached its full circle and decided to call it a day.
17 years later, and after many discussions and questioning, AND OCEANS decided to re-form for a couple of gigs with a few new members: Kauko Kuusisalo (AEGRUS, GLORIA MORTI, GOREPHILIA) on drums, Petri Seikkula (BAPTISM) and Antti Simonen (MORIAN, ALGHAZANTH) on keyboards. Seems like the era for AND OCEANS hadn’t come to an end after all. A new album is on the run, new performances are in the pipeline, a new deal with ‘already familiar’ Season of Mist has been signed – one could say they’re back.
Timo Kontio – Guitar
Mathias Lillmåns – Vocals
Teemu Saari – Guitar
Antti Simonen – Keys
Kauko Kuusisalo – Drums
Petri Seikkula – Bass