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Oceana: The Pattern

Born out of the current members of the doomy Death metallers Novembre and the Italian Symphonic Blackened Power Metal sextet in 1994, Oceana is a combined creation of a Gothic gloom infused stretch of Melodic Death Metal delving deep into the depths of a lamenting avenue that does not hide anything in the process; apprehending a collection of eleven solidified episodes showing off the masterly talents of friends Massimiliano Pagliuso and Alessandro Marconcini alongside the prodigious Naples based guitarist Gianpaolo Caprino.

Predominantly, this a very varied record to say the least and the spectrum of diversity heard throughout the trio’s debut offering The Pattern appears to be to an extent somewhat conspicuous, ranging from a strutting baggage containing a melodious form of Death Metal shoulder to shoulder with some very inspiring Doom and Gothic Metal; noted in the cleverly written ‘Fall to Silence’ and the crushing enigma dwelling inside the bravely connecting musicality of ‘Tragicomic Reality’; gracefully expressing the band’s fundamental talents and inspiring influential markers from the worlds of the likes of Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth and Katatonia.

All-inclusively, The Pattern is unquestionably a fitting title for this divergent quota of strengths included on this 2021 release and the label speaks for itself with the indulging wavelengths of the transpiring roundabout of the brilliantly composed spectacle titled ‘Carousel’, positioned in this brawny mixture of a progressively-minded spice of Gothically-immersed Death Metal routing through the extravagantly configurated opener ‘Hiding Lies’, the striking nature of the superbly layered ‘Spoiled’ and the commandingly supercilious closing single of ‘You Don’t Know’.

Sometimes, this benefaction does cause a labyrinth of progressively set out phrases and a hand basket of musicality that needs patience or extra listening time, nevertheless it is significantly vital to be patient to witness the full true effect of this output and to appreciate its demeanour; let’s see what the three have in stall for us on the next occasion and with hope we will not have to wait too long like 27 years it took to construct their debut opus - I am positively sure will not.


Track list:
1. Hiding Lies
2. Fall to Silence
3. Violet
4. Tragicomic Reality
5. A Friend
6. Carousel
7. A Lament
8. Spoiled
9. Altantidea Suite Part 1
10. The Unforgiven
11. You Don’t Know

Added: March 27th 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
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Language: english

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