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Oceans Of Night: The Shadowheart Mirror

The Shadowheart Mirror is the first release from a new progressive band called Oceans Of Night. Don't let the cover art deceive you, it doesn't give much away about the type of music within, not exactly the images that inspires thoughts of metal music. The Shadowheart Mirror features a capable and experienced pair performing "ambient progressive metal", and Oceans Of Night's music certainly is a mixture, with many inviting instrumental passages.

The vocals on this CD are that of Scott Oliva and the music has been composed and executed impressively by the band's mastermind Scott Mosher (keyboards, guitar and bass). I checked the booklet after listening and wasn't surprised when there was no mention of a drummer. Although the drums on The Shadowheart Mirror are ok, and of course it depends on the genre, but mostly in comparison you still can't beat the sound and feel you get from an actual drummer.

There is a solid selection of powerful music on this release, like the first track "A Way From You" when it bursts to life, and if you enjoy good instrumentals, then there is the rousing heavy title track "The Shadowheart Mirror". As an introduction to Oceans Of Night, The Shadow Mirror is a stirring and impressive sounding debut CD, and one that any progressive rock/metal fans really ought to listen to.

Track list:
1. A Way From You
2. Living In The Past
3. New Machine
4. What's Left Of Me
5. The Shadowheart Mirror
6. The Last Goodbye
7. Two Worlds Apart
8. War Inside Myself

Added: September 13th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Oceans Of Night: The Shadowheart Mirror
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-09-13 23:44:05
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Oceans of Night is the brainchild of Scott Mosher who has previously released three solo albums, the last one being Deep Horizon in 2006. Helping him on that album was vocalist Scott Oliva and he returns on Mosher's latest The Shadowheart Mirror. The music of Oceans of Night has been described as "ambient progressive metal" and this seems reasonable to me. Mosher takes chugging metallic guitar riffs and fiery solos and effectively injects softer instrumental interludes which makes for a dynamic album and one that had me engaged from start to finish. Mosher is a very talented multi-instrumentalist and for this release plays all of the guitar, bass and keyboards. Oliva proves to be a fine metal vocalist with an emotive voice and good range and is able to handle lower and upper registers with ease.

The album is off to a good start with the edgy metal of "A Way From You" with its subtle keyboards, metallic riffs and powerful melody. Some high pitched screams from Oliva proves he can handle the job. The infectious guitar riff in "Living In The Past" combined with strong vocals, well placed keyboards and a wonderful lead guitar solo from Mosher makes this one of the album's best tunes. The album's heaviest song is the title track with industrial-like guitar riffage, ala Dream Theater, and beautifully flowing keyboards in the softer sections making this one a real treat for progressive metal fans. "The Last Goodbye" has one of the album's nicest melodies and features an ending solo that will have you practicing your air guitar. The rest of the songs are equally enjoyable making this a well rounded album. Although this album did not come to me immediately, over time the melodies have definitely began to sink in.

Progressive rock and metal fans should find plenty to like with The Shadowheart Mirror. This will make an excellent addition to your music collection, so what are you waiting for?

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