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Oceans Of Slumber

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Below is our complete Oceans Of Slumber news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Brutal Assault Festival Band Upddate Announced

Brutal Assault Festival announces another band update for its upcoming 2019 edition. Tells the festival promotion agency:

"Let’s open this mega update with a black metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest black metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!
Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of industrial metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.
Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. More...

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Necrofier Premiere Full-Album Stream Of New EP

Houston black metal entity Necrofier - consisting of members of Insect Warfare, Oceans of Slumber etc. - premiere the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "Visions In Fire", which was released December 4, 2018 via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Visions In Fire" in its entirety below.

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Oceans Of Slumber Guitarists Leave The Band

Houston, Texas based progressive metal outfit Oceans Of Slumber has announced that both guitarists Sean Gary and Anthony Contrereas have left the band. A statement on Facebook reads as follows:

"As many of you have seen, we’ve been having a rough patch over the last few years. Especially October. After Anthony decided to leave us (which was something we somewhat expected sadly), Sean informed us that he too would be exiting. He needed to concentrate on his personal life and career and that meant no more touring and band commitments. We’ve known for a bit about this and have auditioned a handful of people. We’ve got one of two covered now... Now the hunt begins for the next.

"Severing ties in a relationship is never easy. Losing two of the founding members of this band after 7 years of close proximity sucks too. Anthony and I have been in multiple bands together and have traveled all over the world together in them. Sean has been my right hand man from the get go. It’s taken a lot of work to get where we are. But things change. They always do. We will miss them immensely, but this house isn’t finished being built and we’re left with the task of completing it. Though there is an amount of hurt and sadness on our end, we will power through all of this and come out just fine. We must stay vigilant not to be dragged down with the daunting task of moving forward. With all of that said; goodbye to the two of you and we hope all of the things you want and need happen for you."

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Epica Enchants Kentish Town Forum

Over the past ten years or so, symphonic metal has really exploded in popularity, thanks to the success of groups such as Nightwish, Within Temptation and Theatre Of Tragedy. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of witnessing another of the sub-genre's most revered bands, Epica, at their show in London where they were joined by Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber to craft a night to remember.

Opening the show was Houston, Texas progressive metal outfit, Oceans Of Slumber. Not being familiar with the quintet, I had no idea what to expect. Like many opening bands, they had to fight through some relatively poor sound at the beginning of their set but fight they did and those in attendance were treated to a magnificent display of atmospheric metal. Vocalist Cammie Gilbert was superb in showcasing her soulful voice which fit alongside the gloomy, My Dying Bride-esque music very well. Songs from their new album, "The Banished Heart" such as "The Decay Of Disregard" sound fresh and intriguing and it won't be long until Oceans Of Slumber are headlining tours of a similar size. More...

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Oceans of Slumber Premiere New Song & Video

Houston-based progressive metal band Oceans of Slumber premiere a new song entitled "No Color, No Light", taken from their upcoming new album "The Banished Heart", which will be out in stores via Century Media on March 2.

Check out now "No Color, No Light" below.

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Epica Announce Support Acts For Upcoming UK Tour

Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica are proud to announce the supports for their upcoming ‘The United Principle’ 2018 UK tour: Danish metal sensation Myrkur and US progressive metallers Oceans Of Slumber.

Tour dates:

06.04.18 Rock City – Nottingham
07.04.18 02 ABC 1 – Glasgow
08.04.18 O2 Academy – Bristol
10.04.18 Tivoli – Dublin
12.04.18 O2 Ritz – Manchester
13.04.18 O2 Forum - London More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Reveals New Album

Houston-based progressive metal outfit Oceans of Slumber has just announced the release of the forthcoming full-length album "The Banished Heart," which will be issued on March 2, 2018 via Century Media Records.

Singer Cammie Gilbert comments, "Guided by our resolve to only make music that is real to us, we explored a new depth and crawled deep inside ourselves to uncover what had been hiding and bring it out into the light. Sometimes in life there are places where we are able to turn away, to get away with applying the utilities of denial, but not this time. This time we forced ourselves to stay in that uncomfortable and terrifying place. To explore its vast and dark void in hopes of uncovering a better path out of it, not only for ourselves, but for all those familiar with that same dark place within themselves."

Oceans Of Slumber mystifies listeners with atmospheric melodies over darkened dynamics that range from the perversely sinister to the adventurously progressive, creating an undeniably epic wall of sound that has become the Texans’ trademark.

More details on the album will be revealed soon. More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Posts "Sunlight" Video

Houston's Oceans Of Slumber just unveiled a brand new video for "Sunlight," which comes from the band's full-length label debut "Winter" that was released earlier this year (reviewed here).

On September 29th, Oceans Of Slumber joins the "Spinning Wheel Ritual" tour featuring Enslaved. Tour dates will also include two Euroblast Festival appearances (feat. Intronaut, Port Noir and more) in addition to select show dates with Ne Obliviscaris. Dates are available after the video. More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Streams "Devout" Track

Just shortly before the release of upcoming album "Winter," the Houston, Texas progressive metal powerhouse Oceans Of Slumber drops another advance track: check out "Devout" below.

Oceans Of Slumber is also proud to announce that the group will be supporting none other than the mighty My Dying Bride on an upcoming European tour. The band comments:

"We are beyond excited to announce that we will be joining the magnanimous and legendary My Dying Bride in the UK and in Europe!! To have the opportunity to support our new record and share the stage every night with such an amazing and genre defining band like My Dying Bride is beyond our expectations. So 'Feel The Misery' and get yourselves ready for our brand of bayou tinged darkened metal!"

3.31.2016 - London, Islington Assembly Room, UK
4.01.2016 - Leeuwarden, Neushoorn, NL
4.02.2016 - Hamburg, Grünspan, DE
4.03.2016 - Saarbrücken, Garage, DE
4.05.2016 - Pratteln, Konzertfabrik Z7, CH
4.06.2016 - Paris, Nouveux Casino, FR
4.07.2016 - Tilburg, 013, NL
4.08.2016 - Antwerp, Trix, BE
4.09.2016 - Essen, Turock, DE
4.10.2016 - Utrecht, Tivoli Pandora, NL More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Posts "Turpentine"

With the release of Oceans Of Slumber's "Winter" on the horizon, the band shows the world yet another cut with "Turpentine." The band comments:

"...and now to the other side of what we do, we bring you all the boudoir vibe and the delta blues sounds of 'Turpentine.' A song that combines our furthest influences with our most primal, this is the opposite side of our extreme metal leanings and our Prog tendencies and the ultimate result of the Bayou City that helped spawn what we are today."

The Century Media Records debut, which also marks Oceans Of Slumber's sophomore full-length release, will see a worldwide release on Friday, March 4th 2016.

You can also hear the previously posted title track and check out a video for the track "Suffer The Last Bridge." More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Releases New Music Video

Oceans Of Slumber, the genre defying Texan quintet, just delivered yet another dose of dark, boundless progressive metal with a brand new video for the track "Suffer The Last Bridge."

This new song is taken off the band's forthcoming Century Media debut, "Winter," due out March 4th, 2016 and up for digital pre-order here. Drummer Dobber Beverly also comments:

"Living is an imperfect consequence of being born. We are fallible creatures and we must adapt and learn to overcome our fear of living. 'Suffer the Last Bridge' is the call to embrace your imperfections and walk away from the things you can't change. The video follows Cammie on a contemplative journey through the beautiful Texas landscapes we call home.

"It's her journey to a place of realization and the acceptance of change and loss. And eventually finds her walking away from the unavoidable consequence of being alive. Musically we wanted to write a huge arena style melodic metal song. Combining all the elements of what we do into this brief glimpse of a larger story. An Etude. A picture. We have many directions to take and many more surprises for you." More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Posts "Winter" Video

Houston's very own progressive metal powerhouse Oceans Of Slumber just released a video for the title track off debut Century Media release, "Winter."

The cover art for "Winter" was gracefully imagined by Costin Chioreanu over at Twilight 13 Media (At The Gates, Katatonia, Grave, Arcturus & many, many more). The band comments:

"The time has come and we're more than excited to release this first glimpse into our new record 'Winter.' We wanted to reveal ourselves a bit more and try to capture the energy of the band in UltraHD. We've put every bit of our heart and souls into this record and can't wait to start this journey with everyone."

New album "Winter" will see a synced, worldwide release date of Friday, March 4th, 2016. More information on available formats and track listings to follow. More...

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Voyager Gearing Up For Tour

Australian progressive metal quintet Voyager will hit the road later this month for a Revolver Magazine sponsored North American tour with Swedish outfit Evergrey, as well as Borealis and Oceans of Slumber in support.

The summer trek will kick off in Chicago on August 26 before wrapping up at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA on September 11. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

"We're beyond excited to be hitting North America again," commented Voyager frontman, Daniel Estrin. "We have some of the most amazing, dedicated fans there and we can't wait to deliver some Aussie action. With such a stellar lineup, you won't want to miss a note."

Voyager guitarist Scott Kay and bassist Alex Canion will also be offering guitar and bass lessons to fans on the road. Spots are limited, so email: voyagerlessons@gmail.com to reserve a personal lesson today.

Voyager will be playing songs from fifth album, "V" (reviewed here), which released in June 2014. More...

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Bayou Doom Fest III Details Announced

The Houston Doom Brigade is pleased to announce that this year’s edition of the Bayou Doom Fest will be headlined by none other than Houston legends Helstar. Bayou Doom Fest III will take place on August 8th at Fitzgerald’s in Houston, TX. In addition to Helstar, the fest will feature Century Media’s newest signees, Oceans of Slumber, plus Las Cruces, Sanctus Bellum, Project Armageddon, Funeral Horse, and many more.

Speaking on the festival, Helstar vocalist James Rivera stated “Although most people wouldn’t consider us to be a doom band in the traditional sense, doom is a style of music that is very near and dear to our hearts and it’s one that’s been a big influence on us. Doom metal has a darkness to it that we incorporate into our sound as well. In honor of the occasion, we’ve got a very special set planned that will showcase some of our doomiest tracks. We’ve also got some surprises planned around the theme of the late, great Christopher Lee as Dracula. Godfathers of Doom and Nosferatu anyone?”

Houston Doom Brigade co-founder Doomstress Alexis commented “There’s been no bigger friend to the doom scene in Texas than Helstar. Though they may a somewhat unorthodox choice as headliner, there’s not a doom fan in the state that isn’t a big fan of Helstar. That makes them a great fit for the fest.”

Now in its 3rd year, Bayou Doom Fest has showcased the best talent that the Gulf Coast region has to offer. Festival alumni include Venomous Maximus, Warbeast, Wo Fat, Cauldron (ex-Gammacide), Mothership, and Destroyer of Light. More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Signs With Century Media

Century Media Records is pleased to announce the signing of Houston progressive metallers Oceans of Slumber. The label comments:

"Founded in 2011, Oceans Of Slumber mystify listeners with atmospheric melodies over darkened dynamics that range from the perversely sinister to the adventurously progressive. Creating an undeniably epic wall of sound that has become the Texans' trademark, Oceans Of Slumber caught the attention of the world's largest heavy metal label and will release their 'Blue' EP on limited edition vinyl August 21st, 2015.

"On the 'Blue' EP, listeners are treated to re-imaginings of classics from seminal artists such as Candlemass, Led Zeppelin, Emperor and Pink Floyd. The EP also includes a re-working of a previously released Oceans Of Slumber track as well as a taste of a brand new single that will appear on the forthcoming full length album, to be released by Century Media, date and title TBA."

Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Century Media Records Europe comments: "Being part of the metal scene for so many years it's hard to surprise me with anything but I couldn't believe what I heard when my colleague Daniel Dismal sent me the new Oceans Of Slumber recordings. Here's a young band, combining the best of Texas' heritage from both Metal and Alternative Progressive bands such as Watchtower, King's X, Mars Volta, Trail Of Dead and going way back to the roots of Big Mama Thornton and her disciple, Janis Joplin. These highly skilled musicians made a huge step with the addition of the young, soulful voice of Cammie Gilbert and I'm sure you will be just as surprised when you hear the upcoming album! The Blue EP is just the beginning from Oceans Of Slumber on Century Media and I am sure they'll be surprising us all every step of the way." More...

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Evergrey Announces North American Tour

Sweden's Evergrey announced a tour of North America this Summer with Australia's Voyager, Canada's Borealis and Houston's Oceans of Slumber. The tour begins in Chicago and winds up in Atlanta as part of the Mid-Week Mayhem show (which features Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way) to kick off ProgPower USA in September.

Evergrey is supporting the latest album "Hymns For the Broken." A review for the album can be found at this location.

The tour is presented by Revolver Magazine and Infinity Concerts. Confirmed Dates are as follows:

Aug 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Aug 27 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
Aug 28 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Aug 29 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Aug 30 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
Sep 1 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Sep 3 – New York, NY – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Sep 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Sep 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep 6 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Sep 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
Sep 9 – Atlanta, GA – Midweek Mayhem @ ProgPower USA (The Loft) **

**Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way More...

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Oceans Of Slumber Posts Official Video

Houston-based progressive metal act Oceans Of Slumber has posted a video for the song "Remedy" off their self-released debut "Aetherial." Check out the video below. The person responsible for the mixing and mastering of Aetherial, UK madman Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, etc.), had this to say about his work with the Houston prog-metallers:

"Oceans of Slumber are of one of the top 10 bands I've ever worked with. The perfect mixture of sheer brutality with ultimate musicianship taking you on a journey through music. Old school metal mixed with prog and psychedelia brought right up to date with cutting death metal and black metal influences. All my favorite stuff rolled into one!"

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Oceans Of Slumber Streaming Entire Album

Texas progressive metal band Oceans Of Slumber is streaming its brand new album "Aetherial" over at stereokiller, or below in the player. The group is also seeking a label for the release, with interested parties urged to go here. UK producer Russ Russell (Dimmu Borgir, Evile, Napalm Death) handled the mixing and mastering for the release and had this to say about the band:

"Oceans of Slumber are of one of the top 10 bands I've ever worked with. The perfect mixture of sheer brutality with ultimate musicianship taking you on a journey through music. Old school metal mixed with prog and psychedelia brought right up to date with cutting death metal and black metal influences. All my favorite stuff rolled into one!"

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Oceans Of Slumber Releases Debut

On February 1st Oceans Of Slumber self-released a progressive metal whirlwind called "Aetherial." The album features nine tracks, and the title track is streaming below. The Houston band features in its ranks the drummer of grind purists Insect Warfare (among many others), a degreed Jazz guitarist, and an all-around cast of 'players' players.' The person responsible for the mixing and mastering of "Aetherial" is UK madman Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, etc). Listen to two more tracks from Oceans Of Slumber over at reverbnation.

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