In Mourning – The Weight of Oceans
Label: Spinefarm Records
Release Date: April 18, 2012
“Everything is words in a poet’s mind and the teller of his tales is deaf and blind scratching the stains of this tragedy, carving another poem from his insanity”
There are some bands which transcend and take you into another dimension with their lyrical depth and dreamscaping music. You close your eyes and you voyage to some distant land in another world. Such a surpassing environment is created by musical geniuses like In Mourning. Hailing from Falun, Sweden, these intellects are often compared to the Swedish metal giants, Opeth, which I would consider a wrong thing to do. Though there are some similarities in the sound of the two bands, the atmospheres created by each are dissimilar.
In Mourning has an inimitable genre; I would say the tracks have a number of melodic harmonies along with a slight touch of progressive sound which creates very gloomy kind of environment. The band, consisting of Tobias Netzell on vocals and guitars, Christian Netzell on drums, Pierre Stam on bass, Björn Petterson on guitars and vocals and Tim Nedergård on guitars, gained a lot of respect in the metal community because of their last two albums. On their debut album, The Shrouded Divine, we experienced some mighty vocals molded beautifully with the well-crafted sound of guitars. The second record, Monolith, also had very surreal sounding tracks exhibiting transitions from soft melodies to loud dynamic riffing.
And here is In Mourning with yet another flawless album, titled The Weight of Oceans. The band released this album through Spinefarm Records. With nine songs, each exceeding the regular track length, the album soothes our ears with its fragile sound for more than an hour. The band has maintained its genre no this album, but the tracks on this record are gloomier in comparison to previous efforts. Songs like “Colossus” and “Voyage of a Wavering Mind” are perfect examples of this. The songs contain well framed sections transitioning from soft to mid-tempo harmonies which leave you “In Mourning”. They are accompanied by a well-crafted dynamic sound of three guitars. We can hear some splendid guitar solos in the songs, “A Vow to Conquer the Ocean”, “Colossus” and “Convergence”. “From a Tidal Sleep” has a very comforting sound, equivalent to a mother’s serenade for her son.
The lyrics on the album have been, as usual, beautifully penned. The harsh vocals have been nicely laid on the progressions in all the songs; though there are some sections where we can hear some screaming, rather than growling, which in my personal opinion are not very upright. We don’t get to hear many clean vocals in this album; but “Celestial Tear” has a sweet-sounding clean vocal with a powerful emotional drive, sounding like a graceful lullaby.
There are many songs consisting of brutal riffs like “A Vow to Conquer the Ocean”, “The Drowning Sun” and “Isle of Solace” which give one a great urge to headbang. The drums by Christian Netzell on each track are grand. The drum-lines during heavy riffs show magnificent work on double bass. They have been nicely accompanied by the bass guitar. The bass lines on the song “Convergence” are pretty groovy. You can feel your heart race each time Stam thumps on the strings of his bass. The album has a very dignified production, thanks to Jonas Kjellgren.
Summing up, The Weight of Oceans is a damn good album with assorted sounds, highly recommended for progressive and melodic death metal fans.