Order Of The Oceans - A Departure

9 songs
34:19 minutes
***** ***


Itís only been three years since the foundation of Luxembourgish hardcore band Order Of The Oceans. Due to some line-up changes early on, the band decided to wait a little before releasing their first longplayer A Departure. Even though I wasnít familiar with them before, this first output definitely leaves a good impression.

The first track A Departure begins unusually quiet, but soon adds steam, finally offering really wild and occasionally hysterical hardcore. The band is full of rage, lashing the music onwards, which can also be heard on Finally Free. Vocalist Chris does a really great job, managing the hysteric screams as well as the more evil sounding growls. The musicians donít need to hide either, as all of them have the necessary skills and precision that furthermore emphasise the strong songwriting. Next up are my two favourite tracks. Never Leave speaks to the metalhead in me, building a bridge to the thrash genre. In Unity Nothing Can Tear Us Apart has a psychopathic mood with its suspenseful structure and slow parts that work really well. Half-time comes with the strange Commitment, consisting only of piano and weird vocals, resulting in a very unusual atmosphere. Next up are three very fast tracks on which the musicians once again prove how apt they are, before the album ends with Arrival, which once again offers a perfect mix between darkness and brutality.

The five guys of Order Of The Oceans did a great job on their debut A Departure, which turned out to be a very stunning record. The band probably kept the album deliberately short, to be certain that the material would entertain from the first to the very last minute. Itís good to see that there are still promising bands coming from Luxembourg, and I am certain that we will certainly hear more from Order Of The Oceans in the future.

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