Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament (Rain Without End)Wednesday, 17th January 2018
Pretty easy one to rattle off: “If Daylight Dies, October Tide and Slumber had a baby, it would be Ocean of Grief.” Yeah, it’s great to get down in the muck and mud with these type of bands, each of whom has a distinct flair for melancholy and melody, all under the same, big dark metal umbrella. For Greece’s Ocean of Grief, there’s little to suggest they have any of their own ideas — just an outline and a rather obvious ability to poach the best components of the above-mentioned trio on their first full-length, Nightfall’s Lament.
Very much huddled and draped into the mid-tempo, half-time deluge that usually makes metal of this ilk go, the never-ending bleak tidings that come from Ocean of Grief generally are on point. The penetrating melodies unearthed on opener “In Bleakness” recall — you guessed it — Daylight Dies circa 2006 when Dismantling Devotion was all the rage. The downbeat pulse on “Fiend of the Overload” recall — you guessed it — modern-day October Tide. And, the bright, brimming melodic guitar segment on album highlight “The Breeding of Death” recall — you guessed it — the sorely, sorely missed Slumber.
Even though there’s little, if anything new coming from Ocean of Grief, their interpretation of the melodic dark/doom/death sound certainly flies on Nightfall’s Lament. If anything, it’s a by-the-book, don’t-you-dare-try-clean-vocals kind of album, one that fundamentally, is everything you could ask for from a dark metal album, save for the fact it’s a bit lacking in originality. A minor qualm, perhaps.