Melbourne, Australia based doom cultists Oceanlord have just dropped their debut album »Kingdom Cold« this Friday, May 26th, 2023 via Magnetic Eye Records.
04. Isle Of The Dead
05. So Cold
06. Come Home
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Behold! Hark! From the dark depths of the southern oceans, Australian doom trio Oceanlord have conjured an eldritch monster of an album with their tentacled debut »Kingdom Cold«.
Frying guitars with an extra helping of thick fuzz and a crusty top deliver a tasty doom sound. Songs that range from very slow via slow to mid-tempo with occasional outbursts of energy also stand firmly on the rock solid ground of this classic metal genre. Oceanlord display traces of the American, British and Swedish schools of thought with the clean vocals slightly tilting towards the latter.
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Yet below the surface of all the time-honoured elements traditionally associated with doom, there is an extra layer of darkness lurking in these tracks. A foreboding sense of dread, madness, and unspeakable horrors is creeping in to replace the well-worn theme of melancholia usually accompanying the style. This sets Oceanlord clearly apart from most of their peers. This is no accident, as the Australians are very openly inspired by the horror genre and the writings of New England author Howard Phillips Lovecraft in particular.
Oceanlord came into being in Melbourne in 2019 when bass-player Jason Ker joined guitarist and singer Peter Willmott for a serious drink to ponder work, family, mortality, and the hellscape of corporate existence. When the conversation turned to music, the connoisseur of black, death, and progressive metal, Peter, found common ground with Jason, an acolyte of alt-rock and grunge in early heavy metal and doom. Jon May, with his history of punk and rockabilly in Perth followed by country-folk and swamp-blues in Melbourne, did not appear the most obvious choice for the drum-stool, but he brought a secret passion for everything slow and heavy, not to mention a van and good gear.
In the rehearsal room, the initial sound was primal and ponderous, with a glimpse of melody under thick, sludgy riffs. Stoner doom was the answer to save their souls from the slow soul-death of the modern corporate drone. Basement writing sessions began, riffs started flowing, and in 2020, the trio released a demo that caused a stir throughout the doom-underground.
During Melbourne’s dramatic 263 days of pandemic lockdown, Peter built a home studio and in 2022, Oceanlord tracked their debut release. So beware of this monstrous record: »Kingdom Cold« takes doom to even darker depths than ever explored before!
»Kingdom Cold« is slated for release on May 26, 2023 via Magnetic Eye Records, available as a translucent blue vinyl LP and on blue and white marble vinyl, and as Digisleeve CD. Order the album now at THIS LOCATION!
Peter Willmott – Guitar, Vocals
Jason Ker – Bass
Jon May – Drums