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The return of ...and Oceans (yes, stylized like that) marks not only the return of the band, but a startling stylistic homecoming. A bit of history: ...and Oceans first started as a magnificent symphonic black metal band in the early 1990s, only to abruptly change to an avant-garde, fragmented type of surrealistic industrial/electronic black metal in the early 2000s before ultimately breaking up and changing their name to Havoc Unit, where they continued down the oddball path which they blazed with albums like A.M.G.O.D and Cypher. After Havoc Unit broke up in 2013, the future was uncertain for these Finns, at least until last year when the unthinkable happened and ...and Oceans returned. Listen to an exclusive stream of the first ...and Oceans album in eighteen years, titled Cosmic World Mother, below.

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As hinted above, Cosmic World Mother is a bit of a return to the days of old, but don't go into this new album expecting another The Dark Gallery of Thoughts or The Symmetry of I, the Circle of O. Rather, ...and Oceans learned from their Modernist musings and injected some of that industrialized madness and aggression from the Havoc Unit days into what is otherwise a melodic, triumphant album. While undoubtedly a "symphonic black metal" album (and that is not a bad thing), there is a more modern tinge to Cosmic World Mother which was, of course, missing from the earlier ...and Oceans material. As the times change, so does ...and Oceans, and even a return to an earlier style is inescapable from the all-consuming powers of entropy.

...and Oceans making a symphonic black metal album -- or any album, for that matter -- in 2020 was once a ridiculous notion, and the band made their fifth album as ridiculous as possible. Cosmic World Mother is as much a dense and sinewy album as it is a skyward-gazing and atmospheric musing -- truly a triumph in the new age of symphonic black metal.

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Cosmic World Mother releases May 8th on Season of Mist.

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