Monday, March 5, 2012

CD Review- Domain by Oceans of Night


imageDomain, the newest offering by Oceans of Night is a well-orchestrated and composed album with ambient backings and uniquely strong progressive overtones. This album is well rounded in both lyrical content and musical structure. Domain has the rough and piercing features of Hard Rock / Metal composition, but is proof that the Oceans of Night is not afraid to dig deep into the human soul and touch the spiritual nature of progressive chords and melodic passages.

As the enigmatic and mysterious name suggests, Oceans of Night is a modern rock band - equal parts progressive rock and modern heavy metal, wrapped around powerful vocal melodies and evocative guitar work served with a distinct ambient flavor. Conjuring epic and dynamic music with a cinematic twist, each Oceans of Night release is a dramatic musical experience that demands your undivided attention. With 2 CD's currently in circulation (and 4 more under the Scott Mosher banner) Oceans of Night are forging a brave new path in the world of progressive metal music.

Rising from the ashes of the eponymous solo band lead by Scott Mosher, from 1996 through 2004, Oceans of Night bridges the worlds of progressive metal, melodic hard rock and ambient music to create an experimental yet complimentary style of music that is at once as subtle as it is powerful, aggressive as it is dynamic and timeless as it is modern. Scott Oliva continues to perform in the legendary NY Iron Maiden tribute band, Live after Death and The Nightmare Stage. He has also written, performed and recorded with Wind Wraith, Inner Strength, Last Vision Black and Driven. The Scott's had first worked together on Mr. Mosher's 4th CD release, Deep Horizon, in 2006.

Oceans of Night is Scott Mosher (Guitars, bass, keyboards) - Scott Oliva (Lead and harmony vocals) and Alan Smithee (Drums and percussion), this power trio has created a musical score that is a manifestation of introspective verse that hold the listener in a vortex of ambient modern rock and wrapped around powerful vocal melodies and evocative guitar work.

The album opens with the title track Domain and slips perfectly into the following track Don’t Look to Me, each following track is arranged in a manner that continues the strength of the previous song into the next, while keeping a unique flavor within each singular track. However, I would have to say my favorite track on this album is Ghosts of the Past, the final cut which leaves you wanting more.

Oceans of Night is reminiscent of bands like Rush, Pink Floyd King Crimson in the manner that each note seems to have been placed to create a platform to purvey the artists message, but has the Raw and Powerful rock / metal overtones of music created by artists like Dream Theatre or Michael Schenker.

The Oceans of Night / Scott Mosher discography is available at their website store -


Full-length CD/2011




The Shadowheart Mirror

Full-length CD/2009




Deep Horizon

Full-length CD/2006





Full-length CD/2004




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