In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
Label: Spinefarm Records
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2012-08-02
Highlights: Celestial Tear, A Vow to Conquer the Ocean
While trying to ease into an “In Mourning” mood prior to writing this review, I realized that bands are frequently at odds about naming their genre: Progressive or Melodic Death metal, some called it Doom, and with their new album coming later this month, what will they decide to label it as? Hell, In Mourning, and their recent album, “The Weight of Oceans”, is simply pure, artistic, elegant Metal. As most of you will probably need a little more information before you actually decide to buy something, we're here to cater to your obstinacy.
In Mourning have already created a place among the masters of Progressive/Melodic Death Metal with their previous releases, “Shrouded Divine” and, “Monolith.” Now, they welcome the resurrection of another "Colossus" to their discography, “The Weight Of Oceans,” in stores by the 18th of April through their new label, Spinefarm Records.
With “The Weight Of Oceans”, In Mourning don't take any risky chances in trying to veer away from the trademark sound they created in their previous albums. Instead, they opted to take the safe road and build upon, and strengthen, the foundation they've laid. Don't assume I'm complaining, as hard as it is to create a new sound, it's as hard for a Metal band to remain consistent without becoming stale. Regardless, “The Weight Of Oceans” will contain a few changes and will generally be more Melodic. Tobias Netzell sang the entire album in clean vocals, In Mourning have also included a piano instrumental piece, “Sirens”, enriching the album's atmosphere even further.
The reasons behind why, “The Weight Of Oceans” can be considered as another, In Mourning masterpiece, are the images that are conjured by Tim Nedergard and Bjorn Pettersson guitar work. I consider them as one of the top dual guitarists of modern Metal. Moments like: the middle bridge of, “A Vow to Conquer the Ocean”, the outro of “Colossus”, or the second verse of “The Drowning Sun”, will drag your soul into the ocean that In Mourning has created to be rewarded later by the pearls strewn in it's depths. Adding Tobias Netzell's signature switch between high and low vocal ranges, the atmosphere of the whole album becomes greatly influenced by how the vocals are structured around the instruments. Even Netzell's clean vocal line on this album adds intensity, especially during the Melodic Rock piece, “Celestial Tear.”
In conclusion, “The Weight Of Oceans” is as beautiful and artistic as its cover art, the piece, created by Kristian Wåhlin. There's a possibility that In Mourning's older fanbase will be disappointed and want more of the heaviness of, “Shrouded Divine”. What am sure of, however, is that this album will be applauded by the critics and fans alike. In Mourning has proven musically that they are on par with the likes of: Insomnium, Opeth and, Be'lakor. Hopefully, with this release and with the support of Spinefarm Records, the group will get the recognition they deserve. Personally, I believe that “The Weight Of Oceans” is one of the best albums of 2012 and I am sure that, given the chance, many of you will share the same opinion.