A very aggressive sound along with growling vocals start off the album and the music also mixes in melodic guitar leads and elements of both crust and grindcore and some of the vocals bring in a touch of post hardcore along with a small amount of screams while the slower riffs are heavily influenced by doom and sludge metal.
All 4 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the faster sections of the songs also bring in a small amount of blast beats and you can also hear some elements of harsh noise at times and they also add clean playing into some parts of the tracks which adds in a touch of post rock and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts.
Atmospheric synths can be heard in the music at times and they also bring in a touch of ambient and the music also gets very experimental at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the vocals also bring in back up gang shouts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and one track also brings in a brief use of female vocals.
Oaken plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in hardcore while also mixing in the heaviness of sludge and grind as well as being very experimental and creating a musical style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and angry themes.
In my opinion Oaken are a very great sounding experimental mixture of crust, noise, doom, grind and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Monastery" and "The Hyena". 8 out of 10.