Monday, January 8, 2018

Ocean Of Grief Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

   We are a band that plays melodic doom/death metal and we are playing together for almost 4 years now. We have released an EP called “Fortress of My Dark Self”, “After a Long Time” as a single and our debut full length album “Nightfall’s Lament”. Our music is characterized mostly by melodies and aggression surrounded by atmospheric soundscapes.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

   As it was mentioned above, we tend to create melodic music combined with aggressive and atmospheric parts. Atmosphere is a big part of our sound as it was one of the main things we were all fans of from the very beginning of the band.  From that point on, we tried to implement groovy rhythms and interesting clean passages in order to create songs that would engage the listener until the very end.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

  The lyrics are usually about depression, apathy and distress but not on every song. Some other topics have to do with internal battles on oneself, isolation etc.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ocean Of Grief'?

  We really liked the word “Ocean” and what it represents, so we would very much like to include it in our name. The word “grief” represents very well the emotion that most of our songs have, so it was a reasonable choice. It was one of our goals to have a name that depicts as best as possible the kind of music we play and the emotions it evokes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

 Since we are a relatively new band, we have played only a handful of shows. The first live show we did, with Aetherian and Immensity, was definitely the best we had. It was the first time that we presented our music live and it was among bands with a similar sound, so it was a really special show for us. When we play live we really “feel” our music and we try to emit that to the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

 Currently we have a booked show for the 25th of May with Decemberance (Greece) and Marche Funebre (Belgium). There are no touring plans at the moment but we want to play as many shows as possible in order to promote our new album, so it is possible to announce more shows soon.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?

 Amazing! When we started working on our own material we didn't expect people to embrace our music that much. When we released "Fortress of My Dark Self" people from the other side of the earth started contacting and congratulating us, confessing some really beautiful things! But the best part is that they are still by our side, following and supporting us, helping us reach to more people! So this gives us a feeling of progress which is just invaluable!

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

 Aris Nikoleris (keyboards) plays the bass on Meden Agan who are about to release their new album as well. The rest of us don’t play in any other projects.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

 It is hard to tell but we want to evolve some elements of our music like our atmospheric parts, orchestrations etc, while still retaining our doom death roots.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

 When we started playing together, we were greatly influenced by bands like Slumber and Enshine that we still consider our favorites of this genre. Draconian, October Tide, Saturnus and generally most of the big doom death metal bands as well as some melodeath bands like Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium have shaped our musical taste too. However, we all like other stuff too like post rock/metal, progressive rock/metal, death metal and others.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

 TV series, video games and of course hanging out with friends are some of our interests but it varies from time to time and from member to member.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

 I would like to thank each and every one of you out there who supports and helps us grow and get our music to as many people as possible! Thank you so much!

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