"While most prog bands are equally competent soaring through sensitive melodies as they are riffing up a storm, Oceans of Slumber push the boundaries far beyond this with their ability to also deliver devastating blows of brutality."
"Oceans Of Slumber is what heavy metal music should sound like in 2013, being a cacophony of sounds and styles that all seem to meld together into an awesome and unforgettable trip." 10/10
“Oceans of Slumber is probably going to be my favorite new band of 2013, and I recommend them to anyone looking to hear something awesome. I’m really looking forward to following the career of this band and hopefully catching them live soon. Rating: 5/5 Stars”
“There are moments I swear this is even going over my head and I love some of the most challenging music out there. We need to make this band succeed all if they don't it will be a travesty to music period...”
“With a band like this no matter what genre of metal you prefer over another you will find something to love in tis band. Whether it be the grooves they deliver, their musical talent, how well they can play or the entire package. Oceans of Slumber are Prog Princes who are set for great things. 8.3/10”
"They stand here with a brilliant ultra melodic album that leaves me a nice taste to listen carefully, and is an excellent musical intellect in a band which provides magnificent creativity. Here are elements and features from progressive metal very sensitive and attract with substance and identity musically varied and estimable."
"Conclusion: Many bands go with their heads against the wall and see stars. OCEANS OF SLUMBER on the other hand, create new worlds and deliberately play with the known laws of space and time."
"....mixing brutality and gentleness in the same pot with a virtuosity and grace. Musical technique is not everything, but when used wisely and with the heart (or the guts eh ...) it shows the music far beyond a simple listening pleasure. This is the case with Aetherial . "
“Oceans Of Slumber manage to successfully and comfortable drudge their way through doom laden epics in tracks like “Coffin Like Kites” before switching to a more caustic, country tinged black metal offering in “Primordial” (somewhat reminiscent of the great work by solo black metal artist Panoptican); before shifting gears seamlessly to create a progressive rock anthem that wears its heavy King Crimson influence on its sleeve like a badge of honour for the track “Blackest Cloud“, and then returning to sonic brutality with the impressive title track. The band strive to cross most musical boundaries that are laid before them, and while they are not the first band to do so by any means, it is comforting to see that the band have managed to make it all tie together well. It can be very difficult to find the balance between beauty and extremity and to make everything feel like it belongs together, but luckily this fearless band manages to do just that”
“It’s not all doom and darkness though, there are flashes of swing, spazz like breaks and ambient mood changes along with eloquent improvisations. Around half way through, things take a deeper turn and it’s on tracks like Memoriam that you can really hear the passion. There’s a lot going on here, more than you could take away with one listen. The fact it’s so eclectic, contradicts the earlier comments and really does give it its own character. One thing Oceans of Slumber have avoided, is a mess, it can’t be easy combining so much into one album but it swings and oozes with precision, Aetherial knows what it is doing with every time change, tonal switch and drum beat. Aetherial, by Oceans of Slumber is out now!”
"And it's not just the music that is a tour-de-force either. Singer Ronnie Allen demonstrates the unbelievable variations that the human voice is capable of from the guttural grunts from Satan's deepest bowel to a surprisingly melodic voice which at times conjures up Robb Flynn meets Mike Patton. And drummer Dobber Beverly needs to be heard to be believed. It would come as no surprise to me if I was to be shown a photo of him and he did indeed have 3 arms. Either that or Doctor Octopus has given up trying to annoy Spiderman and has taken up drumming."
“If you could imagine Monster Magnet joining forces with My Dying Bride and then go on a rampant rump through the metal spectra then you might get a picture of what this album could be like. As I’ve stopped making sense of what a band sounds like and just go for the gut feeling I’ve come to the conclusion that I like this.”
"A five piece band from Houston, TX. This is a self release. My first impression is, these are well studied musicians, the bands that come to mind as I listen to this album are Dream Theater, Gojira, early Strapping Young Lad or Opeth." "Memorian" hits some amazing riffs that make the listener feel as though they are traveling through a void in space. "Remedy" if you want to hear how progressive this music can be, this track has many elements, from melodic, grind, atmospheric just to name a few. Oceans of Slumber is a band that really has to be experienced to be able to comprehend their style, one thing for sure they have their own element happening, once you hear one of their songs you know is them. 'Only A Corpse" don't let the title fool you, no death/grind here- melodic/progressive arrangements and excellent vocals make this song one of my favorites from this album.
“Con una singular creatividad plasmada en nueve temas de carácter progresivo, los norteamericanos OCEANS OF SLUMBER se presentan en sociedad con su primer disco titulado “Aetherial”. Su sonido es una mezcla de Metal Progresivo, Black, Death y Psicodélico, todo ello bien conjuntando y con el espacio necesario para que cada influencia tenga su razón de ser. La experimentalidad está a la orden del día en todos y cada uno de los temas de esta obra, con mil cambios de ritmo que te pueden volver loco. De repente puedes estar escuchando Metal puramente extremo para al instante oír esos acordes que rebosan progresividad. Eso es un solo un ejemplo, ya que incluso tenemos toques de Jazz. ”
"At any one time of the album, there is so much going on that one has to continually revisit this record to rediscover new stuff, displaying the complexity of Ocean of Slumber‘s music. Oceans of Slumber‘s brand of progressive metal successfully fuses elements from a wide variety of genres into one that defies any form of classification."
“Oceans Of Slumber nous livre ici un Opus vraiment intéressant, savant mélange de métal progressif psychédélique, mixé avec du Death bien noir. Certains morceaux longs et épiques valent le détour, notamment le titre éponyme de l’album Aetherial ou encore Great Divid (morceau magnifique de 9mn30 qui clôt la galette). Les parties de basse et de guitares sur Aetherial ne sont pas sans me rappeler des passages de Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden). La production est impeccable, puissante et claire. On distingue parfaitement toute les parties instrumentales, sur fond de propos plutôt noirs et philosophiques. Il est sure que cette production ravira beaucoup de fans de Death et de métal Progressif, car ils ont su, à mon sens, allier parfaitement le mélange des genres avec une justesse et un soupçon de psyché pertinent. Je ne peux que vous recommander fortement l’achat de cet album aux charmes nombreux et auxquels j’adhère sans réserve. Sortie le 1er févri”
“For as often as I find myself unsatisfied with a songs structure, Oceans of Slumber soon redeem themselves with a great hook and moody atmosphere that resolves the entire piece. Having pushed themselves as a progressive metal band with influences from death metal and King Crimson, I find this album to more agreeable the more I listen.”
"I just want to compliment this band from Texas for having one of the best instrumentals i've ever heard on a recording in a long time......I must admit these guys are amazing musicians, and their sound is like a pounding machine of technical virtuosity."
“I picked Houston prog metallers Oceans of Slumber out of the promo list without having much of an idea of what they were -- I just liked the sound of the album name. Aetherial, their self-released debut, turned out to be almost overwhelmingly dense, and something of a puzzling release with endless twists and turns in each song. It's progressive with some death influence, but crosses genres without a pause; there were a number of parts that would have been perfectly at home in a doom or groove metal album. This is an intricate album that's tough to get through without several careful listens, but despite its initially rather frustrating complexity, Aetherial is very rewarding.”