|[edit by author: Apparently there is no cover for this demo.]|
Most of the lyrics on this demo is in Russian, the native language of the band. (The second track, 'Embraced With Rainfull Essence', is the exception.) This can be a problem for those who want to understand the lyrics but don't speak the language. For those who think that the music is all that matters, it won't be a problem.
The music varies between a mixture of doom/black and melodic doom/death, pure black metal parts and pure melodic death metal parts. The first track, 'ОКЕАН ПЕЧАЛИ', and the last track, 'ТАИНСТВО ЗИМЫ', also have a church organ integrated into the music. This makes the already bleak music a little bit colder and horror tainted. It is also in these tracks that the doom/black and melodic doom/death mixture is the strongest.
'ОСЕHHЯЯ РЕКА' on the other hand, is a pure melodic doom/death track. While I would recommend the other tracks to Katatonia fans, I would think that this one is better suited for those who like My Dying Bride. It is also the only track to have no up-paced black metal sections. Probably because they sound very good on the other tracks, but would have been a complete flop on this one.
As a side note, I know that many prefer clean female vocals on these kinds of melancholic bands. While the music contains mostly male black and death vocals, there is good news too for those who do prefer the female vocals. There is a female singing on some of the tracks, adding a serene touch to the music.
Ocean Of Sorrow is not really such a diverse band as the description might sound like. Though they do vary between the genres they still keep a sound that is quite similar on all tracks. Still they manage to include a lot of elements that would make this music appeal to more fanbases than one. This includes fans of melancholic black metal, My Dying Bride-esque doom/death bands and doom/gothic bands, to name a few.
[edit by author: You can find the demo for free downloading here: http://oos.narod.ru/music.htm]
1. ОКЕАН ПЕЧАЛИ *
2. Embraced With Rainfull Essence
3. ОСЕHHЯЯ РЕКА *
4. ТАИНСТВО ЗИМЫ *
Transliteration (with translation inn parenthesis):
1. Okean Pechali (Ocean of sorrow)
3. Osennjaja Reka (Autumn river)
4. Tainstvo Zimy (Mystery of winter)
Duration : Approx. 29 minutes.
Visit the Ocean Of Sorrow bandpage.