Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ovenizer: Exhibition of Thoughts (2014)
So it was with a little bit of trepidation that I dove into this three-song EP from Finnish post-metal/doom trio Ovenizer. I figured a three-track release would be easy enough to digest though without growing too painful. I am actually kind of glad I took the chance. Maybe I was just a melancholy mood when listening to it, but it really did capture my attention and I found myself enjoying it immensely.
It is true that the three song format was easy to digest, but I found myself wanting more. The songs each move freely with a significant amount of melody and swirling guitar riffs creating a trance-inducing atmosphere. The vocals are typically clean, though occasionally a death growl emerges. The vocals though are just complementary to the music. The band could have just as easily produced the same atmosphere without any vocals at all.
The songs are typically slow and depressive. The band strikes a balance between the earlier works of groups like My Dying Bride and Katatonia with the heavier works by Isis. It is a very dark and doom-laden sound that also presents some extremely strong emotions, in particular during second track "Hypnote", the strongest track on the album.
I really enjoyed this release, but the best thing that I can say about it is that it has opened up my eyes to a genre I did not previously get into.