Hailing from Chicago, Oceanborn has confirmed the release of their full length debut for September 2013. The album was predominantly recorded in Chicago at the band’s studio with drums being tracked by Chris King at Audiohammer Studios (Trivium, The Contortionist, Black Dahlia Murder, Daath, & more) in Sanford, FL. It was mixed by metal juggernaut Eyal Levi and mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY.
“It was our initial goal to make a record that represented our influences, maintained a modern heavy metal sound and incorporated Lance’s unique vocal style. I believe we definitely accomplished that and more!” – Dominick Camillo (guitarist, producer)
The album displays technical musicianship, catchy songwriting and polished production in an 11 track/hour long package. After the first listen, it is clear that the songs appeal to a vast audience. They have moments of technical prog mastery, moments of pop-rock sing-along catchiness and moments of soft ballad-esque moodiness all atop a foundation of heavy metal.
“We love music. We wrote and produced this entire record ourselves with the invaluable help of Eyal Levi on the recording and mixing end. We really wanted to showcase not only our songwriting capabilities but also put on our producer hats for the first release. This record sounds great because we dedicated the time and heart that we needed to make it that way.” says Christopher Lee (guitarist, producer).
As part of a promotional campaign for the album release, the band has released an exclusive online graphic novel on their website (www.oceanbornmusic.com/web-comic/) that loosely follows the story behind the music and gives fans a chance to preview the music.
“To me, a webcomic is a bad ass way to share our music with listeners in a unique way and also showcase our prowess as artists as well. I’ve always been a comic book fan and it was a lot of fun getting to write lyrics and vocal melodies for this album.” says Lance Ferrell (lyricist & vocalist)
A complete track listing of the album reads as follows:
Still With You
Lifting the Veil
These Darker Things
A Part of Nothing
Oceanborn is a progressive metal band from Chicago, IL, USA. Oceanborn was formed by Christopher Lee and Dominick Camillo in 2010. Shorty after the writing began, Lance Ferrell joined as the lyricist and vocalist. After putting the band fully together and playing a number of shows in the midwestern US, the band released a self produced three song EP entitled, “The Descent EP” online in March of 2012 under the name Tattoo the Devil. After much debate and a couple of member changes, the band decided to change the name before releasing a significant amount of content.
The band’s sound incorporates a blend of alternative rock, progressive rock, classical, jazz & latin into their heavy metal compositions. Many songs include strong dynamic shifts in feeling and/or genre blending.
Eyal Levi / Audiohammer Studios
Eyal Levi is a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer, producer, and engineer.
Born into a musical family, Eyal was already playing violin and piano by the age of three, and composed his first symphonic work when he was just seventeen. In 1999 he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, before leaving to return to his hometown of Atlanta in 2001 and found his own recording studio.
In 2010, Eyal moved to Orlando, Florida, where he joined forces with Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira) and Mark Lewis (Deicide, DevilDriver) at Audiohammer Studios, helping to both expand and enrich their facilities by adding a magnificent drum room, two new control rooms, and sleeping quarters for the bands. As a part of the Audiohammer family, he’s worked with such acts as Job for a Cowboy, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, Six Feet Under, Carnifex, Whitechapel, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Contortionist, Motionless In White, Arsis, Demon Hunter, Firewind, and Charred Walls of the Damned.
One of the top engineers in the world, Alan Douches at West West Side Music has been polishing sound for the recording industry for more than 20 years.
In 1990, after growing his engineering career with Jack Douglas and other known producers by working with artists such as Aerosmith & George Benson, Alan started WWSM in his apartment in West New York, NJ. After getting in touch with major record labels (Elektra, Caronline, Profile & Sony/Tri-Star), WWSM acquired a more elaborate recording/editing system to extend the possibilities of what WWSM could do and began working on post production (NHL, ESPN, TBS, Comcast Cabelvision) and digital editing (Monster Magnet for Caroline, Nudeswirl for Megaforce/Electra) which naturally lead to requests for Digital Audio Mastering Services.
Eventually, Alan made the move to Tenafly, NJ where he set up a full time Mastering studio in an old dentist office and has amassed over 10,000 mastering credits including Ben Folds Five, Converge, Sufjan Stevens, Misfits Box Set, Steve Evetts/Eric Rachel/Trax East, Channels, Mastodon, Everytime I Die, Clutch, Shadows Fall, & LCD Soundsystem to name a few.