Origin: Vaasa, Finland  
Genres: Black Metal
DISBANDED
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Last update/review: June 8, 2020

... And Oceans

Quite the oddity, this Finnish group with the strange band name and quirky member pseudonyms that seem to change with almost every album. After a previous stint as Festerday, the band debuted in 1998 with The Dynamic Gallery Of Thoughts, a symphonic black metal album frequently and favorably compared to Dimmu Borgir circa Stormblast, though even early on there are signs that this band is trying to do something different. By 2000 the band had really started spreading its wings, releasing an album with the elaborate title Allotropic/Metamorphic Genesis Of Dismorphism. Why they decided to exchange one set of stage names for another is anyone's guess, but anyway the focus here is still on black metal, but with a unique twist, that being the very evident electronic/techno keyboard work. Clearly a band who writes songs with titles such as "Mechanic Hippie", "Baby Blue Doll - Merry Go Mind", or "Intelligence Is Sexy" (not the mention the titles on 2002's Cypher, each of which is a mouthful in itself) is a band working on their own terms. ... And Oceans is highly recommended not only to black metal fans but also metal fans in general looking for something just a bit different.

Eventually the band decided to morph their sound into something quite different, and so ... And Oceans was officially put to rest, and the more industrial-minded Havoc Unit emerged. That band released one album in 2008 and was never heard from again, and for some time the band members laid low. Yet by 2019 both the original band (Festerday) and ... And Oceans were officially active, with the former releasing a new album that year and AO coming out with a new effort in 2020.

Recent album: Cosmic World Mother, released on May 8, 2020.

Last Lineup

Mathias Lillmåns

vocals (Finntroll)

Timo Kontio

guitars (Festerday, ex-Havoc Unit)

7Even II/de Monde (Teemu Saari)

guitars (Festerday)

Syphon (Petri Siekkula)

guitars

Antti Simonen

keyboards

Kauko Kuusisalo

drums

Former Members/Guests

Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S (Kena Strömsholm)

vocals (Festerday, ex-Havoc Unit)

Mr. Oos

bass

Q/Atomica/Gaunt (Mika Aalto)

bass (ex-Havoc Unit, Rotten Sound)

Anti Pasala

keyboards

Grief/Martex (Jani Martikkala)

drums (ex-Enochian Crescent)

Sami Latva

drums (ex-Havoc Unit, Rotten Sound)



Discography


The Dynamic Gallery Of Thoughts  
1998 Season Of Mist
  1. Trollfan
  2. Som Oppna Bocker
  3. September (Nur Hjartat Bloder)
  4. The Room Of Thousands Arts
  5. Karsimyksien Vaaleat Kadet
  6. Je Te Connais Beau Masque
  7. Ur Aldrig Saga Och Sang
  8. Samtal Med Tankar: Halo Of Words
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Mr. Oos
  • Anti Pasala
  • Grief/Martex



WAR Vol I (split with Bloodthorn)  
1998 Season Of Mist
  1. Je Te Connais Beau Masque
  2. Meters Final (Accelerate)
  3. Flesh (GGFH cover)
  4. Breeding The Evil Inside (Bloodthorn cover)
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Mr. Oos
  • Anti Pasala
  • Grief/Martex



The Symmetry Of I - The Circle Of O  
1999 Season Of Mist
  1. Mechanic Hippie
  2. Aquarium Of Children - Ajatusten Merenpinta
  3. The Black Vagabond And The Swan Of Two Heads
  4. Solipsism
  5. Baby Blue Doll - Merry Go Mind
  6. Acid Sex And Marble Teeth (You-Phoria)
  7. I Wish I Was Pregnant
  8. Stained
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Q/Atomica/Gaunt
  • Anti Pasala
  • Grief/Martex



A.M.G.O.D.  
2000 Century Media
  1. Intelligence Is Sexy
  2. White Synthetic Noise
  3. Tears Have No Name
  4. Esprit De Corps
  5. Odious & Devious
  6. Of Devlish Tongues
  7. Postfuturistika
  8. TBA In A Silver Box
  9. New Model World
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Q/Atomica/Gaunt
  • Anti Pasala
  • Grief/Martex



Cypher  
2002 Century Media
  1. Fragile: Pictures Of Silence: Melting The Skies
  2. Picturesque: Cataclysm Savour: And The Little Things That Make Us Smile
  3. Angelina: Chthonian Earth: Her Face Forms Worms
  4. Halcyon: The Heavy Silence: In Silent Rain
  5. Aphelion: Light Evanescence: Into Extinction
  6. Opaque: The Morning I Woke Up Dead: Today Is The Day
  7. Aphid: Devil Flower: Fruits Of Lunacy
  8. Voyage: Lost Between Horizons: Eaten By The Distance
  9. Catharsis: End Of Organisms: Absolute Purification Of Sins
  10. Silhouette: In White Rooms: Vacant Bodies
  11. Comatose: The World Amnesia: Planet Dead
  12. Debris: The Magenta Harvest: Liquid Flesh
  13. Nail: An Odyssey In Flesh: Celebrate The New Skin
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • Syphon
  • Q/Atomica/Gaunt
  • Anti Pasala
  • Sami Latva
2002 Readers' Album #72




... And Oceans  EP
2019
  1. Trollfan
  2. Kärsimyksien Vaaleat Kädet
  • Kenny/Killstar/K-2T4-S
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Mr. Oos
  • Antti Simonen
  • Kauko Kuusisalo



Cosmic World Mother  
2020 Season Of Mist
  1. The Dissolution of Mind and Matter
  2. Vigilance and Atrophy
  3. Five of Swords
  4. As the After Becomes the Before
  5. Cosmic World Mother
  6. Helminthiasis
  7. Oscillator Epitaph
  8. In Abhorrence Upon Meadows
  9. Apokatastasis
  10. One of Light, One of Soil
  11. The Flickering Lights
  • Mathias Lillmåns
  • Timo Kontio
  • 7Even II/de Monde
  • Syphon
  • Antti Simonen
  • Kauko Kuusisalo




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