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Oculus E.P.

     
         
         
         
     
             
Oculus are a five piece symphonic rock band from England, citing such bands as Tool, System Of A Down and Nightwish as their influences.    
             
This E.P. has six songs full of symphonic tinged, brutal, crunching, heavy metal with amazing powerful vocals, "Welcome To The Freakshow" screams vocalist James Whitby as the opening song 'Welcome To The Freakshow' comes crashing at you, projecting an image of a travelling circus with a menacing looking ring master enticing the audience in. Almost folk like in its rhythm, this is a catchy song that hooks you in.    
             
'The Conductor' is a hard rock song with very strong, in your face vocals and a catchy guitar riff that has "crowd favourite" written all over it. This is rock at its pumping best.    
             
The outstanding 'Sandbox' has a definite symphonic feel as the intro gives way to a foot stomping rock song, complete with an infectious guitar riff and a chorus so catchy that it will have everyone singing along.    
             
The acoustic beginning to 'No One Home' leads into another foot tapping hard rock song that shows off the vocal range of (vocalist) James and the skills of the rest of the band - Jake Dawson (guitar), Sam Mason (bass), Patrick McKenna (keys) and Lee Alexander (drums).    
             
'Outskirts Of Misery' swings between slow symphonic and out & out heavy metal before the final song, and in my opinion, the best on the E.P. - 'Devil May Cry' comes at you all dark and sinister, with its atmospheric opening and screaming vocals progressing into a storming romp of heavy metal. A fantastic end to a fantastic E.P.    
             
Overall, an impressive collection of atmospheric symphonic heavy metal. Well written and constructed, every song is an aural pleasure that will put a big smile on the face of all heavy metal fans.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
             
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