Monday 7 February 2022

Fostermother - The Ocean (Album Review)


Release Date: February 18th 2022. Record Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Ocean  - Tracklisting




4.Dark Desires

5.Unholiest of Days

6.The Ocean





Fostermother are perhaps where they need to be with their new album The Ocean and now deservedly being part of The Ripple Music family will certainly help their cause getting their music out there to a wider audience.

Their 2020 debut album was rooted in Psych Doom/Stoner Rock. The Ocean is more Doom Metal/Stoner Metal with a darker, seedier and perhaps dirtier style of music. The band have adapted a darker progressive feel to their music with the grooves, vocals and lyrics having a more adult feel to them.

The opening song Sunday shows the mini-transformation that Fostermother have gone through with a song that is equally home in Prog Rock, Doom Metal and Stoner Metal circles with a delicious Psychedelic Fuzz Rock undercurrent of seedy grooves. Parts Black Sabbath, Truckfighters and Uncle Acid with Fostermother showcasing their own unique style of Doom/Stoner Metal to get wildly excited about.

Whereas their debut album had moments of lighter style sounds, this album remains in the dark vibes that Doom/Stoner Metal brings and the album is the better for it. Fostermother carry a heavier sound of FUZZ on the next few songs on the album with Seasons, Hedonist and Dark Desires bringing almost Electric Wizard volume levels of gloomy FUZZINESS to the album.

The vocals are rooted in seventies Doom Metal and Classic Hard Rock with the lyrics having an Occult Rock flow to them. 

Fostermother show subtle levels of quietness where they play slow style grooves on some parts of the album before exploding into their new found blend of creative heavy grooves that even sees the band adapt a “Sludge Rock/Metal '' identity to their music.

Fostermother have delivered an outstanding album and The Ocean delivers on all fronts with stunning production values bringing new levels of AMPLIFIER RIFF WORSHIP for all of the Doom/Stoner Metal community to embrace and fall in love with.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo. 

The Ocean will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from February 18th 2022.


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