Floating Worlds – Battleship Oceania

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.prideandjoy.de
Released: 2019
Buy Album: http://www.prideandjoy.de/shop
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/FloatingWorldsGR/

Band line-up:

Andreas V. – Guitar
Vagelis Lekos – Bass
Nikitas Mandolas – Drums
Mike Papadopoulos – Bass
Sophia Assarioti – Keyboards/ Backing Vocals

Tracklisting:

1. Oceania
2. Sailing in History
3. New Mission
4. The Empire of the Media
5. The Curse
6. Retribution
7. Game of Thrones
8. Captain Evil
9. The Last Goodbye
10. Divine Love
11. Eternal Sleep
12. Island of Dreams

Review:

The idea for a band, now called Floating Worlds, was started in 1998 by two friends; Andrea V. on guitar and Vagelis Lekos on bass. FW’s debut album ‘Only A Dream, Can Kill A Dream…’ was finished in the autumn of 2007 and featured a range of temporary session musicians. Their first tour with some new performers took place on May 2010 and came to an end on July. The band released their sophomore album ‘Below The Sea Of Light’, on October 2013 with another change of line-up. In 2015 and with yet a further change, they began a two year period of writing the songs of their third effort, the concept album ‘Battleship Oceania’. It will be released on May 17th, 2019.

Whilst the stuff FW comes up with isn’t overly commercial, their album doesn’t have too much in it that makes it different from the produce of similar bands. The orchestral parts whilst perfectly competent, aren’t quite as detailed, complex and full of life as the instrumentation found on more adventurous records, either. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially as the songs are often rather lengthy and develop very well, despite the masses of difficult ideas found in them. It is clear even without the words, there is a strong sense of story from start to finish. Harmonies develop equally smoothly, and are rather interesting. They occasionally have a surreal, dreamy, film music vibe, especially in closing piece ‘Island of Dreams’.

The melodies on top of the chords perhaps don’t truly stand out enough and aren’t as addictively catchy as many would hope. They’re are far from bad, though. Even though the music can be described as more thought provoking, moderately flashy guitar and keyboard solos add a lot of fun to the sound. In ‘Eternal Sleep’ you even get a bass solo. And not just a lead part that is a mindless barrage of boring notes, the kind you get in some prog metal, rather it really does what the instrument was made to do – but still fast. Despite all the positive traits of the album, the strings, brass, woodwinds etc., are clearly keyboard produced making things sound just a little bit fake. However, if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you, you may actually find the production to be strangely intriguing.

In conclusion, a lot of effort clearly went into this album. It doesn’t sound as professional and polished as Epica’s stuff and the orchestration isn’t as lush and complicated as the material of symphonic death metallers Septicflesh, but those with an open mind will enjoy it. Maybe some more sci-fi style harmony would be appreciated as FW’s interpretation of it is fresh, but they certainly know what they’re doing with their often more traditional sounds. The music could do with being a bit more catchy maybe, but on the whole Battleship Oceania is a strong album.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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