Oceans of Slumber will release their new self-titled album on September 4, and you can stream the bombastic new single "A Return To The Earth Below" right now. The song is plenty catchy with tons of great riffs, and man, that end section with all its atmospheric heaviness absolutely kills.
"Within ourselves, just as within our societies, there are cycles that need to be broken. Cycles that hold us down, that tear us apart, that give us anguish. Sometimes without warning these cracks surface and they trigger a cascade of emotional vulnerabilities, emotional turmoil, even hopelessness.
"But at some point we must stop running. Stop running from the pain, stop running from the truth, stop running from ourselves. In the light of this self reflection is where we will find peace, both inwardly and outwardly.
"'A Return To The Earth Below' is about that journey. It is about the collision of the heart and mind in struggling to find that internal resolution. We feel that the timing of this single couldn’t be more appropriate, as we have all found ourselves at the crossroads of change."
Pre-order Oceans of Slumber here. I also suggest checking out Oceans of Slumber's Blue EP (featuring originals and covers of bands like Candlemass, Led Zeppelin, and Emperor) – that's where I personally got into them.