OCKRA, the Swedish powerhouse, emerges with their latest album “Gratitude,” a stunning exploration of stoner doom that defies genre conventions. Rising from the remnants of the renowned stoner doom band Sulphur Dreams, OCKRA showcases their unwavering commitment to pushing musical boundaries and carving out their unique sonic identity.
With “Gratitude,” OCKRA embarks on a sonic journey that transcends the confines of traditional stoner or doom metal. The trio, consisting of Jonas Nyström, Erik Björnlinger, and Alex Spielhaupter, displays exceptional songwriting skills as they meld influences from metal, folk, Americana, and jazz. This diverse range of inspirations seeps into their music, infusing it with an intriguing and captivating tapestry of sounds.
Throughout the album, OCKRA’s craftsmanship is on full display. From the thunderous, earth-shaking riffs to the haunting melodies, every element is meticulously crafted to create a dense and immersive sonic experience. The raw power and heaviness synonymous with stoner doom are flawlessly executed, while the band’s willingness to explore unconventional territories adds a refreshing layer of creativity to their compositions.
“Gratitude” is an album that demands to be experienced in its entirety. Each track takes the listener on a sonic pilgrimage, evoking a sense of introspection and awe. OCKRA effortlessly balances moments of crushing intensity with ethereal passages, creating a dynamic and captivating sonic landscape.
The band’s ability to seamlessly blend disparate influences showcases their mastery of the genre and their dedication to pushing the boundaries of what stoner doom can be. OCKRA’s “Gratitude” is a testament to their musical prowess and their commitment to forging a unique path in the ever-evolving realm of heavy music.
With this release, OCKRA cements their status as a formidable force in the stoner doom scene and invites listeners to join them on a transformative sonic voyage. “Gratitude” is a testament to their creativity, originality, and unwavering dedication to their craft.
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Released by ARGONAUTA Records on May 26th, 2023
Music source for review – Grand Sounds PR