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It's rare for a band to commandingly return with their best effort to date, and yet that's what And Oceans achieved in 2020 with 'Cosmic World Mother', their first full-length in 18 years. This comeback album was the sound of creative floodgates bursting through into a new body of water - an ocean if you will. Blistering symphonic black metal, heady themes that dealt with the connection between philosophy and psychics, and the Finns' trademark adventurous songwriting: everything that 'Cosmic World Mother' did well, new opus 'As In Gardens, So In Tombs' manages to eclipse and recontextualize. It's the sound of a band seizing every ounce of momentum and upping the ante in every way. While And Oceans has never written the same album twice, in many ways 'As In Gardens, So In Tombs' sounds like an opportunity for the band to pick up and improve upon what they started. Symphonic black metal is never this fun, free, and fantastic. For fans of EMPEROR, LIMBONIC ART, THE KOVENANT, (early) DIMMU BORGIR.