1. Atlantis I (06:15) 2. The Song of the Sea (01:39) 3. Oceans (06:34) 4. In Heaven's Island (04:24) 5. Atlantis II (07:06) 6. Atlantis III (02:36) 7. If I Could Fly (05:15) 8. Aura (05:42) 9. The Blue Dream (08:11)
'I hold this album to be the masterpiece of On Thorns I Lay along with Crystal Tears album.If you had to own two albums in their discography, Orama should definitely be part of your choice.
However you must be warned that this album is definitely harsher than the soft atmospheric material of their later album for which they are the most popular. This album might be less accessible for some as this one still contains much of their earlier death metal influences.
While their next album Crystal Tears is a typical gothic metal album, this one is some atmospheric doom death.
But this album is different from standard works that can be done in the doom genre. This album is characterized by some unique atmosphere: Deep, dreamy, aquatic and nostalgic at the same time. Everything in this album is meant to suggest oceans, water and idyllic islands of some sunny southern regions. The thematic indeed deals with Atlantis and other idyllic places in relation with the oceans.
Bassist, vocalist and main composer Stefanos Kintzoglou wrote: "Written through the hot greek nights of summer 96'. This is the reason that all lyrics speak about seas, oceans and of course lost islands like the dreamy Atlantis. I hope that they can touch your soul as mine..."
I guess they indeed succeed. A kind noble and nostalgic feeling about some lost oceanic Eden is running through the album from songs to songs.
The keys parts are deep and dreamy. The use of harp- and shakuhachi-flute-like exotic sounds in pieces like Atlantis I or II tend to reinforce the image of some ancient exotic places. By the way the main theme of these two pieces somehow makes me think of the romantic melody of the Chopin’s 9th study for piano in F minor even though in a total different tempo and flavour.
The guitars are heavy, slow and low with some deep emotional melodies. These associated with the deep growling of Stephano perfectly compliment the dreamy atmosphere with a feeling of desperation, loss and doom. The ethereal and oriental tones in the vocals of Georgia Grammaticos and Roula are simply wonderful. These vocals associated with the dreamy and exotic sounds of keys also reinforce the image of some mystical or ancient forgotten places lost somewhere in the sea. The aquatic sound of the chorus effects used for the guitars plus the constant use of recorded sounds of the sea as a background behind the music also add to the thematic linked to ocean.
All these elements converge to create wonderful atmospheres that make this album so unique to my eyes.
If you like atmospheric metal, you will surely love this album'
Aquatic atmospheric doom-death- a masterpiece- 100%