Velvet Ocean is a recent melodic metal band from Oulu, Finland. Helsinki Records released their debut album, Purposes and Promises, on February 7, 2020. Playing with gothic metal, pop influences and symphonic elements, the modern heavy band combines acoustic instruments and computer-generated soundscapes and rhythms with conventional band instruments in their music. Symphonicity is genuinely involved in the band’s music, as the live ensemble also includes an acoustic cello. Velvet Ocean draws melancholic and tragic tones in its music from the slightly darker soul landscape of the north.