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THE OCEAN

Pelagial

(Metal Blade Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 9.0

Germany’s post-hardcore/progressive metal band THE OCEAN’s sixth studio album, Pelagial, is a magnificent musical journey. The title itself means “Of, or pertaining to the sea,” and each of the 11 tracks were written and recorded as one single 53-minute piece of music, separated by interludes of underwater sounds. The songs are layered with massive amounts of catchy hooks, while the musical variation and transitions between the unexpected faster passages and the softer, more melodic interludes, are quite stellar. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, BARONESS and MASTODON influences creep up often, but the Ocean is not afraid to experiment, take chances or think outside the box all on their own. The album as a whole is well-paced; the first half of the disc starts off with lighter hues, beginning with intro 'Epipelagic', with its piano/orchestral melodies reminiscent of PINK FLOYD, then adds a touch of THE WHO’s 'Love Reign O’er Me'. Emotions and gloomier melodies are mixed throughout the disc with darker and heavier riffs, giving it a good balance. There’s also a great blend of melodic, emotive clean vocals and harsher, more aggressive barks. The band knows when to hold back and when to let loose, and they do it flawlessly. This is a surprisingly exceptional release full of twists and turns, and if you’ve somehow overlooked The Ocean in the past for whatever reason, now is the time to get introduced to them.



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