The Ocean
Aeolian


4.0
excellent

Review

by JAV USER (12 Reviews)
June 16th, 2008 | 101 replies | 13,941 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can you still the stars through layers of grey Or have the city lights taken their place?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Aeolian was originally intended to be part of a double album with Fluxion, Aeolian is the straight forward metal monster compared to the prior disc’s more, at times, subdued experimental songwriting and atmospherics. The Ocean ran out of funds to produce the double disc so each was split and released as two separate albums. In some ways this hurts the overall sound but each one stands well on its own.

Robin Staps, the brainchild of the ever rotating cast of members writes all the songs and music which he then teaches to the current lineup at the time. Members are welcome by Staps to interpret what has been written. The band also uses a variety of guest vocalist on this disc, Nate Newton (Converge), Sean Ingram (Coalesce), Tomas Hallbom (Breach) which rounded out a total of 7 singers including The Ocean member Meta. The idea was to prevent monotony from only hearing one type of singing or voice in contrast to the diverse musical structures and passages, which was a complaint from fans on Fluxion. Though most of the vocals heard are not singing so much as a variety of guttural barking, growling and maniacal screaming.

The lyrics are mostly aquatic based focusing around various ocean related situations. Songs like Necrobabes.com and Dead Serious and Highly Professional are quite a different story showing a quite twisted view which I’m not quite certain if it’s supposed to be ironic or very dark humor. With lyrics like; “I'll f**k your dog/ Do you still wanna get along with me?/ I'd rape your daughter/ On payment of a small fee,” it’s difficult to decide what they’re really going for. The City in the Sea is an interpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name, although it’s basically the poem set to driving palm-muted riffing with plenty of drum breaks and tempo changes.

The music is so dense it would be tough to slice with a sword. It’s not so much music sometimes as a goliath pummeling you into oblivion. The guitars are tight and shred your ears with incredible precision, the bass is equivalent to an earthquake and the drumming is so intense I don’t know how it’s kept up. The instrumental work can be quite technical but at the same time uncontrolled. The styles run through death metal, metalcore, doom and even some hardcore punk. Some of time signatures and abrupt changes they use are so off kilter that even after listening to this for more than a year I still can’t remember all of them.

Quiet passages are rare but when they surface it is a welcome respite from the continuous assault. The percussion is one of the highlights of the album simply because it is so consistent and powerful; drummer Torge Liessmann makes it seem easy as he pummels on the double kick bass. There are no rules, which is evident throughout the 50+ minutes this album brings forth. Drum breaks, erratic tempo changes, jagged staccato riffs and randomly played licks are all presented where and whenever the band feels. There really aren’t any clear solos on the entire disc but listening to the fret work it’s obvious they could unleash one at will if they desired. It’s apparent from the start their M.O. is more about overall sound than highlighting any instrument in particular, in a word it’s savage.

It’s a challenging listen but for fans of doom type music it will be immensely enjoyable just to hear a band be as heavy as they can without sacrificing creativity. The problem with the album is the same thing that makes it stand apart; many people will hear the possessed vocals and musical insanity taking place and just become lost in the tsunami. Fog Diver or Fluxion would be an easier place to start although after listening to the latter, this album will sound minimalistic and uninspired in a sense when comparing the two. While Fluxion contained the more experimental passages this one is the pit bull latching onto your throat and never letting go.

Top Tracks:
One With the Ocean
Queen of the Food-Chain
Killing the Flies
Swoon



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TojesDolan
June 16th 2008



271 Comments


Might check on this. I like progressive music.

Wizard
June 17th 2008



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is not progressive in any way whatsoever. I have no idea why its in this catagory, should be in the metal section.

Not a bad review. Seems a little rushed. There is too much focus on the vocals and lyrics rather than how damn good the music is. Oh well, just a nit pick.

Very good album but Precambrian is by far better.

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JAV
June 17th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought progressive was an odd choice as well.

I found it a little difficult describing the music just because the sound is so massive and powerful.
Also the first thing people tend to focus on is the vocals so I figured I'd make it clear since the screaming makes some people turn it off.

I can always edit it later.

Precambrian is better undoubtedly.

Yazz_Flute
June 17th 2008



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been planning on checking these guys out. Im assuming Precambrian is where i should start. I think i may try to get the hardcopy of this one, its 20 bucks on itunes which is ridiculous, especially for downloaded content.

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Wizard
June 17th 2008



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Worth getting. I would probably buy the album since it sounds cheaper than downloading (which is odd). This album is alot more straight forward than Precambrian. If you have the time, check out their new stuff, it's worth delving into to!

I found it a little difficult describing the music just because the sound is so massive and powerful.

Also the first thing people tend to focus on is the vocals so I figured I'd make it clear since the screaming makes some people turn it off.


I agree man, their sound is huge and I guess, now that I think about, I kind of find it hard to describe their sound as well. Thanks for not taking my comment out of context.


TheSportingSwine
June 18th 2008



204 Comments


Good review man. The Ocean are a great band.

JAV
June 20th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks

No problem wizard, constructive criticism is welcome.
I'm gonna try to do an edit and describe the music a bit more.
We'll see how it goes.

A few edits and added another paragraph with musical description.This Message Edited On 06.20.08

TeamExcelcior
July 28th 2008



246 Comments


Hey, I've got Precambrian and it's quite awesome. This one seems not as well received but s it still as varied and dynamic as Precambrian? If so, I'd still like to check it out seeing as how Precambrian is a pretty great album.

JAV
July 29th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No this one is more straight forward.
A little more along the lines of the Hadean/Archaean disc.
Fluxion is more like Proterozoic but a bit more raw.
I doubt you wouldn't like the rest of their music catalog they're pretty consistent.

Burn2Burn
October 24th 2008



2378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The City In The Sea is nothing short of brutal.

Relinquished
December 30th 2009



24915 Comments


Une Saison En Enfer is fucking raw.

TheSpirit
December 30th 2009



17713 Comments


this sound cool.

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Yazz_Flute
December 30th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ordered this a few days ago. If it's half as good as Precambrian i'll be content.

JAV
December 31st 2009



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not gonna be very post-metal like Proterozoic so if you like the heavy stuff you'll be satisfied.

Yazz_Flute
January 7th 2010



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy balls in my mouth.

This is br00t4l.

Maybe better than Precambrian.

Relinquished
January 7th 2010



24915 Comments


The City in the Sea rules. Btw no one go to Necrobabes.com, for real.

Yazz_Flute
January 7th 2010



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm tempted to go there now thanks.

Relinquished
January 7th 2010



24915 Comments


Caution, bro, caution...

ThePalaceOfWisdom
January 7th 2010



1134 Comments


Damn that site is out of service. Was hoping to see old dude put their dicks in corpses.

Yazz_Flute
January 10th 2010



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am I the only one who really likes Dead Serious & Highly Professional? I mean I know it's only 1:30 and more grind than post-metal but it fucking slays.



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