The Ocean
Fluxion


4.0
excellent

Review

by JAV USER (12 Reviews)
December 1st, 2008 | 125 replies | 17,998 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tonight we celebrate the human stain.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

If there was ever a band who defined the characteristics of how it must feel to be out sailing a vast seas, the music of The Ocean would have to be the soundtrack to it. Powerfully imposing, forever expanding and contracting then subsiding and lulling you into a false sense of security before reminding you who is really in control.


Trying to explain the sound of The Ocean is difficult enough on its own. It has always been a combination of many genres all thrown together. Looking at the ingredients on paper it should never work, but somehow it does. Orchestral passages give way to ferocious metal flurries which then segue way into calm ambient breaks. If your first introduction to the band was with Aeolian or Precambrian then you have an idea of how things work. However things are a bit different here mainly because of the heavy influence and use of the orchestra. Yes the Proterozoic disc did have many uses of various orchestral moments, but it’s not used to the same degree here where the various instruments are given more time and freedom to create atmosphere and accompany the rest of the music. The songs are set up more as film scores than metal juggernauts.

Tracks like Nazca are a hurricane swirling around destroying everything in its path, then the eye of the storm hits and it’s calm, peaceful, and even serene. It almost makes you forget the other end of the storm is on its way. The Human Stain follows in similar suite but vocals are introduced. On previous albums there were no real vocals and on later releases there are many guest vocalists, here it is only members of the band. The vocals are never sung, only growled and roared, particularly at the moments when the music becomes increasingly intense. There are only a couple exceptions which would be Isla Del Solo and The Greatest Bane which find a few cleanly sung parts which are nicely done. Lyrically there is a fascination with the increasing distancing of humans from reality as technology advances forward, as well as the seemingly incessant need to buy unneeded things.

Not all of the songs have quiet moments but in comparison to Aeolian, which was a draining experience because of the continuous fury, Fluxion provides many chances for the listener to catch their breath before being pulled underneath the surface again. The music is unpredictable, sometimes it takes you right where you think you’ll go and other times places you never thought it would. It’s a refreshing listen for anyone looking for a band not interested in following the norm. Could it be compared to Neurosis or Isis? Of course, but it’s not really what they’re going for. Prepare to be taken in by the ocean’s wrath and enjoy every minute of abuse.


4 - 4.5



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combustion07
December 1st 2008



5343 Comments


Good review, straight to the point. This sounds interesting I'll have to look into it.

SnackaryBinx
December 1st 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band owns.

NortherlyNanook
December 1st 2008



1285 Comments


It really does. Nice to see this getting a review.

willfellmarsy
December 1st 2008



3849 Comments


this sounds very good...i shall check it out...you should check out Devin Townsend's Ocean Machine

JAV
December 2nd 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you saying there's a similarity between the two albums?
If there is, I'm not really hearing it.

Altmer
December 2nd 2008



5652 Comments


Not heard this particular CD but the band is very good on CD and live.

willfellmarsy
December 2nd 2008



3849 Comments


na i just meant you seem to enjoy water-themed albums and that's a really good one...haven't listened to this yet so i wouldn't know if there's any comparison...will def check this out in the near future

Bleak123
December 2nd 2008



1902 Comments


this band are rule, precambrian was one of my favourite releases ever, this is dandy too man

Wizard
December 2nd 2008



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice to-the-point review. Need to find this album.

Digging: Downer - Downer

Bleak123
December 2nd 2008



1902 Comments


you really do dude

JAV
December 11th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Close to impossible to find, all I ever had was a rip I got off Oink. Been looking for it for awhile.

TrojanWhore
December 11th 2008



752 Comments


Interested in finding this seeing as I enjoyed Precambrian so much. Good review.

Mendigo
December 11th 2008



2299 Comments


it's not as good as Precambrian tbh. it's not a bad album though, just different, more direct and not as perfectly written and executed. and of course there are the orchestral parts, which make it a bit cheesy sometimes. but I still need a few listens to be really sure.This Message Edited On 12.11.08

JAV
December 12th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheesy how?

Mendigo
December 12th 2008



2299 Comments


just cheesy. Like most metal bands using an orchestra.

DoctorNurse
December 12th 2008



475 Comments


Just got this, not listened to it yet though. Bought precambrian and Aeolian a while back. Precambrian is worth buying for the packaging alone.

JAV
December 16th 2008



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not seeing any cheese.

Wizard
August 7th 2009



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice to-the-point review. Need to find this album.

Close to impossible to find,

Just thought I would lets you guys know, they just re-released this album on Metal Blade Records. Picked it up tonight.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2009



17920 Comments


yeah i saw this at hot topic earlier

JAV
August 7th 2009



1931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I can finally pick it up for real.



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