Polyenso
Birth.Eater


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (127 Reviews)
July 11th, 2009 | 159 replies | 23,521 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You will enjoy this, not for what it creates, but what it suggests - this band had potential.

11 of 12 thought this review was well written

Oceana are a complicated yet intricate act to say the least, they use a wide array of techniques in their songs. One minute they can be brutalizing with a constant wave of sound and distortion, or shooting you through carousel of the most poppy chorus known to grace a band of their genre. If I was to best equate them with somebody else, I would say take A Day To Remember, give them whatever they seem to not be able to get right, and you've got Oceana.

In every dimension of they're songs they're miles ahead, where they're getting angry with you, like the opening track Breather II. they're bleeding your ears out with piercing screams that bridge into metalcore. They may wanna switch things up a bit, give you a little breathing room and go poppy, well they bring it in well, it's quick guitar jabs and pulsating drum beats, mixed with graceful clean vocals battling with screams of agony, that's all in the chorus of the song, The Family Disease. Lest us not forget what makes this tennis match, between the first 3 songs and us being the ball, provided by the band isn't complete without The Constrictor which is just one complete tirade of a song; employing everything we've come to love about the 'new' Underoath with more emphasis on the electronics.

Ah, but enough about the perfect 1-2-3 punch that I near bantered on about earlier, this album contains several more masterpieces this world might not be ready for. Oceana sure are the master manipulators, as they build the tension about as good as a Michael Jackson video. The perfect example of this found in, The Abortion Plan which uses the most depressing vocals I've heard on a record for quite sometime. There's such a brooding tone flowing through the chorus that it's quite infectious, he's just rambling for its 30 second entirety, but works perfectly with the cryptic riff offered by Alex Schultz, stalking the entire presence on the song. This, my friends, is what I like to call the BEST song on the album.

What else can they do!? Well, am I glad you asked that, because we're now embarking on what Oceana does best, some may call them breakdowns, but they're not. I like to call them journey's. They do this several times, but I'll call to your attention their best one, Boa which absolutely stops the track in its steps. I mean, this song is moving from the get go, it's a complete sonic boom of aggression, and then 1 minute in we're taken on a journey, of just great musicianship provided by Denny Agosto on drums, and the beautiful interweaving of Brennan Taulbee and Keith Jones screaming their poor little hearts out. Albeit this song wouldn't be anything if it didn't include what they're master of, the tension is built up several times here, before explosions of what only be described as sound/noise.

Alas, what does this band do wrong then to not garner that fantastic 5 or even 4.5 rating? Well, they're not truly that original. Halfway through the album I hit my head for not noticing that through most of Mr. Jones' blood splattering screams, he resembled somebody else, oh too familiarly, Wayne Static. Also they rely on their formula too much to work for them before they start crossing over into predictability and we expect what's coming, we enjoy it, but still. Kind of like watching Titanic, which transitions perfectly into saying that it's unfortunate to see the band capitalize on their few mistakes and truly come back to astound us, but they've gone under as well.

Last Word: Every song on this album is worth listening to. Tracks worth mentioning, The Abortion Plan,The Family Disease, Boa, Devil Walk God Walk (Heaven Walk, Hell Walk)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Comatorium.
July 11th 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

decent review, great album, pos'd

fromtheinside
July 12th 2009



17714 Comments


words cannot express how much i'm loving this album. i strongly recommended this.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

frozenocean99
August 14th 2009



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album simply blew me away

fromtheinside
August 15th 2009



17714 Comments


yeah, album really is good.

zuzek
August 31st 2009



750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album needs more attention, the clean stuff is really good, totally outshines any of the screaming done here.

Comatorium.
September 2nd 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no way, the screaming is great as well.


fromtheinside
September 2nd 2009



17714 Comments


^agreed.

Comatorium.
September 2nd 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

better than the old guy. this album is just plain bad ass. the concept is fucking weird, but like good
weird.

fromtheinside
September 2nd 2009



17714 Comments


yeah there are a lot of songs i feel dealing with the same subject which can get tiring but in spurts this thing kicks ass.

Comatorium.
September 3rd 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but if you were supposed to be an abortion wouldnt you write about it?

Zip
September 3rd 2009



5312 Comments


There is no question you were supposed to be one king

WhiteWallStargazers
September 3rd 2009



2647 Comments


pretty good from what I've heard

Zip
September 3rd 2009



5312 Comments


these guys just broke up though right?

Comatorium.
September 3rd 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks babe. and yeah unfortunately.

PinkBlackberry
September 30th 2009



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the album, i do..but, the one and only bitchy nagging thing, that always gets me, while listening to this cd is, their Singer sounds amazingly close to the singer of Blindside. I don't know maybe i am just insane here..but..take a listen to them both and tell me you dont hear it

fromtheinside
September 30th 2009



17714 Comments


hmmm, guy sounds like static honestly. i don't know how 4 worthy this is still, but it's still a great record.

OCEANALOVER
October 19th 2009



2 Comments


Keith is not in this album at all he left to join my foundation.
Really if your going to make a review DO YOUR RESEARCH.
now you just look stupid

loseit13
October 20th 2009



226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lols ^^^

I didn't really like their first album though this really surprised me. Good stuff

bloc
November 8th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mother Love actually brings a tear to my eye.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Comatorium.
November 8th 2009



4090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And that's one of the weaker songs too.



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