Ocean is Theory
In My Blood Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by Scottysreviews USER (2 Reviews)
October 14th, 2009 | 9 replies | 3,856 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new band that, while not breaking any huge new ground, does everything right, providing one of the best EPs I have heard in a long time.

Ocean is Theory is the perfect definition as a hidden gem in the music industry. This band, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is made up of some very young guns that know their stuff. Now, I am talking nineteen, fresh out of high school, young. They have talent and it definitely shows. This is their second EP release, and what a fine release it is.

Their first release, Into the Mouths of Lions, was a fantastic EP for a bands first effort. That album had hints of Brand New and As Cities Burn, and this release doesn’t change much from that. The first song, ‘Where We Left Off’, pretty much shows what one can expect from these guys. Strong drums, good melodic guitars, solid bass lines, and Beautiful Choruses fill the song. The second track, ‘Twenty Nine Eleven’, has much more of a groove to it, being almost dance friendly. Heavy base guitar and a simple drum beat lead to this. The Chorus in this song is not as in your face as the song prior, but the end of the song leads to a spectacular finale. ‘Miles Away’, the third track, is another example of this bands ability to write goose-bump-inducing choruses and great melodic songs. One can really hear the As Cities Burn influence on this track. ‘The Motion, The Feeling’, follows the same structure but shines with great guitars and drumming, not to mention another grand finale.

One thing that really stands out for these guys is singer Josh Williams. His voice is truly beautiful. He has the ability to hit really high notes and simple notes, all with what sounds like an extreme amount of emotion. The lyrics are also not too shabby. Most deal with emotions and feelings but deal with subjects such as letting go and realizing we don’t have complete control of our lives. On paper they read kind of corny but they come off mature and strong when preformed.

There are a few minor complaints though. The album is only four songs, which is such a small amount it seems almost pointless to release an album. Another is the quality of the production shows at times. Some of the guitars are overpowering at points and it just starts to sound like noise. I cannot complain too much though due to the fact they don’t really have big studio money.

The fact these guys are unsigned is amazing to me and I am waiting for them to get with a good producer and see what they can really do when pushed. They are a Christian band though, Which most likely means they will end up on Tooth and Nail if and when they do get signed, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as Tooth and Nail does not try to form them into another As Cities Burn and lets them do their own thing. Anyhow a fantastic album and an artist that needs to be on everyone’s radar in 2010.


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Scottysreviews
October 14th 2009



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry the image doesn't work, Ill try to fix that. It's only my second review and i did it while listening to my history lecture so sorry if it sucks. But this band definitely doesn't so check them out!

shortone323
October 14th 2009



883 Comments


Pretty good review. There's a few awkward sentences, particulary where you describe all four tracks (which is generally discouraged here). But still, it was concise and gave some good information on the band.

I listened to their first EP and it was pretty good. Not exactly my stuff, but some of the choruses were really good and the songs had a good flow. I recommend that people check this out, but be warned if you're not a fan of somewhat overtly Christain lyrics.

Scottysreviews
October 14th 2009



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the advise.

And on the Lyrics, This ones christian lyrics are much more subtle and could pass for secular band

YouAreMySilence
October 15th 2009



3727 Comments


recommended by reviewer
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep

I'm all over this.


shortone323
October 15th 2009



883 Comments


I wouldn't say that they're that subtle. I mean, as far as I know they didn't use God or Jesus, but they were pretty obviously Christian. And I guess that could be a turn off for some people or something idk.

Scottysreviews
October 15th 2009



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I see what your saying, but this release is way more subtle then their first.

scotish
October 15th 2009



835 Comments


gah I'm a sucker for christian bands so I'll check this out. if you liked this, check out some My Epic
as going by you're description of these guys they're quite similair.

also, same name, whoo!

instantradical
December 24th 2009



208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm friends with these guys. Josh and I used to go to the same church (as well as former member Alex.) This is a good EP but I wish they would be a little more ambitious and try to sound different from all the other bands. Most of their music so far doesn't seem to stray far from radio ready sorta-post-hardcore, and if you go to many concerts around Atlanta you'll notice that most of the other Christian indie bands sound almost exactly the same. They're got a lot of raw talent, especially Josh, but until they go off the beaten path, musically, I don't think they're going to stand out against a lot of similar bands.

The second track is probably the best song they're ever written, and it shows that they have the potential to create a unique sound. The bridge from The Motion, The Feeling (and the accompanying guitar) is also really strong.

PinkBlackberry
September 25th 2010



2346 Comments


Great sound. Guys are a tour de force to look out for



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