Oceano
Depths


3.0
good

Review

by promiseswept USER (14 Reviews)
January 28th, 2010 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Intense and....uh, well, that's about it.

Before I start, I need to say something. People irrationally “hate” deathcore. This style of music is fast, and intense. Naturally, even good bands will get old and stale after awhile. But, to people who are constantly dissing on this type of music, I say you’ve done this to yourself. Immersing yourself in little musical variety will make you jaded with new bands who aren’t really trying anything super innovative, even if the music is pretty good. I say, go listen to something different, and keep a more open mind. If you don’t want fast and intense, go listen to something else.

Oceano hasn’t been around for that long. They started in Chicago, Illinois in 2006. People constantly try to correct me when I mention this band by asking “do you mean Oceana (which is a terrible, terrible band btw)?” “Depths” has been out for almost a year now. Let me tell you all, I have gone through a lot of phases in regards to this album and this band. The first song I ever heard from this band was “District of Misery.” My first impressions of this band were: the drummer is good, the song actually has some atmosphere (which is rare in deathcore), and the vocalist is pretty talented. From that point on, I eagerly awaited their album to drop. When it did, I put it on my iPod, sat on my bed, and just listened.

“Descent” is the album’s intro. Intros are becoming overused, and this one didn’t really impress me. Some intros like “Revelations” by Suicide Silence or “Necrotizing” by Whitechapel are instantly recognizable to me, and definitely get me pumped for what’s to come. That wasn’t the case with “Descent.” However, this song does sound sick in a car with a good sound system. “Inhuman Affliction” is the first real song on the record. It has a good mix of everything: decent riffing, good vocals, a 2-step part, and a big breakdown at the end. Don’t get me wrong, Oceano doesn’t do anything original. However, they do deathcore pretty well. If they didn’t, they would not be signed, touring constantly, and recording their newest album with Zuess.
“A Mandatory Sacrifice” is next. This is one of the more heavily known songs from “Depths.” A video was shot for it, and it is always played in their live set. This song is catchy. There is another long, big, slow breakdown at the end. This song has great atmosphere. It’s an above average song, and there is above average riffing on it. “Samael the Destroyer” is 4th. This song is mediocre in every sense of the word. One of the album’s big misses; I skip over it every time. There is nothing interesting on this song. Go listen to it now, and you’ll see what I mean. “Fractured Frames, Scattered Flesh” is metal as ***. It’s super fast, and has great emotion behind it, especially on the vocal side of things. The drumming is great on this song, and it’s hard to not headbang at the end of this song. It’s one of the album’s high points. “Disgust For Your Kind” is fast. This song is also high on the intensity scale, and has a good flavor. By this point, you may have noticed that this band ends almost every song with a breakdown. It’s repetitive, and I hope they try something different next album.

“Depths” is next. It’s an instrumental. They overuse the guitar parts over and over and over. However, it’s pretty melodic, and gives the album a good ingredient halfway through the album. “District of Misery” is next. Great drumming litters this song. The vocals are especially fast and hard hitting. Like I said earlier, there is good atmosphere to the song, and it’s above average. “With Legions” is next. So many heavy bands use the word “Legion” in their songs. It’s annoying. However, this song is above average in every sense of the word. It has a good, epic feel to it. “Slaughtered Like Swine” is next. If you instantly didn’t hate the title, then this song is for you. This song is so pissed. To me, it is a great example of a heavy band doing something right. This song just doesn’t let up. “Empathy For Leviathan” is more of the same: fast, breakdowns, good vocals. “Plague Campaign” isn’t too interesting, and one of the album’s misses. “Abysm” is a good and eerie way to go out. It’s an instrumental, and has some sick soloing in the background.

Oceano has potential. “Depths” is a good debut album, even though it doesn’t really set the band apart from other bands. However, they are insanely young, and rarely does a band develop a distinct sound on their first record. Their drummer is very good (see them live), their vocalist is good, and Andrew (guitarist) knows how to decently play his instrument. Let’s just hope Oceano steps it up next time around.

Pros:
Great drumming
Good production
Good vocals

Cons:
Drums are completely programmed (fills are copied and pasted, but hey it’s Joey Strugis)
Way too over produced in some parts
Very repetitive if deathcore is all you listen to



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThePalestMexican
January 28th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I love me some deathcore, and this is a damn fine review.
It's honest, and straight to the point.

Pos'd.


fromtheinside
January 28th 2010


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

a little too close to the name oceana imo.

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bloc
January 28th 2010


34848 Comments


I was waiting for someone to say that

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Ire
January 28th 2010


41779 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I really tried listening to this album, nothing took.

fromtheinside
January 28th 2010


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

;)
thats what i'm good for you know that.

but seriously, my predictability is getting out of hand, haha.

AbyssalCreation
January 28th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like District of Misery and A Mandatory Sacrifice buuuuuuuuuut thats about it.

Carnifex
January 28th 2010


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oceana >>>>>>>>>>>> Oceano by a long shot imo, but anyway review is pretty good. Few good tracks here, mainly the title track and District of Misery. Besides that, generic deathcore. (and this is coming from a fan of deathcore)

poweroftheweez
January 29th 2010


1290 Comments


good review, and good fucking point in the intro. i like deathcore but oceano still bores me.

promiseswept
January 29th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks guys

fromtheinside
January 29th 2010


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

people don't irrationally hate deathcore.


poweroftheweez
January 29th 2010


1290 Comments


elitists do

fromtheinside
January 29th 2010


18203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

mmmm, ok yes and no, i guess i'll give you that.
but 85% of deathcore bands are honestly terrible.


poweroftheweez
January 29th 2010


1290 Comments


ahhh yea :/ still a lot of the good ones are really good.

promiseswept
January 29th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i meant elitists, but also "fans" of this type of music who do nothing but hate now because they LET IT become stale and old to them

Crimson Death
January 29th 2010


533 Comments


Deathcore can be catchy, but it gets boring and old quickly. There are some good bands out there. I don't really like Oceano though, they have a few moments that are VERY short-lived. Deathcore has too many annoying high screams, bro vocals, tough guy shouts, whiny shouts, badly placed breakdowns, repetition, too many bands lack good solos (some don't have any at all). I do like some of the well placed pig squeals, breakdowns and those brutal bass drops. Bands with strong Death Metal influences like All Shall Perish are pretty good. Anyway, I approved your review.

sspedding
January 29th 2010


4762 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band is so boring besides the title track, talk about killing the single note breakdown.

promiseswept
January 29th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it does seem like they are in love with the 0 and 1st fret huh.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 29th 2010


855 Comments


How this band got signed i have no idea. They're a local band from my area and probably the worst to get signed from here. Everyone around my area who doesn't listen to deathcore or whatever u want to call it thinks the exact same way

promiseswept
January 29th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

they're really good live, and they're solid and super young with a lot of potential. that's label gold right there

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 29th 2010


855 Comments


My brothers pop punk band opened for them about a year or so ago, they're nothing special from what i've see.



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