The Ocean
Anthropocentric


4.0
excellent

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2010 | 185 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Ocean continue to find their feet with their newly developed sound, melding their earlier heaviness with a more refined atmospheric approach.

It’s fair to say that The Ocean’s latest endeavour divided their fan base somewhat. The release of Heliocentric earlier this year saw the group in a whole new dynamic, now a band as opposed to a collective, complete with a new singer. Heliocentric also marked a significant change in sound for the band, taking out a large chunk of the metal found on masterpiece Precambrian, replacing it with a lighter atmosphere, amongst other things. While most were unhappy with this change, The Ocean succeeded in what they set out to do with Heliocentric, creating an album that is just as worthy of sitting alongside their already outstanding discography. In many ways, Anthropocentric is the perfect completion of the double album, being of just as high quality and rounding out the band’s critique of Christianity in interesting fashion.

While Anthropocentric doesn’t hark back to the heaviness of the band’s earlier efforts, it does provide the perfect contrast to the lighter Heliocentric. Opening jaunt and title track ‘Anthropocentric’ signals this straight away, exploding out of the blocks with layers of sludgy guitar and growls. Much of the record follows in similar fashion, with the traditional Ocean heaviness juxtaposing beautifully with the band’s newly found atmosphere.

Again with Anthropocentric, Robin Stapps has shown he is an absolute genius when it comes to song writing and arrangements. One only has to look at songs such as album highlight ‘She Was The Universe’ for confirmation of this. Elsewhere, the brilliantly named ‘Sewers of the Soul’ displays some excellent work by bassist Louis Jucker in tandem with Stapp and Julian Lido’s duelling guitars. Drummer Luc Hess also deserves kudos for yet another amazingly consistent effort, with some very impressive fills to be found (‘Heaven TV’ and the title track).

Vocalist Loic Rosetti has improved exponentially on Anthropocentric, with no awkward moments to be seen. As with Heliocentric, there are still a great deal more cleans to be found here than on the band’s earlier efforts, however Rosetti seems much more confident on his second outing. In fact there are a large number of vocally impressive moments, specifically the title track and the first two parts of ‘The Grand Inquisitor,’ where Rosetti utilises both his clean and heavy vocals without them coming across forced, as in parts of Heliocentric.

Essentially, if you weren’t a fan of Heliocentric, the band’s latest effort isn’t going to scream ‘classic!’ out at you straight away, proving to be a natural progression for the band. However, the more atmospheric approach to song writing has actually worked in the band’s favour, particularly on tracks such as ‘The Grand Inquisitor III,’ giving off an almost Portishead feel with its light electronics female vocals. In fact, much of the lighter moments of the record are highlights, with tracks such as closer ‘The Almightiness Contradiction’ benefiting greatly from the lighter guitars and orchestration. Rosetti also excels on the closer, with his cleans matching the almost ‘pretty’ strings of the track perfectly.

Anthropocentric is definitely a marked improvement on Heliocentric, showing the band is much more comfortable with their new sound this time around. However, it is unlikely to change any opinions of the band drawn post-Heliocentric, as this album, while quite heavier, is in much the same vein as its counterpart. With the completion of their double album, it is clear The Ocean needed the change in direction, if only to fuel them creatively. In this reviewer’s opinion, despite Heliocentric’s shaky start, the experimentation has been an unbounded success. Anthropocentric is everything great about The Ocean, elaborate concepts mixed with technical proficiency and outstanding song writing. Who are we to stop them experimenting?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Vooligan
November 2nd 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/11/01/exclusive-premiere-stream-the-oceans-anthropocentric-in-full/

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2010


31475 Comments


The Ocean succeed in what they set out to do with Heliocentric,


Succeeded

that is plenty worthy of sitting alongside


Reads a bit funny, maybe something like just as worthy?



Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

Vooligan
November 2nd 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oops, thanks man =)

Ire
November 2nd 2010


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was an improvement

Fugue
November 2nd 2010


7354 Comments


Billy bringing the awesome, pos'd. It's been to long since I've seen you around buddy.

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

eternium
November 2nd 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disagree x100

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2010


31475 Comments


oops, thanks man =)


No probs, great review by the way

MorningView425
November 2nd 2010


162 Comments


I enjoyed what I heard of this before metalsucks started glitching. Thought it was a huge improvement over heliocentric...and I'm pumped for the rest.

iamthenightmare
November 2nd 2010


754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Better than helio but thats not saying much

Photon
November 2nd 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably a 3.5 -4 for me as well ,good review

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2010


21618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a great band

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Relinquished
November 2nd 2010


25489 Comments


the band is dead

Maniac!
November 2nd 2010


26256 Comments



the band is dead [2]

Ire
November 2nd 2010


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i hate you all

Vooligan
November 2nd 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. My opinion of this is still probably going to be in the minority again, but oh well.

@Ross. Yeah man, uni took over heaps of my time, starting to get back into reviewing again now.

@Deviant: Thanks heaps man. Should be interesting feedback, since it's my first non-Aussie review.

FadeToBlack
November 2nd 2010


11034 Comments


band was never amazing anyway so

Relinquished
November 2nd 2010


25489 Comments


well they had the first three albums then Stapps fucked everything up

Photon
November 2nd 2010


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fluxion is still their best.

Maniac!
November 2nd 2010


26256 Comments


the title track on here isnt too bad, but still not up to previous standards



the cleans still suck though

Josh D.
November 2nd 2010


13968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excited for this.



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