Oceano
Contagion


2.5
average

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 19 replies | 4,907 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oceano progress while maintaining their brutality, and create a listenable record without too much distinction between tracks.

0 of 2 thought this review was well written

I needed to brush up on my African American influence in modern music for a school project, so I figured I'd do it on Oceano (nobody said it had to be a positive influence! trollface.jpg).

No, but really. Contagion is a solid sophomore release for the band, showing logical (if somewhat limited) progression both structurally and lyrically. Rather than filling in the blanks of their songs with the traditional run-of-the-mill 24/7 breakdowns, Oceano includes much less - and less is definitely more here. Their style with this record wouldn't have worked nearly as well with a longer running time, as the admittedly repetitive monotone chugs and riffing doesn't boost the album too far above the rest of deathcore.

Between somewhat-strained highs and enjoyably-brutal lows, the record dishes out its due as far as vocals go. Being the most distinctive part of the band, Oceano's vocals are very important and they've done a great job at giving them the attention it needs. This isn't much of an excuse for the lack of production value given to the guitars. The only time the sound seems to differ is when the distortion is either at max or at zero, - the few solos that are included are too short to get a true feel for the guitarist's skill - and the drums just aren't distinctive enough to really comment about them.

Speaking of distinction, the album as a whole kind of sinks into itself. With the exception of the first track, "Precursor to Enslavement", and album highlight "Weaponized", each track runs this awkward line between standing out from the album's rest and blending in, which puts me off and keeps me listening strictly to the highlights. I'll be honest: you will probably get a headache if you give this a solid listen, which is never a good sign. It calms down during "The Contaminated," which features a few surprisingly dynamic guitar pieces, which is refreshing. The issue with including them this late into the album is that most would-be listeners have probably turned it off long before the halfway point. More dynamics appear in the instrumental, "Exist in Confinement", which serves to relieve us even further and provide much-needed atmosphere and emotion to the album. Aside from these tracks and the other two I've mentioned before, there really isn't much to separate each track from the next one, or the one before it.

I only give this a 2.5/5 (as opposed to a flat 2) because, for some unfathomable reason, I can't stop myself from liking this album. It has its high points (see recommended tracks) and it has its mediocre points (everything else), but it IS something different. It's refreshing in a genre of backwards and unimaginative bands, and it's a solid successor to Depths, their 2009 debut. I hope their next release is more dynamic than this, as Oceano feels overtly brutal as it stands now, and sheer brutality can only go so far in progression of music.*

Recommended Tracks:
1.) "Precursor to Enslavement"
5.) "The Contaminated"
6.) "Exist in Confinement"
8.) "Weaponized"
10.) "Remnants Aflame"



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Dismantle
July 15th 2011



398 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

wrong its a 1/5

AfterTheBreakdown
July 15th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty weak band

Pr0nogo
July 15th 2011



373 Comments


Lol Dismantle, the first rule of someone who deals in opinions should be to not tell someone their opinion is wrong. Anyone of less troll resistance than I would have responded with a "wrong it's #/#".

Nice try though.

Rev
July 15th 2011



9379 Comments


nice try, this still sucks

randomguitarist
July 15th 2011



158 Comments


Yeah, good attempt but before reading this, I already know it's not even close to a 3. It's a 2 at best. Bland breakdown shit.

Dismantle
July 15th 2011



398 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ooo you're so clever

TheArkitecht
July 15th 2011



1665 Comments


not even gonna bother with this because Depths was just diabolical, one of the worst records I've ever heard.

RobotJesus
July 15th 2011



431 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

band blows end of story

AfterTheBreakdown
July 15th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is only one of the many reasons not to go to this year's summer slaughter tour.

ikarus
July 15th 2011



560 Comments


what does this have to do with african american influence, other than the singer being a black guy

band is painful to listen to

Pr0nogo
July 15th 2011



373 Comments


^That fact alone is exactly why- wait, why are you commenting on my barely-detectable sarcasm?

FrankRedHot
July 16th 2011



6448 Comments


Seriously, shut up

asaf
July 16th 2011



885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why a 3.5 if:"monotone chugs and riffing doesn't boost the album too far above the rest of deathcore"

you don't make it sound like it's a great album. it isn't great because you like the few high points.

and yeah, "I needed to brush up on my African American influence in modern music for a school project, so I figured I'd do it on Oceano"

wtf are you talking about

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2011



49788 Comments


Chainsaw Brutality

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FearThyEvil
July 16th 2011



12241 Comments


This is only one of the many reasons not to go to this year's summer slaughter tour.

The funny thing is that the Summer Slaughter Survivors tour is so much better. My friends band is also opening for it.

FrankieEmpire
July 16th 2011



24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

NOTHING DIFFERENT ... KIND OF BORING ¡¡¡ MMMM ANOTHER DEATHCORE BAND

CrimsonLies
April 29th 2012



2012 Comments


Not worth checking out.

Seanny
June 1st 2012



76 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

BR00T4L1TY!11!!!11!1!111!

someguest
June 1st 2012



20286 Comments


I think this is the shittiest album I've ever heard.

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