We Are The Ocean
Cutting Our Teeth


5.0
classic

Review

by RobH USER (13 Reviews)
April 21st, 2012 | 23 replies | 5,316 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Following on from their two EP's which followed this release, this is a solid debut album which shows the band developing their own signature sound.

2 of 6 thought this review was well written

We Are The Ocean have come quite a long way in the past 4 or 5 years since their formation. The 5 piece Post Hardcore band from Essex have released two full length albums (and are set to record their third album next month) as well as two EP's, and have supported some pretty big bands in the rock scene, from Funeral for a Friend to Lostprophets. This here is their first full length album, following on from their two successful EPs.

As good as their early EPs were, there was one factor which stood out: their sound was pretty similar to Canadian Post Hardcore kings Alexisonfire. Are the similarities still there on their debut album? Well, while there are still some similarities, the band seem to be attempting to shake themselves of these similarities, and start building to their own individual sound.

How would I describe the sound on this album? Well, like most bands of their like, their sound contains a balance of aggression and melody, although on this album, they're focusing more on the latter then the former, although the bite is still there. Take track 2, 'Our Days Are Numbered', for instance. The song starts off with a heavy verse, lead by the screams of screamer Dan Brown, and then follows into a more melodic chorus with guitarist/singer Liam Cromby singing before switching back to Dan for the next verse. While having both a screamer and a singer/guitarist doesn't exactly shake away the Alexisonfire comparisons, the band are able to use the twin vocal dynamic to their advantage, using it to blend the heavy and melodic elements of their songs.

While quite a few of the songs are fast paced, sing/scream styled songs, there are some songs where the band slow things down, creating slower songs. A good example of this is the melodic single 'All Of This Has To End', where Dan's screaming takes a back seat, only being used in the pre chorus and the second verse as well as backing vocals during the chorus, with Liam's vocals fronting the song, giving the song a really melodic feel.

Something We Are The Ocean seem to have avoided on this album is the same trap that many bands of their ilk fall into (and their first EP (to some extent) did): sounding like yet another Post Hardcore clone with songs that could have been written by any of the several same sounding bands in the genre. While admittedly, the songs themselves aren't exactly anything new, but the band add their stamp to the songs with their sense of melody placed upon quite a few of their songs, and the scream/shout and singing dynamic from the vocalists which doesn't sound like it could be done by any other band. I doubt that people will mistake songs such as 'Look Alive' and '(I'll Grab You By The) Neck Of The Woods' as songs by any other band.

Overall, this album is a solid debut album from the band, and helps to set them apart from the many bands in the Post Hardcore scene. While it's nothing too new musically, it's still a great Post Hardcore record, and it shows signs of a band growing and developing their sound.

Recommended Tracks:

'Look Alive'
'Our Days Our Numbered'
'All Of This Has To End'
'(I'll Grab You By) The Neck Of The Woods'



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2012



21548 Comments


noooooooooooooo way is this a 5

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RosaParks
April 21st 2012



14592 Comments


" this is a solid debut album"
5/5


?

ThroneOfAgony
April 21st 2012



3485 Comments


that makes sense...

Spec
April 21st 2012



27047 Comments


Yeah a "solid" album is like a 3.5

Mickeymau5
April 21st 2012



1614 Comments


isn't this the british alexisonfire

Archelaos
April 21st 2012



241 Comments


I don't think you guys know what "solid" means... It's that which is of good quality and substance (in this context), so that makes perfect sense. He doesn't need to use hyperbolic descriptors like "best" or "phenomenal" to match it with a 5/5 rating. Just my two cents though.

As for the review, it's pretty well written, although as far as punctuation goes, your review could benefit greatly from the removal of certain unnecessary commas and the like.

I wonder if I'd like this album. I'll investigate later!

Archelaos
April 21st 2012



241 Comments


One other thing for future reference: In your summary you wrote "EP's" - the apostrophe needn't be there because those are either used to denote ownership of something/someone ("Jeff's guitar") or for short-hand ("it's").

letsgofishing
April 21st 2012



900 Comments


"I don't think you guys know what "solid" means"

Technically you are correct in a purely definitive sense, but when you look at the popular societal conotation of the
word, I have rarely heard it used to attribute high praise to a work to such a degree that it would be esteemed a
classic.
. You could most likely describe Stephen Kings body of work as "solid" without a qualm, but would ever describe
Faulkners body of work as "solid"? If you did, you would be widely perceived as undervaluing Faulkner despite of
"solids" definition. Connotation is just as important as definition, and it would of helped this review a great deal if my
man could of used more vibrant language.

anyway, solid review (lol), POS'd.

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StagnantWords
April 21st 2012



318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review dude, however I can't agree they developed their own sound, very very blatent rip off of alexisonfire.

But then again, I thoroughly enjoy tool rip off bands, so I might give this another spin soon.


Archelaos
April 21st 2012



241 Comments


Yeah, okay, so your point of view is predicated on a societal misconception of the word? "Solid" connotes just what I said: good quality and substance; being of the same throughout. Even looking at in slang terminology, it means first-rate. Also, hyperbolic or fantastical descriptors needn't apply when writing on classics

letsgofishing
April 21st 2012



900 Comments


"Even looking at in slang terminology, it means first-rate. Also, hyperbolic or fantastical descriptors needn't apply
when writing on classics"


Never said that specifically and never meant to imply it. But when the first 4 commentators (and predictably the
majority of readers) find themselves confused by the terminology, it doesn't matter what the definition of the word
is, in academia or slang. Language is defined by perception and little else.

Regardless, I agree with you that the author didn't do anything wrong by using that terminology, but I do think the
review would be improved by picking a more appropriate term regarding the societal context.

Enjoying the conversation, but it isn't worth us taking over this thread. This will be my last post regarding this.
cheers =)

Archelaos
April 21st 2012



241 Comments


No worries, I'm not trying to spur you on or anything, and I do get where you're coming from, it just seems like a disservice to say the review would benefit without something that makes total sense in the context it was used (uneducated readers be damned! (haha)). Cheers

Jamatha
April 21st 2012



108 Comments


a 5? LOL

MichaelSnoxall
April 22nd 2012



12163 Comments


I'd give this a 3.5 or a 4. Good album.

Funeralopolis
April 22nd 2012



10981 Comments


solid album 5/5

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KSK1
April 22nd 2012



4070 Comments


Band is bland. Hey, that rhymed.

thumbcrusher
April 22nd 2012



3569 Comments


very well written, but... yeah everyone's already said it...

still, have a pos :-)

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2012



21548 Comments


I don't think you guys know what "solid" means... It's that which is of good quality and substance (in this context), so that makes perfect sense. He doesn't need to use hyperbolic descriptors like "best" or "phenomenal" to match it with a 5/5 rating.

lol

Spec
April 22nd 2012



27047 Comments


umm

Quen
June 11th 2012



1633 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nothing special about these guys



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