I am the Ocean
Overhead


3.5
great

Review

by Cultclassical USER (48 Reviews)
September 1st, 2012 | 15 replies | 1,494 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A small offering filled with a large amount of hope...

The semi-experimental, progressive post-hardcore outfit I am the Ocean has been a breath of fresh (ocean) air since their inception. Their first release “…And Your City Needs Swallowing” was filled with fresh interesting riffs and some good ambient, experimental bits not seen very often from bands of their ilk. A change in the vocalist and 2 years later brought the extremely catchy and still fresh Escapist Fiction which nixed the experimental portions for a more focused, guitar driven effort. Now 3 years after Escapist Fiction, I am the Ocean comes back with more of the same but still retains the interesting, original riffs and melodies they’ve gotten so good with.

Meant as nothing more than a teaser for an upcoming LP, “Overhead” proves that these guys still have it. The catchy, original fuzzy guitar play with the accompaniment of the excellent drums make a crushing return as this EP is heavier than their previous release. Nowhere is metalcore detected in this release however which speaks volumes about the bands commitment to crafting their own brand of hard-edged post-hardcore. With this increase in tenacity comes a cost of catchiness of the songs. Songs like “Icy” and “Jim?” from Escapist Fiction showed just how good writing can be just as effective as technical wizardry for an album but with “Overhead”, the writing suffers a small bit in exchange for a heavier feel. This exchange however is barely noticeable.

The vocals sounds just as good if not a little bit better than before. His voice fits the music perfectly, much more so than most bands to be honest. The screams flow effortlessly from the clean sections which avoids the jarring effect sometimes experienced when screaming in music feels tacked on. The vocal writing is still spot on with the backing vocals being used well but not overused.

It’s good to know that “I am the Ocean” is still not only making music but high quality post-hardcore which is lacking these days. Not too much should be inferred from this release as it’s only 5 songs and not much has changed between it and Escapist Fiction. What is displayed should appease fans of the band as well as fans of post-hardcore in general and leaves nothing but high hopes for the eventual LP.



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Calc
September 1st 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I promise this is my last one for a while, I couldn't not review it when I found it as this band is criminally underrated and unknown. Can't find any songs online though gahdammit.

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Calc
September 1st 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

then yellowcard can jump in and play songs from ocean avenue and smashing pumpkins can play their latest album too

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2012



3334 Comments


Good review, have a pos. Are you going to review the full album when it comes out too? If it's any good I'll absolutely check it out

Calc
September 1st 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol thanks for the pos and yes I will...whenever that is

GiaNXGX
September 1st 2012



4867 Comments


Hello dude, I thought you were going to waste your life playing GW2... Just Like Vinyl's Black Mass was solid so I'll check some tracks from this thing. Pos'd

It’s good to know that “I am the Ocean” is still not only making music but high quality post-hardcore which is lacking these days

Completely, ever since the electronic trend started post-hardcore is full of bands that are ripping off themselves or another post-hardcore act.... Sad thing.

Ninjask
September 1st 2012



178 Comments


"then yellowcard can jump in and play songs from ocean avenue and smashing pumpkins can play their latest album too"

And then the smashing pumpkins can play songs off Oceania!!1

PuddlesPuddles
September 1st 2012



4763 Comments


I wish people would stop claiming to be the ocean. Because I've been there before and I don't think so

Calc
September 1st 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

actually puddles they are making you claim by saying their name that you yourself...are the ocean...

PuddlesPuddles
September 1st 2012



4763 Comments


In that case I most definitely ammmm the ocean

Calc
September 1st 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

andcas you may very well enjoy escapist fiction i suggest you try it out if you haven't.

mindleviticus
September 1st 2012



8151 Comments


Escapist Fiction is pretty good. I'll give this a listen perhaps

Shuyin
September 2nd 2012



11106 Comments


band name lol

ill stick to The Ocean

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breakingthefragile
September 2nd 2012



2943 Comments


Calc, you are on a roll lately.

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Calc
September 3rd 2012



11942 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno if thats a good thing and I dun wanna be that guy so ima stop for a month or two lest my approval rating dip lower lol

East Hastings
April 1st 2013



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the production on this is awful and sucks all the life out of it



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