Review Summary: Being As An Ocean release their debut album "Dear G-d" will it be just another melodic-hardcore album or is there something here that separates them from the bunch?
Being As An Ocean power on to the melodic-hardcore scene with their debut album “Dear G-d” which provides an experience not seen since Defeater's “Empty Days & Sleepless Nights” album.
The lyrical content and vocals are some of the hardest hitting and emotional you’ll hear on an album this year throughout any genre, the album is littered with spectacular lyrics that make it an incredible experience. The range of vocals on display on the record is nothing short of excellent; from post-hardcore style cleans right the way to monstrous lows that would find themselves at home on a deathcore album, vocalist Joel Quartuccio’s passion is evident from the track’s opening line right the way through to it’s closing one.
But it doesn't stop there. “Dear G-d” is just as fantastic instrumentally as it is vocally, it features riffs and leads that are at times reminiscent of Landscapes, and several spoken word interludes that have a real strong Balance & Composure feel to them. Being As An Ocean are not only one of the best bands to hit the melodic-hardcore scene in recent years, they’re also original.
From the first riff of "Nothing, Save the Power They're Given" to the final notes of "If They're Not Counted, Count Me Out" this album is simply incredible. It’s not often you find something so refreshing in an ever changing genre but Being As An Ocean not only create something beautiful, they’ve created something that people can relate to.
By the time the album had finished an incredible 52 minutes after it had began, I found myself sat in silence, in awe at what I’d just heard. This isn’t just another melodic-hardcore album, this is something special by a band who without doubt will go on to bigger and better things.
This is an album that not only shakes the genre of melodic-hardcore to the core, but also puts Being As An Ocean in amongst the finest that the genre has to offer.
Being As an Ocean