Being As an Ocean
Dear G-d


2.0
poor

Review

by taxidermist USER (16 Reviews)
January 21st, 2013 | 18 replies | 1,958 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very premature release with some good ideas thrown in, but overall bland and unoriginal.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

The Internet is a glorious thing and it has done wonders for musicians in terms of exposure. It’s allowed numerous up and coming bands to make names for themselves and stay connected with their fans, release music, etc. Fans are able to write/blog about their favorite bands and create buzz that will draw people to the band and make them want to listen to their music. One band in particular that I’d heard a lot of people talking about on the Internet was Being as an Ocean, an up and coming five piece band from San Diego, California whose debut album, Dear G-d, had just been released. One certain review claimed it to be “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.” So, I gave in to the amount of hype and decided to give this a spin.

Taking influences from bands like Defeater, Hundredth, Listener, etc. I thought that maybe the album would be pretty good. After listening to the album, you can tell that most of it is quite a rip off of it’s influences. Then again, the band (at the time of release) hasn’t been together for a year even. It’s clear that an album that was written so fast would be a bit messy and lacking originality, so in a way you can kind of forgive the band. Now let’s talk about the music itself.

Vocally/lyrically, the album is not very diverse. You either get a deeper Defeater-esque shout, a spoken word section in the vein of La Dispute or Listener, or a clean section that isn’t very good. The lyrics themselves are written in the very personal manner of La Dispute, but do little to differentiate in any way possible and are shrouded in so much pseudo emotion that it’s hard not to laugh at some parts. One part in particular that stuck out was on the song “The Hardest Part is Forgetting Those You Swore You’d Never Forget,” where the vocalist sings lying awake in bed feeling the bed feeling the spot on my chest where you used to rest your head. As douchey as it may sound, I laughed. The clean vocals on the album are not very good at all and in the future should just be removed. Overall, the vocals are probably the biggest flaw on the album and in the future need to try and be more diverse, original, and maybe more exciting, because hearing the same shout over and over and it not going anywhere is truly boring.

Musically, the album has some potential if only it were a little more original. “Salut E Vita” sounds like a track you’d hear off of Empty Days and Sleepless Nights but it still manages to be at least a little engaging and not as stale/boring as a lot of the other tracks on the album. Sitting through the whole album can be a chore especially when every song sounds the exact same. The only redeeming qualities of the album in my opinion are that the band can construct some catchy moments in certain songs. “This Room Is Alive” manages to blend faster paced melodic hardcore hardcore like Counterparts and slower moments where the vocalists shout actually manages to shine for a bit and be driven by some pretty good drumming and guitar sections.

Overall, the album struggles with creating it’s own identity. A lot of different ideas are meshed together, but done poorly in execution. It’s definitely not bad for a band that’s been together for only a few months. 2013 looks like it will be a big year for BAAO as they continue to gather fans and already have a sophomore album in progress. Hopefully their next effort isn’t as stale and can actually hold itself up as a solid release and it contributes a little something more instead of just ripping off a bunch of other bands and suffering an identity crisis. Salut E Vida BAAO and may 2013 be a better year for you.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
taxidermist
January 20th 2013



7197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

First 'negative' review, so give it some criticism dudes. Also, 6666 comments m/

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2013



17204 Comments


cool, i agree with you. i don't get it. Versus the Mirror did the whole heavy music with clean tones thing a decade ago to much better results.

XingKing
January 20th 2013



10328 Comments


I can tell this band sucks just by the fact that they had to censor God in their album title. Why even bother calling it that then?

XingKing
January 20th 2013



10328 Comments


lololol the clean vocals sound like Owl City

FearThyEvil
January 20th 2013



12468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

driven my some pretty good drumming and guitar sections.

Should be by there. Pretty good review, and I agree with it completely. This album did nothing for me. Pos'd

taxidermist
January 20th 2013



7197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Shit, thanks for catching that.

@Xing Yeah, the cleans are pretty grating.

FearThyEvil
January 20th 2013



12468 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No problem. This album was just boring as shit.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2013



49967 Comments


Who is G D

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2013



6079 Comments


hep kat's bout to get all up IN THAT ASS

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taxidermist
January 20th 2013



7197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

No way! I know hep's trollin'...HE HAS TO BE.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2013



6079 Comments


is this really that bad? I remember hearing really good things about it when it first came out, and then I think I just forgot to ever listen to it

taxidermist
January 21st 2013



7197 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It really isn't good. It's boring and has little replay value imo.

SadAndHolyGlow
December 6th 2013



1510 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I completely agree with this.

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Hep Kat
December 6th 2013



15275 Comments


LIAR

SLUT

VILLAIN

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Spec
December 6th 2013



27102 Comments


GOD IM SO SICK OF THIS PLACE

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YakNips
December 6th 2013



9071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I couldn't even finish this album

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Spec
December 6th 2013



27102 Comments


I can see the potential but for the time being they just sound like a shit version of Hands.

nathantownsend95
January 23rd 2014



21 Comments


Love this band and album. One of the few bands to make me feel something.

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