Being As an Ocean
How We Both Wondrously Perish


3.0
good

Review

by NoSons USER (20 Reviews)
May 6th, 2014 | 87 replies | 12,433 views


Release Date: 05/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A diverse approach can bring out flaws that hinder an album.

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There is a lot of subtlety packed in with How We Both Wondrously Perish, the new release by Being As An Ocean. This album is a more diverse approach than what was heard on previous effort Dear G-d. Gone are the deafening breakdowns that gave them more of a melodic hardcore approach. With the music now are synthesizers and drones that keep the mix full, sometimes too full, but at times are placed in key places to bring a bit more emotions to each track. The other notable features of this album are the two new band members. Most notable is rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Michael McGough. The other member is new drummer Connor Denis.

The first song on the album showcases a lot of what will be in store for listeners throughout the rest of the album. A drone pulsates and then the band enters with a driving chord progression and harsh vocals from Joel Quarticcio. McGough's clean vocals bring a poppy edge to the track, but the end of 'Mediocre Shakespeare' is juxtaposed by both vocalists collaborating on one part. The album is interesting sonically, embracing a nice mix of clean and distorted guitars. The new guy, Connor Denis, fits in very well. The instruments on this album are well done. The ending stop and go push of 'Death's Great Black Wing Scrapes The Air' is a defining example of how tight this band plays. The leads provided by Tyler Ross weave well with the flow of 'L'exquisite douleur.' Some subtle instruments make their way and help the music out, like the synthesizers during the chorus of 'We Drag The Dead On Leashes' or the soft jingles in 'Mothers.' These are subtle parts that work.

The vocal approach features much of what made 'Dear G-d' so enjoyable two years ago. Joel's harsh vocals are still gritty and on the verge of breaking with every yell. The spoken word portions are back but more expected this time. The predictability of the parts are present, but the actual lyrics are daunting, especially on 'The Poets Cry For More' (my favorite track on the album). This is the track I finally felt an impact much like that of 'The Hardest..." from their previous album. The presence of McGough can make or break songs, and his edgy vocals perform well on the first half of the album. With the spoken word, the harsh screams, and clean vocals it can give off a three vocalist impression, but it is just Joel and McCough.

At the end of 'The Poets Cry For More' there is the most defining gripe of this album for me, the low end static drone that pulses over different chords as the song closes. The ambient sections of this album throw off the flow and the production at times, which really hinders songs or parts. This is not Being As An Ocean featuring Tim Hecker. I do not get the awkward placement of the heavy synth and static of 'We Drag The Dead On Leashes.' One of the most explosive parts on the album should have been the breakdown on 'Even The Dead Have Their Tasks' but it was ruined by this muddy noise floating over the feedback, diluting all energy from the part. Live I am sure without the noise the part would be the destructive presence it should have been, but it was taken back a few paces by the production. Take a listen to the opening and ending of 'Grace, Teach Us What We Lack' and tell me why the clings are needed. The track also features a guest vocalist that rubbed me wrong.

Another track to be highlighted is 'Mothers.' The song is an emotional piece with a gloomy ending instrumental. This is what I want to hear more of, the introspective and challenging Being As An Ocean. All in all, How We Both Wondrously Perish features some decent tracks, but parts of the album are hindered by the more 'artsy' approach.



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NoSons
May 6th 2014



81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wanted to give this a review because some of the 'artsy-fartsy' parts are not that progressive and actually hinder the album's potential for me.

Don't even get me started on the closing track....

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botb
May 6th 2014



9631 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

tumblr the band

YakNips
May 6th 2014



9191 Comments


lol 'artsy-fartsy'

maybe I'll actually check this

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NoSons
May 6th 2014



81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seriously is. I don't mind the first five tracks on this, or even other parts of certain songs. But what the hell is with this ambient hipster drones that people have to throw on top of 'hardcore' (barely) albums?

This isn't HRVRD (who don't need bullshit to sound good)

taxidermist
May 6th 2014



7198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm sure I won't like this, but I'll probably listen and review. Maybe.

TomAkaVeto
May 6th 2014



1617 Comments


They really need to quit ripping off Listener so hard with the spoken word stuff. Dude is so obviously trying his hardest to sound like Dan Smith. That was my biggest gripe about the first album and they've done it here again...

Calc
May 6th 2014



12120 Comments


hey reviewer how do you feel about the closing track?

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Spluger
May 6th 2014



1132 Comments


This probably sucks,

Roman
May 6th 2014



67 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good to me.

spookynewghostfriend
May 6th 2014



3297 Comments


it takes all of my willpower not to 1 this and i havent even heard it

NoSons
May 6th 2014



81 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"hey reviewer how do you feel about the closing track?"

I think it is cheesy. It throws off the whole mood of the album.

You remember when the chariot closed with Forgive Me, Nashville? That was unbelievable.

'Natures' feels like it was ripped off and thrown together for a 3 minute sung track and then 1 minute of drone time to try and grasp some new realm of outlandish emotional appeal.

SharkTooth
May 6th 2014



3917 Comments


I knew something with this level of pretentious at first glance would be post-rock

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Satellite
May 6th 2014



20727 Comments


posturepedic-core

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simpleanguish
May 6th 2014



49 Comments


sucks really hard

SharkTooth
May 6th 2014



3917 Comments


I expect that it would

SimpleM
May 6th 2014



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Listener" lol not even


Spec
May 6th 2014



27107 Comments


Was curious where their sound would go. Might check this.

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thisisivy
May 6th 2014



113 Comments


"They really need to quit ripping off Listener so hard with the spoken word stuff. Dude is so obviously trying his hardest to sound like Dan Smith. That was my biggest gripe about the first album and they've done it here again..."

Some dude got butthurt at me because i said i couldn't take this band seriously. Singer sounds like he's fucking faking.

botb
May 6th 2014



9631 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

""Listener" lol not even"
have you heard listener? the spoken word parts sound literally identical, dude is jocking his nuts super hard.

SnakeDelilah
May 6th 2014



6458 Comments


i bet this is really fucking boring like everything else this band created

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