Oceano
Revelation


3.5
great

Review

by John M USER (14 Reviews)
May 27th, 2017 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's the end of the world, and this is one hell of a soundtrack

Oceano are a deathcore band formed in the mid 2000's as part of the 1st wave of American Deathcore, and this is their 5th full length, released on their new home of Sumerian Records.

The usual tropes of deathcore are ever present, double bass, chugging guitars, breakdowns and immense gutterals blanket the record like snow.

The album has 10 tracks, all but 3 barely reaching 3 minutes (excluding The Great Tribulation, Illusions Unravel and the title track Revelations) which is both the albums greatest strength and weakness. The songs are short enough to keep us yearning for more, but too short to feel satisfying. This is the first album recorded with Andrew Holzubar on drums and also their first as a 4 piece.

Current members
Adam Warren – lead vocals (2007–present)
Scott Smith – lead guitar (2014–present)
Chris Wagner – bass guitar (2014–present)
Andrew Holzbaur – drums (2015–present

Just like on their previous album, Ascendants, Oceano have incorporated more melody and atmosphere into their songs, with eerie synths creeping either introducing, ending or just backing the core tracks, which works in their favour most of the time, however there are peak moments where they overpower the other instruments, which is a big deal considering Adam Warren's gutturals are pretty hard to overpower.

Production wise, as stated, the eerie synths are usually pretty low in the mix, but do have peak moments especially in the intros of the songs "Dark Prophecy", "Path To Extinction" "Majestic 12" the instrumental track "Final Form" and"The Event" and do a terrific job at easing the listener into the hellish carnage that kicks in the door as Adam roars amidst chugging guitars and earth shaking double bass drums.

Lyrically, Adam has evolved from the days of Depths, as this album whilst not a true concept record, continues the story of the Ascendants, passing judgement on humanity's actions, which are ever present in lines such as

"Bodies will scatter
A floating graveyard
Witness the remains as reminder of the
Planet you ignored"

from track 9 "Human Harvest" my favourite on the album.

Vocally, Adam's voice is as guttural as ever, but his fry screams have really improved in quality and his clarity with words has improved as he's been performing this kind of singing, cementing his place as one of my favourite vocalists, along side Brooke Reeves from Impending Doom, Tim from Within the Ruins and Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel.

Musically, the 10 tracks on the album follow the same formula, which is not necessarily a bad thing, it's the formula that has kept them afloat as a band. After an eerie intro, the guitars chug alongside ripping double kick drums, however the snare drum is pretty high in the mix for a deathcore release, and it sounds pretty good, which makes a nice change. You'll occasionally get the odd melodic lead such as just before the breakdown in "Human Harvest" which is also preceded by clean plucking as the rhythm guitar chugs in the background.

I feel the band has got this formula down, and I would like to see more experimentation in future releases. The addition of the eerie synths in Ascendants went over really well. I'd like to hear Adam experiment with cleans, not Teehee's, but actual clean singing. Perhaps some kind of dark melodic ballad, with guttural overdubs backing the cleans. And I do like the idea of the instrumental, I would make it the one track on the album where you literally try anything, because I will admit Final Form sounds like an Animals As Leaders B-Side.

Overall, TLDR, Oceano have delivered another solid release, but I feel its time to shake things up again like Ascendants did.



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Flugmorph
May 27th 2017


17297 Comments


amazing review there, my sweet scotsman

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2017


2063 Comments


This review is like a badly written wikipedia entry

Flugmorph
May 27th 2017


17297 Comments


how old are you john, asking for a friend here :3

SoccerRiot
May 27th 2017


2768 Comments


"It's the end of the world, and this is one hell of a soundtrack"

Um, sorry sweetie but try again. Godspeed You! Black Emperor already made the definitive end-of-the-world soundtrack, and Chan covered it nicely

Flugmorph
May 27th 2017


17297 Comments


very unresonable there, mr. fake deviant

John7
May 27th 2017


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No older than 20 but no younger than 30

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SoccerRiot
May 27th 2017


2768 Comments


*WUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUB*

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2017


2063 Comments


"No older than 20 but no younger than 30"

I'm not sure you just said what you meant to say

John7
May 27th 2017


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I'm not gonna give my exact age out, am I?

SoccerRiot
May 27th 2017


2768 Comments


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EphemeralEternity
May 27th 2017


2983 Comments


logic isn't johns strong suit

SoccerRiot
May 27th 2017


2768 Comments


I'm 22

Flugmorph
May 27th 2017


17297 Comments


I'm 14

John7
May 27th 2017


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And interesting feedback isn't EphemeralEternity's

EphemeralEternity
May 27th 2017


2983 Comments


you don't deserve it tbh

SoccerRiot
May 27th 2017


2768 Comments


I think you accidentally your brain

John7
May 27th 2017


36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And yet here you are, once again. If I really don't deserve it, why bother?

CalculatingInfinity
May 27th 2017


7422 Comments


We're just charitable people what can I say?

Moge
May 27th 2017


380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well this is his best review yet, even tho that is not saying much..

EphemeralEternity
May 27th 2017


2983 Comments


i haven't bothered giving you 'interesting' feedback, I've simply remarked at the awful quality of your reviews and suggested that you head for the door if you aren't receptive to constructive criticism



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