Oceano
Ascendants


2.0
poor

Review

by 545lakeend USER (3 Reviews)
April 6th, 2015 | 5 replies


Release Date: 03/24/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Well, this time they even tried.

Oceano has always been a hit/miss band for the metal community. Some people adore their intense deathcore style beyond good taste and others have kind of a "meh" -attitude towards their complete discography. I'm one of those people mentioned in the latter, I like some of their songs a fair bit, but I've always thought that they have a huge lack of actually wanting to create something memorable. Don't get me wrong; this album is still terribly forgettable, but isn't as abysmal of a mess than some of their previous (Incisions) efforts.

The song that made me want to listen through this album originally was "Dawn Of Descent", and I still think it's easily one of the highlights on the album. It has a decent atmosphere and some pretty damn brutal vocal parts, but it also ultimately falls short and the reason for that is simple: The lack of focus. It is something that plagues the entire album, and that's one of the reasons why this album is such a chore to listen through in one sitting. It is most prevalent in songs like "The World Engine". The song has a very messy structure, badly placed vocal parts, repetitive riffs and nothing memorable in it whatsoever. When there's 7 more tracks like that, you'll start to understand why it's a huge struggle to listen through the album.

How do I summarize the album then" Well again, if you're in to music that almost completely consists of dissonant-chord breakdowns and chugs with a small amount of atmospheric leadwork, this is definetely the stuff for you. But for people who appreciate a bit creativity and variety in their music, I don't recommend this to you, at all. Apart from the amazing cover art, short runtime and "Dawn Of Descent", there's pretty much no reason to buy this album.

When compared to their previous albums, it is easy to see that this time around they want to even try to do something that'll stick with you longer than for one sitting. But with material like this, it is almost impossible.

Recommended tracks:
Dawn Of Descent


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545lakeend
April 6th 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My first review here and also my first one in english! Please comment and if you find something wrong with the review, tell me how to make it better!

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2015


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I'm one of those people mentioned in the latter"



Could reword it a bit to be shorter. Perhaps "I fall in the latter category"?



"but I've always thought that they have a huge lack of actually wanting to create something memorable."



odd way to say this. Especially the bit about "wanting to create...". We can safely assume they wanted it to be memorable. Maybe "....thought they fell short of creating something truly memorable"



"but isn't as abysmal of a mess than some of their previous (Incisions) efforts."



saying "abysmal of a mess" is a bit derivative. You could omit "of a mess" and nothing would be lost in meaning while being more concise. Also putting Incisions in quotations where you did is confusing. You could add a new sentences after like "Incisions I'm looking at you" or better yet just omit entirely since most will get the point.



"that is simple: The lack of focus"



I don't think "The" needs to be capitalized



Not a bad job, especially since it's your first in english. Thought it could do with a bit more detail overall, but Pos'd.





545lakeend
April 6th 2015


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gameofmetal: Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad you liked the review. Yea, I realized that I didn't pay that much attention to all the possible things that where good/bad with this album. It's propably because it just didn't provoke that many feelings in me. Positive or negative.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2015


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some albums don't require a whole lot of thought. Just thought you could have said a bit more for how few words you actually used.

Kronzo
April 8th 2015


1303 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with a lot of the points you made here, and you touch upon important aspects like its lack of focus, but it's true that you could have discussed a couple more specific things. Definitely a good job considering this isn't your first language.



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