Being As An Ocean
Waiting For Morning To Come


2.5
average

Review

by Sebastian USER (76 Reviews)
September 15th, 2017 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overly ambitious.

It's been a pretty tumultuous build-up to the release of Waiting For Morning To Come. Initially touted for a June release, it came and went with no words from both label and band. By August, BAAO announced their departure from the label, and plans to release the album independently. And here we are, in September, with the aforementioned album reaching our ears. So, what do we come to expect from a band deeply rooted in the melodic hardcore genre"
Certainly not this, that's for sure.

Let's make something clear though; Waiting For Morning To Come is still a Being As An Ocean album through and through. It still wears its melodic hardcore tendencies on its sleeve, with the passionate vocals of Joel Quartuccio still a key ingredient to the well-established formula, but other than this, the new record definitely steers towards the 'melodic' side of things. The album is clearly build around the idea of listening from start to finish; five of the fourteen tracks are branching tracks, and as a result feel out of place on a shuffle playthrough. This works both for and against the quartet however; although it does certainly lend a helping hand to the album as a whole, it feels more unneeded than anything. One of these tracks, 'and fade away when morning came', really tends to drag, despite its obvious intentions of transition. These tracks tend to do very little with their runtimes (typically one to two minutes) and detract from an otherwise great progression into more melodic rock for the band. Songs such as 'OK' and 'Thorns' are built around the massive sound the instrumentation can bring without having to have a darker edge. In addition, clean vocalist Michael McGough is given a larger focus throughout tracks, and is rarely just left to the chorus. Joel has also picked up clean vocal duties, and adds some much needed variance to his oftentimes over-indulgent harsh vocal delivery, and mix well on a track like 'Glow'. Guitars are more subdued and lower in the mix, and reinforces the far more melodic take the band have taken on.

However, on the outside looking in, Waiting For Morning To Come really struggles to do anything new or interesting. Songs like 'Suddenly, I Was Alone', a five-minute instrumental, struggles to achieve anything to warrant the excessive runtime. Much like the interim tracks, the entire album really struggles to find what it wants to be. Does it want to be minimalistic and moody" No, because tracks like 'Dissolve' still heavily revolve around Joel's harsh delivery. Nor does it want to be a throwback to the Ocean of the past, due to the large emphasis on atmosphere which, however admirable, really struggles to find a foot holding. Even when the album finds its groove, particularly on closer 'Waiting For Morning To Come', it only does this because it treads familiar territory, sounding like a B-side from a previous album with just a touch of atmospheric undertones.

So, with such a huge build-up to an otherwise disappointing album, it's a bitter pill to swallow for casual listeners and fans alike. Waiting For Morning To Come finds itself switching between old and new sounds, resulting in a jarring listen that lacks enough depth to keep the listener coming back. Sure, it's something to sit back and relax to, but it only does this periodically. The atmosphere built throughout is consistently either shattered by a more hardcore-esque track, or by a track simply just not doing anything, which is disappointing. At times, Waiting For Morning To Come really hits the mark, but despite this, it misses far too often to really warrant such a overly long, under-utilised progression.

2.4/5

Seek Out: 'Glow', 'Waiting For Morning To Come',
Avoid: 'Suddenly, I Was Alone', every lower-case track



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
September 15th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So yeah. Album definitely shows BAAO can be a great melodic band, but are too grounded in hardcore to really do anything interesting. Sucks really.



I also added an album my mistake, could someone get rid of that, ty.

Durrzo
September 15th 2017


1714 Comments


This album is pretty shit. Shame. I liked their last one.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2017


56542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Absolutely hated this on the first listen but the second listen was like eh

Digging: Venom Prison - Samsara

Drubbi
September 15th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually liked it a lot on the first listen, but further listens really made me realise how much it drags on and how off-putting the harsh vocal sections are compared with the overall tone of the album.

SteakByrnes
September 15th 2017


14599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

All I can think of when I see the album cover is Patrick yelling "WEE WOO WEE WOO"

Drubbi
September 15th 2017


298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fuck dude now that you say that I can never look at it the same...





TooManyFriends
September 15th 2017


3018 Comments


this is actually pretty good

Snake.
September 15th 2017


21587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol no it's not

TooManyFriends
September 15th 2017


3018 Comments


for them, at least

the backwards track is fuckin stupid though

Snake.
September 15th 2017


21587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

all the cheap and meaningless post-rock interludes are fucking stupid



the spoken word verses are fucking stupid



joel quartuccio's face is fucking stupid











this whole band's existence is fucking stupid

TooManyFriends
September 15th 2017


3018 Comments


hmmmmm idk man sounds like a personal problem for you

anyways nothing this band has done before has been better than a 2.5 but this is like a 3.2

Durrzo
September 16th 2017


1714 Comments


But this album is just a bunch of nothing, and their old albums have actual songs on them. How can this be better?

Danred97
September 17th 2017


2151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Their most ambitious and best album to date imo. They needed to drop the interludes and the backwards track, but the actual songs are fantastic. I'm hoping they can be a bit more conscise on their future material, but other than that no real complaints. Black and Blue is fantastic.

Digging: Copeland - Blushing

JayEnder
September 17th 2017


3564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glow and all the singles are cool. Dunno why they changed Joels vocals on Dissolve though. Kinda ruins the song's mood

Digging: Secret Band - LP2

FearThyEvil
September 17th 2017


16786 Comments


ugh, this atrocious band again

Danred97
September 18th 2017


2151 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@JayEnder I actually like the album version of Dissolve better. The single version lacked any energy and just kinda meandered. Aside from the backwards track. The only real track I have a problem with is Thorns. The electronics on that song don't work.

LimboLake
September 18th 2017


11 Comments


I don't know if anyone else had the same impression as I:

To me, the interludes sounded like the sound engineer's attempt to capture the undertones/hidden message is Joel's voice. The first listen sounded like ghosts repenting for something- listening to this all alone, on a dark beach with a joint in hand- you certainly get the impression that these recording may just be a little more than music.

I'd urge everyone to listen once more, whole & without distractions.

- L

JayEnder
September 18th 2017


3564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I agree, Thorns is not good. The sample they used for it is so fucking annoying

SteakByrnes
September 18th 2017


14599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What is this backwards track? Is it literally a track played in reverse?

Prototypeplaya5
November 11th 2017


5 Comments


This is one of the weirdest structured albums i've listened to, i only gave it one listen but i felt that these interlude tracks served more purpose in my sleep playlist



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