Aeolian Review

artist: The Ocean date: 08/28/2006 category: compact discs
The Ocean: Aeolian
Release Date: Mar 7, 2006
Label: Metal Blade
Genres: Death Metal/Black Metal, Doom Metal
Number Of Tracks: 10
Devastating waves of sound fused between industrial psychosis and progressive insanity! Relentless and absorbing, this is the music of the new millennium.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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Aeolian Reviewed by: kevhead, on august 28, 2006
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Sound: The Ocean cannot be described as one simple genre. Think of it as an extreme force of beauty. A simple way of putting it that is. From fans of Isis, Neurosis, Mastodon etc. I'm sure they'll be pleased. This album, "Aeolian" is their 3rd release and part of a huge recording session where they also recorded their album "Fluxion" which a noticeably same sound in this record, but this being the much more extreme side of The Ocean's work. // 10

Lyrics: The vocals on this are what makes it so special. As explained by the band in the booklet it features "meaty howls," "high-pitched shrieking," "Scandinavian hollering," "deep bellowing," "raucous vociferation," "sappy squalling," and "flagrant yelling" spanning of over 7 different guests vocalist. Vocal ranges from all extreme types of extreme metal, so there's something for everyone. And the lyrics just couldn't go wrong. A very dark mood features throughout the lyrics and most songs to do with the sea or methods of torture etc. Overall, the vocals blend extremely well with the music and that's the albums best point I feel. // 10

Overall Impression: This release is by far The Ocean's most powerful release. With opener "The City In The Sea" incredible down-stroke guitar pounding intro and through to the incredible "Killing The Flies", "One With The Ocean" and my personal favourite "Swoon" it is truly an epic journey. Through it's a difficult journey you could say for some. The albums only let down is that it's extremely progressive at parts, so it can take a while to get into and fully appreciate it, for e.g. some tracks like "The City in the Sea" and "Austerity" do go on a bit. But the long songs like these make the album very interesting. As after listening to it once and leave it for a while, you go back to certain looking for that "one standout riff/part" and then find out that the whole song kicks-ass. If this was stolen I would definetly try to find somewhere to buy it again! That's it other problem, but not the bands atoll, is that it's hard to find in places, but your local hmv should stock it. // 10

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