6/2/2006 - Review by: Veritas
The Ocean - Aeolian - 2006 - Metal Blade Records
The best term to describe The Ocean’s music is chaos – but chaos with a surprising amount of planning, order, and organization. While on the first few listen it may seem that riffs are thrown almost randomly together like, say, Between the Buried and Me operate, after getting to know each song intimately distinct patterns emerge. The fact that most of the songs on “Aeolian” take a while to figure out makes them that much more enjoyable once the mind can fully wrap around them. In addition, vocal variety completes an already potent formula. I keep mentioning this factor, but it really contributes a lot of “Aeolian.” On “Une Saison En Efer,” for example, almost spoken shouts introduce the song, to be almost instantly replaces by harsh, bellowing screams. This kind of contrast keeps the listener at the edge of their seat – they never know what to expect next.
Fans of extreme and non-extreme metal alike must check out “Aeolian.” Their musical creativity is almost, but not quite, overshadowed by the vast array of vocalists found on the disc. I can’t possibly imagine any human being not being entertained by The Ocean’s unique approach to music.
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