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The Ocean - Pelagial

8.7 | 374 votes |
Release date: 26 April 2013
Style: Post-metal, Sludge metal, Hardcore


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Disc I
01. Epipelagic
02. Mesopelagic: Into The Uncanny
03. Bathyalpelagic I: Impasses
04. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish In Dreams
05. Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated
06. Abyssopelagic I: Boundless Vasts
07. Abyssopelagic II: Signals Of Anxiety
08. Hadopelagic I: Omen Of The Deep
09. Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe
10. Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance
11. Benthic: The Origin Of Our Wishes

Disc II [Instrumental]

The Best Post-Metal Album Of 2013
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Luc Hess - drums
Louis Jucker - bass
Chris Breuer - bass
Loïc Rossetti - vocals
Robin Staps - guitars, samples
Vincent Membrez - keyboards

Additional musicians:
Tomas Hallbom - vocals
Mitch Hertz - guitar solo
Regula Schwab - violin
Isabelle Gottraux - viola
Catherine Vay - cello

Additional info
Recorded between January 2012 and January 2013.
Drums recorded at Bikini Test, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Guitars and bass recorded at band members' homes.
Strings recorded at Studio Mécanique, La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Vocals recorded at Hidden Planet Studios, Berlin, Germany; at Digisub Studios, Sion, Switzerland and at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Drums and strings recorded and engineered by Julien Fehlmann.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Produced by Robin Staps and Jens Bogren.
Digipak (CD version) and gatefold (vinyl version) art design by Seldon Hunt.
CD and vinyl boxset art design by Martin Kvamme.
Booklets designed by Marcel Schulz.
Photography by Craig Murray and Robin Staps.
Additional string and piano arrangements and scores by Philippe Glandien.

Staff review by
It's clear that The Ocean are out to leave an impression with their latest release. It takes their imagery to its fullest expression yet, combined with lyrical inspiration taken from the 1979 sci-fi film "Stalker." Before you is a listening experience that aims at a thought provoking dive into an environment to which The Ocean are entirely accustomed. The question is do they achieve this goal; is it worth the plunge? Let me tell you, you're going to want more than to just dip your toes into this one.

published 05.05.2013 | Comments (17)

Precambrian part II, at last!! Well, quality-wise, that is; musically it's a different beast...

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02.08.2016 - 11:31
Rating: 9
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Written by Ace Frawley on 02.08.2016 at 10:44

Good album but doesn't sound very original to me. Too often it reminded me of earlier Mastodon.

While that might be true to an extent, the album concept is entirely something else than Mastodon.
30.07.2021 - 03:00
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Sounds like Mastodon with a hardcore cadence quite a few times. Sometimes I'm reminded of Gojira, even Tool. There's surely more then I'd like to mention or am even aware of, but 'tis of a problem for me when I'm much too heavily reminded about an influence's presence, because it just sort of makes me want to the original.

Despite that it's a pretty good record still, those moments of being reminded too much are not too long.

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