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Experimental/Post Metal

3.84 | 13 ratings

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4 stars Another PELICAN wannabees? C'mon, these guys are clever enough not to follow someone else's steps THAT much!

'Breatherman' is like a monstrous 52-min long epic. It starts with noisy intro in 'O Bowen', then almost 15 minutes of typical PELICANish mid-tempo riff-based instrumental Post-Metal follow (second half of 'O Bowen' and the namesake track). And here, where you expect yet another crunchy massive riffing, you get 'Manifestant' - a VERY GY!BE-influenced track (beginning from the title and finishing with melody, that is seriously close to GY!BE's 'Sad Mafioso'). In the middle of the album 'Pour Rever' hides, almost ambient overture, which leads to two 10+ -min long epics, lighter and Post-Rocky 'Babble' and darker and heavier 'Lunoir'. It all ends with 2-min piano coda entitled 'Liberer le Piano'. Another album that springs to mind with such structure is THE PAX CECILIA's 'Blessed Are The Bonds', but I must admit, TPC are far more interesting and experimental band than OCOAI. Nevertheless, this is a solid good album, which differs in mood and groove from track to track, and it may be one of the first instrumental Post-Metal debut albums from 2008 that I heard. I believe OCOAI has something else to offer, and I'm looking forward to their further releases. 3.5 stars (OK, rounded to 4!) and recommended

Prog-jester | 4/5 |


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