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The Ocean

Experimental/Post Metal

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3.20 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Siam (8:30)
2. Islands 1 (6:11)
3. Islands 2 (9:12)
4. Sink (2:06)
5. Tides (14:22)

Total Time 40:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Heine / bass
- Rebekka Mahnke / cello
- Torge Liessmann / drums
- Robin Staps / guitar
- Gerd Kornmann / percussion

Releases information

Demo, Self-released

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THE OCEAN Islands/Tides ratings distribution

(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Islands/Tides" is a self-released demo CD by German sludge/post hardcore/metal act The Ocean (sometimes referred to as The Ocean Collective). The Ocean was formed in 2000 by guitarist/main composer Robin Staps and "Islands/Tides" is the first release by the band. The demo features 5 tracks and a full playing time of 40:21 minutes, so "Islands/Tides" contains enough material for a full-length release.

The music on the demo is sludge/post metal and itīs greatly influenced by Neurosis, but The Ocean are already showing great promise and lots of orginial ideas on "Islands/Tides". Crushingly heavy guitars and both clean and raw hardcore screaming male vocals are some of the elements defining The Oceanīs sound. Add to that some very atmospheric parts with samples and other noises and you got yourself a pretty dark and intriguing release. A good example of the mood on the album is a movie sample on "Islands 2" from "Fight Club" with Brad Pitt stating: "We havenīt had a great depression in our generation. Our great depression is our lives".

The musicianship is solid. Tight interplay and an ear for creating memorable compositions even this early in their career. The "Island/Tides" suite, which consists of the last four tracks on the demo, is an over 30 minutes long track that the band used to play a lot at live concerts in the early years of their career. "Siam" which starts the album is not a part of the suite. Itīs also probably the least interesting track on the demo.

So "Islands/Tides" is in many ways a good quality release, but then thereīs the sound production, and itīs unfortunately a bit lo-fi and amaturish. Upon conclusion that means that "Islands/Tides" is not a perfect release and it would be a lie if I didnīt say the production is an issue, because it is. Still The Ocean do show great promise, so a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating isnīt all wrong.

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