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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Although OCEANSIZE are named after a song by JANE'S ADDICTION (not very proggy at all), this 5 piece from Manchester, England take influences from PINK FLOYD, BLACK SABBATH, CAN and CARDIACS. This is very evident in their music as they blend they spacey and experimental soundscapes of PINK FLOYD, and the sound textures of CAN, mixed with some occasional heavy riffs that arrive from BLACK SABBATH.

As i write this, OCEANSIZE only have one album, "Effloresce", which is a stunning journey of different moods and sounds wrapped up in an epic display of Space/Experimental Post Rock, with touches of 70's prog thrown in as well. They also have a bunch of singles (which i guess is rare for a prog band) and some EP's, along with a new album in the works. OCEANSIZE have toured with quite a few well known bands such as THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE and THE MARK LANEGAN BAND, but are not too well known.

The music they write is progressive rock, inspired by progressive rock, and it is very evident when you listen to their album. I think that fans of PORCUPINE TREE, GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR!, PINEAPPLE THIEF and RADIOHEAD could connect well with this band, but they have a very original sound and vocal style, so I would check them out if you are a general fan of Space/Experimental Rock.

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4.05 | 246 ratings
Effloresce
2003
4.05 | 241 ratings
Everyone Into Position
2005
4.03 | 263 ratings
Frames
2007
3.69 | 150 ratings
Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up
2010

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3.92 | 12 ratings
Frames live in Manchester
2008

OCEANSIZE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.59 | 18 ratings
Feed To Feed
2009

OCEANSIZE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.89 | 9 ratings
Amputee (EP)
1999
2.90 | 10 ratings
A Very Still Movement (EP)
2001
3.25 | 12 ratings
Relapse (EP)
2002
3.65 | 11 ratings
One Day This Could All Be Yours... (EP)
2003
3.30 | 38 ratings
Music For Nurses
2005
3.05 | 13 ratings
Heaven Alive
2005
3.24 | 29 ratings
Home & Minor
2009

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 Frames by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.03 | 263 ratings

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Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Oceansize's 3rd full length album is another amazing journey into some of the best new progressive rock and they continue to be a band that proves that progressive rock is alive and well and still has a lot of territory to explore. Even though it is considered psychedelic/space rock here in the Archives, this album leans more towards the post rock/heavy prog sound. This one is a bit heavier than "Everyone Into Position" was. Oceansize wanted to make an album that didn't have any radio friendly songs on it whatsoever, and that is what they have accomplished. There is less melody than the previous album and a lot more exploration, even though that album was still a masterpiece. But this one is amazing also. Borrowing more from post rock, this takes that genre beyond it's own borders and mostly ignores any rules.

There is definitely a good enough variety here to keep things interesting, but the album is also more structured to a specific sound. Full of complexity, the meters are very difficult technically, yet there is so much emotion in their music as there always is. They definitely accomplish the goals of so many post-rock bands that try to achieve an orchestral sound with rock instruments, especially with dense guitars and long crescendos. Oceansize doesn't always follow that formula here keeping things surprising and fresh throughout. The closest thing to post-rock formulation is "Trial of Fire" which builds into an amazing climax that puts many of those bands to shame. And that orchestral sound is accomplished so well as you get in that symphonic like ending. "Savant" is probably the least interesting track, at least at the start, but it develops as it goes and finally floats into a lush 2nd half that approaches a psychedelic leaning, albeit vaguely as strings enter and give this song a beautiful way to cap itself off.

"Only Twin" is a definite stand out. Extremely complex, yet a softer sound that still holds a lot of tension building, but not in the form of dynamics as much as in atmosphere. I love this track and think it is one of the most original tracks in new progressive rock. Stunningly beautiful, yet not in the way you would expect it to be. When I say it's a softer sound, that is only in comparison with the rest of the tracks that come before it. No, it's not mellow at all, just softer.

The excellent complexity of the album continues through each track. There is only one instrumental on the album which is "An Old Friend of the Christy's" which holds a lot of mood changes and character as any other song on the album. "Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions" is the shortest track here and it clocks in at over 6 minutes, but it packs a solid punch as it is also the heaviest and loudest song here, with vocals approaching screaming, but never in an obnoxious way, more in an emotional way. The last track "Frames" slacks off in the noise factor a bit, but still carries it's weight. Even though it ends the album in a satisfying way, you need to search out the special edition of this album that has the bonus track "Vorhees" which in itself is over 11 minutes (a bonus track over 11 minutes you say?). There are many that compare Oceansize to Tool, which I don't agree with because they have their own sound, but if there is a track that sound the most similar to Tool, it would be this bonus track, even the crazy dissonant guitar solo that also uses keyboards to push it forward to even more of an extreme. Definitely as great as any of the regular tracks on the album and worth searching for.

It is so hard for me at this point in Oceansize's discography to find an album that is not a masterpiece. Everything they have released up until now has been some of the best progressive rock that I have heard and each album has been amazing. There is never a lack of complexity, excellent dynamism, originality, challenging and genre stretching progressive rock in their music and I continue to recommend this band highly. Consistently excellent and once again, another masterpiece of progressive rock music. 5 solid stars.

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 Everyone Into Position by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.05 | 241 ratings

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Everyone Into Position
Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
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5 stars If Oceansize's first album was a masterpiece, which it was, then this album is about as close to perfection as anything. What an amazing album. It is a testament that amazing music is still being produced. The genre is still somewhere between post rock and progressive metal. However, the sound is even more dynamic than before, the vocals are improved, even though they were great before, the music is more emotional and there is a more varied sound. The band is definitely doing an excellent job exploring sounds. I feel that in this album, Oceansize found their own sound. Many listeners say it is more straight forward than their previous album, and while that might be true, it is certainly a step forward for them. Their music has been fine tuned to almost perfection.

I really love this album. There is still the hardness from the previous album, but there are some amazing soft parts throughout the album and it rounds things out very well. The album starts out with "The Charm Offensive" which is reminiscent of the debut album and you get the impression that this is going to be great like the last one. You get that post-metal atmosphere but with a lot of expression, great vocals and a lot of ingenuity. In between the first track and the 2nd, there is a hidden track which starts off soft but builds quickly and sounds almost like a return to "The Charm Offensive", but this does have an official title called "emp(erical) error". It is easy to mistake this as an extension of the first track. Next comes "Heaven Alive" which is definitely a more mainstream sounding track, but still an excellent song. The vocals are still to the forefront and there is a nice solid baseline. Towards the last part of the song, the chorus becomes a multi-layered vocal that sounds almost like a choir of sorts that along with that ever present bass line, is an exciting and enticing sound. I love this track. Then you get the last of the 1-2-3 punch with the explosive "A Homage to Shame". This one is a solid track, very hard, very emotional and simply astounding. The multi-layered vocals return here but this time the choir has been turned upside down almost giving an opposite effect of the previous track. This has to be heard. That takes up the first part of the album.

Next we move on to more amazing music, albeit a little more mellow but still with a lot of substance, emotion and excellent musicianship. "Meredith", even though it is not as hard as the previous track, is a very complex song with changing and challenging percussion. The drums throughout this album are just plain awesome, beating out rhythms that normally would not match the meter of the songs at times, but still sounding excellent. It gives the songs a more sense of sophistication and originality, there is just no staleness in this album anyway. After this great track, we get the epic masterpiece and also one of my all time favorite songs "Music for a Nurse." How do you describe this piece of art? Now it seems that Oceansize is digging deeper into the post rock sound, adding some space rock, taking the style of the best Sigur Ros song structure, adding their signature multi-layered voice sound, tuning the vocals down further into the total mix (ala Devin Townsend style) and doing this they created an epic masterpiece that just sends shivers down my spine. The format of the song is pretty typical post-rock structure, starting out soft and simple and building to an amazing climax. The difference here is the beauty of the melody, which is based upon a complex chord structure and repeated with the plucked notes of the guitar strings. This is an old Classical Music style called a Ground where the melody is played by the low notes while other counter-melodies and variations are played around that base. The melody that provides the base for the song is beautiful and when the song starts, it is almost the only thing you hear, very much like a Sigur Ros song. Other guitars and percussion and more multi-layered vocals get added in and keep building the music as the emotions continues to build and the tension rises throughout the song. You end up with an orchestral sounding wall of music. Simply amazing!

Continuing on with the album, you get more amazing music, challenging rhythms in places, from this point of the album, the vocals usually stay mixed into the music so they become part of the entire song. I love this method of mixing the voices down into the music and like I said earlier, this is the same method that Devin Townsend uses and also why I love his sound so much also. The music continues to be excellent and original, but it wasn't enough for Oceansize to have just one epic masterpiece on this album. The last track "Ornaments/The Last Wrongs" is another excellent track and ends the album on a high note. This one is more dependent upon sudden dynamic changes, from soft to hard passages throughout and once again with those amazing multi-layered vocals that I love.

I like to compare this kind of music to Classical Music, but this is Progressive rock's version of Classical. It is complex, dynamic, original, emotional. It has it all. My own personal rating system uses 5 stars like ProgArchives, but I also add a 6th star for the albums that I think are perfect. There are not many albums that I consider 6 star albums, so I don't use it very often, only when I find something simply amazing that moves me beyond words. This is one of those albums. Of course, I can only rate this with 5 stars here, but to me, it is better than the debut album, and that is also a 5 star album. Really, I love this album that much. I love the fact that this band progressed even further than on the previous album, that they have made their own sound here. The previous album was compared to Tool, but this album explores into territory that is only touched by the experts, namely Kayo Dot, Sigur Ros, King Crimson, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and so on. They not only explored these sounds, but they carved their own niche in this music style. Excellent album, definitely essential in my opinion, this one should be considered one of the best modern progressive albums. But that's enough praise from me. Don't keep putting this one off so long like I did. Listen to it and hear the level of emotion present. Even if you aren't dripping with praise the way I am, you will still probably agree that this is some of the best new prog available. 5 glowing stars!

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 Effloresce by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.05 | 246 ratings

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Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
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5 stars Oceansize is an excellent band using elements of post-rock, heavy prog and just a touch of space rock, though the latter is used sparingly. Think of them as a very original sound, sort of what Tool would sound like if they used post-rock type sound similar to Godspeed You! Black Emperor but with vocals. They have a heavy use of dynamics which are very important in their music, even at times more extensively than Tool does and more freely then GY!BE. This combination of sound creates music that is unique to Oceansize.

This album was their debut full-album, and it surpasses any expectations. The music goes from soft and flowing vocals and instrumentals to harsh and loud sounds approaching heavy metal at times, even more extensively than later Porcupine Tree does. On this album, the variation in dynamics is most apparent on the epic longer songs. For example, "Massive Bereavement' is a masterpiece of a song that uses dynamics throughout it's 9+ minutes run time to create something that is spectacular and original. This particular song, one of the big standouts on the album, features a collaboration with another famous prog band "Can". I'm surprised that hasn't been mentioned, especially with all the praise given to this song in the Archives. Don't worry, though, this is not the only masterpiece of prog on this album. "Saturday Morning Breakfast Show" is another example of perfect dynamic use with some soft sounds interrupted suddenly by heart-pounding riffs and hooks. "Long Forgotten" is a long and beautiful ballad, but not a ballad in any traditional sense.

This is prog at it's best and it puzzles me as to why this band isn't receiving the popularity in prog circles the way it should be. Lovers of Tool who are looking for more music of the same caliber, yet is not a copy, should listen to this music. It took me long enough to discover them even after being a fan of the song "Music for a Nurse" and a few other tracks that I had heard, knowing that I needed to pick up music from them. I wish I hadn't waited so long. Now I will be recommending Oceansize to all lovers of the harder side of progressive music.

Inventive, dynamic, stellar musicianship, great vocals with a lot of emotion especially at the louder sections, this album and band has it all. Even for a debut album, this music shines and rivals the best progressive bands in existence. Even the shorter tracks are inventive and more than just filler. Great music. I can't praise this music enough. This should be considered a masterpiece. 5 stars.

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 Everyone Into Position by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.05 | 241 ratings

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Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars Well, it seems I am just not suited to click with these guys. I honestly don't hear the appeal with this band. First of all, the aspects I liked about the debut mainly the psychedelic and spacey effects that they utilized are mostly lacking on this second release EVERYONE INTO POSITION. To me, OCEANSIZE have de-emphasized those psychedelic tendencies and firmly placed themselves into the more alternative rock / metal sound. There is a certain spaciness to be had here and there especially on the slower tracks but by large I find them to sound like a distorted version of Soundgarden mixed with Tool. Two bands that I love, but when I listen to OCEANSIZE I just can't help but want to put on those two bands instead. To be fair this comparison tapers off and I find the tracks towards the end of the album more interesting and they save this from a lower rating.

Once again this album is waaaaaay too long and I find most of the first half repetitve and frankly boring. The variation between the songs isn't as diverse as I would like and the endless repetitive riffing just leaves me a little cold. I just can't connect to their sound as of yet. I realize some bands take a while to connect with if given the proper saturation effect but when it comes to OCEANSIZE I just can't seem to get into it enough to warrant multiple repeated listens when I would rather hear so many other artists. I have been trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that doesn't work for me and I really can't say. I love alternative metal / rock and space rock and post rock and well, pretty much everything that these guys are utilizing in their sound so I can only conclude that some sounds work for some and not for others. I certainly don't think anything on this album is bad. Perhaps it will sink in and i'll wake up one day and like it and want to throw it on again and again. Stranger things have happened. For now only 3 stars.

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4.05 | 246 ratings

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Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars OCEANSIZE, a band from Manchester, England and named after a Jane's Addiction song, plays a unique hybrid of Porcupine Tree inspired prog pop with post-metal and psychedelic rock along for the ride. There are the standard rock instruments such as guitars, bass, keyboards and drums as well as cello, violin and viola. In addition to the other influences there is also some classical as 'Unravel' is an exceprt from Maurice Ravel's 'Gaspard De La Nuit.' This was a surprise to hear as it is generally filed under the psychedelic or post rock categories, but when it rocks out it is clearly a post metal sound which vaguely reminds me of what Soundgarden might sound like if they had merged with Tool. The spacey parts are the true gem of this release as they incorporate all kinds of unique sounds and rhythms to add a layer of ambiance that works quite well.

The result of this marriage of sounds is sometimes very exciting but sometimes they drag on way too long as well. The first track 'I Am The Morning' is a perfect intro to the album setting up a spacey atmospheric feel and as the songs progress they build up to some interesting post rock jams at the beginning of the album but several tracks in it starts to feel like some of these numbers go on way too long and at over 74 minutes this album feels extremely bloated and could really use some of the filler trimmed out. Tracks like 'Amputee' are just plain boring as they sound like any mediocre alternative rock band and kind of ruin the flow of the album by creating unnecessary roadblocks. As for the songwriting OCEANSIZE is clearly going for a Porcupine Tree prog pop sound at times but they just don't seem to have the chops to create those unique ear worms that Steven Wilson and company are so adept at. Not a bad debut but not an outstanding one either.

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4.03 | 263 ratings

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Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Oceansize's Frames finds the band following an approach reminiscent of early Porcupine Tree - blending classic space rock textures with techniques and motifs drawn from modern indie rock. Here, they select harder-edged precedents from both traditions, yielding an album prone to both hardcore trippy excursions and snarling rants. Add in some influence from the seedier side of post-rock, and what you end up with is a modern-day New Prog trip which has something to offer listeners of all generations. If you can, snag a version with Voorhees on it, which is a somewhat superior album closer to The Frame (to the point where I'm amazed it was relegated to the status of bonus track).

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 Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.69 | 150 ratings

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Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up
Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by almostreal

4 stars Giving an opinion on an Oceansize album is a difficult job. If Everyone Into Position was their attempt at pleasing the masses (and it was) then follow-upFrames was a band unleashed into the wild, attempting to do everything within the space of 50 minutes, resulting in an incoherent album that had peaks, but often languished in overzealous ambition. With that burst of conscience-free music past, Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up is, fortunately, a much more coherent affair. This is a band at its best when crafting atmosphere as well as solid songs, something they should have stuck to after nailing it on their debut record Effloresce. It has taken seven years to achieve that sensation again, although Self Preserved treads a much murkier template than the lighter mood of the debut. A top-loaded opening trio shows how little effort the Manchester group require to write devastatingly heavy tracks, and in their older years they've compressed this density to create a hard-hitting opening that sits nicely alongside the band's heavier contemporaries. The riffs are more subdued than on the likes of 'Homage to a Shame' and yet they leave an unmistakably stronger imprint on the mind. But after this initial flurry, old habits resurface and the familiarly lucid Oceansize makes its introduction on 'Oscar Acceptance Speech'. A twinkling piano line strings along the disparate sections of guitar and rhythm, leading to a delicately poised conclusion that completely slows the pace of the album down; a shallow breath amongst the suffocating blitz. Self Preserved is unlikely to put Oceansize on the same pedestal as the likes of Muse and Biffy Clyro ? a position that a few years ago they may have been more enthusiastic to attain ? but realistically that would destroy the band anyway. This record proves they're better at pleasing themselves than the masses, and that's the attitude that has finally sunk in on this record. They show a breadth of musicianship that sees the album swinging from that sludgy opening salvo to softer, more intricate pieces such as 'Silent/Transparent', an eight- minute track that uses that time to twist and contort into many different shapes and sounds before reaching a juddering conclusion. A note must go to Vennart's vocal performance. The rage heard in previous albums has dissipated a great deal, replaced with a less attention-seeking delivery. His vocals, and the lyrics embedded within them, take longer to make a memorable impression on the mind but over repeated listens the variety he puts into the role blossoms into a cornerstone of emotional performance, Vennart judging the mood of each track to perfection. Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up is Oceansize's masterpiece. It embodies everything the band has been trying to achieve in over a decade of recording, and only now with the combination of maturity, experience and the acceptance that you just can't please everybody, has the band fully realised its potential. Self Preserved is a consistent and engaging listen, and while the band's previous efforts were certainly rewarding, the attention to detail shown here makes Self Preserved much more so. Now that Oceansize are doing it for themselves ? and not to satiate a shallow demographic that they feel they should appeal to ? the results are more pleasing than ever.

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 Effloresce by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.05 | 246 ratings

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Effloresce
Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by williedawg

5 stars A truly remarkable debut album - I honestly can't recall a debut album from a prog band within the past 15 years that is as solid as this release from start to finish. Highlight tracks are 'Catalyst', 'You Wish', and 'Amputee' but honestly there isn't a weak segment on this album. Another fascinating aspect of this album is the band's sound is fully evolved right here on their debut. They managed to achieve the elusive feat of not really sounding like any other band and continued to do so throughout their career. It was a sad day when Oceansize broke up but at least they have left us with a few albums to continue to enjoy, this one perhaps being the very best of them all. Highly recommended.

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 Heaven Alive by OCEANSIZE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.05 | 13 ratings

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Heaven Alive
Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by mohaveman

3 stars A single released with an album, along with a companion instrumental number. I was steered to this band by a friend who has told me how much they are like Pink Floyd. This may have not been a good choice for me to begin looking into Oceansize as this release seems more poppy than proggy. Especially the Porcupine Tree-like HEAVEN ALIVE grunge main song. The instrumental I actually prefer to the first song. Nothing here screams "Pink Floyd" so I will continue to look through Oceansize's discography to find the resemblance I have been told of. But, anyways, this is pretty good, just not great. 3 stars.

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 Everyone Into Position by OCEANSIZE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.05 | 241 ratings

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Everyone Into Position
Oceansize Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Wicket
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5 stars Hurricanes suck. Plain and simple.

Don't think I'm obliged to say that coming from a northern Jersey boy. We don't get hurricanes or earthquakes or tornadoes.

Luckily I've been spared a bit power-wise to write a review on this album, which seems just like the perfect hurricane weather album; starts off soft, ends hard with a bang, kinda like...well.....off topic for a second there.

It's a bit of a shame this band is in the wrong genre, though, but nonetheless "Everyone Into Position" is an impressive album.

This Neo-Prog band burst onto the scene (whatever scene was big in Manchester at the time) with their debut "Effloresce". While the record is certainly a good listen, it felt like, to me, some parts were moody and dark, a bit haunting in some places whereas in others a hard rock sound would come bursting through. It sort of sounded like a musical concoction in a blender....that wasn't really blended in well.

Here, the quintet from England seem to have broadened their horizons, but also smooth out the details from the previous record into this 2005 release. Starting off from "The Charm Offensive", the first thing ears are greeted with is the slow sound of post-rock, commonplace on their previous record, so there's no surprise there. Eventually the track builds up and out come the hard rock riffs that also were present on "Effloresce".

While there were many post-rock elements present in "Effloresce", it seems most of them have gone to the side to add a more alternative element to the mix, evidenced on "Heaven Alive". I've always praised singers like Mike Vennart, singers that can easily mingle with the alternative metal/rock scene, but instead chose to be adventurous and play a progressive style of rock like this, or Nicholas Chapel of Demians. Yes, a lot of post-rock elements have been pushed aside in this album, but it's for the better here. This sophmore record is more developed, polished. Oceansize can easily produce radio-ready hits while sticking to the status quo and please the prog heads and post-rock/metal fans.

That much is clear on "A Homage To Shame". Immediately, the metal aspect of this group emerges into a blistering hailstorm, but only for a few seconds as the guitars drop out and give away for Jon Ellis' lone bass over Mark Heron's drumbeat. Vennart continues to sing like a god and a man possessed. This is definitely one of their heaviest tracks, but the alternative rock elements persist, a bit of Muse, a pinch of The Mars Volta here and there. It's what these guys do so well and combining elements of all different bands, genres and styles to create their own delicious part of our nutritious breakfast.

That being prog music, of course.

"Meredith" brings back those post-rock elements in grand fashion. It seems to be the real majesty of this band is the ability to create a song that post-rock fans will be familiar with with the songwriting and accessibility of alternative rock/metal. This carries into "Music For A Nurse". Again, the post-rock elements are there, but there's a major key in there. There's almost a sense of optimism throughout the song, unlike most post-metal/shoegaze songs that usually are in minor keys and sing/talk about despair and sadness. Now, this isn't the type of song to ask a girl to dance to, but it's not going to scare any girls away compared to, oh, I don't know, a Cannibal Corpse song, so there's something for everybody here!

"New Pin" starts off in a "proggy" fashion with an unusual intro but a usual outcome; an alternative rock song that owes its roots to the progressive mash of music this band is performing. Yet another song that can easily make waves on the radio, while "No Tomorrow" starts off like another post-rock/alternative rock tune, until Vennart starts screaming again and kicks things up a notch. The temp maintains that heavy beat to the last second of the song. It's full on metal to this point on. The band even plays to the point where the chords develop into a full on breakdown.

Yes, kids, a breakdown. The kind that emo kids with black hair, tattoos all over their arms, legs and balls and rings going through every single body part they have (left) play. A true, no nonsense, hardcore style, double-bass heavy breakdown.

All I can say after that.................is AWESOME.

That is an extremely sharp contrast to "Mine Host" which is purely an all atmospheric track, with no vocals or drums until halfway through the song. Again, the band may have a few tracks on this album that steer towards the direction of alternative rock/metal, but they haven't forgotten about their roots, and the post-rock elements are still present as on "Effloresce".

"You Can't Keep A Bad Man Down" kinda speaks for itself. It's another vocal and harmony laden track that could easily hit the Billboard Top 100 were it not for the progressive elements there that just make pop record labels cringe and grimace just at the thought of it. It's a formula which few prog bands can accomplish; stay true to the genre while creating catchy lyrics and hook to draw in fans. Oceansize have done it, same with Man On Fire and Echolyn. Problem is, though, prog fans don't like it.

It seems like whenever there are progressive bands that make songs with catchy lyrics and chorus, prog fans are quick to turn against them with excuses like "Oh, they're trying to sell out, they're not a true prog band!". My answer?

Go suck on something.

There is no law in the unwritten rulebook on "How To Make Progressive Rock/Metal Music" on the forbidden rule of catchy lyrics and chorus. Hell, how do you think Dream Theater's "Pull Me Under" got popular? If you go to a Dream Theater concert and you hear the band play "Pull Me Under", chances are you'll hear the audience singing along with them. Many people say that it's the song that revolutionized progressive metal, and I will tell them that they're so full of s***. "Pull Me Under" was, is and always will be their version of the "pop" song.

Finally, "Ornament/The Last Wrongs" finishes the record with a fantastic outing of post-rock, once again. It caps off Oceansize's best album to date, a more polished, refined, refurbished version of "Effloresce". It's another example of the ingenuity that prog fans can create their own style of music while maintaining the alternative and popular lyrics and catchy chorus'.

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