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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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5 stars This album proves that the term MODERN PROG is not only my fancy no more!

I can describe OCEANSIZE's style by comparing them with other bands.Take TOOL, mix it with last PORCUPINE TREE's heavy stuff, through some alternative rock like INCUBUS or AUDIOSLAVE to this mixture and add a great deal of melancholic Post-Rock in RADIOHEAD/SIGUR ROS/even GYBE style.Also provide it with FX effects, soundscaping and beckground scratchings which will make Steve Wilson deadly jealous. Then all you need to do is adore it.

It's very hard to review - I simply worship to this album, it has opened my ears to some undiscovered before and unique things.It can be divided into 3 parts - the heavy block, the mellow block and the mixed block.

The heavy block starts (and the album itself) with...

"THE CHARM OFFENSIVE" (10/10), which begins in TOOLesque style in 11/16, then turns to PORCUPINish/PURE REASON REVOLUTION-like spot and ends with heavy 5/4 part (...AND YOU'LL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD or even NIRVANA come to mind).

"HEAVEN ALIVE" (7/10) is simply an alternative song in COHEED AND CAMBRIA vein, but a very GOOD alternative song (chosen as a sinlge).

"HOMAGE TO SHAME" (9/10) again in "TOOL meets MARS VOLTA"-style, but - as I told you before and will repeat it for a thousand times further - this is OCEANSIZE, and they're UNIQUE!!!

Then mellow part begins with...

"MEREDITH"(10/10), sheer beauty in RADIOHEAD/PORCUPINE TREE style with one of the best choruses I ever heard.This is the first song in 4/4, simple but haunting.

"MUSIC FOR A NURSE"(10/10) begins with Post-Rocky guitar which 5 patterns in 4/4 and drums playing 4 patterns in 5/4. Very good trick which no way harms this song - one of the mellowest pieces I ever heard!

"NEW PIN"(10/10) is what I'd choose to be a single - again 4/4 track with beautiful melody and emotional character.Hard to describe - it's very OCEANSIZEble!

The mixed part begins with...

"NO TOMORROW"(9/10), a song which starts pretty quiet but later climaxing into heavy but MUSICAL rumbling.

"MINE HOST"(8/10) is made in a manner of OCEANSIZE's debut - half-instrumental/half- song filled with soundscapes and mellow atmosphere.

"YOU CAN'T KEEP A BAD MAN DOWN"(9/10) is the sickest song here! You may become a bit tired with another OCEANSIZE half-rumble/half-mellow track, but in the middle you'll hear THE REAL INTENSITY!Compared to wildest KAYO DOT climaxes, this song makes your jaw hit the floor!

"ORNAMENT/THE LAST WRONGS"(10/10) is built around simple but awesome melody in 3/4 later accompanied by voices of the band.One of the best Post-Rock tunes I ever heard musically.

In conclusion: OCEANSIZE delievered NEW kind of Modern/Alternative Prog, rising their goals even higher than on their first album. Blurring the lines between dozens of genres and guitar/keyboard/FX sounds, Manchester band have managed to create THE MASTERPIECE of Progressive Music - and I'd chose them along with THE AMBER LIGHT as the Bright Ambassadors of Tomorrow. EXTREMELY recommended! Not to be missed!

PS: thanks to a Russian label which has made it possible to got both OCEANSIZE albums by license

Prog-jester | 5/5 |


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