THE OCEAN - Pelagial

Pelagial FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 30.04.2013
RECORD COMPANY: Metal Blade Records

Top 2013: #35
The Ocean more
Loïc Rossetti – voce
Robin Staps – chitar?
Jona Nido – chitar?
Louis Jucker – bas
Luc Hess – tobe

01. Epipelagic02. Mesopelagic: The Uncanny03. Bathyalpelagic I: Impasses04. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams05. Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated06. Abyssopelagic I: Boundless Vasts07. Abyssopelagic II: Signals of Anxiety08. Hadopelagic I: Omen of the Deep09. Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe10. Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance11. Benthic: The Origin of Our Wishes

The subject dropped from the air over the first life forms, then headed towards heliocentrism, and then got centered on man, of course. All these only to get to the bottom of the ocean. Very briefly, this is pretty much how every theme of The Ocean goes. 

The new album, Pelagial, was initially conceived as an instrumental album, so its sound landscapes are not only extremely varied, but are also finely crafted to the smallest detail. Style-wise, The Ocean is not a very big surprise, so we have progressive riffs for tension, overlaid on the same atmospheric sludge, or post-metal as it is called sometimes, again not missing symphonic elements. What’s new compared to previous albums? Well, it must be the execution, an unnaturally and inhumanly good one.

In the end they decided to have vocals on the album, and this is why Pelagial is released with a bonus DVD, containing both the full version and the instrumental one. The issue of having vocals on the album depending on the health state of singer Loïc Rossetti, but he recovered and the new material was released in a form that is characteristic for the band. 

Ambient sounds are of course oceanic in nature. Pelagial is a gradual descent to the bottom of the ocean, and an also gradual intrusion into the mind’s deepest recesses. The overall production of the new album is very precisely tuned to this theme, so the sound is clear in the beginning and ends up muffled at the end, giving a claustrophobic feeling of darkness. As he usually does, Rossetti plays as beautifully with his voice, this time with several types of clean singing, alternating with the same rather abrasive growl. The whole music becomes much heavier on the last two tracks of the album, especially the last one, which could be considered for the most part a doom piece, while until then there are several light, or even happy parts.

Nevertheless, music at the bottom of the ocean would need a much greater degree of abstractness, and the approach of Robin Staps & Co. is perhaps too human for such an accursed realm. But The Ocean nothing is accidental. They know very well what they have been calculating for so long. 

The album The Ocean Collective has been written as a single whole and is no. 1 in specialized charts, labeled by the press and the public as a masterpiece. 

Pelagial appears, like other releases from this band, like a must have in any music collection, this time with a special box set, with five silk-screened acrylic layers. 

If you are a scientist or philosopher and you have not listened to The Ocean, you might been in the wrong line of work.

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