Californian melodic hardcore band Being As An Ocean are poised to release their upcoming third album on 6th July 2015 in the UK, which draws back to the more traditional hardcore-meets-melodic metalcore demographic. Many loyal fans reading this right now may utter a collective groan, but the fact remains that Being as an Ocean does possess qualities that weld a nice mix of emotional depth and energy that has been fuelled thoroughly.
One cannot deny the talent that the five members possess, not least the vitality that front man Joel Quartuccio with his ferocious guttural screams, which, considering this is metalcore we’re talking about, would go hand-in-hand with some dense clean vocals. They do. The vocals are positioned appropriately and the bounce with the rhythmic, pulsing instrumentals deem it very par for the course for those who are looking for flavours of softer A Day To Remember with a nice blend of For The Fallen Dreams or Defeater heaviness. The clean vocalist even reminds me of Fall Out Boy a little bit.
It seems as though the band are at a point in their career where they are deep within the realms of exploration. They create meaningful passages, whether we are treated to spoken word segments over these is not necessarily required for the listener to be at peace with the music. Or on the opposite end, feel at one with the mosh – as there are plenty of heavy chugs to go around and some intricate, enjoyable portions of harmonised riffing.
The drawback is that Being as an Ocean is great for those who love that kind of music. And that’s probably as far as it will go. Creativity is all welcomed, especially when I am listening to it, but the album does tend to feel repetitive at times. Granted this is a case of personal preference as this is not to discredit Being as an Ocean, because they are hard-working and at times in my listens to the album, opened my eyes a bit. But the problem is it feels too contrived to stay in a particular realm of metalcore. They seem to be intently focusing on areas that they are already good at, and areas that don’t need too much enhancing.
As an example, it’s no secret that the alternation of singing-screaming-spoken word isn’t exactly a new concept in the depths of metal music. In fact, they are refreshing from time to time. However, upon first listen to BAAO’s first glimpse of this, after the fourth or fifth time this occurred a few minutes later, I really struggled to stay interested.
I don’t like to be negative in albums I’m reviewing, but this really didn’t do it for me as a whole. What was a promising and enjoyable first half of Being as an Ocean just drifted into virtual obscurity that didn’t bring about any passages that wowed me or gave me an incentive to try and pursue any further attempts. It just kind of fell flat.
However, having seen the band live, they are very good and should definitely be seen on the upcoming Impericon Never Say Die Tour, if this passes through your area.
1. Little Richie
2. Ain’t Nobody Perfect
3. The Zealot’s Blindfold
4. Sleeping Sicarii
5. Judas, Our Brother
6. Saint Peter
7. Forgetting Is Forgiving The I
8. The World As A Stage
9. Sins Of The Father
10. …And Their Consequence
Being As An Ocean are:
Joel Quartuccio – Vocals
Michael McGough – Rhythm Guitar, Clean Vocals
Tyler Ross – Lead Guitar
Ralph Sica – Bass Guitar
Connor Denis – Drums