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Aeolian

The OceanAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000BVXBK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The City In The Sea
2. Dead Serious & Highly Professional
3. Austerity
4. Killing The Flies
5. Une Saison En Enfer
6. Necrobabies.com
7. One With The ocean
8. Swoon
9. Queen Of The Food-Chain
10. Inertia

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Product Description

"Aeolian" is the heavier twin of the 2004 release "Fluxion". Both albums were recorded in one long session, which lasted from January 2004 until July 2005, in the band's own Oceanland studio. The album was mastered by Magnus Lindberg (CULT OF LUNA) at the Tonteknik studio in Umea, Sweden. While "Fluxion" mixed the orchestral and atmospheric side of its predecessor "Fogdiver" with harsh vocals and complex metal passages, "Aeolian" develops all this fusion even further: the orchestral parts have been relegated to the background, the songs are heavier and more complex, and the arrangements are totally uncompromising. However, this is not necessarily the direction in which the band is headed, but a result of the choice of songs on offer - THE OCEAN won't move away from their epic orchestrations. In fact, on "Aeolian" the band wanted to experiment how a reduction to the classic line-up of guitar/bass/drums/vocals would work in the context of THE OCEAN. What came out is a dense, brutal album without unnecessary decorations, aiming straight for the throat. Despite its heaviness, "Aeolian" is more accessible than the previous album, which might be due to the fact that the unavoidable monotony of "hard" vocals has been broken up by using a number of different voices. There are 6 singers on the album altogether, covering the entire spectrum of aggressive vocals. Guest vocalists include Tomas Hallbom of BREACH, Nate Newton of CONVERGE / OLD MAN GLOOM and the former COALESCE frontman Sean Ingram. Tomas Hallbom, who guests on 5 tracks, also appeared on stage with the band at selected shows last April, during which a few BREACH songs were covered. BREACH is one of THE OCEAN's main influences. Sean Ingram recorded the song "Queen Of The Food-Chain", having the following to say about his participation: "if my rough takes at home are any indication, this will be my favourite guest appearance yet".

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"Without a doubt this is the German answer to NEUROSIS and ISIS, without copying either of them." -- OX Magazine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Ocean is something special in today's metal scene. What makes this German band special is nothing as trendy as clean vocals, loads of guitar solos, electronic undertones, etc. No, there's something deep in The Ocean (like that pun?) which makes them unique.

For one thing, The Ocean "Collective" avoids the pitfall of one-dimensional vocals by using several vocalists. On _Aeolian_, the band hired seven - that's right, SEVEN - vocalists, each specializing in their own particular style. This lineup really emphasizes the variety of styles which often go into metal vocals, and makes for some seriously extreme music.

Lumbering riffs in the vein of Mastodon are melded perfectly with Meshuggah-like technical structures. Sweeping melodies of Pelican-like minimalist guitar riffs make, well, ocean-like waves. Occasional breakdowns into ambient samples, synthesize, and quieter instrumentation finely complement, as well as emphasize, the band's typical "wall of heaviness," which often comes right back with a BOOM.

Despite the unrelentingly heavy nature of the music, The Ocean are not without humor (there's a song called "Necrobabes.com" - enough said). The aforementioned vocalists are credited with, respectively, "meaty howls," "high-pitched shrieking," "Scandinavian hollering," "deep bellowing," "raucous vociferation," "sappy squalling," and "flagrant yelling." And when they're not talking about the ocean or brutal death, the lyrics sometimes get pretty funny too.

On a separate topic, the artwork to this album is downright stunning; while very similar to Mastodon's _Leviathan_, it is still very alluring, with gold lettering and gorgeous, sea-themed illustrations. Okay, so maybe it IS a blatant rip-off of _Leviathan_, but it's still good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down the best metal record in 2006! March 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is unbelievable! Never before have I heard such a brilliant combination of sophisticated intricacy and brutal outbursts of fury. This is on par with bands like Dillinger, Cult Of Luna, Rorschach, or Mastodon, without copying them in any way. You might actually be disappointed if you expect this record to sound "like Mastodon", as some people say. To me, this is the same league, but an entirely different sport. Hope there'll be a US tour soon. Can't wait to see them...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8/10 October 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Reviewgium - Volume I, issue VI

Get ready to have your face melted clean off by the extreme metallic power of The Ocean. I've just recently discovered this band, and I'm glad that I did. Brutal, brutal, brutal stuff, not for the weak of heart. The Ocean adds an element of brilliance to their relentless metal attacks with majestic symphonic sections, although there are not too many of those on this album, which is mainly straighforward heaviness and brutality (I have a feeling I will be using the word brutal in this review quite a bit). The Ocean is more than a band; they refer to themselves as the "Collective," and rightly so, as there are seven different vocalists on this album alone, with vocal stylings that range from "meaty howls" to "Scandinavian hollering" to "plangent yelling." Yes, these guys are crazy.

Aeolian starts with a smack in the face with "The City In the Sea," a chaotic rendition of an Edgar Allan Poe work that would probably even have the antiquated godfather of horror shaking in his boots. Then comes "Dead Serious & Highly Professional." Musically, the song is good, but it loses points from me for the wacky gore lyrics. Sure, some people do not mind gore lyrics, but after the majestic Poe retooling, it does not seem like lyrics about rape and beastiality quite fit in. On the other hand, it shows that the Collective holds nothing sacred, and holds nothing back. Gore does continue to pervade the album, most blatantly in the odd "Necrobabes.com," another song I could probably do without, based on the title alone. But brutal songs like "Austerity," "Swoon," and the epics "Queen of the Food-chain" and "Inertia" show good horror-filled song-writing complimented by good heavy music, and just a touch of symphonics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Consistent album! November 30, 2005
By André
Format:Audio CD
This album rocks!! Listening 'Aeolian' is like a mix of Neurosis/Isis with Meshuggah and TDEP(the dillinger..). Such a lot of powerfull riffs! With this album, TOC, proved to be one of the new great bands immerging in the hardcore/metal scene! My advice to you: BUY IT! If u like Isis, Neurosis, Meshuggah, Old man gloom , Mastodon, Norma Jean you'll like this album for sore!

The singers Tomas Hallbom (Breach), Nate Newton (Converge/Old Man Gloom) e Sean Ingram (Coalesce) participated in this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "combativly sophisticated musicianship" April 26, 2006
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i deffinatly have to say that "aeolian" is the most incredible release of the year hands down. even compared to such phenominal releases such as ion dissonance's "solace" and meshuggah's "catch 33" none of these have reached the level of structered out raged emotion that "the ocean" have been able to pull of ever so effortlessly. one second they may play a riff that sounds similar to and old isis style, and then the next they may be crushing you with a meshuggah/neurosis/gizmachi type riff. even parts of their songs remind me of alot of the great groove ridden breaks that "a life once lost" threw in on their album "a great artist" they diffinatly have elements of mastodon type structuring as well..overall this is by far my favorite release of the year.. so you should deffinatly check it out***!!!
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