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Pelagial

4.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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2013 release, the sixth studio album from the Berlin-based Post Metal band. It is a concept album based on the layers of the ocean, starting at the surface with a light sound ("Epipelagic") and ending with a Doom Metal style ("Benthic").
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B00B6BA7QO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pelagial by The Ocean is a concept album which takes the listener on a sonic journey through the depths of the ocean (it is their name after all). The band explores different sounds as they progress from the shallow and sunlight-filled Epipelagic into the pitch black and pressure filled Benthic regions of the ocean. Off the bat, I have to say that this is a killer idea for an album concept and the band pulls it off perfectly.

As you travel deeper into the album, the songs get progressively heavier and darker. The band mastermind, Robin Staps, did an absolutely amazing job conveying this concept in the music. The final songs are very powerful, doom-type metal, which allow the listener to feel the darkness and pressure you would imagine at these depths. On the journey down, the style of the music reminded me of two other excellent bands. First, I got a very cool "Tool"-like vibe from several of the songs with the combination of soaring vocal lines, drum fills, and overall power. Also, the album on the whole reminds me a lot of the phenomenal ISIS albums Oceanic and Panopticon. I own a few of the previous releases by The Ocean, but nothing in their earlier catalog has had the same impression on me as Pelagial. This album is beautiful musically, innovative conceptually, and perfectly executed.

I also wanted to comment on the sound quality of the album. The recording of this album is fantastic and the drums in particular are some of the best sounding recorded drums I have heard in a long time. The guitars and vocals are perfectly balanced and the sound engineer that worked on this record should be very proud. There are 2 videos about the recording of the album on youtube which I would recommend to anyone.

The album also comes with an all instrumental version of the music.
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This is my first experience with this band and I gotta give this album 5 stars as there are two versions of it included here. I'll be honest up front, I prefer the instrumental version and I did not really like the vocals for the most part. It's not that the vocals are bad considering the style, but I am not keen on the screaming/growling death metal type vocal style and the vocals always seem to start off normal (well normal for metal stuff) and then quickly head down the growl/scream path. No offense to the vocalist or anyone who enjoys that vocal style, per my personal tastes that kind of vocal style did not gel well with the music.

Ok, now that my personal distaste for the vocal style used is out of the way let's get down to the music. I am so damn glad there is an instrumental version included here because the instrumental version of this album is EPIC AND MAGNIFICENT progressive style black/doom type metal. I don't even normally go for the black/doom type metal, but the instrumental side is amazing to me. At times deeply ponderous and other times thought provoking and intense, sometime beautiful and ethereal and sometime brutal and aggressive; the music really ebbs and flows and smashes and pounds like the ocean. I could go on and on, but let's just say it is superb music.
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Pelagial
This album is so deep as the dark layers of the ocean, as the layers of the human mind. It is literal and allegorical the same time. A multilevel album that explores the depths of the ocean (instrumental version) and the human subconsciousness (vocals version)
The music is beyond description. It follows the trip to the dark depths with great relevancy, firstly with speed, power and complexity and eventually with slow, doomy and dire metal.
The lyrics are influenced by Andrei Tarkovsky' s film "Stalker". If you watch this movie all of the mysterious lyrics come to sense.
This is not just an amazing album. This is Art. 10/10
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By Pjcarini on April 30, 2013
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This album is wicked. Reminds me of Mastodon's Leviathan in many ways. Never heard of the band before, but after listening to this, they got a fan. The double album (+ or - vocals) is pretty cool - each version gives the listener a totally different experience.
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This is my first Ocean cd and I was turned on to it from those "making of" studio videos that others have commented on - they really give you an appreciation of the whole writing and recording process. I'm also in the same camp as others who have commented on how great it is to have it released with 2 disks - one with vocals and one without, and I hope other bands will consider doing this too. I actually enjoy a lot of the vocals, especially in the first half of the album, but they do tend to get a little screamy near the end and sometimes it does take away from the beauty of the music that is underneath. With 2 disks, you can just play whichever one suits your mood that particular day, and that is the best part of it. I hear bits of Opeth, Tool and Mastodon spread throughout the songs, with my favorite tune being #2 "Mesopelagic: Into the Uncanny". There are lots of great melodies and riffs that act as a common thread to pull the songs together as one long concept piece and I find myself enjoying it more and more with each listen.
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Admittedly this is the first album I have ever heard from The Ocean, so I cannot base it on their previous work in any way.

What I can say is that I usually cringe with listening to theme albums. However, Pelagial is an amazingly orchestrated album, with tremendously insightful lyrics.

I love metal bands that can demonstrate range both musically and lyrically and this album was a breath of fresh air. The Ocean is one of the few bands that demonstrate metal can be beautiful and complex (not just riffing over and over and over). The singer shows range in vocal depth in that he demonstrates that metal doesn't have to just be graspy voices or gutteral vocals (often used in death metal, black metal or grindcore to name a few) but with passion and lyrics that can actually be understood!

As the album progresses, each song gets a little darker, heavier and distorted or twisted both musically and lyrically. Musically, the theme is pertinent to the different depths of the sea. This is conveyed in the soft-airy feeling of the first few tracks, with the album getting progressively darker with each song.

This is one of those albums where every song is just as good from beginning to end with no fillers or garbage tracks just to fill in the album.
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