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The long awaited sophomore release from the Chicago deathcore heavyweights, Oceano. Contagion is a dark concept album about a sociological virus and signals a new era of respect of legitimacy to a band that has already graced the pages of Billboard Magazine, The Washington Post, Decibel, Revolver and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Precursor To Enslavement 3:48
  2. Viral Re-Animation 3:20
  3. Regulated Disposal of Life 3:00
  4. Quarantine 3:23
  5. The Contaminated 4:14
  6. Exist In Confinement 4:17
  7. Persuasive Oppression 3:51
  8. Weaponized 2:44
  9. Sadistic Experiments 3:34
  10. Remnants Aflame 2:55
  11. Ending Intellect 3:01

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B0044RP1D6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This year has been a great year for comeback releases. Bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, For Today, and even Chiodos have created memorable albums to remodel or even save their reputations. All three of these bands were completely unexciting to me until they released a powerful comeback album, and with Contagion, Oceano has joined that list.

Let it be known that with Depths, the band's first release, Oceano failed to impress me save for the single track "District Of Misery". Plagued with an unstable lineup and dealing with public pressure due to a controversial photo shoot depicting the band "killing and disfiguring" female models, they've had a rough time since 2006. However, these Chicago natives have somehow pieced together a solid enough lineup to be able to record a much more skillfully composed follow-up to a much less than exceptional debut.

Contagion is a massive album from the get-go. It flaunts the same type of dark, sadistic atmosphere found in Whitechapel's A New Era Of Corruption, without detracting from the overall heaviness of the CD. Tracks like "Precursor To Enslavement", "Quarantine", "Persuasive Opression" and "The Contaminated" are perfect examples of this. They are slow, sludgy, driving, and positively delicious to the fans of more death metal-y (death metallic? Who cares.) influences.

Oceano did an excellent job balancing the slower riffing described above with faster and groovier tracks such as "Weaponized", "Viral Re-Animation", and "Remnants Aflame". Still, this is definitely Oceano's musical strength, as they are able to better incorporate that twisted and grim atmosphere into their songwriting. If that wasn't enough, vocalist Adam Warren's screams and growls gain that "it" factor in every single one of the quicker songs.
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Oceano traffic in all of the usual death metal/deathcore trademarks on their second album, 2010's "Contagion." Vocals that usually alternate between intelligible hardcore screams and blood-curdling death metal growls, and are occasionally punctuated by brutal (and sometimes extensively-used), grindcore-worthy pig squeals? Check. And what about great drumming? Yes, that is firmly in tact, here, as well. And bludgeoning riffs? Yep. And you can bet your bottom dollar, too, on the fact that these eleven tracks filter in more than a handful of brutal hardcore breakdowns, steady (if rarely audible), crunching bass lines, and circle-pit-ready choruses, as well.

Another cliché that "Contagion" has is that it fairly prototypically features songs that can barely be distinguished from one another. But even if the song remains mostly the same from beginning to end, upon close inspection, one will realize that there are some definite standouts to be had, here. Track two, "Viral Re-Affirmation" (which features two members of Despised Icon), is a blistering inclusion that relies almost solely on blazing thrash riffs, booming rhythms, vocals that verge on the Dying Fetus-esque, goregrind-worthy pig squeal style, and tight and brutal drumming (including blast beats, double bass rolls, and propulsive thrash beats). And only occasionally does the song give the listener a breather by adopting a mid-tempo, chugging breakdown. "Quarantine," with its sludgy riffs and blistering blast beats, is another possible highpoint.
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Oceano has really stepped it up on this album, thanks to the new members. I've had this album on repeat for the last few weeks, and it's really hard coming up with a review for this album. This album is really good. This album is one of my favorite death metal releases this year. Oceano brings more destruction for round 2 which I think is better than Depths. This is an album you don't want to miss out on this year, if your into this kind of music.
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