Oceano: Depths (Limited Edition)

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Oceano: Depths
Deathcore
Earache Records
April 7th, 2009
Release length: 50:33
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With a name like Oceano, what should one really expect from this band? Well, first of all, one would not expect this band to be deathcore, especially with that name and Depths as the album title. It sounds more like some sort of progressive or experimental band. But quickly erase that thought from your head because Oceao is easily one of the best deathcore bands to emerge this year.

Depths is honestly just one hell of an album. While some flock and say that the album is one of the most stereotypical around, having every signature sound from every generic deathcore release to date, one must pose the question of whether or not it’s good. Well, yes, some of the aspects on this release may sound stereotypical, but what really drives the album is it’s tenacity. “Samael The Destroyer”, for one, is easily one of the most intense deathcore songs this reviewer has heard thanks to the speed and technicality behind the guitar riffs. Another nice aspect to the band’s sound would be that they include a build up for the breakdowns if the music’s flow doesn’t require you to drop right into it. This does appear in “Inhuman Aflication” and “A Mandatory Sacrifice” among others.

And, ok, yes, the “pig squeels” do exist on this release, but they aren’t littering the entire album, which is great. Instead, a good majority of the time, you’re given really deep gutteral vocals, which just add to what can only be described as isolated sound that the band gives off in various versus, as well as many of the breakdowns. “Fractures Frames, Scattered Flesh” is a perfect example of this. This really feeds into the band’s sound since they have lyrics and themes that are related in some way to oceanic existance, such as songs titled “Abysm” and “Depths”, as well as other topics such as astralism with “Samael The Destroyer”. But for the most part, the lyrics are just brutal and match the music elequently. But, one track that needs to be pointed out is the instrumental “Depths”, which is a very well done, ambiant-esque track that really focuses on melody from the guitar to give off a bit of an eery feel, as well as the aforementioned isolation sound.

Some packages also come with a bonus DVD, which doesn’t house much on it aside some raw footage of small shows the band did, and interviews while recording. The drummer points out that he uses triggers but it’s him drumming, no machine, which is nice to know since the drumming on this release can be flat out insane. However, some people can’t stand the fact that the band incorporates a chugging like guitar scheme. While, yes, it may get irritating, it does work with the sound of the release. However, a little technicality could have gone a long way for this CD, such as with the track “District Of Misery”.

As mentioned, the limited edition version came with a bonus DVD. Well, it also comes with two bonus tracks, “Involuntary Demoralization” and “Origicial Execution”. While “Involuntary Demoralization” isn’t really anything special that you have to go nuts finding a first pressing of the CD to hear (infact this features a very annoying scream build up to a breakdown, and feels like it was just recorded as filler, or a last minute addition), “Origicial Execution” is a pretty sick track. The only problem with this song is the lazy breakdown on it, which just seems to lack any kind of effort that you hear on the rest of the album.

But, all in all, this is one hell of a deathcore release. Some of the songs will make you want to get up and punch the nearest person right in the face, or pick a fight during the breakdowns. With the exception of the bonus tracks, and the lack of technicality that could have really helped this release out, the drumming, vocals and feeling of isolation that is present in many of the songs will be enough to have you hooked on Oceano.

01. Descent – 0:57
02. Inhuman Aflication – 3:16
03. A Mandatory Sacrifice – 4:04
04. Samael The Destroyer – 3:52
05. Fractured Frames, Scattered Flesh – 2:35
06. Disgust For Your Kind – 3:12
07. Depths – 6:24
08. District Of Misery – 3:12
09. With Legions… – 4:03
10. Slaughtered Like Swine – 3:08
11. Empathy For Leviatha – 2:56
12. Plague Campaign – 4:06
13. Abysm – 2:22

Limited Edition:
14. Involuntary Demoralization (Bonus Track) – 3:03
15. Origicial Execution (Bonus Track) – 3:23

Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Limited Edition Score: 7.5/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.