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Oceano - Contagion

knifeandfacetragedy   (61 reviews)

Posted: 10/11/2010 | Comments: 5 | Rate:

Oceano's sophomore album, Contagion, can be summed up in one unfortunate word: blah.

I know there's a big market for this kind of mechanical, hyper-produced deathcore, and I know quite a few people who really dig it. But honestly, this is really just about as boring as music can get.

I have seen Oceano live and they were fantastic, so this isn't intended to be an insult toward the band. But this record is not creative, not inspired and not impassioned in the slightest. Sure, it's brutal, fast, pummeling and abominably heavy. Sure, it's packed densely with machine-gun double bass, blastbeats, double picking and gutteral growling. But it also completely lacks any attempt at melody, any attempt at interesting composition or even the slightest semblance of meaning.

The one exception to the rule is "Exist in Confinement," a four-minute long instrumental with prog-ish guitar solos and some meandering rhythms and subdued spoken-word vocals.

Simply put, this album sounds like what might happen if you told a computer to play "generic deathcore" and then released the product as music.

However, this band could have some real potential. I'll still follow them to see what they do with their phenomenal technical talents in the future, perhaps with vastly improved creativity in their songwriting and a huge injection of melody. Because this album feels like every single blastbeat and two-step is just filler between pig-squealing breakdowns.

For this release, unless you're interested in hearing 11 tracks of the same chugging, double bass and gurgling, just reshuffled into different songs, I'd suggest taking a pass on this one.

It's also interesting to note that the band is only four years old and already has five ex-members, and the band's founder is one of them.

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band can eat my cock
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band is so terrible
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technical talent? they get that mechanical sound through clipping shit in protools. this band has no talent, technical or otherwise.
breeze 'em out
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this band signed to earache? christ.
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Well, I saw them live from about ten feet away, and they're a very tight, talented band. Their live show was incredibly powerful and cohesive. But then again, that was well before this material was written, and I liked their older stuff better (which is sad to say about a band with only two albums out).

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