It seems rare to find a post-hardcore band carrying a unique sound. Being as an Ocean. although classified as melodic hardcore, has an infectious and refreshing sound. Being as an Ocean’s second studio album, How We Both Wondrously Perish, showcases the band’s full range of talent. The album starts with a mellow musical introduction before quickly defining the band’s unique hardcore sound. Steady drum beats, chants and screams will have fans of Counterparts and Hundredth nodding their heads with approval. Instead of constantly driving the hardcore sound at every turn on the album, melodic breaks take the listener a roller coaster of tones and moods, painting the album’s story. Unlike many hardcore albums that grow tired with each derivative song, How We Both Wondrously Perish is peppered with melody and spoken-word, standing out from the rest. As for the clean vocals, Michael McGough’s voice is all icing on the cake; the album will be successful across the board.
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