Published Nov 02, 2018Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic continues the Ocean's brand of sonically dense post-metal. Having honed this musical palette over their entire career, this is their most complete work to date. This album is full of recurring musical movements, whether it is the intricate orchestral arrangements, the dense and effects-centric guitar work, or the mesmerizing rhythm section, there is plenty to preoccupy the listener.
Despite the density, vocalist Loïc Rossetti is the focal point around which everything works. From his deep guttural howls on "Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence" to the angelic falsettos of "Permian: The Great Dying," Rossetti proves he is the most versatile metal vocalist going.
Let us not forget what drew people to the Ocean in the first place — the riffs. The Ocean have always excelled at writing riffs that balance both the heavy and melodic elements of post-metal. "Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions" combines all of the melodic and punishing elements that make the Ocean's riffs so satisfying. No matter how many elements are incorporated into their sound, the riffs will always be at the forefront.
On Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic, the Ocean have fully realized and embraced their sound. If you're looking for the most complete and enjoyable experience one can have of this band, look no further. (Pelagic Records)