Critically acclaimed band Being As An Ocean has released their latest-and-greatest work entitled “How We Both Wondrously Perish” via InVogue Records. Their hard work has culminated into a chaotic, hardcore-influenced sound that is also highlighted with melodic guitars and vocals. Though they’ve faced a couple of lineup changes, Being As An Ocean emerges victorious with this album.
Despite their fairly recent creation, Being As An Ocean can almost be described as an “overnight” sensation. Though, I make that statement from my personal encounter with the band. I remember seeing their name pop up often throughout my Tumblr feed, but never truly gave their music a chance until this year. To me, it seemed that many admired their “novelty,” and not necessarily their music, which turned me off to the group. Regardless, after listening to a few songs from “How We Both Wondrously Perish” I was surprisingly intrigued. While their music doesn’t have me shouting their name from the rooftops, I still find their style interesting and passionate. Frontman Joel Quartuccio has a raw and powerful voice that alternates between forceful screams and compelling speaking. These “spoken word” portions of the songs remind me of Christian artist Levi the Poet, and frequently contain an all-encompassing meaning for each track.
See.. conviction wells up inside, an imprint from above
Seeks to reject injustice and not to judge
Works to fix the things that are broken
Walks in humble regard to their fellow man
And never forgets that the greatest law is Love
Accompanying Quartuccio is Micheal McGough, a recent addition to the current lineup of Being As An Ocean. McGough’s vocals stand as a central of component of this band’s sound, and prove to be an outstanding aspect of this album. Songs like “L’exquisite douleur” showcase the melodic combination of McGough’s vocals with the music, and Quartuccio’s heavy-hitting lyrics.
Being As An Ocean strays from the generic sound of their genre, and produces something unique. Their passion is brought to life through Quartuccio’s lyrics, and the [at times] erratic guitars. The thought-evoking lyrics cut to the heart of many different issues in modern society, and soundly hold this band’s mission in the scene.
For fans of The Ghost Inside, The Devil Wears Prada, etc.