This split pairs highly respected post-rock young guns The Ocean with highly respected post-rock elders Mono. One track each, both beyond ten minutes (of course), and both suitably tremendous in scale. The Ocean’s track is inspired by Gaspar Noe’s Enter The Void, so ought to be pretty heavy. On the Pelagic label.
7/10 gbar Customer review, 6th March 2017
An interesting combination for a split, and one that could work really well if the bands met in the middle ground to create a similar sound, but instead it seems we just have one standalone track each, not too different from the norms of either band. Which obviously means The Ocean are playing metal with vocals, and Mono rock without. On The Ocean’s side, we have a pretty good track that has a couple of evident flaws. The vocal lines are great, and totally fit the music, but his vocal timbre is just a touch infuriating in the second half. Mono’s track is toweringly generic. The song itself is massive, and I love the overly explosive crescendo and the violent intensity of it. But I do realise that I’ve heard it all before, and standing next to The Ocean, a band who are at least attempting to push boundaries, it does seem a bit safe. It’s a great song, but it’s a post-rock song with an explosive crescendo. You know what it sounds like. Overall this is a pretty good listen, and it’s nice to hear songs from each of these bands that they felt could stand alone, but I’m not sure what we’re supposed to make of it as a collective release.
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