From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
Or so said Jacques-Yves Cousteau in his thick French accent. So keep that in mind as you dive headfirst into the briny deep of The Ocean‘s new album Pelagial, that leads you through the many zones of the ocean as a metaphor for exploring the deepest darkest layers of the human mind.
While this is probably less immediately obvious in the instrumental version, what is obvious is that Pelagial works extremely well as a continuing piece with many movements so it’s probably best listened to all the way through (it’s a shame the Spin player makes that quite hard to do — try refreshing the page in between tracks if you’re having any difficulties). Regardless, it’s clear Pelagial is a hell of a record full of proggy ideas that could challenge the throne of the -centric albums for their best output and even some heaviness that could rival the sheer primal force that was Precambrian (I’m looking at you ‘Cognitive Dissonance‘ and ‘The Origin Of Our Wishes‘). If you couldn’t tell, I’m sold already.
Pelagial is set for an April 30th release through Metal Blade.