The Ocean Doesn't Want Me is a post-whatever/ambient/metal/noise band from Pretoria, South Africa.
The members are:
Beastie - Bass, Vocals
CF - Guitars, Vocals
Robin - Drums, Synths
The Ocean Doesn't Want Me are a Post-Rock/Post-Metal/Ambient/Sludge Metal band that is very hard to describe. They are possibly one of the most creative bands I have featured on the blog of late.
They don't stick to one genre of music but a multi-layered hybrid of all of them. This is music you have to seriously think about. One minute they play beautifully driven ambient post-rock music that would make Mono proud, the next their evil counterpart comes out to play. And your thinking where the fuck did that come from.
Their new album - As The Dust Settles - is an emotionally charged masterpiece of Post-Rock/Post-Metal with equal bursts of amazing dream like Post-Rock vibes mixed in with volatile unpredictable bouts of violent Sludge Metal soundscapes.
It's a 67 minute epic that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. The way the band mixes their music has to be seen to be believed.
5 of the 7 songs run past the 10 minute mark. As The Dust Settles is an album you need your wits about you as it will seriously alter you outlook on life for the albums epic running time.
From the dreamy opening track of Roots Point The Way to the brutal monolithic riffs of Van Eyck. This is an album you cannot easily ignore. This is a deeply unflinching portrayal of loss and anger.
As the band describe this album on their BandCamp Page - "The songs of “As the dust settles” refer to seven characters attending the funeral of a deceased, a friend, a husband, a father, an adulterer, an acquaintance, and his origin."
The Ocean Doesn't Want Me have delivered an outstanding album that haunted me for days. I applaud them for delivering a brutal statement on the world. It's a harrowing journey but one worth taking to see the true meaning of life and death.
If we ever needed an album to tell you what it is like to feel truly alive. Even through the bad shit that life throws at us at times amongst the happy times as well. Then - As The Dust Settles - is it. It's a brutal and blistering account that brought an emotional response out of me. It made me feel how lucky we are to be alive at times but also wary of the bad things that go on amongst the world.
It's an amazing album. Everything about it deserves to be praised. Lyrics, Instrumental work and the production which is handled by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna fame.
This is an album you all need to hear at least once in your life. Headover to BandCamp and download this now as it's available on Pay Anything You Want Type Deal.
I fucking love this record.
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