7 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their seventh album, German experimental metal band The Ocean trace the rise and fall of life on Earth across 250 million years. Capturing both the beauty and the horror of the time before dinosaurs, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic moves from an eerie electronics-and-strings instrumental that evokes the birth of the planet’s biodiversity (“The Cambrian Explosion”) to a crushing finale that signifies the prehistoric world’s mass extinction (“Permian: The Great Dying”). Despite the abstract concept, the lyrics are deeply affecting, centered around humanity’s place on a planet older than most can fathom. The music is always visceral, ranging from melodic sludge (“Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence”) to soulful prog-metal (“Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their seventh album, German experimental metal band The Ocean trace the rise and fall of life on Earth across 250 million years. Capturing both the beauty and the horror of the time before dinosaurs, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic moves from an eerie electronics-and-strings instrumental that evokes the birth of the planet’s biodiversity (“The Cambrian Explosion”) to a crushing finale that signifies the prehistoric world’s mass extinction (“Permian: The Great Dying”). Despite the abstract concept, the lyrics are deeply affecting, centered around humanity’s place on a planet older than most can fathom. The music is always visceral, ranging from melodic sludge (“Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence”) to soulful prog-metal (“Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Lasher 59 ,

So Great!

A masterpiece!

D1sposition ,

UHHHMAZING

I’ve listened to this album in its entirety multiple times and it just keeps getting better and better!

dudemaster ,

Better than Pelagial?!?!

I think it might be, to be honest. Especially when the second part comes out in a year or so, you’ll all see. Best progmetal band of all time, up there with Mastodon and Xanthochroid. Get this right now.

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