The Ocean (2) - Pelagial (CD, Album)

The first, most literal, level involves a journey from the surface to the lowest depth zone of the ocean, with the album's movements getting progressively darker and more claustrophobic to mimic the diminishing light and increasing atmospheric pressure.

Pelagial was written as a single piece of music in order to fit the concept of a journey through the depth zones of the ocean. The water bumps and people are sitting there in tension and hoping not to get hit. This kind of atmosphere was something I really wanted to create with this album for the deeper parts of the journey It was only an obvious step to decide to use those original Album) to underline and enhance the atmosphere There is a lot of bubbling, lots of background underwater sounds that are partially taken from movies and partially from other sources.

Staps described the sampling technique used on Pelagial as "very subliminal " and suggested that the instrumental version of the album will make the samples more apparent Album) to the absence of vocals and the alternate mix.

The lyrics are inspired by and make reference Album) Andrei Tarkovsky's science fiction film Stalker. Pelagial was initially conceived as an instrumental album. Robin Staps explained in Septemberwhile the album was still under development, that Pelagial would be largely or entirely instrumental. We need more of this. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic.

In synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean, the album begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level.

What is amazing about Pelagial is that this is not some detached conceptual idea; this can actually be heard and felt while listening to the album. It's to be interpreted as you will, from a place of exhilaration if you happen to be in a safe submersible where you can behold the leagues in their pristine state, or from the darker corners of the psyche, a frightening, lungs-clogging sense of despair in drowning.

In relation to "Stalker"the essence of mental instability and ultimate collapse as three men journey through a bleak hellhole towards a promised land of gratification adds to "Pelagial" 's co-inhibiting sense of desolation in the abyss. Seldom few bands present a start-to-finish concept where the arrangement is felt as much The Ocean (2) - Pelagial (CD received.

The subjection of actual sounds from the lower depths throughout "Pelagial" adds grace as it later creates a climate of paranoia. The opening segment "Epipelagic" is filled with a welcoming succession of strings and piano that could accompany any visual documentary. There's an actual chorus built into the section where Loic Rossetti catapults from his soothing intro leads into elevated barks that are still kept in a tuneful frame of mind.

From the outset we are drawn into a world the Ocean have created, Album) undersea epic that they have envisioned and executed to the utmost of their artistic and creative abilities. Pelagial is no mere attempt.

It is an execution born of the highest level of planning and forethought. In the sea of entertaining but disposable pulp fiction that is metal at times, this is the tome that restores faith. Staps was also influenced deeply by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece Stalker, a work that charts the journey of three men through a bleak presumably post-apocalyptic landscape to a room where all desires can be fulfilled.

Along the way, each individual must completely confront his innermost self and have it exposed, making plain the realization of our basest desires can have dangerous consequences.

The extended metaphor here equating the levels of human consciousness with those of the most primordial element in the natural world is heady stuff for a rock record. The Ocean pull it off simply because they present it: they never ram these philosophical concepts down the listener's throat.

In this minute work of 11 continuous sections, the band careens through airy, melodic rock to knotty, dense prog metal to suffocatingly bleak post-rock with cohesive neo-classical interludes of chamber strings and acoustic piano.

Despite the many criticisms he has endured sincehe is the perfect frontman here as he articulates the concepts and anchors a rumbling, physically turbulent, labyrinthine musical journey. His distorted vocals still allow for the lyrics to be understood and his clean vocals are not overly passionate but are quite expressive.

He is both documentarian and active emotional participant. The music moves through the numerous chapters in the Ocean 's previous history even as it embraces a new present and points toward a complex future.

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