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Phanero­zoic I: Pa­le­o­zoic

ME­TAL BLADE Ger­man post-me­tal ge­ol­o­gists ar­rive at the on­set of ex­tinc­tion De­spite their ever-re­volv­ing door of mu­si­cians, ‘mu­si­cal col­lec­tive’ The Ocean have be­come a post-me­tal cor­ner­stone, not only for their solid out­put but for the suc­cess of their la­bel, Pe­lagic records. Their eighth al­bum,

Phanero­zoic I, to be joined by Phanero­zoic II in 2020, con­tin­ues their tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing an ex­pan­sive sound­track to our planet’s for­ma­tive years. Cam­brian II is ex­plo­sive, with soar­ing har­monies soft­en­ing the blow. Or­dovi­cium is sim­i­larly rag­ing, be­fore Sil­urian be­gins a more ex­per­i­men­tal sec­ond half, clos­ing with Per­mian:

The Great Dy­ing – an ode to ex­tinc­tion. The bug­bear is that their mu­sic is evolv­ing as slowly as the bil­lions of years it’s in­spired by – con­sis­tent in qual­ity, but con­sis­tently sim­i­lar. The Ocean are at times more com­pelling con­cep­tu­ally than they are mu­si­cally.

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