Album Review: Being As An Ocean - How We Both Wondrously Perish

Review by Dillon Crader

I guess I will just cut right through the bullshit and say that Being As An Ocean’s new album How We Both Wondrously Perish kills. With the line up changes in the past year, Being As An Ocean welcomed guitar player/backing vocalist Tyler Ross and drummer Connor Denis. With the new members in the band many people, including myself, wondered if the band was going to change, but Being As An Ocean continues their melodic hardcore sound that ultimately is just beautiful to listen to. How We Both Wondrously Perish is a very matured album compared to the bands previous album Dear G-d... that was released in 2012. 

 How We Both Wondrously Perish brings a new type of clean vocals to the plate that makes this album very much more enjoyable than the bands previous record. Though these new vocals are a lot prettier and more enjoyable, I do feel that many songs in the album sound very similar to each other because of the new vocal style (making it hard to distinguish different songs). The album does have a lot more clean vocals than screams, thoug, which is why I find this album a lot more mature then Dear G-d… because I believe these are songs the band is truly happy with, and are not forced into the album. “Even The Dead Have Their Tasks”, stands out very much so on the album. The track is one of the heavier songs off of the album, ending with a very unique sounding breakdown containing guitar feedback, which should make any listener want to go crazy. 

Even with the new vocal style, How We Both Wondrously Perish is a great album and definitely will bring Being As An Ocean into the spotlight in 2014.

Rating: 3.5/5

Listen to: "Even The Dead Have Their Tasks"

Be sure to pick up How We Both Wondrously Perish via InVogue Records on May 6th! 

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