"How We Both Wondrously Perish" (InVogue; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Being as an Ocean are a melodic hardcore band from Alpine, California. Their name is taken from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

Their music is melodic hardcore and post-hardcore which means they have a broader range for noise rock when singer Joel Quartuccio begins his spoken word interjections. The tracks are heavy on drums and with plenty of cool sounding guitar. The vocals are a mix between spoken word and sung lyrics. It takes a good listen through to feel the depth of the songs. Joel says some deep stuff. He makes you think and feel.

This disc is their second. They released "Dear G-d" in 2012 and followed it up with this disc. One thing is true about Being as an Ocean: the songs are never predictable. You might get a straight-forward track or it could be Joel letting you know what's on his mind. There are plenty of odd noises going on in the background as well. Headphones really do this band justice because you'll be completely captured by their unique sound.

Being as an Ocean: Joel Quartuccio - lead vocals; Tyler Ross - lead guitar; backing vocals; Ralph Sica - bass; Michael McGough - rhythm guitar, clean vocals; Connor Denis - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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