The Ocean @ Amplifier Bar, Perth
Western Australian metal fans succumbed to the peril of a Sunday night out in light of German band The Ocean coming down for their sophomore Australian tour. The band were touring the Pelegial album and playing it in its entirety.
The lineup was highly respectable as promoters sought high-quality support acts Xenobiotic and Chaos Divine. Deathcore outfit Xenobiotic sported their well-known tracks off EP Wraith and some new jams as well. New vocalist TJ Sinclair proved to the locals that he could fit the band’s bone-crushing sound.
Chaos Divine treated Perth to a lengthy set, including fresh tracks from their most recent album Colliding Skies. The progressive metalers revealed a mature musical shift since their previous work renowned for heavy hooks. It was abundantly clear that punters basked in the nostalgia of tracks off The Human Connection and enjoyed the smoothly transitioning set by the local heroes.
With the high caliber local artists setting the standard, punters were most certainly ready for The Ocean to pull out the works. Numbers had increased exponentially in a few hours and the stage was set for the wonderful headliners.
The Ocean humbly entered the stage with their projector queued up and ready to go in sync with the band’s journey through Pelegial. The record is well-known as a concept album, whereby the musical style complements the depth of water that a female body sinks into. Respectively, the music commences with steady light chords and merges into deeper and slower sections.
The six-piece band reinforced a physical image of progressive metal musicians if there ever was one with neatly trimmed beards and all-black t-shirts; ranging in style of course. Vocalist Loic Rossetti was perpetually lost in the music and expressed such an immense presence of energy and passion. His transition from harmonious clean vocals to an explosive roar was repeatedly cathartic.
Each musician exemplified far more technical mastery than a progressive band is ever expected to have. Watching the guitarists surge through verses and producing organized chaos was incredibly jaw-dropping. As the album advanced the very trusting Rossetti leaped into the audience several times and luckily was supported by a sea of hands. The vocalist swung on roof-top speakers and bellowed into his microphone with exceptional inner-strength. He recalled playing The Rosemount Hotel on the last tour and was very personable with fans.
The large school of fish and varying shades of blue on the projector added a new dimension to the progressive journey; making it awfully easy to get completely lost in the audio.
Closing with ‘The Origin of Species’ and ‘The Origin of God’ as bonuses to the setlist, The Ocean ensured that the crowd got their money’s worth on a pleasant Sunday night; leaving punters with the bittersweet gift of tinnitus and a deafening Monday at work.