The Ocean present a second full track from Pelagial: “Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe“
Continuing their musical journey into the aquatic, progressive post-metal band The Ocean have premiered a second full song from their forthcoming depth-plumbing album Pelagial over at Pitchfork.
Entitled “Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe“, it’s the ninth track, and part of the final movement of the record, each of which correlates to one of the five pelagic layers of the ocean (located away from any shore). The idea is that each layer will progressively offer up a darker and often heavier sound to relay the loss of light, but this is not quite the case with this track, which hearkens back to the softer, more expansive Proterozoic disc of 2007′s Precambrian, and sees re-interred vocalist Loïc Rossetti spending much of the track singing rather than roaring. Nevertheless, the concept of the album is mirrored in the lyrical content, which is heavily inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky 1979 science fiction art film Stalker. Having watched the film this weekend, there will be introspection and psychological profundity abound, we can assure you.
Everything we hear or see from from this album, be it the teaser website, the special edition vinyl box production, the studio videos, or this track and its predecessor “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams“ makes me even more excited for Pelagial. 2010′s two-fer of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric solidified a growing respect for the band and the skills of main composer/guitarist Robin Staps, and the clear amount of detail that has gone into the production of this album leaves me with no worries that this will be a fine release for them.
Initially imagined as an entirely instrumental album, but with vocals re-added after the satisfactory recovery of Rossetti, Pelagial will ship with both versions of the record, and is due out at various points in late April through Metal Blade Records, depending on your region (26th/29th in Europe, 30th in North America).