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4.0 out of 5 stars 96 million miles away (ish)
I have to disagree with the first reviewer. I too have the Precambrian album which I think they are refering to, which is superb. However, I have listened to several albums over the years which are smothered with vocals, totally destroying any chance of creating an atmosphere or being able to step back abit from whats going on. This is NOT one of them. There are some...
Published on 16 May 2010 by S. ALDRED

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped for
First of all I have to say that I really liked the previous record, it is one of my absolute favourites, especially the "slower" disk so I had big hopes for this one. Sadly this was not what I had hoped for, the new singer sings pretty ok... but he sings. All the time. This makes the record a lot less dynamic, and for me, a lot more dull. It is almost not metal anymore,...
Published on 9 May 2010 by Fredrik Hultkrantz


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 96 million miles away (ish), 16 May 2010
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S. ALDRED "ODD" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have to disagree with the first reviewer. I too have the Precambrian album which I think they are refering to, which is superb. However, I have listened to several albums over the years which are smothered with vocals, totally destroying any chance of creating an atmosphere or being able to step back abit from whats going on. This is NOT one of them. There are some great 'moments'. Riffs, light and shade, strings etc. If you try to compare this with precambrian you will have trouble. Accept the fact that this group is trying to do something different this time around. I prefer this kind of attitude than that of say Iron Maiden, AC/DC who are great at what they do, but you know what to expect every time. I wouldn't say this album is groundbreaking but have to admit to enjoying it. Check out Neurosis, A year of no light, ISIS if you want it heavier. This sounds more like Porcupine tree than Precambrian. Nice vocals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Impressions, 24 Aug 2010
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D. Marshall (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have to agree with the last review; it's pretty much spot on! I have been a long time fan of the Ocean and, I will admit, was pretty much mortified when I first heard their 'new sound'. After giving Heliocentric a few more listens, to see if it was 'that bad', I found myself hooked and the album 'clicked'. It's one of the albums I now listen to most I'll freely admit. I also have to mention the packaging and presentation of the album is second to none. It's truly beautiful and it's definately worth purchasing the album for opposed to downloading! Buy this! You'll be disappointed. (But that only makes it better later on)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New vocalist does justice!, 4 July 2010
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continuing their more melodic approach like in precambrian the ocean has a new vocalist on this album(first part of a 2 cds set). great tonality of voice and the usual growls makes him perfect for the job. i loved more their heavier albums but it's great music none than less...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped for, 9 May 2010
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Fredrik Hultkrantz (Gothenburg, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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First of all I have to say that I really liked the previous record, it is one of my absolute favourites, especially the "slower" disk so I had big hopes for this one. Sadly this was not what I had hoped for, the new singer sings pretty ok... but he sings. All the time. This makes the record a lot less dynamic, and for me, a lot more dull. It is almost not metal anymore, but some kind of rock. There are nice harmonies, interesting passages etc and you can hear that it is The Ocean, but in the end I find myself changing cds every time I try to listen to this. It makes me sad, I really had hoped for more.
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