Hands down the best when it comes to post-metal/sludge and prog. Had the chance of seeing them together with Leprous, quite literally the best experience of my life, absolutely mesmerizing. Would love to see them again and get to experience some of the songs from Phanerozoic 2 live, unfortunately Sweden wasn't on the tourlist they posted :( Fingers crossed it might change after corona though haha. Seriously though, incredible band, listen to them. Over and over again. Pelagial is probably the most incredible album ive ever heard, the entire concept, methaphorical connections to the movie stalker, the human psychology, the instrumentals getting heavier throughout the album as you reach further down into the ocean, just pure perfection.
In a year that has mostly been shite, it's nice to be able to count on The Ocean. It makes me think of the unformitarianism principle in geology: The idea that the same uniform forces that are shaping earth now have always been shaping it. Human issues appear miniscule and insignificant by comparison and it's somewhat comforting to escape into dreams about the ancient past while listening to those tectonic riffs.
I enjoy the new album, love the more progressive elements. That said, after listening to part 1 and 2 back to back, they really just feel like two different albums. I would have prefered some cohesion between the parts but that's just a nit I'm picking. I prefer the first part, but love both!
I was a little discouraged with the new album. I think that Jonas' participation made me create high expectations and so far have not been met. But the "Pleistocene" impressed me, not so much, but it did.
What I love about these, which is something I generally don't pay much attention to is that vocal patterns. They're often really "off" and trying to read lyrics along with unfamiliar songs is interesting. But, once you know the songs then they are like so singable, just the melodies really stand out. Pelagial is an amazing example of this