Being As An Ocean
How We Both Wondrously Perish
Having only been a band for three years (and having already gone through a substantial lineup overhaul between their Tumblr-embraced debut, 2012’s Dear G-d… and their new effort), Being As An Ocean seem to be rushing through their development. How We Both Wonderously Perish is significantly more concise and effective than its predecessor (no meandering 11-minute mid-album tracks or misplaced growls this time around, thankfully), and it’s also at times more pop-minded, with the clean vocals of new guitarist Michael McGough soaring all over frontman Joel Quartuccio’s Aaron Weiss-meets-Jordan Dreyer-esque yelling, rambling and muttering (“Mediocre Shakespeare”). The problem is most of McGough’s clean choruses tend to sound alike, which makes songs like the otherwise-awesome “L’exquisite Douleur” and “The Poets Cry For More” feel a bit indistinguishable. The two vocalists blend the best on “Even The Dead Have Their Tasks,” best described as Catch For Us The Foxes-era mewithoutYou meets They’re Only Chasing Safety-era Underoath.