Release Date: February 2, 2024 Genre: Post-Hardcore Label: Out Of Line Music
Southern California's post-hardcore stalwarts, Being As An Ocean, return with their highly anticipated sixth studio album, Death Can Wait, which follows their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story. Set for release on February 2, 2024, via Out Of Line Music, this album marks a significant milestone in the band's musical journey, delivering yet another powerful blend of raw human emotion and musical innovation.
Since their formation in 2011, Being As An Ocean has been a driving force in alternative music, captivating audiences with their sincere songwriting and unique sound. With a discography that includes standout releases like Dear G-d... (2012), How We Both Wondrously Perish (2014), Waiting for Morning to Come (2017), and PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story (2019), the band has solidified their place in within the music scene.
Dead Can Wait continues the band's tradition of crafting deeply personal and emotionally charged songs. The album opens with "Beautiful Agony," showcasing Joel Quartuccio's haunting vocals and the band's signature blend of heavy post-hardcore and emo elements. Throughout the album, the interplay between Quartuccio's powerful screams and Michael McGough's melodic singing creates a dynamic contrast that defines the band's sound.
On tracks like "Swallowed By The Earth" and "...Gave It A Voice So That My Heart Could Speak" demonstrate the band's ability to seamlessly blend aggression with melody, while "Flesh And Bone" stands out with its impeccable guitar work and emotional depth. The album also features moments of introspection, as seen on tracks such as "Gloom," where McGough takes the spotlight with a captivating vocal performance.
"Death Can Wait," the title track, serves as a fitting penultimate climax to the album, showcasing the band's versatility and musical maturity. With its captivating guitar riffs and impassioned vocals, the song encapsulates the album's themes of resilience and hope.
Closing out Death Can Wait with the track "The Fullness of My Mind," Being As An Ocean delivers a one final cathartic release, leaving listeners with a sense of fulfillment and anticipation for what the band might have in store within their music in the future.
Dead Can Wait is a testament to Being As An Ocean's evolution as artists, pushing the boundaries of their sound while staying true to their core identity their established themselves on some twelve to thirteen years ago. With this album, the band continues to inspire listeners with their honesty, vulnerability, and artistic vision, solidifying their place as one of the most compelling acts in modern post-hardcore.
Overall, Dead Can Wait is a captivating journey through the depths of human emotion, showcasing Being As An Ocean's growth and reaffirming their status as a force to be reckoned with in the alternative music scene.