The past ten years decade were a hallmark decade for the metal scene. Picking up a mic and letting emotions out was as accessible as ever, and the post-hardcore genre was booming in many facets. Some bands chose to hone in on the grips of life, with desperate, bleak lyricism and instrumentation that was austere and somber.
One of the earliest examples is the oft-forgotten Decoder (later re-branded as Lead Hands.) With a dreamy presentation, the group, comprised of like-minded members from Of Machines, Oceana, and more came together to deliver an impressive self-titled LP under Rise Records in 2011. This album touched upon the ill-effects of addiction, happiness being out of reach, and the struggle of “Holding On,” solace was in short supply, their music sounding like an ethereal nightmare thanks to the unique backgrounds of each member. Similarly, A Hope For Home emphasized the delicate, deliberate slow pace in their 2011 effort In Abstraction.
Ambient post-hardcore band Being As An Ocean are giving fans a deeper look at upcoming album, ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story,’ with the release of second track “Find Our Way”. The band’s musical evolution continues on the upcoming 5th album, with “Find Our Way” occupying a strangely effective and catchy space between newer Bring Me The Horizon (think That’s The Spirit and Amo), big, catchy post-hardcore, and even the mainstream bent of the more electronic side of Linkin Park. In other words, Being As An Ocean are marking their new album as one that is made for much bigger stages.
Southern California’s own Being As An Ocean have released much-anticipated new single “Play Pretend”, and its cinematic sci-fi companion video/short film, which is certainly worth the price of admission alone. The anthemic “Play Pretend” is the first track from the band’s upcoming album, ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O. Story,’ which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer and collaborator Zakk Cervini (Blink-182, Halsey). The band has also announced a fall USA headlining tour ahead of the record, where they’ll be joined by De’Wayne Jackson and Cardiff’s Holding Absence.