July 28, 2017 |

Oceans Ate Alaska – Hikari

Oceans Ate Alaska – Hikari

July 28, 2017 |

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Birmingham’s technical metal wizards Oceans Ate Alaska are set to release their new album ‘Hikari’ today. An interesting fact; the album was named from the Japanese word for ‘light’. This heavy record showcases new vocalist Jake Noakes.

The first track Benzaiten has a very interesting instrumental opening with what I believe consists of Japanese instruments. The whole track kicks in once the heavy vocals start. Showcasing the impressive use of heavy drums, gritty guitar riffs and a piercing bass line. In between the harsh vocals, there are some melodic vocals which is pleasant to the ear.

Next up Sarin opens with the familiar punchy drums and gritty guitar riffs. Again, this track uses the intense and deafening vocals alongside the breath-taking calm vocals, where the pace of the track come right down to highlight the calm vocals.

Hansha, opens very melodically before the drums kick in lightly. This track is very pleasant to the ear with the mellow vocals. The razor sharp, gritty vocals cut through almost instantly. Hansha is definitely my favourite track of the whole album. After a few spins the chorus becomes very catchy before the heavy vocals take over.