- Hosted by: indaba
- Starting Date: Nov 13 2017
- Submission Date: Dec 11 2017
- Winner Date: Jan 08 2018
- Key: E Minor
- Bpm: ~130
Uniting boundaries between multiple genres in modern metal, Oceans Ate Alaska's—Chris Turner [Drums], James Kennedy [Guitar], Mike Stanton [Bass], Adam Zytkiewicz [Guitar], and Jake Noakes [Vocals]—made waves during 2015 with their full-length debut Lost Isles. Fusing unpredictable polyrhythms and a sporadic partnering of melodic and dissonant passages, Rock Sound and Revolver both pegged Oceans Ate Alaska as a “Band to Watch,” while they landed on Alternative Press’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” list and covered HM Magazine. The Birmingham, UK, technical metal quintet’s second full-length album, Hikari, translates to “Light” in English and represents theircurrent mindset, illuminating major strides in the group’s sonic vocabulary. Following a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska’s dynamic flare. Ultimately, Hikarimeans both a new “light” for Oceans Ate Alaska and heavy music at large.
“The past few years have been insane,” explains Chris. “However this is the happiest and the proudest we’ve ever been. Through the highs and lows, listening to the final album in full proves all these years of hard work was worth it.”
Check out drummer Chris Turner's remix of "Hansha" HERE. Chris says "We all got super drunk one night in Holland during our last European headline tour, and Adam challenged me to remix Hansha. I got my laptop out and started to mess around with some ideas before falling asleep and ultimately forgetting everything I'd started haha! Anyway, I opened the session up the following morning and actually really liked the vibe of the piece, so I decided to finish it. Now we are all left curious to see how many directions this song could be taken in."
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