Ocularis – Roses Are Dead


One of the stinkiest states in the Union, New Jersey, is home to the four-piece deathcore band Ocularis.  This band was first presented to me as being brutal death metal.  Even seeing the generic EP title, “Roses Are Dead“, I knew this couldn’t be brutal death metal.  Sadly, after getting past the one minute introductory instrumental, I was proven right.  What was to come next was nearly another 18 minutes of generic deathcore.  There is a proven structure to make sure what you’re playing is deathcore, and this young band follows it to a T.  Make sure you have a mid-paced death metal/hardcore-styled passage with lots of double-bass rhythms with the annoying hardcore faux-growl on top of everything else.  Don’t forget to put in the needed melodic rhythm guitar layered on top of the hardcore slam, or else you are missing an integral piece of the same garbage we have heard before.

Roses Are Dead” is an exercise in patience, because you are meant to sit still for about 20 minutes of your valuable time and try and see how these guys should be paid attention to any more than the rest of their indistinguishable brethren.  The band are certainly proven to be musically competent.  But, just because you know how to play the same hardcore beats over and over again does not make your song-writing skills stronger.  The only song that doesn’t succumb completely to the barbaric cliches of deathcore is “Face of Plagues”.  It’s still generic in a melodic death metal sense with fewer deathcore pitfalls, but it is still a million times better than what the rest of the EP has to offer.  Oh well, Ocularis is still putting out far better material than Suicide Silence ever has.

Suicide Silence are terrible.  Never listen to them.

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Having grown up in the vast industrial wasteland known as Detroit, my sister subjected me to multiple albums by bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Exodus, I quickly became immersed in the world of heavy metal for life. Even with my love of the tradition styles of metal, I always found myself craving something louder and heavier, thus bringing me to the much more extreme side of this genre of music. With classic bands such as Dismember, Autopsy, and Napalm Death always dominating my stereo system, I felt content to dig as deep as possible into the depths of ghastly heavy metal, and all these years later I still haven’t hit the bottom.
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