Ghost Ship Octavius – Ghost Ship Octavius ALBUM REVIEW

There are quite a few ways for an album to become exceptional in my eyes. Typically, that’s narrowed down depending on the genre of the music I’m listening to. For example, and atmo-black album is not going to be seen as exception in the same ways a brutal death metal album will be. So when I saw the genre tags as progressive metal and power metal, I narrowed it down to two main ways: progression and interesting, complex, and thoughtful musical ideas, and how fun the album is. Within the first 1 or 2 minutes of the album, I ruled out the first possibility. There is absolutely nothing profound or complex in this album at all. There are a few interesting instrumental sections, with some cool riffs (especially on Mills of the Gods and Pendulum), but nothing spectacular. So I immediately looked for the second reason to like this album. And I looked. And I looked. And I looked. And in the end, I didn’t find anything. The vocals are somber for power metal standards, with a very serious sound that really doesn’t match an album that is riddled with things like metalcore/rhythmic chugging (anyone who thinks this sound good in almost any situation needs to re-evaluate their musical career) and often lacks the really progressive aspects of a progressive metal album. And that’s another thing. I’ve often internally made a distinction between progressive sounding albums, and actually progressive albums. The key difference between the two is that progressive albums involve well, progression in their tracks. That is, they evolve and change as the track goes on, often involving different keys and motifs. This is the progressive sounding aspect, which essentially means they added an orchestra and called it progressive. Not that that inherently means it’s bad, most progressive music today falls under this category, but it certainly has high potential to be executed badly. This doesn’t necessarily execute badly as much as in a very interesting manner. Often there will be a instrumental section of the track that involves non-traditional metal instruments, however instead of being used to progress the album, or even just the track, it’ll just sit there and be it’s own separate part, almost as if they’re just trying to get it out of the way so they can get back to EPIC RIFFS or whatever.

In short, there isn’t much interesting about this album. Generic is probably the best way I can put it. The extra .25 is really because of how inoffensive it is, and how it really doesn’t do anything especially awful. But as you probably know if you listen to a lot of music, sometimes you have to take risks, otherwise you’ll sound completely uninspired, just like this album here.


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