Heading over to France we find An Ocean of Void and their debut album The Great Escape. This debut unleashes seven tracks of difficult to categorize music. An Ocean of Void mixes rock, progressive metal and other genres to create an elaborate sound. The Great Escape is an eclectic album, one that bends sounds and keeps things fresh and interesting throughout. This debut from these French metallers is a long album to say the least as each song save for three go well beyond the six minute mark with the longest song reaching over the ten minute mark.
From the very beginning of the album it is very apparent that this album doesn’t let genres confine it or dictate what it should sound like. The Great Escape leaves your mind swimming and bewildered after each song. There really isn’t a way to define the sound, or pigeonhole An Ocean of Void into one particular genre.
The overall sound throughout the album is melancholic and generally depressing. This album is perfect for when you want to lock yourself in a dark room and sit in a corner. The Great Escape looms over you like a stormy cloud and follows you like one too, making your day gloomy and dreary, and even putting in your best effort to get rid of that toxic depression you won’t be able to.
An Ocean of Void isn’t exactly heavy in the traditional sense. There aren’t those crunching riffs powerful enough to leave a crater sized hole in your chest, and there aren’t those drums that are bone splintering. Even without those aspects, that doesn’t mean that the album isn’t heavy. In fact, The Great Escape is plenty heavy, just in a different sense.
An Ocean of Void takes obvious ques from Pink Floyd. They’re progressive, melodic, thought provoking as well as psychedelic. With a menagerie of elements at their disposal, An Ocean of Void creates an interesting blend of music.
Each riff is smooth and memorable with the occasional psychedelic guitar solo as the drums are rhythmic. The bass is an ever present force as it rumbles along in the background. The vocals transition from manic shouting to an almost spoken word vocal style. The Great Escape is a good start for the French band and a solid debut album that packs a lot of material within seven songs.