The hardcore genre continues to grow with some amazing artists, including newcomers in the past 5 years like Oceans Ate Alaska hailing from Birmingham, U.K. While the band officially signed to a label back in 2012, they were recognized by Fearless Records in 2014 after signing and performing a great cover of Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” for Punk Goes Pop vol. 6. And thus, the fan base around Oceans Ate Alaska was born… with the band gaining momentum within the scene they released their debut album, Lost Isles, in 2015, and played a summer in 2016 on Vans Warped Tour.
The year of 2017 leads to even more promise with the summer release of sophomore album, Hikari via Fearless Records on July 28th. Having a few days to pour over this album, it’s time to finally share a few thoughts and favorite moments about this newest effort from Oceans Ate Alaska.
Hikari begins with the notion of a story, as the album follows a Japanese theme pulling influence from Samurai Mythology using traditional Japanese instruments throughout the album. With the track titled ‘Benzatien’ opening up the album with Japanese instrumentals, but grows into the traditional mosh pit inducing drops that the fans are used too from Oceans Ate Alaska. More tracks that hit hard from the album include “Deadweight”, “Sarin”, “Hansha” and “Ukiyo” which uses interesting jazz aspects interweaved within the hardcore sound.
Oceans Ate Alaska’s Hikari shows that creativity and pushing boundaries can be a bold and unique step forward. From the story aspect of ancient Japanese Samurai to the innovations in music and sound, Hikari is a truly unique and special album for a sophomore album.