Song: Glass Gloss
Band: Ocean Grove
Area: Melbourne, Victoria
Date of Release: 14/12/18
Genre: Odd World, Nu Metal
For Fans Of: My Ticket Home, Cane Hill, Limp Bizkit, Islander, Deftones
‘Don’t forget that I’m real, not another weapon of mass appeal
It’s time to turn off (My supernova windowsill)
You must forget that I’m real, reciprocate the hands that I deal
It’s time to jump off (My supernova windowsill)’
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Melbourne odd world collective Ocean Grove. In fact, it’s been well over a year now since they released their debut album and one of my favourite records of recent memory ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’, so you better believe I was absolutely overjoyed to hear that the boys finally had a fresh new single out - ‘Glass Gloss’!
Unfortunately, the release of this single was brought to us alongside the announcement of Luke Holmes’ (vocals) and Jimmy Hall’s (guitars) departure from the group [Linked below]. The current lineup will be performing their final show at next month’s UNIFY Gathering, but until then, let’s dive right into ‘Glass Gloss’ and see how Ocean Grove follow up ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’.
It’s no secret that Ocean Grove‘s sound is a sonic amalgamation of countless different styles and directions, so it brings me great pleasure that ‘Glass Gloss’ keeps things heavy, energetic and most importantly, weird. Starting off with some subtle guitar riffing, eerie drone-like synths and fuzzy murmuring, the track quickly bursts into the grooves, bringing back that nu metal-esque bop that we’ve all come to know and love from this band since their 2015 EP ‘The Black Label’. As the track shifts into the first verse, the bass and drums hold down a tight groove alongside catchy, yet creepy pitch shifted vocals, keeping the listener in a state of anticipation as tension begins to build. Soft, ghastly guitar lines and twisted electronics quickly seep back into the soundscape before the band explodes into a massive, yet anthemic chorus; Dale Tanner melodically resolving “And I know my way out, I know my way”!
Post-chorus, the track returns to that gloriously heavy nu metal punch for a second verse that is sure to please anyone who enjoyed tracks such as ‘Lights on Kind of Lover’ and ‘Intimate Alien’. Holmes provides his own brand of aggressive rap vocals over tumultuous guitar riffs, seemingly chanting about social norms, the cycles of society and the active influence of the media upon our thoughts and prospects. The band continues to storm on for about a minute before transitioning into another melodic chorus for further contrast. The song closes with one last moment of Holmes’s sonic and lyrical fury alongside a face melting instrumental of groovy riffs and overall heaviness; a satisfying end to an absolute ripper of a track.
Overall, ‘Glass Gloss’ is a blast to listen to; a fun, high-octane banger that will leave no fan of Ocean Grove in disappointment. Whilst the news of a lineup change is surely saddening, I have no doubt in my mind that they will fill the spot appropriately, and I absolutely cannot wait to catch them on February 9th in support of Hands Like Houses! The nu metal revival is real, and with bands such as Ocean Grove, My Ticket Home and Cane Hill spearheading the genre’s return to the forefront of the heavy scene, it’s hard not to get excited for whatever comes next!
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10