This album instantly wins the distinction of being in the top 1% of my collection. It’s a classic. There are nine songs, all but two of which are between seven and eleven minutes long. The songs build and fall, ebb and flow, much like, well, an ocean (and with the nautical titles, I think we have a theme on our hands…). For those that didn’t know them before, ISIS was an extremely heavy band, somewhat similar to Godflesh and Neurosis, and now comparisons to Godspeed You Black Emperor wouldn’t be too far off. ISIS’ heavy edge has been somewhat tempered on Oceanic, but it’s all for the best. They’ve finally come into a territory that belongs solely to them. It’s unique and beautiful. Though this is heavy music, it transcends any categorization of “metal” or “hardcore.” There is melody soaking through this album, and it’s not trite and repeated like standard pop melody; rather, it is unique and fascinating. This record achieves the ideal of being beautiful and heavy at the same time, and this isn’t just hyperbole. The songs and album are never boring or repetetive despite their lengths; they rise from quiet and atmospheric introductions and build to torrential pounding rhythms, and subside again as they came. The guest vocals of Maria and Ayl (from another great Boston band, 27) are a stellar inclusion, and really round out some already amazing songs. The album is an odyssey; I can’t stop listening to it.Even if I weren’t a fan before this, this album would instantly convert me. I give it a 13 out of 15 on the Gnosis2000 scale: a classic, one of the best albums ever made. I recommend it to everyone, whether a heavy music fan or not. Give it a chance, and you’ll love it.