Birmingham, UK’s Oceans Ate Alaska has announced their forthcoming, sophomore album, Hikari, to release July 28 Fearless Records / Caroline Australia, and has also unleashed the record’s second single, “Escapist.” Hikari illuminates major strides in the group’s sonic vocabulary. Following a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska’s dynamic flare. Pre-Orders for Hikari are available now, with each order includes an instant download of “Covert” and “Escapist.””We have a huge amount of respect for Japanese culture, especially their music,” says drummer Chris Turner. “These unique and beautiful instruments have inspired us to create something brand new, and we are beyond proud of the end result!”
Album art and track list for Hikari is as follows:
1. Benzaiten (feat. Alex Teyen of Black Tongue)
10. Ukiyo (feat. Josh Manuel of Issues)
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OCEANS ATE ALASKA – Uniting boundaries between multiple genres in modern metal, Oceans Ate Alaska -Chris Turner [Drums], James Kennedy [Guitar], Mike Stanton [Bass], Adam Zytkiewicz [Guitar], and Jake Noakes [Vocals]- made waves during 2015 with their full-length debut Lost Isles. Fusing unpredictable polyrhythms and a sporadic partnering of melodic and dissonant passages, Rock Sound and Revolver both pegged Oceans Ate Alaska as a “Band to Watch,” while they landed on Alternative Press’s “100 Bands You Need To Know” list and covered HM Magazine. The Birmingham, UK, technical metal quintet’s second full-length album, Hikari, translates to “Light” in English and represents their current mindset, illuminating major strides in the group’s sonic vocabulary. Following a lyrical and musical theme rooted in Samurai mythology, the 11-track album blends traditional Japanese instruments with Oceans Ate Alaska’s dynamic flare. Ultimately, Hikari means both a new “light” for Oceans Ate Alaska and heavy music at large.