Pellek - Ocean of Opportunity

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Pellek
Ocean of Opportunity
Independent Release
2013
6.5
Pellek is a Norwegian vocalist who has been busy both as a solo artist with this “eponymous” band as well as a member of Damnation Angels.
 
While I am not going to challenge the fact that the guy has an amazing range, what seems to irk me a bit is his strong lingering and way he accents certain words, sometimes when he forms the sound and sometimes towards the end… If I was going to bring up as another example of a singer that does something similar that would be Timo Cotipelto, but it’s not going to be exactly the same thing, I’d be talking about.
 
“Oceans of Opportunity” is a concept album about a guy that following the death of his wife decides to take a trip around the world, in order, to find salvation through adventure... a little bizarre, but who am I to criticize how one would mourn his late wife…
 
“Elucidation” starts tenderly but quickly as the hero remembers of what he’s leaving behind and all that is becoming more dramatic…
 
“Northern Wayfarer” is a fast staccato number, about sailing the Northern seas…
 
“Sea of Okhotsk” is a more melodic and intricate song, with various changes, about the “hero” finding adventure and facing danger on some island...
 
“Brigantine of Tranquility” begins with some acapella singing, which is a little too daring, as it sounds quite “naked” and odd. Too much lamentation. Pellek is just being a little over-singing on this one I think. This song in particular reminded me of Rhapsody, for some reason! But it’s one of the better ones on the album.
 
“God’s Pocket” is simply a very ridiculous and for me almost a reason to stop listening to the album, at this point song. It’s some sort of kids song set to double bass drums... The dumbest melody ever... supposedly it has to do with the guy boarding an air-ship I suppose and going to “America”?
 
“Stars and Bulletholes” starts with another “kiddy” melody that almost sounds copied from a German kids show too but does, have some heavier parts, intertwining... oh joy! I’ll tell my teddy bear about it!
 
“Sky Odyssey” is a slow and quite poignant song that however ends up being rather pointless at the end as it feels untended... in the way it’s edited being a ballad about getting back to the ground…
 
“Transmigration” is a bit of a recap of the whole adventure…
 
…and it gives way to a huge 10 minute piece “The Last Journey” a very symphonic piece where Pellek, gives it his all, hitting his highest notes, and pulling all the stops... it's quite impressive and has quite a few nice melodies, and interesting changes, but at 10 minutes it also manages to become a bit… too much.
 
Overall, it ain’t too bad but I feel the debut was way better & more interesting. Nonetheless, Pellek, both the man and the band around him impress, with the sheer ability, scope and execution being at a high level. But inspiration and that X factor, well those are things that P, could still work on, until then...