Ocean Roar
Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2012 Ratings: #67 / 928
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2012 Ratings: #118
Your Review


No Ripcord

It’s an album that revels in interpretation and grows larger and nearly overpowering in its ability to draw the listener into its dense layers of distortion, cascading dissonance, and fleeting moments of stunning clarity.

Beats Per Minute

It’s complex, destructive, and infinite.


It has a facing-the-beast quality of a punishing spiritual quest, as if Elverum steeled himself and left his house at midnight, barefoot, and just kept walking.


It is a profound statement of an artist trying to find a sense of belonging, and it is rather sublime to wander along with this album’s creator and get a sense of one’s own mortality.

Tiny Mix Tapes
This dark gravity limns the most potent expression of Elverum’s infatuation with the extreme sonic density of black metal, marking Mount Eerie’s furthest point of departure from The Microphone’s quintessential lo-fi indie pop.
Consequence of Sound

Elverum takes the space of Ocean Roar‘s 40 minutes to perfectly capture how it feels to be Phil Elverum, to live inside his head, as it looks out into the ocean’s horizon.

Under The Radar

From unforgiving seas to rain-drenched walks through the evergreens, he ropes you right into a very particular, personal experience.

The 405

There are definitely points of real quality and interesting experimentation but it feels like it is missing a few more significant moments and would benefit from maybe a little less din.

Feb 3, 2016*
WOW. This album is stunning, and I have never heard even one mention of it. One of the bravest, emotional things Elverum has in his catalogue. This album will take you to where Elverum wants you to go....very quickly and easily.

Favorite Tracks: Pale Lights, Ocean Roar, Instrumental 1, Waves
Dec 13, 2014
I would have liked this more if it weren't for the poor production choices. The black metal parts here don't sound earth-shattering at all here and tracks like 'Pale Lights' would benefit greatly from some more gritty production. 'Ocean Roar' had some really great ideas going for it, but I thought they were executed quite poorly in the end.

Favourite tracks: Waves, Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)
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Added on: August 28, 2012