You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient is the imminent new full-length from Vancouver sludge-bringers, BISON.
Set for release in Europe on June 23rd followed by a North American release on July 7th, You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient follows BISON’s 2014-issued 1000 Needles EP and serves as their first full-length to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood, who joined the band following their Lovelessness full-length (2012, Metal Blade).
In advance of its release, you can stream the record at Cvlt Nation (US) HERE and BeatRoute (Canada) HERE.
BISON’s You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient was captured in the band’s hometown with longtime friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. The record will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. For CD preorders point your browser to THIS LOCATION. For vinyl, go HERE. For US orders go to THIS LOCATION.
In a 8/10 rating Hellbound gushes, “Both a step forward and a return to form, BISON is back, baby!” VancityRockers concurs. “There is no messing around on BISON’s You Are Not the Ocean You Are the Patient,” furthering, “The Vancouver band has dialled up the sludge on this, their fourth full-length — treating us to some slow, dripping, heavy riffs. On the other hand, parts of the album are prime headbanging material, driving up the intensity. While all seven tracks are full-on ragers, third track ‘Drunkard’ is a particularly intense listen.” Adds BrooklynVegan, “[You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient] may prove to be the band’s best album yet; while previous releases had great songs, …Ocean… has a cohesive, deliberate structure that the other albums lack. The band’s affinity for longer songs and a dual vocal attack are firmly in place, as well as their knack for weaving bursts of thrash between the slower sinews of sludge. The songs flow effortlessly into one another, culminating in album closer ‘Water Becomes Fire.’ It starts slow, layering guitars atop what sounds like a fiddle or violin, distortion building and blasting for a few moments before pulling back again. The dynamic is familiar but effective; Neurosis has built their brand on the ‘soft-loud-swirl-dirge-repeat’ hook, and BISON follows it (mostly) to the letter here. That’s no slight; plenty of bands attempt the same thing and fall away, whereas BISON sounds like they used their time away to figure out what works best and went with that.”
You are not the ocean. You do not orchestrate a beautiful cacophony of life and death, struggle and destruction, creation and dependence. You are not the sole reason for the existence of a nation of creatures to live and abide by your stark and simple rules. You are not married to the moon. You do not allow the constellations to be your map. You do not destroy cities and drown their citizens. You do not embrace the land’s golden hem as your child, with calm and tenderness. You do not crash and spray craggy shores with fury and passion. You are not unstoppable. You are not powerful. You are not necessary.
You are the patient. You are controlled. You are cared for. You are maintained with medicines and examinations. You are met with cold hands and protocol. Your most intimate self is put on a form. You are questioned about pains and thoughts. You are dependent on those with knowledge. You are helpless. You are tired and bed ridden. You do no harm and you do not help. You are monitored and caged. You are kept away from others. You are contaminated. You are sick. You are keeping yourself sick. You do not know how to recover. You do not want to recover. You do not know what recovery is.