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7 OCEAN

Symphonic Prog • Belarus


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7 OCEAN (also called SEVENTH OCEAN) is a band from Belarus, that first started out in the late 1980's. Alexander Eletsky (keyboards, vocals) was the driving artistic force of the band, and for their debut album "One Life", released in 1989, he was joined by Gennady Kalaurkin (guitar, vocals) , Igor Mihasev (drums, vocals) and Vitaly Gaponenko (bass, vocals). The same line-up recorded and released sophomore effort "Black Holes" the following year.

The band then immediately starts working on their third album. Igor Mihasev weren't able to participate this time around though, and was temporarily replaced by Alexander Sofiks (drums) for the recording of "Son of the Sun", also released in 1990.

1991 saw Igor Mihasev return to the band, and next in line for 7 OCEAN was the concept album, "Find Echo". Tragic circumstances intervened though, with the death of Igor Mihhasev on July 17th 1994. This leads to the band breaking up, unable to finish their planned creation without their close friend and band mate present.

10 years later Alexander Eletsky and Alexander Sofiks decides to rebuild 7 OCEAN, and joined by Sergei Starosotsky (vocals, bass, percussion) this new trio starts rehearsing and composing. In 2005 they start recording, and 3 years later the finished CD, "The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities", is released by Russian record label MALS.

WHY IS THIS BAND LISTED AT PROGARCHIVES:
7 OCEAN play a highly 70's influenced form of mellow symphonic rock; dominated by extensive use of keyboards; in a style somewhat similar to Van der Graaf Generator. The band was suggested to the Symphonic team, who approved their addition.

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3.16 | 20 ratings
Таинственная раса странных существ / The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities
2008
3.00 | 5 ratings
Возвратись под Солнце / Return Under The Sun
2009
2.67 | 3 ratings
Одна жизнь / One Life
2010
3.46 | 10 ratings
Диапауза / Diapause
2013
3.92 | 6 ratings
Сын Солнца / Son of Sun
2016

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 Сын Солнца / Son of Sun by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.92 | 6 ratings

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Сын Солнца / Son of Sun
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Hailing from Belarus, 7 OCEAN started out back in the late '80s and recorded a handful of albums before disbanding following the passing of original drummer Igor Mihasev. The band revived again in 2004 and has released new albums at regular intervals ever since. "Son of Sun" is the third full-length album to be officially issued by the band since their return, and was released through the Russian label MALS Records in 2016.

Accessible, melodic progressive rock with a strong vintage orientation is what 7 Ocean provides us with on their new release "Son of Sun". And while the compositions may well have been crafted some time back in the day, they have stood the test of time rather well, as far as I can tell. An album that merits a check by those who know and love progressive rock as it was explored in the mid to late '70s by bands such as Camel and Genesis.

 Возвратись под Солнце / Return Under The Sun by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 5 ratings

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Возвратись под Солнце / Return Under The Sun
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Twenty years after their formation 7 Ocean appear to be back on track, composing music in a prolific way.At this point the trio focused on writing as much music as they could, their site provides free downloads of albums recorded by the band, apparently searching for a promoter.So, their debut was followed in 2009 by ''Return under the sun'', an album with a more normal line-up, Eletsky focused on his work on keyboards and Starosotsky played only some sparse bass, focusing on his vocal duties, as guitarist Oleg Grinevich and bassist Vladimir Stoljarov were recruited for these recordings.

No wonder, ''Return under the sun'' has a more natural sound than the band's debut and, as a result, it sounds a tad more convincing and professional of a recording.Of course the material is not up there with the first league acts of keyboard Prog, but it appears to be well-executed with interesting parts and variations, delivered in a set of long suites and mid-length pieces.Additionally it sounds more symphonic and less electronic than the previous release, thus it competes as a focused work within the Symphonic Rock frames.The multi-layered synth parts, which sounded as fillers in ''The mysterious race of strange entities'', are limited to zero and the band performs a light Symphonic Rock with emphasis on keyboards and piano, containing organ waves and a more balanced use of synthesizers, offering some nice violin, flute, electric piano and harsichord notes in the process and sinking deep into the Classical education with all these piano variations and interludes.While the electric guitar is rather sporadic, there is some good presence of the acoustic one on several tracks for a more diverse and rich sound.The overall result is not always memorable, but comes up as a nice improvement, the guys set their direction into the soft Symphonic Rock vein and they did a good job at the end of the day.

Less E.L.P.-sounding and more original than their debut, moving also a bit away from the LITTLE TRAGEDIES references.This would demand a sacrifice by the band, which now sounds less bombastic/grandiose.The album comes as a free download, for fans of keyboard Prog and Symphonic Rock this could be a very good listening.

 Таинственная раса странных существ / The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.16 | 20 ratings

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Таинственная раса странных существ / The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Rare case of Belarusian Prog by 7 Ocean, a group formed in 1989 in Gomel by Alexander Eletsky (keyboards, vocals), Igor Mihasev (drums, vocals), Gennady Kalaurkin (guitar, vocals) and Vitaly Gaponenko (bass, vocals) with two early albums under their belt, the cassette ''One life" (1989) and ''Black holes'' (1990).At this point Mihasev quits and he was replaced by Alexander Sofiks, while 7 Ocean headed for a third album ''The son of the sun'' (1991), which was said to be in an epic Prog Rock style ala Van Der Graaf Generator.Mihasev returned in the line-up and another studio effort, ''Find the echo'', is recorded by the original crew.Sadly Mihasen died in 1994, leading to the disbandement of 7 Ocean.10 years later the band would reform with old members Eletsky and Sofiks along with new bassist Sergei Starosotsky and they were signed by MALS for a worldwide debut in 2008 under the epic title ''The mysterious race of strange entities''.

A trio of bass/keyboards/drums with occasional guitar lines played by Eletsky couldn't sound much different than an E.L.P.-like band and the music of 7 Ocean is actually along the lines of Symphonic Rock with some Electronic orientations and sporadic jazzy moments.They are pretty similar to premature LITTLE TRAGEDIES with a tendency towards organic music with strong Classical influences and big orchestral movements, but they also sound a bit different at some point.That's because 7 Ocean and Eletsky in particular delivers plenty of singing lines (in Russian or Belarusian, I do not know exactly), trying to keep a balance between vocal and instrumental passages.But the result is often far from exciting.Not because of the vocals, which are not bad neither very good, but mainly due to a much synthetic sound, heavily relying on keyboards, effects and samplers, eventually producing a digital, mechanical atmosphere.That's a shame, as 7 Ocean could create some cool soundscapes of Electronic- and Classical-oriented ambiences during the listening process as well as some fiery keyboard pyrotechnics.The second part of the album fortunately containsd some stronger and more natural pieces, like the bombastic and deeply symphonic ''On the threshold'', the short ''Short stories'' with the delicate violin parts and the omnipresent organ or the dense ''Conclusions'' with the everachanging breaks between piano, synths and organ.Not accidentally the more beautiful parts of the album are the ones where the charming sound of acoustic guitar is added for a deeper, more convincing and natural sound.

Glad to see these guys fight back against the previous fate, which caused the loss of their drummer.But I would be even more pleased to see them come back with a more definite, physical instrumentation and less sampling parts.Not a bad album, if you like the early stages of LITTLE TRAGEDIES you will propably like this one as well...2.5 stars.

 Диапауза / Diapause by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.46 | 10 ratings

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Диапауза / Diapause
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Belarussian band 7 OCEAN started out back in 1989, and in the next few years they recorded four albums worth of material until the band went into hiatus following the death of drummer Igor Mihasev. In 2004 the band was revived again however, and since then they have recorded another four full length albums, of which two are available as digital downloads from the band's website only, and two have been officially released. "Diapause" is the most recent of these, initially made available as a free digital download in 2013 and then subsequently released in physical format by the Russian label MALS Records.

Accessible, melodic progressive rock with plenty of keyboard textures and a distinct emphasis on melodies and harmonies is what 7 Ocean provides on their latest album "Diapause". The conceptual story explored is one that a Russian speaking audience will have to make up their minds about, but if that detail doesn't concern you overly much and you tend to enjoy classic symphonic progressive rock that has at least half a foot well placed inside a 70's context, this is a CD that should be worthwhile to spend some time with.

 Диапауза / Diapause by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.46 | 10 ratings

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Диапауза / Diapause
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars 7 Ocean is a band from the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Forming in 1989, they released four albums before breaking up after the death of one of the founding members in 1994. Some years later they reformed, and released the first album with the new line-up in 2008. Since then they have released two more albums on download only, and have now returned with their latest 'Diapause', which can be downloaded from their site and has also now been released on physical CD by Mals. All the music and lyrics are provided by Alexander Eletsky (keyboards, vocals), who has been the driving force behind the band since their inception some 25 years ago. All lyrics are in Russian, but that just adds to the very Eastern European feel that this album has.

It is symphonic, but there are some elements and stylings that show where this music has originated from, especially with some of the traditional folk that is obviously a major influence. If someone had asked me to pick a country of origin without knowing, I would have guessed Poland, and as they share a boundary with Belarus I don't think I could have been accused of being too far away. One quite unusual part of this album is that there are a lot of keyboard sounds utilized that I would have associated far more with the eighties than the present day, and there are times when pop seems to be making it's way into the prog. There are many dreamy sections, and the result is something that in many ways is quite atmospheric and pleasant, while also being somewhat dated. Some of these songs could be used as background music in films, but I don't really view that as a positive in their case.

 Таинственная раса странных существ / The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities by 7 OCEAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.16 | 20 ratings

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Таинственная раса странных существ / The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities
7 Ocean Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars There's not much information to be found on this band, but a Babel Fish translation indicates that they formed in 1989, disbanded in 1994 and reformed in 2004. The Mysterious Race of Strange Entities is their first release after that.

Seventh Ocean are fond of making mellow compositions, with keyboards, piano and organ being the dominating instruments; and in the segments containing vocals these are given a central place in the soundscape. Guitars are used more sparingly; placed in the back of the mix; and more often than not the acoustic guitar is preferred over the electric. Long melodic segments are a dominating trait in all compositions here, with keyboards and organ underlining most segments of the tunes with symphonic textures. The songs are light and floating, sometimes with spacey elements, seldom or never with hard or harsh elements. The end result is music easy on the ears and soothing for the mind. The main negative aspect of this release are the all Russian vocals, which might limit the appeal of this album slightly.

Fans of light and melodic symphonic rock with a 70's feel to it might want to check this one out.

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