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The Ocean

Formed: 2000
From: Berlin, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Ocean News

Below is our complete The Ocean news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Ocean Announce Fall European/UK Tour

The Ocean announce their first official tour they have planned in support of their forthcoming new effort “Phanerozoic“. This trek will take place throughout Europe and the UK. Rosetta and Årabrot will be supporting.

10/31 Karlsruhe, GER – Dudefest
11/01 Paris, FRA – Backstage
11/02 London, UK – The Dome
11/03 Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival
11/05 Munster, GER – Sputnikhalle
11/06 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/07 Sion, SWI – Le Port Franc
11/08 Milan, ITA – Santeria Social Club
11/09 Munich, GER – Strom

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Nightmarer Premiere New Song “Death/Swansong”

Nightmarer (The Ocean, ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, etc.) debut “Death/Swansong” from their new effort, “Cacophony Of Terror“, which will be out on March 23rd via Season Of Mist.

Says guitarist Simon Hawemann of the track: More...

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Nightmarer Debut New Track “Fetisch”

Nightmarer (The Ocean, ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, etc.) debut a new song titled “Fetisch“ below. Season Of Mist have the Nightmarer’s new effort “Cacophony Of Terror” slated for a March 23rd release date.

States the band: More...

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Nightmarer Premiere New Song "Skinner"

Nightmarer, featuring ex-Gigan vocalist John Collett and former War From A Harlots Mouth guitarist Simon Hawemann and drummer Paul Seidel (The Ocean) will release their debut album “Cacophony Of Terror” on March 23rd via Season Of Mist. A new track from it titled “Skinner” is streaming below.

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The Ocean 10th Anniversary Vinyls Announced

The Ocean announce an upcoming 10th anniversary 3xLP pressing of their 2007 album, “Precambrian“. The new version of the album comes with a bonus re-recording of the track “Rhyacian” done by the band’s current lineup. The outing will arrive on limited edition special colored vinyl pressings. The record is expected to arrive before the end of February.

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The Ocean Are Working On Two New Albums

The Ocean are working on two new albums. Comments guitarist Robin Staps:

“We are currently working on 2 new albums, which will see the light of day eventually in 2018 and 2019. That’s why we’re not touring much this year, we played around 300 shows during the Pelagial touring cycle, and we feel like it’s about time for something new now. So this is the quiet before the storm right now, in oceanic terms…”

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The Ocean Premieres "Turritopsis Dohrnii"

Pelagic Records -- founded in 2009 by The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps -- will release "In The Twilight, These Rocks Have Teeth" this fall; a compilation of one-hundred-eighty minutes of contemporary post rock, metal, and experimental rock music. The release showcases the entire Pelagic Records roster and includes bands such as Mono, Pg.Lost, Klone, Wang Wen, and many others as well as previously unreleased tracks by The Ocean and new signing Spook The Horses. Preorders are currently available over here.

In advance of the massive collection's September 29th release, Revolver is offering up an official premiere of The Ocean's "Turritopsis Dohrnii," at this location. You can also just press play in the player at the bottom.

The track serves as The Ocean's first output since the 2015 "Transcendental" split EP with Japan's post rock legends Mono, a release which inaugurated the Pelagic Split Series - later to be followed by editions featuring exclusive contributions by Cult Of Luna and The Old Wind, Tiny Fingers and EF, and LLNN and Wovoka.

Issues Staps of "Turritopsis Dohrnii," "This track was recorded as part of the Pelagial session. 'Turritopsis dohrnii' is a jellyfish that lives in the Mediterranean. It is the only immortal species on Earth. Jellyfish are weird creatures. They start their lives as polyps which are basically something closer to a plant than to an animal, something that grows on a rock. These polyps reproduce asexually, by cell division. The result becomes the free-swimming medusa, a jellyfish. Jellies then reproduce sexually, before they die... except this little guy here. Once the adult form of the species have reproduced, they revert back into their juvenile polyp state. They shrink, their tentacles disappear and they sink to the ocean floor to start their unique life cycle all over again... and not just once, but infinitely.

"This track begins and ends with the same part, reflecting that eternal cycle," he continues. "Learning about this tiny creature made me think about how we are desperately striving for physical rejuvenation and intellectual immortality... the other side of the coin is the fact that we barely see any old people these days. In a city like Berlin, everyone is young, healthy and pretty. Elder people get locked away in homes that most of us will never get to see or visit, unless we have family members unfortunate enough to become old." More...

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The Ocean Posts "Rhyacian" Video

Germany's premier post-metal act The Ocean has started work on a new album to follow 2015's split "Transcendental" EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono.

In anticipation of the upcoming full-length record, The Ocean has launched a new live video for the track "Rhyacian," which head back further into the discography and is taken from 2007's "Precambrian" album. Filmed at the Brick by Brick in San Diego, CA, the video can be viewed below.

Prior to "Transcendental," The Ocean released sixth full-length album "Pelagial" in 2013 - which was hailed as the group's "most ambitious record to date" (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com). Since the album and EP's release, the group has toured the world in support - stay tuned for more info on the upcoming opus. More...

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Ne Obliviscaris Touring Australia

Following a European tour alongside Enslaved, Ne Oblivscaris will embark on a headlining Australian tour. The tour begins this week, and sees the band traveling throughout the rest of the month with The Ocean. Dates are as follows:

Nov. 25 Melbourne (AU) @ 170 Russell
Nov. 26 Adelaide (AU) @ Fowler's Live
Nov. 30 Canberra (AU) @ The Basement
Dec. 1 Sydney (AU) @ Manning Bar
Dec. 2 Newcastle (AU) @ The Cambridge Hotel
Dec. 3 16 Brisbane (AU) @ The Brightside
Dec. 4 Perth (AU) @ Capitol More...

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The Ocean Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Germany's progressive/post-metal collective The Ocean is returning to North America for a near-two-week run of live takeovers.

Set to run from October 30th through November 9th, the band will be joined by North and The Gorge. The West Coast trek includes a stop in Las Vegas Halloween night to share the stage with Napalm Death. See all confirmed dates below:

10/30/2016 Green Room - Flagstaff, AZ w/ North
10/31/2016 LVCS - Las Vegas, NV w/ Napalm Death, North
11/01/2016 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/02/2016 Ash Street Saloon - Portland, OR w/ North, The Gorge
11/03/2016 Studio 7 - Seattle, WA w/ North, The Gorge
11/04/2016 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ North, The Gorge
11/05/2016 Old Nick's - Eugene, OR w/ North, The Gorge
11/06/2016 Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/08/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA w/ North, The Gorge
11/09/2016 Complex - Los Angeles, CA w/ North, The Gorge More...

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Nightmarer Posts New Song "Ceremony Of Control"

Nightmarer - featuring members of The Ocean, War From A Harlots Mouth & Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky - premieres a new song titled "Ceremony Of Control", taken from the upcoming new EP "Chasm", which will be out in stores May 01st.

Check out now "Ceremony Of Control" below.

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Intronaut Announces Tour With The Ocean

Progressive metal titans Intronaut will start 2016 with a North American headlining tour, which will see the group supporting newest full length record, "The Direction Of Last Things."

Joining the band on the upcoming trek are The Ocean and North. Speaking about this headlining run, the members of Intronaut comment:

"Intronaut would like to thank all you amazing people for your continued support of our band over the past decade, and especially with the release of our latest album. You guys are the best fans ever, and we're lucky to have you! We are very excited to announce our first headlining run of 2016, with support coming from two bands we love."

The band also provides some interesting details about these headlining shows, adding: "To give you an idea of our show, we are planning on playing all the songs from 'The Direction Of Last Things,' as well as some songs from all our past records. We are also working hard on a beefed-up visual production that should take you from zero to I'm-freaking-out-man in record time." More...

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Solstafir Kicks Off New Tour

Tonight Solstafir kicks off a European tour alongside Mono and The Ocean. Beginning tonight in Aarhus, DK, the band will perform in 13 countries before concluding in Leeds, UK on November 7. Solstafir is touring in support of latest album "Otta" (reviewed here). Upcoming dates and venues are as follows:

Oct. 12 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
Oct. 13 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
Oct. 14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
Oct. 18 St. Petersburg, RU @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
Oct. 19 Moscow, RU @ Volta
Oct. 21 Vilnius, LI @ NEW YORK
Oct. 22 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
Oct. 23 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
Oct. 24 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Void Fest
Oct. 26 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
Oct. 27 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Oct. 28 Munich, DE @ Backstage
Oct. 29 Bologna, IT @ Locomativ
Oct. 30 Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
Oct. 31 Lyon, FR @ CCO Villeurbanne
Nov. 02 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
Nov. 03 Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
Nov. 04 Zurich, CH @ Harterei
Nov. 05 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
Nov. 06 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Nov. 07 Leeds, UK @ Damnation Fest More...

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The Ocean Posts Split EP Trailer

The Ocean and Mono have released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming split release "Transcendental," due out on October 23, 2015 via pelagic Records. The four minute video is available below, while pre-orders are now online here.

The Ocean's contribution, a 13 minute song entitled "The Quiet Observer," was inspired by Gaspard Noe's controversial movie "Enter The Void."

Mono address similar topics with an 11-minute song entitled "Death in Reverse." The song serves as a trailer for the upcoming 9th Mono album, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release through Pelagic Records. More...

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The Ocean Releasing Split Album

Mono and The Ocean: two bands from very different cultural origins, Japan and Germany, yet spiritually akin and connected by many similarities: a cinematic approach to music based on lengthy, escalating compositions, the fact that both bands have existed for more than 15 years, that they have toured many times around the globe, and finally their shared passion for double albums.

It only makes sense that these two bands will now tour together - and release new music just in time for their extended European run, in form of a split LP. Two songs, only one by each band – but 24 minutes of new music altogether.

The Ocean has gone through lineup changes since the release of the 2013 opus "Pelagial" (reviewed here): Drummer Luc Hess was replaced by Paul Seidel, and Australian guitarist Damian Murdoch took Jonathan Nido's place.

This recording is the band's first output featuring these new members, as well as cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou and piano player Vincent Membrez, who already played on "Pelagial." The band will take this extended lineup to the stage on the upcoming tour. More...

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Solstafir Announces Tour With The Ocean

Enigmatic Icelandic rock band Solstafir has announced upcoming European tour dates, joining Mono and The Ocean for an extensive trek. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Solstafir is touring in support of new album "Otta."

10/12 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
10/13 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
10/14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
10/18 St. Petersburg, RU @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
10/19 Moscow, RU @ Volta
10/21 Vilnius, LI @ NEW YORK
10/22 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
10/23 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
10/24 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Void Fest
10/26 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
10/27 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
10/28 Munich, DE @ Backstage
10/29 Bologna, IT @ Locomativ
10/30 Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
10/31 Lyon, FR @ CCO Villeurbanne
11/02 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
11/03 Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
11/04 Zurich, CH @ Harterei
11/05 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/06 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/07 Leeds, UK @ Damnation Fest More...

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The Ocean Announces 10th Anniversary Re-Release

The Ocean has checked in with the following announcement about re-releasing a 10th anniversary edition of the "Fluxion" album:

"2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of 'Fluxion.' On this occasion, Pelagic Records brings you a vinyl re-release of the album, which includes both the 2004 original version and the 2009 reissue, on 3 piece of vinyl. And as if this was not enough, we are also re-releasing 'Aeolian' on vinyl.

"'Fluxion' comes with the artwork of the 2009 version, 3 LPs in a gatefold sleeve with silver hot foil stamping / engraving. Includes download codes for both versions, as well as a (previously unreleased) mastered instrumental version of the album.

"'Aeolian' comes with the original artwork, matching the 'Fluxion' artwork. 2 LPs in a gatefold sleeve with gold hot foil stamping / engraving. Side D contains bonus tracks of the 2002 demo: an early, longer (12 minutes!) version of the track 'Queen Of The Food Chain,' and an early version of the track 'Inertia,' both recorded live in studio at the University of Fine Arts (HdK) in Berlin in 2002 already, 4 years before the album came out, with original vocalist Markus Gundall.

"The silver-vs.-black version of 'Fluxion' and the white-vs.-gold version of 'Aeolian' are nearly sold out already, so if you're a color-person, you may wanna be quick." More...

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The Ocean Posts Live Footage From New DVD

The Ocean is streaming live footage from the recently released "Collective Oblivion" DVD. The clip is taken from the band's Hong Kong stop on a tour across China. Watch "The City in the Sea" from the 2006 "Aeolian" album below.

Founding member and guitarist Robin Staps fills us in on the details: "This clip was filmed at our show at Hidden Agenda in Hong Kong during our first tour there in 2011. It was a crazy night, the audience was actually more drunk than us, and completely went ape shit.

"During the encore, 'The City In The Sea' off our 'Aeolian' record, Loic asked everyone to come up on stage and things went off the hook. These kids really enjoyed seeing some live metal in their city, and there are some quite unique dancing styles on display." More...

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The Ocean Announces July Shows

The Ocean has announced a run of U.K. and Irish dates in the lead up to the band's UK Tech Fest 2014 appearance. A handful of shows have now been confirmed for July and can be seen below. The Ocean's Robing Staps comments:

"We only hit London and Damnation Fest in Leeds on our last Euro headliner tour, so we're happy to return to the UK now for another cool festival. We're also excited to get back to Ireland, we haven't been there since 2009 and have really good memories of our last tour over there."

At the UK Tech Fest 2014, The Ocean will join Vildhjarta, Glass Cloud, The Safety Fire, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Deadly Circus Fire, and many more. The festival takes place from July 10th - 14th, with full details available at this location.

See The Ocean live this coming July:

7/8th LEEDS – Cockpit
7/9th GLASGOW - Audio
7/10th DUBLIN – Fibber Magees
7/11th CORK – Cyprus Avenue
7/12th MANCHESTER – Academy 3
7/13th UK TECH FEST 2014 - Newark Showground

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

This week certainly could've gone better for metal. Most of us woke Monday morning to the startling news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus - visiting alien, hilarious aficionado of all things offensive, and lead singer of costumed shock metallers GWAR - had died in his sleep of unknown causes Sunday, March 23rd.

Naturally, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) felt it only right to devote a nice, twitching, juicy slab of this week's podcast to Dave/Oderus. [00:50:45] His sudden death will likely have a massive, throbbing, aching impact on the future of metal culture, an impact as understated and yet as ever-present as his three-decade influence while alive and killing.

It's not all bummer news, though. We have some live concert adventures to share as well. Kevin caught performances by two renowned progressive metal bands: The Ocean [00:08:58] and Between The Buried And Me. [00:37:15] Mike saw thrashers Destruction [00:00:44] and experienced a unique, unexpected, trend-bucking grassroots event dubbed Annihilation Fest, held in Lynchburg, Virginia. [00:27:01]

We'd like to thank Metal Blade Records for their permission to use GWAR's "Zombies, March!" to open up this special episode, which you can check out here.

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