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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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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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The Ocean Posts More Tour Footage

The Ocean has posted a brand new tour documentary from the 2013 Pelagial World Tour, which can be seen below.

This portion covers the European leg of The Ocean's recent headlining tour, as well as the line-up changes at the end of 2013 when Luc Hess and Jona Nido were replaced by Paul Seidel and Damian Murdoch.

The Ocean is currently in North America for the first time since last year's The Summer Slaughter Tour. This co-headline tour with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit began last week. The tour also includes special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, and is being presented by Metal Sucks. More...

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SXSW 2014 Metal Showcases Listing

South By Southwest (SXSW) has successfully kicked off another year of conferences, showcases and events. By now, thousands of badge and wrist band wearers have consumed hundreds of film premieres and attended conferences on the latest innovations in the fields of interactive technology and education. Now it's time to pump up the volume and flip a middle finger at mainstream music as we descend into the festival's music segment. This year reveals a full week of metallic offerings. Check below for a listing of metal themed official showcases (times and card may be subject to change). More...

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The Ocean Posts Tour Video

The Ocean has posted a brand new tour documentary from the 2013 Pelagial world tour, which can be seen below.

The Ocean will be returning to North America this spring for a co-headline tour with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit. The tour also includes special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, and is being presented by Metal Sucks. Dates are available after the jump. More...

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Scale The Summit To Play Metal Injection Showcase

After years of attending and covering the metal happenings of South by Southwest, Metal Injection couldn't be more excited to present its first ever SXSW showcase. Metal Injection comments:

"Attendees of the Metal Injection showcase are in for one hell of a night. Scale The Summit and The Ocean will co-headline the show, with support coming from pummeling death metal masters Rivers of Nihil, 14-string guitar shred genius Felix Martin with his full band, the dark blackened ambiance of Vattnet Viskar, post-metal kings The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes kicking off the party with a bang.

"The party kicks off Thursday, March 13th starting at 7PM at The Dirty Dog. Free admission with SXSW badge or wristband. If you don't have SXSW credentials, there will be limited tickets on sale for the general public the day of show, so get there early! The poster below was created by renowned artist Mike Wholberg." More...

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The Ocean Gearing Up For Tour

The Ocean will be returning to North America this spring for the first time since last year's The Summer Slaughter Tour. In just over a month, the co-headline tour with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit begins.

The tour also includes special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, and is being presented by Metal Sucks. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, March 5th in Seattle and wraps up on Sunday, March 30th in Cambridge, including two dates scheduled in Austin, TX for SXSW.

The Ocean will notice a change in the lineup from the last time around, as the band has added drummer Paul Seidel and guitarist Damian Murdoch to replace Luc Hess and Jona Nido, who departed the band on mutual terms late last year.

Two live videos have been made available from The Summer Slaughter Tour stop at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Check them out in the playlist below. The Ocean founder and guitarist Robin Staps comments on the videos:

"Summer Slaughter was the final US tour for Luc and Jona. These clips bring back good memories of our last summer together and a lot of crazy parties in parking lots across the country. Now I'm really looking forward to getting back to the US with our new guys. We've started rehearsing for our upcoming tours this week, and there's a really good vibe in the room. We're hungry to get out again, we've only been home for two months now but it already feels too long." More...

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The Ocean To Tour With Scale The Summit

The Ocean will be returning to North America in 2014 for a co-headline run with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit and special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes, presented by Metal Sucks.

The tour kicks off on Wednesday, March 5th in Seattle and wraps up on Sunday, March 30th in Cambridge Mass., including two dates scheduled in Austin, TX for SXSW.

The Ocean's Robin Staps comments: "We're excited to return to the US with our first headline tour since 2008. A lot has happened in the meantime and the band is in a different place now, both musically as well as lineup-wise. We have played some bigger tours which came with a lot of compromises (short set, no production, rushed changeovers), so we are really happy that we're finally gonna be able to offer our Stateside fans and supporters a ‘full’ The Ocean set. We will be playing 'Pelagial' in its entirety most nights, the way it's been written and the way it's been meant to be performed live, as well as some 'Heliocentric', 'Anthropocentric' and 'Precambrian' tunes." More...

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The Ocean Announces New Tour Dates

The Ocean, which just recruited a new guitarist, will embark on a short headline tour through Germany this coming February. Support comes from German black metallers Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and dates are as follows:

21/02/13 DE – Leipzig - Cone Island
22/02/13 DE – Potsdam - Waschhaus
23/02/13 DE – Braunschweig - Hansa Kultur Club
24/02/13 DE – Wiesbaden - Räucherkammer
25/02/13 DE – Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
26/02/13 DE – Augsburg - Kantine
27/02/13 DE – Dortmund – FZW
28/02/13 DE – Rostock - Mau Club
01/03/13 DE – Osnabrück - Kleine Freiheit More...

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The Ocean Recruits New Guitarist

The Ocean, which is out now with new album "Pelagial" (reviewed here), has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:

"We're happy to announce that Damian Murdoch will be our new guitarist for all upcoming shows and tours next year.

"32 years old, Australian born and bred but living in Vienna (and soon moving to Berlin), Damian is currently teaching guitar and playing songs with titles such as 'The Final Absturz' with his instrumental blues band, the Damian Murdoch Trio. We like that. He also surely knows how to play heavy stuff though. Here's the vid that first caught our attention:

"And that's the audition clip that made us invite him to Berlin to rehearse with us: More...

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The Ocean Pushes Back DVD Release

The Ocean's triple-DVD release, "Collective Oblivion," will be released one month later than originally planned.

Fans will be able to buy their copies in stores and on-line on December 10th. Until then, the DVD/t-shirt bundle is still available via Indiemerch here. Additionally, The Ocean's European tour with Shining, Tides From Nebula, and Hacride began yesterday and will be the final tour featuring drummer Luc Hess and Jona Nido. The Ocean comments:

"As most of you will already know by now, Luc and Jona are leaving the band at the end of this tour. They have given us fair notice of their departure in June this year, so that we would have enough time to find replacements."

Luc Hess states: "I'm getting to this point where I feel like everything I could bring to this band, I already have. And everything I learned music-wise from it can't go any further. This is a tough decision, but I've been thinking this through since a while already. I have no regrets at all, it was most certainly one of the best experiences I've ever lived, and I am more than happy we've been through this together. I feel very thankful and grateful that you guys trusted me and shared these moments over the last 5 years."

Jona Nido comments: "There are obviously a ton of reasons for that to happen now. These include artistic divergence, full-time commitment to a project that isn't 100% fulfilling anymore and other stuff like not wanting to deal with certain aspects/restrictions of what an established/touring act requires for its production and also the way things are generally working, especially on a personal level."

Robin Staps continues: "These guys have dedicated the time of their lives to playing live with this band, and I am grateful for sharing what has always been essentially my own vision of this band with me for almost 6 years. Jona has written great songs for 'Anthropocentric,' and Luc has coined and personalized the sound of this band with his hard-hitting, creative approach to drumming. But over the past 2 years of intense touring, we have grown apart as musicians and as people, and it has gotten to a point where it was unfulfilling for everyone involved. More...

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The Ocean Posts "China" Segment From Upcoming DVD

On the heels of three long months of touring (North America, Asia, Russia) in support of latest album "Pelagial" (reviewed here), The Ocean has launched the entire "China" chapter of the "Collective Oblivion" triple DVD. Check it out below, courtesy of Noisey.vice.com.

The Ocean main man Robin Staps comments: "I can't believe that this is finally… finished. We all kind of lost hope along the way, as the project totally grew out of proportion over the last 2 years. Originally we only wanted to film one single show, and by June 2012 we were sitting on top of a pile of 28 terabytes of data filmed across the globe during 2 full years. Countless live shows, interviews, crazy parties on Russian trains and funny moments in Chinese pharmacies. But then the worst part began: editing, choosing, compiling, structuring, which took another year. Now it's done, for real! And I can safely say that you will be hard-pressed to find any other band DVD that is equally extensive, hilarious, profound and compelling, as this one. Everything you ever wanted to know about this band, from the early days until now… the answer is here! And a lot of things you didn't wanna know as well…"

"Collective Oblivion" comes in a hardcover book-style packaging with brass-foil print. The book contains 3 DVDs and a 30 page booklet. The Ocean wnill also be touring Europe throughout October and November, with dates available below. More...

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The Ocean Posts DVD Trailer

On the heels of three long months of touring (North America, Asia, Russia) in support of latest album "Pelagial" (reviewed here), The Ocean has unveiled the trailer and pre-order for a new DVD.

"Collective Oblivion" is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on YouTube. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean's career and touring experiences, including the "Heliocentric" record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much, much more.

View the trailer for "Collective Oblivion" below, and pre-order your copy now at this location. Also, The Ocean will be on tour throughout Europe October-November. The complete list of dates can be found after the jump. More...

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The Ocean Posts DVD Clip

Revolver Magazine is pleased to reveal an excerpt from The Ocean's "Pelagial" DVD. Check it out below.

The dramatic DVD, which is being screened as live video projections during the band's current "Pelagial" world tour, is a conceptual movie by Craig Murray, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Converge, and others. This movie, which offers up a year's worth of meticulous shooting, cutting and editing, visualizes the journey into the depths and completes the holistic music and visual art project that defines the "Pelagial" concept.

The film is inundated with spectacular oceanic footage, parts of which The Ocean's own Robin Staps, an avid scuba diver, filmed himself in Australia. In addition, "Pelagial" features a female protagonist (who ironically goes by the name of "Arielle" in real life). The girl is seen enduring various stages of fear, lust, terror, pain and joy, as she sinks towards the inscrutable depths of the Hadopelagic zone at the end of the album, and metaphorically, deeper and deeper into the depths of her own psyche.

Comments Robin Staps: "The album concept follows two separate but related strains: One is the obvious journey from the surface towards the depths of the sea, crossing the five Pelagial depth zones. The second one is loosely based on Andrey Tarkowsky's movie Stalker, which is also a journey through zones, but an inward journey, form the surface into the depths of the human psyche, towards the origins of our wishes and desires. This is the central theme that the lyrics of the album are orbiting around. The Pelagial movie takes up themes from and makes reference to both of these conceptual strains, and fuses them together, in an abstract, artistic way." More...

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Euroblast 2013 Teaser Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Euroblast 2013 festival, which will take place from October 11th - 13th in Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany.

The clip is available below, and the following bands will be appearing at the fest:

Aliases, Arecibo, Arsis, Bear, Benea Reach, Cambion, Circles, Cyclamen, Dawn Heist, Deathember, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Empathea, Ever Forthright, Feared, Grand Exit, Hacride, Heights, Hord, Humanity's Last Breath, Hypno5e, Invocation, Kartikeya, Lifeforms, Meshuggah, Monuments, Nexilva, No Consequence, Overdown, Pomegranate Tiger, Skyharbor, Syqem, Tardive Dyskinesia, Textures, The Agonist, The Algorithm, The Ocean, The Omega Experiment, ThirdEar, Threat Signal, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Xerath. More...

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The Ocean To Miss Tonight's Summer Slaughter Show

The Ocean is currently out on the Summer Slaughter tour, but the band will be missing tonight's stop. The band has issued the following statement about the situation:

"The Ocean will not play the Myrtle Beach Summer Slaughter show today.

"Our drummer Luc woke up this morning with his foot twice as wide as it's long... turns out that he's caught gout. I thought this was something that only grandmothers get, but apparently you can get it at any age, from eating bad food and drinking too much. And he's had heaps of both the last few days...

"We apologize to the people who came out to see us tonight, trust me if we could, we would play, but there is nothing we can do right now, he's been fed a cocktail of steroids, but he still can't even walk.

"Fingers crossed that a he will be alright tomorrow again." More...

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The Ocean Checks In From The Road

The Ocean is currently making its way through North America as part of the seventh annual Summer Slaughter Tour, performing in support of latest album "Pelagial" (reviewed here).

The progressive sound contortionists are leveling stages nightly alongside the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more.

Founding guitarist Robin Staps comments of the trek: "Summer Slaughter has been a blast so far… we struggled with some technical issues in the beginning and, and finding a setup/routine that works within those 10 minutes changeovers wasn't easy, but we're there now, and have been thoroughly enjoying the past few shows. More good stuff to come!"

The Ocean has added a number of last minute U.S. headlining shows on the Summer Slaughter off days which include performances in Hartford, Omaha, and Vancouver as well as a very special meet & greet on August 6 in Brooklyn, New York at Saint Vitus Bar.

Elaborates Staps: "On August 6th, we will all be hanging out at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, where we played a great show in 2011 with support from Pelagic Records recording artists Family, and The Binary Code, as some of you may remember. We are stoked to see these two awesome bands perform at Saint Vitus Bar again, as well as Black Table. Rumors have it that there is this band called "Pelagial" playing as well, we're very curious to find out what that is all about… we will all be there to sign whatever stuff you bring, preferably foreheads, melons or live animals, so come say hi if you're from the NYC area!" More...

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