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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 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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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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