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The Ocean

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

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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 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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Shining Announces European Shows

Norwegian act Shining (not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name) released the "One One One" album earlier this year, and now the group will be hitting the road in Europe supporting The Ocean. Hacrie and Tides From Nebula will be opening the dates. Details are as follows:

29/10/13 – Germany, Hamburg, Logo
30/10/13 – Netherlands, Haarlem, Patronaat
31/10/13 – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Baroeg
01/11/13 – United Kingdom, London, The Garage
03/11/13 – France, Paris, Divan du Monde
05/11/13 – Spain, Barcelona, Apolo 2
06/11/13 – Spain, Madrid, Caracol
07/11/13 – Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
09/11/13 – Italy, Turin, AudioDrome
10/11/13 – Italy, Rome, Traffic
11/11/13 – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Gala Hala
12/11/13 – Germany, Munich, Backstage Club
13/11/13 – Switzerland, Winterthur, Salzhaus
14/11/13 – France, Belfort, La Poudriere
15/11/13 – Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
17/11/13 – Germany, Berlin, Lido More...

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The Ocean Releases New Music Video

German progressive act The Ocean released a new music video for the track "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Pelagial" (reviewed here), which is available now through Metal Blade Records.

The video was directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach, produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps commented: "This clip is blending performance footage with excerpts from Craig Murray's 'Pelagial' movie, which was released along with the limited edition CD and vinyl boxset versions of the album. We've never really done a clip like that before, but it was great fun making this."

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The Ocean Announces Pelagial World Tour

The Ocean has just announced the first part of the Pelagial World Tour 2013. Part 1 will take the band to the US, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Russia during the coming 3 months. Part 2 will follow in October / November and will focus on Europe. The band comments:

“We're stoked to get out on the road again, to play with a lot of exciting bands and get to see a lot of cool places, eat funky food and hear funny languages! See you guys on one of these continents.”

The Ocean is touring in support of latest album "Pelagial" (reviewed here). Catch the band on these dates: More...

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Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The Summer Slaughter 2013 tour will feature The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and Aeon.

The initial dates for the tour have now been announced (with more to be released in the coming weeks). Details are as follows:

7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (w/o Cattle Decapitation)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/o Norma Jean)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre More...

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The Ocean Posts New Album Teaser

With the official release of The Ocean’s "Pelagial" less than a week away, today Invisible Oranges offers up a special video sampler featuring 30-second clips of each track with accompanying artwork. Check it out here or through the player below.

"Pelagial" was written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single, 53-minute piece of music. The album is an aquatic-themed audio adventure that quite literally submerses listeners as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones..”

The Ocean will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19th through August 24th, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. More...

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The Ocean Posts New Song Online

Progressive sound revolutionists The Ocean today present “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” from their forthcoming new album, "Pelagial."

Plunge deep into the currents of “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” through the player below, or at the band’s official Metal Blade page where you’ll also find studio footage, pre-order info, and more.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, "Pelagial" will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and is scheduled for release on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

In related news, The Ocean will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19th through August 24th, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks. More...

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The Ocean Streaming New Song

Today, Pitchfork unveils "Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe," a track taken from The Ocean's forthcoming new studio recording, "Pelagial." Submerse yourself in ninth movement "Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe" at pitchfork.com here.

Metal Blade also comments: "A progressive audio voyage written, recorded, and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music, Pelagial was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, and firmly stands as The Ocean's deepest, most challenging entry to their winding catalog of sound exploration. 'Pelagial' will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records."

Guitarist Robin Staps relates: "My original plan was to write a stepless musical progression, like a continuous color blending from white to black. But I soon realized that it could not be that linear. It needed to stay interesting after all, and this is something that is usually best achieved by employing unforeseeable elements. In the end, any good idea must be put into perspective by its musical impact."

And so the listener will experience swirls and vertical currents while listening to the album; short, unexpected faster passages in between, sudden tempo changes that will make them feel like they're rising again for a short bit -- but the general direction remains very clear: "You can feel from the beginning, it's going down. Deeper and deeper." More...

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Summer Slaughter 2013 Lineup Revealed

The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP, and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19th through August 24th.

It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, so be sure to click here to get in your vote now. The voting ends on March 31st.

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter, comments on this year's edition of the tour: “It's year seven and I think 2013's line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music's influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!"

Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist) states: “We can't wait to get back on the road! We're launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can't wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Be sure to visit the tour's Facebook profile for all up-to-date news and ticketing information. More...

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The Ocean Posts New Studio Report

In anticipation of upcoming new full-length, "Pelagial," today The Ocean posts the second in a series of studio video diaries. Check it out below. Metal Blade Records also comments on the album:

"Possibly their deepest and most profoundly sophisticated composition to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded and to-be-performed-live as one, single, 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, the offering will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

"The concept of the album is made evident in its title. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. As one continuous piece of music, Pelagial's tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes of underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a claustrophobic 'Das Boot'-kind of atmosphere."

"There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks… some riffs appear in the first two minutes of the album and then reappear thirty minutes later," details guitarist Robin Staps. It's an experience that will reward repeated listens. More...

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The Ocean Streaming New Track

German act The Ocean are set to unleash a tidal wave in the form of new LP "Pelagial" via Metal Blade Records on on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA). In anticipation of the splash of the band's sixth studio LP, the new track "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams" is available and streaming below.

The Ocean is set to embark on a European tour with Cult of Luna in April and May. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

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The Ocean Streaming Snippets From New Album

The Ocean has launched a new website containing snippets from the band's upcoming album "Pelagial." Check it out right here, where you can also find pre-ordering info.

This new album will follow the previously interconnected releases "Heliocentric" (reviewed here) and "Anthropentric" (reviewed here). The Ocean also comments on the new album:

"pe·la·gi·al [puh-ley-jee-uh l] – 1. Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters; such as, pelagic birds. 2. Living or growing at or near the surface of the ocean, far from land, as certain organisms. 3. Of or pertaining to the sea; marine.

"After 2 years of relentless touring in North America, Europe, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Australia, The Ocean have resurfaced with what could be their deepest and most trailblazing piece of work to date, Pelagial: a progressive musical journey, written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minutes piece of music. More...

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The Ocean To Release New Album

2013 will be a busy year for The Ocean, as the band will release a new album on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA) 2013 on Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to the "Heliocentric" (reviewed here) and "Anthropocentric" (reviewed here) albums.

To support the release, The Ocean will embark on a 3 week European tour with Cult of Luna in April and May (dates available below), including a performance at Roadburn Festival on April 20th.

The new album will contain 52 minutes of new music and will be mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia) in January. The release will come in 2 versions: instrumental and with vocals. Comments The Ocean's Robin Staps:

"The album was originally written to be instrumental, but in the end me and Loic couldn't help but try out a few things vocalwise and we soon got pretty excited... so there will be vocals on the album; however, we want everyone to have both versions, and we are also planning to perform the album live that way - with and without vocals." More...

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The Ocean Issues Tour Recap

The Ocean has checked in with the following recap of recent Australian tour dates and update about upcoming live shows:

"Farewell for awhile.... our Australian tour has concluded last Sunday with a final blast in Perth. It's been great times here on the other side of the globe, thanks to all our fans for coming out and making the shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth so very enjoyable and worthwhile. Thanks also to our brothers in Lo! - If you are Australian, you will have another chance to see them live soon, don't miss out, these guys kick tremendous amounts of ass!

"We are looking back at a crazy year of more or less constant touring: the US tour with BTBAM last April/May, the UK tour with Earthtone 9 immediately afterwards and Friction Tour in Europe with Red Fang and Intronaut; then Summer Festivals; then China and from China straight back to the US for the Devin Townsend tour; back to Europe for a co-headlining run with Textures in December 2011, and finally a month in Russia in February / March this year, followed by Thailand and Australia…

"Yes, we are tired! And that's why we are now going to disappear from your radars for a while now. We will be spending another week in this last city on the planet and our side project Coilguns (Luc, Louis and Jona) are playing a final gig here tomorrow at Beat Nightclub in Perth.

"Robin just bought an old van and will be driving up the Australian West Coast during the next few weeks (if the van survives the trip) to write, film underwater footage for the visuals of our upcoming album and RELAX…

"When we get back, we will focus on finishing the 3xDVD which is due for a January 2013 release on Metal Blade and our new album, which is due for a late spring 2013 release.

"Stay tuned to Radio Ocean ladyboys, sweet dreams and don't let the bed bugs bite."

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