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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 Video Interview Posted Online

Brutalitopia has posted a video interview online with The Ocean's Robin Staps, which was conducted in Chicago. The interview is available in the player below. You can also find footage posted online from The Ocean's trip to China at this location.

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The Ocean Posts Chinese Tour Clip

The Ocean has posted a video clip online from the band's recent tour in China, which was completed just before a new North American run with The Devin Townsend Project. Check out the video below.

Robin Staps offers the following update: "The Devin Townsend tour's been great so far, Devin is one of the nicest dudes I have ever met in metal and we've had some great times on the road with him and his gang. Not too many shows left now, this tour will finish up on October 29th in Vancouver, B.C. Since we were originally supposed to do another tour, our plane tickets are out of Boston, so we will drive our van back to the East Coast in early November and play some last minute shows on the way. We are also confirmed for the Cynic show in Toronto on November 10th!"

The Ocean has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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The Ocean Posts Summer Breeze Live Footage

The Ocean, which previously reported that all upcoming North American tour plans were scrapped, has now announced that the band will be supporting The Devin Townsend Project.

Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps commented: "Obviously this totally fucking rules. I've been a big fan of Hevy Devy's varicolored rumblings for many years, and we're glad that this situation that we were facing after our initially planned US tour was blown off has turned from dire into bodacious now!"

Fans who have yet to see The Ocean live can catch a preview online now. The band has released a live video from a performance at this year's Summer Breeze festival in Germany. Watch the band performing "The Origin of God" below.

The Ocean's upcoming tour dates with The Devin Townsend Project are as follows: More...

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The Ocean Forced To Cancel U.S. Tour

Robin Staps, founder and guitarist for German progressive metal act The Ocean, has posted the following update online announcing that the band has been forced to pull out of its upcoming United States tour.

"Today is a shit day. Our upcoming U.S. tour just fell apart. We had been confirmed for quite a while for a direct support slot on a good 6-weeks U.S. tour in October and November, and yesterday it was decided that this tour is now being postponed to late November into December. We are not available at that time. Our flights to the U.S. have already been booked for weeks, and we’ve been left high and dry again… somehow we’re just not lucky over there it seems!"

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The Ocean Announces Shows With Textures

The Ocean will be hitting the road with Textures for a run of U.K. shows in November. Robin Staps from The Ocean commented on the shows: “We're looking forward to returning to UK shores with our old buddies from Textures for a number of headlining shows with full production and set time. This will be a good way to end our massive 4-months world tour in support of our Heliocentric and Anthropocentric double-album, which has lead us to North America and Europe this spring, and will continue through China and Russia this fall.”

Bart Hennephof, Textures guitar player, had the following to say about the tour: “Yes, finally it's time to do some shows again! After this long period in the studio we really want to get back on the road! It has been a while since we were in the UK, so get ready for some brutal live shows! With our friends from The Ocean and Aliases each night will be a party! We are back, stronger than ever!”

The currently announced dates are as follows:

24/11/11 – UK – Southampton – Joiners
25/11/11 – UK – London – Relentless Garage
26/11/11 – UK – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
27/11/11 – UK – Manchester – O2 Academy 3
28/11/11 – UK – Glasgow – Cathouse
29/11/11 – UK – Newcastle – O2 Academy 2
01/12/11 – UK – Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
02/12/12 – UK – Brighton – The Haunt

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Musicians Talk About Their Metal Gateway Bands

Metal Injection's new series "Ask The Artist" is back with a new episode. This edition asks "What band got you into heavy metal?" Watch the clip below as members of Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus, A Life Once Lost, Times of Grace, The Ocean, Revocation, Lazarus A.D., Lionheart, Volumes, Struc/tures, and The Contortionist talk about their gateway bands into metal.

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Musicians Discuss What They Would Do Besides Music

Metal Injection has launched a new series titled "Ask The Artist," in which one question is asked to numerous bands to see their responses. In this edition Metal Injection asked members of Between the Buried And Me, Times of Grace, A Life Once Lost, Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, The Ocean, LaZarus AD, Revocation, Structures, Lionheart and more about what profession they would choose if they weren't a touring musician. You can see the band's answers below.

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The Ocean Posts New Music Video Online

German metallers The Ocean have teamed up with Noisecreep to debut their latest music video. The video was shot for the track "She Was The Universe" and can be viewed using the player provided.

You can also check out the band's previously uploaded music video for "Roots & Locusts" by heading over to this location.

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New England Metal Fest Footage Available

Metal Injection has posted a video clip online from the New England Metal and Hardcore festival that includes appearances from members of Job For A Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage, Dying Fetus, Times of Grace, A Life Once Lost, Volumes, Structures, The Ocean, Lionheart, and Lazarus A.D. discussing their experiences at the fest and what playing the show means to them. The video clip can be viewed below.

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The Ocean Posts U.S. Tour Documentary Online

German progressive metal act The Ocean has posted the first half of its North American tour documentary online. You check out the video in the player below, with a detailed account of The Ocean's performance in Vancouver, Canada being featured here.

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Between The Buried and Me Treks to Tennessee

"The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek" tour tore its way through North America and part of Canada over the course of a month, moving counter-clockwise from New York and ends up in Asheville, North Carolina tonight. As the name shows, Between The Buried and Me was supporting their new album, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues," and they brought a solid lineup to Nashville with them – Job For A Cowboy and The Ocean. On their stop through Rocketown on Friday, May 13th, the bands played to a familiar crowd. Three years earlier, Between The Buried and Me had recorded their show here at Rocketown and released it as a live CD/DVD package – "Colors Live."

As the line snaked around the large venue, funneling in for about an hour, you could overhear discussions about the rarity of bands like Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, and others who "could do whatever they wanted, and I’d always love ‘em." More...

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The Ocean Posts Tour Video

The Ocean has spent the last few weeks making its way through North America on The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy, and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. AOL’s Noisecreep is currently hosting a teaser video the band created on tour. To witness some documented clips of the mayhem from the comfort of your computer chair, check out the video clip below.

You can also check out a recent show report of The Ocean's Vancouver appearance at this location, or watch the band's music video for "Roots & Locusts" here.

The band's upcoming shows are as follows:

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

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The Ocean Posts "Roots & Locusts" Video

Metal Injection has posted a new video from The Ocean for "Roots & Locusts." The track is featured on the album, "Anthropocentric" (reviewed here), in stores now through Metal Blade Records. You can watch the video below.

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You can also check out a report of The Ocean's recent show in Vancouver here or read Metalunderground.com's interview with the band about the new album at this location.

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The Night BTBAM Drowned In The Ocean

It is without a doubt that the hype and anticipation around the first ever headlining performance from Between the Buried and Me in Vancouver was huge. Having appeared in the city twice before as an opening act, playing only 2 songs in its first appearance and 3 songs the next, the BTBAM faithful were lined up two blocks deep outside the city's Rickshaw Theater hours before showtime, to catch a well deserved full length set. Although being the headline act the attention would soon be taken away from them by five guys from Germany, who would show Vancouver how live metal should be done. More...

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The Ocean Kicks Off North American Tour

German metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists The Ocean kick off a month-long North American tour today. The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining "The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy, and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek” will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: "We're excited to be back in the U.S. It's been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We've been wanting to come back ever since, but it's just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us... But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we're gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I'm sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!"

The dates are as follows:

Headlining Shows
4/11/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
4/12/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
4/13/2011 Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)
4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity - Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National - Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House - Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s - Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada - Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs - Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall - Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma - San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door - Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown - Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC

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BTBAM Streaming New Album Online

Between the Buried and Me will release a new LP, titled "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues," on April 12th via Metal Blade Records. The three-song strong, 30 minute release was recorded at Canada's Metalworks Studios and Rattlebox Studios and produced / engineered by the Grammy award-winning David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson, Dream Theater, etc.) with the band. In advance of its release, MetalSucks premiered "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" in its entirety here.

The track listing for "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" is as follows:

1. Specular Reflection
2. Augment of Rebirth
3. Lunar Wilderness

You can pre-order "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" now.

Immediately upon the release of "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues," Between the Buried and Me will kick off a full-scale North American headlining tour. The tour will launch on April 15th and feature support from special guests Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean and Cephalic Carnage (on select dates).

Here are the latest Between the Buried and Me tour dates: More...

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Former Vocalist Of The Ocean Forms Collusion

Mike Pilat, known for his previous work fronting German progressive metal act The Ocean has formed his own new band named Collusion. You can check out two brand new songs from the band below which are taken from the group's debut self-titled album.

"Tides of Luna"

"Leave the Bottle"

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More Bands Added To Summer Breeze Lineup

More bands have now been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Summer Breeze Open Air 2011, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th in Germany. The newest additions to the festival are Benighted, Blitzkid, Deadlock, God Dethroned, Hackneyed, Mad Sin, Postmortem, and Powerwolf.

Full details on the festival are available here. The complete list of currently confirmed bands is as follows: More...

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The Ocean To Tour Europe With Intronaut

German progressive metal act The Ocean has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Intronaut, Red Fang and Earthship. you can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

05/29 Tutange, LUX – Food For Your Senses Festival
05/31 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
06/01 Bochum, GER – Matrix
06/02 Lingby, DEN – Templet
06/03 Bremen, GER – Tower
06/04 Athens, GRE – TBA (no Earthship)
06/05 Berlin, GER – Lido
06/06 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
06/07 Bratislava, SLO – Randall
06/08 Wien, AUT – Arena
06/12 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
06/16 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
06/17 Kassel, GER – TBA

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Powerwolf To Play Metalcamp

Powerwolf has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp festival:

"The Wolves will hold the sermon of steel at this year's Metalcamp on July 15th. Can't wait to sanctify this wonderful place with wolfish metal."

Other confirmed acts include Evile, Moonspell, The Ocean, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Zonaria, Alestorm, Accept, and many more. Additional details on the festival are available at this location.

Powerwolf also recently announced additional festival appearances this year at Masters of Rock and Rock Harz Open Air.

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