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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 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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The Ocean Posts New Russian Tour Video

The Ocean has posted a second video clip online chronicling the band's time in Russia, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Part 2 of The Ocean's Russian tour: this time covering great times in Siberia... We didn't really know what to expect. Find out what we experienced on our trip to the middle of nowhere..."

You can still find the previously posted first Russian tour video blog by heading over to this location.

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The Ocean Posts Russian Tour Video

The Ocean is currently on an extended tour of the Russian Federation states (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) and has posted up a video blog chronicling the band's exploits.

This part cover the first leg of the tour, from St Petersburg to Yekaterinburg. Check out the clip below. Siberia will be up next with a new video blog.

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Asymmetry Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed

The Asymmetry Festival will be taking place from May 3rd - 5th in Poland, with full details available here. The following press release was issued about the fest:

"Asymmetry Festival is a unique event on the Central European scale. Successfully organized since four years, draws fans of the alternative music scene not only from Poland, but Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and many other neighbouring countries as well. The festival constantly develops its formula in continuous searches for new music genres – genres which defy labelling. The event will take place, for the first time, in a special location on the map of Wroclaw – the XIXc. building of the Browar Mieszczanski [Bourgeois Brewery], which since many years is an important cultural point of the city.

"Apart from the location, the assumptions and priorities in attitude towards the invited artists have changed as well. Among the 40 bands performing there, there is a numerous group of innovative projects, which are difficult to come across on any European festival stage. So side by side with the legendary Sleep, Killing Joke, Red Fang or Amenra, the guests of Asymmetry will also witness performances of all-star groups, created exclusively to in order to open the artistic floodgates of musical visions and the need to evolve.

"Let yourself be carried away by the fun. Come to Wroclaw and become witnesses of something huge."

The lineup and schedule for the festival is as follows: More...

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The Ocean To Play Asymmetry Festival

The Ocean has posted a video clip online announcing the band's appearance at the upcoming Asymmetry Festival 2012, which can be viewed below.

Further details on the Asymmetry Festival can be found via Facebook. Other confirmed bands include Killing Joke, Coil Guns, Red Fang, Priestess, and more.

Asymmetry Festival 2012: The Ocean, Coilguns, Earthship and Kunz from firlejclub on Vimeo.

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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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