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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.
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"
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.
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
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.
American progressive metal act Between the Buried and Me has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek will come from label mates Job For A Cowboy and The Ocean. Between the Buried and Me will be touring in support of its forthcoming album "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" which is due for release through Metal Blade Records on April 12th, 2011. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
04/15 Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey
04/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
04/17 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
04/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
04/19 Williamsville, NY – Club Infinity
04/20 Montreal, QC – Le National
04/21 Toronto, ON – Opera House
04/22 Toledo, OH – Headliners
04/23 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
04/25 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
04/26 Lawrence, KS – Granada
04/27 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
04/29 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
04/30 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/03 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
05/04 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05/05 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse Music Hall
05/06 San Diego, CA – Soma
05/07 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
05/09 Dallas, TX – The Door
05/10 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
05/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
05/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/13 Nashville, TN – Rockettown
05/14 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Berlin, Germany progressive metal act The Ocean has released a music video for its track "Firmament." The video was filmed during a concert which took place in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on March 26th of 2010. You can view the video below:
The full list of bands and dates for which they will appear has been announced for the forthcoming New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. The 2011 edition of the event is set to take place between Thursday April 14, Friday April 15, and Saturday April 16 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussets. The festival lineup is as follows:
Thursday, April 14:
OUR LAST NIGHT
STRAY FROM THE PATH
ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS
BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY
ARMOR FOR THE BROKEN
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
I THE BREATHER
ACROSS THE SUN
TOO LATE THE HERO
A PLEA FOR PURGING
THE CRIMSON ARMADA
Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
German progressive metal act The Ocean has announced that it will be filming its first ever live concert DVD on January 29th, 2011. The band has posted the following statement online:
"On January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. We will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. We will have a piano player with us who will play on one of these instruments, as well as a cello player. The show will also be filmed for our upcoming DVD.
"We will not play any 'Anthropocentric'-songs yet, but will play some Precambrian songs we've never played before. THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE! The Ocean are scheduled for 11 PM stage-time."
German progressive metal act The Ocean and progressive black metallers Enslaved have both announced their participation for the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.
The confirmed line-up includes:
9MM ASSI ROCK'N'ROLL
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL
HAIL OF BULLETS
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED
Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The confirmed line-up includes:
Live footage of The Ocean has been posted online featuring a guest appearance from The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman. You can view the footage below:
The Ocean guitarist and main songwriter Robin Staps has posted the following band update online:
"Thanks to everyone who came out to see us during our recent European tours supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan and then Anathema. We've had an amazing time with both bands and would like to thank them for inviting us to join them.
"It was a great honor and fun to share the stage with The Dillinger Escape Plan. I have been a fan of this band for more than 10 years and had a blast watching them destroy every single stage they got to, 33 nights in a row. We've all become good friends over those five weeks, Loic had been guesting with them on the song 'Sunshine, The Werewolf' for the last 10 shows or so, and Ben Weinman joined us on piano for 'The First Commandment Of The Luminaries' in return. It was awesome, there is some YouTube footage up there if you care...
"The Anathema tour was equally amazing and came as a big surprise, as we didn't really know what to expect from this tour. We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received everywhere from Anathema's fans, as well as our own of course. We were the heavy band on this tour but it seems that the diversity of the bill was exactly what made it interesting for most people: the amazing Petter Carlssen opening up with an acoustic set, us following up with doom and destruction and then Anathema playing an epic two-plus-hour set most nights."
A new video interivew between The Ocean's Robin Staps and HitTheFloorTV has been posted online. The Ocean are currently on tour to promote its latest 2010 releases "Anthropocentric." You can view the video interview below:
"Anthropocentric," the latest album from German atmospheric metal act The Ocean, debuted at position No. 113 on Billboard's New Artists Chart and No. 31 on iTunes' Canadian Metal Charts. The record, released in North America via Metal Blade November 9th, serves as a sequel to the concept explored on the band's "Heliocentric" full-length, released this past spring.
The band is currently wrapping up a European tour supporting Anathema. The remaining dates include:
11/21/2010 Akademija - Belgrade, Serbia (THE OCEAN headlining show)
11/22/2010 Randall - Bratislava, Slovakia
11/23/2010 Rock Café - Prague, Czech Republic
MetalSucks.com is currently streaming "Anthropocentric," the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal band The Ocean, in its entirety. The stream will remain active until November 8th. The album can be heard here.
"Anthropocentric continues the critique of Christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave," notes guitarist Robin Staps. "The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it," says Staps. "We've spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around -- the drums, bass, guitars and vocals -- and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!"
German progressive metal act The Ocean has announced that due to "technical problems during the manufacturing process," the release date of "Anthropocentric", the follow up to "Heliocentric" has been pushed back to November 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and November 22 in the rest of Europe.
"Anthropocentric" was completed at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same facility where the band's previous effort, "Heliocentric", was recorded and mixed. The new CD was mastered on August 25 by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki.
German progressive metal act The Ocean has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of Europe, in support of post-rock act Anathema. The Ocean will be touring in support of its forthcoming studio album "Anthropocentric" which is set for release on November 9, 2010 through Metal Blade Records. The dates, cities and venues can be found below:
11/09 Vevey, SWI – Rocking Chari
11/10 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
11/11 Bologna, ITA – Estragon
11/12 Rome, ITA – Alpheus
11/13 Treviso, ITA – New Age
11/14 Milan, ITA – Magazzini Generali
11/15 Zagreb, CRO – Boogaloo Club
11/16 Graz, AUT – Listhalle
11/17 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
11/18 Budapest, HUN – Diesel Club
11/21 Belgrade, SER – Akademija (The Ocean headline date)
11/22 Bratislava, SLO – Randall
11/23 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
The Ocean has announced on Wednesday, October 20th, the band was robbed on a highway near Madrid. The band issued the following statement:
"Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you're crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it. When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don't match the speed of a BMW, but fortunately it's not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.
"We are facing a loss of + 6000 euro of merch income of the last days and fees. The exact amount is still to be determined. As some of you may or may not know, conditions on support tours are usually grim. Fees are low and barely cover expenses for van, gas, highway tolls, ferries etc. There is no accommodation arrangements, we've been crashing out on people's floors for weeks. Losing more than 6000 euro is something we simply cannot afford at this point.
"We are asking everyone who is planning to order Anthropocentric in the next few weeks through our shop to help out. You can do so by donating 5 Euro when you place your order. All income generated through this will make the loss smaller for us. Everyone who donates 5 Euro will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members. We would like to thank you in advance for your support!"
German progressive metal act The Ocean and Full Metal Jackie radio will be premiering new music from The Ocean this weekend from Friday until Sunday. You can find details on a radio station near you airing the show at this locaton. Full Metal Jackie's show is featurted on over 30 rock radio stations across the U.S.
The Ocean will be premiering "Heaven TV," the ninth track from "Anthropocentric" - the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas The Ocean. "Anthropocentric" is set for a North American release on November 9 through Metal Blade Records. "Anthropocentric" serves as part two of the concept explored on the band's well-received "Heliocentric" full length, released this past spring.
The concept at the base of both offerings is a critique of Christianity from varying philosophical and personal perspectives. Both records were recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest elevated city in Europe, and recorded and mixed by their house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann.