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German progressive/atmospheric metal band THE OCEAN has released a new song, "The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts," through Stereogum.com. The song is the fifth track from their upcoming full-length "Anthropocentric," which is set for a North American release on November 9 via Metal Blade Records. "Anthropocentric" is part two of the concept explored on the band's "Heliocentric" album released this past spring.
Listen to the third track off "Anthropocentric," “She Was The Universe,” below:
The Ocean is currently in the process of mixing the band's upcoming album "Anthropocentric" at Studio Mecanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the same place where the previous album "Heliocentric" was recorded and mixed. The album will be mastered on August 25th by Svante Forsbäck in Helsinki. "Anthropocentric" will be released in November of 2010. The album is the second part of a concept spread over two albums, which started in "Heliocentric." "The sound is more dense and maybe a tad more raw, which suits the songs perfectly," comments guitar player Jonathan Nido.
"The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it," comments guitarist Robin Staps. "We have spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around, drums, bass, guitars and vocals… and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end! Anthropocentric will continue the critique of Christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave."
The track listing for "Anthropocentric" is as follows:
2. The Grand Inquisitor I: Karamazov baseness
3. She Was The Universe
4. For He That Wavereth…
5. The Grand Inquisitor II: Roots & Locusts
6. The Grand Inquisitor III: A Tiny Grain of Faith
7. Sewers Of The Soul
8. Wille Zum Untergang
9. Heaven TV
10. The Almightiness Contradiction
11. The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption
The last track is a bonus track which will only appear on the vinyl and the limited European deluxe digipak version. More...
British gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost are one of the latest bands to be announced for this year's edition of Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 6th at Leeds University. Other new additions to the bill include The Ocean, October File and Maybeshewill.
The COOL TOUR download pack has been released. The package is full of merchandise and goodies, listed below. You can get it at the COOL TOUR Facebook page.
The download pack includes:
As I Lay Dying merch coupon for $3 off a purchase over $30 at asilaydyingstore.com
Underoath merch coupon for 15% off a purchase over $20 at underoathmerch.com
Cancer Bats MP3 "Sabotage"
Invisible Children Video
Atticus Coupon for 25% off anything in the Atticus Black Webstore
Alt Press Coupon for a 1 year digital subscription for only $5
The Acacia Strain: "Dr. Doom (live)," taken from their recently released 2DVD "The Most Known Unknown."
War Of Ages MP3 "Collapse"
Ding! Coupon for 20% off anything at dinglife.com
Facedown Records coupon for 10% off merch and music at facedownrecords.com
Blessthefall MP3 "To Hell And Back"
Fearless coupon for 10% off http://fearless.merchnow.com/
Free Fearless Records Summer 2010 sampler
2010 Cool Tour New Artist Sampler (provided by Metal Blade Records & Good Fight Records).
Here's the Cool Tour 2010 sampler tracklisting:
1. The Absence - "Enemy Unbound"
2. Aeon - "Kill Them All"
3. Allegaeon - "The God Particle"
4. Barn Burner - "Holy Smokes"
5. Bison b.c. - "Two-Day Booze"
6. Brain Drill - "Monumental Failure"
7. Charred Walls Of The Damned - "Ghost Town"
8. Dawn of Ashes - "Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon"
9. Fatal Embrace - "Wake the Dead"
10. Fleshwrought - "Mental Illness"
11. Istapp - "Vinterrket"
12. Kings Of Asgaard - "Vamods Tale"
13. Lightning Swords Of Death - "Nihilistic Stench"
14. The Ocean - "Swallowed By The Earth"
15. Return To Earth - "Back Of My Hand"
16. Skyforger - "In The Underworld"
17. System Divide - "Vagaries of Perception"
18. Valkyrja - "Oceans to Dust"
19. Woe Of Tyrants - "Creatures of the Mire"
20. Cancer Bats - "Dead Wrong"
21. Son of Aurelius - "Mercy For Today"
22. I Am Abomination - "Since 1776"
23. This Or The Apocalypse - "Charmer"
24. Rosaline - "London Lost Its Fog"
The Ocean released their latest album "Heliocentric" on April 13th, 2010. To celebrate the album's release, The Ocean's Robin Staps has filmed short video clips that describe in detail the lyrical and musical concepts behind the songs on "Heliocentric." The first clip can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.
German progressive metallers The Ocean are streaming their new album "Heliocentric" for 48 hours only on MetalSucks. The stream started just after midnight last night and will be posted until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, April 9th.
The Ocean is releasing two albums in 2010 - the first being "Heliocentric," which streets on April 13th, and the second being Anthropocentric, due out in the fall 2010. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
"Heliocentric" will come in a lavish and unusual digipak packaging. The album artwork and packaging are reflecting the Heliocentric-theme, the idea that the sun, rather than the earth, is at the center of our planetary system. Robin Staps discusses the packaging: "The European version is a digipak with 3 revolving PVC-dials in different sizes attached to the front side with a screw: the center dial shows the sun. The second dial shows the orbits of the planet, the outer dial shows the zodiacs. The dials are transparent, so you can see the background through, a starry night sky, on which a star-chart is printed in a special color varnish.
"The US version doesn't have these dials, the artwork is silver hot foil-stamped instead. Inside the digipak of both versions there will be 8 cards, one for every (non-instrumental) song, with images by Portuguese painter and philosopher Francisco de Hollanda printed on one side and the lyrics on the backside.
"While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe."
Musically, "Heliocentric" covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album", comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.
"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined", adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album".
Heliocentric continues where the Proterozoic half of the "Precambrian" album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. "Anthropocentric" is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.
The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Sound wise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date".
Fans can now pre-order "Heliocentric" as just the CD or in a CD/t-shirt package. A special vinyl box 2x LP edition with revolving sun and planet-dials will be available soon from pelagic-records.com.
Here's the "Heliocentric" track listing:
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. Catharsis of a Heretic
7. Swallowed by the Earth
9. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God
Full Metal Jackie, North America's largest syndicated metal radio show, is premiering a new track, "Swallowed By The Earth," from The Ocean's new album, "Heliocentric." Jackie will spin the song the weekend of April 2nd, so make sure to tune in to the rock radio station nearest you to listen. Full Metal Jackie airs on over 25 rock radio stations across the US, including: The Hog 102.9 in Milwaukee, WI (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), WNFZ 94.3 the X in Knoxville, TN (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), Rock 94 and a half in Spokane, WA (Saturday 12pm-2pm) and many more. You can find the station nearest you that carries the show as well as the broadcast time on the show's website.
The Ocean is releasing two CD's that are tied to one another. The first being "Heliocentric" out in April and the second being "Anthropocentric," due out in the fall 2010.
The track listing of "Heliocentric" is as follows:
03. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
04. Ptolemy Was Wrong
05. Metaphysics of the Hangman
06. Catharsis of a Heretic
07. Swallowed by the Earth
09. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God More...
The Ocean's upcoming two albums are going to be entitled "Heliocentric" and "Anthropocentric." They are due for April and October 2010 releases. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, "Anthropocentric" challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe. More...
Germany's The Ocean has issued an update on their vocalist situation and the progress of their follow up to 2007's "Precambrian." Robin Staps comments, "We are happy to announce Mr. Loïc Rossetti as tour new vocalist. "We are looking forward to weeks and months of intense touring in the future and a new era in the story of our lives!"
"Having Loïc in the band enables me to do what I've always wanted to do with this band. His voice is strong and expressive and his variety of tone and the ease with which he switches between different vocal styles really amazing. There are no limits anymore. His screams are devastating, but his most valuable quality is his singing voice, which we will employ much more on the upcoming album." More...
The Ocean has parted ways with vocalist Mike Pilat. Guitarist Robin Staps comments, "Being in a band is the constant struggle to reach the one, the final, the ultimate line-up. The right people, the right musicians. The line-up that clicks, where the music that is created on stage is somehow greater than the sum of each individual's output. Once a band has reached that line-up, it is flirting with divinity, it has the chance to be larger than life, to touch majesty." More...
Metal Blade Records will be releasing a limited edition gatefold vinyl version of Bison b.c.'s "Quiet Earth" on April 14, 2009.
Also, more Bison b.c. tour dates have been confirmed for North America. Dates are as follows:
Apr. 09 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina
Apr. 10 Regina, SK - The Distrikt w/ Fucked Up
Apr. 11 Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
Apr. 12 Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre
Apr. 14 Dekalb, IL - Ottos
Apr. 15 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk
Apr. 17 Worcester, MA - The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
Apr. 18 Brooklyn, NY - TBC
Apr. 20 Montreal, PQ - Il Motore w/Barnburner
Apr. 21 Ottawa, ON - Babylon w/NoMeansNo
Apr. 22 Toronto, ON - Annex Wreck Room
Bison b.c. will be embarking on a European tour with Burst, The Ocean and Medeia. Dates for this tour is as follows: More...
Sweden's Burst has announced extra tour dates on their tour with Bison B.C., Medeia, and The Ocean. The band issued the following statement about the tour:
"So, the European tour we have tried to tell you people about a bunch of times is now complete. Please note that there are new additions in Germany and Switzerland, not to mention some extra tail dates in Scandinavia! Oh, Motherland!"
The full tour schedule can be viewed below. More...
War From A Harlots Mouth has revealed some details and their thoughts on their forthcoming second album, "In Shoals."
"In Shoals is our second full length record and we spent a lot of time with thinking about how we wanted it to sound like and what kind of spirit we wanted for it.
"We decided to record everything all natural this time, so there are no drum triggers or direct signals. We don't wanted a lifeless Metal production, we wanted something original and alive... and we got what we wanted in the end.
"With our new singer Nico (former THE OCEAN singer) we found a perfect match to the sound we were going for. He covers so much more ranges than the stereotype low grunts and high pitched screams, which was really important to us. Lyrically he and Simon teamed up to get the best out of their vision. More...
Berlin’s very own THE OCEAN will embark on a headlining tour through Europe in February and March. The hand-picked touring package is high-class and includes Swedens BURST, Metal Blade recording artists BISON B.C. from Canada and Finnish newcomers MEDEIA.
The routing is not completed yet, so stay tuned for updates.
Here are the latest THE OCEAN, Burst, BISON B.C., and Medeia tour dates: More...
The Ocean, Burst, Bison b.c. and Medeia have announced dates for an upcoming European tour in 2009.
Dates are as follows:
Feb. 26 Dortmund, Germany - FZW
Feb. 27 Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
Feb. 28 Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
Mar. 01 Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
Mar. 02 Wien, Austria - Arena
Mar. 03 Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert
Mar. 04 München, Germany - Feierwerk - Hansa 39
Mar. 05 Zürich, Switzerland - Dynamo 21
Mar. 06 Brescia, Italy - Latte + Club
Mar. 07 Pinarella di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet
Mar. 08 Karlsruhe, Germany - Die Stadtmitte
Mar. 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Dornrosje
Mar. 14 Sneek, Netherlands - The Legend
Mar. 15 Bruxelles, Belgium - VK
Mar. 16 Germany Hamburg Logo
Mar. 17 Darmstadt - Mühltal, Germany - Steinruch Theater
Mar. 18 Esch, Lux - Kulturfabrik
Mar. 20 Zedtwitz, Germany - Fernverkehr
Mar. 21 Berlin, Germany - Lido
Progressive favourites Opeth and Cynic have announced that they will be joining forces this autumn for a lengthy European tour. Also on the bill will be The Ocean.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 17 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC
November 18 - Dublin, IRE @ St. Vicars
November 19 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
November 20 - London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
November 21 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
November 22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
November 23 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
November 25 - Amsterdam, NET @ Melkweg
November 26 - Brussels, BEL @ AB
November 27 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
November 28 - Toulouse, FRA @ Havanna Cafe
November 29 - Bilbao, SPA @ Cafe Antzokia
November 30 - Madrid, SPA @ Heineken Club
December 2 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmattazz
December 3 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbourder
December 4 - Milan, ITA @ Alcatraz
December 5 - Zurich, SWI @ Rosthofflager
December 6 - Munich, GER @ Backstage Werk
December 7 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena
December 9 - Stuttgart, GER @ Longhorn
December 10 - Cologne, GER @ Live Music Hall
December 11 - Berlin, GER @ Postbahnhof
December 12 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
December 13 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Brew House
December 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ Cable Factory
December 17 - Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Medis
December 18 - Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Medis
Georgian metallers, KYLESA, have issued the following update:
"It's been a while since our last update so here you go: We've been writing a new record over the past few months and we're about to head to the Jam Room studio on Monday [July 21] to begin tracking. We're excited to record a new album since it's been two years since we recorded 'Time Will Fuse its Worth.'" More...
Savannah’s KYLESA will be embarking on a co-headlining tour in May with Germany’s The Ocean in May and early June. Also on the tour will be Lair of The Minotaur and KYLESA’s Prosthetic Records labelmates WITHERED. KYLESA continues to support 2006’s "Time Will Fuse Its Worth," which recently sent the band to Europe alongside fellow Georgians Baroness. WITHERED, meanwhile, will be supporting the band’s forthcoming release, "Folie Circulaire," which is currently slated for release in June. The effort is currently being recorded by Phillip Cope (Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk).
“Everything is going very well,” WITHERED guitarist Mike Thompson previously said from the studio. “Phillip has a great ear and a great vision for this album. I think it will likely exceed our expectations. Phillip has really gotten a grasp of how we want the record to sound and done a great job of getting in our heads. We were able to transform The Jam Room into our own little world. We’ve been sleeping on the floor and have completely lost track of time. There are no windows or clocks. The focus has been incredible.”
“We chose to work with Phillip because we’ve known him for a long time and his crusty background with Damad and Kylesa is something we really wanted to incorporate into the record,” Thompson elaborates. “A full tilt death or black metal production would have been the wrong direction. Phillip is also a big fan of black and death metal which gives him a unique perspective that we can trust.” An image of the band and Cope can be viewed here.
"Folie Circulaire" is the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed "Memento Mori," and will be the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. An unnamed demo song from ‘Folie Circulaire,’ along with previous material, is available on WITHERED’s official MySpace page.
Here are the latest KYLESA tour dates: More...
"Horde of Undead Vengeance", the new track from the Chicago-based doomsters LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, is available for download at this location. The song comes off the group's new album, "War Metal Battle Master", due on March 25 via Southern Lord Records. The CD includes a 20-page booklet featuring art by Jeremy Mohler and graphic design by Seldon Hunt (NEUROSIS, KHANATE, JESU).
"War Metal Battle Master" track listing:
01. Horde of Undead Vengeance
02. War Metal Battle Master
03. When The Ice Giants Slayed All
04. Slaughter the Bestial Legion
05. Black Viper Barbarian Clan
06. Assassins of the Cursed Mist
08. Hades Unleashed More...
Germany’s THE OCEAN have announced the following North American tour dates:
May 21 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room w/ Catamenia
May 22 - St Catharines, ON @ L3 Nightclub
May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Lambi
with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur, Withered:
May 24 - Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
May 25 - Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station
May 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 28 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
May 29 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
May 30 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
with Kylesa, Lair of the Minotaur:
June 1 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
June 2 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
June 3 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 4 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
with The Destro, Lair of the Minotaur
June 5 - Houston, TX @ T.B.A.
June 6 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
June 7 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
June 8 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
with Lair of the Minotaur:
June 10 - El Paso, TX @ Chic’s
June 11 - Farmington, NM @ Gator’s
with Lair of the Minotaur, Intronaut
June 12 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 13 - Fresno, CA @ Audie’s Olympic
June 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club
June 15 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
June 16 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
June 17 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory