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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
Berlin, Germany's THE OCEAN have issued the following update:
"We are looking for a long-term live cello player for upcoming tours in Europe and the US and possible future recording sessions."
"What we're looking for is a skilled musician with good intonation; someone who can read sheet music and has classical training but also the rock / metal background and understanding that is inevitable in order to enjoy long tours and life on the road - ideally, someone who can play both cello and viola and switch between these instruments."
"As much as we love acoustic instruments, our past experiences have taught us that in a live environment the only thing that works is an E-cello."
"If you're interested or know anyone who might be, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ."
The Ocean's latest release, Precambrian, is available now via Metal Blade Records.
Berlin's THE OCEAN has issued the following update:
"It seems like this issue always comes back to us... Due to THE OCEAN's collective's current bass players' inability to cope with our heavy touring schedules, we need a new bass player for all our upcoming touring activities. What we're looking for is a nice, sociable guy with the following:
* smooth and precise playing, good tone, finger and pick
* time for extensive tours
* ability to read sheet music not necessary, but advantageous
* high level of tolerance for the typical on-the-road stress
* located in Europe
"If you're a bass player (and not just a bass-playing guitarist), please write an email to email@example.com and tell us about yourself. Be prepared to be on the road nonstop between mid-March and mid-July in the U.S., Europe and Russia. This is your chance to join us! We're looking forward to hearing from you!"
THE OCEAN's extensive concept album, "Precambrian", was released last Novemebr via Metal Blade Records. The double-disc effort is the soundtrack to the beginning of evolution, subdivided into two successive geological eons ("Hadean/Archean" and "Proterozoic"). The songs are divided into five subordinate eras, with the songtitles carrying the names of subordinate geological periods. Disc 1 features the typical THE OCEAN brutality while Disc 2 shows the deeper, more emotional side of what the collective also stands for.
"Precambrian" is available as a deluxe digipack and was recorded in the band's own Oceanland studio as well as in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Los Angeles and Seattle. Once again the incredible artwork was done by highly acclaimed artist Martin Kvamme (FANTOMAS, TOMAHAWK, PATTON/KAADA).
"Precambrian" has a running time of 84 minutes and features guest appearances by Scofield (CAVE IN, ZOZOBA, OLD MAN GLOOM), Nate Newton (CONVERGE, DOOMRIDERS), Dwid Hellion (INTEGRITY), Tomas Hallbom (BREACH), Eric Kalsbeek (TEXTURES) as well as the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Berlin's THE OCEAN has had the release date of its extensive concept album, "Precambrian" (Metal Blade Records) pushed back to November 12 from the previously announced November 5. The double-disc effort is the soundtrack to the beginning of evolution, subdivided into two successive geological eons ("Hadean/Archean" and "Proterozoic"). The songs are divided into five subordinate eras, with the songtitles carrying the names of subordinate geological periods. Disc 1 features the typical THE OCEAN brutality while Disc 2 shows the deeper, more emotional side of what the collective also stands for.
"Precambrian" will be available as a deluxe digipack and was recorded in the band's own Oceanland studio as well as in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Los Angeles and Seattle. Once again the incredible artwork was done by highly acclaimed artist Martin Kvamme (FANTOMAS, TOMAHAWK, PATTON/KAADA). More...
Intronaut, The Ocean, and War From A Harlots Mouth will tour Europe in November. Here are the tour dates:
17/11 BULLE (CH) Lé Bullition
18/11 WUERZBURG (D) Soundpark Ost
19/11 LILLE (FR) Le Reve d'Herbert
20/11 LONDON (UK) Underworld
21/11 STOKE-ON-TRENT (UK) Sugarmill
22/11 EDINBURGH (UK) The Hive
23/11 PLYMOUTH (UK) The White Rabbit
24/11 DEN BOSCH (NL) W2
25/11 ROTTERDAM (NL) Waterfront
27/11 ARLON (NL) L'entrepot
29/11 COPENHAGEN (DK) Stengade 30
'Precambrian' is the follow-up to 2005's highly acclaimed 'Aeolian' album. After more than six months of daily work on this immense project, comprising almost 90 minutes of music dispersed over two very distinct and different discs that see the band exploring entirely new musical territories while frequently employing well-tried oceanic elements, it becomes obvious that the outcome is THE OCEAN's musically most advanced and most versatile album to date, combining a raw hardcore-approach with huge orchestrations, subtle electronic textures and immense harmonic density and dynamic width.
The story of the making of this double-album is a chase around the globe. It begins in Northern Finland, where drums and most guitars were tracked, in total isolation, in a remote wooden barn in March 2007; it continues at the band's own Oceanland studios in Berlin, and concludes, after detours to Northern Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Los Angeles and Seattle, where vocal contributions were recorded, on the East Coast of the US, where the album was mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Pelican, Cave In, Made Out of Babies) in New York City, and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Converge, Isis, The Red Chord, Unsane).
On the vocal front, the band's long search for a new full-time vocalist to follow in Meta's footsteps was put to an end with the addition of Mike Pilat, who will move from the UK to Berlin soon to join the band full-time as additional guitarist, percussionist and main vocalist, together with Nico Webers. Mike's qualities as a bass-player could already be witnessed on the band's recent tour supporting THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER all over Europe. His characteristic voice and incredible range of vocal styles are one aspect that really distinguishes this double-album, and it becomes evident that Mike did not just follow in Meta's footsteps, but enabled the band to grow and venture further into unknown and exciting waters.
Apart from that, some old and new guests are appearing on the album, including Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Zozobra, Old Man Gloom), Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders), Dwid Hellion (Integrity), Tomas Hallbom (Breach), Eric Kalsbeek (Textures) and musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Precambrian is a geological term that refers to the first chapter in the evolution of the earth. THE OCEAN's 'Precambrian' is composed of a mini-CD with 22 minutes playing time entitled »Hadean/Archaean«, and a full-length CD with 62 minutes playing time, entitled »Proterozoic«, both referring to successive geological eons within the Precambrian. The songs are divided into 5 subordinate eras, with the song-titles carrying the names of subordinate geological periods. More...
Metal Blade recording artists The Ocean have issued an update on their recording progress:
"All the drums and most of the guitars for our new album have been recorded. We just got back from a barn in remote Northern Finland, where Torge, Matt and Robin spent the last 3 weeks in complete isolation, recording in shifts, day and night… we are extremely satisfied with the result thus far, and we can assure you that our new album will get closer than ever before to capturing our real sound. Even without much editing, the drums sound huge!"
"Still a long way to go though. The next months will be spent recordings more guitars, bass, vocals, cellos, piano and other instruments. We’re also working on an artwork concept."
As previously reported, the band is also seeking a new bass player. Interested parties should read up and contact them via their website.
The Ocean have spent the past few weeks recording their new album in northern Finland. A release through Metal Blade is expected later this year. However, the band are now minus a bassist and are looking for a replacement, details on what they are looking for can be found over at their official website www.theoceancollective.com.
The Ocean has been working day and night on their upcoming album, which is slated for a Summer/Fall 2007 release. The new album will be a conceptual double-CD with one full-length CD and a second mini-CD. The full-length disc will explore calmer but deeper and darker waters, while the mini-CD will revisit a style similar to the band’s 2005 release “Aeolian”. More details about the album concept coming soon…
In April, drums, bass and guitars will be recorded at the legendary Studio 57 in Finland with engineer/co-producer Jonas Olsson. Vocals and all orchestral instruments will be recorded at Oceanland in Berlin. The Ocean’s Robin Staps will join Jonas behind the board.
The Ocean is still auditioning guitar players. If you are interested, check out the bands website for more details.
The Ocean is also hoping to lock down their first U.S. tour which has been tentatively scheduled for July. More details regarding the tour will be available soon.
German metal/experimental band The Ocean (Metal Blade Records) is currently in search of a new guitarist "due to member's inability to cope with heavy touring schedules." Candidates should have experience, a willingness to tour extensively and rehearse in Berlin. and a broad musical background. Interested parties should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.
Organizers have issued the following update:
This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.
It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.
Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.
The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...
Experimental metal outfit The Ocean (Metal Blade Records) are currently looking for a new vocalist. The group has parted ways with singer Meta "due to a number of reasons." According to the German band, "We're looking for a dedicated new singer with a powerful screaming voice and a good range of vocal styles. Further prerequisites are dedication, a powerful and intimidating live-presence and the willingness to, and time for, extended worldwide touring." Interested paties should contact the band at email@example.com.
The Ocean is a phenomenal, very unique band that features influences from various styles of hard and also more mellow music. They are famous for their hardcore eruptions as well as their flowing soundscapes that are somewhat reminiscent of American pioneers Neurosis. But in the end they are simply The Ocean, a band that is well known in the German underground, not only for their albums, but also for their excessive live shows.
“It´s great to have The Ocean on the label”, comments Andreas R. of Metal Blade Europe. “This band is so talented – they transport a wide array of emotions through their incredible music. You can´t be more honest as an artist than The Ocean are.”
The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps comments: "After talking to various labels over the course of the past months, we're happy to finally join forces with one of the most important labels for heavy music out there. Out of all the parties we've been talking to, Metal Blade seemed to be the most reasonable about what they can do for us and how they will go about doing it."
After more than a year in the making, their upcoming record "Aeolian", a sequel to 2004's highly acclaimed "Fluxion", is in its final stages of production.
“All the instrumental and vocal tracks have been layed down and we are almost finished with the mix. We have taken a multiple-singer approach this time, with the aim of finding the perfect voice for every part. The result is a number of guest appearances, including Tomas Hallbom of Breach, Nate Newton of Converge/Old Man Gloom and Sean Ingram of Coalesce. Altogether there are 6 singers featured on the album, covering the widest possible range of aggressive vocals, from deep howls to high-pitched shrieking, with our mainman Meta at the low end and laptopist Nico at the high end of the vocal spectrum.”
“Aeolian” will be released on the 25th of November in Germany and on the 28th of November in the rest of Europe. More album details will be revealed soon.
For more information on The Ocean, visit their website at www.theoceancollective.com.