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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
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...