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Oceano Posts Photos Too Brutal for Myspace

Chicago deathcore metal band, OCEANO, recently posted up a number of pictures onto MySpace, which were promptly removed by site administrators for being "too violent."

Under MySpace rules and regulations, "images of violence are prohibited" on the popular social networking site. This led to the photos being taken down "within a half hour" according to OCEANO guitarist Andrew Mikhail. "They even took them off our personal profiles. Guess they were too raunchy after all."

The pictures in question from a recent OCEANO photo shoot hit every measure of violence imaginable, both simulated and real. "On a scale of 1 to 10, we'd say it was about a 6 on the blood scale," says Mikhail. "We knew how bloody it was already, but we told the photographer we wanted more. You could never have enough blood." The models used in the photographs even contributed to the raw physicality captured in the graphic photos. "These girls were hardcore" says the imposing OCEANO guitarist. "One of the models kept telling us stuff like "pull my hair" and "choke me like you wanna fuck me!" It really made things easier for all of us to get in the spirit of things...other than the studio smelling of rotten meat."

Click on the following links to view the OCEANO promo pictures that were deemed "too violent" and BANNED by MySpace:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

View some of the photos from the shoot that weren't BANNED by MySpace while listening to OCEANO'S soundtrack of absolute aggression here.

Read a brand new Q&A with OCEANO guitarist, Andrew Mikhail here.

OCEANO tour dates are as follows:

8/13 - The Mainstage - Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
8/14 - Peppermint Beach Club - Virginia Beach, Virginia
8/15 - The Oasis - Charleston, South Carolina
8/16 - The Springs Theater - Tampa, Florida
8/17 - The Dungeon - Orlando, Florida
8/18 - The Red Door - Pensacola, Florida
8/19 - The Muse - Nashville, Tennessee
8/20 - Uncle Pleasant’s - Louisville, Kentucky
8/22 - Trenton Fisherman’s Club - Trenton, Ohio
8/23 - The Attic - Kettering, Ohio
8/27 - Mojoe’s Rock House - Tinley Park, Illinois
8/30 - The Attic - Manitowac, Wisconsin
9/13 - The Coffee Pot - Chicago, Illinois

OCEANO's debut album is set for release in 2009.

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1. haloxxxmoshcore writes:

heaviest band out right now - changign the face of metal !

# Aug 13, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Kalis_wrath writes:

The pics are brutal, but thats gay of gayspace to ban the pics! I would understand if they depicted rape, but come on! I bet they have a banning hay day with thoes who cut and post the aftermath!

# Aug 13, 2008 @ 11:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

Pretty cool photo shoot - for a shock-rock band, that is. Bit too cheesy for a band not going for the cheesy image. Stick to scenery photographs, if you ask me. Nature always looks good, no matter what image you're going for.

# Aug 13, 2008 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Kalis_wrath writes:

Maybe the site photographer Avalon has some insight into this? I would love to get Avalons critque on this.

# Aug 13, 2008 @ 11:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Cynic writes:

Too bad theirs actually people out there who'd check out a pathetic deathcore band's music based on these lame images. Probably the same sadistic f***s who keep the Saw movies in theatres. I mean, Cannibal Corpse know the difference between a joke and reality, these guys just crossed the line into sicko land.

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# Aug 14, 2008 @ 12:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Kalis_wrath writes:

Well it seems the girls were into it Cynic.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. prakash ojha writes:

the girl is too old for my taste

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 8:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. rusty strings writes:

myspace administrator removed it for being "too violent"... how come a picture being violent? this is a joke.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

^the pictures depict explicit violence... two plus two = violent pictures.

Completely with Cynic on this one. And the girls, professional models, were obviously -paid- to do the shoot. And as professional models, they're going to know what's going to look better; which is more 'metal,' hair pulling or hugging, hmmm... Their input really wasn't anything incredible.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 8:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. rusty strings writes:

thats what i was talking about... picture means nothing...

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 8:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RedrumSyndrum writes:

thats badass, f*** tom!

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 12:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. coldiem writes:

I don't know, all I can see when I look at those photos is cheese. The band members have too ridiculous of looks on their faces to make it seem even a little bit dark and brutal. And it looks like they just splashed liquid fruit juice concentrate or something on their legs to make it look like blood. I suppose they might be a little bit too edgy for MySpace, but they are way too corny for me to be irked by them.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 12:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dark_Funeral writes:

all i read was deathcore and i lost interest in the story lol
the worst f***ing genre i've ever heard. blast beats and pig squeals. ugh.
and whats with deathcore names? they try so hard to be disgusting and vile they can't pull it off without sounding rediculous.
"So dude! I'm going to go see Anal booger blast vomit c*** on saturday!"
"Nah, i like Vaginal Earwax and Bloodyballs better"

sh**ty names for sh**ty music.

np: nile- unas, slayer of the gods

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jenny writes:

^Nile rules by the way!

I must admit, the pictures are a bit 'brutal' for myspace of course, but the pictures overall are completely lame. It's like the band is 'trying' to look hardcore but all I see is dumbfounded faces with blood on a model. Ridiculous! No creativity whatsoever.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Dark_Funeral writes:

you want to see cool pictures buy "Death Cult Armageddon" by Dimmu Borgir or "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" and in the lyric books there are pictures of each band member on every other page and its cool. The picture i remember best is Mustis the keyboardist photoshopped to look like a snake.

but those 2 are really good cds. "spiritual black dimensions" as well

np: Dark Funeral- Attera Totus Sanctus

and thanks jenny they

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Dark_Funeral writes:

are good i saw them at ozzfest.

thats weird my comment got cut in half lol

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

Dark funeral, I agree fully! I think photo wise Dimmu have the best shots in their album books!

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Cynic writes:

I think there is a difference between explicit violence (say Cannibal Corpse artwork) and violent themes of sadism, torture and female domination. Which one is worse, hand drawn images depicting over the top gore, or photo shoots glorifying torture and butchery. Too much of an air of reality - what if they did a photo shoot pretending to rape bloody eight year olds?

In the end this comes down to a fundamental question which I always ask myself about metal - am I a sicko for liking Death? What draws me to such morbid music?

So far I've whittled it down to this (I hate drawing abitrary lines in the sand and saying this is ok and this is not, so instead I divide things into strict boundaries/hierarchys and do the same). I love music about death, horror, insanity, ghosts, Satan, wizards - etc, hell what metalhead doesn't. But lyrics that glorify real instances of torture, sadism (especially in first person) I'm not such a fan of.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 5:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. This is ZT writes:

Yeah, those pix were REALLY br00tul.. *rolls eyes*

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. This is ZT writes:

....whoe knows, maybe i've been desensitized.....

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. This is ZT writes:

*who

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. psythe writes:

Cynic... I wouldn't be too worried about your sanity. Death is only one of many themes in the metal spectrum. And it's not even a major one. Rebellion, that would be a major theme of metal. Power. Good vs Evil, Right vs Wrong. Me vs You. Death is just one of the facets of these larger themes. Although, there ARE bands out there that focus specifically on it, hahah.

And I'm with you, lyrics like "I slit your throat and f*** the wound" or whatever do absolutely nothing for me.

# Aug 14, 2008 @ 9:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Kalis_wrath writes:

I think ignoring the dark things that happen is far more dangerouse than to go about pretending all is flowers and bummble bees. Denial is not just a river in Egypt my brother's!

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 12:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Terminator writes:

i've never been one too try and put limitations on art or one's imagination or thoughts, but i do judge it for myself. personally i agree with cynic. im all for death themes and lyrics when done poetically and done well...i also like death flavored artwork as well, but these pics arent even cool, they're pathetic attempts at crossing an extreme line for the sake of crossing the line.

kali- i agree that one should not ignore the "dark" things that happen in life, but these pics are a step beyond recognizing murder and torture...these pics are glamorizing murder and torture.

metalheads wonder why such stingy and negative stereotypes of both the music and its fans...well, here's one example of why that stereotype exists.

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 1:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Kalis_wrath writes:

While I see your point, I do think that they are not really that seriouse to me. They are "bloody," but you can tell (even on a phone screen) that its not thought out very well. Then again, some rapes and murders are not pre-meditated. I suppose that I would not be comfy with my kid (if I were a parent) hanging these on their bedroom walls.

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 2:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Cynic writes:

I couldn't agree more with your post 23 kali well said - In fact that's pretty much how I explain the whole death metal genre to anyone and why I love the lyrical content so much. But yeah I was about to say exactly what Terminator said, there's a difference between confronting and glorifying.

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# Aug 15, 2008 @ 2:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Kalis_wrath writes:

I do agree fully with that aswell. There is a huge differance! I write quite alot of poetry about death and such, but for me its simply a release of anger and or stress. I would never just haul off and comit the acts in which I write about, but not sure I would go as far as to glorify it. Like we say in my home, "there is fvcking nuts, and there is nucking futs." Our way of saying that there is are freaks, and there are the truly insane!

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 3:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. XWigglesX writes:

Art is expression of self, so what are these people trying to say about themselves? That they are he'll bent on following trends like a sheep? That they use these pictures so they can cause uproar to gather more friends on myspace than the next band that is coming up, doesn't matter if the kid checks out the songs. Just has to have the numbers. Pretty crap pictures anyway.

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 9:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. DeathInEye writes:

Not to really defend these pictures, because I don't know the band, but maybe they're rediculous on purpose to draw attention to how insanely obsessed we are with violence....Doubt it, just trying to throw an objective point in the mix.

# Aug 15, 2008 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Ignoring the pics, and even this band for a minute, There's a quote out of a book on death metal and grindcore that I'm reading right now that basically says that, even with all the violence and gore depicted in death and grindcore, none in the genres have ever killed anyone or anything like that, as opposed to hip-hop and Black Metal. I have yet to thouroghly research this, but from what I can recall, it's pretty much true. This leads to the whole ignoring the darkness thing that Cynic and Kali have been throwing out there, in that, maybe by pushing thes concepts so hard, it ends up being a sort of silly-catharsis, an almost humorous release for these violent tendencies within us all. So these kinds of images and gory concepts, ironic as it may seem, actually help to curb these responses and emotions.

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# Aug 15, 2008 @ 4:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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