Germans The Ocean were very busy this year. New album release in April - Pelegial, and promoting this release with touring all over the world. In recent days they have also confirmed that they will be heading to an exclusive 10-day German tour in the end of February, 2014. Support on the road will come from fellow countrymen, black metal band Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Check out the dates below!
The Ocean have been going through many line-up changes lately. Guitarist Jonathan Nido and drummer Luc Hess announced they were leaving the band and now a new guitar player has been revealed. Damian Murdoch will be The Ocean's new guitarist for all upcoming shows and tours next year. Jonathan Nido and Luc Hess' last show was in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Following a statement from his Facebook page, it has been announced that guitarist Jonathan Nido and drummer Luc Hess will leave The Ocean after their current European tour with Shining (NOR), Hacride and Tides From Nebula. The reasons include "artistic divergence", full-time commitment to a project which is not fulfilling anymore, among other things. Both of them, alongside bassist Louis Jucker, are part of the project Coilguns as well.
The Ocean have unveiled the trailer for their first ever DVD that will be called Collective Oblivion. This is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean's career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much more. For now, to make your mouth water, watch the trailer below.
The Ocean have recently revealed an excerpt from their Pelagial DVD. The DVD, which is being screened as live video projections during the band's current Pelagial world tour, is a conceptual movie by Craig Murray, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Converge, etc. This movie, which offers up a year's worth of meticulous shooting, cutting and editing, visualizes the journey into the depths and completes the holistic music and visual art project that defines the Pelagial concept. Check out a video excerpt from the DVD in the form of the instrumental version of "Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated" below.
The Ocean will be taking their new album Pelagial to European stages and perform the new tunes on their recently announced Pelagial European Tour 2013. The tickets will be on sale this week and accompanying them on tour will be Shining (NOR), Tides From Nebula and Hacride. Check out below if they will be playing anywhere near you.
The Ocean have presented a new song, "Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated", from their forthcoming new opus Pelagial. You can enjoy it on the video below. Remember that the album will be released on April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America) via Metal Blade Records.
German sludge metal act The Ocean are set to unleash a tidal wave in the form of new album Pelagial via Metal Blade Records on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA). In anticipation of the splash of the band's sixth studio album, the new track "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish In Dreams" is available now and streaming on the video below.
The Ocean have put together a neat new website dedicated to their brand new album titled Pelagial. You can listen to snippets from 5 new songs on the website as well as know more about the concept of the album. You can already pre-order the limited boxsets which include a DVD, both instrumental and vocal versions of the album, as well as a 5kg acrylic box.
2013 will be a busy year for sludge metallers The Ocean, as the band will release a new album on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA) 2013 through Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to the Heliocentric and Anthropocentric albums. To support the release, The Ocean will embark on a three-week European tour with Cult Of Luna in April and May (dates available below), including a performance at Roadburn Festival on April 20th.
German sludge metallers The Ocean will extensively tour the countries of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, come this February. The band posted the following: "The Ocean will be embarking on an extended tour of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in February/March 2012! We won't just be playing the major cities Moscow and St. Petersburg, we'll be going far beyond the Ural range and as far East as Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, about 500 km from the Mongolian border. Yes drives won't be short and it's gonna be brutally cold and we will probably die somewhere on the way, but hell we're stoked!"
German sludge metallers The Ocean, who previously reported that their North American tour plans were scrapped, have announced that they will be supporting fellow progressive act The Devin Townsend Project. The tour heads out on October 8th and promises to be one of the best progressive tours of the Fall. Those who have been wanting for longer sets from both acts, who often serve to support other bands on tour, will be treated to a once-on-a-lifetime evening of progressive metal grandeur.
The Ocean are currently in the writing process of a new full-length album, penciled in for a tentative mid-2012 release.
The Ocean guitarist and vocalist Robin Staps issued the following: "After 2 weeks of creative isolation at the new Oceanland on the Spanish coast, there are about 25 minutes of new material written and pre-produced which are basically one continuous piece of music. Apart from that, there are 4 more songs including a wicked cover track. Loic will start working on vocal pre-productions soon.
Much like when I wrote Precambrian in Australia, I have written these tracks on my own, far away from everything else and everyone else but with the sea close enough to have a strong impact on my flow of ideas. You can actually hear its subtle roar in the guitar tracks if you crank them up on a quiet passage. The other guys have not been involved much yet because they are busy with their other bands Coilguns and Kunz who will see their debut split CD released on Pelagic in September."