The Ocean have premiered a new song titled “Devonian: Nascent” This track features Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse and it will appear on the band’s new album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic,” which is set to be released on November 2. That effort is the first part of the band’s two-part concept album. The second part is expected to arrive in 2020.
The Ocean‘s Robin Staps commented:
“We sent Jonas the track, and what we got back as a ‘demo’ was almost identical with what ended up as the final version on the record. Jonas has a perfect and intuitive understanding of our music, there was no need to explain anything. He came up with his own vocal parts and lyrics, and everything just fit perfectly from the start.
Katatonia’s ‘The Great Cold Distance‘ was an important album for me and for The Ocean. It was one of the first albums where heavy, low-tuned guitars and clean vocals next to one another were actually working out for me, personally. It was an album that made me reconsider my opinion about clean vocals in metal, and that forged my own desire to look for a vocalist for The Ocean who could also deliver cleans.”
“Robin approached me for a guest spot already in 2005, and I really wanted to be part, but at that time we were in the studio ourselves recording ‘The Great Cold Distance‘, so I felt I had too much on my mind. We have met after that and talked a little about doing something and now it finally happened.
I was very intrigued by the song when I got the demo sent to me and I am very happy with the final result. ‘Devonian: Nascent‘ became a mammoth track without ever losing its initial melancholy.”
[via Heavy Consequence]