The Ocean Premiere “Permian: The Great Dying” Music Video

The Ocean have premiered a new video for their song “Permian: The Great Dying,“ via Billboard. The clip was directed by Craig Murray, who previously worked with the group on their “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence” video. The track is featured on their latest album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic.“

Robin Staps said the following about the song:

“The lyrics of the song revolve around the Great Dying topic on two related but also distinctly different orbits. The paleontology/climate change is the surface level, and beneath lies a personal relationship story, an end-times romance embedded into (and artistically inflated) to Earth’s history dimensions.”

He also added the following about the video, which was mostly filmed in India and Indonesia:

“While the first clip was very artsy, based on strong visual effects, intense colors and lots of post-production, (‘Permian‘) was meant to have a desaturated, natural look and get by almost entirely without effects. We wanted it to have a dry, suffocating grade, with nice grain and a very authentic, stripped-to-the-core feel.”

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The Ocean Share In-Studio Performance Video For “Silurian: Age Of Sea Scorpions”

The Ocean have shared a new in-studio performance video for their song “Silurian: Age Of Sea Scorpions.“ The band commented:

“We recorded this track live at Ghost City Recordings studios near Nuremberg, Germany, where we did a pre-production session for our November 2018 tour, the first leg of the ‘Phanerozoic‘ tour just after the album had came out. We locked ourselves in this cool studio in the middle of nowhere for 9 days of intense rehearsals and programming lights from morning to late at night. It’s the first time we’ve done something like that, and having all of us actually living in the same space for a while, rehearsing all together or working on details in smaller groups, was a great way of getting the ‘Phanerozoic‘ material in shape for the tours to come.”

The Ocean Announce European/UK Tour

The Ocean have announced a headlining European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/13 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann
03/14 Geneva, SWI – PRT/L’Usine
03/15 Lyon, FRA – CCO
03/16 Toulouse, FRA – Rex
03/17 Marseilles, FRA – Les Pennes Mirabeau
03/18 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
03/19 Bethune, FRA – Le Poche
03/20 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux
03/21 Limerick, IRE – Dolan’s Warehouse
03/22 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
03/23 Glasgow, UK – Audio
03/24 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/25 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
03/26 Den Haag, NET – Paard
03/27 Cologne, GER – Club Volta
03/28 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
03/29 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
03/30 Bremen, GER – Tower
03/31 Hamburg, GER – Logo
04/02 Stockholm, SWE – Fryhuset
04/03 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
04/06 Stavangar, NOR – Folken
04/07 Hamar, NOR – Gregers
04/08 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega

The Ocean Premiere “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence” Music Video

The Ocean have premiered a new video for their new song “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic,“ which will be released on November 2.

Director Craig Murray commented:

“This is a practical effects film which leans towards multiple single frame captures to creature the sequences. Everything is built from scratch. There’s long exposure animation, stop frame, miniatures and cloud tanks. If the thing I’m working with can’t be physically picked up and held in my hand, I struggle to understand how to use it; I prefer this long, messy and exhausting process.”

The Ocean’s mastermind Robin Staps added:

“Craig has created a unique aesthetic visualization of our music, which is different from anything I’ve ever seen. He’s spent 6 sleepless weeks working on this basically non-stop, all by himself. He plastered tons of clay and lichens over Loic’s face and head, and really managed to turn him into an imaginary ‘Cambrian creature‘. It’s incredible to see the final result now, and how the whole thing has evolved.”

[via ghostcultmag.com]

The Ocean Premiere New Song “Devonian: Nascent” Feat. Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse

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.”

Renske added:

“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]

The Ocean Share First Studio Video For New Album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”

The Ocean have shared the first studio video for their new album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic,” which will be released on November 2. That effort is the first part of the band’s double concept album. The second part is expected to arrive in 2020. A previous press release described the album as “a really extensive dive into dystopian prog as well as geology — in this case, the evolution and diversification of life during the Phanerozoic eon, and the destruction of it during five mass extinction events.”

The Ocean To Release New Album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” In November, Premiere New Song “Permian: The Great Dying”

The Ocean have announced that the first part of their “Phanerozoic” double album, “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic,” will be released on November 2 via Metal Blade. The second part is expected to arrive in 2020. A press release describes the conceptual effort as “a really extensive dive into dystopian prog as well as geology — in this case, the evolution and diversification of life during the Phanerozoic eon, and the destruction of it during five mass extinction events.” The first single “Permian: The Great Dying,” which can be heard below, focuses on an event in which 95% of all life on Earth was destroyed.

Guitarist Robin Staps said the following about the track:

“When you hear the term ‘mass extinction’, everyone thinks of meteors and dying dinosaurs… but what happened at the end of the Permian was not related to any pieces of rock falling from the sky. The most probable scenario is that ‘The Great Dying’ was caused by increased volcanic activity which caused a global warming of about 5 degrees, which then led to the release of large amounts of methane gas from shallow seabeds into the atmosphere.

“Methane is a strong greenhouse gas and caused further warming in a loop effect. We are now looking at an increase of temperature by about 4 degrees by the end of the century, and the former worst-case scenario has now become the proclaimed goal. The same increase in global temperatures which happened at the end of the Permian over the course of several hundreds of thousands of years is very likely to happen in just over 100-200 years now.”

He continued:

“Looking at the Phanerozoic makes you realize that even without human impact, Earth has the power and potential to wipe out humanity in its entirety, at any given moment in time. The causes for the global warming which led to ‘The Great Dying’ were not human-made, but I don’t see any reason to assume that the results of the current human-made warming would not be similarly devastating. Literally everything died at the end of the Permian, even insects didn’t survive.”

Staps also dived further into the album’s concept, saying it also focuses on “Nietzsche‘s concept that everything happens over and over again, an infinite amount of times throughout infinite time and space.”:

“When you look at Earth’s history you find a lot of evidence for this: continents have collided and drifted apart across the oceans and collided again, life nearly disappeared various times but then resurged again… this album is essentially about time, perception of time, and repetition. It is about coming to terms with the fact that there are things in life which will recur and which we cannot change and finding ways of dealing with that.”

“Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” Track Listing:

01. “The Cambrian Explosion”
02. “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence”
03. “Ordovicium: The Glaciation Of Gondwana”
04. “Silurian: Age Of Sea Scorpions”
05. “Devonian: Nascent” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)
06. “The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse”
07. “Permian: The Great Dying”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.