The Ocean Premiere “Oligocene” Video

The Ocean have premiered a new video for their new song “Oligocene.” This track is from the band’s new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,” which will be released on September 25. Robin Staps commented:

“We found this place by accident: the dilapidated ruins of a soviet observatory & research station for cosmic radiation. The building itself looked like a spaceship that had crash-landed up high in the mountains, but there were lots of interesting structures scattered across the landscape: concrete cubes, underground tunnels, rusted machinery, fallen power poles and watchtowers. It all looked like taken straight out of Andrej Tarkovsky‘s ‘Stalker‘ movie.”

The Ocean Announce European/UK Tour With pg.lost, Hypno5e, & Svalbard

The Ocean have announced a 2021 European/UK tour with pg.lost, Hypno5e, and Svalbard. The band will be touring in support of their new album, “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,“ which will be released out September 25.

Tour Dates:

01/07 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
01/08 Colmar, FRA – Grillen
01/09 Paris, FRA – La Machine
01/10 Nantes, FRA – Ferrailleur
01/11 Toulouse, FRA – Le Rex
01/12 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
01/13 Lisbon, POR – Lav
01/14 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
01/15 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
01/16 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
01/17 Bordeaux, FRA – Krakatoa
01/18 Lyon, FRA – CCO
01/19 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
01/20 Lucerne, SWI – Sedel
01/21 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
01/22 Prague, CZE – Nova Chmelnice
01/23 Berlin, GER – Festival
01/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
01/26 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
01/27 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
01/28 Munich, GER – Backstage
01/29 Essen, GER – Zeche Carl
01/30 Osnabruck, GER – Kleine Freiheit
01/31 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
02/01 Cologne, GER – Volta
02/02 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
02/03 Utrecht, NET – Helling
02/04 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
02/05 Glasgow, UK – Slay
02/06 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/07 London, UK – 229
02/08 Brighton, UK – Patterns

The Ocean commented:

“This tour has been planned for a long time already and despite the unprecedented situation we’re all currently going through, we decided to announce it and put tickets on sale. We hope that this will serve as a strong positive statement for bands, promoters and music fans alike. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 14 August at 10am local time.

As this develops, we have to assess, analyse and make the right decisions for everyone involved. The tour going ahead in early 2021 relies on many elements to fall into place, and if it can’t go ahead, then we have a backup routing in place already for later in the year, and all tickets purchased for this tour will be transferrable to that.

Be assured that we will keep assessing this situation as we head later into 2020, and be in communication with everyone. Much love and we hope to see you guys out there in January!”

The Ocean Premiere New Song “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, Reveal Details For New Album

The Ocean have premiered a new song titled “Jurassic | Cretaceous.” This track features Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse and it will appear on the band’s new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic,” which is set to be released on September 25.

“Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” Track Listing:

01. “Triassic”
02. “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (feat. Jonas Renkse)
03. “Palaeocene”
04. “Eocene”
05. “Oligocene”
06. “Miocene | Pliocene”
07. “Pleistocene”
08. “Holocene”

Robin Staps said the following about the new record:

“‘Phanerozoic II‘ is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics. This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II.

The outcome is a record that is a real journey. It starts in one place, and concludes in a totally different place. In a way, it relates to 2013’s ‘Pelagial‘, which was similar in that it was also a journey: but a more guided, focused and predictable one. ‘Phanerozoic II‘ on the other hand is closer to the experience of free fall.”

He also added:

“Though humanity is only a very recent phenomenon in the 541 million years history of the Phanerozoic eon, the lyrics are obviously written from a human perspective. They are following Nietzsche‘s philosophical idea of amor fati in the light of the larger themes of Eternal Recurrence, and the inevitability of an imaginary impending collision on a planetary scale, which are the two red threads that go through Phanerozoic I and II.”

The Ocean To Release New Album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” This Year

The Ocean have confirmed that they will be releasing their new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic“ this year. Pre-orders will launch on July 1.

The Ocean Finish Mixing New Album

The Ocean have officially finished the mixing process for their new album “Phanerozoic II.” The band confirmed the news in the below post:

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Phanerozoic II mix DONE!!! . 🥥 What can you expect from it? Well, the invisible coconuts and aggressive smiles tell you that we’ve had way too much of a good time here in Örebro, so Rupert Holmes puts you in the right zone of expectations: . . 🍹 “… "If you like Piña Coladas, rand getting caught in the rain If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me, and escape" 🎶 🐚☀️🏝 🥥 . . . #theoceancollective #theoceanband #phanerozoic #metalbladerecords #pelagicrecords #fascinationstreetstudios #jensbogren #örebro #pinacolada #pinacoladaörebro #rupertholmes #gettingcaughtintherain #invisiblecoconuts

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The Ocean Finishing Up New Album

The Ocean have been finishing up the recording process for their new album “Phanerozoic II” during their free time on tour. After the trek, the band plan to start mixing the effort at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden .

The Ocean Premiere “Ordovicium: The Glaciation Of Gondwana” Live Video

The Ocean have premiered a new live video for their song “Ordovicium: The Glaciation Of Gondwana.” The clip was filmed during the band’s tour in India. The track is featured on their latest album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic.“

In other news, the band have also shared a tour diary focusing on their tour of India via Metal Injection:

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.”

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.”