The Ocean Release “Siberian Traps” Touring Documentary

The Ocean have released a new documentary titled “Siberian Traps.” The film was recorded during the band’s 2019 touring in Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, etc.

Robin Staps commented:

“One of the greatest adventures with this band was the 5 weeks ‘Siberian Traps’ tour last summer, which started in Belarus, Armenia and Georgia, then took us on a 10.000km ride from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, all across Russia and Kazakhstan from west to east, before concluding in Japan.

We lived on trains for weeks. We had to leave half of our gear behind at the airport of Nur-Sultan, Kazachstan. We experienced the solitude of lake Baikal, the solemnity of Armenian monasteries, the exuberance of Georgian hospitality and the silent anonymity of Shibuya crowds.

Some of these moments were captured on film, by band members. We had no camera guy with us, nor any crew: this tour was just us. Our sound guy had second thoughts and bailed a week before the tour. Alex Kraudelt compiled these self-made snapshots into a silent documentary, after our return home.

We found the instrumental version of ‘Triassic’ to be the perfectly fitting soundtrack: also because parts of it were recorded during our one week stay in Yerevan, Armenia with traditional flutes and woodwinds player Hayk Karoyi Karapetyan, whom you will see in the opening and closing section of the film. The song itself was inspired by my own backpacking trips through the Middle East 15 years ago, long before the current wars ravaged the region.”

[via CVLT Nation]

New Brittle Star Fossil Named After The Ocean

A new brittle star fossil has been named “Ophiacantha oceani” in honor of The Ocean. The specimen was discovered by Dr. Lea Numberger and Dr. Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum of Luxembourg.

The band commented:

“‘Ophiacantha oceani’, a new brittle star fossil discovered by palaeontologists Dr. Lea Numberger and Dr. Ben Thuy at the Natural History Museum of Luxembourg was named after Berlin progressive metal band The Ocean to celebrate their palaeontology-inspired music.

“Musicians who so skillfully combine arts and science, composing albums like ‘Precambrian’ (with songs named after the periods of the Precambrian), ‘Pelagial’ (with songs named after the bathymetric subdivisions of the water column) and ‘Phanerozoic’ as well as the song ‘Turritopsis dohrnii’ referring to the immortal jellyfish from the Mediterranean, are more than deserving of being immortalized in the fossil record.“
comments Dr. Ben THUY,
Natural History Museum Luxembourg
Palaeontology – Research & Collections Curator.

The abstract states that “Identifiable remains of large deep-sea invertebrates are exceedingly rare in the fossil record. Thus, every new discovery adds to a better understanding of ancient deep-sea environments based on direct fossil evidence.“

The fossil was discovered in 2.6-million-year-old deep-sea sediments of the Mediterranean but its closest living relative is from the Caribbean. Was it the victim of a yet undetected deep-sea extinction event?

Access the original publication in scientific journal Zootaxa: https://www.mapress.com/j/zt/article/view/zootaxa.4820.1.2
Also there’s a some NEW MUSIC in this video 😜 Get ready for Friday”

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NEW FOSSIL NAMED AFTER US!⁠ ⁠ 'Ophiacantha oceani', a new brittle star fossil discovered by palaeontologists Dr. Lea Numberger and Dr. Ben Thuy at the Natural History Museum of Luxembourg was named after Berlin progressive metal band The Ocean to celebrate their palaeontology-inspired music.⁠ ⁠ "Musicians who so skillfully combine arts and science, composing albums like ‘Precambrian’ (with songs named after the periods of the Precambrian), ‘Pelagial’ (with songs named after the bathymetric subdivisions of the water column) and ‘Phanerozoic’ as well as the song ‘Turritopsis dohrnii’ referring to the immortal jellyfish from the Mediterranean, are more than deserving of being immortalized in the fossil record.“⁠ ⁠ comments Dr. Ben THUY, ⁠ Natural History Museum Luxembourg⁠ Palaeontology – Research & Collections Curator.⁠ ⁠ The abstract states that "Identifiable remains of large deep-sea invertebrates are exceedingly rare in the fossil record. Thus, every new discovery adds to a better understanding of ancient deep-sea environments based on direct fossil evidence.“⁠ ⁠ The fossil was discovered in 2.6-million-year-old deep-sea sediments of the Mediterranean but its closest living relative is from the Caribbean. Was it the victim of a yet undetected deep-sea extinction event?⁠ ⁠ Access the original publication in scientific journal Zootaxa via the link in our bio!

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The Ocean Premiere “Pleistocene” Music Video

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

[via Invisible Oranges]

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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5fhYRp2QQ/

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:

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: