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.”

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]