The Ocean To Release “Phanerozoic Live” In November

The Ocean will be releasing a new live album/film titled “Phanerozoic Live“ on November 26. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

The band commented:

“‘Phanerozoic Live’ is a live album like no other – it is a live album that was recorded in a cultural vacuum, a bizarre time that we will remember for the rest of our lives: a time when the world as we knew it suddenly stopped spinning. ⚫️

It is a live album that does without all the qualities that we usually appreciate about a live album: without the sounds of a cheering, excited crowd. But it is the very absence of this, it is the eery silence between the songs that reminds us of what we miss most, and that gives these recordings a rare intensity and power. 🔥

This release is yet another master class of record packaging from Norwegian artist and long term friend and collaborator, Martin Kvamme: the trifold is made from thick, rough and incredibly fibrous cardboard, adorned with a filigrane copper foil embossing of a bitmapped live fotography from the Bremen event. It contains 3 vinyl records in printed inner sleeves, a DVD and a concert ticket with a streaming and HD video download link to both concerts. 👌🏻

‘Phanerozoic Live’ is out November 26 via Pelagic Records and now available for pre-order on 3xLP / 2xCD + DVD / Download here: https://listen.pelagic-records.com/theocean

The Ocean Drummer Paul Seidel Sitting Out Immediate Live Dates After Breaking His Arm

The Ocean drummer Paul Seidel has been sidelined from the band after breaking his arm. During his absence, the group’s synth player Peter Voigtmann will be filling in. The Ocean said the following about that:

“The last 3 weeks have been quite dramatic. @paulseideldrums broke his arm in a bike accident, and so @petervoigtmann climbed on the drum throne… and he absolutely nailed it! The 2nd picture shows his drum monastery @die_muehle_ where he learned an hour worth of Ocean material that he’s never played on drums before in less than 2 weeks time, feeding on the propelling power of darkness & frozen pizza. It’s good to have a 2nd drummer in the band! We’re ready now for 2 festivals on Spanish beaches this weekend, our 3rd time @resurrectionfest and @metalparadisefest! Life could be worse 🤘🏻 Get well soon, Paul!”

The Ocean Reschedule European Tour For 2022

The Ocean have rescheduled their European tour for early 2022. pg.lost, Hypno5e, and Psychonaut will open.

Tour Dates:

01/07 Berlin, GER – Hole44
01/08 Prague, CZE – Nova Chelmnice
01/09 Vienna, AUT – Szene
01/10 Munich, GER – Backstage
01/11 Milan, ITA – Legend
01/12 Lucerne, SWI – Sedel
01/13 Lyon, FRA – CCO Villeurbanne
01/14 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
01/15 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
01/16 Lisbon, POR – LAV
01/17 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
01/18 Toulouse, FRA – Rex
01/19 Bordeaux, FRA – Krakatoa
01/20 Nantes, FRA – Ferrailleur
01/21 Lille, FRA – The Black Lab
01/22 Utrecht, NET – De Helling
01/23 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
01/24 Paris, FRA – Machine
01/25 Colmar, FRA – Grillen
01/26 Cologne, GER – Gebaude9
01/27 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
01/28 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
01/29 Osnabrück, GER – Kleine Freiheit

Watch The Ocean Perform “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic” In Full

The Ocean are streaming a full album performance of “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic” as part of the virtual Roadburn Redux festival. However, you only have until Monday (April 19) to watch it. This news comes after the band previously performed “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” in full during a livestream last month.

The Ocean Announce “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” Livestream Show, Say They Have Two New Albums Written

The Ocean will be performing “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” in full during a livestream concert at Pier2 in Bremen, Germany. The virtual event will be held on March 25 and tickets can be found HERE. With this news, the band have also revealed that they have two new albums written.

The group commented:

“We will be performing ‘PHANERZOIC I‘ in its entirety on Thursday, March 25, 8PM CET, streamed live from Pier2 in Bremen, Germany.

Please join to make this evening special— it will be a show without any audience in the live room. We‘ll be playing for you guys at your homes, whereever they are.

After more than a year of absence from playing music, we’re stoked about getting back together to rehearse and perform— even more so, because we have a new space which we are currently transforming into our own recording studio. This is the beginning of a new era for us. We’ve battled against the inertia of 2020 with writing a whole bunch of new material, and the result is that we’ve got 2 new albums ready to record once the construction work is done.

For now there are no plans to make this available online after the event, nor to do this again, so don‘t miss out on this.

If this goes well, we‘ll promise to do something for ‘PHANEROZOIC II’ a bit later in the year 😉‣”

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

The Ocean have postponed their European/UK tour with pg.lost, Hypno5e, and Svalbard due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in June/July 2021.

Tour Dates:

06/01 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz (no Svalbard)
06/02 Colmar, FRA – Grillen (no Svalbard)
06/03 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof (no Svalbard)
06/04 Paris, FRA – La Machine
06/05 Nantes, FRA – Ferrailleur
06/06 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
06/07 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
06/08 Lisbon, POR – Lav
06/09 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
06/10 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
06/11 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
06/12 Lyon, FRA – CCO
06/13 Fribourg, SWI – Fri-Son
06/14 Lucerne, SWI – Sedel
06/15 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
06/16 Prague, CZE – Nova Chelmnice
06/17 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Metalgate (no Svalbard and pg.lost)
06/18 Berlin, GER – SO36
06/19 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset (no Svalbard)
06/20 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli
06/22 Munich, GER – Backstage
06/23 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
06/24 Essen, GER – Zeche Carl
06/25 Osnabruck, GER – Kleiene Freiheit
06/26 Cologne, GER – Gebaude 9
06/27 Zwolle, NET – Hedon
06/28 Utrecht, NET – De Helling
06/29 Brussels, BEL – Botanique
06/30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
07/01 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
07/02 London, UK – 229
07/03 Newark, UK – Tech Fest (no Svalbard)
07/04 Glasgow, UK – Slay
07/05 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
07/06 Lille, FRA – Maison Folie Beaulieu (no Svalbard)
07/07 Karlsruhe, GER – Jubez (no Svalbard)
07/09 Nurnberg, Z-Bau (no Svalbard and pg.lost)

The Ocean commented:

“As most of you might have guessed, we regretfully have to announce that our January tour can not go forward as planned due to the current pandemic.

However, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that we will be going out with the same package in June, and we have added a bunch of extra dates to the run!

All tickets for January will remain valid for June, all new shows will be on sale by Monday.

We can’t wait for this, and we are hopeful that by June some sort of normalcy will have returned that will allow shows to go forward in Europe. Vaccinations are to begin in Germany on January 5th, hopefully similar in most other European countries. We are fully aware however that this will finally depend on a number of things falling into place, and if we should have to postpone again, then we will.

Can’t wait to see you all out there next year!”

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.”