Excerpt From THE OCEAN DVD Now Playing

Revolver Magazine is pleased to reveal an excerpt from THE OCEAN‘s Pelagial DVD. The dramatic DVD, which is being screened as live video projections during the band’s current Pelagial world tour, is a conceptual movie by Craig Murray, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Converge, etc. This movie, which offers up a year’s worth of meticulous shooting, cutting and editing, visualizes the journey into the depths and completes the holistic music and visual art project that defines the Pelagial concept. The film is inundated with spectacular oceanic footage, parts of which THE OCEAN‘s own Robin Staps, an avid scuba diver, filmed himself in Australia. In addition, Pelagial features a female protagonist (who ironically goes by the name “Arielle” in real life). The girl is seen enduring various stages of fear, lust, terror, pain and joy, as she sinks towards the inscrutable depths of the Hadopelagic zone at the end of the album, and metaphorically, deeper and deeper into the depths of her own psyche.

Comments Robin Staps:

The album concept follows two separate but related strains: One is the obvious journey from the surface towards the depths of the sea, crossing the five Pelagial depth zones. The second one is loosely based on Andrey Tarkowsky’s movie Stalker, which is also a journey through zones, but an inward journey, form the surface into the depths of the human psyche, towards the origins of our wishes and desires. This is the central theme that the lyrics of the album are orbiting around. The Pelagial movie takes up themes from and makes reference to both of these conceptual strains, and fuzes them together, in an abstract, artistic way.”

The Pelagial DVD comes with a 5:1 Dolby surround mix of the instrumental album and is currently only available along with the special limited edition acrylic box set versions of the album, which were released through the band’s own Pelagic Records, on both CD and 4×10″ vinyl formats, in April. These special acrylic boxes contained the CD digipak or the two vinyl gatefolds respectively; which were “buried” underneath five thick, silk-screen printed acrylic layers colored in different hues of transparent blue, again reflecting the individual pelagic depth zones. The vinyl box sets sold out within nine days in February 2013, by direct preorder only. A second edition, including a repress of the vinyl on three-color split wax, will be made available for preorder shortly, and released in December through Pelagic Records. The CD box sets are still available through http://www.pelagic-records.com/cds.

Check out the stunning excerpt from the DVD in the form of the instrumental version of “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated,” now playing courtesy of Revolver at THIS LOCATION.

THE OCEAN‘s wildly successful Pelagial full-length was released earlier this year via Metal Blade. Their most profound work to date, Pelagial is a 53-minute exploratory composition written, recorded, mixed and intended to-be-performed-live as one single piece of music. Centered around all five pelagic depth zones, Pelagial purposefully submerges its listeners into an aquatic journey that is at once tranquil and terrifying. Crowned “ambitious and textured” by Terrorizer and “brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of,” by Crave, Pelagial entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #10 upon its first week of release and continues to reap critical accolades from fans and critics globally. The OCEAN is currently in the last stages of a three-month world tour promoting Pelagial, which included North America, Taiwan, China, and currently Russia.

Stay tuned for further THE OCEAN missives in the weeks to follow.

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THE OCEAN Release New Video, Ready to Hit the Road

THE OCEAN launched a brand new video for Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams from their most recent album, Pelagial. The video is the band’s first official music video, not counting previous videos composed of live footage, directed by Alexander Kraudelt and Lukas Hambach, produced by Frameshock, with additional visuals by Craig Murray. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams is streaming now on metalblade.com/theocean.

Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps comments:

“This clip is blending performance footage with excerpts from Craig Murray’s Pelagial movie, which was released along with the limited edition CD and vinyl boxset versions of the album. We’ve never really done a clip like that before, but it was great fun making this.”

Pelagial, the latest album from THE OCEAN, is received with open arms and ears across the globe – this is a band that are becoming widely regarded as leaders within their genre.

Metal Sucks declared The Ocean have “never written more intriguing music.”

“Mastodon‐shaped footprints, lush strings… [before] the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin

“more luxurious, experimental and textural” – Decibel

“ambitious and adventurous” – Terrorizer

“melodrama, intimacy, grandeur, grace and big fucking riffs” – Kerrang

“With Isis gone, no one has yet taken their place as intelligent and sensitive masters of post‐metal but, with this, there’s no doubt that The Ocean are shoe‐ins for the title” – RockARolla

The latter’s emphasis is fitting considering The Ocean recently toured a number of sell out shows with another master of post‐metal, Cult of Luna. The Mastodon reference is relevant after they invited The Ocean out for their summer tour dates, and the diversity on display is never more apparent when you consider tours in the past few years with Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth and Anathema. The Ocean has an army of fans, and undoubtedly the respect of their peers.

Diverse elements were honed and perfected on Pelagial, and this ethos is at the heart of the touring package for The Ocean’s headline European tour. For an album that treads a wild and creative path within and outside of the supposed boundaries of metal, Norway’s SHINING could not be a more appropriate addition to the touring bill. Their new album One One One was recently released and it’s direct and pulsating approach is gathering the same kind of response that saw 2010’s Blackjazz get rave reviews all over the world, with contemporaries such as Danko Jones and Mike Portnoy writing pieces praising the band. If you’ve seen them live then you’ll know how good they are; if you’ve not, you need to!

Poland’s TIDES FROM NEBULA meanwhile have mesmerized the underground and in 2013 they take a step up, releasing their new album via a brand new label. They bring postrock to this package, a welcome ingredient due to this genre touching aspects of Pelagial. Finally, France’s HACRIDE bring some serious, technical heaviness to the tour, as anyone who has heard their new album Back To Where You’ve Never Been will testify.

THE OCEAN
03/10/13 – Germany, Dortmund, FZQ Freiseitzentrum West – WestEnd Festival
06/10/13 – Netherlends, Baarlo, JC Sjiwa – Progpower Europe
13/10/13 – Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik – Euroblast Festival
w/ Shining, Tides From Nebula, Hacride
29/10/13 – Germany, Hamburg, Logo
30/10/13 – Netherlands, Haarlem, Patronaat
31/10/13 – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Baroeg
01/11/13 – United Kingdom, London, The Garage
03/11/13 – France, Paris, Divan du Monde
05/11/13 – Spain, Barcelona, Apolo 2
06/11/13 – Spain, Madrid, Caracol
07/11/13 – Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
09/11/13 – Italy, Turin, AudioDrome
10/11/13 – Italy, Rome, Traffic
11/11/13 – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Gala Hala
12/11/13 – Germany, Munich, Backstage Club
13/11/13 – Switzerland, Winterthur, Salzhaus
14/11/13 – France, Belfort, La Poudriere
15/11/13 – Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
17/11/13 – Germany, Berlin, Lido
18/11/13 – Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
19/11/13 – Poland, Wroclaw, Alibi

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THE OCEAN Unveil Another New Track

 

THE OCEAN unveiled Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe, from their forthcoming new studio recording, Pelagial.

A progressive audio voyage written, recorded, and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music, Pelagial was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, and firmly stands as THE OCEAN’s deepest, most challenging entry to their winding catalog of sound exploration. Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

“My original plan was to write a stepless musical progression, like a continuous color blending from white to black,” relates guitarist Robin Staps, “but I soon realized that it could not be that linear. It needed to stay interesting after all, and this is something that is usually best achieved by employing unforeseeable elements. In the end, any good idea must be put into perspective by its musical impact.” And so the listener will experience swirls and vertical currents while listening to the album; short, unexpected faster passages in between, sudden tempo changes that will make them feel like they’re rising again for a short bit – but the general direction remains very clear: ‘You can feel from the beginning, it’s going down. Deeper and deeper.”

Submerse yourself in ninth movement Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe here.

Additionally, pre-orders are currently available for a very special acrylic box set edition of Pelagial, released through Pelagic Records. These heavy acrylic boxes are still available in CD format (the vinyl edition is now sold out) and contain the CD digipak as well as an extra DVD with the Pelagialmovie by Craig Murray, all of which will be “buried” underneath five thick acrylic layers, colored in different hues of blue, each layer reflecting one of the five pelagial depth zones. The layers will be silk-screen printed with additional artwork by Martin Kvamme. Claim your copy now at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial.

And for those who missed it, fourth track – Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams – is currently streaming at the band’s Official Metal Blade Page where you’ll also find studio footage and pre-order info.

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THE OCEAN Post New Studio Footage

 

In anticipation of their upcoming new full-length, Pelagial, THE OCEAN posted the second in a series of studio video diaries. Possibly their deepest and most profoundly sophisticated composition to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded and to-be-performed-live as one, single, 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, the offering will be released as a double CD, which includes both vocal and instrumental versions of the album, on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

The concept of the album is made evident in its title. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. As one continuous piece of music, Pelagial‘s tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes of underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a claustrophobic “Das Boot“-kind of atmosphere.

“There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks… some riffs appear in the first two minutes of the album and then reappear thirty minutes later,” details guitarist Robin Staps.

It’s an experience that will reward repeated listens.

Point your browser to metalblade.com/theocean to view the latest studio report where Loic Rossetti tracks vocals and talks candidly about the near paralysis of his voice.

Additionally, preorders are currently available for a very special acrylic box set edition of Pelagial, released through Pelagic Records. These heavy acrylic boxes are still available in CD format (the vinyl edition is now sold out) and contain the CD digipak as well as an extra DVD with the Pelagial movie by Craig Murray, all of which will be “buried” underneath five thick acrylic layers, colored in different hues of blue, each layer reflecting one of the five pelagial depth zones. The layers will be silk-screen printed with additional artwork by Martin Kvamme. Claim your copy now at http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial

 

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THE OCEAN Unveil New Track

 

Pre-Orders + Studio Footage Available at metalblade.com/theocean

THE OCEAN is pleased to unveil Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams from their forthcoming new studio offering, Pelagial. Possibly their deepest and most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden, Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and is scheduled for release on April 26/29 (Europe) and April 30 (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.

The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. In synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean, the album begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level. What is amazing about Pelagial is that this is not some detached conceptual idea; this can actually be heard and felt while listening to the album.

The album’s fourth movement, Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams, is currently streaming at metalblade.com/theocean, where you’ll also find studio footage and preorder info.

Additionally, preorders are currently available for a very special acrylic boxset edition of Pelagial, released through Pelagic Records. These heavy acrylic boxes are available in CD and vinyl formats and contain the CD digipak vs. four vinyl records respectively, as well as an extra DVD with the Pelagial movie by Craig Murray, all of which will be “buried” underneath five thick acrylic layers, colored in different hues of blue, each layer reflecting one of the five pelagial depth zones. The layers will be silk-screen printed with additional artwork by Martin Kvamme. 350 out of 500 copies of the limited vinyl boxsets and 450 out of 1000 CD boxsets have already been sold in the first five days of starting the preorder. Claim your copy now at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial.

Pelagial Track Listing:
1. Epipelagic
2. Mesopelagic: The Uncanny
3. Bathyalpelagic I: Impasses
4. Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams
5. Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated
6. Abyssopelagic I: Boundless Vasts
7. Abyssopelagic II: Signals of Anxiety
8. Hadopelagic I: Omen of the Deep
9. Hadopelagic II: Let Them Believe
10. 10 Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance
11. 11 Benthic: The Origin of Our Wishes

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THE OCEAN To Release New Albumin 2013

2013 will be a busy year for THE OCEAN. The band will release a new album on April 26 (GSA), April 29 (Europe) and April 30 (USA) 2013 on Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Heliocentric and Anthropocentric albums (2010).

To support the release, THE OCEAN will embark on a 3 weeks European tour with CULT OF LUNA in April and May (dates further below), including a performance at Roadburn Festival on April 20.

The new album will be a single album containing 52 minutes of new music. It will be mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia) in January and will come in 2 versions: instrumental and with vocals.

Comments THE OCEAN’s Robin Staps:

The album was originally written to be instrumental, but in the end me and Loic couldn’t help but try out a few things vocal-wise and we soon got pretty excited… so there will be vocals on the album; however, we want everyone to have both versions, and we are also planning to perform the album live that way – with and without vocals.”

The special edition of the album will be released along with a film by Craig Murray (Nine Inch Nails).

The 3xDVD Collective Oblivion has been postponed for a release later in the year, but shall also see the light of day in 2013.

THE OCEAN and LO! have both been confirmed to play Roadburn Festival 2013 and as support acts on the upcoming tour of CULT OF LUNA.

CULT OF LUNA
+ THE OCEAN
+ LO!
18/04/13 – SE- Gothenburg – Pustervik
19/04/13 – DK – Copenhagen – Lilla Vega
20/04/13 – NL – Tilburg – Roadburn
21/04/13 – FR – Belfort – Limpetus Festival
22/04/13 – CH – Fribourg – Fri-Son
23/04/13 – IT – Mezzago – Bloom
24/04/13 – IT – Rome – Traffic Live Club
25/04/13 – IT – Missano – Adriatico Boulevard
26/04/13 – CH – Winterthur – Gaswerk
27/04/13 – HR – Zagreb – Club Attack
29/04/13 – RO – Bucharest – Silver Church
30/04/13 – RO – Timisoara – Daos Club
01/05/13 – HU – Budapest – A38
02/05/13 – AT – Innsbruck – P.M.K.
04/05/13 – DE – Marburg – KFZ
05/05/13 – DE – München – Kranhalle
06/05/13 – DE – Stuttgart – Universum
07/05/13 – DE – Bielefeld – Forum
08/05/13 – DE – Köln – Gebäude 9
09/05/13 – NL – Rotterdam – Baroeg
10/05/13 – DE – Berlin – C-Club

THE OCEAN:
Loic Rossetti – vocals
Robin Staps – guitars
Jonathan Nido – guitars
Louis Jucker/Chris Breuer – bass
Luc Hess – drums

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