Pelagial, the long-awaited new maritime-themed studio endeavor from sound revolutionists THE OCEAN, is available in North America now. Their deepest and most profound composition to date, Pelagial is a progressive musical journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. Immeasurably heavy both sonically and thematically, Pelagial submerges listeners, quite literally, through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic.
“Where the band was once steeped in sludgy noise/metalcore with orchestral interludes, they’ve become more luxurious, experimental and textural. Pelagial…further continues that shift, working on multi-tiered levels and drawing from DEP-inspired chaos, Opeth-like moods and Between The Buried And Me genre fiddling. It’s an album that strives to be all things at once without crossing into a ‘look-at-me’ mess.” – Decibel Magazine
The aquatic audio adventure begins at the surface of the ocean and plunges in synch with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean. Pelagial 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.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, Pelagial will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and will make its way to North American shores today, April 30th, through Metal Blade Records.
Check out the special clip video of the record currently posted at Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION as well as a full stream of the instrumental version, courtesy of Spin Magazine, HERE. Order your copy of Pelagial at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/pelagial.
In related news, THE OCEAN will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19 through August 24, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos” – Spin
“Pelagial is brilliantly written, expertly executed and filled with the kind of songwriting most bands can only dream of” – Craveonline
“Pelagial resonates so deeply because its sonic continuity is matched with shifting, unified composition. The album viscerally depicts the spectrum of submersion while highlighting the musicians’ versatility and cohesion. The band has never written more intriguing music, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE has never been a more apt name.” – MetalSucks
“a journey within itself” – Metal Insider
“Pelagial may be the record that finally puts them ahead of their peers” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Beyond impressive. It’s godly almost; perfectionism to the point that every minute flaw forces you to question whether it’s you or the album that’s to blame. It’s an album with a layered depth rarely found in modern music that never demands your exploration of those depths in order to appreciate the music.” – Axis of Metal
w/ Cult of Luna, Lo!
04/29 Bucharest, RO Silver Church
04/30 Timisoara, RO Daos Club
05/01 Budapest, HU A38
05/02 Innsbruck, AT P.M.K.
05/04 Marburg, DE KFZ
05/05 München, DE Kranhalle
05/06 Stuttgart, DE Universum
05/07 Bielefeld, DE Forum
05/08 Köln, DE Gebäude 9
05/09 Rotterdam, NL Baroeg
05/10 Berlin, DE C-Club
The Summer Slaughter Tour
w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder
07/19 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballrom
07/20 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory / Constellation Room
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/26 Dallas, TX House of Blues
07/27 Houston, TX House of Blues
07/29 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
07/30 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
07/31 Knoxville, TN Old City Courtyard
08/01 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
08/02 Silver Springs, MD The Filmore Silver Springs
08/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium
08/04 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
08/07 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
08/08 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
08/09 Montreal, QC Metropolis
08/10 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/11 Detroit, MI The Majestic Theatre
08/12 Chicago , IL House of Blues
08/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
08/14 St. Paul, MN Station 4
08/16 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre