THE OCEAN stream new song “The Quiet Observer”

THE OCEAN have premiered their new song  “The Quiet Observer”, taken off their upcoming split EP “Transcendental” with MONO, via the following outlets last Thursday. Please only click on your country’s respective link…. and spread it like a rash!!!
USA: Metal Sucks

UK: Prog / TeamRock
FRANCE: VICE / Noisey
GERMANY: Metal Hammer
SWEDEN: Close Up Magazine
FINLAND: Inferno
NORWAY: Metal Hammer
ITALY: Rockerilla
PORTUGAL: Music & Riots
SPAIN: Rock Zone
GREECE: Rocking.Gr
CZECH REPUBLIC: Full Moon

THE OCEAN & MONO – “Transcendental” EP

We have recently been in the studio, and now we can finally tell you what this was all about: We’re excited to announce the release of “Transcendental”, a split EP with Mono (Japan), right in time for our European tour together! The worldwide release date is set to October 23, through PELAGIC RECORDS.

The EP is featuring 1 new track by each band. Mono contribute an 11-minutes track entitled “Death In Reverse”. Our new track, 13 minutes in length, is entitled “The Quiet Observer”. It was inspired by Gaspard Noe’s controversial movie “Enter The Void”, the story of a drug dealer getting shot while tripping on DMT, and entering what is referred to as the „intermediate state“ according to the Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. The book describes a state immediately after a person’s death, when the intellect of the dead person must face its own illusions, in the form of peaceful and wrathful deities, in a protracted psychedelic experience. Only if it manages to expose these horrifying guises as products of its own imagination, can it escape the eternal cycle of rebirth. Noe leaves it open as to whether protagonist Oscar’s death and the following metaphysical experience are actually happening – or whether the guy is simply tripping…

We’re gonna play this beast live on the upcoming tour.
Be prepared.

Preorder now:
VINYL: http://pelagic-records.com/…/mono-the-ocean-transcendental-…
CD: http://pelagic-records.com/…/mono-the-ocean-transcendental-…

New bass player on the upcoming tour!

as some of you may have guessed already, the clip we posted on Facebook yesterday celebrated, in stark images captured by the man behind our “Collective Oblivion” DVD, the life, existence and general awesomeness of our bass player Chris Breuer. Motocultor Festival 3 weeks ago, was the last show with him on bass for a while. Dude will continue to be a part of the collective, but has decided to go on an indefinite hiatus from full time touring. Give a round of applause for this man who has been repeatedly but very unjustly called the “laziest man on earth”!

Our new bass boy goes by the name MATTIAS HÄGERSTRAND. Now if you do some google research on the name Mattias, you will find that the name Mattias means “GIFT FROM GOD”. And that’s exactly what this guy is! A fortune teller told Damo and Robin last year about the 2nd Coming of Mattias Hägerstrand, whose ascension to Heaven was a big deal back in the days of Jesus (they never met). And now it occurred: He came back, to join this band and prevail among us, for a limited time on this cursed earth… and so logically, His life and fate was always determined to end up in sinful glory, playing in this unfaithful band of ours.

Mattias also plays with Robin in TOW / The Old Wind. And here is another anecdote about Mattias: during His First Coming, He was filling in on bass for another Swedish band, when they were going out on a pretty big tour, and broke His left arm a few days before the start of that tour (yes, even the Sons of Gods have bones that break!)… And so He went on tour and fingered his bass with a broken left arm every night… or so the legend goes. So you get the idea, He is a tough motherfucker!

Soon enough we shall reveal his face, but for the moment, here’s him playing bass for us in the studio! Ladies and Gentlemen, give yet another round of applause for our gift from the Gods, MATTIAS HÄGERSTRAND!

MattiasHägerstrand

 

THE OCEAN / MONO / SOLSTAFIR

We’re excited to announce that we will be touring Europe with Mono (Japan) and SÓLSTAFIR in October / November. We are aiming to play a completely new set of old songs that we have never played before on this tour, as well as some new material. These are the dates, more to be added soon

12.10. DK – AARHUS, VOXHALL
13.10. NO – OSLO, VULKAN ARENA
14.10. SE – STOCKHOLM, DEBASER MEDIS
18.10. RU – ST PETERSBURG, ZHAL OZHIDANIYA
19.10. RU – MOSCOW, VOLTA
21.10. LI – VILNIUS, NEW YORK
22.10. PL – WARSAW, PROXIMA
23.10. DE – BERLIN, HEIMATHAFEN
24.10. NL – LEEUWARDEN, INTO THE VOID FEST
26.10. DE – COLOGNE, LIVE MUSIC HALL
27.10. DE – WIESBADEN, SCHLACHTHOF
28.10. DE – MUNICH, BACKSTAGE
29.10. I – BOLOGNA, LOCOMOTIV
30.10. I – MEZZAGO, BLOOM
31.10. F – LYON, NINKASI KAO
02.11. F – TOULOUSE, METRONUM
03.11. CH – LAUSANNE, LES DOCKS
04.11. CH – ZÜRICH, HARTEREI
05.11. F – PARIS, TRABENDO
06.11. UK – LONDON, ELECTRIC BALLROOM
07.11. UK – LEEDS, DAMNATION FEST
08.11. GR – ATHENS, FUZZ CLUB
09.11. TR – ISTANBUL, GARAJISTANBUL

The Ocean & Der Weg Einer Freiheit – German dates

In February, THE OCEAN will warm up for their US tour with 10 German dates alongside black metal shooting stars Der Weg Einer Freiheit. These dates will also be the first shows with the new lineup, featuring Paul Seidel on drums and Damian Murdoch on guitar. EARTHSHIP will support on 3 dates.

21.02.2014 LEIPZIG CONNE ISLAND GER
22.02.2014 POTSDAM WASCHHAUS GER
23.02.2014 BRAUNSCHWEIG HANSA KULTUR CLUB GER
24.02.2014 WIESBADEN SCHLACHTHOF GER
25.02.2014 ASCHAFFENBURG COLOS SAAL GER
26.02.2014 AUGSBURG KANTINE GER
27.02.2014 BOCHUM MATRIX GER
28.02.2014 ROSTOCK MAU CLUB GER
01.03.2014 OSNABRÜCK KLEINE FREIHEIT GER

Co-headlining US tour with Scale the Summit

THE OCEAN will be returning to North America in 2014 for a co-headline run with Prosthetic Recording artist Scale the Summit and special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes presented by Metal Sucks. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, March 5 in Seattle, WA and wraps up on Sunday, March 30 in Cambridge, MA, including two dates scheduled in Austin, TX for SXSW.

Robin Staps comments: “We’re excited to return to the US with our first headline tour since 2008. A lot has happened in the meantime and the band is in a different place now, both musically as well as lineup-wise. We have played some bigger tours which came with a lot of compromises (short set, no production, rushed changeovers), so we are really happy that we’re finally gonna be able to offer our Stateside fans and supporters a ‘full’ The Ocean set. We will be playing ‘Pelagial’ in its entirety most nights, the way it’s been written and the way it’s been meant to be performed live, as well as some ‘Heliocentric’, ‘Anthropocentric’ and ‘Precambrian’ tunes.”

THE OCEAN & Scale The Summit w/ The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes

05.03.2014 SEATTLE CHOP SUEY WA
06.03.2014 PORTLAND BRANX OR
07.03.2014 SAN FRANCISCO BOTTOM OF THE HILL CA
08.03.2014 LOS ANGELES THE LYRIC CA
09.03.2014 SAN DIEGO SODA BAR CA
10.03.2014 TEMPE, AZ YUCCA TAP ROOM AZ
11.03.2014 EL PASO THE SPOT TX
13.03.2014 AUSTIN SXSW TX
14.03.2014 GRAND PRAIRIE SOUTH BY SO WHAT FEST TX
15.03.2014 HOUSTON FITZGERALD’S TX
16.03.2014 METAIRIE CYPRESS LA
17.03.2014 TAMPA THE CROWBAR FL
18.03.2014 PEMBROKE PINES TALENT FARM FL
19.03.2014 ORLANDO THE BACKBOOTH FL
21.03.2014 ATLANTA THE MASQUERADE GA
22.03.2014 LOUISVILLE DIAMOND KY
23.03.2014 CHICAGO SUBTERRANEAN IL
24.03.2014 PONTIAC PIKE ROOM MI
25.03.2014 CLEVELAND GROG SHOP OH
26.03.2014 PITTSBURGH ALTAR BAR PA
27.03.2014 WASHINGTON DC9 DC
28.03.2014 PHILADELPHIA VOODOO LOUNGE PA
29.03.2014 NEW YORK THE STUDIO @ WEBSTER HALL NY
30.03.2014 BOSTON SINCLAIR MA
01.04.2014 MONTREAL LA SALA ROSSA *** QC
02.04.2014 TORONTO HARD LUCK *** ON
03.04.2014 LONDON RUM RUNNERS *** ON

*** without Scale The Summit, Silver Snakes

Collective Oblivion Triple-DVD Release – NOW available

Our highly anticipated triple-DVD release,
Collective Oblivion, is now available in stores and on-line.

Collective Oblivion includes:

• Multiple camera shots of three full live concerts with a total of 21 individual song performances
• 130 minutes of THE OCEAN history, as told by band members, past and present
• 175 minutes of tour documentaries and live footage filmed in North America, Asia, Russia, Australia, and Europe
• 2 previously unreleased video clips off Anthropocentric songs – old video clips & live visuals
• 10 extra individual song performances filmed around the globe
• Total run time of 500 minutes!

Collective Oblivion comes in a stunning hardcover/book-style packaging with brass-foil print. The book contains 3 DVDs and a +30 pages booklet, with loads of photos, tour diaries and writings by band members and by director Alex Kraudelt, who dedicated two and a half years of his life to traveling with THE OCEAN around the globe. Collective Oblivion is the end result of this long odyssey, which produced a total of 28 terabyte of video data for editing. View the trailer for Collective Oblivion here and order your copy here.

Pelagic Fest 2013

On May 10, 2013, we will finally be able to present the majority of our PELAGIC RECORDS artists on the same stage, at Berlin’s C-Club! Don’t miss the ultimate Pelagic night, featuring KHOMA, EF, ABRAHAM, KRUGER, EARTHSHIP, LO!, THE OCEAN and special guests CULT OF LUNA!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

THE OCEAN, ABRAHAM and LO! to support CULT OF LUNA on their upcoming tours!

We are stoked to announce that 3 Pelagic artists will go out with Cult of Luna on their upcoming tours in early 2013. THE OCEAN and LO! will support the following dates:

20.04.2013 TILBURG ROADBURN FESTIVAL NL
21.04.2013 BELFORT LA POUDRIERE LIMPETUS FESTIVA FR
22.04.2013 FRIBOURG FRI–SON CH
23.04.2013 MEZZAGO BLOOM IT
24.04.2013 ROME TRAFFIC LIVE CLUB IT
25.04.2013 MISSANO ADRIATICO BOULEVARD IT
26.04.2013 WINTERHUR GASWERK CH
27.04.2013 ZAGREB CLUB ATTACK HR
29.04.2013 BUCHAREST SILVER CHURCH RO
30.04.2013 TIMISOARA DAOS CLUB0 RO
01.05.2013 BUDAPEST A38 HU
02.05.2013 INNSBRUCK P.M.K. AT
04.05.2013 MARBURG KFZ GE
05.05.2013 MUNICH KRANHALLE GE
06.05.2013 STUTTGART UNIVERSUM GE
07.05.2013 BIELEFELD FORUM GE
08.05.2013 COLOGNE GEBÄUDE 9 GE
09.05.2013 ROTTERDAM BAROEG NL
10.05.2013 BERLIN C-CLUB GE

ABRAHAM will support the following dates:

17.01.2013 HAMBURG KNUST GE
18.01.2013 LUXEMBOURG KULTURFABRIK LX
24.01.2013 PARIS LE DIVAN DU MONDE FR
25.01.2013 VANNES L’ECHONOVA FR
26.01.2013 BORDEAUX LE KRAKATOA FR
01.02.2013 BEAUMENT LE TREMPLIN FR
02.02.2013 KARLSRUHE STADTMITTE GE

THE OCEAN announce new album – release dates set

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 20th.

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 vocalwise 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.