09:01 - Apothecary Everything in Enslaved's discog is pretty engaging and high quality if you ask me, they're remarkably consistent. Only one of their full lengths has below an 8 on here, and even then it's a 7.9. That says a lot
08:56 - Stereolab42 The lower-rated Enslaved albums are lower-rated for a reason. Blech. They have crazy-good highs and boring-ass, sleep-inducing lows.
07:27 - Apothecary I might prefer only AOE to Monumension, but I've been listening to the latter a lot over this past weekend, and I'm thinking that may change pretty soon
How about a new tune from The Ocean? The German sludge/post-metallers recently recorded a new song for a split release with post-rock innovators Mono. Titled Transcendental, the EP will be available on October 23rd through Pelagic Records (the label formed by The Ocean guitarist/vocalist Robin Staps). Check out the 13-minute track, "The Quiet Observer", via SoundCloud player now. Is it any good?
German sludge metallers from The Ocean just announced the upcoming release of a split EP with post-rock giants Mono. The EP will be titled Transcendental and contain one new song by each band, 13-minutes long "The Quiet Observer" by the Germans and 11-minutes long "Death In Reverse" by the Japanese. The worldwide release date for the EP is set to October 23rd via Pelagic Records.
Icelandic post-metal band Sólstafir has announced an European tour together with the German sludge metal band The Ocean and the Japanese post-rock band Mono. The tour will take place in October/November. Check out the tour dates and venues below! Tickets can be bought right here. However, it would appear that drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason will not be joining the band as he released a statement today claiming he was forced out of the band. You can read the entire statement here.
The Ocean are streaming a live clip from their recently released Collective Oblivion DVD. The clip is from the band's Hong Kong stop on their tour across China, which is prominently featured in the DVD documentary. You can now watch here the band perform "The City In The Sea" from the 2005 album Aeolian. The band's latest album, Pelagial, won in the Best Post-Metal Album category at Metal Storm Awards 2013.
Germans The Ocean are pleased to announce Pelegial UK & Ireland Tour, scheduled for this coming July. This 6-date tour will also include a performance at the UK Tech-Fest, where the band will be performing as a headliner. See the dates below the official tour flyer.
Germans The Ocean will be returning to North America in 2014 for a co-headlining run with Prosthetic Records artist Scale The Summit and special guests The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes. The tour kicks off on March 5th in Seattle, WA, and wraps up on March 30th in Cambridge, MA, including two dates scheduled in Austin, TX for SXSW Festival. All confirmed dates can be seen below.
Germans The Ocean were very busy this year. New album release in April - Pelegial, and promoting this release with touring all over the world. In recent days they have also confirmed that they will be heading to an exclusive 10-day German tour in the end of February, 2014. Support on the road will come from fellow countrymen, black metal band Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Check out the dates below!
The Ocean have been going through many line-up changes lately. Guitarist Jonathan Nido and drummer Luc Hess announced they were leaving the band and now a new guitar player has been revealed. Damian Murdoch will be The Ocean's new guitarist for all upcoming shows and tours next year. Jonathan Nido and Luc Hess' last show was in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Following a statement from his Facebook page, it has been announced that guitarist Jonathan Nido and drummer Luc Hess will leave The Ocean after their current European tour with Shining (NOR), Hacride and Tides From Nebula. The reasons include "artistic divergence", full-time commitment to a project which is not fulfilling anymore, among other things. Both of them, alongside bassist Louis Jucker, are part of the project Coilguns as well.
The Ocean have unveiled the trailer for their first ever DVD that will be called Collective Oblivion. This is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Finally, fans will be able to order this thorough and expansive look at The Ocean's career and touring experiences, including the Heliocentric record release show with an extended line-up of 13 musicians on stage; as well as a special performance at the museum for musical instruments in Berlin, and much more. For now, to make your mouth water, watch the trailer below.
The Ocean have recently revealed an excerpt from their Pelagial DVD. The 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. Check out a video excerpt from the DVD in the form of the instrumental version of "Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated" below.
The Ocean will be taking their new album Pelagial to European stages and perform the new tunes on their recently announced Pelagial European Tour 2013. The tickets will be on sale this week and accompanying them on tour will be Shining (NOR), Tides From Nebula and Hacride. Check out below if they will be playing anywhere near you.
The Ocean have presented a new song, "Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated", from their forthcoming new opus Pelagial. You can enjoy it on the video below. Remember that the album will be released on April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America) via Metal Blade Records.
German sludge metal act The Ocean are set to unleash a tidal wave in the form of new album Pelagial via Metal Blade Records on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA). In anticipation of the splash of the band's sixth studio album, the new track "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish In Dreams" is available now and streaming on the video below.