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UK TECH FEST

July 21st, 2014

NEWARK SHOWGROUND, NEWARK-ON-TRENT, UK

10th-14th JULY 2014

REVIEW BY RYAN SPEARMAN
PHOTOS BY RACHAEL GRIFFITHS-BLACK LOTUS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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It’s that time of year again! Tech Fest returned for its 3rd year in the rather spacious Newark Showground, the words “step up” would be seen as a major understatement. The first major perk of this year was showers, and pretty decent ones at that. Trust me when I say that this was an absolute god send. As for the music, 2 stages were placed in one of the many extinct hangers of the former RAF base, with a 3rd added for after show parties and workshops. Spread over 4 days, the line up was a combo of bands coming up in the tech metal scene, as well as titans like Vildhjarta, Monuments and returning from a 7 year hiatus, the ever innovative SikTh. If you like our metal with that techy, groovy tang, then I guess you were there. If not, why not?

 
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Being the first band on at a festival is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. But Bristol’s VALIS ABLAZE took the bull by the horns and did a pretty bang up job all things considered. The quintet were loaded to the brim with enthusiasm and entertainment value, especially singer Adam Leonard, who is armed to the teeth with all the facial expressions and mannerisms of a grizzled old troll living under a bridge (It’s a sight to behold). The guy who stood in for guitars last minute deserves a pie, as up until this was mentioned, no one was aware of this fact what so ever, as Adam’s trusted minstrels were as solid as a rock. The sky’s the limit for Valis Ablaze as they continue to go from strength to strength, and after a performance like that, they deserved to be higher on the bill. (4/5)

 
THE COLOUR PINK IS GAY were intense enough, yet it was the acoustics of the second stage that proved to be their undoing. Their super sludgy, uber heavy sound was in a constant battle with the prefab construction of the former hanger, and alas, it was a losing battle. That being said though, when you could decipher wants going on, there was a certain charm to their sound, and the all or nothing approach to their set was their saving grace. They’ll be dammed if any sound problems were going to ruin their day. (3/5)

 
THE SUN EXPLODES, who rely more on catchy choruses and swooping melodies, rather than brute force, were plagued by the same sound problems, but not on the monumental scale as TCPIG . With a guitarist painted up like one of William Wallace’s battle brethren, they were an absolute delight to watch, and listen to. But if I could fault them at all, it’s that their choruses have been stuck in my head for days. A true sign of a job well done, although seeing singer, Dave Maclachlan’s bare ass, did add a sour note on their performance . (4/5)

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Turin natives NOISE TRAIL IMMERSION, were that blend of tech and insanity which melts your brain, and leave you cowering on the floor in the foetal position, dribbling uncontrollably. I still have no idea what happened, but it defiantly gets two quivering thumbs up. A chaotic maelstrom of super techy riffs, complex drum patterns and crushing low ends resulted in a distorted colossus laying waste to the ancient Greek village that was the audience. (4/5)

 
Devon’s own IDIOM had little to no crowd, but that didn’t stop them from absolutely smashing it. People who didn’t attend dropped the ball there. There were top drawer in their execution, and despite being a bit more “poppy” than everyone else at the festival, they were well received by the 10′s in attendance. Idiom were a tour de force in every sense of the phrase, it was just a shame with the poor turnout, as this had the potential to be something special. (4/5)

 
DISPERSE were an odd one. At first, I remember complaining to myself that I could barely hear anything. Then it was as if the planets aligned, and everything was the epitome of perfection, even the risky move of adding a prodigy cover paid dividends. Guitarist Jakub Zyteci, was a machine as always, and it’s easy to see why he’s one of Europe’s best up and coming guitarists. Hard to believe he’s only 21, it’s disgusting, but in a good way. Their final song “Message From Atlantis” nearly left me in tears, and everyone else demanding one more song. A truly sterling effort. (5/5)

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Liverpool heroes CARCER CITY brought the pain, despite not being “tech” by any stretch of the imagination, but they already knew that. It didn’t stop them from stirring up a frenzy like a swarm of wasps, and the crowd loved them for it. Carcer City themselves were like children with ADHD, never staying in one spot too long, and playing point blank in people’s faces. I admittedly hadn’t really heard much of Carcer City heading into this, but left saying to myself “touché Carcer City, touché”. (4/5)

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The ever monstrous MARTYR DEFILED had the same destructive power as the Hiroshima bomb, as you were greeted by crushing breakdown after crushing breakdown. Their stage presence was mighty, and the crowd were out for blood. Well, most of them, as it soon became clear that some of the more “tech inclined” began to lose interest. The decision to walk off to Bump ‘n’ Grind by R Kelly, was a master stroke however. Imagine a room full of people throwing down in the pit, yet grinding up against each other. It was just as funny as it sounds. (4/5)

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Rounding off a rather eventful Thursday were CHIMP SPANNER, brainchild of one of the “scenes” most influential stringsmen, Paul Ortiz. The lack of bassist did nothing to stop their sound being as beefy as always (the backing track would of helped however). The now temporarily 3 piece put on a clinic, and were just flawless on their timing and execution. Being so far away from the crowd, and not having a singer, may of hindered any other band. But their ace in the hole was an absolute blinder of a light show, kudos to whoever was behind this, as this compensated for the lack of frontman, big time! (4.5/5)

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FRIDAY 11th JULY

 

Due to the poor navigational skills of myself, and an unnamed accomplice. Getting lost in and around Newark-On-Trent made me miss Mountains Under Oceans (apologies). But I did catch BEAR, who tried their best to inject some life in to the obviously hung-over crowd, but for the most part, to no avail. The band themselves, although a bit repetitive at times, carried on their audio onslaught regardless. Although, if you had them play during those raucous crowds of the previous night may of been an entirely different story all together. (3/5)

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French melodic death metallers ATLANTIS CHRONICLES laid waste to the second stage in their first ever UK show. Attendees were greeted with an awesome wall of delightful heaviness, fiddly riffs and some over stretched lunges. I could keep going on about how heavy and tight they were, but I’ll assume you get the idea. But trust me, they delivered in more ways than one, and the crowd woke up too, which is always a bonus. (4/5)

 
EUMERIA were a stark contrast to AC, relying more on slick musicianship over brute strength, yet just as rewarding. Also their first UK gig, the Americans were armed with the most traditional prog of the festival so far, that’s not to say they weren’t heavy. They were just heavy without being aggressive, an accomplishment failed by many, and one that everyone can agree, worked in their favour. (4/5)

 
There was a lot of hype going around on social media about NO SIN EVADES HIS GAZE and rightfully so. Being only their 2nd gig, there were still signs of inexperience, which in some ways may of hindered their performance. But that being said, their brand of tech-metalcore was, for lack of a better word, intense. The potential is most certainly there, and once they get their act together, they’ll be your favourite band for sure. I predict big things. (4/5)

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The much more hardcore sounding BLACK DOGS were rock solid in their execution, all with a frantic veneer painted over the top. The security personals denial of them climbing on the equipment stopped the destruction on a widespread level, which leads to the question, ‘If they played with the same crowd as Martyr Defiled, how nuts would this have been?’. Especially at the end, where both guitarists were playing right in the middle of a wall of death, you have to admire the balls to pull off said stunt. (3.5/5)

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The first thing that hit me about KADINJA, was that quintessential French sound, vast soundscape ambiance, mixed an almighty sense of groove. Unfortunately, this very young band failed to deliver their full potential. I wasn’t sold on the singer at all, which to me, sounded like he didn’t fit with the band what so ever, although he has a certain guttural prowess. The band had a habit of chucking too many ideas in to the mix. I’m not saying they’re bad musicians, it’s just they have a while to find their true voice. (2/5)

 
Coming from north of the border, FROM SORROW TO SERENITY took no prisoners, and were so heavy, it would make you want to punch your Nan in the face (please don’t, it’s just an analogy). The addition of new material just shows how far they’ve come as a band, and dare I say it, they may rival Black Tongue as one of Britain’s heaviest bands. They didn’t put a foot wrong in 20 odd minutes of raw primal fury. I had a neck before they played, afterwards, I can only liken its consistency to instant mashed potato. (4.5/5)

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RED SEAS FIRE lost a part of their identity when Nolly left for Periphery a couple of years back, with many fans saying they had lost their technical edge because of it. Fast forward to the present day, meaty tones and break neck grooves are the remedy for the loss suffered, and man alive! Does it work. Perhaps the singer Robin Adams wasn’t on par with some of his highs, yet the lows more than made up for it. Sounding like a roaring leviathan from the deep, which held hands with Petey G’s monster tones, and a rock solid rhythm tandem. The end result was widespread devastation! (4/5)

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A 14 string guitarist, I’ll let that sink in for a moment, it’s nuts right? This is what happened when FELIX MARTIN hit the stage. Yet once this novelty wore off, it failed to deliver to its full potential. I put this down to the basic fact it was just two guys (guitarist and bassist), and a backing track is no real substitute for a full band line up, which leads to the question, how good could this have been with a full line up? Still though, seeing a guy play so many strings, so well, was sight to see for sure. (3.5/5)

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It was business as usual for second stage headliners NO CONSEQUENCE , as they came at you with the same ferocity as a buttered up Charles Bronson. New material suggests a darker direction from the band, who are beginning to carve a nice little niche for themselves, and a direction which was more than well received. They just kept coming and coming, with wave after wave of technical brilliance. The boys from Guildford have a very bright future ahead of them, either in this form, or their one of their other forms. They also performed as a System Of A Down cover band the previous night, and yes, it was just as good! (4.5/5)

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DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL have been together for what seems like an eternity, or perhaps a little over 10 years, which in tech years, is a lot. Never the less, they showed that potential that people were talking about way back when. DSHD showed as to why they’re one of the best post-metal going today, an almighty blend of twiddly post rock ambiance, with a crushing undertone of distorted grooves. The combination of which resulted in an angst riddled performance which was near perfection. (4.5/5)

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The contrast of crowds compared to the previous night had never been so evident as it was for GOROD. I put this down to a hung-over dark cloud that had crept its way onto the main stage. The French band were as tight as a gnat’s lady parts, and as heavy as the hammer of Thor, yet there was evidently something missing which I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps with the insanity of the previous night, this would of been something spectacular. (3.5/5)

 

 

Friday headliners VILDHJARTA however were something completely different. I have to admit it, they were quite possibly the heaviest band I’ve seen to date. Considering I thought the same of Electric Wizard the previous weekend, an accomplishment well deserved. The inventors of “thall” were simply breathtaking, with their unique style of complex drum patterns, and intricate riffs. Coupled with a sense of viciousness, it was enough to break the crowds shackles of last night’s inebriation, and turn the front of the main stage into a mess of broken bodies, lemon faces and flailing hair. (5/5)

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ORION had the unenviable task of kicking off the day, and seeing as it was so early, I’m surprised they nailed it as well as they did. Their improvement since the first tech fest has been astronomical, and there truly is no way in telling how far they can potentially go. The small, yet oddly rowdy, crowd showed their love, as the Manchester five piece laid claim as to why they should be playing at this level, and rightfully so. (4/5)

 
German instrumentalists THE BELLEROPHON PROJECT were a band which I found a bit strange to watch. Every time I began I began to lose interest, they’d throw thrown in something subtle that have my full undivided attention. I also think the odd 9 string bass hybrid might of had something to do with it. That being said though, the performance did lack a certain entertainment value, and without any decent focal point to think of, it took a lot to remain engaged for the whole set. (3/5)

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Despite their struggles with the English language, LIES OF NAZCA are honing in on the ancient art of riff, of which there were plenty. The Italians stormed through a set, which although not very entertaining to watch, sounded huge. It’s still early for them, but given time, they can go on to achieve big things, as trust me, some of those riffs alone can carry them all the way. (3.5/5)

 
ACODA’s set was full to the brim with enthusiasm, and unfazed by the rising temperature of the main stage they proceeded to storm through song after song without breaking a sweat (not literally, just a turn of phrase, as anyone who was there will tell you otherwise). There was certainly a riff fest happening, as Acoda had ample up their sleeves. (4/5)

 
Next on the second stage, was Belgium’s NOW VOYAGER, who had a habit of lulling you into a false sense of security with gentle ambient parts, then knocking you down with the power of a sledgehammer to the face. But alas, in some aspects, they didn’t fully deliver. It was strange, on the surface they were good, yet I wasn’t really wowed by them, something was definitely missing, and I can’t quite put my finger on what.(3/5)

 
With the main stage as hot as a sumo wrestler sitting on your face in a sauna, and one of the biggest turnouts of the day so far, DREWSIF STALIN’S MUSICAL ENDEAVORS brought entertainment values to a new high. If only for Drewsif’s million and one groove faces alone. The addition of Nikki Simmons added a new dynamic, not seen when they played last year, who in turn was a ball of energy, despite the punishing heat. In relation to the heat, and feeling the onset of heatstroke, I apologize for missing Stone Circle, who followed on the second stage. (Sorry lads). (4/5)

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Standing in for Napoleon at the very last minute, TERRAFORM played to hardly anyone, as that heat became too much for most mortal men. Sounding as meaty as a sirloin, perhaps because of the 3 guitarists. Terraform dazzled the handful in attendance, with their super bouncy grooves, and drum patterns, which I can only liken to Blaine firing Ol’ Painless in the film Predator. (4.5/5)

 
It was a shame a few sound problems hit MAXI CURNOW, as at times it was a tad uncomfortable to listen to. Yet when everything was running smoothly, it was a master class, pure and simple, and the added element of Mike Malyan (Monuments/ex Algorithm) added some spice to the already delicious meatball of sound. I really commend this performance, as Maxi himself informed the crowd that they only had 2 days to prepare. My feelings on this can be summed up two words, fair play. (4/5)

 
Sunderland deathmongers NEXILVA have set up a sort of residency for themselves at Tech Fest, playing all 3 to date, and you can see why. You look up intensity in the dictionary, and I bet you’ll find a picture of vocalist Gaz King staring right back at you, so young, yet so much rage. The rest of the band were as heavy as always, so heavy, that I bet the structural integrity of the hanger had never been tested like that before, even back in its RAF heyday. (4.5/5)

 
I had been saying all weekend, that the festival had an old school rave vibe to it, never was this truer than when THE ALGORITHM hit the stage. Not only fiddling around with his little box of tricks, Remi Gallego, became Tron’s answer to a Jack of all trades, playing guitar and a modified keytar also. A move which lent itself really well to his brand of metal/EDM/chiptune/any genre ever created style of music. The only thing missing was a 20ft tall inflatable unicorn, with lasers coming out of its eyes, but given the circumstances, this would have to suffice. (4.5/5)

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Another band playing to nearly no one were META-STASIS, did they care though? Did they fuck! They still played as if they were playing to thousands, and I take my hat off for them doing so. The structural integrity of the building was tested once again, as they rivalled Nexilva in their sheer power, yet they played to probably one of the smallest crowds of the festival. That part I didn’t get, as someone of their calibre deserved more. (4/5)

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Not metal, let alone tech, JON GOMM still won over a massive crowd, and actually had the biggest ovation of anybody who has ever played had Tech Fest in my opinion. My jaw literally dropped the second he started playing, as he was doing things with his guitar that aren’t possible for any normal man, but he’s John Gomm, so anything and everything was possible. The cover of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ sent goosebumps throughout my body, and ending with the song so many of us love him for, ‘Passionflower’. Having him on the bill goes to show how diverse Tech Fest has become, and he nailed it. Bravo. (5/5)

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Coming on to ‘Go the Distance’ from the Disney movie Hercules, MONUMENTS set the tone of where all of us were heading to, and things started out so brightly for them too. But trouble struck when Mike Malyan’s bass drum needed fixing, not once, but twice. Yet cool as you like, singer Chris Barretto wasn’t phased at all, and treated the audience with a rendition of ‘Another one bites the dust’, and a terrible joke, or 9. Technical hitches aside, they were a powerhouse as always, and everything else, was just a statement as to why they’re one of the hottest up and coming bands in the country today. (4.5/5)

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Nursing the mother of all hangovers (Honey JD is a cruel mistress), I dragged my carcass in to watch DOOMED FROM DAY ONE, I’d have to admit, I wasn’t prepared for the assault to the senses. But don’t take that as a bad comment, quite the opposite actually. Despite attempts to start circle pits falling on deaf ears, DFDO persevered and made do with the situation, and provided that shot of adrenaline to the arm that everyone needed. (3.5/5)

 
Opening the main stage were SHIELDS, and it soon became evident that this wasn’t to be their day. I’m sure that if fate had everything going their way, then they would be a force to be reckoned with, but alas, it just wasn’t the case. Granted vocalist Joe Edwards was a mass of energy and frizzy hair, but his vocal interplay with guitarist Sam Kubrick raised a few eyebrows in the crowd. I’ll give them an A* for effort, but fell short from the sheer quality shown by previous acts. (1.5/5)

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Norway’s KODEKS were a prime example of a band not living up to their potential. There were the obvious flashes of brilliance, as at times the sounded as beefy as Bovril. But in other aspects, they fell a bit short. The vocals were all over the place, and lacked any form of consistency, but never the less, they weren’t phased, and managed to pull it off by the skin of their teeth. I will say this though, once they get it together, they’ll be a true force to be reckoned with. (2/5)

 
It was very questionable how AEOLIST were going to pull this off, considering their drummer had fractured his hand just mere days before. To say he, and the band themselves, pulled it off, would be a massive understatement. Their atmospheric elements paint giant soundscapes to transport you to a far away place, yet there’s this deep seeded aggression about them, which will tear your face off when you least expect it. This is one band you need in your life, and I don’t use that term lightly. (4.5/5)

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AEON ZEN were another traditional prog sounding band, yet, they sounded disgustingly filthy in parts with some sheer demonic tones. It was the right blend of new and old, but despite being technically sound in their execution, it still didn’t reach that to level as you would expect them to. I don’t know what it was, maybe the cold atmosphere hanging over the second stage, or the handful of sound problems. Whatever it was, it held them back and separated them from being good, to being great. (3.5/5)

 
On the main stage, EXIST IMMORTAL put on a groove clinic, as the Tech Fest mainstays snapped necks everywhere! They were good at their first Tech Fest outing, but this something else, something I don’t think anyone was expecting, considering they were last minute replacements. This rampaging juggernaut more than exceeded their potential, as all 5 members were in perfect unity, like a Power Rangers Megazord, the only thing lacking was the overuse of pyro and terrible costumes. (4.5/5)

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I had never heard of DESTRAGE going into this, it soon became clear that I was a fool for not discovering them sooner. It was truly a contest to see how many genres they could squeeze into a 20 odd minute set, as the Italians were a pretty kaleidoscope of noise, which made you confused as to whether bust shapes, or throw down in the pit. Their high octane performance has led me to this conclusion, easily my favourite discovery of the weekend. (4.5/5)

 
The UK debut of ALAYA went as well as expected for the Chicago trio, as the threesome performed like a well oiled machine. It’s just it was a little too unmemorable for my liking, nothing really stood out. I’m not saying they were bad, but just being tight and heavy can only get you so far. Maybe this is just me being biased, as I’m not exactly Alaya’s number one fan, and I’m sure if you were a fan, then this would of been perfect for you. (3.5/5)

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Featuring a handful of singers, and Ryan Robb of Orion fame, FRIEND FOR A FOE were oozing with sick tones, and a stupidly heavy aura. Fresh off touring the UK, FFAF took it in their stride, and proved themselves at one of the biggest stages of them all (Well, in tech terms anyway). Although not particularly groundbreaking, they were still dominant in every other aspect, and left me feeling like one happy camper.(4/5)

 
MODERN DAY BABYLON have become somewhat of a favourite of mine the past couple of years, and the lads from The Czech Republic didn’t disappoint. OK, so maybe it wasn’t the most spectacular band to watch, but what they lack aesthetic beauty, they make up for with an extremely vast range of tones and grooves to wet the palette. Although, having Maxi Curnow as a guest on one of the tracks made up for what they were lacking in some respect. (4/5)

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At last, a full ALIASES line up at tech fest! Those of you who know the situation from last year, will know that it was a real pain in the ass that they pulled out. But back to this year, and I think everyone can agree, it was worth the wait. It’s always going to be hard to live in the shadow of Pin’s “other band”, but with a set consisting of a fair bit of new material, Aliases have nothing to fear, as it shows they have what it takes to give “said band” a run for its money. The combo of highly techy riffs from the tag team of Leah and pin, as well as the firm, but fair vocal style of Joe Rosser, was enough to make a wolverine purr. (5/5)

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I’ll have to hold my hands up, and say I’m not the biggest fan of THE SAFETY FIRE , but I can still appreciate a good band at work. They sounded huge, as the sound was so crisp for their set, although the performance itself wasn’t quite enough to change my opinion of the band, very close though. My own personal feelings aside, I get why a lot of people like them, as they were on top of their game, and if you are a fan, then this would of been the best thing since sliced bread. (4/5)

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THE OCEAN took you on a journey like no other, as they were majestic and soul crushing at the same time. Being one of the headliners of last year’s Euroblast, it’s easy to see why they were chosen for the role, as their hypnotising rhythms put you in a trance like state, and they were packed with a lot of power and emotion, all thrown in for good measure. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard much of the German collective before, but with performances like that, I can safely say that The Ocean may become my new favourite band. (5/5)

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The moment everybody was waiting for, and 7 years in the making, SIKTH were just as insane as they were way back when. With maybe the exception of Meshuggah, not one band has had the same impact, and inspired so many in this so called scene. For many, this was their first experience of them in a live setting (ahh, to be young again). Playing all the classics like ‘Pussyfoot’, ‘Part Of The Friction’ and ‘Bland Street Bloom’, for me, it was the best nostalgia trip that I could of wished for, Mikee Goodman’s rendition of ‘When Will The Forest Speak’ was the cherry on top of the cake of brilliance. I think I speak for everyone when I say “Welcome back, and long may it continue”. (5/5)

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THE OCEAN launch pre-order and trailer “Collective Oblivion” triple-disc DVD

October 7th, 2013

On the heels of three long months of touring (North America, Asia, Russia) in support of their latest album, “Pelagial,” The Ocean have unveiled the trailer and pre-order for their highly anticipated DVD! “Collective Oblivion” is something the band has been teasing for quite a while. Fans saw a glimpse of what sort of content would be on this release in the form of tour updates on youtube, including: Russia 2012 video blog, The Ocean in China, The Ocean North American tour blog 2011, and more. 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, much more. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE OCEAN Gets Disequillibrated

April 15th, 2013

Progressive sound revolutionists THE OCEAN today present “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” from their anticipated forthcoming new masterwork, Pelagial.

Easily their most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a true sonic journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners are quite literally 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. Said Spin Magazine: “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.”

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THE OCEAN Unveils New Track From Pelagial

March 11th, 2013

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

Today 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 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE OCEAN launch new album teaser page

March 5th, 2013

New music, pre-orders, and more coming March 11th

After two years of relentless touring in North America, Europe, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Australia, The Ocean have resurfaced with what could be their deepest and most trailblazing piece of work to date, Pelagial. The album 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 Örebrö, Sweden, Pelagial is set to be released on April 26th / 29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America / world) through Metal Blade Records.

Pelagial will be released as a double CD, including a vocal and an instrumental version of the album. Instrumental samples of tracks, as well as the limited vinyl pre-orders, are up now on theoceancollective.com/pelagial, which also serves to showcase the concept behind Pelagial, as well as divulging more information about the album. The CD version will be released in a 10-panel digipak with epic artwork by Seldon Hunt.

A full new song, as well as pre-orders, will be officially launched at metalblade.com/theocean on March 11th, 2013. Until then, fans can whet their appetites at theoceancollective.com/pelagial.

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THE OCEAN to release new album in April of 2013!

December 18th, 2012

Confirmed to support CULT OF LUNA on upcoming European tour!

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, etc.) 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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THE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour

April 12th, 2011

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”

 

THE OCEAN Headlining Shows

4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

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THE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour
German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN,  today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.
Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”
THE OCEAN Headlining Shows
4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY
Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me
In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net
With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

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THE OCEAN proves willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to keep the listener focused, if not engaged. It’s a strange position to take, but one ultimately of the band’s own design: making thinking-person’s metal but not allowing the listeners to be alone with their thoughts.” — The Examiner
“Anthropocentric demands your full attention, and if you give it, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this disc…there’s a heap of great music to swallow down, and is it ever worth it.” — Blistering
“Anthropocentric balances out the band’s earlier, Coalesced fury with a forward-thinking progressive sound, moving the band down their creative path with just enough momentum to avoid any awkward missteps. ” — Metal Army
“If you didn’t think Heliocentric was heavy enough then this would be the album for you and if you still think it is still not heavy enough then you just might be from the Cenozoic Era. No intelligent life anywhere.” — Hellbound
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http://www.metalblade.comTHE OCEAN Kick Off North American Tour

 

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, today kick off a month-long North American tour! The band will perform three headlining shows beginning tonight at Jaxx in Springfield, VA before joining “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek, ” with headliners Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. Presented by Peter Says Denim, in association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and hit over two dozen cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the tour: “We’re excited to be back in the U.S. It’s been three years since our last tour over here with Kylesa, Intronaut, Lair Of The Minotaur and Withered. We’ve been wanting to come back ever since, but it’s just so difficult for a European band to work out tour logistics and working visas are really expensive for us… But we finally made it! Looking forward to these three upcoming headlining shows where we’re gonna play full 90-minute sets, and I’m sure the BTBAM tour afterwards will be equally great, though shorter set times for us. Looking forward to see you all out there somewhere!”

 

THE OCEAN Headlining Shows

4/11/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA

4/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

4/13/2011 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement).

 

……………………………………………

 

“THE OCEAN proves willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to keep the listener focused, if not engaged. It’s a strange position to take, but one ultimately of the band’s own design: making thinking-person’s metal but not allowing the listeners to be alone with their thoughts.” — The Examiner

 

“Anthropocentric demands your full attention, and if you give it, you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this disc…there’s a heap of great music to swallow down, and is it ever worth it.” — Blistering

 

“Anthropocentric balances out the band’s earlier, Coalesced fury with a forward-thinking progressive sound, moving the band down their creative path with just enough momentum to avoid any awkward missteps. ” — Metal Army

 

“If you didn’t think Heliocentric was heavy enough then this would be the album for you and if you still think it is still not heavy enough then you just might be from the Cenozoic Era. No intelligent life anywhere.” — Hellbound

 

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THE OCEAN Announce North American Tour With Between The Buried And Me

March 1st, 2011

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, THE OCEAN, are pleased to announce a near month-long North American tour this April! Presented by Peter Says Denim, In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek”will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and wind its way through 20 cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel. The band will be joined by headliners (and recent Metal Blade signees) Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. View tour poster HERE.

 

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the upcoming live assaults: “THE OCEAN will be touring the US and Canada with Between The Buried And Me! We’re excited to get back over there finally, and are particularly excited about our appearance at New England Metal Fest at the beginning of the tour!”

 

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me

In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net

With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

 

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)

4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY

4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC

4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH

4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI

4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS

4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *

4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *

5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *

5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *

5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *

5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *

5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *

5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *

5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX

5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN

5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

 

Check out a live clip of “Firmament” filmed during THE OCEAN’s Heliocentric record release show on March 26th, 2010 HERE.

 

THE OCEAN will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: Heliocentric and Anthropocentric (released in April and November 2010 respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement). Said AMG Magazine: “This is the most forward-thinking statement by THE OCEAN yet, and stands as the most seamlessly integrated and consistent recording they’ve issued to date.” Added Rock Sound (UK): “Luxurious, tectonic, ingenious, calculated, charismatic, enterprising, dexterous, inventive, unrestrained, fascinating and poignant. If all this doesn’t convince you to at least check them out, then seriously, fuck off.”

 

 

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THE OCEAN: Special Museum Show In Berlin Featuring Guest Musicians This Saturday

January 28th, 2011

On Saturday, January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. The band will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. “We will have our piano player Irakli Mamrikishvili with us, who will play on one of these instruments,” said the band in a collective statement, “as well as our live cello player Dalai Theofilopoulou.” The show will also be filmed for an upcoming  DVD. Though THE OCEAN will not be playing anything off Anthropocentric during this particular performance, they will be performing some Precambrian tunes they’ve never played before.

THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE (with a “Lange Nacht der Museen”-ticket, which gives you admission to all Berlin museums for the whole night between 6:00pm and 3:00am). For more info, visit: http://www.mim-berlin.de.

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Dillinger Escape Plan @ Electric Ballroom, London

December 5th, 2010

Dillinger Escape Plan with Support: The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi

Venue: The Electric Ballroom, London

Reviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

The night was cold and wet with the queues were building to get into tonight’s chao-sphere of metal tonight.

 

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THE OCEAN: Anthropocentric Out Now On Metal Blade Records Tour In Support Of Anathema To Commence Today

November 9th, 2010

Today Metal Blade Records unleashes Anthropocentric, the latest full-length from German atmospheric metal titans THE OCEAN, to North American shores. Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band’s well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.

Anthropocentric‘s focus is on man and his place in the universe: At the center, as many fundamental Christians still claim today, or more likely a dust particle in its periphery? All lyrics are circle around this question and continue THE OCEAN‘s critique of Christianity.

At the base of the album are three songs with the titles “The Grand Inquisitor I, II and III.” These songs have been inspired by the chapter of the same title in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamasov: A conversation between the brothers Ivan, an atheist, and Alyoscha, a monk. Ivan tells Alyoscha the story of a Second Coming of Christ in 16th century Sevilla. According to this parable, Jesus is arrested by the Catholic inquisition. The grand inquisitor who interrogates Jesus casts a new light on the legend of the temptation of Christ: He reproaches Jesus with having betrayed humanity and having deprived man of salvation by offering him freedom. The conversation between Ivan and Alyoscha mirrors, to some degree, the conversation between the grand inquisitor and Christ and raises more questions than it answers.

Commented guitarist Robin Staps: “We’re looking forward to our new album Anthropocentric being released in North America. Anthropocentric gets by without the big orchestrations of  Heliocentric — the focus is on the core of this band: drums, bass,  guitars, vocals. It is the most ‘integrated’ album we’ve done so far and everybody has been much more involved than ever before. This album is an effort that really represents this band as of  where we stand right now, fall of 2010, and we are more satisfied with it than with any other album we’ve done. Lyrically, Anthropocentric is continuing the critique of Christianity that we begun with Heliocentric.”

In related news, the band kicks off another European tour today supporting legendary UK doom/atmospheric rockers Anathema. Confirmed dates include:

11/09/2010 Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland
11/10/2010 Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
11/11/2010 Estragon – Bologna, Italy
11/12/2010 Alpheus – Rome, Italy
11/13/2010 New Age – Treviso, Italy
11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club –  Zagreb, Croatia
11/16/2010 Listhalle – Graz, Austria
11/17/2010 Viper Room – Vienna, Austria
11/18/2010 Diesel Club – Budapest, Hungary
11/21/2010 Akademija – Belgrade, Serbia (THE OCEAN headlining show)
11/22/2010 Randall –  Bratislava, Slovakia
11/23/2010 Rock Café – Prague, Czech

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THE OCEAN: Full Album Stream

November 2nd, 2010

Today MetalSucks.com will begin streaming Anthropocentric, the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas THE OCEAN, in its entirety. The stream will remain active until November 8, the day before the official North American release date.

Check out Anthropocentric HERE.

Anthropocentric is the sequel to the band’s Heliocentric long player, released earlier this year. Where Heliocentric tells the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view — the idea that the earth revolves around the sun — and the effects  this discovery had on Christian belief and occidental culture, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe and no more than 5,000 years old. “Anthropocentric continues the critique of Christianity, inspired by the questions that Dostoyevsky asked and some of the answers that Friedrich Nietzsche and Richard Dawkins gave,” notes guitarist Robin Staps.

Musically heavier than HeliocentricAnthropocentric covers a similar sonic and dynamic range as its predecessor by including a number of calm, acoustic moments, but these are, for the most part, orchestrated with guitars, and not so much with piano and strings. “The album is a pretty big production, and still has a very earthy, organic feel to it,” says Staps. “We’ve spent a great deal of time on the basic sound this time around — the drums, bass, guitars and vocals – and at this stage I am pretty confident that this will pay off in the end!”

Anthropocentric will be released on November 9 via Metal Blade Records.

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THE OCEAN Robbed In Spain

October 25th, 2010

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010 THE OCEAN, who are currently on tour supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan in Europe, were robbed on a highway near Madrid. Said the band in a statement: “Two guys in a black BMW pulled us over with fake police IDs. They asked for our van papers and IDs and wanted to know if we had any money to declare. We were not skeptical at this point, as it is normal in Europe that you have to declare larger amounts of money when you’re crossing borders, so we told them we had merch money with us, and the guy wanted to see it. When we showed them the merch wallet, the guy reached through the open window, seized it and ran back to the BMW in front of us, where his colleague was waiting with the engine running. Unfortunately our van and trailer don’t match the speed of a BMW, but fortunately it’s not allowed to carry guns in Europe, as otherwise we would be in jail now for shooting the guy in the face.

“We are facing a loss of + 6000 euro of merch income of the last days and fees. The exact amount is still to be determined. As some of you may or may not know, conditions on support tours are usually grim. Fees are low and barely cover expenses for van, gas, highway tolls, ferries etc. There is no accommodation arrangements, we’ve been crashing out on people’s floors for weeks. Losing more than 6000 euro is something we simply cannot afford at this point.

We are asking everyone who is planning to order Anthropocentric in the next few weeks through our shop to help out. You can do so by donating 5 Euro when you place your order. All income generated through this will make the loss smaller for us.

Everyone who donates 5 Euro will receive a copy of the police report and a Thank You card signed by all band members. We would like to thank you in advance for your support!”

You can donate at: http://www.pelagic-records.com/shop

In related news, THE OCEAN will support Anathema on another run of Euro shows in November. Confirmed dates include:

11/09/2010 Rocking Chair – Vevey, Switzerland

11/10/2010 Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland

11/11/2010 Estragon – Bologna, Italy

11/12/2010 Alpheus – Rome, Italy

11/13/2010 New Age – Treviso, Italy

11/14/2010 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy

11/15/2010 Boogaloo Club – Zagreb, Croatia

11/16/2010 Listhalle – Graz, Austria

11/17/2010 Viper Room – Vienna, Austria

11/18/2010 Diesel Club – Budapest, Hungary

11/21/2010 Akademija – Belgrade, Serbia (Headline Show)

11/22/2010 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia

11/23/2010 Rock Café – Prague, Czech Republic

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THE OCEAN To Premiere New Track “Heaven TV” On Full Metal Jackie Radio This Weekend

October 20th, 2010

Full Metal Jackie will be premiering new music from THE OCEAN. Listen in this weekend (10/22 – 10/24.) To find a radio station near you airing the show, visit: fullmetaljackieradio.com. Fans can hear Full Metal Jackie’s show on over 30 rock radio stations across the US!

“Heaven TV” is the ninth track from Anthropocentric, the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas THE OCEAN. Set for a North American release on November 9 via Metal Blade Records, Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band’s well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.

The concept at the base of both offerings is a critique of Christianity from varying philosophical and personal perspectives. Both records were recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest elevated city in Europe, and recorded and mixed by their house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann.

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http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

http://www.metalblade.com/theocean

http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective

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THE OCEAN: “The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts” Track Premiere

October 13th, 2010

Today Stereogum premieres “The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts,” the fifth track from Anthropocentric, the upcoming full-length from German progressive/atmospheric metal enigmas THE OCEAN. Set for a North American release on November 9 via Metal Blade Records, Anthropocentric serves as part two of the concept explored on the band’s well-received Heliocentric long player, released this past spring.

The concept at the base of both offerings is a critique of Christianity from varying philosophical and personal perspectives. Both records were recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest elevated city in Europe, and recorded and mixed by their house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann.

To check out “The Grand Inquisitor II – Roots & Locusts,” point your browser HERE. In addition, the LANDING PAGE for Anthropocentric is now live as well, offering fans in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe a chance to pre-order the album. “She Was The Universe,” the third track off Anthropocentric, is streaming now. Metal Blade Records will continue to update the LANDING PAGE leading up to and throughout the release of Anthropocentric with news, tours, dates, video footage, and more so be sure to check back frequently.

More on Anthropocentric:
Despite the fact that Darwin inaugurated a paradigm shift in modern natural science, his thoughts were not the last nail in Christianity’s coffin. There are still people who believe that the teachings in Genesis are to be taken verbatim. These people are at the crosslines of  Anthropocentric. The album challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe and no more than 5,000 years old. Where Heliocentric covered a large range of dynamics and styles from calm, soulful songs based on piano and vocals to moments of eclectic heaviness, Anthropocentric is more straight forward, technical and soul-searingly heavy, whilst still tapping into the band’s signature range of dynamics.

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http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric
http://www.metalblade.com/theocean
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
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