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The Ocean

The Ocean Collective (usually referred to as "The Ocean") are an experimental metal band from Berlin, Germany. Their workcombines elements ofprogressivemetal with classical music and electronic soundscapes to create their aggressive post. metalsound. The band often describes its sound as "ambientsoundtrack doomrock".

The Ocean was founded in 2000 by guitarist and songwriter Robin Staps. During the following two years, about 40 musiciansjoined and left the band untilastable line-up was established. July 2002 saw The Ocean play their first concert at Berlin's nowdefunct semi-l ...read more

The Ocean Collective (usually referred to as "The Ocean") are an experimental metal band from Berlin, Germany. Their workcombines elements ofprogressivemetal with classical music and electronic soundscapes to create their aggressive post. metalsound. The band often describes its sound as "ambientsoundtrack doomrock".

The Ocean was founded in 2000 by guitarist and songwriter Robin Staps. During the following two years, about 40 musiciansjoined and left the band untilastable line-up was established. July 2002 saw The Ocean play their first concert at Berlin's nowdefunct semi-legal Eimer Club. Shortly after, the bandreleased their eponymous debut album featuring "Islands/Tides", a 30-minute-long song that also constituted the substance of their early live shows.

After a brief tour with Swedish crust punk outfit Coma in early 2003, the band signed to Make My Day Records, which thenreleased "Fogdiver", an EPconsisting of five instrumental songs—despite the fact that on stage, at least two singers could befound. Unlike its predecessor, this recording receivedconsiderable acclaim from critics throughout a variety of genres.

During winter and spring 2004, The Ocean recorded what was to become the material for their two following albums. Thecalmer and more atmospherichalfof this recording session was released as "Fluxion" in August 2004; a joint effort of Make MyDay and Throne Records. While the fact that the band nowusedvocals on their recordings seemed to make the music moreaccessible to some, it also caused many other critics to consider the album a step backwardsinterms of innovation andoriginality. In interviews, the band would comment on this by pointing out the close-mindedness of some of the reviewersandtheirsupposed inability to deal with the harshness and brutality the vocals now added to The Ocean's sound.

After signing to Metal Blade Records in summer 2005, all the remaining songs from the session were released as Aeolian. Since"Fluxion" and "Aeolian" hadoriginally been planned as a double CD with a mellow and a brutal part — a plan that did not workout — "Aeolian" came across as very different from itspredecessor. Unlike on previous albums, classical instruments andelectronic sounds were hardly used here, making the record sound rather minimalistic.But whereas "Fluxion" had featured onlyone singer, seven of them could be found on "Aeolian", among them Nate Newton, Sean Ingram, and TomasHallbom, whosenames were also used extensively for the album's promotion campaign. According to the band, Meta's voice on "Fluxion" hadcreated amonotony that was to be avoided on "Aeolian". March 2006 saw the North American release of the album. Later thatyear, a joint vinyl version of "Fluxion"and "Aeolian" was released by Throne Records, featuring three records in differentcolors. Recently in late 2007, they released a new 2 disc album entitled"Precambrian". In April 2008, The Ocean embarked ona year long tour through Europe and North America with bands like Intronaut, Opeth, and At TheGates. In April 2009 it wasannounced that primary Precambrian vocalist, and full time touring member Mike Pilat was leaving the band forpersonalreasonsand other commitments.

On November 17th, 2009, Robin Staps posted on The Ocean Collective website, that a replacement vocalist had been found,named Loic Rossetti. Stapsalsocommented that The Ocean had been recording "feverishly" through 2009, and would bereleasing two albums in 2010, one in March, the other inSeptember. « hide

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Pelagial
04/26/2013

4
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Anthropocentric
2010

3.8
443 Votes
Heliocentric
2010

3.4
469 Votes
Precambrian
2007

4.3
833 Votes
Aeolian
2005

3.9
339 Votes
Fluxion
2004

4
271 Votes
EPs
The Grand Inquisitor
04/03/2012

3.3
15 Votes
Fogdiver
2003

3.9
103 Votes
Islands/Tides
2001

3.2
14 Votes
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12/10/2013

4.5
3 Votes
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04/30/2013

4.2
49 Votes
Fluxion (Remaster)
2009

4.3
13 Votes
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4
1 Votes

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