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The Ocean

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

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

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

The Ocean was founded in 2000 by guitarist and songwriter Robin Staps. During the following two years, about 40musiciansjoined and left theband untilastable line-up was established. July 2002 saw The Ocean play their first concert atBerlin'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 thesubstance 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, whichthenreleased "Fogdiver",an EPconsisting of five instrumental songs—despite the fact that on stage, at least two singerscould befound. Unlike its predecessor, thisrecording 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 moreatmospherichalfof this recording session was released as "Fluxion" in August 2004; a joint effort of MakeMyDay and Throne Records. Whilethe fact that the band nowusedvocals on their recordings seemed to make the musicmoreaccessible to some, it also caused many other criticsto consider the album a step backwardsinterms of innovationandoriginality. In interviews, the band would comment on this by pointing out theclose-mindedness of some of thereviewersandtheirsupposed inability to deal with the harshness and brutality the vocals now added to TheOcean'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 notworkout — "Aeolian" came acrossas very different from itspredecessor. Unlike on previous albums, classical instrumentsandelectronic sounds were hardly used here, makingthe record sound rather minimalistic.But whereas "Fluxion" had featuredonlyone singer, seven of them could be found on "Aeolian", amongthem 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 NorthAmerican release of the album. Laterthatyear, a joint vinyl version of "Fluxion"and "Aeolian" was released by Throne Records, featuring threerecords indifferentcolors. Recently in late 2007, they released a new 2 disc album entitled"Precambrian". In April 2008, The Oceanembarkedona year long tour through Europe and North America with bands like Intronaut, Opeth, and At TheGates. In April2009 it wasannounced thatprimary Precambrian vocalist, and full time touring member Mike Pilat was leaving the bandforpersonalreasonsand other commitments.

On November 17th, 2009, Robin Staps posted on The Ocean Collective website, that a replacement vocalist had beenfound,named LoicRossetti. Stapsalsocommented that The Ocean had been recording "feverishly" through 2009, and wouldbereleasing two albums in 2010, onein March, the other inSeptember. « hide

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LPs
Pelagial
04/26/2013

4
605 Votes
Anthropocentric
2010

3.8
467 Votes
Heliocentric
2010

3.4
509 Votes
Precambrian
2007

4.3
886 Votes
Aeolian
2005

3.9
373 Votes
Fluxion
2004

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

3.3
17 Votes
Fogdiver
2003

3.9
110 Votes
Islands/Tides
2001

3.1
14 Votes
Live Albums
Collective Oblivion
12/10/2013

4.5
5 Votes
Compilations
Pelagial (Instrumental)
04/30/2013

4.2
53 Votes
Fluxion (Remaster)
2009

4.2
18 Votes
Fluxion and Aeolian


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