The Ocean Complete New Lineup
2013-12-07 by Alex Newton | 24 Comments

Berlin post-metal band The Ocean (formerly The Ocean Collective) have announced the addition of guitarist Damian Murdoch to their upcoming tours. Murdoch completes the band's third incarnation, arriving a few weeks after drummer Paul Seidel (War From a Harlot's Mouth). Current guitarist Jonathan Nido and drummer Luc Hess will be leaving The Ocean on good terms following the completion of their current tour.

Nido and Hess have been with the band since 2007 and 2008, respectively, and are featured on the outfit's last three LP's and a brand new live/restrospective DVD, Collective Oblivion. Murdoch previously played with the Damian Murdoch Trio, an instrumental blues band, as well as teaching guitar.

Murdoch won the spot with his rendition of "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams" from this year's well-received full length, Pelagial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcp4c33KTrY

On the addition of Murdoch: https://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective/posts/10152460574367627

On the addition of Seidel: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152340833107627&set=a.10150493538 542627.468077.47708572626&type=1

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Shuyin
December 7th 2013

11592 Comments


so.. how longs this going to last

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hiyabootchie
December 7th 2013

350 Comments


Hess was a beast behind the kit.

MasBarHigeuoris21
December 7th 2013

1570 Comments


Wish it was the vocalist who was leaving.....

acorncheese
December 8th 2013

7119 Comments


Wish it was the vocalist who was leaving.....[2]

TienShinhan
December 8th 2013

3 Comments


that's my old guitar teacher! guy can shred

ZippaThaRippa
December 8th 2013

2417 Comments


"so.. how longs this going to last"

Probably indefinitely. The Ocean is known for having a revolving-door cast of musicians. It keeps their sound interesting and inconsistent.

Shuyin
December 8th 2013

11592 Comments


agreed with that, tho some album can be a hit or miss

eternium
December 8th 2013

16338 Comments


"It keeps their sound interesting and inconsistent."

Yeah, they went from an incredible, original band into something more generic and boring.

TheMoreira
December 9th 2013

7177 Comments


"Wish it was the vocalist who was leaving....."

I'd say he won't last, but thats just me.

The addition of Paul Seidel could mean a huge turn for the band.

SarcasticBastardV2
December 10th 2013

53 Comments


As usual everyone piles on Loïc despite him being awesome.

Nikkolae
December 10th 2013

4847 Comments


not terrible but certainly not awesome man

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Wizard
December 10th 2013

19383 Comments


I don't see how this band is relevant anymore. They've stripped away everything I loved about them in the first place.

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minty901
December 10th 2013

1994 Comments


i dont get it. their latest album was really well received no? ive only heard fluxion and precambrian. is the new one nothing like those?

pedro70512
December 10th 2013

2646 Comments


I'd say Pelagial is as good as Fluxion. I like both better than Precambrian.

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SarcasticBastardV2
December 10th 2013

53 Comments


Nah, he's awesome.

TheMoreira
December 10th 2013

7177 Comments


"As usual everyone piles on Loïc despite him being awesome."

Well, i love him on tape, on a live set he can be kind of obnoxious and really, really cocky.

Shuyin
December 10th 2013

11592 Comments


'I'd say Pelagial is as good as Fluxion. I like both better than Precambrian.'

i cant see pel being anywhere near fluxion, when they were a collective they had the best lineup they've ever had

ZombicidalMan
December 10th 2013

1792 Comments


I only listened to Pelagial once, plus this band always has changing members, so it seems kinda irrelevant.

Saying that, Hess rules and the band is pretty great live

SarcasticBastardV2
December 11th 2013

53 Comments


I can't verify that or say otherwise since I haven't seen them live. He could be a dick live but that doesn't change the fact that his vocals have been excellent in this band.

TheMoreira
December 11th 2013

7177 Comments


Yup, nor did i say the opposite. Likewise, i agree with you, i love him on tape m/

pedro70512
December 11th 2013

2646 Comments


He's good but not great live. He gets a little lazy with the cleans sometimes but the harsh vox are solid. He's also an absolute boss crowdsurfer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIkRhwMdpyA&feature=youtu.be

SarcasticBastardV2
December 11th 2013

53 Comments


My reference is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErfmxGYWXr0

Where he seems to be performing better than 95%+ of metal vocalists I've seen who perform both harsh and clean vocals live.

JAV
December 12th 2013

1936 Comments


Good, they need to keep the members rotating.

pedro70512
December 12th 2013

2646 Comments


"better than 95%+ of metal vocalists I've seen who perform both harsh and clean vocals live."

even Meta, who everyone treats like some greek god, wasn't perfect live. I'm very happy with how Loic has turned out.



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