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The Ocean releases new live video for »Pleistocene« recorded live at The Forum, London in February 2023

Photo by Geoffrey Wallang

German atmospheric post-metal collective The Ocean has released new live video for »Pleistocene« from their album »Phanerozoic II«, out in September 2020

Recorded live from the band’s own mixing desk at The Forum in London during their tour with Karnivool in February 2023.
Filmed and edited by Alex Kraudelt / Frameshock Productions.
Mixed by Amak Golden.

After 5 years of touring on »Pelagial«, The Ocean started recording their 8th studio album in February 2018, split into two volumes to be separately released in 2018 and 2020 respectively, titled »Phanerozoic«. The Phanerozoic eon succeeded the Precambrian supereon, spanning a 500 million-year period leading to the present day, and it has witnessed the evolution and diversification of plant and animal life on Earth, and the partial destruction of it during 5 mass extinction events. Conceptually and musically, The Ocean’s »Phanerozoic« is the missing link between the albums »Precambrian« and »Heliocentric / Anthropocentric«.

Guitarist and primary songwriter Robin Staps penned »Phanerozoic« as he did its predecessors, in seclusion in a house by the ocean. The first volume of the double album »Phanerozoic« is made up of bleak and heavy songs, boiled down to the essential core of the musical ideas driving them. With analog synths merging with the heavy guitars, the addition of Peter Voigtmann to the band’s ranks has made a marked difference. After years of handling the spectacular lighting design at The Ocean’s live shows, essentially “playing drums on the lighting console every night” as Staps puts it, he now brings a bevy of angry, dystopian sounds to the songs. »Phanerozoic« also marks the recording debut of bassist Mattias Hägerstrand and drummer Paul Seidel, who both bring their own style and approach to their respec-tive instruments.

The Ocean comments: “We’re slowly getting back in the saddle for the next round of intracontinental oceanization. Where will we see you sea cats? Come howl at us at one of the dates below!”

12/08 – CZ Brutal Assault
16/08 – HU Fekete Zaj Fesztivál
18/08 – UK ArcTanGent
01/09 – ZA Ramfest, Stellenbosch
02/09 – ZA Ramfest, Pretoria

w/ Ne Obliviscaris & Rivers of Nihil
06/09 – AU Brisbane, The TIvoli
08/09 – AU Sydney, Manning Bar
09/09 – AU Melbourne, The Forum
10/09 – AU Adelaide, The Gov

12/09 – MY Kuala Lumpur, Live Fact

w/ This Will Destroy You
25/09 – CZ Prague, Rock Café
26/09 – PL Poznan, Tama
27/09 – PL Krakow, Kamienna12
28/09 – DE Leipzig, Anker
29/09 – DE Cologne, Euroblast
30/09 – NL Groningen, Vera
01/10 – UK Brighton, Chalk
02/10 – UK Bristol, The Fleece
03/10 – UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
05/10 – UK Glasgow, Classic Grand
06/10 – UK Leeds, Project House
07/10 – UK Manchester, Gorilla
08/10 – UK London, Electric Ballroom
09/10 – NL Haarlem, Patronaat
10/10 – FR Paris, La Machine
11/10 – CH Solothurn, Kofmehl
12/10 – CH Geneva, PTR/ L’Usine
13/10 – FR Toulouse, Metronum
14/10 – ES Barcelona, Salamandra
15/10 – FR Montpellier, Rockstore
16/10 – IT Milan, Magnolia
17/10 – SI Ljubljana, Kino Siska
18/10 – IT Bologna, Teatro Perla
20/10 – BE Antwerp, Desertfest Belgium
21/10 – DE Münster, Sputnikhalle
22/10 – DE Berlin, Astra
23/10 – DK Copenhagen, Amager Bio
24/10 – NO Oslo, John Dee
25/10 – SE Gothenburg, Pustervik
26/10 – SE Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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