Being As An Ocean Premiere New Track & Music Video “Know My Name”

Being As An Ocean debut their new music video for their track “Know My Name“. The clip arrives alongside the release of an deluxe edition of the band’s latest effort, “Waiting For Morning To Come“. This latest single is one of the three bonus tracks featured on that release, with “Alone” and “Bulletproof” being the other two.

Being As An Ocean will be back in the U.S. later this month for a co-headlining tour with Counterparts:

09/20 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/21 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
09/22 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
09/26 Detroit, MY – The Shelter
09/27 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
09/29 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/30 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10/02 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/05 San Diego, CA – SOMA
10/06 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/07 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
10/09 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
10/12 Dallas, TX – RBC
10/13 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
10/14 Houston, TX – Houston Underground
10/15 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/17 Orlando, FL – Sound Bar
10/18 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/19 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
10/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

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The Ocean Premiere New Song “Permian: The Great Dying” From Upcoming New Album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”

The Ocean premiere a new song titled “Permian: The Great Dying”, taken from their upcoming new album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”, which will hit stores on November 02nd through Metal Blade.

Check out now “Permian: The Great Dying” below.

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The Ocean Collective announces new album, ‘Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic’

– September 5th, 2018 –

Stream new single, “Permian: The Great Dying”, now

The Ocean excel in their idiosyncratic nuances and hammering insistence on this Teutonic paean to Earth’s geology.”Revolver

The Ocean do for earth science class what Mastodon did for Melville: make learning brutal.”Decibel

The Ocean remains one of the great optimisms in progressive metal.”Blabbermouth

“…not a band to be taken lightly, even if that were possible…the future of progressive metal itself.”Metal Injection

Expansive, all-encompassing, reaching extraordinary depths…all can be said about both the dark abyss that forms the vast majority of our planet, and the band from which it takes its name. Today, The Ocean Collective announces their massive two-part return, four years in the making. This November, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic will be released, with Phanerozoic II to follow in 2020.

The Ocean marks their rebirth with “Permian,” a nine-minute epic about The Great Dying. Explains guitarist and primary songwriter Robin Staps, “About 90% of all life on Earth was wiped out during this mass extinction event at the end of the Permian period, 250 million years ago. The most probable scenario is that The Great Dying was caused by increased volcanic activity inducing a global warming of about five degrees, which led to widespread ocean anoxia and the release of large amounts of methane gas from shallow seabeds into the atmosphere. This fast release of methane, a greenhouse gas, caused even further warming.”

All of this occurred long before humanity appeared on the map, yet the effects of this global warming cannot be ignored. Says Robin, “There is no reason to assume that the results of the current human-caused warming would not be, at best, similarly devastating. The same increase in global temperatures that happened over the course of at least 150,000 years at the end of the Permian is likely to happen in just a few hundred years now. Looking at the five mass extinction events during the Phanerozoic eon reminds us that even without human impact, Earth has the power and potential to wipe out humanity in its entirety, at any given moment in time.”

Ebbs and flows of proggy melodies, crushing guitars, swelling strings and powerful vocals match the heavy lyrical themes The Ocean Collective has made its signature. Phanerozoic I is now available for pre-order, along with meticulously designed merch bundles, something for which they’ve become known, and will be released November 2 via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band’s own Pelagic Records (vinyl). Pre-order now via Metal Blade Records: metalblade.com/theocean

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Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean Collective have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. With an ever-changing lineup of various on- and off-stage musicians and visual artists, the relentlessly touring group have become well known for their immense, mind-expanding live shows, which they have carried into the most remote corners of the globe, from Siberian squats to colonial theatres in Ecuador.

Over the course of their storied career, The Ocean Collective have toured with Opeth, Mastodon, Mono, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend, and have appeared on major festivals including Roskilde, Dour, Pukkelpop, Roadburn, Wacken, With Full Force, Summer Slaughter, Summer Breeze and Graspop. The band’s own Pelagic Records has also become one of Europe’s leading labels for post-rock and post-metal, with a catalog of 120 releases since 2009.

After 5 years of touring on Pelagial, the band 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 Collective‘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 Collective‘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 Hagerstrand and drummer Paul Seidel, who both bring their own style and approach to their respective instruments.

As with all of The Ocean Collective‘s releases, the music is only one piece of the puzzle. The collective has always been known for lyrics that are poignant and thought-provoking, and Phanerozoic is no exception. The central idea upon which the lyrics are premised is that of ‘eternal recurrence’, “Nietzsche’s concept that everything happens over and over again, an infinite amount of times throughout infinite time and space”, Staps explains. “When you look at Earth’s history you find a lot of evidence for this: continents have collided and drifted apart across the oceans and collided again, life nearly disappeared various times but then resurged again… this album is essentially about time, perception of time, and repetition. It is about coming to terms with the fact that there are things in life which will recur and which we cannot change and finding ways of dealing with that”.

The immediacy of Phanerozoic can be attributed to the band working out every detail and testing every song live in the rehearsal room prior to heading into the studio, a different approach as compared to their previous releases. The process of laying down tracks began in Iceland, with the drums being tracked at Sigur Ros’ own Sundlaugin Studios with long-time friend and producer Julien Fehlmann. A big drum room with great natural reverb located in a bleak and beautiful place surrounded by nature provided the perfect location for the initiation of this record.

The remainder of the album was tracked in Berlin. A brass section was recorded, and previous collaborators Vincent Membrez (piano) and longtime live cellist Dalai Theofilopoulou are featured. Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse delivers a stunning performance on the 11 minute track “Devonian”. However, this is very much vocalist Loic Rossetti’s album. Staps and Rossetti worked extensively, trying out a variety of styles and focusing on finding the best possible approach for each song. “Loic screaming over a heavy part always works great, but our goal was to avoid always going the obvious route this time”, Staps explains. The result is an album which gains its heaviness not from the surface but from below, not so much from the vocals, but from the underlying riffage, bass and drumming.

It was a conscious decision not to let this fondness of experimenting stretch to the choice of the team working on the album: Julien Fehlmann tracked drums, Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) handled mixing and mastering duties, and Norwegian artist Martin Kvamme, whose only clients are Mike Patton and The Ocean Collective, was once more in charge of the mind-blowing artwork, making this his 5th consecutive collaboration with the collective. “There’s no reason to change a perfectly working formula”, Staps comments. “When Jens played us the basic sound of the record, Loic and I looked at each other and our jaws dropped. It sounded SO FUCKING HEAVY that for a moment we were thinking about what we could potentially do to make it sound a bit more human and a bit less perfect… but we eventually learned to accept that Jens had simply done an outstanding job”.

Each of The Ocean Collective‘s releases has proven a profoundly immersive experience, with an unrivalled attention to detail – something which becomes particularly apparent in the award-winning packaging: for the lavish acrylic boxset that came with 2013′s Pelagial, over 10.000 acrylic layers were individually silk-screen printed and manually assembled. That which accompanied 2010′s double album Heliocentric / Anthropocentric was particularly unique, its gatefold sleeve featuring rotating gold-foiled PVC dials screwed on top of it. Phanerozoic will not fall short of its predecessors: Phanerozoic will come in a trifold (LP) / digipak (CD) with die cuts through multiple layers, creating a 3D effect; topped off by metallic inks and a blind embossing emulating a rock structure.


Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic track-listing:
1. The Cambrian Explosion
2. Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence
3. Ordovicium: The Glaciation of Gondwana
4. Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions
5. Devonian: Nascent
6. The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse
7. Permian: The Great Dying

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Counterparts Premiere New Music Video For “Selfishly I Sink”

Counterparts premiere a video for their song “Selfishly I Sink” from their latest EP “Private Room“. That release features some b-sides that didn’t make the cut during the recording sessions for the group’s previous two outings. Pure Noise Records will have the EP out in stores on September 07th.

Comments the band’s vocalist Brendan Murphy of this latest track:

“‘Selfishly I Sink‘ is one of the few b-sides from ‘You’re Not You Anymore‘. Although it doesn’t really have a place on the record I’m still excited that the song finally gets to see the light of day. Lyrically, it’s a song about forcing yourself to find love where it doesn’t exist. It’s about trying to fill a void with things that are equally as empty.”

As previously reported, Counterparts will be out on this North American tour starting next month with Being As An Ocean, Have Mercy and Varials as support acts:

09/20 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/21 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
09/22 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/25 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
09/26 Detroit, MY – The Shelter
09/27 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
09/29 St Louis, MO – Fubar
09/30 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10/02 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/05 San Diego, CA – SOMA
10/06 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/07 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
10/09 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
10/12 Dallas, TX – RBC
10/13 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
10/14 Houston, TX – Houston Underground
10/15 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/17 Orlando, FL – Sound Bar
10/18 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/19 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
10/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

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Nightmarer (The Ocean, Ex-War From A Harlots Mouth) Premiere “Death/Swansong”

Nightmarer (The Ocean, ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, etc.) debut “Death/Swansong” from their new effort, “Cacophony Of Terror“, which will be out on March 23rd via Season Of Mist.

Says guitarist Simon Hawemann of the track:

“Our track ‘Death‘ marks the inevitable end of ‘Cacophony of Terror‘ – it is the final stage of a battle that was never meant to be won. My inspiration for this song was all too real: I had to witness a person close to me decease over the course of several days. The riffs and sounds in ‘Death‘ reflect the heavy breathing, the tortured moans, and the spasms of a dying human being – sights and sounds that are burned into my memory forever.

This experience served as a morbidly twisted foundation to give death itself an appropriate soundtrack. Once it’s all over, ‘Death‘ seamlessly makes the transitions into ‘Swansong‘, which offers nothing else than just the relief of not having to fight any longer. One could not exist without the other, so we’re premiering both tracks merged into one today.

We are thrilled to have joined forces with Alan Dubin (KHANATE/GNAW), who lent his terrifying voice to ‘Death‘. His piercing screams serve as the perfect personification of the demon that lurks in the plagued mind of the album’s protagonist. Without further ado, embrace death!”

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Nightmarer (Ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, Etc.) Debut New Track “Fetisch”

Nightmarer (The Ocean, ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, etc.) debut a new song titled “Fetisch“ below. Season Of Mist have the Nightmarer’s new effort “Cacophony Of Terror” slated for a March 23rd release date.

States the band:

“With ‘Fetisch‘, we delve deeper into a haunted and bewildered mind that is begging for relief. The song’s protagonist is trying to escape the nightmare that is consuming him, but all attempts are futile. ‘Fetisch’ is the realization that there is no way out.”

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Legend Of The Seagullmen (Tool/Mastodon, Etc.) Premiere “The Fogger”

Legend Of The Seagullmen, featuring Tool‘s Danny Carey and Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds among their members, debut a new song entitled “The Fogger“. It’s from their self-titled new album that is out February 09th on Dine Alone. Explains the band’s Jimmy Hayward, the song is about the character Carey adopts for the band (see the below image,) ‘The Fogger‘:

“‘The Fogger‘ is a mystical aquatic tale about The Seagullmen‘s very own drummer, Danny Carey. He stalks the ocean in search of users, abusers and polluters and deals lethal justice with his third eye while ripping the faces from skulls, just like he does during the punishing and beautifully complex drum solo in the middle of the song. The solo explodes into a furious conclusion, leaving no doubt about the karmic justice and pure ferocious power of ‘The Fogger’!”

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Nightwish Reveals Compilation, “Decades” Tracklisting

Tuomas Holopainen’s 3-track demo earned him his first record deal with his freshly founded band Nightwish back in 1996. 20 years later, with over 2,000 shows played and more than 8 million records sold – Nightwish are the biggest European symphonic metal band. Reason enough for Nuclear Blast to celebrate this huge anniversary by releasing a 2CD compilation titled Decades, on March 9th, 2018.

Decades will be available as:
2CD-DIGI
3LP BOX (different colours)
2CD-Earbook

The trasklisting reads as follows:

CD1
1. The Greatest Show On Earth
2. Élan
3. My Walden
4. Storytime
5. I Want My Tears Back
6. Amaranth
7. The Poet And The Pendulum
8. Nemo
9. Wish I Had An Angel

CD2
1. Ghost Love Score
2. Slaying The Dreamer
3. End Of All Hope
4. 10th Man Down
5. The Kinslayer
6. Dead Boy’s Poem
7. Gethsemane
8. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
9. Sacrament Of Wilderness
10. Sleeping Sun
11. Elvenpath
12. The Carpenter
13. Nightwish (demo)

3LP BOX (33 RPM)
Side A
1. The Greatest Show On Earth

Side B
1. Élan
2. My Walden
3. Storytime
4. I Want My Tears Back
5. Amaranth

Side C
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Nemo
3. Wish I Had An Angel

Side D
1. Ghost Love Score
2. Slaying The Dreamer
3. End Of All Hope
4. 10th Man Down

Side E
1. The Kinslayer
2. Dead Boy’s Poem
3. Gethsemane
4. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean

Side F
1. Sacrament Of Wilderness
2. Sleeping Sun
3. Elvenpath
4. The Carpenter
5. Nightwish (demo)

This release will be accompanied by a 9 month tour across the globe. After kicking off with 34 concerts in North America in March/April, the journey will continue with dozens of European festival and headline shows, including their highly anticipated UK show – a headline appearance at Bloodstock Festival on 12th August. Across this tour, Nightwish will also be presenting a special set list featuring rare material from the early years of their career. That’s why these evenings will not only be special events for fans, but also for the band themselves. Be prepared to hear a lot of old school material!

The tour dates are as follows:

March 9 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernable
March 10 – Charlotte, NC – The Filmore
March 12 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
March 13 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theater
March 14 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
March 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
March 17 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
March 18 – Albany, NY – The Egg
March 20 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
March 21 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
March 23 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
March 24 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
March 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
March 26 -Covington, KY – Madison Theater
March 28 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre
March 29 – St. Louis, MO – Touhill Performing Arts Center
March 30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Myth
March 31 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
April 2 – Omaha, NB – Sokol Auditorium
April 3 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
April 5 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud
April 6 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
April 7 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Threater
April 8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
April 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
April 12 – Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theatre
April 13 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
April 14 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
April 15 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
April 17 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
April 18 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
April 19 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theater
April 21 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
April 22 – Miami, FL – Olympia Theater
May 5 – Tallinn – Saku Suurhall
June 1 – Pilsen – Metalfest Open Air
June 2 – Nijmegen – FortaRock
June 21 – Copenhagen – Copenhell
June 24 – Clisson – Hellfest
July 6 – Kvinesdal – Norway Rock Festival
July 13 – Joensuu – Ilosaarirock
July 21 -Lahti – Mukkulan Tapahtumapuisto
August 3 – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
August 7 – Schaffhausen – Stars in Town
August 9 – Villena – Leyendas del Rock
August 12 – Derby – Bloodstock Open Air
November 2 – Gothenburg – Partille Arena
November 5 – Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle
November 6 – Hamburg – Barclaycard Arena
November 7 – Antwerp – Lotto Arena
November 9 – Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-Arena
November 10 – Paris – AccorHotels Arena
November 11 – Geneva – Arena
November 13 – Bratislava – Incheba Expo Arena
November 14 – Munich – Olympiahalle
November 16 – Leipzig – Arena
November 17 – Krakow – Tauron Arena
November 20 – Budapest – Arena
November 22 – Zurich – Hallenstadion
November 23 – Nuremberg – Arena
November 24 – Stuttgart – Schleyer-Halle
November 27 – Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
December 4 – Milan – Medionalum Forum
December 5 – Frankfurt – Festhalle

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Nightmarer (Ex-Gigan/War From A Harlots Mouth) Premiere New Song “Skinner”

Nightmarer, featuring ex-Gigan vocalist John Collett and former War From A Harlots Mouth guitarist Simon Hawemann and drummer Paul Seidel (The Ocean) will release their debut album “Cacophony Of Terror” on March 23rd via Season Of Mist. A new track from it titled “Skinner” is streaming below.

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Castaway & Insvrgence Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

Come January, two of the best up-and-coming hardcore acts in the scene will be embarking on an epic, month-long co-headlining tour across North America. Castaway are currently promoting their new EP, Duality of Love (released earlier this year), while Insvrgence premiered a new track entitled “Third World America” back in October.

The tour kicks off in Pomona, CA on January 2nd and concludes on January 26th in San Angelo, TX.

You can view all tour dates below, with annotations noting which of the select dates will be only one band.

January 2: Pomona, CA – House Show*
January 3: Flagstaff, AZ – The Hive*
January 4: Albuquerque, NM – House Show*
January 5: Ft. Worth, TX – Tomcats West
January 6: Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
January 7: Memphis, TN – Hitone
January 9: Ocean Springs, MS – Zeppelins
January 10: Columbus, GA – The Estate
January 11: Spartanburg, SC – Groundzero
January 12: Fort Pierce, FL – Graffaccino
January 13: Chattanooga, TN – Ziggys
January 14: Edwardsville, IL – House Show
January 15: St. Louis, MO – Fubar
January 16: Wichita, KS – The Donut Hole
January 17: Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
January 19: Salt Lake City, UT – The Underground
January 20: Reno, NV – Sheas Tavern
January 21: Cupertino, CA – XBar^
January 23: Tempe, AZ – 51 West^
January 26: San Angelo, TX – Yayas^

* = Castaway only
^ = Insvrgence only

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