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Berlin, Germany (2001 – present)

The Ocean (a.k.a. The Ocean Collective) is a band started in 2001 in Berlin, Germany by guitarist Robin Staps. However, the first stable line-up was formed only in 2009 during recording sessions of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.

As for 2013, 4 of 5 band members are from Switzerland, while its founder continues to live in Berlin. In addition, Chris Breuer, a touring bass player who also made a recording appearance on Pelagial, is a citizen of Berlin too. Breuer is touring member who is filling in for Louis Jucker (who has gone on hiatus due to his desire to finish university studies) for all shows in 2013, also has recorded some parts for band’s 6th album “Pelagial” released in the same year.

The Ocean was founded in 2001 by guitarist and songwriter Robin Staps. During the following two years, about 40 musicians joined and left the band until a stable line-up was established. July 2002 saw The Ocean play their first concert at Berlin’s now defunct semi-legal Eimer Club. Shortly after, the band released 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 then released Fogdiver, an EP consisting of five instrumental songs—despite the fact that on stage, at least two singers could be found. Unlike its predecessor, this recording received considerable acclaim from critics throughout a variety of genres.

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  • Snowtrace

    Stenian > You

    9 Dec 3:30am Reply
  • antiperiodic

    v I think some of their songs are rather Djenty. Hadean is Sludge Djent

    5 Dec 4:49pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    They have Meshuggah influence, but not very much djent influence, if that makes any sense.

    28 Nov 12:13am Reply
  • MyNaughtyGuard

    I lol'd

    16 Nov 3:40pm Reply
  • the49

    "Melodic metalcore with a hint of djent"? What. The. Fuck.

    12 Nov 3:01pm Reply
  • Snowtrace

    Did you people even listen to Wille Zum Untergang. They've still got it. Precambrian is best tho.

    5 Nov 4:45am Reply
  • knight_88

    Absolutely mind-blowing, deep and amazing in so many levels. [3]

    2 Nov 8:19pm Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    "How can this be recommended to real post-metal/doom metal listeners?" I agree, however Fluxion (With Meta) was the very definition of 'Post metal', now they are just corny melodic metalcore with a hint of djent.

    1 Nov 6:01pm Reply
  • JohnLateralus

    https://713smacpignt.bandcamp.com/album/pie-amm-baby

    22 Oct 8:01pm Reply
  • Ovel_ha

    Absolutely mind-blowing, deep and amazing in so many levels. [2]

    19 Oct 9:05pm Reply
  • TheWrathofThor

    Clean vox on She was the Universe feel like Deftones....feels good mayne

    17 Oct 9:29am Reply
  • Dream-core

    She was staaaaanding close to the shoooore...:D

    13 Oct 7:36pm Reply
  • breebree42

    Absolutely mind-blowing, deep and amazing in so many levels.

    27 Sep 9:01pm Reply
  • Dream-core

    good stuff, dont care if it's post metal or progressive metal. I love both genres an l like this band [2]

    26 Sep 1:44pm Reply
  • Kazuki_mur

    <3

    18 Sep 4:03pm Reply
  • fylledal

    good stuff, dont care if it's post metal or progressive metal. I love both genres an l like this band

    17 Sep 1:56pm Reply
  • RicardoCarmine

    this is prog metal, only the 2nd disc of Precambrian has post metal in it

    15 Sep 6:09pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    "How can this be recommended to real post-metal/doom metal listeners?" Who said they were? I've always thought of them as a progressive metal/core/sludge. They share more in common with stuff like Poison The Well than most post-metal groups in my opinion.

    13 Sep 8:30pm Reply
  • Thegreatbelow84

    Only just discovered them recently and whoa! awesome, loving Anthropocentric every track has me hooked.

    7 Sep 1:20am Reply
  • ahans

    The Ocean is my best discovery in 2014 so far! Awesome stuff!

    31 Aug 6:24pm Reply
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