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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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  • ahans

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

    Yesterday 6:24pm Reply

    this is fusion

    25 Aug 6:31pm Reply
  • MarstonD

    Одни из самых необычных что я слышал

    23 Aug 5:49am Reply
  • vertikal19

    Honestly my favorite band at the moment

    19 Aug 9:20am Reply
  • spiderferi

    @amotherscrime: i don't agree. they are fucking metal with post rock roots, combining heavy metal and post rock so good that you could hear both genres at maximum quality of song writing.

    14 Aug 8:34am Reply
  • Riki_44

    hey guys! thank you for your show on brutal assault. it was amazing <3

    10 Aug 10:58pm Reply
  • Flugmorph

    euer wacken auftritt war grandios! :)

    4 Aug 12:22pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    @AlexMetallist: Try Antropocentric and Precambrian after that.

    27 Jul 4:57pm Reply
  • introvertical

    Seeing the live video on youtube for "Firmament" was what got me into this band. Highly recommended if you haven't seen it.

    27 Jul 3:24am Reply
  • amotherscrime

    Parts of it is beautiful but in overall it's all just horribly cheesy. Fucking apocalyptic hair metal. How can this be recommended to real post-metal/doom metal listeners? I think it's more like Linkin Park would sound like if they were metalcore. Then throw some Slipknot riffs into that when there's a breakdown. Why would they do this?

    26 Jul 9:18am Reply
  • Ritochka_Basaev

    I have many orgasms on end of Isla del Sol

    19 Jul 8:58pm Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    Fuck me, but I can't get into anything other than Pelagial.

    10 Jul 12:08pm Reply
  • AS_Luemmel

    This band is scary. They put out lengthy, quality albums in such a short time span while touring in between and other shit, they're not human anymore...

    8 Jul 9:22pm Reply
  • Cryogenian

    The Ocean RULE!!!

    26 Jun 7:31pm Reply
  • Snowtrace

    Stenian is still best song

    22 Jun 5:11pm Reply
  • Ovel_ha

    Pelagial rules! [2]

    18 Jun 4:48pm Reply
  • K696

    Pelagial rules !

    7 Jun 7:36am Reply
  • Bladecatcher_

    Masters of sludge.

    13 May 1:31pm Reply
  • padavanGreg

    I want new albuuum. Now.

    29 Apr 7:39pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Could someone be able to help me out and tab (guitar) Into the Uncanny for me? I can't seem to find any tabs for it anywhere. If so, leave me a shout or a message. It will be HIGHLY appreciated!

    21 Apr 2:23am Reply
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