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4/13/2010

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11/27/2007

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The Ocean Premiere New Song On Full Metal Jackie
April 1, 2010
Full Metal Jackie, North America's largest syndicated metal radio show, is premiering a new track from The Ocean's new album, 'Heliocentric'. Jackie will spin the song the weekend of April 2nd, so make sure to tune in to the rock radio station nearest you to listen.

Full Metal Jackie airs on over 25 rock radio stations across the US, including: The Hog 102.9 in Milwaukee, WI (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), WNFZ 94.3 the X in Knoxville, TN (Saturdays 10pm-midnight), Rock 94 and a half in Spokane, WA (Saturday 12pm-2pm) and many more. You can find the station nearest you that carries the show as well as the broadcast time on http://www.fullmetaljackieradio.com.

Full Metal Jackie Radio
will be in the ONLY place you'll be able to hear the song until the band uploads it to their myspace page at the beginning of next week.

For more info, visit:
http://www.theoceancollective.com
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
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The Ocean Pre-orders Now Available
March 27, 2010
In honor of The Ocean's upcoming opus 'Heliocentric', Metal Blade Records is offering two pre-order packages. Fans can now pre-order 'Heliocentric' as just the CD or in a CD/t-shirt package. Go here for details and prices. The packaging for 'Heliocentric' is quite amazing, featuring a black digipak with silver foil and black embossed designs as well as tarot cards in place of the traditional CD booklet. There are a total of 9 tarot cards, each with its own artwork on one side and lyrics on the opposite side. 'Heliocentric' is out April 13th so make sure to pick up your copy now at the special pre-order price.

Also available on the pre-order page is the 1st of 4 'In the Studio' videos; each week leading up to the release of 'Heliocentric' a new video will go live so be sure to keep checking back in.

The lyrics and snippets of every song off 'Heliocentric' can be previewed at: http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric

For those who do not know, The Ocean is releasing two CD's that are tied to one another. The first being 'Heliocentric' out in April and the second being 'Anthropocentric', due out in the fall 2010.

The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles. While the songs, art and lyrics of 'Heliocentric' tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, 'Anthropocentric' challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe.

The track listing of 'Heliocentric' is as follows:
1. Shamayim
2. Firmament
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. Catharsis of a Heretic
7. Swallowed by the Earth
8. Epiphany
9. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God

Musically, 'Heliocentric' covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album", comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.

"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widenened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined", adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album".
'Heliocentric' continues where the 'Proterozoic' half of the 'Precambrian' album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. 'Anthropocentric' is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.

The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Sound wise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date".

For more info, visit:
http://www.theoceancollective.com

http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
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The Ocean Announce Upcoming Albums Details
February 3, 2010
The Ocean's upcoming albums are going to be entitled 'Heliocentric' and 'Anthropocentric'. They are due for April and October 2010 releases. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.

While the songs, art and lyrics of 'Heliocentric' tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, 'Anthropocentric' challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe.

'Heliocentric'
Track List is as follows:
1. Shamayim
2. Firmament
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. Catharsis of a Heretic
7. Swallowed by the Earth
8. Epiphany
9. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God

Musically, 'Heliocentric' covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album," comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.

"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widenened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined", adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album."

'Heliocentric'
continues where the Proterozoic half of the 'Precambrian' album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. 'Anthropocentric' is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.

The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Soundwise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date".

The lyrics and snippets of every song of the album can be previewed at:
http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
 
 
 
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Burst Announce More Tour Dates
February 6, 2009
Experimental extreme metallers, Burst, have announced more tour dates to their co-headlining European tour alongside The Ocean. This month-long tour will begin in late February and will also include Bison BC and Medeia. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon.

Burst are touring in support of their latest release, 'Lazarus Bird', which has recently nominated in the ‘Best Hard Rock / Metal’ category of the 2009 Manifest Awards alongside albums from Opeth, Grand Magus, and Dismember. The Manifest Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, February 6th, at Nalen in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.ManifestGalan.se.

Audio samples taken from the acclaimed album, 'Lazarus Bird', can be heard now via the online player below.

Burst Tour Dates w/ The Ocean, Bison BC, Medeia:
2/26 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
2/27 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
2/28 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
3/01 - Prague, Czech Rep. - Exit Chmelnice
3/02 - Wien, Austria Arena
3/03 - Budapest, Hungary - Durer Kert
3/04 - Munchen, Germany - Hansa 39 Oak
3/05 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
3/06 - Brescia Latte, Italy - +Club
3/07 - Pinarella, Italy - Rock Planet
3/08 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Stadtmitte
3/09 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Kleiner Club
3/10 - Koln, Germany - Underground
3/11 - London, UK - 02 Academy
3/12 - Sheffield, UK - The Corporation
3/13 - Nljmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
3/14 - Sneek, Netherlands - The Legend
3/15 - Brussels, Belgium - VK
3/16 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
3/17 - Darmstadt, Germany - Muhltal Steinruch Theater
3/18 - Esch-Alsette, Germany - Kulturfabrik
3/19 - Martigny, Switzerland - Les Caves du Manoir
3/20 - Zedtwitz, Germany - Fernverker
3/21 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
3/22 - Aarhus, Denmark - Train (w/ The Ocean)
3/23 - Oslo, Norway - Garage (w/ The Ocean)
3/24 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser (w/ The Ocean)
3/25 - Gothenberg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers (w/ The Ocean)

For more Burst news and tour information, visit the Relapse Records website at www.RELAPSE.com, the Official Burst website, or Burst's Official MySpace page.
 
 
 
 
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Withered Completes Work On 'Folie Circulaire'
April 16, 2008
Atlanta’s Withered have completed work on the band’s forthcoming record, ‘Folie Circulaire,’ which will see a June 24 release through Prosthetic Records.

“Our new record is officially completed and we're very satisfied,” the band says. “Thanks to everyone involved, some very cool things have fallen into place for this release. Most of you are already aware of Barney Greenway's (Napalm Death) guest vocal appearance on "...The Fated Breath" and “Clamor Beneath." As always, his vocals are amazing and can't wait for everyone to hear them.

“Also, the last song on the album is a cover song called "Into Armageddon" by Necrophobic. If you're not already a fan of them, you need to be. They're in our top friends and some of the best black metal to ever come out of Sweden so check them out. Big thanks to them for being very cool about us recording their song and for writing it in the first place.”

“The recording process was grueling but worth every 12 - 16 hour day. Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk) and the guys at The Jam Room [in Columbia, S.C.) did a great job of keeping us focused and capturing our sound. It really shows on the record. Scott Hull (Visceral Sound, Pig Destroyer) also did a great job with the mastering and sequencing. It's relentless and we couldn't be happier. The artwork is also completed. Paul Romano really delivered for us. It will feature a 12-page booklet and is full of fantastic imagery. It is all very symbolic of the lyrical content and overall feel of the record. We'll post more images as the release date approaches. Big thanks to Paul for being a great friend and supporter.”

“Okay, here are the facts: Number of tracks - 10 (eight songs, two interludes). Length - around 46 minutes."

‘Folie Circulaire’ tracklisting:
1) To Embrace. . .
2) . . .The Fated Breath
3) Dichotomy Of Exile
4) Gnosis Unveils. . .
5) . . .The Forsaken Truth
6) Purification Of Ignorance
7) Drawn Black Drapes. . .
8 ) . . .Reveal The Essence Of Suffering
9) Clamor Beneath
10) Into Armageddon

The ‘Folie Circulaire’ cover art can be seen here.

‘Folie Circulaire’ will be the follow-up to 2005’s critically-acclaimed ‘Memento Mori,’ which landed on numerous year-end lists for the band. A demoed version of “Putification of Ignorance,” from the forthcoming album, is available on the band’s MySpace page. Meanwhile, Withered has confirmed a handful of tour dates, including two local Atlanta shows with the likes of Meshuggah and Ministry, as well as Javelina, along with the previously announced handful of dates alongside The Ocean and Kylesa on their co-headlining tour, which will also feature Lair of The Minotaur. The band most recently finished a string of dates throughout the South and Southwest on their own.

Withered on tour:
4/25 - Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (w/ Waited, Meshuggah, Ministry)
5/17 - Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Javelina, Spewtilator)
5/22 - Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 (w/ Kylesa)

w/ The Ocean, Lair of the Minotaur:
5/24 - Boston, MA – Church of Boston
5/25 - Wallingford, CT – Cherry Street Station
5/26 - New York, NY – Knitting Factory
5/27 - Cleveland, OH – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/28 - Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
5/29 - Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
5/30 - Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
5/31 - Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2000
HOME TOWN: Berlin, Germany

THE OCEANs oftentimes deeply convoluted compositions sweep across dismal landscapes shaped by faceless modern architecture and symbols of power looming large on all horizons, tearing up the asphalt of our cities streets with berserk drum-attacks, at times pausing for a minatorial instant, granting the battered listener a short moment to breathe in the foul odor of panic, before winding up again, with deafening noise and sparks flying all across the stage, into the black city nights skies... epic and symphonic passages with classical instruments and clear references to soundtrack music culminate in guitar-dominated outbursts of orchestral noise and modern, technical metal/hardcore.

THE OCEAN esteem the following artists as particularly important influences and thus try even more assiduously to dissociate from them: Neurosis, David Lynch, The Refused, King Crimson, Lautreamont, Chopin, Portishead, Botch, Tarkowskij, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Rimbaud, Breach, Godflesh, Dali, the Melvins and other surrealists..

THE OCEANs upcoming double album will be entitled "Precambrian" and its concept and album artwork evolve around the early days of this planet, when mother earth was a hostile and uninhabitable place devoid of life and reigned by fire, sulfur and streams of red-glowing lava. The artwork will be once again done by Martin Kvamme.

"Precambrian" is composed of a mini-CD with 22 minutes playing time entitled Hadean/Archaean, and a full-length CD with 61 minutes playing time, entitled Proterozoic, both referring to successive geological eras. Guests on the album, including Caleb Scofield (CAVE IN, ZOZOBRA, OLD MAN GLOOM), Nate Newton (CONVERGE, DOOMRIDERS), Dwid Hellion (INTEGRITY), Tomas Hallbom (BREACH), Eric Kalsbeek (TEXTURES) and musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.