THE OCEAN: 'Pelagial' headline European tour with support from SHINING, TIDES FROM NEBULA and HACRIDE
Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps comments: "This clip is blending performance footage with excerpts from Craig Murray's 'Pelagial' movie, which was released along with the limited edition CD and vinyl boxset versions of the album. We've never really done a clip like that before, but it was great fun making this."
'Pelagial', the latest album from THE OCEAN, has been received with open arms and ears across the globe – this is a band that are becoming widely regarded as leaders within their genre. Metal Sucks declared that The Ocean have "never written more intriguing music" in their 5/5 review. Spin recognised the band's diversity with "Mastodon‐shaped footprints, lush strings… [before] the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos". Decibel noted a band who have "become more luxurious, experimental and textural", Terrorizer heard an album "ambitious and adventurous", whilst Kerrang were bowled over by "melodrama, intimacy, grandeur, grace and big fucking riffs." RockARolla, bastions of taste at the experimental end of heavy music, emphasised how revered The Ocean currently are: "With Isis gone, no one has yet taken their place as intelligent and sensitive masters of post‐metal but, with this, there's no doubt that The Ocean are shoe‐ins for the title."
The latter's emphasis is fitting considering The Ocean recently toured a number of sell out shows with another master of post‐metal, Cult of Luna. The Mastodon reference is relevant after they invited The Ocean out for their summer tour dates, and the diversity on display is never more apparent when you consider tours in the past few years with Dillinger Escape Plan, Opeth and Anathema. The Ocean has an army of fans, and undoubtedly the respect of their peers.
Diverse elements are honed and perfected on 'Pelagial', and this ethos is at the heart of the touring package for The Ocean's headline European tour. For an album that treads a wild and creative path within and outside of the supposed boundaries of metal, Norway's SHINING could not be a more appropriate addition to the touring bill. Their new album 'One One One' was recently released and it's direct and pulsating approach is gathering the same kind of response that saw 2010's 'Blackjazz' get rave reviews all over the world, with contemporaries such as Danko Jones and Mike Portnoy writing pieces praising the band. If you've seen them live then you'll know how good they are; if you've not, you need to! Poland's TIDES FROM NEBULAmeanwhile have been mesmerising the underground and in 2013 they take a step up, releasing their new album via a brand new label. They bring postrock to this package, a welcome ingredient due to this genre touching aspects of 'Pelagial'. Finally, France's HACRIDE bring some serious, technical heaviness to the tour, as anyone who has heard their new album 'Back To Where You've Never Been' will testify.
03/10/13 - Germany, Dortmund, FZQ Freiseitzentrum West - WestEnd Festival
06/10/13 - Netherlends, Baarlo, JC Sjiwa - Progpower Europe
13/10/13 - Germany, Cologne, Essigfabrik - Euroblast Festival
w/ Shining, Tide from Nebula, Hacride
29/10/13 – Germany, Hamburg, Logo
30/10/13 – Netherlands, Haarlem, Patronaat
31/10/13 – Netherlands, Rotterdam, Baroeg
01/11/13 – United Kingdom, London, The Garage
03/11/13 – France, Paris, Divan du Monde
05/11/13 – Spain, Barcelona, Apolo 2
06/11/13 – Spain, Madrid, Caracol
07/11/13 – Portugal, Porto, Hard Club
09/11/13 – Italy, Turin, AudioDrome
10/11/13 – Italy, Rome, Traffic
11/11/13 – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Gala Hala
12/11/13 – Germany, Munich, Backstage Club
13/11/13 – Switzerland, Winterthur, Salzhaus
14/11/13 – France, Belfort, La Poudriere
15/11/13 – Germany, Essen, Zeche Carl
17/11/13 – Germany, Berlin, Lido
18/11/13 – Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
19/11/13 – Poland, Wroclaw, Alibi