German metal collective The Ocean find their inspiration and ambition far away from grinning skulls and bloody limbs. The sea, the soul and the universe are equally frightening when closely inspected.
On their magnum opus Pelagial (2013), The Ocean embarked on a musical and psychological journey from the surface of the sea and down into depths that the sun cannot reach. Their metallic suites combine Pink Floyd, Tool, Mastodon and Mogwai. This is symphonic and progressive maximalism in every sense of the word.
The band hasn’t looked back since.
In 2018 and 2020, they released a two-album sprawling concept album about different historical eras. Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic is perhaps the more straight-forward album whereas Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic/Cenozoic has a more experimental and eclectic approach. Everything remains heavy as hell – just as the subject matter is. It stands as a prophetic warning in an evolutionary allegory about the very survival of the human species.
The Ocean is epic, literary-minded metal that will make your body and your mind tremble. Dive on down.