June 20, 2022

Fans of post-metal, progressive metal or riffs in general might be pleased to know that The Ocean will be returning to the UK and Ireland later this year on tour and they’ll be bringing Pelagic Records label mates LLNN and Playgrounded with them. Coalescing around a shared vision of limitless sonic exploration and relentless heaviness, The Ocean are undertaking a wider European tour. The band state,

“We’re stoked to take our pandemic album Phanerozoic II out on the road after all this downtime, some rescheduled shows and some new ones”, comments Staps. “With LLNN and Playgrounded we have 2 like-minded cutting edge bands on board that are ‘redefining heaviness’, to speak in Roadburn terms, not only by distorted guitars but also by their innovative use of electronics in heavy music.”

The Ocean (Collective) have gained a formidable reputation within the post rock, post metal and experimental hardcore scene with 9 studio albums in nearly 20 years. Simultaneously revered as one of the most devastating live bands in modern heavy music, the band became a regular fixture on the European festival circuit, appearing on metal festival bills of the likes of Hellfest, Wacken, Resurrection or Summer Breeze as much as on mainstream rock open airs like Roskilde, Dour, Pukkelpop, or Oya and tastemaker’s indoor boutique festivals like Roadburn or Dunk! Over the course of their storied career, The Ocean have toured Europe, North & South America, Australia and Asia with bands such as Opeth, Mastodon, Mono, Cult Of Luna, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend. The band’s own Pelagic Records has become one of the world’s leading labels for post-rock and post-metal, with a catalogue of over 200 physical releases since 2009.

Over the last two decades, The Ocean have been in a perpetual state of evolution, releasing a steady succession of groundbreaking and acclaimed albums that have all sought to push heavy music forward, embracing the cerebral and the primal in equal measure. In September of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, the Berlin-based collective released the eagerly-awaited concluding episode of the Phanerozoic journey: and even without any touring to support the release, Phanerozoic II entered the official German album charts at #9, making it the first Top 10 album in the history of the band.

Divided into two sections – Mesozoic and Cenozoic – Phanerozoic II once again showcases the detail and depth that have become two of the band’s most enduring trademarks. While ostensibly delving into the extraordinary realities of the Earth’s shifting temporal tides, main writer and guitarist Robin Staps and his comrades have long drawn hazy parallels between their chosen subjects and the emotional experiences that their music strives to convey. Phanerozoic II is essentially an album about time, with some very poignant and pointed allusions to the modern world woven into the new music’s spiritual fabric.

“complex, overwhelming and mercilessly tight” – Kerrang!

“a Teutonic paean to Earth’s geology” – Revolver

The Ocean will be joined by Copenhagen’s LLNN who dropped Unmaker last fall, an album that is a stupefyingly unforgiving affair: abrasive and vile, at times effervescent and escharotic, and finally absolutely smothering, suffocating, terminal.

Completing the bill are Playgrounded. Hailing in equal parts from Greece & the Netherlands, Playgrounded have exploded onto the scene this spring with their sophomore album „The death of Death”, a stunningly heavy and melancholic album which shows the band in full flux, experimenting with distorted guitars and complex rhythmical arrangements as well as with influences from contemporary electronic music.  Playgrounded analyse and take apart their surroundings, reducing reality to its smallest components, and subsequently converting them into sound to create a new platform – a representation of reality from which they build their artistic vision. 


Tickets are on sale now.

THE OCEAN, LLNN, PLAYGROUNDED

24/08 – NL Rotterdam, Baroeg

25/08 – UK Brighton, Patterns 

26/08 – UK London, 229 

27/08 – UK Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms 

28/08 – UK Birmingham, 02 Academy 3

29/08 – UK Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

30/08 – UK Glasgow, Slay 

01/09 – UK Cork, Cyprus Avenue

02/09 – UK Dublin, Whelans

03/09 – UK Manchester, Club Academy 

04/09 – UK Leeds, Key Club 

05/09 – UK Bristol, The Fleece 

06/09 – FR Lille, The Black Lab 

07/09 – BE Brussels, Botanique 

08/09 – NL Zwolle, Hedon

09/09 – DE Bremen, Hellseatic

10/09 – DK Copenhagen, Pumpehuset 

11/09 – DK Aalborg, 1000Fryd 

12/09 – NO Stavanger, Folken 

13/09 – NO Bergen, Landmark

14/09 – NO Oslo, Bla

15/09 – SE Stockholm, Hus7

17/09 – FI Helsinki, On The Rocks 

18/09 – EE Tallinn, Sveta 

20/09 – PL Warsaw, Progresja 

21/09 – PL Wroclaw, Akademia 

22/09 – AT Vienna, Szene23/09 – SK Bratislava, Randal 

24/09 – RO Cluj-Napoca, Form Space 

25/09 – RO Bucharest, Quantic 

26/09 – BU Sofia, Mixtape5 

27/09 – GR Thessaloniki, Principal

28/09 – GR Athens, Temple 

30/09 – HR Zagreb, Mochvara 01/10 – HU Budapest, Akvarium 02/10 – CZ Prague, Underdogs 

a taster from last year