Defining progressive excellence with compositional variety.
To rid ourselves of the pandemic-ridden year we're currently in, THE OCEAN are taking us to the Phanerozoic era with their 8th full-length, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic. Set to arrive on September 25th via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band's own Pelagic Records (vinyl), the record serves as a proper follow-up to the highly touted Phanerozoic I (2018).
Today, the band share the lead single Jurassic | Cretaceous, which features KATATONIA's Jonas Renkse, as a taste of what's to come. With soaring trumpets to lift you high and a guitar solo reminiscent to that of Adam Jones on TOOL's Schism, the track presents itself as a sample of the musical maelstrom present within Phanerozoic II.
THE OCEAN founder Robin Staps comments on the new record:
"'Phanerozoic II' is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics,. This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II."
Stream Jurassic | Cretaceous below and pre-order your copy of the record HERE.