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The Ocean To Release New Album “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” In November, Debut “Permian: The Great Dying”


The first half of The Ocean‘s separately released “Phanerozoic” double album will hit stores on November 02nd through Metal Blade. It will be titled “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic” with its other half planned to land in 2020. The band tracked the drums for the effort with producer Julien Fehlmann at Sigur Ros‘ own Sundlaugin Studios in Iceland with the rest of the sessions taking place under the band’s Robin Staps in Berlin, Germany.

Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) was brought on to mix the effort, which in addition to a guest brass section, cellist, pianist and more, also sports a guest appearance from Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse on the track “Devonian: Nascent“.

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As for the heady concept of the album itself, it refers to the Phanerozoic eon, a 541 million year period that leads to the present state of earth’s evolution, while also focusing in on “Nietzsche‘s concept that everything happens over and over again, an infinite amount of times throughout infinite time and space”, according to Staps. He further explained:

“When you look at Earth’s history you find a lot of evidence for this: continents have collided and drifted apart across the oceans and collided again, life nearly disappeared various times but then resurged again… this album is essentially about time, perception of time, and repetition. It is about coming to terms with the fact that there are things in life which will recur and which we cannot change and finding ways of dealing with that.”

The band have debuted a first song titled “Permian: The Great Dying” from the effort and revealed that it references an event where 95% of all life on earth was wiped out. Staps weighed in further on that: “When you hear the term ‘mass extinction’, everyone thinks of meteors and dying dinosaurs… but what happened at the end of the Permian was not related to any pieces of rock falling from the sky.”

Staps himself subscribes to a theory that an increase in volcanic activity caused a global warming effect, which led to mass extinction event, further offering:

“We are now looking at an increase of temperature by about 4° by the end of the century, and the former worst case scenario has now become the proclaimed goal. The same increase in global temperatures which happened at the end of the Permian over the course of several hundreds of thousands of years, is very likely to happen in just over 100-200 years now.”

“Looking at the Phanerozoic makes you realize that even without human impact, Earth has the power and potential to wipe out humanity in its entirety, at any given moment in time. The causes for the global warming which led to The Great Dying were not human-made, but I don’t see any reason to assume that the results of the current human-made warming would not be similarly devastating. Literally everything died at the end of the Permian, even insects didn’t survive.”

Pre-orders for the album are available now at, while you can check out the cover art and track listing below:

The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

01 – “The Cambrian Explosion
02 – “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence
03 – “Ordovicium: The Glaciation Of Gondwana
04 – “Silurian: Age Of Sea Scorpions
05 – “Devonian: Nascent” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia)
06 – “The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse
07 – “Permian: The Great Dying

As previously reported, the band have this European/UK tour with Rosetta & Årabrot booked in support of the effort.

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