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The Ocean Premiere “Jurassic | Cretaceous”, New Album Due In September


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The Ocean have premiered their new single “Jurassic | Cretaceous” from their forthcoming album, “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic“. Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse lands his voice to this track. “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” was produced by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth) and will be released on September 25th through Metal Blade Records.

It serves as the second half of the band’s 2018 effort “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic“. Described as more progressive and experimental than its aforementioned counterpart, the band’s guitarist/vocalist Robin Staps stated of it:

“‘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.

The outcome is a record that is a real journey. It starts in one place, and concludes in a totally different place. In a way, it relates to 2013’s ‘Pelagial‘, which was similar in that it was also a journey: but a more guided, focused and predictable one. ‘Phanerozoic II‘ on the other hand is closer to the experience of free fall.”

As for the lyrical content, he offered:

“Though humanity is only a very recent phenomenon in the 541 million years history of the Phanerozoic eon, the lyrics are obviously written from a human perspective. They are following Nietzsche‘s philosophical idea of amor fati in the light of the larger themes of Eternal Recurrence, and the inevitability of an imaginary impending collision on a planetary scale, which are the two red threads that go through Phanerozoic I and II.”

Tomas Liljedahl (Breach) will also guest on the record on an unspecified track.

Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” track listing:

01 – “Triassic
02 – “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (feat. Jonas Renkse)
03 – “Palaeocene
04 – “Eocene
05 – “Oligocene
06 – “Miocene | Pliocene
07 – “Pleistocene
08 – “Holocene

Pre-orders are available here.

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