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The Ocean To Release New Album “Holocene” In May


May 19th has been set as the release date for the tenth studio album from German post-metal collective The Ocean. News of the record follows last month’s debut of a new single, “Preboreal“.

The new effort is titled “Holocene” and is expected to close out the paleontology-inspired concept that has run throughout the course of their discography. A statement issued by the group earlier today, February 06th, reads:

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“We will release our new, 10th studio album ‘Holocene‘ on May 19.

Despite a heavy year of touring, we found the time to complete our new album and after a long odyssey of getting it mixed & mastered (which we will tell you all about when the time comes), we couldn’t be more happy with it. Holocene adds a closing chapter to our palaeontology-inspired album series, and presents a gear shift towards electronic realms while exploring new depths of heaviness at the same time.

Phanerozoic II ended with a track titled ‘Holocene‘, and that was pointing in the direction of things to come, both conceptually and musically. The track Holocene ends abruptly and yet connects seamlessly with the beginning of the new album, the synths of opener ‘Preboreal‘, which we released as the first single off the album 2 weeks ago. This is only the very beginning of a journey which once more will end in a very different place than where it began…

Holocene‘ is an appendix to the 2 Phanerozoic albums and Precambrian, or the final and concluding chapter, making it a quadrilogy if you want so. It’s tackling the Holocene epoch, which is the current and shortest chapter in earth’s history, but it is essentially an album about the angst, alienation, loss of reason and critical thinking, rise of conspiracy theories and deconstruction of values in the modern age.

While creeping deeper into our own musical DNA, we have made an album that came out more intimate and captivating than previous ones. An album with which we challenged our writing routine, an album that we didn’t foresee coming, but one that we are immensely proud of. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Preorder starts February 14th via Pelagic Records
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