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The Ocean (a.k.a. The Ocean Collective) is a progressive metal band started in 2001 in Berlin, Germany by guitarist Robin Staps. However, the first stable line-up was formed only in 2009 during recording sessions of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.

As for 2013, 4 of 5 band members are from Switzerland, while its founder continues to live in Berlin. In addition, Chris Breuer, a touring bass player who also made a recording appearance on Pelagial, is a citizen of Berlin too. Read more on

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Sunday Slaylist: Hevy Festival 2014

July 20th, 2014

Hevy Festival 2014 Sunday Slaylist Thrash Hits

There’s just over a month to go until Hevy Festival 2014 marks the festival’s return to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park down in Kent. After – let’s be honest, a fairly disasterous turn of events in 2013 that saw the festival cancelling and taking a year off – the festival is back, with a new focus and energy behind it. It might not have the size or chequebook to match Download or Sonisphere, but the return of Hevy to the UK festival calendar is definitely something we can get behind – which is why this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is all about their 2014 line-up.

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Interview: “They also cut out a live snake’s heart and ate it while it was still beating” – The Ocean on tour in Asia

October 1st, 2013

The Ocean 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

Back in April, The Ocean released their latest concept album, Pelagial, and pretty much ever since they’ve been off all over the world tour. We sent Tom Gibbons down to check out the Hong Kong show of the Asian leg of their world tour last month, and got him to sit down with The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps afterwards for a Tsing Tao and a chat.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2013

September 22nd, 2013

Damnation Festival 2013 Thrash Hits

It’s just a few short weeks away now – Damnation Festival 2013 is (once again) going to be the heavy music event of the Winter here in the UK. We’re going to be heading up to Leeds University in force come 02 November, but until then, we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist to hype us up for what’s (once again) one of the best one-dayer metal fest line-ups the UK has ever seen.

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Live: The Ocean @ Hong Kong Hidden Agenda – 04 September 2013

September 12th, 2013

The Ocean 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

The Ocean have had a bit of a tumultuous year. Fresh from taking part in the Summer Slaughter tour (where they butted heads with Sumerian Records boss and tour founder, Ash Avildsen), they’ve carried on with their world tour. Our man out East, Tom Gibbons, caught them when they swung by his manor in Hong Kong.

6 things we learned watching The Ocean in Hong Kong…

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TOUR DIARY PART 2: Lo! drive across Europe with The Ocean and Cult of Luna

June 2nd, 2013


Aussie metallers Lo! have been touring Europe with German experimental metallers, The Ocean and Swedish post-metal pioneers, Cult Of Luna for the past couple of weeks. Bassist, Adrian Shapiro has been writing a tour diary about driving, eating, drinking and sleeping. Here’s part 2 of his journal (and here’s part 1, for anyone needing to catch up)

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Photos & Live: earthtone9 + The Ocean + maybeshewill + Humanfly @ London Highbury Garage – 22 May 2011

May 28th, 2011

earthtone9 promo photo 2011 Thrash Hits

Even though we’re unapologetic fanboys of earthtone9, we’ll still admit that it was with some trepidation that we headed down to Highbury to catch the final date of the band’s first full tour since we broke the news of their reformation in May last year. It’s been a fair few years since earthtone9 were among the ranks of the UK’s premier road-dogs – do they still have the stamina to endure life in a van? We sent Hugh Platt along to find out, with Paul Caudell and his camera on hand to take care of the pictures.

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