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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

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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

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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

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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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Live: Coilguns, Earthship, Hush + Cult Cinema @ London Star of Kings – 04 April 2012

April 10th, 2012

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When we interviewed Coilguns over Christmas, we ended up talking about raping a donkey. When we reviewed their new EP earlier this year, we ended up describing it as “[not] so much an EP as it is an exploding pressure valve”. And so when Coilguns came to London to play a show in a dark and cramped basement venue, we sent Hugh Platt along to experience the full fear this sideproject from The Ocean could cause.

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EP: Coilguns – Stadia Rods

March 13th, 2012

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Coilguns
Stadia Rods
Dead Dead Dead Music
15 March 2012

by Hugh Platt

One of the most maddening things about people’s reactions to side-projects – particularly those involving members of their favourite bands – it’s that people get the huff when said side-projects don’t sound like the band that they’re a side project of. So if you’re expecting Coilguns, a splinter faction of half the current members of The Ocean, to release records that mirror the deep, pulsating progressive post-metal/math experimentalism of their parent band – music that require contemplation, chin-stroking, and overly-wordy genre description on two-bit metal blogs – then you’re going to be disappointed.

Stadia Rods isn’t that kind of record. This isn’t so much an EP as it is an exploding pressure valve.

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