Since 2001, Germany’s leading post-metal act THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE (Metal Blade Records) have released 7 albums and have played more than 1.000 shows in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Russia. The band had a strong European festival summer of 2014 (Roskilde, Wacken, With Full Force, Summer Breeze, Graspop etc) and a successful headlining tour in the US, with sold out shows in NYC, D.C. and San Francisco. The band has toured with OPETH, MASTODON, ANATHEMA (in Europe), BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, DEVIN TOWNSEND (in the US) and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN (Europe & US), and they have been part of 2013’s Summer Slaughter Tour in the States. On their own headlining tours, The Ocean have been supported by bands like RED FANG, INTRONAUT, KYLESA and SHINING.
In October 2015, THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE released a split EP with Japanese post rock legends MONO. The release of the split EP „Transcendental“ was supported by an extended European tour with MONO, THE OCEAN and SOLSTAFIR.
The band’s latest album ‘Pelagial’ (2013), „a filmic ode to shifting moods, dichotomous influences and the musical personification of sinking towards the planet’s deepest underwater points“ (ROCK SOUND), has been received with open arms and ears across the globe – this is a band that are becoming widely regarded as leaders within their genre. METAL SUCKS declared that The Ocean have “never written more intriguing music” in their 5/5 review. SPIN recognised the band’s diversity with “Mastodon‐ shaped footprints, lush strings… [before] the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos”. DECIBEL noted a band who have “become more luxurious, experimental and textural”, TERRORIZER heard an album “ambitious and adventurous”, whilst KERRANG were bowled over by “melodrama, intimacy, grandeur, grace and big fucking riffs.” ROCK A ROLLA, bastions of taste at the experimental end of heavy music, emphasised how revered The Ocean currently are: “With Isis gone, no one has yet taken their place as intelligent and sensitive masters of post‐ metal but, with this, there’s no doubt that The Ocean are shoe‐ ins for the title.”