The Ocean, the progressive and post-metal band, is set to release their new album “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” on September 25th through Metal Balde Records (CD / digital) and the band´s Pelagic Records (vinyl). Such album will conclude the Phanerozoic journey initiated by the band’s previous record, with a bolder, more experimental, darker, and more progressive musical direction.
The result is a daring musical journey that explores the concept of time, brilliantly developed through the parallelisms between modern life and the extinction events that occurred during the Phanerozoic eon. “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,” notes Staps. “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 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.”
Sonic Perspectives contributor Brian Masso got the chance to talk with Robin Staps, guitarist, and mastermind of The Ocean. They discuss about how “Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic” turned out to be a more collaborative effort by the band, how musically this second installment of the Phanerozoic journey differs from “Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic”, the philosophical theme of eternal recurrence portrayed through the new album, the musical and conceptual differences between the Mesozoic and Cenozoic sections, how they come with the unique deluxe edition box-set which includes authentic fossils, among other topics.
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