After two years of relentless touring in North America, Europe, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and Australia, The Ocean have resurfaced with what could be their deepest and most trailblazing piece of work to date, Pelagial. The album is a progressive musical journey that was written, recorded, mixed, and meant to be performed live as one single 53-minute piece of music. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden.
Pelagial comes as a double CD, including a vocal and an instrumental version of the album. Instrumental samples of tracks, as well as the limited vinyls, are up now on theoceancollective.com, which also serves to showcase the concept behind Pelagial, as well as divulging more information about the album. The CD version has been released in a 10-panel digipak with epic artwork by Seldon Hunt.
A full new song, as well as pre-orders, will be officially launched at metalblade.com/theocean on March 11th, 2013. Until then, fans can whet their appetites at theoceancollective.com/pelagial.
Concept of Pelagial, as described at theoceancollective.com
pe·la·gi·al [puh-ley-jee-uh l] – 1. Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters; such as, pelagic birds. 2. Living or growing at or near the surface of the ocean, far from land, as certain organisms. 3. Of or pertaining to the sea; marine
The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners will be further submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. In sync with diminishing light and increasing pressure as one dives or sinks deeper into the ocean, the album begins rather light and progressively gets heavier and slows as the band reaches the unfathomable depths of the hadopelagic zone, characterized by complete darkness and a thousandfold increased pressure as compared to surface level. What is remarkable about Pelagial is that this is not some detached conceptual idea; this can actually be heard and felt while listening to the album.
Pelagial is one continuous piece of music. The tracks, or episodes, are connected by interludes and underwater sounds and samples taken from old submarine movies, which give the album a menacing and claustrophobic Das Boot-kind of atmosphere. “There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks… some riffs appear in the first 2 minutes of the album and then reappear 30 minutes later,” comments Staps. It’s an experience that will reward repeated listens.
Read more about The Ocean’s Pelagial concept after the jump…