The Ocean Concert Preview
(Support: Shining, Hacride, Tides From Nebula)
A concept album about the Precambrian period. Two about Christian fundamentalism and the geocentric worldview. Now, comes their latest offering “Pelagial”, one about different depth layers in the open sea, coupled with a metaphorical descent into the human psyche inspired by Russian movie maker Andrey Tarkovsky. The concepts that Berlin based 5 piece The Ocean tackle in their work is everything but easily comprehensible. Which, incidentally, is also true of their music. A dense blend of Post-Metal, Sludge, Progressive, Post-Hardcore and Classical music that is at the same time incredibly complex and interesting, while never losing a certain accessibility. Now try to imagine all of that live, on a stage. Add dark blue lights, illuminating five black silhouettes from behind, and a visual projection on a screen behind the drums, turn the volume up to eleven – then you have a rough idea of what it feels like to be at The Ocean’s concerts. Let me tell you: it’s brilliant.
Luckily you don’t actually have to imagine it though, because The Ocean is coming to Hamburg and will play a show at LOGO next Tuesday, 29 October.
Support acts are Shining, Hacride (both fantastic prog-metal outfits, from Norway and France respectively) and Tides From Nebula, a Polish post-rock instrumental combo.
They round out the offering nicely. Where Shining brings a slight Jazzy bend into the mix, Hacride pulls from 90’s and early 2000’s (Neo-)Thrash, and Tides From Nebula bathes in their own lush meadow of atmospheric soundscapes.
If you have even a passing interest in modern progressive Metal, you should definitely put on your metal hat and come to see this exciting potpourri of guitar mistreatment. And bring an open mind, because The Ocean is going to fill it to the brim. If you cannot make it, however, no reason to fret: I will tell you all about it in an upcoming review.
Tickets are 16,80€ in advance sale, the prices at the box office on Tuesday are not confirmed.
Doors at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm.