THE OCEAN's highly anticipated triple-DVD release, "Collective Oblivion," will be released one month later than originally planned. Fans will be able to buy their copies in stores and on-line on Decmber 10th. Additionally, THE OCEAN's European tour with Shining, Tides From Nebula, and Hacride began yesterday and will be the final tour featuring drummer Luc Hess and Jona Nido.
And update from THE OCEAN:
"As most of you will already know by now, Luc and Jona are leaving the band at the end of this tour. They have given us fair notice of their departure in June this year, so that we would have enough time to find replacements."
Luc Hess comments:
"I'm getting to this point where i feel like everything I could bring to this band, i already have. And everything I learned music-wise from it can't go any further. This is a tough decision, but i've been thinking this through since a while already. I have no regrets at all, it was most certainly one of the best experiences I've ever lived, and I am more than happy we've been through this together. I feel very thankful and grateful that you guys trusted me and shared these moments over the last 5 years."
Jona Nido comments:
"There are obviously a ton of reasons for that to happen now. These include artistic divergence, full-time commitment to a project that isn't 100% fulfilling anymore and other stuff like not wanting to deal with certain aspects/restrictions of what an established/touring act requires for its production and also the way things are generally working, especially on a personal level."
Robin Staps continues:
"These guys have dedicated the time of their lives to playing live with this band, and I am grateful for sharing what has always been essentially my own vision of this band with me for almost 6 years. Jona has written great songs for "Anthropocentric", and Luc has coined and personalized the sound of this band with his hard-hitting, creative approach to drumming. But over the past 2 years of intense touring, we have grown apart as musicians and as people, and it has gotten to a point where it was unfulfilling for everyone involved.
"A divorce usually hurts, but it always also opens up new horizons. We are happy to announce that Paul Seidel will be the new drummer in The Ocean. Paul is currently playing in War From A Harlot's Mouth, who are going on indefinite hiatus at the end of the year, as well as in Dioramic and Wassbass. He also gives drum lessons in Berlin and knows from the experience with his own bands what it's like to tour America, Europe and Australia. To get a taste of Paul's drumming, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaX1KWPtHLg
"This clip only represents a small fraction of Paul repertoire and abilities. We have only had 3 rehearsals with Paul so far, but it has clicked from the beginning both on a musical and personal level. I would have never thought that I could find another drummer who plays at the same level as Luc, but now I am sure that Paul will not only follow in Luc's footsteps, but also stray from the path and bring new, exciting things to the table. I always knew that Paul was a machine who wouldn't struggle with fast stuff like in 'Disequilibrated' or 'The Wish In Dreams', but watching him enjoy playing some of the slow and calm songs with so much feeling and energy really made me aware of how awesome and versatile a drummer he really is. Paul was the only drummer we auditioned, and after we did, there was no desire to try out anyone else."
Paul Seidel adds:
"I'm very pleased to officially announce, that I'll be joining forces with THE OCEAN. I am glad, both musically and on a personal scale, to walk new paths and broaden my horizon. My personal approach has always been to overcome genre boundaries as well as stereotypes, to swim against the current and to play or enjoy music apart from conventional habits. THE OCEAN have ever since implemented a conceptual urge in the context of progressive music and have never been afraid to dare to experiment. Therefore, I am more than looking forward to getting creative and contribute my part to the art of THE OCEAN."