Post metal legends The Ocean bring with them news of their upcoming eighth album, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, which is due for release September 25th via Metal Blade Records and the band’s own Pelagic Records. The first single, “Jurassic | Cretaceous” (feat. Jonas Renkse of Katatonia), can be heard below.

In 2018, The Ocean released Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic – the first half of a sprawling but superbly cohesive paleontology concept album. Now, the group is ready to release the eagerly-awaited concluding parts of the Phanerozoic journey.  In contrast with the compositional directness of Phanerozoic I, the new album, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, is a vastly more progressive and perverse piece of work.

Guitarist Robin Staps notes:

“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. 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 2013’s “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.

Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic track-listing:

1. Triassic
2. Jurassic | Cretaceous
3. Palaeocene
4. Eocene         
5. Oligocene
6. Miocene | Pliocene
7. Pleistocene
8. Holocene

Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic is due for release September 25th via Metal Blade and Pelagic Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.


Wales based writer with a love for the heavy, weird, and progressive.

Write A Comment