The Ocean Collective (often referred to by fans simply as The Ocean) are a band from Germany that has been releasing albums for a few years now. From what I have read, they have gone through numerous lineup changes before settling on the current contingent of musicians they operate with today. They began as an instrumental group, then added vocals on recent albums, however, to some fans dismay. They solidified the lineup we can currently enjoy in 2009, and subsequently released 2 full length albums in 2010; “Heliocentric” on April 9th, and “Anthropocentric” on November 9th.
I was originally drawn in by the song “She Was the Universe” off of Anthropocentric. It was the first song that played on their MySpace page. Its heaviness is nicely woven with the dark melodies of the clean vocals. Both new albums act the same way, and over the last 2 days I have listened to them exclusively, and the textures of each song continue to shine through with each new listen. If I had to compare them to anyone, I imagine this is what it would sound like if Thrice and Mastodon produced musical offspring.
Check out their MySpace page to hear some of the songs, www.myspace.com/theoceancollective, then go get both of these albums and play them as loud as possible. I promise that this will not let you down.