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4.10 | 111 ratings | 9 reviews | 45% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Hadean / Archaean (22:03)
1. Hadean: The Long March of the Yes-Men (3:48)
2. Eoarchaean: The Great Void (4:45)
3. Paleoarchaean: Man & The Sea (2:46)
4. Mesoarchaean: Legions of Winged Octopi (5:20)
5. Neoarchaean: To Burn the Duck of Doubt (5:24)

CD 2 - Proterozoic (61:44)
6. Siderian (1:56)
7. Rhyacian: Untimely Meditations (10:57)
8. Orosirian: For the Great Blue Cold Now Reigns (6:29)
9. Statherian (5:57)
10. Calymmian: Lake Disappointment (8:18)
11. Ectasian: De Profundis (8:58)
12. Stenian: Mount Sorrow (8:19)
13. Tonian: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (7:18)
14. Cryogenian (3:32)

Total Time 83:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Robin Staps / guitars, percussion, vocals (7,11,12), co-producer
- Matt Beels / guitars
- Michael Pilat / bass, vocals (1-3,5,7,8,11,13)
- Torge Liessmann / drums, percussion

- Nico Webers / vocals (1-3,7,10,13)
- Mathias Buente "Meta" / vocals (1,5,7,8,10-13)
- Nate Newton / vocals (3,13)
- René Noçon / vocals (3,8,12,13)
- Jason Emry / vocals (3)
- Eric Kalsbeek / vocals (4)
- Caleb Scofield / vocals (8)
- Dwid Hellion / vocals (11)
- Jan Oberg / vocals (11)
- Tomas Halbom / vocals (12)
- Walid Farruque / guitar (2)
- Katharina Sellheim / piano (7,11-14)
- John Gürtler / saxophone (6)
- Christoph Von Der Nahmer / violin (7-9,13)
- Karina Suslov / viola (7-14)
- Stefan Heinemeyer / cello (7,9-12,14)
- Hannes Huefken / bass (9,13)
- Jonathan Heine / bass (11)
- Daniel Eichholz / glockenspiel (7-10,12)
- Jonas Olsson / tambourine (10,12,13)
- Tomas Svensson / additional samples (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Martin Kvamme

2CD Metal Blade Records ‎- 3984-14643-2 (2007, Germany)

3LP Pelagic Records ‎- PEL 006 (2008, Netherlands)

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THE OCEAN Precambrian ratings distribution

(111 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(45%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
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Review by sean
4 stars A double concept album relating to one of the earliest period's of the Earth's existence, this double album by Germany's The Ocean is an intriguing listen. The concept is strange in that lyrically, the topics tend to deal with mankind's materialism and is essentially a criticism of modern society, however the song titles are the names of different era's of Earth. Musically, there is quite the division between the two discs, where the first disc is more of a technical metal somewhat similar to Mastodon or Between the Buried and Me and the second disc is more atmospheric post-metal along the lines of isis or Giant Squid. The first disc also is essentially an EP, with five songs taking twenty two minutes. On this one, the aggression never relents, and it signifies the harshness of the Earth in it's formative stages with heavy riffing and screamed vocals. On the second disc, they mix this style with more atmospherics, which I think makes for a more intriguing listen. I do enjoy the first disc however, but I think the second is the perfect combination of styles for this band, where they mix the brutal death metal, post rock, some electronics, and symphonic elements. As a concept album, the tracks do flow together well and it is best to listen to the album as a whole. Not the greatest album ever recorded but it's definitely interesting and The Ocean is definitely doing something worthwhile and making interesting experimental heavy music.
Review by Conor Fynes
5 stars 'Precambrian' - The Ocean (9/10)

The word 'ocean' can bring deep images to ones mind; a vast expanse of water, stretching for miles upon miles without apparent end. The ocean is a sight of grandeur and overwhelming majesty.

Keeping this in mind, The Ocean's 'Precambrian' works in much the same way. It is a project of brilliant ambition and risk. Melding a very raw, heavy sound with more thoughtful post-rock tendancies, 'Precambrian' is musically contributed to by over 80 musicians, including an orchestra. It took Robin Staps (the composer) 3 years of his life to put together and arrange this monster.

'Precambrian' is composed of two discs; each portraying a different side of the band's musical leanings, and focusing each on different ends of the sonic spectrum. The first disc ('Hadean/Archean') is a 20 minute dose of raw power and energy, and is without a doubt the weaker side of the album. I've always considered the first disc to be a bonus EP of sorts, and not necessarily a representation of the album at all. It's best to think of 'Hadean/Archean' as a decent opening band before the mind-blowing headliner show. The first disc isn't that bad, but there's very little prog here, and the five songs on the EP sound all sound like each other. There are a few highlights in it (the opening riff of 'Neoarchean' for example) but it's not not really worth delegating a bunch of time to it. Based on the first disc alone, I would give 'Precambrian' a three star rating, give or take.

It is however, the second disc that really shines, and gives 'Precambrian' it's fair place in my heart and mind as a true masterpiece. From the first five seconds of the disc onwards, theres a definite feeling that this is not the sort of material that was found on the first disc. This is something different; and a very welcoming change at that. There are so many different instruments being used here, and different styles being thrown into the melting pot. The extended album introduction 'Siderian' has a saxophone solo, whereas the closer 'Cryogenian' is nothing less than an erudite classical composition with piano and cellos. Songs such as the album highlight 'Stenian' and 'Rhyacian' stand out as being the best put- together pieces on the album, being that they have the post-rock 'build-up' sensibility, but don't tarry too long on getting to where they need to go. Other songs like 'Calymmian' opt to take their time, and while it can detract from the song itself, the progression only benefits the work as a whole.

All in all, 'Precambrian' is possibly the most ambitious and shattering post-metal release of all time. It is a challenging, dense piece of music however, and can tak ea good while to completely delve into and explore the sonic landscape completely. The reward for doing so however, is well worth it. Five stars.

Review by Starhammer
2 stars "We've done two already and now we're steady..."

The Good: Neoarchaean. And some nice artwork.

The Bad: You know those lukewarm showers that go on forever and only heat up for a couple of seconds at a time to lure you into a false sense of hope... well German band The Ocean have turned that experience into a double album.

I heard these guys supporting Opeth along with Cynic a couple of years ago and my overbearing memory of the performance was trying to stop my trousers from falling down as a result of the earth-shattering double-bass drumming. Decided to check out their most celebrated material and after sitting through the full 83 minutes on multiple occasions I can only describe the experience as a chore. I'm no stranger to longer albums but a certain level of variation is necessary. What's on show here just seems incredibly generic.

The Verdict: Feels like 3,000 million years.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Precambrian offers up two distinct musical trips, with an overarching theme concerning the earliest phases of Earth's formation. Hadean/Archaean offers about 20 minutes of direct aggression; Proterozoic offers an hour of more contemplative atmospheric sludge metal veering into progressive rock or New Age music at points. The full 80 minute package is, to be honest, a bit of a chore to listen to - but break it up into its two component parts and select the piece which suits your current mood better, and the overall package is substantially improved. Let's say it's a three star album packaged with a four star album - but which is which will hinge on the tastes of the individual listener.

Latest members reviews

5 stars One of the best Post-Metal albums I've ever heard. The first CD is ok but the second CD is where it all really shines. Heavy riff sections, death metal vocals, trancelike keyboards, all packed into one. Precambrian is a double-CD album that features The Ocean showcasing all the skills (which are ... (read more)

Report this review (#2573722) | Posted by Gorgut Muncher | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Germany's The Ocean have established themselves in the upper echelons of modern progressive metal right alongside the likes of Haken and Between the Buried and Me. Their (very) slow ascent to greatness was kicked off with the release of this very record,Precambrian, a sprawling 2-disc epic conce ... (read more)

Report this review (#2447855) | Posted by ssmarcus | Monday, September 14, 2020 | Review Permanlink

5 stars What a sick album! Yes, this whole record is a ride and it's got some amazing things to offer. It's a long record, just so you know. That doesn't mean it's bad or even better than one that would be shorter. I'm just stating a fact. If you could see yourself liking a raw style that's still couple ... (read more)

Report this review (#1154429) | Posted by AgostinoScafidi | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A concept album album about the earliest period of earth. This German band doesn't play the "ordinary" Post-Metal, you would expect. I think it doesn't sound like Isis or Neurosis, for example. It is in some way harder and in another way more melodic than the other bands. This album is a double ... (read more)

Report this review (#276462) | Posted by Priamus | Monday, April 5, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This massive record is AMAZING. Prog Reviewer Moatilliatta suggested them to me and I bought this record. From his word, I was expecting something great, but not this great! The record is basically split in two halves. The heavy side and the not so heavy but the metal element is still there side. ... (read more)

Report this review (#195963) | Posted by Treasure | Monday, December 29, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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