All preorders of The Ocean - The Grand Inquisitor 10" went out yesterday and today. You can expect to receive your parcel within the next 1-15 days, depending on where you live...

For all those who didn't have luck with the first version, there WILL be  a 2nd pressing of the 10", but it may be a little while...

ABRAHAM have started recording their follow-up album to “An Eye on the Universe”

Abraham have started recording their follow-up album to "An Eye on the Universe". Drum takes are done, recorded at Wood Studio in Lausanne, for a nice warm wooden sound. Vocals, guitars and a new secret instrument (not used on the previous record) will be recorded during night time in March - when the bureaucrats below Abraham's studio leave the office to return to their comfortable slippers… depressive ambiance guaranteed! Check Abraham's facebook page for studio pics and videos.

The album will be mixed and mastered by the grand Magnus Lindberg. No need to say the band is stoked to work with the alchemist of so many great records!

The album will consist of 8 new tracks. Lyrics are loosely adapted from the short story The Chronoception by J.-G. Rawl.

That's all we can say for the time being. Please stay tuned for more details, album & song titles, release date, etc.

Pelagic Records release Hypno5e – Acid Mist Tomorrow

With their 2nd studio album „Acid Mist tomorrow“, French metal experimentalists HYPNO5E create a unique musical realm. You could call it „ambient metal“ or „fusion metal“; there is the airy playfulness of modern day′s CYNIC in their songwriting, but the melodic, mellow side is only half of the picture. The other side is dark and crushingly heavy, but the airy serenity always comes back at one point: this is what makes „Acid Mist Tomorrow“ so interesting and captivating.

After 2 full US tours and more than 200 shows alongside bands such as GOJIRA and even ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, HYPNO5E are no longer just a „French phenomenon“. The 4-piece′s live shows display a holistic approach to the arts: with video projections and conceptual lighting being an integral part of the spectacle, HYPNO5E create a mesmerizing atmosphere that sucks the listener into their dark cosmos. The band was recently seen supporting legendary fusion metallers CYNIC across Europe.

THE OCEAN – Firmament Above Russia Tour 2012


23.02.2012 Saint-Petersburg @ Avrora
24.02.2012 Moscow @ Plan B
25.02.2012 Nizhniy Novgorod @ Wizard
26.02.2012 Kazan @ Zheltaya Kofta
27.02.2012 Izhevsk @ TBA
29.02.2012 Yekaterinburg @ Art House
03.03.2012 Krasnoyarsk @ Era
04.03.2012 Tomsk @ Mayak
05.03.2012 Novosibirsk @ Lebovskiy
07.03.2012 Tumen @ Plan-k-Tone
08.03.2012 Chelyabinsk @ Garage
09.03.2012 Samara @ Podval
10.03.2012 Penza @ Zahvat
11.03.2012 Saratov @ Varite
12.03.2012 Voronezh @ Tarantul
13.03.2012 Rostov @ Podzemka
15.03.2012 Kharkov @ Zhara
16.03.2012 Dnepropetrovsk @ Papa Protiff
17.03.2012 Kiev @ Xleb
18.03.2012 Lvov @ Rock Garage
19.03.2012 Minsk @ Re:Public

THE OCEAN and all our 3 side-projects confirmed for Asymmetry Fest !

THE OCEAN and all our 3 side-projects
confirmed for Asymmetry Fest !

If The Ocean alone is not enough for you, you should consider visiting Asymmetry Festival - we will be performing there along with our 3 side-projects EARTHSHIP (Robin), COILGUNS (Jona, Luc + Louis) and K U N Z (Luc + Louis).


This lineup speaks for itself... Asymmetry is a small indoor boutique festival in the beautiful city of Wrozlaw, Poland, only 4 hours from Berlin. These guys are dedicated to bringing challenging music to Poland, and are guided by the same motives and aesthetics as us with Friction Fest here in Berlin.

See you at Asymmetry Festival, on May 3rd - 5th 2012!

Pelagic Records release ltd. THE OCEAN - THE GRAND INQUiSITOR 10" EP - feat. previously unreleased track

THE GRAND INQUISITOR is a 10" vinyl E.P. featuring the 3 "Grand Inquisitor" - tracks from current album "Anthropocentric", as well as the 4th, previously unreleased chapter entitled "The Grand Inquisitor IV - Exclusion From Redemption". This 7-minutes track is thematically completing the "Grand Inquisitor" - series, which makes reference to the
chapter of the same title in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamasov.

The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor finds Christ in medieval Seville during the Spanish Inquisition, healing the sick and raising the dead. He is captured and sentenced to be burned at the stake. The Grand Inquisitor, who questions Christ, views his presence as an encroachment in his own work: by rejectingthe Devil's 3 temptations, the grand inquisitor argues, Christ is consciously and willingly depriving humanity of happiness - for the sake of freedom, which entails suffering.

The grand inquisitor, representing the church, claims to have “corrected Thy work, and founded it upon miracle, mystery, and authority”; corresponding to the three temptations
of the Devil – under the false guise of Christ himself. Humanity is not meant to ever be free, the grand inquisitor argues. By denying man freedom, him and his church are providing for his happiness.

The lyrics of "The Grand Inquisitor IV - Exclusion From Redemption" make reference
to the grand inquisitor's ideas and to his fierce speech about Christ's naive notion of
humanity and his uncompassionate ideal of freedom.

Two different artists visualized the grand inquisitor for us: Dawid Piprek from Berlin and Chris Smith from Pittsburgh.The result showcases the individual artists' very different take on the subject: Piprek's stark pencil-drawing captures the smug, authoritative gesture of the grand inquisitor, holding his hands over the cathedral of Seville.

Smith's coloured approach, in contrast, depicts the inquisitor as a hermit, who, much like jesus, went out to the wilderness himself, before wising up: "I too have been in the wilderness, I too lived on roots and locusts, I too prized the freedom with which Thou hast blessed us… But I awakened and would not serve madness."


artwork by Chris Smith

  • 2-colour-split vinyl (brown / clear)
  • lavish double-sided 6-colour silk-screen print on thick 650 (!) g natural cardboard
    (typical vinyl gatefold cardboard is 300 g), including 3 special metallic inks (brass, gold and brown).
  • lyrics printed on back-side - strictly limited to 151 hand-numbered copies
  • comes with download coupon for "The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption"


artwork by Dawid Piprek

  • 2-colour-split vinyl (brown / clear)
  • rasterized double-sided 1-colour silk-screen print on thick 2-coloured cardboard
    (frontside grey, backside white)
  • logo silk-screened in 2 extra print-runs onto the PVC overbags!
  • strictly limited to 151 hand-numbered copies
  • comes with download coupon for "The Grand Inquisitor IV: Exclusion From Redemption"

The EP is strictly limited to 302 hand-numbered copies. The covers have been silk-screen printed by hand. Every piece is unique. Both versions come with a unique download coupon for the unreleased track. The track will not be available elsewhere. Support artists by buying music and artwork as physical product.

pre-order your copy now at

Below some pictures that show the stages of the silk-screening process.
It was great fun, props to Olli for doing an amazing job with this challenging project!!!