Concert Review: Katatonia, The Ocean, and Cellar Darling, 11.10.2022


My last show in 2022, and perhaps for quite some time looking ahead, certainly was a good one. When Katatonia announced a run of North American shows with support from my favorite band in The Ocean Collective, as well as Cellar Darling, I knew that was something I simply couldn’t miss, no matter what else was going on in the world. Well, it turns out I put that stance to the test. The November 10 date at the Worcester Palladium fell in the middle of an unexpected move from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the heart of the White Mountains. Regardless, the long journey on a work night proved more than worth it, and offered a rewarding break from all of life’s other forms chaos. It’s not often an opportunity to photograph two of your favorite bands on the same night emerges, and this experience was certainly one to remember for some time.

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Concert Review: The Ocean and Leprous, 3.23.2022

The pandemic had robbed us of the joys of going to a concert, but with some regulations in force — such as masking and providing proof of vaccination — tours have finally resumed. When I heard that The Ocean was coming into town as support for Leprous on their North American tour, I decided to go, everything else be damned. Given that these bands had both placed high in my EOY lists over the last few years, I was excited (if not a little anxious) to go and see them. I had high expectations for a great show, and — spoiler alert! — they delivered.

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Concert Review: The Ocean and Leprous, 3.8.2022

It sure does feel good to be here again! For some reason I can’t quite put my finger on what caused my extended departure from the concert world, but having just eclipsed the two year mark since my last show, the time finally came. Truthfully, it would be hard to pick a better situation for such a return. After Phanerozoic I and Phanerozoic II both topped my lists in their respective release years, it is just too perfect that the first live performance I’ve caught in what feels like an eon was, in fact, The Ocean. And yes, that geologic time scale reference was intentional. Better still, this date at the Brighton Music Hall was headlined by Leprous, who finally got their hooks in me after an absolutely mesmerizing performance. Let’s dive into the festivities.

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CANTO: The Ocean, Der Weg einer Freiheit, Eight Bells, and More

The Ocean

Finally a tour I will, without any doubt, attend in the near future.

  • And that, of course, is The Ocean, who are finally returning to the U.S. in March. They have a run of shows with Leprous starting on March 1st and continuing through April 2nd. No idea when tickets go on sale, but either way I will be buying many of them. I’m excited.
  • More out of Germany! Der Weg einer Freiheit are streaming Noktvrn in full over at the Season of Mist YouTube channel ahead of its release. I mean, it drops on Friday, only a couple days away. But it’s an incredible album and you should be excited to get it a little early.
  • Eight Bells have signed on with Prophecy Productions for the release of their third full-length album. That should be out sometime in 2022, but we can also look forward to a reissue of their existing catalog. Good stuff on the horizon.
  • Drowse dropped a cover of Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed” today, and that feels like a thing worth checking out. So… here you go! That’s from a nu metal covers compilation from The Flenser titled Send the Pain Below, which you can grab on vinyl through their Series Three membership.
  • And we’ll close some Roadburn Redux material from last year. Horte shared footage of “Valoa on liikaa” today, and you can watch it below. That track is taken from Maa antaa yön vaientaa, which dropped on August 27th through Pelagic Records.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Ocean Collective, Lamb of God, Erdve, and More

The Ocean

This week tapered off in a very strange way.

  • Very exciting news emerging from my favorite band today. The Ocean have announced a live stream event in which they will be performing Phanerozoic I in it’s entirety. That event takes place on March 25th. Better news still? They have TWO new albums ready to be recorded.
  • H2O have teamed up with Liquid Death for a new streaming experience. Live At Toby’s House takes place on February 26th at 8:00 PM EST. That fact that this is taking place in the front man’s home is pretty freaking awesome/hilarious. Snag a ticket here if you’re intrigued by such a concept.
  • So there’s another unique streaming event I feel compelled to share today. Extreme hardcore crew Erdve will be sharing a virtual performance filmed at Lukiškės Prison in Vilnius, Lithuania. The footage was captured last September, and the premiere is scheduled for February 27th. Here is the event link. This should be a good one.
  • We’ll close with the new video from Lamb of God for “Ghost Shaped People”. That was a track taken from the upcoming deluxe version of their self-titled album. Give it a watch below, and scoop up the latest version of that record here… if you’re interested. It officially drops on March 26th.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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