When was the last time you saw a really good live glockenspiel performance? Cant recall, eh? Well, leave it to Germany the same country that worships David Hasselhoff to incorporate the noble instrument (which is basically a higher-pitched xylophone) into an experimental/progressive metal band.
No, were not talking about Rammstein, but rather The Ocean, a collective of more than 20 German musicians heavily influenced by classical music as well as technical metal/hardcore bands like Neurosis, The Refused, and Botch. The Oceans doomy guitar lines, threatening drum attacks, deep demonic vocals, and classical instrumentation make the band a strong candidate to write the soundtrack to a really bitchin version of hell. Like, the version where you are a masochist and Satan is played by one of the dead members of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
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Thu., June 12, 7 p.m., 2008