When was the last time you saw a really good live glockenspiel performance? Can’t 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, we’re 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 Ocean’s 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.

Thu., June 12, 7 p.m., 2008
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Adriane Goetz