MONO & The Ocean will release a split EP titled Transcendental on October 23, 2015 via Pelagic Records, the label owned by Ocean mastermind Robin Staps. The split runs for 24 minutes despite having just two tracks, and marks the beginning of the union of some of Japan and Germany’s most well-respected and longest-running metal bands — along with Iceland’s kings of atmosphere, Sólstafir — who all head out on an extensive European tour together starting later this week.

MetalSucks is incredibly stoked to premier The Ocean’s contribution to the split, the sprawling, expansive, progressive and magnificently Ocean-ian jam “The Quiet Observer.” It’s everything you want from a song by The Ocean, with nooks and crannies that’ll reveal themselves on repeated listens and peaks and valleys that’ll take you up, down and everywhere in between. The track marks the recorded debut of drummer Paul Seidel and guitarist Damian Murdoch, and features contributions from cellist Dalai Theofilopoulou and piano player Vincent Membrez, who contributed to The Ocean’s latest album Pelagial.

Stream the track below, and pre-order the split on vinyl or CD. Get tour dates for MONO + The Ocean + Sólstafir here or below the player.

12.10.2015 DK Aarhus Voxhall
13.10.2015 NO Oslo Vulkan Arena
14.10.2015 SE Stockholm Debaser Medis
16.10.2015 FI Turku Klubi
17.10.2015 FI Helsinki The Circus
18.10.2015 RU St. Petersburg Zal Ozhidaniya
19.10.2015 RU Moscow Volta
21.10.2015 LT Vilnius New York
22.10.2015 PL Warsaw Proxima
23.10.2015 DE Berlin Heimathafen
24.10.2015 NL Leeuwarden Romein (Into The Void)
25.10.2015 BE Antwerp Trix
26.10.2015 DE Cologne Live Music Hall
27.10.2015 DE Wiesbaden Schlachthof
28.10.2015 DE Munich Backstage
29.10.2015 I Bologna Locomotiv
30.10.2015 I Mezzago Bloom
31.10.2015 F Lyon CCO Villeurbanne
01.11.2015 ES Barcelona Bikini
02.11.2015 F Toulouse Le Metronum
03.11.2015 CH Lausanne Les Docks
04.11.2015 CH Zürich Harterei
05.11.2015 F Paris Trabendo
06.11.2015 UK London Electric Ballroom
07.11.2015 UK Leeds Damnation Fest
08.11.2015 Gr Athens Fuzz Club
09.11.2015 Tr Istanbul Garajistanbul

The Ocean 2015