Oceano (band)

Last updated
Origin Cook County, Illinois
Genres Deathcore
Years active2006present
Labels Sumerian, Earache
MembersAdam Warren
Scott Smith
Chris Wagner
Matt Kohanowski
Past membersJeremy Carroll
Andrew Mikhail
Tristan McCann
Eddie Harris
Michael Kadper
Kevin Hare
Mike Southcomb
Devin Shidaker
Daniel Terchin
Nick Conser
Jason Jones
Andrew Holzbaur

Oceano is an American deathcore band from Cook County, Illinois. Formed in 2006, the band signed to Earache Records and released their debut album, Depths on April 7, 2009. Their second album, Contagion was released on November 9, 2010. Their fourth album Ascendants was released March 23, 2015. Their most recent album Revelation was released on May 19, 2017. It was their first release with their new label, Sumerian Records.

Deathcore is an extreme metal fusion genre that combines musical elements of death metal and metalcore and sometimes hardcore punk. It makes use of death metal riffs and blast beats, as well as metalcore breakdowns. Deathcore gained most prominence within the southwestern United States, especially Arizona and inland southern California, which are home to many notable bands and various festivals.

Cook County, Illinois County in Illinois, United States

Cook County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the second-most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2017, the population was 5,211,263. Its county seat is Chicago, the largest city in Illinois and the third-most populous city in the United States. More than 40% of all residents of Illinois live in Cook County.

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.



Upon its formation in 2006, Oceano was originally a four piece grindcore band formed by guitarist Jeremy Carroll, which consisted of Carroll on guitar, Jeff Erickson on bass, Nico LaCorcia on drums and Eddie Harris on vocals. [1] Oceano went through a revolving cast of players until settling on a new lineup and a new sound in 2007. That lineup, consisting of Andrew Mikhail (guitar), Michael Southcomb (drums), Adam Warren (vocals), and Kevin Hare (bass), would go on to develop the sound they'd take to the world in their first recordings.

Grindcore is an extreme fusion genre of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s, drawing inspiration from abrasive-sounding musical styles, such as: thrashcore, crust punk, hardcore punk, extreme metal, and industrial. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor.

Oceano recorded their full debut album Depths in late 2008, releasing it worldwide on April 20, 2009.

<i>Depths</i> (Oceano album) 2009 studio album by Oceano

Depths is the debut album by American deathcore band Oceano, released April 7, 2009 through Earache Records. Music videos were made for the songs "District of Misery" and "A Mandatory Sacrifice". The song "District of Misery" is featured as downloadable content in Rock Band 2 via the Rock Band Network

Jeremy Carrol was fired from the band in January 2009 due to personality conflicts between members. [2] [3] Carrol's leaving left no original members from the original Oceano lineup in the band. On February 3, 2010 the band's lead guitarist, Andrew Mikhail also departed from the band. [4] [5] [6]

Oceano was a part of the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour in North America alongside co-headliners Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder.

In January 2012, a rumor spread that the band was disestablishing, which was confirmed as false by Earache. Instead, an announcement was made that the band actually was going on a short hiatus after their performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival due to vocalist, Adam Warren, becoming a father. [7] After some time spent away from the band, however, Oceano decided not to disband, and to continue touring. They are currently a part of the roster for the US summer Scream It Like You Mean it tour and also revealed that they had begun writing their next album, Incisions , due in 2013. [8] The first lyric video from the album, "Slow Murder", was released on January 28, 2013. On January 12, 2015 the band released a new song titled "Dead Planet" from their fourth album "Ascendants" which was released on March 23 from Earache Records. On February 17, 2017 the band announced via Facebook that they had signed over to Sumerian Records.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is an annual festival held in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is a weekend-long concert of heavy metal and hardcore punk bands along with a merchandising and promotional area for record labels and other vendors. It has been held in the Palladium in Worcester since its inception in 1999.

<i>Incisions</i> 2013 studio album by Oceano

Incisions is the third studio album by American deathcore band Oceano. The album was released on October 1, 2013 on Earache Records. On January 28, "Slow Murder" was released as a lyric video, and on August 12th the band unveiled another song from the album, "Incisions", and also announced the album's release date.

<i>Ascendants</i> (album) 2015 studio album by Oceano

Ascendants is the fourth studio album by American deathcore band Oceano. It was released on March 23, 2015 via Earache Records.

Musical style and lyrics

Oceano is a deathcore band, a mixture of the genres metalcore, hardcore punk and death metal. They also (particularly in their earliest material) had a slight influence from grindcore. Blast beats, sonic double bass, slow bottom heavy breakdowns and low death metal growls and occasionally the shrieked vocals typical in metalcore are present. The lyrics range from anti-religion to misanthropy. The band has been inspired by acts like Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Decapitated, Behemoth, The Acacia Strain, Deicide, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence, Meshuggah and Slayer. [ citation needed ]

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.



Oceano (band)


List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions


Hard Rock
  • Released: April 7, 2009
  • Label: Earache
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Label: Earache
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: October 1, 2013
  • Label: Earache
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: March 23, 2015
  • Label: Earache
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: May 19, 2017
  • Label: Sumerian
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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