Mixed by Chris Edrich, mastered by Pierrick Noel
The Ocean (also known as The Ocean Collective) is a German progressive metal band started in 2000 by German guitarist Robin Staps. The band's first stable line-up was formed by 2009 during recording sessions for Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.
On 14 February 2018, a photo was posted on the Instagram account of the band, depicting a recording studio. Three days later, another picture reached the surface stating that the "phanerozoic" recordings are in progress at the Sundlaugin studios in Iceland. The 22nd of August 2018, the band announced on their Instagram, that the new album will be split in two. Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic was released on 2 November 2018 while Phanerozoic II is expected to be released in 2019. These albums will respectively be the band's seventh and eighth studio albums.