There are bands whose members keep to themselves, and when their career is up, they recede into the background, never really to be heard from again, except for maybe a side project that is inevitably less well-received than their main band. However, there exists another breed of musicians that seem to make an entire scene out of their own presence alone, and manage to both write solid music and remain incredibly prolific.
Robin Staps is one of the best songwriters in metal, and is the guitarist of one of the most interesting metal bands with THE OCEAN. After three full-lengths, a double album and two interwoven concept albums, the band, as well as its founder Robin, were ready to finally take on the dream: to write an album about the ocean. Two months after its release, in which it has received universal acclaim, the band is preparing to come back stateside to play on The Summer Slaughter Tour. However, back in April, I gave Robin a call to pick his brain a bit. After giving me a tour of their practice/performance space, where a bunch of lucky people got to witness the album played live in its entirety for the first time ever on release day, I got the chance to talk to Robin about his favorite new music, scuba diving, and how the record almost ended up as an instrumental.