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It looks like War From A Harlot’s Mouth‘s indefinite hiatus was for the greater good after all, considering it allowed this to happen! Following the announcement that drummer Luc Hess and guitarist Jonathan Nido would be leaving The Ocean, it was announced that WFAHM’s drummer Paul Seidel would be his replacement. NICE.

Luc Hess is no doubt a brilliant drummer — likely the best to ever grace The Ocean — and will be missed, Paul Seidel is an excellent choice for a replacement. Just in case there are any folks out there expressing doubt or concern, check out this drum playthrough:


Here’s the official announcement:

A divorce usually hurts, but it always also opens up new horizons. We are happy to announce that Paul Seidel will be the new drummer in The Ocean. Paul is currently playing in War From A Harlot’s Mouth, who are going on indefinite hiatus at the end of the year, as well as in Dioramic and Wassbass. He also gives drum lessons in Berlin and knows from the experience with his own bands what it’s like to tour America, Europe and Australia.

Comments Robin Staps:
“We have only had 3 rehearsals with Paul so far, but it has clicked from the beginning both on a musical and personal level. I would have never thought that I could find another drummer who plays at the same level as Luc, but now I am sure that Paul will not only follow in Luc’s footsteps, but also stray from the path and bring new, exciting things to the table. I always knew that Paul was a machine who wouldn’t struggle with fast stuff like in ‘Disequilibrated’ or ‘The Wish In Dreams’, but watching him enjoy playing some of the slow and calm songs with so much feeling and energy really made me aware of how awesome and versatile a drummer he really is. Paul was the only drummer we auditioned, and after we did, there was no desire to try out anyone else.”

Comments Paul Seidel:
“I’m very pleased to officially announce, that I’ll be joining forces with THE OCEAN. I am glad, both musically and on a personal scale, to walk new paths and broaden my horizon. My personal approach has always been to overcome genre boundaries as well as stereotypes, to swim against the current and to play or enjoy music apart from conventional habits. THE OCEAN have ever since implemented a conceptual urge in the context of progressive music and have never been afraid to dare to experiment.
Therefore i am more than looking forward to getting creative and contribute my part to the art of THE OCEAN.”

It is to date unclear who will take Jona’s place. There are several options but nothing has been decided yet… so there is currently a vacancy (winky, winky)

This is exciting news! Surely, a new album from The Ocean is at least a couple of years away, but we can’t wait to hear what Paul can bring to the table.

– JR


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