After spending almost all of 2019 on the road with The Ocean i flew over to visit my long-time partner in crime Simon Sludge to lock ourselves in and write the Nightmarer follow-up album to “Cacophony of Terror”.

We spent a good 2 1/2 weeks in an intense writing session before i headed back home to Berlin to record drums at one of my favourite places: Daily Hero Recordings! Our buddy Marc, who has been involved in our album recordings since “In Shoals” times was more than happy to tag along and within 3 days all new tracks were tracked and done!

I’m very happy with my choice of gear (cymbals, shells, heads etc.), the tuning, the room and how everything turned out eventually! Intense sessions lead to intense music.

Check out some pictures captured by Emma Kollmorgen below:

Keep your eyes peeled for new music!
Love, Paul


This year we’ll hit a bunch of outstanding festivals including Hellfest in France, Fusion Festival in Germany, ArcTanGent in England or Øya Festival in Norway.

See the full list below:

09/06 – FI, Rockfest
22/06 – FR, Hellfest
28/06 – DE, Fusion Festival
30/06 – DE, Full Force Festival
05/07 – ES, Resurrection Festival
13/07 – I, Bari w/ GIAA
07/08 – CZ, Brutal Assault Fest
10/08 – NO, Øya Festival
16/08 – UK, Arctangent
17/08 – DE, Summerbreeze Festival

For more info on shows head over to the DATES page.

See you out there!


In November The Ocean Collective hit the charts in several countries! Although this might be completely irrelevant and have no further meaning to a lot of people, it sure does mean something to me. It means that what i do and how i do it lead to things that work out and pay off in the end!

And this is absolutely crucial to the idea of following a path, that makes one happy.

Thank you all for supporting and believing in me! 🙂


I’m happy and honored by Drum! Magazine presenting the first The Ocean vlog, captured in Iceland earlier this year while recording drums for “Phanerozoic”.

The post also includes a couple of insights on the mental and creative process involved in the making of the new record and being surrounded by Iceland’s beauty. Check it out at the link below:

“The most prominent effect to me was this overall humbleness towards nature and the creative process, all due to being surrounded by these vast landscapes that Iceland is so famous for,” Seidel tells Drum. “The studio was located amidst a snowed-in mountain range, offering only coldness and abrasive irrelevance. It was the antipode to Berlin, a capital at times drowning in self-importance. Relocating ourselves allowed us to ease our minds and focus on what matters.”

Exclusive Premiere: The Ocean Drummer Paul Seidel In Studio For New Album ‘Phanerozoic’