The Ocean (a.k.a. The Ocean Collective) is a post-metal band started in 2001 by German guitarist Robin Staps. However, the first stable line-up was formed only in 2009 during recording sessions of Heliocentric and Anthropocentric.
As for 2013, 4 of 5 band members are from Switzerland, while its founder continues to live in Berlin. In addition, Chris Breuer, a touring bass player who also made a recoring appearance on Pelagial, is a citizen of Berlin too.