Profuna Ocean is an alternative rock band that surprises you with intense musical phrases which suddenly turn into heavy rock passages. Their music is characterized by alternating compositions, with both common elements and depth pieces, welded together with sophisticated transitions. Think of a crossover of bands like Anathema, Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief and Biffy Clyro.
Following a first live demo, recorded in 2008 at the Dutch venue Xinix, plans were made to record their first studio album: Watching The Closing Sky.
With this debut album recorded in 2009, with only four tracks but a running time of almost forty minutes, it's time to introduce Profuna Ocean to a wider audience. For this reason the album was simultaneously released on the internet and radio in Sander Guis’ radio show on 3FM. In response to Watching The Closing Sky the band also got international attention, including airplay on Rick Wakeman’s (Yes) radio show.
Besides distribution of the album in the Netherlands by Coast to Coast and in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Cargo Records, a deal was also made with Musea Records for distribution in the rest of the world. Assisted by Framecat Film & Video Productions, Profuna Ocean produced a professional video clip of the song Lost Inside (The Landscape).
On stage Profuna Ocean drags you into a passionate and exciting show where the audience is taken on a musical trip. This way the band creates an intimate atmosphere on any stage, including regular use of video support.
In the first three years of their existence, Profuna Ocean played in venues like De Boerderij, De IJsbreker, De Bosuil, Xinix and Bibelot, sharing the stage with Focus and Alquin. However, with performances at festivals and smaller venues the band also impresses and gets into the heart of the audience.
“Altogether a stunning debut with great melodies and a fine atmosphere, proving the genre of symphonic progressive rock is alive & kicking! A fine addition to the Dutch prog-scene.”
(Dutch Progressive Rock Pages)
“Musically they play superb Melodic Progressive Rock like only the British bands were supposed to be playing… A real surprise this band, highly recommended to any Progfan out there.”