Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO have released the following statement:
"Don't call it a comeback! OCEANO are excited to reveal that they will NOT be breaking up after this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and will, in fact, record new music. The band is currently hard at work writing their next studio album for Earache Records, which is expected in early 2013."
Commented OCEANO frontman Adam Warren: "Kinda funny how right around Easter we decide to pull a Jesus and flip the script on what everyone was thinking, right?
With rumors running around, and haters trolling in their own discontent, it IS true OCEANO will be staying alive and kicking for the rest of 2012 and far beyond.
"After essentially removing ourselves entirely from touring and the music aspect of our lives for almost eight months, we all got to spend time with our families and friends and rediscover 'normal' life.
"We rarely experienced this being a part of OCEANO. So it felt amazing. But also, within all the valuable time home the itch slowly started to come back.
"Our 'final shows' at the Jamboree and New England & Hardcore/Metal Fest began to come closer, yet it just didn't feel like anywhere near the proper way to end this band.
"We all respect and appreciate how far OCEANO has come amidst all the bullshit and sidetracking. Prevailing from the entire struggle made it all worth it. We also love and cherish the things we sacrifice to be on the road and perform for all those people who have supported us through it all. So why can't we have both?
"We each took the time to discover the best approach and game plan to have ample time for the things we hold most important at home (family, jobs, etc.) while still being able to do what we love and making a living off of it.
"We're beyond stoked to get back to work and infect every listener with our brand of Windy City Death, but this WON'T be the OCEANO you knew from last year, or even before that. The stakes are higher, shit's gonna get heavier, and we're coming to entice destruction and bloodshed in every city. See you soon. "
Added longtime OCEANO manager Derek Brewer: "I wasn't going to let something this good go… I am very proud of this band and their accomplishments all the way from the time I first starting working with them when they were playing in front of 30 kids every night at all ages community center shows to selling out well-respected clubs across the U.S. on their last headline tour. So when the band reached out to me to figure out a way to get things back in action, I was more than eager to do what I could to make it happen."
OCEANO has three dates planned — the Jamboree in Toledo, Ohio; the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts; and a hometown throwdown show in Chicago. Plans are underway for the band to participate in a large-scale summer tour in the U.S. and return to Europe for a full tour this fall.
OCEANO's latest album, "Contagion", sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. Released in the U.S. on November 9, 2010 via Earache Records, the album was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED and SHADOWS FALL, among others.