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Shumaun - Memories & Intuition

The band Shuman define their music in this way: Hard rock for people who love the sounds of intricate rhythm sections, progressive inspired guitars, colorful synths, and melodic vocals. The band is for fans of Rush, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and many more real good band. Shumaun now announce new album Memories & Intuition featuring an all-star lineup of drummers. Memories & Intuition will be released September 10th. The band offers must music as the last for more than an hour.

The album have many skilled guest musicians! Thomas Lang (Peter Gabriel, Paul Gilbert), Atma Anur (Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), Leo Margarit (Pain Of Salvation), and Chris DeChiara.

Shumaun is progressive, but not pretentious. They’re accessible to fans who wish to subject themselves to the melodic and ambitious soundscapes painted by the band. This is demonstrated through the single Memories Of Water. According to the band, it really embodies what Shumaun is all about: writing progressive inspired tracks with memorable melodies and catchy hooks that anyone can sing along to. They continue to explain the album in their own words:

«I think this album is even more song-oriented than the previous two. It still contains many of the progressive characteristics of our previous songs with regard to odd time signatures and layered instrumentation, however, it’s a bit more refined and vocal driven, though there are a couple of instrumentals on it with some crazy progressive moments. I think there’s material on this album that’ll resonate with many prog fans, however, I feel the material won’t get lost on the average music fan who doesn’t necessarily listen to progressive music of any kind. It’s certainly my favorite Shumaun album to date«C».

Shumaun started as a solo project of Farhad Hossain, who at the time was playing with Iris Divine and needed another creative outlet for music that didn’t fit in the prog rock/metal genre. However, he was unable to stray from his roots of progressive rock and began the writing process for Shumaun’s first album.

Track Listing:

1. A Subtle Invocation (3:20)

2. Prisoners (3:51)

3. Memories Of Water (3:33)

The track Memories Of Water,

4. Jabriel’s Song (5:59)

5. Invincible (7:22)

6. Under the Sun (5:06)

7. The Pursuit of Happiness (5:11)

8. Tides (4:28)

9. Intuition Underground (4:39)

10. Breathing Light (9:00)

11. A Planetary Shift (5:40)

12. The Day We Said Goodbye (5:18)

Album Length: 1:03:26

Album band line up:

Farhad Hossain – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards

Jose Mora – Bass

Tyler Kim – Guitars

Drums: Thomas Lang (Tracks 2, 5, 9, 10)

Drums: Mark Zonder (Tracks 1, 3)

Drums: Atma Anur (Tracks 4, 7)

Drums: Leo Margarit (Tracks 6, 8)

Drums: Chris DeChiara (Track 11)

Additional keyboards on Tide by Bill Whitney

Shumaun initially started as a solo project by Farhad Hossain (ex singer/guitarist/keyboardist of Iris Divine). After recording a few demos, he decided to recruit a few friends to help build the project into a full-fledged collaborative band. Through the course of recording their self-titled debut album, Shumaun went through a period of tribulation while securing a drummer. Original drummer Tanvir Tomal (ex Iris Divine) had to leave for professional obligations in the middle of the recording sessions and was later replaced with Waqar Khan (Entity Paradigm), who is also well known for his work with the platinum-selling Ali Azmat of the EMI recording artist Junoon (one of South Asia’s most successful rock bands). Waqar remained with the band long enough to record a few tracks on the debut record as well as appear live for some of the earlier shows. Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, Periphery), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) recorded the remaining drums on the debut record that was released in the fall of 2015. Tanvir has since returned to the band as the live drummer.

2019 saw the band releasing their sophomore album One Day Closer To Yesterday. The album was once again mixed by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio in France. The album was rawer and heavier, but the melodies and vocals were never compromised. It includes the bombastic prog metal single Go.

The Shumaun sound is shaped by the soaring vocals and lead guitar work of Farhad Hossain, the pounding melodic bass lines of Jose Mora, and the subtle guitar nuances of Tyler Kim. The band has received many accolades, and have made it onto several album of the year lists from sites such as Progressive Music Planet, Decibel Geek, and Metal Asylum etc. The band also won The Deli Magazine’s Best of 2015 for Washington DC bands, and have been featured on Revolver Magazine, and Decibel Magazine.

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7231 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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