Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spoke of Shadows "Spoke of Shadows"

Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelFirepool Records
Release dateFebruary 25, 2014
01. Dominion
02. Images
03. One Day
04. Harbinger
05. Lost One
06. Pain Map
07. Persona
08. Splendid Sisters
09. Tilting at Windmills
10. Accord
11. Dichotomy
12. Drama of Display

Bill Bachman (Neal Morse, Michael Harris) - drums
Mark Cook  (Herd of Instinct) - Warr guitar, ADG fretless bass, guitar, and keyboards
Joe Blair - guitar
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet, Fernwood, Ukab Maerd) - rhodes and mellotron
Bob Fisher (Herd of Instinct) - flute
Michael Harris (Thought Chamber, solo artist) - guitar
Jeff Plant (Alex Acuna, Conundrum, Thought Chamber)  - fretless bass
Tony Rohrbough (Byzantine) - guitar
Dave Streett (Herd of Instinct) - Warr guitar
Shannon Wickline (Charlie Daniels Band) - piano

Spoke of Shadows was born when Mark was finishing the mixes of the latest Herd of Instinct release “Conjure”. After completing two Herd of Instinct's CDs in two years he wanted to focus on writing music that was moodier and had more dynamics than what Herd of Instinct usually create.  He began recording pieces by layering Warr guitars, an 8 string fretless bass, drums, guitars, and keyboards.  After 6 tracks were written the project took another turn when a friend introduced Mark to Bill Bachman.  Mark stripped away his percussion parts and gave the tracks to Bill with only one direction “play what you normally would not be allowed to play in other bands”.   The goal was to create a hybrid progressive music that covers a wide range of moods and styles. No rules! After finishing the majority of the writing they began looking for collaborators to help add some sonic variation to the music.  The approach was to find players from diverse backgrounds to help create a unique vocabulary that takes the listener on a sonic journey.  All of the guests magically fell into place on the recording and added immense depth to the tracks.

Tilting at Windmills
One Day

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