Paradigms Review By Prog Radar

TLDR;

As instrumental albums go ‘Paradigms’ is an absolute monster featuring such amazing tracks. The riffs and grooves come thick and fast almost giving you no pause to really appreciate the mind blowing musical structures and spellbinding melodies.
*****

Review – Semantic Saturation – Paradigms – by Progradar

Does anybody remember Infectious Grooves? The funk metal supergroup led by Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir released a completely bonkers album in 1991 called ‘The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s The Infectious Grooves.’ It was so out there it made my CD collection and I’ve yet to hear anything come close to that infectious energy that the album contained.

Fast forward to 2013 Semantic Saturation (a progressive rock/progressive metal project founded by Canadian guitarist Shant Hagopian) release their debut album ‘Solipsistic’ featuring progressive metal gurus such as drummer Virgil Donati, bassist Ric Fierabracci and guests; keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex. Dream Theater) and vocalist Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas). A dizzying and complex release that has touches of the spirit of Infectious Grooves hidden in its convoluted depths.

After 5 years wait virtuoso guitarist Shant returns with the mind blowing ‘Paradigms’, this time aided and abetted by legendary musicians, drummer Craig Blundell and bassist Kristoffer Gildenlöw. The album also features guest musicians, some of the greatest names in metal, with Derek Sherinian returning to feature on the track Ulterior Harmony, Alex Argento on Carousel of Death and the lovely jazz vocalist Houry Dora Apartian on Empty Whisky Jar.

As instrumental albums go ‘Paradigms’ is an absolute monster featuring such amazing tracks as the powerfully funkadelic opener Mirrors of Confusion and it’s identical twin Carousel of Death which are a real echo of that Infectious Grooves monster of 27 years previous. On the former, edgy, thunderous guitar combine with Blundell’s cacophony of drumbeats and Gildenlöw’s stylish bass drives all before it. It’s a grin inducing roller coaster ride and one you don’t want to get off. The latter takes you on an insane, acid jazz trip through a really warped mind where Alex Argento stands tall like a crazed professor.

The infectious grooves (see what I did there?) of Pareidolia give a moments pause of foot tapping energy before calm is finally restored with the elegance of Empty Whiskey Jar where Houry Dora Apartian adds her sultry jazz vocals.

The riffs and grooves come thick and fast almost giving you no pause to really appreciate the mind blowing musical structures and spellbinding melodies. Personal favourites are the intelligently constructed charm of Until We Meet Again, the otherworldly experience of Disturbance Within and the calm and collected polish of classic rocker Universal.

This magical experience is completed by Where Dreams Have Died, a ten minute journey that becomes Shant’s grand paradigm of musical intrigue and astounding mastery. It is an elaborate, baroque composition that trades on each musician’s undoubted skill and dexterity to deliver a sublime listening experience.

As the last note fades out a small but knowing smile appears on my face as I reminisce back to 1991. ‘Paradigms’ is a wonderfully complex and accomplished piece of work but, deep at its core this album is full of incredibly infectious grooves. Shant Hagopian and your stellar cast of musicians please take a bow for this fantastic achievement.

Released 20th August 2018

Order the album in various formats direct from the band’s website

*****

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New Site Launched!

Out with the old, in with the new.
The new website with a brand new design has launched, featuring the Paradigms album cover artwork in the banner.
Navigation should be a breeze, with sticky bar including shortcuts to the different available formats for the new record Paradigms at the top of every page.
The new site is also compatible with most mobile devices.

Demos from the new album will be available on the home page in the very near feature, as well as the new ‘Carousel of Death’ music video.

If you find a broken link or something that’s not working as expected, I’d very much appreciate if you notify me regarding the issue by sending me a message.

-Shant

The Big Reveal

PARADIGMS ALBUM COVER REVEAL

Track-list:
1. Mirrors of Confusion 4:41
2. Carousel of Death 4:54
3. Pareidolia 4:52
4. Empty Whisky Jar 3:40
5. The Stranger From Andromeda 5:06
6. Until We Meet Again 4:18
7. Ulterior Harmony 6:58
8. Disturbance Within 4:36
9. Universal 6:41
10. Where Dreams Have Died 10:33

Featuring Craig Blundell, Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Guests Derek Sherinian, Alex Argento, Houry Dora Apartian
Project By Shant Hagopian

CD & DVD SPECIAL EDITION COVER

BRAND NEW STORE AND PRE-ORDERS

The Online Store launches today, and pre-orders are now open. There’s a bunch of very cool T-Shirts and Tank Tops for both genders featuring artwork from Paradigms and Solipsistic. T-Shirt fabric and print quality are great, and most importantly, prices are very affordable!

Note: All Paradigms audio related products are currently marked as “Pre-Order” and will be shipped a few days before the release date.
But, T-Shirts and all apparel and accessories will be shipped to you right away, even if they are bundled with Paradigms CD or Vinyl.

Click here to access the online store.

PARADIGMS AVAILABLE FORMATS

Paradigms will be available in four formats.

Vinyl (LP): Available in translucent purple (limited to 100 copies) You may also choose black if you prefer.

Standard CD: Six panel digipak.

Special Edition CD & DVD: Featuring special edition Mirrors of Confusion cover as well as the original cover.
BONUS DVD includes: Demos,.Play-along tracks, “Making of album” Short movie, Paradigms cover painting video. and Carousel of Death music video.
Also includes a custom Special Edition guitar pick.

Digital Copy: In both MP3 and FLAC formats
All physical items come with a Digital Copy and a custom guitar pick, exclusively when ordered through the Semantic Saturation Online Store.

To pre-order, click on a product image below

Masters are In

Here’s what I’ve been doing in the last couple of weeks. I completed the CD and Vinyl artwork, need a few last minute color correction and fine tuning before sending to production. We finalized the mix with Alex and the album was being mastered last week, I had to purchase some necessary UPC and ISRC codes to track the album information online, I started working on a new website design with the Paradigms theme, and it’s almost done; few last touches remain. I think you’ll love it.

I thought the band needs a logo so I made dozens of them, and then showed it to friends, they were meh, I made dozens more and showed it to friends, they were better but still meh, then suddenly on a sunny afternoon it came to me, so I made a dozen more, I’m not exaggerating, finally found the one! So I made a dozen more variations of it. Can you tell I’m anal?

Then I made some new art that will be used on merchandise (T-Shirts, guitar picks etc..) for you guys. The new Semantic Saturation Store is looking lit. I was running into performance issues on the store site, so I wasted a few more days trying to find some solutions, it’s a bit better now. Hopefully will improve further. I also had to make some extra artwork for the exclusive items which will only be sent out to you, the backers.

What else.. Oh, I’m putting together all the videos I’ve recorded of me during the album cover painting process, and of course I’m making a sped up timelapse so you don’t sit down for hours (days) to watch the entire process. This video will be available to you on extra CD that will be included in a limited edition CD package, among other goodies which I also have to put together. Unfortunately things don’t just come together on their own.

What’s next? The audio masters have *just arrived*, if everything goes well, I’ll sign a deal with a CD and Vinyl production company to start producing the CDs and Vinyls, but of course it’s not that easy, as vinyls need a different master, and I’ll have to wait for their input on whether we can fit the album on a single disc or two, which will increase the cost significantly.I need to sit down with Richard the director who’s working on a new music video, and we have to go through all the fixes we need to make.
But most importantly, coming up next is the big reveal of the album artwork and track-listing.

Stay tuned!
-Shant