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Ephemeral Sun

Happiness is "so" 2016.

Ephemeral Sun’s new album, Lord of Hounds, is a caricature of this stress in five dimensions. From the "disagree to disagree" pushback of "Discordance" through the title track's bipolar disorder and all points between, the music seeks to describe that particular familiar sense
of unease.

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Musically, the past remains present: complex, atmospheric and symphonic textures across the board. As with Harvest Aorta, the primary ingredient is rock, blended into metal, jazz, ambient, electronica, and more with
reckless abandon.

More than a decade on, a shared language has emerged within the band that infuses the songs with a distinct signature. But the glasses are of a slightly darker tint this time around: more moments are laced with overdrive and crunch. Anxiety and melancholy runs throughout. A few hardcore fans might even pick up a hint of Broken Door's slightly gothic attitude. Your lover has rediscovered heavy black eyeliner, and dusted off the old Cure vinyl for one more trip down memory lane.

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Formed in 2002, EPHEMERAL SUN released their debut album, Broken Door, in 2004, in which they took a metal formula and mangled it to bits, incorporating ideas and motifs ranging from jazz to progressive rock to avant-garde experimentation, anchored by soaring female vocals.

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In 2010, the band released their acclaimed sophomore effort, Harvest Aorta, which found the band moving into still more ambitious musical territory. In the place of vocal-oriented song arrangements are dark, symphonic, complex instrumental passages and extended adventures in
theme and variation.

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With the release of Lord of Hounds, EPHEMERAL SUN encourages the walls to close in on all sides.

2017 marks the band’s return to Progday after five years.

On The Web:

Ephemeral Sun Official Website
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Buy/stream Ephemeral Sun on Bandcamp

Music To Check Out:

from Lord Of Hounds:

• "Discordance"

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THE BAND
slideshow

JOHN BATTEMA
(Keyboards)

CHARLES GORE
(Bass)

BRIAN O'NEIL
(Guitars)

TIM MILLER
(Drums)

THE MUSIC

Lord Of Hounds cover

Lord Of Hounds (2017)

Harvest Aorta cover

Harvest Aorta (2010)

Broken Door cover

Broken Door (2004)
THE WORD

"This is modern symphonic rock with some nice jagged edges. You'll hear a lot of non symphonic influences as well; things like Zombi, as well as traces of the band's metal roots, but you'll also hear things like Happy The Man, progresive hard rock Atomic Rooster and Jon Lord-esque organ sounds and more. I like this band and I like the fact that they put some real bite into their sympho-soundz! Recommended!"
- Steve Feigenbaum, CUNEIFORM RECORDS

"Though somewhat more streamlined than its predecessor, the album showcases all the trademark features of the band’s Gothic, highly cinematic sound. This album favours unfolding lush keyboard soundscapes, spiked with razor-sharp riffs, in a combination that is in turns airy and slightly claustrophobic. A must-listen for keyboard lovers, especially for fans of Italian horror soundtrack masters Goblin."
- Raffaella Berry, DPRP

"The hounds of hell have spoken - Ephemeral Sun's brand of apocalyptic prog will provide you with a great head banging energy release. When was the last time you could say that about a prog rock album?"
- Ken Golden,
THE LASER'S EDGE

Driving, dark prog dripping with thick keys, evil atmosphere, and eerie themes. I love the mix of traditional symphonic prog motifs, with touches of Ars Nova/Gerard like wall of synths, interspersed with fusion-y guitar. Reference points abound as the songs move from heavy handed, ominous movements to light as a feather 'post' prog.
- Eric Marvin,
LISTENER WITH GREAT TASTE

"[Harvest Aorta] ...is one of the most pleasing bodies of art rock to pass this way for a long time, and will doubtlessly feature on a majority of the 'Best-of-2010' lists. And it just might require a crow bar to get it out of the CD player."
- Duncan Glenday, SEA OF TRANQUILITY

"...when the band plays, they hit the stage hard, fast...Even within the huge, dense atmosphere the band creates, they manage to balance the same dynamic contrasts that are displayed on their studio work. A word like 'dangerous' would not be inappropriate when describing Ephemeral Sun live."
- PROGRESSIVE ROCKBR

"...the quality of the music is absolutely breathtaking. Whereas instrumental albums usually need an extra something in their compositions to make up for the lack of vocals, Harvest Aorta is just so perfect that a 10 mile 'no singing' zone is regulated around each copy of the release...The Verdict: There were many excellent albums released in 2010, but [Harvest Aorta] was the only true masterpiece."
- Starhammer, PROGARCHIVES

"Oh wow, wow, now we're talking about original sounding music boy. Harvest Aorta is one of the most pleasant discoveries of this year, really grabbing my heart. I've not listened this once, twice, but instead, four times in a row and a day ago, again. Guess what I'll do tomorrow morning..."
- Marty McFly, PROGARCHIVES