......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH
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. JUNE 2010
Started as a project, featuring ex-"Rain Fell Within" members (John Battema - Keys and Charles Gore - Bass), Ephemeral Sun was my choice to become the best band and the best album from June, 2010, because they are a band that has a very strong musical potential, and it will be interesting to follow their new career go from here. First up, the members came from Northern Virginia, USA, and the group was fronted by Soprano Laurie-Ann Haus, where the band's influences tended toward Art-Rock to the Melodic Progressive Metal, something in the style of a "Nightwish", "After Forever", "Within Temptation" and "The Gathering". After changes in line-up, and also mainly in the influences and music style, Ephemeral Sun finally found their identity and a special musical signature, from the second album, the band started to develop an incredible and amazing Progressive Rock. Ephemeral Sun and "Harvest Aorta" are a perfect marriage, the instrumental is fantastic, all arrangements are dominate by guitar solos, together with incredible symphonic keyboards, powerful's drums and a vibrant bass. "Harvest Aorta" contains four amazing tracks and totaly instrumental, almost 70min of pure Progressive Rock, that keep the listener a high interest from beginning to end. 
In fact, Ephemeral Sun are a perfect combination, that is sensitive to all fans from the Progressive music generation, with strong influences from the years 70, full of brilliant melodies and superb musical performances. The music from the band, follows in the same style and influences such as the bands "Camel", "Yes", "Coda", "Genesis", "Like Wendy", "Jethro Tull", "Finch", "Lady Lake", "Egdon Heath", "Novalis", "Odyssice", "Anekdoten",  "Porcupine Tree", "Transatlantic" and many other Progressive Rock bands that we know and love. Brilliant, fantastic, and an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...

The line-up on Ephemeral Sun are:
John Battema - Keyboards
Brian O'Neill - Guitars
Charles Gore - Bass
Jeff Malone - Drums


Ephemeral Sun is an exercise in contrasts, creating a music that balances elements both cerebral and visceral in nature.

Ephemeral Sun formed in 2002 from the remnants of a popular regional doom metal outfit. With the release of their debut "Broken Door" (2004), they took that metal formula and mangled it to bits, incorporating ideas and motifs ranging from jazz to prog rock to avant garde experimentation. Dark, winding arrangements, confident musicianship and soaring female vocals all became cornerstones for a sound that echoed within the metal genre while existing entirely outside of it. This phase of the band would culminate in a standout performance at ROSFest in 2006.

Following almost five years of work, the band has recently released their sophomore album, "Harvest Aorta". The album finds the band moving into still more ambitious musical territory, thus continuing to make manifest their unspoken mission statement to forge a unique sonic path. In the place of vocal-oriented song arrangements are dark, complex instrumental passages and extended adventures in theme and variation.

The band also took a different approach when recording this material. Rather than working with click tracks and scratches, the majority of tracking was done live in the studio with the hope of capturing some of the energy and intensity of a live performance while preserving the relative sonic clarity of a studio recording. The desired result was achieved.

"Springsong" opens the album and serves notice of the new direction Ephemeral Sun has taken. Intended as an informal sequel to "Winter Has No Mercy" from Broken Door, it embraces the same aggressive approach but achieves higher peaks and greater contrasts. "Prism", originally a vocal piece, was deconstructed and rebuilt into an instrumentally powerful symphonic work that may be one of the band's most affecting moments. Closing out the first half of the album is "Memoirs", a quiet slice of restrained melancholy. Even in minimalist form, the band retains the ability to convey a cinematic landscape.

The second half of the album is the epic "Harvest Aorta", the band's most definitive moment to date and nothing short of a tour de force. An experiment in theme/variation rather than a conventional verse/chorus composition, the piece took on a life of its own ultimately clocking in at over 40 minutes. The song's expansive framework consolidates and showcases the band's many strengths. These include stark contrasts between dark and light, lush atmospheres and blistering solos, and ambient interludes and soaring melodies.

"Harvest Aorta" is four songs, four musicians, and over an hour of powerful, heavy instrumental symphonic rock.

Beyond the studio release, Ephemeral Sun remains committed to live performance. Their blurring of genre lines means less frequent shows, so when the band plays, they hit the stage hard, fast, and ready to present their work in the best manner possible. 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.

New Release

"Harvest Aorta"

01) Springsong
02) Prism
03) Memoirs
04) Harvest Aorta

Recorded and produced  by Ephemeral Sun between 2005 and 2009 in Virginia, USA, mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering.

To get in contact or, If you would like any other information about the band, you must visit Ephemeral Sun at MySpace.

For more information and every thing about the musicians and band, please visit EPHEMERAL SUN HOME PAGEN
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