Solipsistic Turns One

Exactly one year ago today on 21st of January 2013, the debut album Solipsistic was released. It’s really amazing how the year passed by like a blink of an eye. Time really flies.

For this occasion I’m going to thank those who helped fund the project, and everyone who supported me by ordering and even pre-ordering a piece of work pretty much blindfolded before even hearing a note. I sincerely thank every single one of you for appreciating and supporting prog music. Without you there would be no Semantic Saturation.

In the last year, Solipsistic has been reviewed by multiple magazines and web ‘zines like Prog Magazine, Prog Archives, Lady Obscure, Inhale The Heavy, Prog Metal Zone and dozens more, and has aired on many FM and prog radios like Morow, CKRL 89.1, Prog Palace Radio, Prognosis and many more. And to top it all off. In December 2013 Solipsistic was chosen one of the top prog albums of 2013 on Perfect Prog, Morow, CKRL 89.1, Lady Obscure, Ages of Rock and Noise Rotator.

I would like to thank all the radio stations, magazines, web ‘zines for their kind words, and for being interested in my music. I feel greatly honoured.

Here’s to the future! Cheers.

Solipsistic Album Cover
Solipsistic Album Cover

Press Release – Jam Tracks From Solipsistic Now Available


This is Your Chance to Jam with Your Favorite Musicians from ‘Solipsistic’.

Montreal, Canada (September 6, 2013) – Progressive Metal project Semantic Saturation to release isolated instrument tracks (Jam Tracks) for the entire album “Solipsistic” through their website at
Musicians will have access to download WAV files of both isolated instrument Stems and Backing Tracks from the original record, for all nine songs from the debut album. Additionally, guitar players may download Guitar Tabs and Guitar Pro 6 files; which are carefully transcribed by guitarist Shant Hagopian himself.

Jam Tracks of two songs “Stardust” and “Lost and Found: Insanity” are currently available through the webpage above, and more songs will become available in the very near future as soon as they are transcribed.

Musicians will have access to Stems and Backing Tracks of *all* instruments in one song by using a single KeyCode. Key Codes are obtainable through
Once a Key Code is used it cannot be reused to unlock Backing Tracks of other songs. To download the Backing Tracks of additional songs you will need more Key Codes.

“Solipsistic” was released back in January 21, 2013; featuring special guest Keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater), drummer Virgil Donati, Bassist Ric Fierabracci, special guest Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas) vocals, and guitarist (founder) Shant Hagopian. The release was followed by a plethora of positive feedback and high rated reviews from acclaimed Web ‘Zines and Magazines like “Prog Magazine” and “Prog Archives”.

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Prog Archives Reviews Solipsistic

Prog Archives

Prog Archives

And here’s the review on??Prog Archives, Your ultimate prog rock resource.

Rating (4/5)
Warning: using on the highway could lead to speeding tickets.

Canada has been shy on guitar heroes that could figure on ProgArchives. Sure, there’s the untouchable Alex Lifeson and the versatile Kim Mitchell, but now there’s fresh blood arriving from Montreal, a new sheriff in town: Shant Hagopian, maestrio behind Semantic Saturation.

Like Wyatt Earp marching to O.K. Corral to do justice, Hagopian has an impressive (to say the least) list of companions: Virgil Donati who could easily be Doc Holliday on drums and Derek ‘Trigger Happy’ Sherenian on keyboards. Imagine the Christmas party of the band? enough to make you wanna be an icecube thawing in the punch.

Fortunately for us, the band is not an all-out tentative, throwing impolitely at your face everything it has. Hagopian seems to know the meaning of moderation, with various speeds and textures within the same song. It’s a refreshing approach considering what he can do, considering his technique. How do you get to play like that? Good genetics perhaps.

You can tell immediately that I’m sold, okay I admit it. But with almost 400 reviews on my clock, I can smell the uncreative shredders from a block away. This time, I can humbly tell you that this record is not shadowed by the Vai, the Satriani or the Petrucci. This is intelligent music, cleverly put together to make melodies that glues to your brain and makes you air-guitar like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (only the 35 year old and up will understand).

My favorite pick to be the next ‘6 strings star’, Hagopian’s music will lead to speeding tickets on the highway but on the other hand, is a natural way to increase serotonin in your bloodstream. Oh and give it up to the fun art cover and packaging, almost an episode of Where’s Waldo?

Excellent addition to your collection, a colorful and positive energy source.

author: Menswear