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.
It’s really a great honor to be reviewed in the classic Prog Magazine (issue #36) which is out today.
Special thanks to Grant Moon for all the help and amazing support.
Solipsistic – SEMANTIC SATURATION
All-star calling-card from talented Canadian fret-wrangler.
Enterprising Canadian/Syrian guitarist Shant Hagopian brings us a work of mind-blowing complexity and technical proficiency.Solipsistic features prog-metal keyboard maestro Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) and monster drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X). That title is perfect for this work – a convincing stall-setter like this comes only from relentless self-belief and focus. Hagopian takes his thick-toned, solo metal guitar on a dizzying lap of the musical labyrinth on nine intense tracks with titles such as Ambivalence, Make Believe and Lost And Found: Insanity. There’s something earnest and affable in his
expression throughout, even in the knottiest moments of workouts. Stardust and Point Of
Singularity, while in parts there are shades of Joe Satriani, our My Prog Hero guest this month. Ballad Blessing in Disguise and feelgood jam Armchair Activist in particular evince a lyrical ear, elevating his fretwork above the many wannabes launching themselves daily over the Prog ramparts. Vanden Plas’ Andy Kuntz gives an impassioned performance
on What If We All Stop, the sole vocal number on this pleasingly nerdy, dazzlingy proficient record. -GRM