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Shumaun


Shumaun
Memories & Intuition
Self-Release
Release: 10 September 2021

“When I started writing the melodies for this album I knew that I wanted it to be even more melodic than our previous couple albums. We’ve always been known as a melodic band, but I wanted to up the ante. Most of the songs came pretty quickly and organically. It was an honor to have guys like Thomas Lang, Mark Zonder, and Atma Anur reinterpret the drums on these tracks. This is the first time we included more than one instrumental… I just felt it was really appropriate and helped with the flow of the album. Instrumentals allow us for more musical exploration.  The album was supposed to be released in the Summer of 2020, however production was delayed for obvious reasons. – Shumaun – (Farhad Hossain – guitar, vocals, keys)

WINNER: The Deli Magazine’s “BEST OF 2015 Reader’s Pick Award” for Washington DC

“It’s not just Orbin’s simple-complex drumming that shines here. Hossain’s soaring vocals, and the guitar/bass dynamics. They sound simple but scream progressive, forward-thinking. While pop-oriented progressive rock tunes aren’t usually on Decibel’s turntable (digital or physical), Shumaun was hard to deny.” – Decibel Magazine

“Great vocals, well-written songs, and solid musicianship are the hallmarks for the debut self-titled release by Shumaun. It’s a very enjoyable album for anyone who likes to sing along with their music. With Shumaun, the songs come first. And that makes for a very enjoyable experience.” – Progressive Music Planet

“AWESOME!  OK, this band is AWESOME and have produced probably my favourite album of the year.” – Decibel Geek

“Shumaun’s music is impressive and pretty close to brilliant – Background Magazine
“Has the best album of 2019 been released right at the beginning of the year? That’s not fair! Everyone else with a 2019 release has their work cut out for them, to stand up against Shumaun’s brilliant sophomore effort: “One Day Closer to Yesterday.” – Metal Asylum

“Farhad Hossain puts goose bumps on my arms with his beautiful voice.” – Rock Portaal

“This stuff is incredibly catchy, mostly due to the excellent vocals of Hossain. Sometimes I find the emphasis on lead vocals rather annoying, especially if the vocals are not up to snuff. That is far from the case here. His vocals are superbly melodic and had me completely transfixed throughout the disc’s fifty-two minute running time.” – Sea of Tranquility

About:
Shumaun initially started as a solo project by Farhad Hossain (ex singer/guitarist/keyboardist of Iris Divine). After recording a few demos, he decided to recruit a few friends to help build the project into a full-fledged collaborative band. Through the course of recording their self-titled debut album, Shumaun went through a period of tribulation while securing a drummer. Original drummer Tanvir Tomal (ex Iris Divine) had to leave for professional obligations in the middle of the recording sessions and was later replaced with Waqar Khan (Entity Paradigm), who is also well known for his work with the platinum-selling Ali Azmat of the EMI recording artist Junoon (one of South Asia’s most successful rock bands). Waqar remained with the band long enough to record a few tracks on the debut record as well as appear live for some of the earlier shows. Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, Periphery), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) recorded the remaining drums on the debut record that was released in the fall of 2015. Tanvir has since returned to the band as the live drummer.
 
2019 saw the band releasing their sophomore album “One Day Closer to Yesterday.” The album was once again mixed by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio in France. The album was rawer and heavier, but the melodies and vocals were never compromised. It includes the bombastic prog metal single “Go.”
 
2021 sees Shumaun releasing their third album “Memories & Intuition,” which features the amazing drumming of legends such as Thomas Lang (Peter Gabriel, Paul Gilbert), Atma Anur (Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), and Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation). Shumaun once again tapped Brett Caldas-Lima and Tower Studio for mixing and mastering. The album is their most melodic to date and consists of their single “Memories of Water.”

The Shumaun sound is shaped by the soaring vocals and lead guitar work of Farhad Hossain, the pounding melodic bass lines of Jose Mora, and the subtle guitar nuances of Tyler Kim. The band has received many accolades, and have made it onto several “album of the year” lists from sites such as Progressive Music Planet, Decibel Geek, and Metal Asylum etc. The band also won The Deli Magazine’s “Best of 2015” for Washington DC bands, and have been featured on Revolver Magazine, and Decibel Magazine.

Album Title: Memories & Intuition
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Label: Self-Release
Distribution: Self-Release

Track Listing:

  1. A Subtle Invocation (3:20)
  2. Prisoners (3:51)
  3. Memories of Water (3:33)
  4. Jabriel’s Song (5:59)
  5. Invincible (7:22)
  6. Under the Sun (5:06)
  7. The Pursuit of Happiness (5:11)
  8. Tides (4:28)
  9. Intuition Underground (4:39)
  10. Breathing Light (9:00)
  11. A Planetary Shift (5:40)
  12. The Day We Said Goodbye (5:18)

Album Length: 1:03:26

 

Album Credits:

All songs written by Farhad Hossain
All songs performed by Shumaun
Produced by Farhad Hossain
Mixed and Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio
Album Art by Farhad Hossain

Album Band Line Up

:Farhad Hossain – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Jose Mora – BassTyler Kim – Guitars
Drums: Thomas Lang (Tracks 2, 5, 9, 10)
Drums: Mark Zonder (Tracks 1, 3)
Drums: Atma Anur (Tracks 4, 7)
Drums: Leo Margarit (Tracks 6, 8)
Drums: Chris DeChiara (Track 11)
Additional keyboards on “Tides” by Bill Whitney

 

Discography:

2021 – Memories & Intuition
2019 – One Day Closer to Yesterday
2015 – Shumaun

Shumaun – Memories & Intuition (Album Teaser Compilation)

Shumaun – Memories Of Water

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Band/Artist location – Virginia
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