Shumaun’s Self-Titled Album is Ambrosia for the Ears
Bringing something fresh and invigorating to the world with their debut self-titled album, Shumaun paints a beautiful soundscape with progressive, rock, pop and touches of delectable South Asian flair. This is one of the year’s many gems.
It was the brainchild of Farhad Hossain (ex singer/guitarist/keyboardist of the Sensory Records progressive metal band Iris Divine). Together with bandmates Jose Mora (bass), Tyler Kim (guitars) and Tanvir Tomal (drums), Shumaun delivers a solid and impressive freshman album.
According to the band’s website, Tomal had to take a short leave from the recording process due to other professional commitments. For the unfinished tracks that he left behind, the band hired drummers Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, Periphery) and Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) to complete them. When you consider who those two fill-in session drummers are, rest assured this absolutely lends major street cred and a heaping dose of anticipation for the album. Tomal has since returned to his drum throne and the band is back to live performances in support of their upcoming record, due for release this November.
The production on the album is organic and refreshing. The writing ranges from outright gorgeous with ear-catching progressive rock grooves to straight forward pop-influenced rock. For those who love odd time signatures and uncommon chord progressions, the more pop-rock slanted songs may be less exciting. That being said, Shumaun’s debut album may very well be an excellent gateway drug into the prog world for people who are new to the genre. As for genre diehards, this will strike a positive chord with fans of Fates Warning, Porcupine Tree, and Three. 9.5/10
While you’re waiting with bated breath for the album to drop on November 13, check out the lyric video to their song “Ambrosia”: