Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Marco Sfogli and Taka Minamino on new progressive metal record "synecron"
Virtuosos Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Marco Sfogli and Taka Minamino perform on Nathan Frost's progressive metal album, which incorporates influences spanning jazz fusion, classical/symphonic, techno/industrial, funk and new age.
Virgil Donati and Marco Minnemann each perform two versions of the same seven minutes of music, providing a unique opportunity to compare how these two celebrated drummers interpret the same composition in each of their inimitable, jaw-dropping styles.
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|Nathan Frost,Marco Sfogli: synecron|
- Empire Rising, 2000 A.D. (feat. Marco Minnemann, Taka Minamino, Derek Sherinian & Marco Sfogli) 8:09
- Singularity (feat. Virgil Donati, Marco Sfogli & Taka Minamino) 9:33
- Empire Falling (feat. Marco Minnemann & Taka Minamino)10:24
- Samsaara 8:56
- Consilience (feat. Marco Minnemann & Taka Minamino) 6:43
- Empire Rising, 505 A.D. (feat. Virgil Donati, Taka Minamino, Derek Sherinian & Marco Sfogli) 8:16
For over thirteen years, Nathan Frost honed the distinctively ultra-progressive, genre-fusing, stream-of-consciousness metal that became "synecron" in between developing high-profile videogames. When he was finally afforded the time to record, he contacted Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, PlanetX, Yngwie Malmsteen) -- mostly since he lived nearby in LA, and Nathan thought it would be a fun excuse to email one of his personal musical heroes. When Derek heard the material, he offered to produce and engineer Nathan's keyboards.
Nathan already had a clear vision for the music, and didn't feel the need for an outside producer, but it didn't take long for Derek to demonstrate that his Beachwood Manor Studios indeed had "the killer everything" (his words), and that he effortlessly grasped Nathan's aesthetic and how to push the already-progressive compositions to a new level of complexity.
After putting the music through the Derek filter (including inspired arrangements involving his custom Hammond B3 organ setup, modern and vintage hardware synthesizers, and other keyboard wizardry), Sherinian introduced Nathan to another of his musical heroes -- drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth) -- and some of the best performers in progressive metal today: drummer Marco Minnemann (Tony Macalpine, Kreator, Paul Gilbert), and guitarists Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess, Alex Argento, Creation's End) and Taka Minamino (Derek Sherinian).
Painstakingly mixed and mastered by veteran sound engineer Steven Seibold (Hate Dept, Pigface, Information Society), the compositions take the listener through an intricate musical journey overflowing with dramatic twists, virtuosic performances and uncompromising creativity.
Nathan started playing piano at age 3, and started playing Pong shortly thereafter.
Picking up a high school girlfriend's bass, he cofounded Strychnine -- an all-originals progressive metal band in Vancouver, British Columbia -- where he played bass, keyboards, and sang whenever he wasn't programming videogames, studying music theory, and slouching through classes.
Nathan then enrolled at premier videogame development school DigiPen Institute of Technology in the Seattle area, and musically scored several of the videogame projects he completed while earning his degree in Realtime Simulations Engineering (Honors). He began writing the material that became synecron in between semesters.
synecron gradually took shape during vacations from professionally developing videogames for Crystal Dynamics/Eidos (Project Snowblind, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Underworld), PlanetMoon/THQ (Drawn to Life The Next Chapter [Wii]) and GiantSparrow/Sony (The Unfinished Swan). synecron was finally recorded in 2012 with some of Nathan's favorite musicians.
Nathan continues to take great joy in videogame programming "to the metal" and technical instrumental workouts.
Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Marco Sfogli, Taka Minamino, Derek Sherinian, Nathan Frost:synecron