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3.88 | 158 ratings | 6 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Springsong (12:56)
2. Prism (9:38)
3. Memoirs (4:52)
4. Harvest Aorta (41:55)

Total Time 69:21

Line-up / Musicians

- John Battema / synth
- Brian O'Neill / guitar
- Charlie Gore / bass
- Jeff Malone / drums

Releases information

CD not on label (self-released) ESCD200901 (2010 US)

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EPHEMERAL SUN Harvest Aorta ratings distribution

(158 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

EPHEMERAL SUN Harvest Aorta reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Oh wow wow, now we're talking about original sounding music boy. "Harvest Aorta" is one of the most pleasant discoveries of this year, really grabbing my heart. I've not listened this once, twice, but instead, four times in a row and a day ago, again. Guess what I'll do tomorrow morning (hehe). Strange thing is that this music reminds me (sometimes) of another E-xxxxx starting artist, Epignosis. Except singing, it's something that you won't find here much (more like never).

A funny thing is that this is not Metal at all, more like, well, I don't know what it is, maybe it would fell under category of Crossover, or even Symphonic (Epignosis is symphonic ? well, then what symphonic means in these two cases, it's complicated). There's no atmosphere we can talk about, it's more like collection of songs related (last epic) with weak linking, but I don't care about these donkey ears, it works and it's the important thing. It's a thrilling album, which means that they can shock without being brutal. Gentle barbaric traits to be said. Some ambient atmospheric (these words are synonymous, aren't they?) going on in the middle of the song.

5(-), but I'm sad that I can't rate higher. I wanted to, but there is too much of time where there's not so interesting music, trying to be "artistic" and like pieces of compositions, but in this, it fails. In other elements, it rocks (prog rocks)

Dedicated to my beloved Mary

EDIT: Still rock, changing rating

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A highly polished instrumental album with definite metal or at least heavy foundations which does somehow keep one's attention and admiration throughout its exceptional length. The 42-minute epic, "Harvest Aorta" is quite masterfully constructed to never bore the listener, always keep him at the edge of his seat waiting for the next dénouement--which rarely ever fails to deliver. The opening song, "Springsong," starts off with promise, moves into a jazz fusion sound/style, some lounge, and some YES-like parts, but is, ultimately, lacking (the last four minutes are by far the most interesting). (6/10) The next two "Prism" and "Memoirs" are good, with some nice development, emotion, and catchy melodies (7/10 each). The epic is very good, not a hardship to listen to--IMHO, in step with its closest competitors, RIVERSIDE and PORCUPINE TREE (8/10). Great recording, excellent musicianship, very good song constructs; worth repeated listenings. 3.5 stars: rate up if you like heavier music, down if not. A nice addition to any prog lover's music collection.
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars EPHEMERAL SUN's second release is an all instrumental affair that has received a lot of positive reviews of late and for good reason. The sound quality is excellent and the music can be heavy although I wouldn't call this particular release Prog-Metal. They do contrast well the heavier and lighter passages throughout as the keyboards and guitar lead the way.

"Springsong" kicks in heavily fairly quickly with synths helping out. Piano before a minute then it settles in with guitar and a beat.The heaviness with synths are back after 2 minutes then it settles down again quickly. Drums and synths lead before 5 minutes then it kicks back in with guitar. Again it settles back. It's heavy again 8 1/2 minutes in before settling back at 10 minutes. It sounds like sampled mellotron before 11 minutes as sampled words join in.

"Prism" has a nice heavy intro then it settles right down before a minute. It's building then the guitar starts to solo. It settles with piano before 4 minutes. It's much fuller after 5 1/2 minutes right to the end. Nice. "Memoirs" opens with piano and atmosphere. A change after 1 1/2 minutes as laid back guitar leads. It's okay. "Harvest Aorta" the title track is the over 42 minute closer. Like the first track we get constant contrasts throughout between the heavier, fuller sections and the mellower, lighter passages.The ending is humerous.

A good album that just hasn't clicked with me for whatever reason. 3.5 stars for now.

Latest members reviews

5 stars 10/10 This quartet of geniuses is one of the biggest revelations of the progressive metal scene in recent years. You may never have heard of them, but I terie pleasure to introduce you to: meet Ephemeral Sun, an instrumental band that really won me over with his second album, titled Harvest ... (read more)

Report this review (#748836) | Posted by voliveira | Friday, May 4, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is an excellent album. I agree with other reviewers who claim this music is hard to classify. One moment you feel you've wandered into the studio with 60's vintage Pink Floyd, the next mid-70's Rick Wakeman, the next modern day Dream Theater. The broad styles applied reveals the fine musi ... (read more)

Report this review (#306014) | Posted by James007 | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ephemeral Sun makes their second studio album a unique but pleasant experience. It's hard to classify this as a genre because while it has the progressive metal sound with the guitars and all, it often goes into a more lighter prog rock tone at some points. The album starts out with Springsong, P ... (read more)

Report this review (#270762) | Posted by sirfragalot86 | Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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