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4.53 | 16 ratings | 4 reviews | 71% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hundred Foot Drop. (1:25)
2. Subsistence Defined. (5:40)
- Like Peering into the Deepest Ocean Abyss:
3. Part I - Drugs for Pain Inside. (7:46)
4. Part II - August 4th - 3:21 A.M. (3:21)
5. Part III - Anything but This... Anywhere but Here. (2:38)
6. Part IV - I Cannot Explain Myself Anymore. (3:07)
7. Slowly, but Surely, I'm Drowning. (2:56)

Total Time 26:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Shjon Thomas / guitar, bass, backing vocals
- Ryan Mattheu / guitar
- Greg Murphy / lead vocals, drums

- Nathaniel Rendon / keyboards

Releases information

Music by: Shjon Thomas
Lyrics on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7 by: Shjon Thomas
Lyrics on track 2, 4 by: Greg Murphy & Shjon Thomas

Keyboards written and arranged by Nathaniel Rendon and Shjon Thomas

Produced by Peter Rutcho, Shjon Thomas, and Ryan Mattheu
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios
Mixed by Peter Rutcho for Damage Productions
Engineered by Peter Rutcho, Shjon Thomas, and Nathaniel Rendon
Photography by Felicia Simion and Brad Osgood

Digital release, May 15, 2012.

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THE DEADSTATION. Episode 01: Like Peering into the Deepest Ocean Abyss. ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(71%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Although not my preferred genre admittedly from time to time I do check some stuff which is arising out ot the prog metal scene nevertheless. Well, this EP immediately hit me, I can tell you. What a dynamic workout. Four chaps are responsible for this fireworks, drummer Greg Murphy attracts my attention first and foremost - woaaaaah ... inclusive of bass drum staccato he's partially acting like a killer machine (show me your muscles!!!) ... and additionally cares for the lead vocals.

As for a rough orientation I would say this comes close to 'Dream Theater goes wild' somehow. Not meant as anything chaotic, boundless though,.to make it clear. This evolves like an epic so much the more. You can hear complex, well thought out song structures, featuring a great amount of melody. And their music sounds far away from stagnant overall, expressive and very virtuoso to my ears. Not being a regular band member - during the recording time at least - Nathaniel Rendon cares for the keyboards, often provided with symphonic touch, which shows him contrasting for sure.

This appears very agressive to my ears in total. I'm surprisingly able to enjoy their stuff though. 25 entertaining minutes circa, divided in seven parts which surely are bringing some wind of change to the table. Besides the extraordinarily lively drums tons of shredding guitar riffs are remarkable, however - you will detect some charming restful moments too. That means at least prog metal fans will love this EP, I'm sure. Well, you've got it, chaps. Hope to hear more - highly recommended!

Review by Second Life Syndrome
5 stars I cannot even begin to tell you how excited this EP makes me. I first listened to this Massachusetts-based band late in 2012, but this EP immediately knocked other 2012 albums off of my top 10 list for the year!

The Deadstation is a very unique band. This first episode in their pseudo-television series is melodic, heavy at points, well-paced, and very dark overall. It deals with the theme of drowning in society, of become a faceless nobody, and of realizing the need to escape.

The quality of this EP is outstanding! The vocals are slightly high-pitched, and just perfect for the music. The drums are heavy when they need to be, always tight, always just right. The guitarwork is excellent overall, and reminds me of Riverside's high-tuned guitars without the extend pedal. The bass lines are very well done, and last, but not least, the keyboards cut through the darkness to provide some of the most beautiful keys of 2012. They are truly sensational!

"Hundred Foot Drop" leads off this EP with an eerie, dark intro that could almost come right out of a neo-prog album.

"Subsistence Defined" comes right out of the previous track, and blows the listener away with a hefty metal portion. As with the rest of the EP, melody is never lost---the metal portions are always done tastefully and with great ability.

"Drugs For the Pain Inside" begins the four-track song "Like Peering Into the Deepest Ocean Abyss" off with a bang. The drums are particularly amazing on this track, and the raw emotion displayed here really tears at my soul.

"August 4th" is a narrated track that begins to give you a picture of the blackness surrounding the composer. This softer track has wonderful neo-prog moments that look back to the likes of Marillion.

"Anything but this...Anywhere but here" is a track with extremely emotive vocals, a great off-tempo drum beat, and more narration. The narration on this EP, by the way, is always spot-on, and never annoying.

"I Cannot Explain Myself Anymore" has a medium tempo to it, and it finishes off the "Like Peering into the Darkest Ocean Abyss" four-track song. It contains some great guitar solos and a return to the excellent metal section of "Drugs for the Pain Inside".

"Slowly But Surely, I'm Drowning" is a slow, neo-prog track with some of the best keyboards I've heard in 2012---truly amazing work. This track ends the EP with the tail end of the narration and a nice slow beat.

Overall, this EP has me excited for the next offering from this promising band. They nailed the metal parts, they perfected the keyboards, and they crafted an amazing atmosphere. This EP is certainly a masterpiece in composition, lyrics, atmosphere, ambiance, technical ability, restraint, and theme. Heck, I even bought a t-shirt! I really cannot praise it any higher, and it will definitely rank in my favorite albums ever. This deserves a much higher spot in the best of 2012!

Latest members reviews

5 stars First off, who in their right mind allows you to download their EP for free!?! That's right, The Deadstation. does. So who was I to refuse free music (which I ended up liking it so much I bought a hard copy anyway!)? I downloaded and hit play. Right away you are hit with "Hundred Foot Drop" that ... (read more)

Report this review (#1163932) | Posted by mykel35 | Monday, April 21, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This decade, there seems to have been an explosion of Progressive Metal. While this is exciting for fans of the genre like myself, it can often be difficult for a new Progressive Metal band to distinguish themselves - to bring something new to the table. This album was a very pleasant surprise for ... (read more)

Report this review (#795648) | Posted by dtguitarfan | Friday, July 27, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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