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MYRIAD is a progressive rock duo from Brisbane, Australia.
Evoking the epic spirituality of artists such as YES and TANGERINE DREAM, and with an energetic, space-rock attack reminiscent of 70's RUSH, MYRIAD aims to create deep and reflective music to take you on a soul journey.
MYRIAD has recorded two albums to date; the dreamy 'Sea Of The Sinking Sun' and the epic 'Floating On Ascending Plains'.
Extended, multi-part compositions featuring spacious, layered guitars, other-worldly analogue synths, commanding, detailed drum work, ethereal melodies and majestic themes contribute to a deep and reflective yet energetic sound that recalls the sensibilities of 70s progressive rock artists such as early PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, Mike OLDFIELD and many others!

In 2011, MYRIAD members Matt HEINDORFF (guitars, synths, vocals) and Steve CLARKE (drums) are recording a brand new album. The new album will feature the expansive sound and contemplative themes of previous albums, with new ideas and influences to take you on a musical journey with some surprising destinations!


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3.29 | 6 ratings
Sea Of The Sinking Sun
1996
3.94 | 12 ratings
Floating On Ascending Plains
2001

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Reminded
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Quietude
2013

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 Sea Of The Sinking Sun by MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.29 | 6 ratings

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Sea Of The Sinking Sun
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
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2 stars Australian project Myriad was an idea of singer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Heindorff, who started it in 1995, based in Brisbane.In his first work he collaborated with drummer Justyn Roebig.The album carried the title ''Sea of the Sinking Sun'' and was privately released in June 1996.

The album follows the Space Rock vein, based on the use of floating synthesizers, atmospheric guitars and hypnotic singing lines, creating a spacey and sometimes somber mood, no matter the track is long or short.There is some sporadic use of piano and organ here and there and the musicianship is quite laid-back, almost based on chill-out tunes.Heindorff often uses also some sound effects in order to come up with even more atmospheric soundscapes.The lack of some energy, the similarity between all cuts along with the very short length of the album (just over 30 minutes) are the biggest problems of ''Sea of the Sinking Sun''.I could name also the absence of some haunting melodies as well, but this part is overcome through the carefully structured pieces, which are not spectacular by any means, but overall complete a decent listening.

This is not a bad album.The music is above average, the vocals are also nice, but it misses some nerve and twists to be fully recommended.Nevertheless this could be a decent listening for fans of the style...2.5 stars.

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 Reminded by MYRIAD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
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Reminded
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars On first listen, I was a little disappointed not to hear the warm acoustic playing I usually associate with Australian progressive band Myriad on their latest track `Reminded'. Luckily that passed...and very quickly too! If those acoustic elements are what have always given the band's music a very human and grounded feel, then `Reminded' sees the band aim straight for outer space and beyond! Myriad have compiled a number of ideas into an exciting and cohesive mini epic, and it seems a lot longer than the 6 minutes it runs for. It flows beautifully, never over-cramped or too busy, and everything can be heard clearly in the perfectly balanced mix too.

Beginning with Rush-like atmospheric chunky bass and drums, it has a dreamy and plodding sound filled with mystery and drama. Evocative melodic electric guitar runs and thick synths not unlike the lost-in-space 80's Eloy albums `Planets' and `Time To Turn' give the track an other-wordly and floating quality. Love the percussion-led middle section, before a knockout soaring electric solo from talented Matthew Heindorff that has become the Myriad trademark. It's one of his best, most melodic and grand solos yet, very uplifting. The heavy drum sound from Steve Clark has a lot of booming echo that highlights the deep-space sound, and it's perfect for some `air drumming'!

Hopefully a sign of even better things to come, this is the sound of a band still moving forward, progressing, pushing themselves and their listeners. I think a good combination of their traditional acoustic elements and the spacey elements of this piece will be a real winner!

More new material can't come soon enough from this talented Australian progressive project.

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 Sea Of The Sinking Sun by MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.29 | 6 ratings

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Sea Of The Sinking Sun
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Australia's own Myriad play a warm blend of acoustic based progressive rock, with refined synths/keyboards and electric guitar in the vein of early Porcupine Tree. The music on their debut album `Sea Of The Sinking Sun' is low-key, thoughtful and tasteful melodic progressive rock with a real humanity. I purchased this album many years ago from the long-gone Cranium Records, and I was immensely impressed with it. It's been a very special album for me all this time, and I wish more prog albums had the heart and genuine feeling that this one does.

`Gone' begins the album with the strong and dreamy acoustic guitar playing and plaintive vocals from Myriad main-man Matthew Heindorff that are the band's trademark, backed with uplifting and drifting keyboards. His lyrics always have a very personal and reflective tone, and you'll likely find much to relate to in his words throughout the album.

`Outside Smile' is a little bit darker, with a contemplative vocal and matching lyric backed with thick ghostly synths. Some nice clean electric guitar in the stirring ambient middle section before the track shoots straight for the sky with a spiraling electric guitar solo that is easily the equal of Steven Wilson and Nick Barrett of Pendragon. Terrific commanding drum work from Justin Roebig gives the track a great sense of epic drama. The album highlight!

`Picnic...' is a brief acoustic interlude with an evocative melody! Far too short, but beautiful nonetheless.

Lovely piano and pounding drums kick off `Cold Under This Sky', a classy mid-tempo piece with more pensive lyrics and a warm sighing vocal. We get a a bit of electric grunt in the second half, and there's terrific chunky and fluid bass playing from Matt throughout the whole track. Love the way the music slows up and speeds down, back and forth, right near the end.

`North Sea Road' is a sweet and upbeat boppy track with playful Syd Barret-esque vocal lines and foot tapping clean electric guitar melodies! Matt's voice is very charming and likeable on this one, and there's a lovely dancing guitar solo with shimmering synths backing it up. A terrific joyful little diversion!

`Destiny's Midst' is the heaviest piece on the album, with hard drums and dirty electric guitar riffs. It probably gives the album a bit of an adrenaline kick after the lighter previous track, and the whole second half is filled with a groovy wailing guitar solo.

`Almost A Joker' is the most ambitious piece on the album, comprised of a number of different ideas joined together. The track is based around stomping drums and riff-heavy chugging, before dissolving into an experimental ocean of ambient swimming electronic effects along the lines of Tangerine Dream and early Pink Floyd. Other-wordly treated ruminative vocals call from the distance, and maddening looped drums drive the listener to madness. Then a killer electric guitar solo tears through the nightmare and lifts the listener away. This track most of all shows the true potential this band had, and only hinted at directions the band would eventually head in.

With their next few releases, Myriad would add a sophisticated blend of acoustic and heaviness with `Floating On Ascending Plains', then aimed for the stars with the spacey and electronic `Reminded' (as well as their upcoming `Quietude'). But check out the band's unassuming and melodic debut album for a wonderful little progressive gem.

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 Floating On Ascending Plains by MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.94 | 12 ratings

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Floating On Ascending Plains
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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4 stars Australia is not exactly known as a hotbed of progressive rock activity, so it's even more satisfying that a band of the high quality of Brisbane's Myriad represents my home country so well. They sit perfectly alongside Sebastian Hardie/Windchase, Unitopia and Ben Craven as superb local examples of progressive rock.

`Floating On Ascending Plains' is a natural step onwards from Myriad's previous release `Sea of The Sinking Sun'. Everything on this album sounds much more developed and truly progressed forwards from the first EP. Much of the playing is more technical, Matthew Heindorff's lyrics are more abstract and complex (reminds me in places of Jon Anderson at his new age finest!). The production has a much richer and fuller sound, but it never sounds cluttered or over-busy. There's still a very strong emphasis on acoustic guitar, which was one of the things I always loved about the first EP.

I was a little shocked at first by the heavier sound on the two part track `Visions Of Sinai'! The harder sections sound more like Rush, especially with the bass and drums combo, or even maybe 80's Eloy, with hard rock riffs and spacey keyboards. It features wonderful melodic electric guitar solos, with the bass grumbling away in the background, in addition to killer keyboard solo runs! The second half features a very David Gilmour/Pink Floyd inspired soaring guitar solo, as well as a relentless neo-prog sounding keyboard solo! Epic track, with so many interesting ideas. I do wonder why it was decided to split this track in two, as opposed to keeping it the one single big prog epic, though?

`Flood Of Understanding' is a nice collection of atmospheric pieces, alternating between electronic ambient textures and warm reflective acoustic passages. The second section is a drifting icey soundscape worthy of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Adeldert Von Deyen. I would love to see the band really implement this direction on future releases. It's followed by a more somber piece similar to final section of Floyd's `Saucerful Of Secrets' with the mournful organs, or even something off the `Staircase Infinities' album by Porcupine Tree. The mood is brought back up again with a nice reprise of the opening acoustic section to wrap up the track, with additional keyboards to back it up. This is my favorite track of the album, and I would gladly listen to the band release an entire album in this style. It really takes you on a reflective and spiritual journey.

I assume the shorter final track `Forever Fading Days' was perhaps from the first album recordings. The production and style of the track makes me think it might have been recorded at the same time or was an outtake from `Sea Of The Sinking Sun'? Nice track to finish the album on.

Matthew Heindorff is an extremely talented musician. Not only is his guitar playing exemplary throughout the album, be it on the many expressive acoustic tracks or the grand, epic electric solos, but his bass playing is extremely impressive as well. Its always mixed very upfront and prominent, the way it should always be in progressive rock bands! Very tasteful and varied in his use of keyboard sounds as well. He is also a very competent vocalist with a warm and genuine voice. Darren Finch on drums/percussion also makes an impression, showing a lot of variety and technical ability.

With so many of our prog acts more closely aligned to metal, it's very satisfying to hear an Australian prog band play classic, epic and grand symphonic rock, that takes elements from the legends of the 70's and adds a thoroughly original and modern spin on it. Myriad's music gets a total recommendation from me, well worth looking into, and I look forward to more from them in the future.

An easy four stars!

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3.29 | 6 ratings

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Sea Of The Sinking Sun
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The two first albums from this Australian band has been made available through Bandcamp now. A move I hope will give this band a lot more attention. That and the interview with them I recently published.

Myriad has been compared with Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson. Which is a good comparison. I would also compare the music on this album with the US west coast scene which gave us the likes of Jefferson Airplane. Not to mention the likes of Beach Boys. There is some definate surfing USA and beach life feelings over this album. That and some space rock like yearning for something else too. The music is light and flowery prog with good light vocals, vintage guitars and keyboards + the usual bass and drums. The quality is good throughout. It lacks a couple of killer tunes though. But the music is both clever and intelligently made throughout. This is most definate worthy downloads or even good physical purchases. Fans of Porcupine Tree should most definate check out this album.

3 stars

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Floating On Ascending Plains
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I feel very fortunate to have legit copies of both of MYRIAD's albums, they are almost impossible to find. MYRIAD are an Australian band who play a psychedelic brand of music and are led by multi-instrumentalist Matthew Heindorff. It took 2 years in the studio to finish this record and unlike the debut from five years earlier we get some heaviness although not a lot. It kind of reminds me of when PORCUPINE TREE decided to add heaviness on the "In Absentia" album, but here there is far, far less of that. When you open up the cd you see these words: "The earth rolls upon her wings the sun givith his light by day the moon givith her light by night and the stars also give their light as they roll upon their wings in their glory in the midst of the power of God."

"Stepping Stones To Monastic Overview" opens with sparse sounds that echo and pulse. "Visions Of Sinai (First Canto)" opens with spacey winds then it kicks in abruptly and heavily. Love the chunky bass here. It settles back 1 1/2 minutes in with synths, bass and drums standing out.Vocals 2 minutes in. What a great sounding tune. It kicks back in briefly before 6 1/2 minutes then a spacey calm takes over to end it. "Flood Of Understanding" opens with strummed guitar and another guitar playing over top. It all stops 3 1/2 minutes in as a spacey atmosphere rolls in. Strummed guitar after 6 minutes then the organ joins in.The guitar stops as it turns spacey again then it kicks in before 10 1/2 minutes to end it.

"Visions Of Sinai (Second, Third and Fourth Cantos)" builds and we get some huge bass as the guitar starts to solo around 2 minutes. Amazing ! It kicks in with vocals at 3 minutes. It turns spacey before 6 1/2 minutes but the drums still pound away.The drums stop a minute later and we get some relaxed guitar melodies as reserved vocals join in.The vocals stop 9 minutes in as drums, deep bass and guitar take over. Incredible sound. "Forever Fading Days" features laid back guitar and vocals. We get some keys late that really remind me of BAUER. It's spacey to end it.

I'm such a fan of this band and their style. I still like the debut better but both are "must haves" in my opinion.

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 Sea Of The Sinking Sun by MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 1996
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Sea Of The Sinking Sun
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The beach that is a mile from my home is my favourite place to be in the summer, especially to see the sun sink into the water as the album title conveys. And the album cover really speaks to the beach and summer. Yes it makes me really look forward to spring. I have to say that Canadians and Australians seem to have a special connection, and I have an uncle who grew up near Sydney and moved to Canada when he was 25 and married my mom's sister. I worked for him for 18 years and he was the best boss I ever had. I loved the stories he would tell, and a great memory I have is of his dad coming over to Canada purposely in the winter to see snow for the first time, and playing road hockey with him and a bunch of my cousins. Funny thing but he never came back to visit (haha).The guy responsible for MYRIAD is Matthew Heindorff who has been called the Australian version of Steven Wilson.

"Gone" opens with some beautiful acoustic guitar and Steven Wilson-like vocals. The synths are a nice touch as well. "Outside Smile" features an atmospheric soundscape that is dark at times. Some good synth work follows and later in the song we get a great guitar solo with the drums pounding away. Nice. "Picnic In The Park At Solstice" is an instrumental that is less than a minute long with a nice acoustic guitar melody. "Cold Under This Sky" opens with keys,as heavy drums and vocals follow. Some riffs 3 minutes in as the sound gets heavier.

This song blends into "North Sea Road' one of my favourite tracks on the record. It opens with the wind blowing and something jangling in that wind, guitar comes in after a minute.The lyrics are sung rather quickly. "Destiny's Midst" is another good one ! Opening with the sound of a radio playing that gets louder and more audible as it becomes this song. There is a nice scorching guitar solo with crisp drums. Well done. The final song is "Almost A Joker", it has a nice contrast between the heavy drums and the vocals. I like the spacey, dreamy synths and vocals here.There are some beautiful guitar melodies 7 minutes in.

This album and band are well worth checking out. I was fortunate enough to get a copy of this from Greg Walker.

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 Floating On Ascending Plains by MYRIAD album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.94 | 12 ratings

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Floating On Ascending Plains
Myriad Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by loserboy
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4 stars Wow... this one was a real find kids... MYRIAD are a band all their own and very much progressive in their fresh new approach. Musically these guys are ontop of the world with some exceptional guitar, keyboard and percussive moments. MYRIAD blend the robustness of the CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO with heavy KING CRIMSON and PORCUPINE TREE breakouts and synth charm of vintage 70's bands.

The band is really the genius of Matthew Heindorff (guitars, bass, vocals, synths and organ) and Darren Finch (drums, cymbals, djembe and congas). Mood swings are just the order of the day on this album and songs move from very serene to heavy guitar-laden breakouts. Lovers of PORCUPINE TREE will without a doubt love this little album. Symphonic and Majestic yet impulsive and dark. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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