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The band was founded in 2007 when radiologists Sean REITER (guitars, backing vocals) and Paul MCGINNIS (drums) discovered a common love for progressive rock. Both were experienced musicians; REITER was in a band that opened for one of his favourite bands, KANSAS, while MCGINNIS was a longtime drummer. Soon, REITER composed a concept album called ''The Tunnel''. Howard WHITMAN (bass, lead vocals) joined the band with a keyboardist in 2008 who left few years later and replace by Donald HENNEY. By 2011, this second incarnation of the band went on tour playing many gigs while working on this CD. The band was named finalist in a couple of ''Battle of the Bands''. This year (2014), they played at the RoSFest and finally released their debut album.

The music of this Philadelphia band draws his influences from RUSH and KANSAS with a progressive rock that has a heavy edge and some keyboards symphonic escape to complete their sound.

Biography by rdtprog

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3.30 | 14 ratings
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3.30 | 14 ratings

The Tunnel
Shadow Merchant Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US quartet SHADOW MERCHANT was formed back in 2007, and honed their craft a bit before hitting the studio to record any music with a good handful of concerts to their name following their initial formative phase. "The Tunnel" is their debut album, self-released in 2014.

Harder-edged progressive rock with a liberal amount of subtle inclusions of '70s classic hard rock is the name of the game for this US band. Those with an affection for late '70s and early '80s Rush should probably be the ones to feel most compelled to give this production a spin, and I rather suspect that those who enjoyed the music of a band like Triumph might also hear the charm of this production. While not quite what I'd describe as the finished article this is a band exploring an interesting variety of progressive rock, and I'd advise to check out the longer tracks towards the end of this CD to get the most favorable first impression.

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