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    Posted: December 28 2009 at 19:08
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Atlas Shrug

Atlas Shrug is the result of the combined interpretations of rock music in these past decades and the determination of four musicians to aid in the progression of this style into the 21st century.

Powerful, unique and determined, the group has been steadily and meticulously crafting their sound since 2007. Their eponymous debut album is redefining the industry label 'independent', having been produced, engineered, funded and recorded entirely by the band at their private recording environment 'Mind For Music Studios'. With this recording the group has gone against numerous modern recording industry standards, refusing to use digital enhancements such as pitch correction (auto-tune), electronic instruments and drum triggering to capture what they feel is the essence of true rock music and what makes their sound unique: well thought out, tightly rehearsed arrangements of new musical ideas, performed by an adept group of young musicians without the need for digital aids.

Despite their diverse individual backgrounds, all four members decided to pursue music as both a creative outlet and a life-long profession. While their paths were separate, each one ultimately converged in Edmonton to study music at Grant Macewan College. Since their time at the school, all four members have crafted well known and respected musical careers, serving as freelance musicians to various Canadian artists along with starting numerous original projects in various other veins of music.

Behind the band's complex use of time signatures and polyrhythms are many relatively simple mathematical, musical and literary concepts. Atlas Shrug makes use of everything from current events to ancient mythologies to convey their message, and each song contains a unique musical concept; for example, their song "Prisoner" is constructed entirely around the Fibonacci sequence, from the time signatures to the central riff and every section surrounding it. "The Reminder", their debut
album's epic central piece, contains various allusions to doomsday and 2012 prophecies; the entire song is also built around a hidden Morse code message (most noticeable in the middle section), a rhythmic 'S.O.S.' superimposed over a specific date. "A Silver Cage" is built around the number 11, an important number in black magic and a personal favorite of noted occultist Aleister Crowley.

Atlas Shrug's music is characterized by the unique use of time signature changes as a method of musical sublimation, where the melodic intensity of the vocals are derived directly from the harmonically rich sound-scape created by the instruments. The introspective nature of the music is apparent in all four instruments; vivid imagery lies behind every aspect of the music, from the vocals down to the arrangements. Atlas Shrug maintains strict philosophies towards the music they create; their goal
is to push the limits of rock music while not sacrificing melody or their artistic integrity. Already receiving staggering praise from music lovers and industry personnel alike, the group intends to use their music and compelling live show to gain support locally and internationally in the coming years.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 28 2009 at 23:33
I had a listen earlier, and it didn't strike me as that "Prog", but then I'm not that up on "heavy" rock/metal music.
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