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Kristoffer Gildenlöw
Special Guests
Derek Sherinian
Alex Argento
Houry Dora Apartian

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Paradigms Review on PopRock.ca

Here's the review taken from the site, see English translation below.

Paradigms (2018)
Semantic Saturation
Prog Metal
Cornless Unicorn
Durée : 56 Minutes

8.5/10
Par Jacques Dulac

Voici la chronique de disque du tout nouveau Semantic Saturation paru il y a 3 mois! C’est dans le style prog metal que le montréalais Shant Hagopian nous propose son tout nouvel album!

‘‘Un projet très abouti pour Shant Hagopian qui y démontre toute sa virtuosité, ses talents de compositeur et d’arrangeur.’’

Tout nouveau projet pour le guitariste montréalais Shant Hagopian qui récidive avec un second opus qui se veut la suite logique de Solipsistic paru en 2012. C’est appuyé par le batteur Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) et le bassiste suédois Kristoffer Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) qu’il nous propose un album qui sonne en partie comme le précédent. Il expérimente aussi d’autres genres musicaux comme pour la pièce Empty Whisky Jar avec la chanteuse Houry Dora Apartian qui se veut dans les mêmes eaux que David Gilmour pour le feeling qui soit dit en passant, est l’une de ses influences à la guitare.

Mirrors of Confusion, Carousel of Death et The Stranger from Andromeda tombent en terrain connu si vous avez écouté son album précédent Solipsistic. Vous ne serez pas dépaysés. Il démontre une grande maturité musicale avec la pièce Until we meet Again qui est très texturée et inspirée. Le claviériste Derek Sherinian fait aussi une apparition le temps d’une pièce intitulée Ulterior Harmony… un bon rappel à l’album précédent. Et à ne pas oublier la pièce fleuve Where Dreams Have died qui passe par toutes les ambiances avec ses moments planants mais aussi plus lourds.

Paradigms se veut être un projet très abouti pour Shant Hagopian qui y démontre toute sa virtuosité, ses talents de compositeur et d’arrangeur. Une qualité que j’aime de Shant, c’est que même s’il est comparé à Petrucci, Steve Vai ou Joe Satriani, il n’a pas tendance à trop en faire dans ses solos de guitare… il sait doser et pour cette raison, ce tout nouvel opus est une réussite sur toute la ligne.

Un album incontournable pour les amateurs du genre.

Pour se procurer l’album : https://shop.semanticsaturation.com/

source: http://poprock.ca/albums/paradigms-semantic-analyse/

*** TRANSLATED BY GOOGLE ***

Paradigms (2018)
Semantic Saturation
Prog Metal
Cornless Unicorn
Running Time: 56 Minutes

8.5 / 10
By Jacques Dulac

Here is the record chronicle of the brand new Semantic Saturation published 3 months ago! It is in the prog metal style that the Montrealer Shant Hagopian offers us his brand new album!

"A very successful project for Shant Hagopian that demonstrates all his virtuosity, his talents as a composer and arranger."

Brand new project for Montreal guitarist Shant Hagopian, who reoffends with a second opus that is the logical continuation of Solipsistic released in 2012. It is supported by drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) and Swedish bassist Kristoffer Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation) ) that he offers us an album that sounds in part like the previous one. He also experimented with other musical genres such as Empty Whiskey Jar with the singer Houry Dora Apartian who wants to be in the same waters as David Gilmour for the feeling that is, by the way, is one of his influences on the guitar .

Mirrors of Confusion, Carousel of Death and The Stranger from Andromeda fall into familiar territory if you've listened to his previous album Solipsistic. You will not be homesick. He demonstrates a great musical maturity with the piece Until we meet Again which is very textured and inspired. Keyboardist Derek Sherinian also makes an appearance the time of a play entitled Ulterior Harmony ... a good reminder to the previous album. And do not forget the play Where Dreams Have died that goes through all the atmospheres with its hovering moments but also heavier.

Paradigms wants to be a very successful project for Shant Hagopian who demonstrates all his virtuosity, his talents as a composer and arranger. A quality that I love about Shant is that even if he's compared to Petrucci, Steve Vai or Joe Satriani, he does not tend to overdo it in his guitar solos ... he knows how to dose and for this reason, this brand new album is a success on the whole line.

An essential album for fans of the genre.

To get the album: https://shop.semanticsaturation.com/

Just for Kicks & MetalGlory.de

Paradigms is now available through Just for Kicks Music, featured in the latest catalog with a short and sweet review by MetalGlory.de

Hagopian unearthed a phenomenal mix of Metal, Prog and Fusion




Translated with Google:
Canada import: Shant Hagopian, mastermind behind Semantic Saturation, has made it again and gathered around dedicated musicians who follow his vision and put into action. The most well-known comrades are probably Craig Blundell (Frost / Steven Wilson) and Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Ex-Pain Of Salvation). If you remember the first work of the Canadian
jack of all trades, remember that Hagopian already unearthed a phenomenal mix of Metal, Prog and Fusion, which in a few moments reminds King Crimson of his interaction with Joe Satriani. He continues this line on Paradigms, but adds a much more metallic stamp to the whole thing, but jazz is also not missing, since cross-references can be found in almost every one of the 10 songs, making Paradigms a journey in the train of thought of Hagopian and at the same time a discovery of a special kind, because even if you think you already know everything, you can go on a great journey of discovery here. The reason is that in spite of all the crazy structures the songs have a common thread and are also hyper-melodic which of course makes discovering a lot easier and thereby is not just an album for musicians.
Conclusion: Ingenious prog / fusion / jazz metal with depth and soul and an indie tip.
-CS / Metalglory.de

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Paradigms Reviewed by Dutch Background Magazine

Pedro Bekkers wrote a review for Paradigms on Background Magazine.

Paradigms is the second outing of Semantic Saturation and it's equally impressive as the debut


*****



When I got to listen to Shant Hagopian's second Semantic Saturation album; Paradigms I realized it was in 2012 that fell in love with Shant's beautiful melodies and wonderful playing. Solipsistic (see review) became one of those albums that I came to play on a regular base, it never gets dull and remains an interesting musical journey, even after six years. In 2018 the time was right to release a new album and this time the accompanying musicians are as impressive as on the previous album. Besides Shant Hagopian, the core of the “band” are drummer Craig Blundell, well known from bands like Frost*, Lonely Robot and Steven Wilson. The Dutch/Swedish bass player Kristoffer Gildenlöw is famous for his participation in Pain Of Salvation, his solo works and is a member of the symphonic, progressive rock band Kayak. Guest keyboard players are the returning Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo and many more) and Alex Argento (Icefish) who also produced the album. Where on the previous album Vanden Plas vocalist Andy Kuntz provided the vocals for one song, the sole vocal laden track on Paradigms sees Houry Dora Apartian as vocalist. Finally, Squiggy McFlannel is mentioned as trumpeter for on song.

All in all a line-up that stands for high quality musical craftsmanship, and indeed these thorough musicians are very able to take the quite impressive compositions to an even higher level. Musically there is a lot of diversity on the album; guitar driven compositions, where Shant lets his guitar do the talking. He is able to write melodic guitar lines that substitute lyrical parts on progressive rock albums, but also knows when to play heavy nasty riffs. Both opening tracks; Mirrors Of Confusion and Carousel Of Death are good examples for this approach. Even more intense is Pareidolia, a heavy romantic track with subtle Joe Satriani infulences. Empty Whisky Jar is the only vocal track on the album, smooth blues and jazz elements are blended to a delicate composition, where again the Satriani references are clear, but in a song that good old Joe would never come up with. Perhaps my favourite on the album is the heavy progressive rock/metal song The Stranger From Andromeda, a brilliant tune where the trio; Hagopian, Gildenlöw and Blundell show they really belong to the top musicians in the scene. Until We Meet Again is a solid ballad style composition, highlighting some fine bass playing and tender guitar parts, welded together by subtle drumming. Another intriguing piece of music. Derek Sherinian enters his signature playing to Ulterior Harmony, making this one a progressive rock song with a fusion touch, a kind of smoother and funkier Planet X I would say. Perhaps weird, but the song Disturbance Within gives me the feeling of post rock, especially in the guitar parts these elements are very noticeable; together with the rhythm section the combination of post a progressiveness results in a more than amazing composition. Another fine tune where Shant lets his guitar do the talking is Universal; a kind of classic rock meets prog is the result, including very fine piano parts. Could you refer to an instrumental song as an epic, if you can, Where Dreams Have Died is the absolute epic of the album, spheres and speed changes all over the place, but remaining brilliant for the full ten and a half minute. Another perfect track I guess.

Paradigms is the second outing of Semantic Saturation and it's equally impressive as the debut, I think the use of different musicians does give the album a more progressive touch than the previous album. Which I think will win many true progressive rock aficionados, where the fusion freaks will still have their share of interesting parts. For me, this is another musical highlight in my collection.

-Pedro Bekkers (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)

*****



source: http://backgroundmagazine.nl/CDreviews/SemanticSaturationParadigms.html
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Discography

Solipsistic Album Cover
Solipsistic (2013)
Solipsistic Album Cover
Paradigms (2018)

Solipsistic

Solipsistic Album Cover

Solipsistic is the debut album for Semantic Saturation. The album features world class musicians and progressive rock gurus; such as drummer Virgil Donati, bassist Ric Fierabracci, and guests Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) on keyboards, and vocalist Andy Kuntz from Vanden Plas. Solipsistic was released physically on CD and digitally on January 21, 2013 after two long years of hard work and coordination between the featured artists working on the album. The album is available for sale in both formats on the Semantic Saturation store and on other online stores like Amazon, iTunes and others.

On the album, Bassist Ric Fierabracci says:
It was a great pleasure for me to play on Shant’s new CD. He is an extremely gifted writer, guitarist and producer as well.

Solipsistic consists of nine tracks, the first eight of which are instrumental, with the final track titled “What if We All Stop” bearing Andy Kuntz’s signature vocals. The epic song spans over 8 minutes, transitioning from a calm, mellow beginning towards an eagerly-anticipated heavier mid-section, before it reaches a grand finale capturing the essence of prog-rock along the way.

Vocalist Andy Kuntz follow up saying:
I’m very proud to be part of a new project with my precious friend Shant Hagopian. He is such a great composer and a very unique guitar player with his very own fingerprint.
On the process of creating the album Shant comments:
There’s this moment of transition during the recording process, when you put all the ideas together like pieces of a puzzle, and only then the bigger picture takes shape and you clearly see what the end result is going to be.
Virgil Donati - DrumsVirgil Donati
Ric Fierabracci - BassRic Fierabracci
Andy Kuntz - VocalsAndy Kuntz
Shant Hagopian - GuitarsShant Hagopian
Special Guests
Derek Sherinian

Paradigms

Paradigms Album Cover

Paradigms is an honest attempt to expand musical horizons, capturing the essence of the unique prog vibe by focusing on the genre's most important aspect: variety. Featured musicians on the album include drummer Craig Blundell (Frost*/Steven Wilson), bassist Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex-Pain of Salvation), guests Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater), Alex Argento on keyboards, and the lovely jazz vocalist Houry Dora Apartian.

PARADIGMS is now available for pre-order in CD, Special Edition CD&DVD, Vinyl and digital formats through the brand new Semantic Saturation online store. Pre-orders come with a postcard including a personal message, and signed by Shant Hagopian. The online store also hosts a selection of T-Shirts, bundles and other merchandise featuring PARADIGMS artwork. The digital album will also be available on Apple iTunes and others.

The laudable array of ten compositions conveys a multitudinous variety of changing moods, while inventively preserving the album's grand paradigm of musical intrigue and astounding mastery. Shant's musical ingenious is rendered crystal clear in “Mirrors of Confusion” where funky grooves and heavy riffing intertwine seamlessly, and his academic foundations in Jazz are evidently traced throughout the exciting track of “Carousel of Death”, while Craig Blundell’s insane drumming techniques and Kirstoffer’s transcendent bass lines are conspicuous throughout all ten tracks. Furthermore, Shant’s masterful and peculiar cover painting resonates radiantly with the music.

PARADIGMS is Shant's second Semantic Saturation album after Solipsistic, demonstrating his ever-evolving musical writing abilities, and on this long-awaited production he says:

To me, the process of creating an album has always been like giving birth, you carry it within you for several months until it's *released*, and then you show the world what you've made. Minus all the crying and the ugly baby pictures.
Drummer Craig Blundell says:
I was deeply honoured when I got the call to play all the tracks on this project which features some insanely talented people of which I'm fans of too. Every track is a real challenge but extremely rewarding when it comes together, the whole album is staggeringly good.
And Kristoffer humbly said:
The basslines I recorded did not do justice for the album, so I've asked Shant quietly to hire guitarist Steve Lukather to re-record the basslines for all ten tracks.
Kristoffer has since retreated to his cabin in the woods of northern Holland, after selling his entire career on ebay for as close to nothing.

Album Line-up

Craig Blundell - DrumsCraig Blundell
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - BassKristoffer Gildenlöw
Shant Hagopian - GuitarsShant Hagopian
Special Guests
Derek Sherinian - Alex Argento - Houry Dora Apartian

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Who is Semantic Saturation?

Semantic Saturation is a progressive rock/progressive metal project founded by Canadian guitarist Shant Hagopian. The foundation of the project is based on the idea to work with a different set of musicians on every album. Today, playing prog music is regarded in the eyes of many as being a feat. It should not be like that. Listeners do not enjoy music anymore, they're only trying to find bands that can play a million notes per minute. Although we do that too occasionally, but Semantic Saturation is not an impressing machine, it's a single note at the right place and the right time that will give you chills.

Musicians

Craig Blundell - DrumsCraig Blundell
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - BassKristoffer Gildenlöw
Shant Hagopian - GuitarsShant Hagopian

Virgil Donati - DrumsVirgil Donati
Ric Fierabracci - BassRic Fierabracci
Andy Kuntz - GuitarsAndy Kuntz
Special Guests
Derek Sherinian - Alex Argento - Houry Dora Apartian

What is Semantic Saturation?

Semantic Saturation also known as ‘Semantic Satiation’ is a psychological phenomenon where repetition causes a word or phrase to lose its meaning temporarily; words are then processed in the mind as meaningless sounds. This idea, of course, goes much deeper than that, it doesn’t just stop there. Even though unapparent, our brains are being saturated on a daily basis. It may seem slow, but the effects are significant on the long run.

Oftentimes, we hear people repeating a set of clichéd words or phrases without any perception, and completely indifferent to what they really mean. Some of these words have become saturated in our minds, as a result of overhearing the same phrases over and over. Until it becomes a habit; a bad one.

Saturation is a disease; and it’s viral. it is being streamed to us through multiple channels, it’s on the news, it’s in the paper, and words spread mouth to mouth. Once you’re in the cycle, you’re inside a black hole and there's never an escape. You overhear a few people talking about the latest trend and you start mentioning it to everyone you meet, fearing of being left behind, in fear of complete disconnection, and being left all alone in some dark corner of our imaginary realities.

We’re losing our communication skills, in this age of technology. Almost all of us on our planet are interconnected, the whole world is in our palms; just a few clicks away; under our fingertips, yet we struggle to connect mentally. When was the last time you had a REAL conversation with somebody? I fail to remember. Communication is key, but we've already been over-saturated, and words have become meaningless sounds.

When I look at the social media today, I don’t see people. I see emotionless by-products, mind-controlled nincompoops, narcissist lunatics. Everybody’s trying to sell something, including myself, and we’re all busy consuming and boasting about the latest toy we bought, a “be-the-first-or-be-nothing” mentality that is killing our motivations; our desires; our dreams and our creativity.

This is the new norm.

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