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Monuments of Ecstasy
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Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Rob Thomas
2015 Projekt PRO313 (CD)
Reviewed by Exposé, Relaxed Machinery, Textura
The visionary tribal-ambient trio of Byron Metcalf, Steve Roach and Rob Thomas opens a portal into an expanded state of being. MONUMENTS OF ECSTASY contains six impeccably crafted pieces of modern-tribal magic; the visceral power of sound and rhythm work to activate a body-centered passion and life-force arousal. Byron's drums and percussion fuse with Steve's hybrid grooves, array of analog modular, virtual analog synths and mixing enhancements; Rob's serpentine didgeridoo weaves aboriginal textures and otherworldly voices, adding ancient layers to the trio's flows and soundscapes. The result are majestic and powerful formations that rise up from the earth in an ever-evolving organic listening experience.
Driven by a constant current of fluid percussive pulses, the music induces a sense of hyper-perception on all levels -- from cellular to celebration. This is akin to the expanded level of awareness achieved throughout time by seekers worldwide. The entire body becomes a receptor-center for these primal forms of rhythmic momentum and emotive textures. A myriad of interwoven patterns, accentuated by state of the art recording, mixing and mastering, combine to transport the listener into a numinous dimension of energy, expansion and bliss -- the very definition of ecstasy.
Activating an euphoric state of body-mind-spirit awareness, the tracks develop and emerge as they reveal their intensity and power. Just like the massive, magnificent monuments that grace the album cover, these pieces inspire a breathtaking state of awe. With an underlying power and strength, the expansiveness of these MONUMENTS OF ECSTASY await...
|1. ||Archaic Layers||MP3||11:29|| |
|2. ||Monuments of Trance||MP3||16:31|| |
|3. ||Primal Analog||MP3||9:20|| |
|4. ||Molecules of Momentum||MP3||9:05|| |
|5. ||Monuments of Ecstasy||MP3||15:08|| |
|6. ||This Place on Earth||MP3||4:36|| |
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig
2008 Projekt PRO222 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i magazine, Electroambient Space, Guts Of Darkness, Musique Machine, Sonic Curiosity
NADA TERMA merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On NADA TERMA (translated as "discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound") East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for any listener looking for extended states of awareness, creative enhancement, yoga, bodywork, and deep listening.
Following upon the groundbreaking work of 2006's MANTRAM, NADA TERMA is the second Projekt collaboration between Arizona's Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf with Germany's Mark Seelig. On NADA TERMA they reach deeper into the mystical / spiritual realm, presenting a blend of diverse worlds skillfully combined in an organic fashion. Deep-trance frame drums, clay pots and percussion meet with harmonic overtone vocals (akin to Tuvan throat singers) and the yearning sounds of the stringed Indian Dilruba, and East Indian bansuri flute, bringing a melodic and spiritual-contemplative highlight to the release. All of this exists within an enigmatic world of shadow and shifting light developed by way of artful enhancements and processing of the acoustic instruments. These complements are part of a constant, slowly breathing subtext of drones and atmospheres in which the entire experience lives.
|1. ||Nada Terma||MP3||73:22|| |
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Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig
2004 Projekt PRO160 (CD)
Reviewed by Amazon.com, e|i magazine, Hypnagogue, Morpheus Music
Like the living, breathing, meditative movement of the Sufi trance dance, MANTRAM is grounded in a reverence for the slowing of time which allows the natural reflective process to emerge. Slow heartbeat-like acoustic frame drum, overtone voice, Didgeridoo, Bansuri flute, and Tamboura drones mix with a majestic tapestry of organic electronic textures, offering the sonic equivalent of the power found when gazing into timeless Mandala images found in classic sacred art. The entire CD holds a consistent interconnected feeling that seems to spiral outwards when experienced in repeat playback.
|1. ||One||MP3||14:54|| |
|2. ||Two||MP3||8:24|| |
|3. ||Three||MP3||3:54|| |
|4. ||Four||MP3||3:38|| |
|5. ||Five||MP3||14:12|| |
|6. ||Six||MP3||11:34|| |
|7. ||Seven||MP3||10:35|| |
|8. ||Eight||MP3||6:21|| |
|The Serpent's Lair|
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf
2000 Projekt PRO107 (CD)
Reviewed by amazon.com, AmbientVisions, Interface, Muze, NAPRA Review, Sonic Curiosity, The Raging Consciousness Desk
Beginning as a collaboration between Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf, the music on THE SERPENT'S LAIR evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. This release has it all: Steve's ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production, combined with Byron's acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns. Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, the music is rooted in the organic... the earth... the ancestors... It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.
|Disc 1: The Serpent's Lair|
|1. ||The Lair|| ||12:14|| |
|2. ||Rite of Passage|| ||14:09|| |
|3. ||Shedding the Skin|| ||5:39|| |
|4. ||Big Medicine|| ||12:53|| |
|5. ||Future Tribe||MP3||8:30|| |
|6. ||Birthright|| ||5:59|| |
|7. ||Osmosis|| ||4:04|| |
|8. ||Egg Chamber Dreaming|| ||8:53|| |
|Disc 2: Offerings From the Underworld|
|1. ||Offering in Waves|| ||10:55|| |
|2. ||Impending Sense of Calm|| ||9:03|| |
|3. ||Cave Dwellers|| ||23:08|| |
|4. ||Primal Passage|| ||4:47|| |
|5. ||Serpent Clan|| ||5:02|| |
|6. ||Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother|| ||6:50|| |
|7. ||Ochua|| ||9:26|| |
Byron Metcalf, Erik Wøllo
2016 Projekt PRO328 (CD)
Electronic musician Erik Wøllo joins tribal-trance percussionist Byron Metcalf for an elegant album weaving melodic, vibrant soundscapes with subtle, grounding rhythms.
|1. ||Days of Magic||MP3||8:49|| |
|2. ||Light and Ground||MP3||7:57|| |
|3. ||Far Wandered||MP3||8:35|| |
|4. ||Valley of Spheres||MP3||8:27|| |
|5. ||Distant Future||MP3||7:52|| |
|6. ||Diomedea||MP3||8:47|| |
|7. ||Earth Luminous||MP3||7:26|| |
|8. ||Linked Stars||MP3||5:21|| |
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf, Dashmesh Khalsa
2010 Dr. BAM's Music DBM006 (CD)
Reviewed by New Age Retailer
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent new release. Byron carved out a collection of incredible trance grooves for nearly a year, eventually bringing in the prana-infused didgeridoo of Dashmesh Khalsa on every track. Steve joined on in early January 2010 and poured his heart and soul-drenched soundworlds into the six pieces, covering a full range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion. The end result is a full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence.
|1. ||Dream Tracker||MP3||20:18|| |
|2. ||Dreamtime Alchemy||MP3||10:04|| |
|3. ||From the Inside||MP3||9:18|| |
|4. ||Thunder Walk||MP3||11:47|| |
|5. ||Roo Runner||MP3||9:55|| |
|6. ||Realms of the Sacred Seed||MP3||12:02|| |
|The Shaman's Heart II: The Healing Journey|
Byron Metcalf (with Steve Roach)
2010 Projekt PRO268 (CD)
THE SHAMAN'S HEART II is an entrancing 70-minute shamanic journey of uninterrupted, evolving tribal-trance drumming and percussion that continuously builds in rhythmic complexity and dynamic intensity. Byron is joined by Steve Roach who provides the harmonic and textural psychotropic stew created from a rich, organic and analog blend. The alchemy with the percussion results in an ecstasy that helps hold the space for the listener to journey far and deep into powerful and sustained shamanic states of consciousness. The journey culminates in a bursting forth through the full spectrum portal of pure existence -- returning safely home to the heart-centered presence and potential of the true self.
|1. ||The Shaman's Heart II||MP3||71:10|| |
|A Warning From the Elders|
2007 Dr. BAM's Music (CD)
In this latest solo project, Byron expands his sonic explorations of the shamanic path of soul-based and heart-centered living that is the foundation of his work. This work is centered around organic trance rhythms and interlocking hybrid grooves which drive the experience forward and deeper into the shamanic realms. A WARNING FROM THE ELDERS is the first project where Byron has used his overtone singing to create harmonic drones and soundscapes. With this potent emphasis on the raw, organic sounds of wood, skin, metal, clay, stone, and the human voice, Byron makes a big step forward in his production skills and the result is a delicious blend of fierce percussion, heart-opening textural voices and overtone singing; a powerful meditation of purpose, presence and compassion.
|1. ||Facing The Truth||MP3|| |
|2. ||A Warning From the Elders|| || |
|3. ||Heart Warriors||MP3|| |
|4. ||Fire Passage||MP3|| |
|5. ||Earth Om – Sacred Resonance||MP3|| |
|Not Without Risk|
Byron Metcalf (with Steve Roach)
2001 Dr. BAM's Music DBMCD 002 (CD)
Byron Metcalf's new solo CD, featuring Steve Roach on several tracks, is available for a limited time. Cut from a similar fabric as disc one of THE SERPENT'S LAIR. This intense tribal percussion-heavy journey is not for the faint at heart, and while the word "shamanic music" gets used freely now, this is to be considered the real deal. It's a more stripped down sound from THE SERPENT'S LAIR, with various drums and percussion, didgeridoo and soundscapes combined for a powerful result.
|1. ||Not Without Risk|| ||7:58|| |
|2. ||Fields of Intention||MP3||8:06|| |
|3. ||Primordial Recognition||MP3||9:04|| |
|4. ||Medicine Story||MP3||9:54|| |
|5. ||Spirit Gathering||MP3||9:52|| |
|6. ||Dark Brew||MP3||7:38|| |
|7. ||Clan Travelers||MP3||10:48|| |
|8. ||Light From A Burning Bridge||MP3||10:30|| |