"MEMORIES & INTUITION" BACKGROUND MAGAZINE REVIEW
"Ever since the self-titled debut album of Shumaun in 2015, I have been astonished about this band. The great progressive, though catchy compositions, wonderful instrumentation, on top of it all, the amazing vocals....the majority of the music present on the album are brilliant progressive compositions. Jeez, what a hell of a ride. For sure, another five star album for me. "
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" MUSIC GURU RADIO REVIEW
"The band writes really good music & the album is top notch"
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" JAZZ WEEKLY REVIEW
"Vocalist Farhad Hossain plays guitars as well as keyboards, teaming up with Jose Mora, Tyler Kim and Tanvir Tomal for a series of originals that mix head banging metal with Pink Floyd atmosphere’s. The acoustic “Central Station” and electrically thick “Fear Is” bring hints of early Floyd circa “Meddle” to the fore, while heavy and thunderous guitars and drums pound away on “Prove Yourself” and a Guns N Roses rock swaggers on “Go.” There are also a couple pretty moments, as with the dreamy “Sensus Divinitatus,” the tender keys and a mix of melodies an the cosmic 15 minute journey of a title track. What space station are they landing on?"
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" PROFIL PROG REVIEW (French)
“Everything is perfect. The voice is exceptional, crystal guitar, keyboards too, and a hyper melodic rhythm. The vocal performance could make many other group’s singers jealous.”
FARHAD INTERVIEWED BY VIA NOCTURNA (IN PORTUGUESE)
FULL BAND INTERVIEW BY MUSIC STREET JOURNAL
“A fan once emailed me to say that our music got him through a really tough time in his life. That is always pretty amazing to hear.”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" SEA OF TRANQUILITY REVIEW
“This stuff is incredibly catchy, mostly due to the excellent vocals of Hossain. Sometimes I find the emphasis on lead vocals rather annoying, especially if the vocals are not up to snuff. That is far from the case here. His vocals are superbly melodic and had me completely transfixed throughout the disc’s fifty-two minute running time.”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" BETREUTES PROGGEN REVIEW
"With "One Day Closer To Yesterday" Shumaun deliver a homogenous, quite independent and accessible album that combines the boundaries between prog, rock and metal in a skilful way. Metal fans will appreciate it."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" MUSIC IN BELGIUM REVIEW
“A well-conceived album, varied and complex without being unapproachable, but rather very accessible to a large audience thanks to the dominance of the melodic aspect and the intervention of many more settled moments where pop-rock and acoustics open other sound doors ... but that's not all because it will take several listenings to properly cash all the richness of this album, which is a great success!”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" MUSIC STREET JOURNAL REVIEW
"This album is a real powerhouse that manages to shift and change throughout, while also entertaining for the duration. While the prog purists will probably hate these guys for the metal and alternative rock built into this music, it's their loss because this is very strong stuff."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" MUSOSCRIBE REVIEW
In the grand unpredictable what-ever-could-be-next tradition of prog, the music changes texture and direction relentlessly, this album requires (and rewards) attentive listening. Beware of shredding guitars, though."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" DMME CANADA REVIEW
“Reasonably theatrical and reflecting of the ensemble’s entire creative palette, the fantastic multi-part epic is worth the price of admission alone.”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" BABYBLAUE-SEITEN REVIEW
“The album offers predominantly melodic and at the same time energetic, fresh and modern acting progmetal. In addition, there is the no less melodic, occasionally almost the AOR appeal emanating vocals, which then contrasted with the sexy hard guitars.”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" (Dual Reviews) DUTCH PROGRESSIVE ROCK PAGE (8 of 10)
"If you like your albums to have great melodies, and enough complexity to bring genuine depth, whilst avoiding showcasing, then this is most definitely an album for you."
"For me the ace card that Shumaun play is the superb singing of guitarist, keyboard player and founder Farhad Hossain. He has a strong, clear and wide ranging tenor. He can hit the high notes effortlessly and is forceful and delicate without any showboating...
If you want melodic, hard-edged guitar driven, keyboard underpinned prog-metal with a fabulous singer, try Shumaun’s One Day Closer To Yesterday I don’t think you will be disappointed."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" THE PROG MIND REVIEW
“Shumaun are putting their potential on display with this album. This album has some immense moments that will make music fans stand up and pay attention. There is an instant likeability to their overall sound, too, that is a great boost for them. If you looking for an album with energy and lots of great vocals, look no further.”
Check out this reaction video of our song "Go." We had fun watching this one!
Audio Interview with Farhad by Simon Barrett.
Check out the shout out we got on Banger TV's Dream Theater review on YouTube.
Banger TV is the company that did the Metal Evolution series and the RUSH "Beyond the Lighted Stage" documentary. Very cool!
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" BACKGROUND MAGAZINE REVIEW
“I think Shumaun have come up with the perfect successor of their debut album, the band has matured, but remained the freshness of their debut. Wonderful compositions are perfectly brought to you, all topped by this brilliant song; One Day Closer To Yesterday.”
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" ROCK PORTAAL REVIEW
“One Day Closer to Yesterday” ( the song) is a musical tour of fifteen minutes with which Shumaun is, as far as I am concerned right among the toppers. Farhad Hossain puts goose bumps on my arms with his beautiful voice.
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" ROCK n' ROLL MONUMENTS REVIEW (8.5)
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" JP's MUSIC BLOG REVIEW
"The album's lead single "Go" is an all-out hard rock assault that is perfectly crafted for modern rock radio."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" DARKSCENE METAL MAGAZINE REVIEW
Excerpt in English courtesy of Google:
"Alone the pre-published 'Go' has so much hit potential that it would have to start every label scout formally. "
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" DECIBEL GEEK REVIEW
"I have long wondered what makes this band so special to me. It is their identity. They sound unlike any other bands, although they show their influences in clear sight."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" ROCKWAY GREECE REVIEW
Excerpt in English courtesy of Google:
"Shumaun proved to be the best masters in the reconciliation and discipline of musical sounds on the impressions of history. Undeniably, it is a more straightforward, heavy, guitar album, with power and emphasis often on riffs that merge the alternative with progressive metal."
"Shumaun continue to be a precious, luxurious and even independent secret of modern, melodic, progressive music."
FEATURED ON BROADWAY WORLD
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" OASIS ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW
"Compared to their debut album, this release is a bit more raw and heavy, but the melodies and vocals are never compromised. I was impressed by the soaring vocals and lead guitar work, melodic bass lines, and the technical and groove-oriented drumming on such tracks as Fear Is, Nafsi Ammara, Central Station, Prove Yourself and much more."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" STREET CLIP REVIEW (8 out of 10)
"One beauty joins the next, before everything culminates in the title song."
"ONE DAY CLOSER TO YESTERDAY" METAL ASYLUM REVIEW (9 out of 10)
Has the best album of 2019 been released right at the beginning of the year? That’s not fair! Everyone else with a 2019 release has their work cut out for them, to stand up against Shumaun’s brilliant sophomore effort: “One Day Closer to Yesterday.”
INTERVIEW WITH FARHAD BY DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST
Farhad recently did an interview for Adam Cox over at Decibel Geek Podcast where he talks about working with Brett at Tower Studio as well as a track by track rundown of each song on Shumaun's critically acclaimed debut record.
DARKSCENE METAL MAGAZINE REVIEW
INTERVIEW WITH FARHAD/SHUMAUN REVIEW (GREEK)
BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 (VINYLIZATION)
Unbelievable debut album from a group of very talented musicians. Progressive rock that is varied and melodic. Couple this with a vocalist who goes from Rush to Peter Gabriel effortlessly, and what you have is an absolute necessity for any rock fan’s collection. Just listen."
WON THE DELI MAGAZINE'S "BEST OF 2015 READER'S PICK AWARD" FOR DC
Topping the list with 253 votes, Shumaun rocked their way to the top with a special blend of progressive and alt rock, producing and releasing a fantastic debut album last November. Reminiscent in equal parts of Rush and Breaking Benjamin, this quartet is topping the request chart for Rockfile Radio and are playing a ton of shows, so you literally can't miss them if you tried!
BEST OF 2015
Shumaun has made it on many lists for best records of 2015. Here is a list of sites:
Progressive Music Planet
The Deli DC Magazine
POWER METAL.DE REVIEW (9-10)
STREETCLIP TV REVIEW (8.5)
Adam Cox Interviews Farhad for Decibel Geek
"The lyrics are never an afterthought for me. They’re just as important as the music in my opinion."
BACKGROUND MAGAZINE REVIEW
"Shumaun have recorded a perfect debut album that might appeal to a large audience. The music is impressive and pretty close to brilliant. I'm very glad this album came my way; I wouldn't have missed it. Next step: come to Europe and play some festivals like Progpower Europe!"
PROG METAL ZONE Indie Band of the Month (December)
"Shumaun‘s very polished debut features a wide range of songs that range from beautiful melodic prog rock as on the nine-minute The Drop, to a fantastic epic, the 13-minute The Dream Of The Sleeper, which features the great use of Middle Eastern vocals and a slow, dramatic build–up to an amazingly powerful conclusion. And if that isn’t enough, we were blown away by the very Peter Gabriel-esque spiritually uplifting album finale Numbers."
METAL ASYLUM REVIEW (8 out of 10)
"Every part of the journey brings unexpected twists and fresh rewards, blending multi-cultural rhythms and sounds for one of the best rock/metal/prog songs of 2015."
5 Questions with Shumaun from About Entertainment
"For this record I did the songwriting on my own. Sometimes songs would start with a programmed drum groove, at other times with a vocal melody. I didn’t really have a standard approach when it came to how these songs developed."
Featured on WAMU.ORG (88.5)
"Plenty of bands have problems securing a permanent drummer, but Shumaun‘s quest for one has almost been Spinal Tap-like."
INFRARED MAGAZINE REVIEW
"It was really refreshing to hear an album with vocal melodies and harmonies. This album is loaded with those."
TODDSTAR PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW (8 out of 10)
"For the most part, I will skip progressive rock. There are a few bands that will always get a listen - Flying Colors happens to be a favorite. From here on out, I will at least check them all out, because the debut release from Shumaun really has some great rock moments, regardless of the subgenre."
Farhad talks with AntiMusic.com
"I find it very difficult to go into detail about the lyrical content of certain songs I write due to the intimate nature of the subject matter."
Farhad talks with REVOLVER Magazine
“Ambrosia” is probably the heaviest song on the record. It also consists of Travis Orbin on the drums, and just happens to be one of my favorites. Lyrically the song is about the internal conflict of the self, or in ways the battle of the id, ego, and super-ego."
Farhad talks with Metal Asylum
DANGER DOG REVIEW
"With more listening, you'll pick a few more things. One is vocal arrangements, abundant in melody and harmony, they are lush and pleasing feeling to the music that can lift entire songs."
REVOLVER MAGAZINE streams the new record in its entirety!
“This was a difficult album to make, not so much from a writing standpoint, but from an ‘everything else’ kind of standpoint."
Interview with Farhad for Prog-Sphere
"I would say that Shumaun is essentially a hard rock band with progressive tendencies. We don’t really think about what genre we fall into. Honestly none of us are really bothered by whatever genre people want to lump us in with."
THE GRIM TOWER REVIEW
"It’s rock music with a lot of replay value, and some strong messages at heart. Shumaun is REAL music with REAL effort and REAL values put behind it. There’s a definite positivity here, and it comes off as a rather heartfelt and passionate moment that I’m thankful to have been able to recommend your way."
DECIBEL GEEK REVIEW
"AWESOME! OK, this band is AWESOME and have produced probably my favourite album of the year (apart from Armored Saint).
A new band in age (formed in 2014), this is a set of serious musos, with chops that your local butcher would envy (maybe too British a reference, but I hope you all get the idea). I was blown away from the “A New Revolution” opener to the closing sighs of “Numbers“. If you like the axis of Rush–Genesis-King Crimson, Shumaun is a must for you."
Interview with Farhad for Progressive Music Planet
"If you were to tell me ten years ago that Mark Zonder would play on my record I’d think you were smoking crack!"
Interview with Farhad for Metal Underground
"If We Can Help Fans That Don’t Usually Listen To Metal Find Their Way Into That Community Then That’s Great."
Interview with Farhad for Metal Asylum
"Luckily none of the drummers spontaneously combusted during the making of the album!"
PROGRESSIVE MUSIC PLANET REVIEW (8 of 10)
"Great vocals, well-written songs, and solid musicianship are the hallmarks for the debut self-titled release by Shumaun. It’s a very enjoyable album for anyone who likes to sing along with their music. With Shumaun, the songs come first. And that makes for a very enjoyable experience."
Farhad talking about a two man mosh pit from a Shumaun show with Metal Underground.
Farhad on No Echo discussing his view on the "Most Underrated Album."
METAL AT THE GATES REVIEW (9.5 of 10)
Bringing something fresh and invigorating to the world with their debut self-titled album, Shumaun paints a beautiful soundscape with progressive, rock, pop and touches of delectable South Asian flair. This is one of the year’s many gems. The production on the album is organic and refreshing. The writing ranges from outright gorgeous with ear-catching progressive rock grooves to straight forward pop-influenced rock.
Featured on DECIBEL Magazine
"It's not just Orbin's simple-complex drumming that shines here. 'Miracles of Yesterday' has a host of positives. Like Hossain's soaring vocals, the irresistible refrain, and the guitar/bass dynamics. They sound simple but scream progressive, forward-thinking. While pop-oriented progressive rock tunes aren't usually on Decibel's turntable (digital or physical), Shumaun's 'Miracles of Yesterday' was hard to deny."
Featured on YELL! Magazine
"If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated brand of pop/rock that’s firmly planted in progressive rock, and there’s a definite sci-fi and video game feel to the track, then you’ll want to check this latest track (Miracles of Yesterday) from Shumaun."
Featured on BraveWords
Featured on YELL! Magazine
"The track, Ambrosia, is highly emotional, but musically it's masterful and should please any fan of progressive metal."
Press Release on BraveWords