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)
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