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Herd of Instinct
Manifestation (March 2016)

Herd of Instinct — Manifestation (March 2016)

        Herd of Instinct — Manifestation (March 2016)Herd of Instinct — Manifestation (March 2016)••   Work on the second album has already begun. All About Jazz (USA): “This electrifying unit translucently morphs the days of prog–rock yore with an ultramodern scope.”Location: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Genre: Eclectic Prog Rock
Album release: March 2016
Record Label: Firepool Records
Duration:     48:06
Tracks:
01. Manifestation Part Two.      5:55
02. Gridlock.      3:37
03. Baba Yaga.      4:35
04. Manifestation Part One.      5:16
05. Saddha.      7:00
06. Nocturne.      1:49
07. Dybbuk.      6:08
08. Time and Again.      3:26
09. Shatterpoint.      6:34
10. Waterfalls and Black Rainbows.      3:46
Personnel:
•★•   Mark Cook / Warr Guitar, Fretted and Fretless guitar, Fretless Bass, Mellotron, Thumb Piano, Synth, Samples
•★•   Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) / Mellotron, Moog, Hammond Organ, Guitar
•★•   Mike McGary / Mellotron, Rhodes, Organ, Clavinet, Synth, Piano, Bells
•★•   Rick Read / Chapman Stick, Fretted and Fretless bass, Taurus pedals
•★•   Ross Young / Drums
With:
•★•   Bill Bachman / Drums (1, 3, 7)
•★•   Bob Fisher / Flute (4-7), Saxophone (2, 8)
•★•   Stephen Page / Violin (2, 6, 9, 8)
Credits:
•   Written and Produced by Herd of Instinct Recorded in Arlington, TX, Garland, TX, and Topanga, CA
•   Mixed and Mastered by Mark Cook and Gayle Ellett
•   Artwork by Angel Stephens www.angelstephens.com
•   Angel Thanks: “My mom, who always supported my art.”
•   The Band Thanks: Jason Spradlin, Mike Davison, Dave Streett, and Phil Griffin
Notes:
≡±≡   HERD OF INSTINCT are a Texan band that were formed from the ashes of 99 NAMES OF GOD by MARK COOK (Warr guitar) and JASON SPRADLIN (drums).                                             © Jason Spradline, Author Michael Inman.   They were joined by MIKE DAVISON (guitar, formerly of NERVEWERKS, who had played with 99 NAMES), and in 2011 they were signed to DJAM KARET’s label, Firepool Records. Their music is influenced by multi–cultural music, literature, horror/cinematic film scores, and incorporates influences from jazz, ambient, electronic, avant garde, progressive, and rock musics as well. Spradlin says rhythm is probably the bands main inspiration.The band were able to involve many guests for their debut self titled record, including GAYLE ELLET, MARKUS REUTER, GAVIN HARRISON, JERRY MAROTTA, and PAT MASTELOTTO. The album was released, after four years of work, in May of 2011, the premier release by Firepool Records. It quickly made waves in the prog world, with critics praising their compositions and making comparisons to King Crimson. The album was mostly instrumental, featuring only one track with vocals.
≡±≡   Herd of Instinct’s third album, Manifestation, is a transitional phase for the group. The group has expanded its sound from the original three–member unit to a larger ensemble. The music’s densely layered sound gives the listener a “textural” listening experience with pieces ranging from the bombastic Dybbuk to the somber flute/violin piece Nocturne. Many songs are based around Mark Cook’s Warr guitar and Rick Read’s Chapman Stick combined with Ross Young’s detailed drumming to create a clock–like precision of a layered polyrhythmic machine. Keyboardists Gayle Ellett (from Djam Karet) and Mike McGary play a crucial role in adding mood and texture to the music. Ellett also adds rhythm guitar to a few tracks and a poetic guitar solo on Shatterpoint. Bob Fisher, flute and saxophone, and Stephen Page, violin, are featured soloists who add diversity to the sonic palette of the band. Drummer, Bill Bachman, came on board towards the end of the recording process to add another element of intensity to the mix.
≡±≡   A chance meeting with Mike McGary and graphic artist Angel Stephens lead to the album’s enigmatic artwork. Angel has been called “The love child of Storm Thorgerson and Roger Dean!” by Rupert Truman, of Storm Studios. Her art is constructed out of many different photographs to create a single unique image. This layered, collage approach is very similar to how the band composes music.
Prog: http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7136
Website: http://herdofinstinct.wix.com/herdofinstinct
CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/herdofinstinct3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Herd-of-Instinct-153462274689341/GUITAR PLAYER (USA): “Warr Guitarist Mark Cook, guitarist and guitar synthesist Mike Davison and drummer Jason Spradlin — joined by a bevy of talented guests including drummers Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), and Touch–guitarist Markus Reuter — serve up a heady melange of avant–prog spiced with dashes of ambient, symphonic, metallic, and world musics, and topped with a dollop of pop.”
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Herd of Instinct
Manifestation (March 2016)

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