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Penumbra uses similar themes to Umbra, but with a very different mindset: The goal was to create a track that started as mellow and consonant as it could, and over the course of the piece deteriorate into atonal metal heaviness.

For the record: Umbra and Penumbra aren't really two components of the same long track, instead think of them as two different representations of similar themes; "sister songs" if you like.

Penumbra is an artistic success if you don't notice that you've just moved from lulling melodies to brutal dissonance in the space of five-odd minutes.




from Ready to Fail, released June 18, 2010
Music: Hogan, Irish, Vallen



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Quandary Brisbane, Australia

Quandary was a band that existed from 2006-2011, consisting of guitarist Sam Vallen, drummer Geoff Irish, keyboardist Gareth Hogan, and bassist Dave Couper. Quandary saw active gigging bands with no recorded works, and decided to do the opposite, releasing an album before a single performance. A song approaching 30 minutes was in progress, but never completed - Quandary dissolved in October 2011. ... more

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