Marc Durkee – Remain In Stasis (2019)
For fans of Katatonia, Anathema, Porcupine Tree, Cloudkicker
Album Title: Remain In Stasis
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Publicist – Jon Asher – ashermedia(@)gmail.com
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“Remain In Stasis is a deeply personal rock record that winds its way through feelings of depression, introspection and eventually, triumph. It should be high on the list of anyone who’s enjoyed doom metal’s rise into the indie spotlight. Fans of progressive acts in particular, like Anathema, Katatonia, Opeth and Tool, will find much to appreciate in Durkee’s vocal and guitar melodies. The shuddering beat of “A Way to Escape” brings to mind A Perfect Circle, as well as prog-master Steven Wilson.” – Exclaim!
“this album is exceptional and was a great listening experience. I think there was a really good balance between the upbeat and energetic electric songs as well as some more melancholy and mood-shifting acoustic numbers. Marc Durkee created a wonderful thing with ‘Remain In Stasis’, and while I can hear the influences he made it his own. I would definitely look forward to the release of this one.” – Overdrive Music Mag
“With a handful of EP’s and LP’s out since 2013, he is a one-man band with a vision. A dark and depressing sound that is accessible to Metal and Rock fans alike. “Remain In Stasis” is his first full-length album and all tracks are performed, written, produced, and mixed by Marc. There is some great guitar work here, from heavy, riffing in songs like the opening track “The Dark Dimension” and later in “A Great Disdain” to the acoustic passages in “Not Without Sin” and “A Way To Escape”. Overall it’s a fairly mellow album with the heaviness spread out evenly throughout. ” – Maritime Metal
“Durkee’s approach is multi-faceted and has many sounds blended into his music. He would be great support for an Opeth, Steven Wilson or Katatonia tour….simply put he has broad horizons as an artist, and his music clearly reflects it. Let’s all do the guy a favor and not only grab his upcoming album, but also get his great music out there. 2019 has many solid releases lined up and “Remain In Stasis” should be there the whole time.” – Technical Music Review
“While an excellent artist might touch the heart and mind of their audience, only the truly exceptional can reach out and touch a person’s soul. This has been achieved by Marc Durkee in the release of ‘Remain in Stasis.’” – Reverend Rock, host of Too Metal For Church on Hard Rock Hell Radio
“What a talented individual Marc Durkee is and Remain in Stasis is an album he can be very proud of. Filled with all manner of interesting soundscapes and complexities that showcase an impressive ear for song composition.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head Banging Life
“Remain In Stasis has a stunning melancholic vibe and it’s an album that will give you goosebumps. The music is absolutely crushing, with a perfect balance between heaviness and melody, and the vocals are brimming with colour and emotion – and when coupled together, it makes for a winning combination. The tracks are all well-constructed, with massive and memorable hooks, and subsequently it results in a piece you’ll just keep wanting to come back to.” Soundscape Magazine
“The overall tone of Remain In Stasis steeped in deep melancholy with occasional pitches of rage – as if the album struggles against its own ‘stasis’ till it explodes in fits. Marc’s music seems tailor-made to invoke catharsis in the listener and would be good company for someone experiencing frustration to know they are not alone.” – Canadian Beats
“open up your mind and step inside. This is a solo record that is built upon the foundational intricacies of a human personality. It feels, communicates, rationalizes…it empathizes. With “Remain in Stasis” MARK DURKEE has taken one of the world’s most complicated articles and simply turned it into art.” – Metal Temple
“A powerful, dark album, full of emotion and talent” – Boston Rock Radio
“Eastern Canada’s multi-instrumentalist Marc Durkee is a one-man show on his second album, Remain in Stasis. Writing, playing, and singing the whole thing, Durkee dug deep for some real emotional upheaval on this deeply personal album, giving us an enticing blend of Tesseract-like prog metal and more mellow, accessible, Anathema-influenced ballads…a highly enjoyable solo album in the most literal sense, and a worthy accomplishment for Durkee.” – Heavy Music HQ
“It is such a rush when a singer-songwriter-musician nails his colours to prog rock in this day and age! In fact, Durkee is proud to describe his music as “a blend of progressive, metal/rock, doom metal, post-hardcore, and post-rock.” A brave man! Definitely fans of epic heavy rock music will be keen to check out Marc Durkee.” – Power of Pop
““The Dark Dimension,” starts things off, and immediately listeners are treated to some interesting guitar work, and some frenetic vocal lines and melodies.” – The Median Man
““A Way to Escape” digs deep into Durkee’s struggle with depersonalization, the challenges of trying to find yourself and, ultimately, the role that plays in his creative process.” – The East Mag
Album Title: Remain In Stasis
Release Date: September 14, 2018
1. The Dark Dimension (5:05)
2. A Way To Escape (5.22)
3. Mimesis (3:55)
4. A Great Disdain (3:58)
5. Redesign (In Stride) (4:45)
6. The Mind Flayer (4:36)
7. A Number Of Years (4:02)
8. Not Without Sin (1:51)
9. Meteor (4:56)
10. Stasis (5:03)
Album Length: 43:37
– All songs performed, written, produced, and mixed by Marc Durkee.
– Mastered by Matthew Hemeon.
2018 – Remain In Stasis (LP)
2017: Traveller (LP)
2014: Singular (EP)
2013: Gatherings (EP)
When an artist uses his own name to present his music to the world, he is being truly fearless, with no identity to hide behind but his own.
This is as it should be, no great art was ever produced without great bravery, and Marc Durkee is an artist unafraid to dig deep into both his own personal suffering, and the world around him for inspiration.
Inspired by Katatonia, Tesseract, Anathema, Devin Townsend, Coheed & Cambria, Durkee describes his music as “progressive, metal/rock, Doom metal, post-hardcore, post-rock.”
Durkee’s new album, solo in the true sense of the word, is entitled ‘Remain In Stasis’, and is loaded with deep meaning to this courageous and talented artist, as he explains.
“The first meaning is personal. I’ve been stuck in a state of depersonalisation for almost five years now. For me, it’s been a chronic symptom of dealing with years of depression and stress, and it’s unrelenting. When it’s at its worst, it removes mostly all motivation and enjoyment from my life. While that is unfortunate, it does serve as major source of inspiration for song-writing…The second meaning is more political and universal. I feel that humanity is at a unique point in our history, with technology and social media allowing us to communicate and express ourselves in ways that were previously unimaginable. And yet, nobody really DOES communicate. It seems as though it’s mostly used as a platform to bicker over political ideals and agendas and create discourse, or for anyone to use as their own personal performance venue. Everyone wants to be seen and heard, even those who really don’t deserve to be.”
Marc Durkee is one artist who really does deserve to be heard, and when ‘Remain In Stasis’ is released on January 18, 2019, all the world will hear him.