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HELIOS RIDER was the second Steam Theory album, released March 1st 2012. The songs cover a range of styles including Instrumental and Progressive Rock, Americana, Blues, Funk, and Fusion. Guest musicians included Karras Johnson (Drums on 'Sunstorm'), Sherif Shalaan (keys on 'Sunstorm'), and Ori Boker (keys on 'Helios Rider'). The album was nominated for "Best Foreign Record 2012" by the Italian ProgAwards group. 

Progression Magazine gave the album a 14 out of 16 rating, stating:

"Exhilarating is what comes to mind describing Steam Theory's second all-instrumental release. Maryland-based Jason Denkevitz, who records under the Steam Theory moniker, assembles an impressive pastiche of updated old-school prog moves including symphonic, fusion and acoustic folk texturing. Touches of world music and Pink Floyd-styled blues also manifest.

Denkevitz is a bona fide virtuoso on guitar and bass, and programs drums in a fashion sounding extremely close to the real thing. He also handles most keyboards and tosses in tasty orchestral samples. But what impresses most is his strong sense of melody and arrangement.

"Daedalus" shoots out of the gate with punchy, fiery fusion and is followed by the title cut, an amalgam of acoustic and electric guitar passages from the Steve Hackett school. The funky "Sunstorm"follows, featuring a playful synth lead. "Appalachia" and "The Mule" are expansive acoustic guitar workouts, while "Striker" feeds jazzy bits into a panoramic orchestration. "Camarilla" cinematically meshes symph-prog and world music.

Final two cuts "Portent" and "Walking Tall" follw a formula of instrumentally traversing the varied terrain of plains, valleys, trails, and mountains."

Track List

  • Daedalus
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