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About Steam Theory

 
Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, STEAM THEORY is an original instrumental progressive rock group. Formed in 2008, the group currently consists of Jason Denkevitz on Guitar/Synth, Oliver Unger on Electric Bass, and Chris Mack on Drums. The style of music varies from jazz influenced numbers, to heavier classic/progressive rock songs mixing elements of blues, fusion and world music.

Past Members include Keith Misemer, Mike Esposito, Roger Stewart, Nick Costa, Nilz Schwerzman, and Dave Klappenburger. 
 
Steam Theory has performed in many clubs around the Baltimore/Washington D.C./Virginia region including: Orion Studios, the Artomatic Festival (2009 and 2012) in D.C., Club K, Govans Fall Festival, Huckas, Taps, Tyson's Tavern, Brass Monkey, the Java Lounge, and many others. Past and upcoming gigs can be viewed under the 'Gigs' tab above.
 
The band is currently available for booking! Please contact steamtheory@gmail.com.


Album Releases:

 Jason Denkevitz records and produces his own original material under the Steam Theory name, occasionally enlisting guest musicians. There have been three full length Steam Theory albums: Enduring Delirium (2010), Helios Rider (2012), and the double length Asunder (2015). They explore a blend of fusion, classical and world music set within a progressive rock framework.  

 
ASUNDER was released January 19th, 2015. A double length album, it combines elements of orchestral music, progressive rock, and jazz fusion musical styles. It includes 13 songs, with a total run time of over 85 minutes.The focus was on larger arrangements incorporating heavy use of orchestral instrumentation in lieu of traditional keyboard parts. Available as a double cd digipak from cdbaby, Asunder is also available as a digital release from cdbaby, iTunes, Amazon-Mp3 and other services. Jason composed, arranged, recorded, mixed, and played all instruments (Fretted and Fretless Electric, Acoustic, and Synth Guitars, Bass guitars, Electric Sitar, Keyboards and Drum/percusion programming). 

From the Music Street Journal review of Asunder:

Asunder: "It is beautiful and mellow with chorale vocals gliding over the top..." "This thing really gets quite powerful and soaring later" 
Adrift: "It's an inspired piece of music that really drives forward and soars"
No Such Thing: "This has a real hard edged modern King Crimson kind of vibe going" "...furious and yet has a lot of melody."
Fireflies: "It's a really powerful piece of music. In a lot of ways it feels like music to a science fiction movie."
Intar: "There are some great middle Eastern melodies built into this. The music ranges from more symphonic to more rocking. This is actually one of my favorite songs..."
Shyft: "...quite a dynamic and ever changing musical tapestry. There is some scorching hot guitar soloing later in the track."

From Expose Magazine: 

"Steam Theory's new release is full of big-sounding music, with multiple guitars, bass, drums keyboards, and orchestra presenting ambitious instrumental music - 13 tracks spanning two CDs. In the studio, Steam Theory is really just Jason Denkevitz; he enlists other musicians for liver performances, where they rearrange this music for the instruments available. All the orchestra parts are simulated on Asunder. I'm a firm believer in judging music by listening to it, not reading the credits, and in this case, I'd say the only downside to this method of production is a somewhat over-precise sound, complex and impressive but with the guitar parts being the only real human touch. That being said, Asunder sounds superb, with its classical flavor more Stravinsky than Beethoven, with modern harmonic touches and a few non-European elements added. There's also a touch of fusion, but just because this is energetic instrumental music, not because of any real jazz elements." 

From the Prog Archives review by Kelvin W (4 out of 5 stars).:

"Steam Theory is the personal musical project of Jason Denkevitz, through which he creates prog that takes in various styles and influences at different times, and so creating unique sounds and songs. "Asunder" is an excellent collection of such tracks, generally in the realm of a very compelling and enjoyable power prog, but open to a whole landscape of sonic mixes and experimentation."
"As a whole, the album is a great collection of prog that features some other excellent tangents, altogether well played and put together."

Gadi Caplan: "Steam Theory just released a new album called "Asunder," which is fantastic!" Steam Theory featured as Band of the Week.

Stuffer White, Host of Light Without Heat"Very refreshing to hear great new music like this" "Brilliant stuff here..."

 


 

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."

 


 

ENDURING DELIRIUM  was released August 5th, 2010. The debut release included Progressive Instrumental rock mixing elements of Rock, Fusion, World, and Classical. Guest musicians included Karras Johnson (Drums on 'Fable' and 'Barbican'), Sherif Shalaan (Keys on 'Paradigm'), and Roger Stewart (drums on 'Paradigm').

From ProgArchives.com review: "Incorporating influences from Folk, Classical, Jazz and Rock music and influenced by the likes of 70's Prog masters, Steam Theory's debut is a beautiful journey into the world of challenging instrumental Progressive Rock music"


 

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