This free download of “Stardust” is likely your first introduction to the project known as Semantic Saturation, a group that can be described as the solo project of Canadian guitarist/songwriter Shant Hagopian. Hagopian, of Syrian/Armenian heritage, is nearly a lifelong musician who from 1996 to 2003 specialized in jazz guitar studies. In 1997 he decided to form a band, the progressive rock/metal group Nu.Clear.Dawn. He formed the band in the Syrian city of Aleppo and they became one of the first and very few bands to emerge from out of Syria.
Nu.Clear.Dawn toured a lot through the Middle East and played in large festivals such as Istanbul’s Rock the Nations. Their 2003 album Poem of a Knight was the first officially released metal record in Syria. By 2005, Hagopian had moved to Canada and decided to carry forth with the Semantic Saturation solo project. The debut album Solipsistic was just released on January 21st and features several progressive metal stars, such as keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex. Dream Theater) and vocalist Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas). This is one for the prog rock/metal fans to definitely NOT miss!