Pravda is Progressive Zen, Tao Rock.
The Rock / Progressive / Jam rock outfit Pravda hails from Boise Idaho in the Pacific Northwest.
Pravda' s sound combines the best of Old & New Progressive Rock with tinges of Jazz and Classical influences baked with Heavy Metal drive and stomp mixed with the looser Jam band influences.
Pravda has released 4 CDs.
Released 12/21/12 The fourth CD titled "The Clarity of Chaos" is the most ambitious Pravda CD to date. A lyrical and musical thematic concept album about our short time here on planet Earth. Brilliantly mixed and mastered. The best Pravda yet.
Their third CD, Monophobic, has the group progressing even more as musicians and song writers. The CD has abundant epic spaces reminiscent of Pink Floyd and powerful chops in the vein of Dream Theater. A true aural feast.
Their second CD, Walking Through Walls, is a powerhouse of rhythmic, melodic, virtuosic, complex composing and playing.
The first CD, The Echoing Sounds, is a concept CD of war and the struggles to find one's own moral ground amidst the brutality of war. Told through the eyes of a young girl, a priest and a soldier.
Colors of the Moon, Butterfly Needle, All Metal, Revolution, Edge of Fire, and Excursion are getting tracked on Deliciousagony.com, krradio.com, Progradio.com, WMUH 91.7 FM Allentown PA, The X 100.3 Boise, US College radio, International stations in Mexico City, Netherlands and France, and The Gagliarchives 88.9/95.1 FM Philly & NJ.
Pravda has a full length article in issue #59 of Progression magazine. On sale now!
Pravda opened for Luna Halo in Boise at The Knitting Factory on 5/29/08
Current reviews: Progression Magazine, seaoftranquility.org September Album of the month at newears.org, Progscape.com, Ytsejam.com, Prognaut.com, Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal, and The Idaho Statesman.
Dave Thomas - Drums, Percussions & Vocals
John Redfield - Vocals, Bass, Guitar
KC Thomsen - Vocals, Guitar, keyboards
The Echoing Sounds 2003 cat # 2465 UR235
Walking Through Walls 2006 cat # 6267-UR23
Monophobic 2009 cat# 4001-UR38
The Clarity of Chaos 2012 cat# UR561
Pravda's new CD, The Clarity of Chaos, is getting tracked on: The Bill Fox Show, Deliciousagony.com, krradio.com, Progcafe.com Progradio.com, WMUH 91.7 FM Allentown PA, US College radio, International stations in Mexico City, Netherlands and France, and The Gagliarchives 88.9/95.1 FM Philly & NJ and The "X" 100.3FM Boise
The Clarity of Chaos - Pravda
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By Michael Deeds — firstname.lastname@example.org THE CLARITY OF CHAOS Pravda Concept album abo... By Michael Deeds — email@example.com
THE CLARITY OF CHAOS
Concept album about man's time on Earth? Check. Final track that clocks in at 19 minutes? Check. Air-tight, exploratory guitar and keyboard solos that traverse the universe? Check.
Newsflash: Pravda is a prog-rock band. If you appreciate these types of technical, creative groups - ranging from Pink Floyd to Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater - you'll want to hear these six songs. If you are expecting anything less than expansive, headphones-beckoning music, you may be floored by this sound coming out of the Treasure Valley. Pravda's fourth release is seriously slick.
It's more prog-rock than prog-metal, but elements of both coexist. The trio takes a gentle, dream-friendly vocal approach. But when Pravda drifts into wide-open space - 11 minutes into "Second Hand," for example - guitarist John Redfield occasionally trades David Gilmour coolness for hyper-speed guitar licks closer to, say, Symphony X. The midway point of "Fall Across the Sky" feels like Pink Floyd veering confidently into jam-band territory.
Pravda's double-clutching, song-within-a-song style may or may not be up your intergalactic alley.
It doesn't change the fact that Pravda is the top prog-rock group in Idaho, and that this album is impressive inside or outside its specialized genre.
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/04/12/2530932/local-releases.html#storylink=cpy
Pravda interview in Progression Magazine
full text is in issue # 59 of Progression magazine. In stores worldwide now!
Pravda on Coast to Coast, emerging artist portion of the show
Pravda's song, I believe, from The Echoing Sounds cd was featured on the Coast to Coast show 9/4/11.
Pravda ~ Monophobic 15 out of 16 Stars
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Progression Magazine, Fall 2009: 15 out of 16 stars. Pravda's third release is more multifaceted... Progression Magazine, Fall 2009: 15 out of 16 stars.
Pravda's third release is more multifaceted than its previous high-octaneWalking Through Walls. Incorporation of classical and jazz strains into its established heavy rock fusion template makes Monophobic a captivating listening experience.
Keyboardist K.C. Thomsen still writes engaging pieces, while new guitarist Dan Sejd more than holds his own performing and composing. They haven't forsaken that perfect balance of guitar and keyboard interplay, nor the forcefulness that fueled Pravda's sophomore outing. Instead, this Northwest quartet has tempered the beast with elegant symphonic prog and classy jazz-fusion.
Second cut "Symphonia" is a nine-minuet suite replete with exquisite classically inspired keyboards. "Cattlecar Galactica" is a multipart guitar-driven fusion adventure. "radio Halo" written by drummer Dave Thomas (who also wrote a short sinister percussion workout) is a strange closer. It winds through different segments until abruptly morphing into a live jazz piece that slowly fades out.
There's a lot to like on Monophobic as Pravda continues to improve upon its high-caliber output. Warrren Barker
Album of the Month
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NewEARS ALBUM OF THE MONTH!!! September 2009 Pravda: Monophobic "progressive rock with elements...NewEARS ALBUM OF THE MONTH!!!
"progressive rock with elements of progressive metal, classical and the occasional jazzy motif"
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Pravda: Monophobic According to the Collins English dictionary monophobic is "a strong fear o...Pravda: Monophobic
According to the Collins English dictionary monophobic is "a strong fear of being alone". Does this have anything to do with the music found on the latest Pravda CD? To be perfectly honest I am not sure. What I am sure of is how much I enjoyed listening to Monophobic and just how powerful and moving instrumental music can be.
Hailing from Boise, Idaho band members include Dave Thomas (drums, percussion), K.C. Thomsen (keyboards), Tom Svanoe (bass) and Dan Sejd (lead, acoustic and rhythm guitars). The press release states the band sounds similar to Liquid Tension Experiment, Rush, Dream Theater, Genesis and Spock's Beard. I suppose you can hear bits and pieces here and there of the aforementioned bands, but Pravda are pretty unique and not derivative in the slightest. This is progressive rock with elements of progressive metal, classical and the occasional jazzy motif. Although entirely instrumental, this is pretty accessible stuff, if only because there are so many nice melodies permeating their sound. I like how they incorporate heavy riffs and shredding guitar with melodic guitar lines and catchy rhythms.
Starting off the CD is the quirky sounding "Butterfly Needle", the album's first single, filled with nifty electronics, spacey synths, crunchy riffs and ending with some shredding guitar. One of my favourites has to be the progressive rock extravaganza that is "Symphonia" an apt title without a doubt. This is a multifaceted nine minute mini epic featuring variations in tempo spread across different movements of classically inspired keyboards, classic progressive metal and melodic lead guitar work laid over dramatic organ flourishes. Also worthy of special mention is "Cattlecar Galactica", another one of those lets 'throw everything in but the kitchen sink' efforts, and I mean that as a compliment as each component adds to the greater whole. Soft guitar, dreamy keys, heavy drumming, crunching riffs, Floydish lead guitar and even a jazzy section hinting of Steely Dan all fit together nicely creating a fine slice of progressive music.
While this is an excellent release I do have some minor complaints. The short percussion and drum driven "Thru the Trees" would have made an interesting intro if further developed and the album's longest song "Radio Halo" sounds a tad disjointed in places, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
Putting the minor complaints aside, Monophobic should garner a lot of attention in progressive rock circles and should be well received by readers of this site. Well done gentlemen.
Pravda comes out of the gate smoking.
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"Pravda comes out of the gate smoking, immediately letting you know it's a force to be reckoned with..."Pravda comes out of the gate smoking, immediately letting you know it's a force to be reckoned with on 'Walking Through Walls', the band's second release.
Djam Karet seems to be a benchmark that bands of this ilk are measured against and this Pacific Northwest quartet holds up well. Stripped of Djam Karet's exotic Middle Eastern aural imagery, Pravda is more of a meat-and-potatoes style of hard-edged melodic instrumental fusion with an exceptional balance between virtuosic guitar and keyboards. There's a larger metal element than on the previous disc with faster tempos that build to anthemic crescendos.
Each of these four highly skilled musicians is featured in individually self-penned compositions handling all instrumental chores. Although these selections tend to be slightly weaker, it does add variety and a brief respite from the full-frontal beast Pravda has evolved into.
This all hangs together considerably well, void of wasted moments. 'Walking Through Walls' is an exhilarating romp from start to finish.
Monophobic Review, Brazil
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PRAVDA - "Monophobic" Pravda hails from Boise Idaho in the Pacific Northwest, USA. The band consist...PRAVDA - "Monophobic"
Pravda hails from Boise Idaho in the Pacific Northwest, USA. The band consists of four musicians and they are K.C. Thomsen - B.M. Music Theory & Composition and a veteran of the Austin, Orlando and Northwest music scenes, Dave Thomas - also a veteran of the Austin Texas & Northwest music scenes, Dan Sejd - Berklee School of Music and a Experienced as a performer, engineer and composer across the US and Tom Svanoe - experienced as a touring and studio musician and a classical trained at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, as you can see Pravda is formed by mature, experienced, inspired and talented musicians, all them, playing Progressive Rock music from long time, where their sound combines the best of Old & New Progressive Rock with some touches of Symphonism and Jazz passages, adding the power of Progressive Metal. The band has recorded two albums "The Echoing Sounds (2003)" and "Walking Through Walls (2006)", which both have good reviews on the musical scene around the world. After three years break, but full of quality studio time, Pravda have returned to the progressive rock scene with a new album titled "Monophobic", a very professional work with nice easy accessible Symphonic Progressive Rock a la 70’s "Genesis", "Pink Floyd", "Rush", "Yes", "EL&P" adding influences from Prog Metal band in the line of "Dream Theater". Totally instrumental, the music on the album, is more in the field of the Progressive Rock, dominated by long "dreaming" symphonic parts, although, very powerful and especially with the work on the keyboards and guitars, that dominate the instrumentation, accompanied by incredible drum sections and deep bass sound. This excellent production contains, nine inspired compositions and almost 43 minutes full of atmospheric sections, providing an interesting musical variety to the listener. "Monophobic" starts with the "Butterfly Needle" an epic composition with hard guitar sounds, the second track "Symphonia" is very symphonic, where the keys dominate the arrangements, with wide reference to the classics of the early 70's, including beautiful piano parts, in my opinion, is the best song on the album, "Thru The Trees" is a short song dominated by percussive rhythm section, "Cattlecar Galatica" great instrumental guitar piece and thunderous drums that fits right in with the arrangements, "Syncope" like a soundtrack opens to "The Nexus" a epic Progressive Metal with touches of symphonic-prog, "All Metal" is vibrant song featuring impressive keyboard/guitar interplay, "Mor Guitar" guitar sound in the same line of "Steve Howe" and "Steve Hackett", and the closing track "Radio Halo" is full of musical styles, they take it into many different directions, combining jazz, rock, and progressive rock. "Monophobic" album was released in 2009 by "Sonus West Records". Produced by Pravda, Recorded at Sonus West Records mixed by Dan at Shadetree Studios, art by Dan. Visit their MySpace and there you can listen some Mp3s. Also information and discography visit Pravda at Sonicbids. The Line-up on Pravda are: K.C. Thomsen - Synths, Keyboards, Hammond & Piano, Dave Thomas - Drums, Percussion & Vocals, Dan Sejd - Lead & Rhythm Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars and Tom Svanoe - 4 & 5 String Bass. Brilliant, amazing and fantastic, an indispensable work, highly recommendable... (Comments by Carlos Vaz)
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"There's obvious Rush in "After the Deluge," but the grandiosity of "Excursion" is more akin to Drea..."There's obvious Rush in "After the Deluge," but the grandiosity of "Excursion" is more akin to Dream Theater ideals. ..this is a rather cool local band. Pravda cranks its tunes with utter art-rock sincerity, pursuing a genre that most Idaho musicians would never dare attempt."
Monophobic up for Music Award.
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Dear Pravda, We are proud of inform you that your record "Monophobic" has been nominated, for ...
We are proud of inform you that your record "Monophobic" has been nominated, for the fourth edition of ProgAwards, in the following categories:
-Best Progattitudes Record (http://www.progawards.it/Progawards/
Remember that the next dates of publication of nominations will be:
-28 November 2009;
-19 December 2009;
-30 January 2010.
At January's end, the nominations phase will end and will be selected the finalists (in February); the edition will run until March 2010
when will be published the winners of all categories.
Many compliments for your work and good luck for the continuation of this event.
You are authorized to communicate the news to your website and your MySpace.
You can also use our logos, our banners and even the cover of your record (with our logo imprinted) to emphasize the news.
Sincere congratulations for passion and your professional capabilities.
The Progawards President
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"'Edge Of Fire' opens the album with a bang, with tightly synchronized guitars, drums and bass creat..."'Edge Of Fire' opens the album with a bang, with tightly synchronized guitars, drums and bass creating an unrelenting propulsion of sound. K.C. Thomsen's keyboards add some nice seasoning to what would otherwise be a fairly straightforward rock instrumental. The song presents a band unafraid to mix things up, with smooth tempo changes and shifts in mood, swinging from the heavy introductory section to a slower, spacey movement reminiscent of Pink Floyd. The powerful Excursion is a heavy rocker with loads of Thomsen keyboards and some very crunchy rhythm guitar courtesy of Chris Holman. The song is another example of the band's use of contrasts; heavy sections interspersed with more laid back, quieter movements. This use of contrast keeps things interesting, and makes for an enjoyable active listen. Lhasapsodic follows, and the Rush influences are very strong here; Holman's guitar often sounds eerily like Alex Lifeson's tone on Rush's 1990s albums. "
"The Echoing Sounds will appeal to neo-prog fans who also enjoy heavier and harder edge music."
Set List (material from The Echoing Sounds, Walking Through Walls and Monophobic. All original material)
Two Sets. Each set approx. 50 mins.
(songs may change order, other songs maybe included/excluded as needed)
Set A: Revolution, After the Deluge, Edge of Fire, Yatazza, Can You Hear Me?, Lhasapsodic, Butterfly Needle, Sonia, Omnipotent Struggle, Symphonia, The Nexus, Medley of favorite rock songs
Set B: Shine on you crazy Diamond, All Metal, The Echoing Sounds pt. 1, Medley of past and current musical influences into YYZ (Rush cover), At the Zoo, Walking Through Walls, Cattlecar Galactica, Excursion, Echoing sounds pt. 3, Radio Halo
There are no upcoming dates at this time.