Releasing his new album ‘Remain In Stasis’ this past January along with its lead single and music video “A Way To Escape, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia’s solo atmospheric prog artist Marc Durkee has posted an acoustic rendition of the song where he was accompanied in the studio by Spencer Muise on guitar/vocals, Jessi Nicole on keys/vocals and Cameron Lawrence on percussion.
Watch the acoustic video “A Way To Escape” at https://youtu.be/ia7zntEeafo
The official music video version can be viewed at https://youtu.be/-g0vWXpaD6E
Plus Durkee’s acoustic covers can be watched at these links.
‘3 Libras’ (A Perfect Circle cover) – https://youtu.be/YEQasV0ipp8
‘He Is’ (Ghost Cover) – https://youtu.be/6-JjP53F9rk
Full album stream of ‘Remain In Stasis’ – https://durk.bandcamp.com/album/remain-in-stasis
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 depersonalization 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 a 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 now that ‘Remain In Stasis’ has been released, all the world will hear him.
- The Dark Dimension
- A Way To Escape
- A Great Disdain
- Redesign (In Stride)
- The Mind Flayer
- A Number Of Years
- Not Without Sin
“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.”
“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
““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