Din Within | Awaken The Man

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Awaken The Man

by Din Within

A progressive rock masterwork; extended-length songs with mesmerizing instrumental passages meld seamlessly with catchy hooks and big harmony vocals. Intelligent rock music with heart.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Than Before
11:57 $0.99
2. Turn It Around
10:51 $0.99
3. Song for Life
5:09 $0.99
4. Weight of the World
3:38 $0.99
5. Hey You (Part I)
6:05 $0.99
6. The Bottom - Between Two Lives
6:43 $0.99
7. For What It's Worth (Hey You Part II)
2:04 $0.99
8. Awaken the Man
14:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
• "Debut of the year" - Norwegian progressive rock radio show "Glasshuset"

• "Top 10 Prog Albums of 2007" (#7) - "Epic Prog with the Lurker" at ProgRock.com

Din Within is a progressive rock project based in the USA. With diverse influences ranging from prog, rock, jazz, and classical, Din Within puts a fresh spin on the progressive rock genre, creating some of the most exciting contemporary music available today.

"AWAKEN THE MAN" is a stunning prog masterpiece that weaves together intense, dynamic songs exploring themes of personal struggle and growth. Each song flows effortlessly into the next, with recurring motifs and varied arrangements that engage the listener throughout the album's sixty minutes of music.

According to their fans, Din Within's music is "Intricate and complex without sacrificing melody and strong hooks;" the album features "incredible musicianship and technical ability." With lyrics that are "relevant and topical, yet unpretentious," set to "impeccable playing and unforgettable melodies and riffs," there's something for everyone on "AWAKEN THE MAN."

It's progressive rock music for people who don't think they like progressive rock - as well as those who know that they do.

The brainchild of longtime friends Mark Gollihur and Josh Sager, "AWAKEN THE MAN" is the result of over two years of tracking, mixing and mastering - all of which occurred during a time of great personal struggle for both Mark and Josh. And the overall theme of the album reflects those struggles, without being maudlin or overly dramatic. Songs like "Better than Before" deal with feelings of alienation and inadequacy with humor, while the "Hey You" songs reach out to a long-ago love - not to rekindle, but to express regret.

Musically, the album seamlessly blends textures and sounds from all corners of the prog-rock spectrum; a Floyd-ian downtempo section transforms into a rapid-fire guitar solo that is reminiscent of bands like Dream Theater or ACT. Huge Styx-like harmony vocals are laid over Hammond Organ beds, with a nod to bands like Spock's Beard and Kansas. Grinding, bouncy Yes-style bass lines underpin a synth wash reminiscent of old-school Genesis.

And yet, this is no copycat or tribute album - the band's sound, while drawing on the giants of the genre's past, brings a lot of new flavors to the table as well. So while some of the ingredients might be familiar, the recipe is definitely new.

The album was entirely composed by Sager and Gollihur, but they got some notable assistance: guest artists on "AWAKEN THE MAN" include guitarist Scott McGill (McGill/Manring/Stevens, Hand Farm, Finneus Gauge) and drummer Mike Ian (Randori, Big Bang), among others.

Give the music a listen, and be sure to visit the band's extensive website for photos, bios, and even a studio blog written during the album's creation.



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You NEED this CD NOW
If you love your progressive rock with awesome, catchy and memorable hooks and melodies, masterful instrumental technique and feel, epic songs with HUGE bombastic endings and some of the best prog lyrics you'll ever hear, then look no further. This CD will NOT disappoint.

Any fan of Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Neal Morse, The Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree, et al, needs to just drop whatever they are doing and get this disc. No, I really mean it, stop what you are doing *right this minute* and go buy this CD. It stayed in my player for at least three weeks and I still spin it daily and find myself humming the melodies when I'm away from a stereo....it's THAT good.

"Awaken The Man" will awaken your love of awesome melodic progressive rock and I'm sure you'll be just as floored by the incredibly skilled songwriting and musicianship on display here. I predict big things for DIN WITHIN.


If you ask any casual music listener what it is about progressive rock that turns them off, they'll more than likely tell you they simply don't have the time to listen to ten minute long musical passages. We have indeed become a fast food culture, and music and art are no exception to the quick fix mentality which governs the daily life of the modern day human being.

So then, how to save progressive rock from becoming a relic with nothing left to its name but a chapter in the history books? Many first generation prog rock bands such as Genesis and Yes gave up and moved towards a more standard pop sound to sell records. However, certain groups such as Marillion picked up the torch in the 80's and refused to let the genre die.

Thanks to those who refused to quit on prog rock, we are today seeing a resurgance of the genre as a respectable force in the mainstream. Hot selling progish records by popular acts such as My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Voltae are not uncommon in 2007.

The resurgance of prog rock has not come without some compromise, however. It is common in todays prog rock to see simplified concepts and shorter song structures take a front seat to complex and longish epics. Not that the latter isn't present in modern day prog records, but these days you are more likely to see only two or perhaps three extended length works built around a number of shorter, simplified musical passages.

Din Within seem to fully understand the need to simplify prog rock in order to make it accessible to the modern day mainstream. Awaken The Man, the groups debut release, is filled with melodic pop, rock and jazz influenced songs. The work is unified and fueled by a concept steeped in downfall and redemption. A topic which just about anyone can relate to. Because of this, Din Within should find themselves moving a pretty respectable number of discs.

If there is one criticism I can offer of this disc, it's that the vocals are occasionally a bit clinical. Perfectly done, but lacking the full emotional impact which would take certain moments on this disc into the musical stratosphere, It's as though a superb instrumentalist with good back up singer skills stepped in to do the lead vocals. If this is the case, then Din Within may wish to add a new member to the band. A pure vocalist who approaches the material from an emotiional rather than a technical viewpoint.

This is a very minor inconvenience, however. The musicianship and song craft are more than strong enough to carry the day. Click on the left hand side of your screen to listen to the sample tracks on this disc. Then be prepared to get out your wallet. This is one you're going to wand to add to your collection.