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by Verdun

Verdun blends driving rock guitar and drums with ethereal vocals and tastefully applied Asian elements to produce wonderfully original, beautiful, and intelligent music.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream of the Black Horse
5:58 $0.99
2. Page of Swords
3:28 $0.99
3. Purple Haze
4:52 $0.99
4. Stand By Your Man
4:17 $0.99
5. Song to a Sparrow
2:56 $0.99
6. April
3:20 $0.99
7. Nightfall
3:20 $0.99
8. Forty-seven
2:57 $0.99
9. Fate
6:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Verdun blends driving rock guitar and drums with ethereal vocals and tastefully applied Asian elements. Guitarist Neal Barnard and drummer Mike Stetina lay down churning undercurrents, often in jolting 7/4 or 11/4 rhythms, while singers Martha Roebuck from Virginia Beach, VA, and Ngọc Hoàng from Saigon, Vietnam, add strikingly beautiful vocal lines. With Martha singing in English and Ngọc in Vietnamese, the music blends with dreamlike logic.

The band's take on Purple Haze is soulful and dramatic. The group's moody signature piece, Dream of the Black Horse, grew out of an ancient Vietnamese song, but is heavy on jungle-like drums and percussive guitar, bringing in the original Asian instruments in the middle section. The compositions are arty and original, varying between dissonance and simple beauty.

The band is named for the city in France that is both intensely beautiful and the site of one of the fiercest battles in history. The band's unusual music captures conflicting images as well: incredibly beautiful vocals over hard-hitting rhythms.



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Linda Beroldi

new sound mixed with old
what I expected and more...really liked the orginal songs..the new mixes of Purple Haze and Stand by Your Man were a bit of a disappointment. I was there when Hendrix was going strong and still remember the sounds of the day.

Bill Leonard

Verdun es la verdad (or, the truth, to us gringos!)
What would happen if Enya crashed into Tesla in a Vietnamese alley late at night? Verdun might be the answer. Pulsating rhythms, soaring, searing guitar riffs, and delicate Vietnamese strings and vocals somehow come together in this fascinating collection by Dr. Neal Barnard and friends. Almost impossible to categorize, this album is thorougly listenable and, at times, beautiful. The 2 covers amongst the original material are "Purple Haze" at half-speed(!) and a barely-recognizable "Stand By Your Man", which will have Tammy Wynette spinning in her grave if she ever dies.