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by Herd of Instinct

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Sun Gun 05:47
Abaddon 04:33
Temples 04:24


Herd of Instinct’s fifth album, Incantation, is the band’s most dynamic and radical release yet. The music explores the band’s progressive rock vocabulary mixed with excursions into densely layered post-rock compositions and hybrid orchestral styles.

Incantation moves through pieces that fit neatly with the band’s previous work. The band also travels into new areas that take their music into new directions. It’s this “otherness" that makes this collection such a unique and challenging album.

The minimal orchestral piece Myth and Ritual is a homage to avant-auteur Scott Walker, written a short time after his death, that references his stark and brutal compositional style. The two-part title track is a trip into avant-prog featuring a superstar list of players who help produce one of HOI’s most adventurous pieces. This is also the first album that features vocals since their self-titled debut release, back in 2011.

The music was recorded between 2018-2019 in Arlington, TX, Topanga, CA, New York, NY, and the UK.

Founding member, Mark Cook, says the goal of the band is to keep creating interesting music with no limitations on the direction. As time marches on, HOI continues to evolve and move forward.

For more information please visit us at: herdofinstinct.wixsite.com/herdofinstinct

Released by Firepool Records

Promotional Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMnl8ATiXRU


released October 31, 2019

Herd of Instinct:
Mark Cook – Warr guitar, fretless bass, guitar, keyboards, and string arrangements
Bill Bachman – drums and percussion
Mike McGary – piano and synth
Rick Read – Chapman Stick, bass, and keyboards

Special guests:
Elaine Di Falco (Thinking Plague) – vocals and lyrics
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Ork) – fretless bass and ebow
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet, Fernwood) – Mellotron, Rhodes, Moog, Hammond, harmonium, guitar, and tambura
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson) – Rhodes, Moog, Mellotron, and Hammond
Stephen Page (Stonebriar String Quartet) – violin
Craig Shropshire (Impending Bloom) – hand percussion and gong
Dave Streett – Warr guitar

Mastered by Gayle Ellett
Design and layout: Mark Cook


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Herd of Instinct Arlington, Texas

"This electrifying unit translucently morphs the days of prog-rock yore with an ultramodern scope." All About Jazz

Herd of Instinct is a progressive rock band based in Texas. The band has released six albums on Djam Karet's Firepool Records.
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