Album: Remain In Stasis
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Genre: Progressive Metal
Remain In Stasis is Yarmouth, Nova Scotia-based Marc Durkee’s first full
What I feel was the most striking revelation I learned going into this album
was that all of Remain In Stasis was written, produced and mixed
by Marc. This almost seems hard to believe when listening to the intricate
electronic guitar work and strong modulated vocals. Marc is clearly a very
The overall tone of Remain In Stasis steeped in deep melancholy with
occasional pitches of rage – as if the album struggles against its own
‘stasis’ till it explodes in fits. Marc’s music seems tailor-made to
invoke catharsis in the listener and would be good company for someone
experiencing frustration to know they are not alone.
A standout on the album for me was the track “A Number of Years”.
This song makes good use of Marc’s haunting voice and a rambling classical
guitar riff throughout the track to convey the unrelenting passage of time
while telling an atmospheric ghost story.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.