The Syrian-Armenian guitarist Shant Hagopian, who lives in Canada, may be known by some of the progmetal band Nu.Clear.Dawn. At the "Rock The Nations" festival in Istanbul he met Andy Kuntz from Vanden Plas. So the idea was born to create a joint project with the further support of Virgil Donati (drums), Ric Fierabracci (bass) and keyboarder Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream-Theater, Planet X) as special guest. The result of this promising cooperation is called "Solipsistic", which means something like "I-related". You can hear solid, partly a little bit frickeliger Progmetal with discreetly scattered mainstream and fusion parts, where only Sherinians keyboards break the dominance of the guitars here and there. Kuntz only appears on "What If We All Stop" with his typical singing. Too bad, because the vocals are the building block that is missing in most of the other eight tracks to make a good album out of a solid one. Much is simply too clichéd for that.
Top Track: What If We All Stop