Procyon's Penance - The Orion Syndrome

Procyon's Penance is the 2002 offering from The Orion Syndrome, and is a major progression in their songwriting prowess.
The album is a mix of Progressive Art Rock and World Beat music, with a touch of Science Fiction for good measure.
The title was a play on words - my astronomy company is named Procyon Systems (as in this site),
but during this time I was both having an employment lapse as well as some domestic challenges at home, so I was serving a "penance" as it were.
The symbol of the Tunnel was a metaphor of wandering through the darkness, looking for a light to find a way out.
It is also interesting to note that some of the songs released on this CD were originally from the Orion Starbirth CD.

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Original Album
Song Name
Length Genre
Description

Procyon's Penance
6:00
Progressive Rock
A 6 minute opus featuring layer after layer of guitars, synths, B3 organs, and effected vocals. Guest appearance by Jim Reindel, one of MP3.Com's most popular progrock guitarists! This tune is inspired by the great progrock bands Rush, Pink Floyd, and ELP, and took over three months to craft.

Into the Light
4:03
Progressive Rock / World
Leave the darkness of the Tunnel, and step Into the Light. An eclectic combination of didgeridoo, electronic effects, wind synthesizer, electric 6 string and acoustic 12 string guitars, along with latin and eastern percussion makes this song a keeper. Martin Schiff provides expert slide didge playing throughout this piece.

Red Point Sight
6:48
Progressive Rock This is a sci-fi escapism song with several themes. A man struggles to evade his pursuers, wandering through a crystaline, icy landscape. He is captured and drugged, but his comrades save him at the last moment. He is finally united with the one he loves most.

Autumn Evening
4:00
World / Jazz
A cool evening ride through the country with your top down! A crisp 12 string guitar sets the background with hand drums and percussion, while a fretless bass meanders around. A didgeridoo punctuates the rhythm, then gets wild in a central solo. After the didge man works himself into a frenzy, a great guitar lead finishes off the song.

Arabian
3:24
World
Relax and enjoy this beautiful combination of acoustic 12 string guitar, didgeridoo and piano. Close your eyes and be swept away on a magic "Arabian" carpet.

Journey to Mars
3:44
Progressive Rock Get on board the Mars shuttle and sit back for the trip of your life. A spacey synth starts this one out, then the Floydian guitar appears! Didgeridoo basslines intertwined with delayed guitar rhythms make this one a spooky tune!

Canyon Journey
4:39
World
Journey through the canyons of your mind. An eclectic mix of digeridoos, shakers, american flutes, Floydian guitars and synth.


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