STEAM THEORY is a two fold entity. One is a recording project, which is the creative outlet for composer and instrumentalist Jason Denkevitz. He records and produces his own material, occasionally enlisting guest musicians to greater fulfill the compositions. So far this has resulted in three full length productions: Enduring Delirium (2010), Helios Rider (2012), and Asunder (2015). All three albums explore a blend of fusion, classical and world music set within a progressive rock framework. The second aspect of Steam Theory is the STEAM THEORY BAND, which is dedicated to performing many of the songs from past and future albums live around the Baltimore, Virginia, and Washington D.C. region.
From the Music Street Journal review of Asunder:
Asunder: "It is beautiful and mellow with chorale vocals gliding over the top..." "This thing really gets quite powerful and soaring later"
Adrift: "It's an inspired piece of music that really drives forward and soars"
No Such Thing: "This has a real hard edged modern King Crimson kind of vibe going" "...furious and yet has a lot of melody."
Fireflies: "It's a really powerful piece of music. In a lot of ways it feels like music to a science fiction movie."
Intar: "There are some great middle Eastern melodies built into this. The music ranges from more symphonic to more rocking. This is actually one of my favorite songs..."
Shyft: "...quite a dynamic and ever changing musical tapestry. There is some scorching hot guitar soloing later in the track."
From Expose Magazine:
"Steam Theory's new release is full of big-sounding music, with multiple guitars, bass, drums keyboards, and orchestra presenting ambitious instrumental music - 13 tracks spanning two CDs. In the studio, Steam Theory is really just Jason Denkevitz; he enlists other musicians for liver performances, where they rearrange this music for the instruments available. All the orchestra parts are simulated on Asunder. I'm a firm believer in judging music by listening to it, not reading the credits, and in this case, I'd say the only downside to this method of production is a somewhat over-precise sound, complex and impressive but with the guitar parts being the only real human touch. That being said, Asunder sounds superb, with its classical flavor more Stravinsky than Beethoven, with modern harmonic touches and a few non-European elements added. There's also a touch of fusion, but just because this is energetic instrumental music, not because of any real jazz elements."
From the Prog Archives review by Kelvin W (4 out of 5 stars).:
"Steam Theory is the personal musical project of Jason Denkevitz, through which he creates prog that takes in various styles and influences at different times, and so creating unique sounds and songs. "Asunder" is an excellent collection of such tracks, generally in the realm of a very compelling and enjoyable power prog, but open to a whole landscape of sonic mixes and experimentation."
"As a whole, the album is a great collection of prog that features some other excellent tangents, altogether well played and put together."
Stuffer White, Host of Light Without Heat: "Very refreshing to hear great new music like this" "Brilliant stuff here..."
STEAM THEORY BAND:
Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, the STEAM THEORY BAND is an original instrumental progressive rock group. Formed in 2008, the group currently consists of Jason Denkevitz on Guitar/Synth, Mike Esposito on Guitar/Synth, Keith Misemer on Electric Bass/Synth/Pedals, and Roger Stewart on Drums and Percussion. The style of music varies from jazz influenced numbers, to heavier classic/progressive rock songs mixing elements of blues, fusion and world music.
Steam Theory has performed in many clubs around the Baltimore/Washington D.C./Virginia region including: Orion Studios, the Artomatic Festival (2009 and 2012) in D.C., Club K, Govans Fall Festival, Huckas, Taps, Tyson's Tavern, Brass Monkey, the Java Lounge, and many others. Past and upcoming gigs can be viewed under the 'Gigs' tab above.