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Absent Passages

by Scaphoid

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    North American store:

    Die-cut gatefold CD papersleeve, printed on artistic paper. Includes a beautiful 8-page artbook with unique scenery that will accompany you through the playthrough of the record.

    The die-cut papersleeve has been skilfully crafted, answering the demands of the fans to become a unique piece of art. The front cover features a see-through frame with the possibility of flipping the booklet to show an alternate cover.

    The whole packaging and the booklet are printed on premium artistic paper by the Italian leader paper-company Fedrigoni. The paper is soft and velvety on the touch and the grain gives a classy and smooth feel to the fine printing. All the paper is manufactured strictly following eco-compatible procedures.
    The album will not be plastic-wrapped, but will be delivered inside a collector-grade, resealable, transparent envelope, assuring an eco-sustainable approach with no wastes. The plastic used for the envelope is acid-free, ensuring a long conservation of the prints.

    Free limited sticker included with every purchase! (until stock lasts)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Absent Passages via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 500 

      €12 EUR or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      €7 EUR  or more


Marauder 07:15
Melpomene 04:56
The Narrows 03:18


North American store:

Four years removed from a promising debut EP, the Austin, TX prog-metal/post-rock artist Scaphoid returns with Absent Passages, revealing a sonically dexterous, focused, and fiercely independent sound that moves freely between aggression and atmosphere, from incendiary roar to infectious groove to intoxicating delicacy in a matter of moments. Album opener and lead single “Marauder” sets the tone for what’s to come, with space rock melodies hovering above djent-minded rhythmic stutters, and crystal clear, ethereal leads acting as the thread tying everything together. It’s varied without being overwritten, impressive without being showy, and consistently and thoroughly engaging. It’s a perfect introduction to an album that paints a striking and unique vision of progressive metal.

In a way, Absent Passages is the most apt moniker for this collection of songs. Multi-instrumentalist Matt Hobart credits instrumental metal as a primary inspiration but notes that, as much as the concept has always drawn him in, he has found himself long in search of a specific stylistic approach that had eluded him. One of his goals is to find that sweet spot, and as a result Absent Passages represents the sound that has burned within Hobart’s heart and mind without any previous outlet to represent it. As the album moves forward its canvas blossoms, revealing a formidable soundscape that will draw the interest of fans from a wide spectrum spanning prog-rock, post-metal, post-rock, space rock, psychedelic, djent, and more. It is formed out of diverse lifelong influences ranging from Opeth and Meshuggah to Pink Floyd and Steven Wilson, as well as less obvious artists like Corrosion of Conformity, but ultimately exists more as a tour of the spaces between those diverse artists. Ultimately, what Absent Passages does is present a bridge from its titular lack to a place of fulfillment, a launching point for more detailed exploration of themes and soundscapes that were heretofore untraveled.


released October 9, 2020

All music by Matt Hobart
Mixed and mastered by Jamie King
Front cover art by Corey Meyers
Thanks to my family and friend for all their love and support and to my wife Meni for everything.
This album is dedicated to Vivien and Russell Hobart


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Scaphoid Austin, Texas

Full album coming 2020.

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