The Murky Story
Murky Red is a Belgian based band founded in 2009, who combines elements of classic rock, prog rock, blues, stoner, and metal in their music. If their musical style was a human life form, it would be the love child of Deep Floyd, The Black Doors, and Led Sabbath. Slayer and Monty Python were the nannies.
In 2011 they signed a record deal with the Florida based record label Melodic Revolution Records, and thanks to the support of Martin Smith (they call him the seventh band member) they were able to release their debut album ‘Time Doesn’t Matter’ in 2012, mixed and mastered by Colin Tench (Corvus Stone, Transmission Rails, Oceans 5, Coalition, CTP), who also became an additional band member actually.
In 2013 the band got screwed by a Canadian promoter/manager. To make a long and annoying story short, this had a big negative effect on the fundraising campaign for their second album. They lost a lot of money, time and effort, but the band kept on moving and continued writing new songs.
After a nasty period of serious illness and the loss of loved ones, Murky Red was ready to strike again with their second album ‘No Pocus Without Hocus’, released on October 26, 2015, by Melodic Revolution Records. Colin Tench did once again a fantastic mixing and mastering job, and he added some majestic guitar parts on ‘Collateral Damage’, one of the new songs on the album. After the release of the album ‘No Pocus Without Hocus’, Patrick and Luk left the band for personal reasons. That was the time to reconsider the future of the band, as they struggle to work with a live band became more difficult.
In June 2016 Murky Red decided for not being a live band anymore. With Stef & Yolanda Flaming and Rene Marteaux as the core members, this new approach gives them more freedom for writing and recording new music and working with all kinds of guest musicians.
Stef Flaming: songwriting, guitars, keys & vocals
Rene Marteaux: drums
Marie Vancamp: vocals
Kim Mercken: vocals
Yolanda Flaming: vocals
Colin Tench: mixing and mastering and guest guitar player on ‘Heal My Bleeding Heart’ and ‘Collateral Damage’.
Helecine, Brabant-Wallon, Belgium
Style of Music
Classic Progressive Rock. Psychedelic, Stoner, Blues
No longer Available
No Pocus Without Hocus (2015) Digital Only
What the Critics are sayin about No Pocus Without Hocus
I love it when bands refuse to take themselves too seriously, and here we have an album which contains real weight, a solidity of mahogany as opposed to the lightness of something disposable and plastic.
– Kev Rowland | Power of Prog
To give a reference, my favorite albums of 2015 are Hand Cannot Erase, Story Tellers pt 1 and No Pocus without Hocus. None of them are perfect but all of them are outstanding musically and sonically. Rare indeed!
The album No Pocus without Hocus is an excellent piece of work and fans of heavy guitar rock with a thick stoner crust and a Floydian mantle will surely enjoy this. However, those who prefer a more progressive aspiration will not be disappointed, particularly with the closing track, Elena, which is a most worthy prog conclusion to a stellar album. Five stars for simply being as damn flippin’ good as it is.
– FragileKings | Prog Archives| 5/5 | 2015-11-17
What the Critics are saying about Time Doesn’t Matter
“Time Doesn’t Matter” is a strong debut album that should have a wide appeal. Fans of late 70’s Pink Floyd appears to be something of a key audience, especially those who tend to enjoy the darker side of this universally well-known band and in particular if they also have a certain affection for the good, old blues.
– Windhawk | Prog Archives| 4/5 | 2015-11-17
As I was really allowing this to sink in, I felt transported back to rock’s past while still listening to a band and album that was just as modern and relevant as anything within the progressive, stoner and psychedelic rock communities. Murky Red may draw