Latest News

Return from hiatus 

Hey everyone -- Yes, we are still around! We've been on a fairly long, unanticipated hiatus for about a year and half. But we are on the verge of returning to the studio to finish the next album. Jody and I are excited to get back to work on this project. We've both been busy pursuing some other projects. But I'll be getting back into "studio mode" over the next few weeks as I begin further development on the songs and prepare them for Jody's vocals. A lot of great work has already been done on the new album so far (just prior to the hiatus), and we have a good portion of the album's foundation already mapped and recorded (drums, bass, keyboards and some guitar). In addition, over the course of  working on the album, we're also going to be searching for  the right musicians for an actual live band once the album is released (some of whom may be also helping us finish the album in the studio). Don't have a whole lot of new info to update everyone on right now, but do expect more updates in coming months as we wade back into this process. For now, we mainly just wanted to let everyone know we're still out here and the project is very much alive. 

We do have some website news, however. We finally decided to get with the times and offer a higher quality digital download on the site. So our debut album can now be purchased in FLAC format (as well as MP3 and CD). Check out our music/store page if you 're in the market for a copy of Looking Backward. As mentioned previously, there will be no additional pressings of the CD version, so once they're gone, they're gone.

Anyway, yeah, I know... we move kind of slowly. Lol. But we're dedicated to what we're trying to accomplish, and our passion for this project runs deep. The way I see it, we're still just getting warmed up for the main event! Just takes us a little time to get there sometimes ;) But I think the next album could be a lot of fun for everyone. Stay tuned for more! 

David Burr

A long overdue update 

We've been hard at work on the new album for the last year and a half, and it's been a much longer process than we anticipated. But we're thrilled with the direction the music has taken, and we believe the next record is going to amount to a pretty big leap from where we began with our debut. It's too early to predict a release date, but we are beginning to talk with various musicians about putting a live band together in time for the next album cycle.

It's been a little more than 2 years since the release of our debut album, and in the time since the release, I've personally experienced a notable creative surge. As a result, many of the songs I'd previously written have doubled in length and significantly evolved, and we've ended up with a lot more material than was originally planned for our follow up release. I plan to put together some short audio preview clips of the new material in the next few months for our mailing list members to check out.

I'm currently taking a much-needed break for a few months to explore a couple of other projects and keep myself from burning out on the process ;) -- But we'll be back in the studio in January, and I'm hoping we can complete the album by next summer.

In other news, we recently decided there will not be any additional CD pressings of our first album. Looking Backward. It will still be available as an mp3 download from our website (and coming soon, FLAC and/or WAV formats as well). But the only physical CD copies that exist are what came from our first run/pressing. So I guess this means if you have a copy, it is now a sort of a "limited edition". That said, we do still have some CDs in stock, and they can be purchased here (as well as the mp3 version). Looking Backward is also available at Amazon and CD Baby.

More to come soon! As always feel free to Facebook or email us with questions/comments.

David Burr


Fat Cat Radio interview and showcase 

The Storm Chronicles' appearance on Fat Cat Radio this week seems to have generated some additional interest in what we're doing -- a success! My interview with Big Lou was definitely thought-provoking, and he did a great job of keeping me on my toes and twisting my noggin around a bit ;) -- ah, the mark of a great host (which he is)! So a huge thank you to Big Lou for giving the Storm Chronicles some great exposure on his shows. Also, a special thanks to all who've tuned in to/streamed the interview -- We both really appreciate the kind comments and support. And as always, feel free to email me any questions or comments that may have not been addressed during the show :) I'm happy to answer them if I can. 

David Burr

For those who missed Big Lou's interview with David, you can listen to it here:

And to groove on our Fat Cat Radio music showcase (no interview, just music), visit here:


New Progression review out now 

We just received a fantastic review of our album in the latest issue of Progression magazine. Check it out...

"This debut album from Seattle's Storm Chronicles is surprisingly rich and mature for an opening statement.  At first listen, you'd assume David Burr (keyboards/guitars/drums/bass/vocals/samples) and Jody Dietz (vocals) have been playing together forever.  And you'd be almost right.  Although the two only have been performing together since 2011, the music on Looking Backward has been in development nearly two decades (which partly explains the title).  The result is a satisfying blend of symphonic progressive rock, ambient atmospherics and melodic pop. 

Burr cut his teeth musically playing in various cover bands before conceiving, writing and producing this album, and those influences shine through here. Tracks a la "Ghost Writer," "Corners" and "Individual" sound like Alan Parsons' best work from the 1970s, while the two-part title track evokes Rush's 2112.  Throughout this album, Dietz's wide-ranging powerhouse voice negotiates Burr's multifaceted compositions like a Coast Guard searchlight on the raging sea. 

It will be interesting to see what these two do for an encore, as their obvious command of melody is a rare gift indeed."   

-- by Nick Tate, Progression magazine (Issue 67, Spring 2015)

Big thanks to Nick Tate for the great review and Publisher John Collinge for the exposure. We were blown away by the kind words about our music. 

Copies of the latest issue (#67) of Progression can be ordered at: Wonderful articles and coverage of the progressive rock world. Highly-recommended reading. 

And our album can be purchased here on our music page.

Upcoming Progression review and more 

The next issue of Progression magazine will include a favorable review of our first album, Looking Backward. The forthcoming issue #67 is slated to come out in the next few weeks. This is a fantastic magazine and regarded as one of the most prominent progressive rock publications in the U.S., so we're thrilled in be included in this publication. Stay tuned for updates and order your copy at

Also, another great review of our debut album came out recently from music reviewer Dmitry Epstein (DME). Check it out here:

We continue to plug away at the new album, and we've got some exciting new sounds emerging. Jody has been hard at work on vocal parts, and we begin vocal recording sessions this month. We still have quite some distance to go toward finishing this beast, but our progress has been consistent, and the foundation of the album has been established (and then some). We'll keep everyone updated as more news develops. But we are looking forward to a flourishing year! Stay tuned, and thanks for continued support...

Progress update / MSJ review 

We just received some good press in the Music Street Journal. Check out the review of our debut album here:

Also, a little update re: what we've been up to: I've been hard at work on the foundation and instrumentation of the new album for the past 8 months or so. As of right now, we have 5 songs in various stages of recording (and a 6th in the early stages of writing). The songs are averaging about 10 minutes in length -- some a bit longer, some shorter. It's been a time-consuming process, as I'm developing and recording almost all of the instruments and parts myself (although I will be bringing in a bit of outside help for some of the guitars - more on that at a later time). But I've been making some great progress, and I'm very pleased with the way the music is developing, as the layers are added bit by bit. With this next album, we'll be taking what I think/hope will be a substantial leap from the foundation we established on Looking Backward. Much of what I've been doing in the studio this year has been focused on experimenting with new sounds and new ways of doing things that ultimately (hopefully) serve the music in the best possible way. Jody and I will start getting together sometime in the next few months to begin working out the vocal parts.

The album is evolving into something more than I originally intended, but it's a good thing; we'll be releasing more music than we had planned. When we finished Looking Backward, our original intention was to just pick out a few finished (or almost finished) songs from the backlog of material written during the same Looking Backward period, re-record them and maybe change/re-write a few things, and then put out a 25-min EP. We weren't anticipating a lengthy recording process.

But instead, I've ended up significantly re-writing whole songs.... to the point where probably about 80 percent of the material for this album is new. Five-minute songs become 12-minute songs, and next thing you know, I've got a beast on my hands. And I've tried to just travel wherever the music leads me.

So, we've decided to make the "EP" a full-length album, 5 songs. This will be the "standard" edition of Supplements. However, we will still be offering an "expanded, limited edition", which will include some additional songs. This expanded edition will be limited to 300 copies total pressed, and this is the version some of our supporters from the last Kickstarter campaign will be receiving. It's hard to say at this point how long it will take to finish the album. It will likely come out sometime next year, but that's about as specific as I can be right now.

As always, thanks to everyone for the continued support. And feel free to email me with any questions or comments:

More to come soon...

David Burr

Press, Aural Moon rotation and follow-up update 

We recently received a very favorable review of our debut album in the Equal Ground to kick off the New Year. Check it out here. We are also now in regular rotation on the progressive rock internet radio station Aural Moon. Tune in to hear some great music and request our songs.

We plan to begin working on our follow up release in the next few weeks. We took a couple months off for the holidays, but now we're beginning to get back into the swing of things. Although we expect to be immersed in the the current album cycle and promotion for some time, we'll be simultaneously working on our next album. We've decided to take a somewhat unorthodox approach with our follow up.

Our next release will be entitled Supplements, and we plan to make it available in two different versions: both a full-length album version and a condensed 5-song EP. The full-length "special edition" version will be strictly limited to 300 copies on CD, while the EP will be distributed without any such limitation. However, the full version will also be available for digital download. The limited edition physical CD is just our way of offering something a bit more unique to our collector and audiophile friends who prefer the uncompressed listening experience over MP3 download. Those who pre-ordered the EP during our last Kickstarter campaign will receive the full-length Limited Edition version of Supplements.

We do not yet have a concrete time frame for the release of the follow-up, as we're still in the process of mapping out the album and sorting through our existing backlog of demo material to focus on. But we can say that much of the material is already written and ready to be recorded for release sometime this year. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of our next release in the coming months.

Aural Moon airplay 

We will be featured in a 20-minute segment on Aural Moon radio on 11/18/13 at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST). The New Moon on Monday broadcast is a 2-hour show that spotlights new progressive rock album releases. It will also re-air on 11/20/13 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) and and again on 11/22/13 at 2 a.m. PST.  We are honored to have caught the attention of this fantastic station. Big thanks to host Mat Sgattoni. Tune in here:

Prog airplay 

We were recently added to the rotation on Progulus (, a great progressive rock internet radio station that highlights a number of talented independent prog artists. Visit the website here to tune in and hear some great music.

Also, our song "Individual" recently debuted on Shaun Geraghty's show "The Prog Mill", which broadcasts on Stafford Radio in the UK every Sunday at 10 p.m. UK time (3 p.m. PST here). Big thanks to Shaun for giving our music a spin! The station can be streamed at

Radio Interview 

We'll be doing an on-air interview Sunday at 12 p.m. PST on 89.1 KMHD2 HD radio out of Portland, OR with Vinni Tallbut. You can tune in at We'll be chatting about the music and our project, and Vinni will be playing some cuts from our new album. Check us out! Also, check out KMHD2's facebook page at
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