Albatross, the Heavy/Horror Metal band from Mumbai, Maharashtra which was initially a solo project of Riju 'Dr. Hex' Dasgupta, the bassist who wanted to create a healthy fusion between literature and Metal. Later he was joined by his other band mates which led to the birth of Albatross.
The band has already released and E.P, Dinner Is You which was mastered by Swedish producer Andy LaRocque in September 2010. They recently released a split with American Occult Metal band Vestal Claret - The Kissing Flies/Black Priest via Roadcrew Records in 2012. They are one of the bands from India to play at Bangalore Open Air, In fact, they were one of the very first band to be announced by BOA. IndianMusicRevolution was elated to catch hold of the band and have a chat with them regarding BOA and their views towards it.
IMR: Hello Albatross! Glad to catch you guys up before the massive Bangalore Open Air. How are the boys doing currently?
Vignesh: We’re doing great. It has been about 2 months since the album launch, and we are all very happy with the response the new album is getting. We’ve had live shows succeeding the launch and it has honestly been a blast going from the bottom to the top of the country. Chennai and Bangalore were fantastic, our home ground Mumbai was awesome and last but not the least, Guwahati was really kick-ass. So we’re currently back in the jam room rehearsing for our future gigs.
IMR: So what's new coming up from Albatross? Anything you guys planning to release/launch before BOA for the fans?
Dr. Hex: Nah, we're taking a small break now. I'm currently working on a plan for the future, which we shall unleash shortly. But nah...nothing before BOA for sure.
IMR: Any shows you have coming up before BOA?
Dr. Hex: We have a show in Mumbai, which should be announced any day now.
IMR: Is Albatross happy with the promotions of BOA? Do you think BOA would be able to bring an alteration in the Indian Metal scene? What are your personal views on the battle of the bands (a fair chance enough for a big oppurtunity)?
Dr. Hex: I think we can unanimously agree that the promotions have been great. My friends from Australian band Lord, who shared the stage with Iced Earth before this gig told me how much they were looking forward to this show. And sure, if this show becomes an annual property, I see nothing but an alternation in the Indian Heavy Metal circuit. I think any fest which allows you the opportunity to reach Wacken is pretty much worth it. I'm quite curious to know who'll win the battle myself...so this is another aspect of the fest which has kept me enthused.
IMR: How's been the fans response about Albatross playing in BOA?
Dr. Hex: We were the first Indian band to be announced, after which I had a lot of congratulatory and adulatory messages pouring in. I think a lot of people are happy because Iced Earth has influenced our music, and sharing the stage with them is truly a dream come true for us.
IMR: What level of personal excitement do you possess with less than one month of BOA?
Vignesh: The excitement is a mixture of thrill, anticipation and a bit of nervousness. It’s a real big honour to play in BOA after all. When we first heard that we got selected, we were pretty surprised. We can’t wait to be on stage at BOA, especially with our friends at Bangalore, who are sharing stage with us and of course – Kreator and Iced Earth.
IMR: What would be the most appealing thing for Albatross in BOA except the presence of mighty Kreator & Iced Earth?
Dr. Hex: Well, this is the first exclusively traditional Metal fest in the country...so it's going to be a thrill even watching the band from an audience POV. All the bands are good friends, and in the words of Vikram Bhat from Dying Embrace - the alcoholocaust will be something to watch out for.
IMR: Do you think the participation of Albatross in BOA means upliftment of the Mumbai Metal scene?
Dr. Hex: Haha, we're not representing Mumbai or anything. We're just coming out there to play Metal and have a blast doing it. But yeah, fests like these are opening doors to the world and we can only imagine better things in the times to follow.
IMR: What can the audience anticipate from Albatross in BOA? Anything special that you guys have planned for the fans?
Vignesh: Well, we are hoping people come early enough to watch us perform as we’re playing pretty early on the day. Apart from that, we are hoping to have a really good time at BOA with everyone present over there.
IMR: Any thank you list?
Dr. Hex: For BOA in particular? As usual we're very thankful to Salman, Nolan, Ganesh, Srikanth, Michael and gang for giving us opportunities on a regular basis to play in Bangalore, allowing us to garner a fanbase there which eventually led us to playing this fest. Also, a big round of thanks to Salman and his team for handling the media aspect of this fest really well. My aching hands from doing all the interviews bear testimony to how much effort he's put into the media/publicity angle.
IMR: What message can we get from Albatross to all the fans and the readers at IndianMusicRevolution?
Vignesh: Listen to the music that you truly believe in, whether it be of any genre. Don’t listen to something just because you want to ape your friends, or belong in some social group. Listen to the type of music that really calls out to your soul \m/.
*Thank you Albatross for your precious time and we wish you good luck for your future and a huge Metal orgy at BOA!
Photo credits: Kushal Das.
She female from Kolkata having a strong love towards Death Metal. Currently, she is doing Computer Science engineering. She started listening to legends like Deep Purple, WhiteSnake and Pink Floyd as early as when she was just little kid.
In the meanwhile, exploring this arena made her to like more underground forms such as Old school death metal and has formed immense love towards it. She admires and loves music and despises pseudo-genres and trend, having a special love for Indian Music scene and have firm belief that they would go a very very very long way towards success, in the years to come!
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