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Music Articles http://indianmusicrevolution.com Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:34:27 +0000 en-gb HP Connected Music - Your Travel Mate http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/HP-Connected-Music-Your-Travel-Mate.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/HP-Connected-Music-Your-Travel-Mate.html

hp-connected-music

Music these days is an integral part of everybody’s day to day life; people keep themselves connected with music in some way or the other. Smart phones & tablets are playing a major role in giving quick access to music, entertainment & productivity at the same time. With growing technology & internet usage, digital content consumption is growing day by day. This has given rise to many digital content providers, enabling user to quickly access audios, videos, eBooks etc. on the go.

HP India have recent joined the digital content league with their music service HP Connected Music. Service is powered by Universal Music Group & Hungama.com to provide user with international, national & regional music. Service is exclusive to HP consumers & comes bundled with selected Windows 8 powered notebooks including HP1000, HP2000, Pavilion Sleekbook 14, Pavilion Sleekbook 15, Pavilion g6, Pavilion g4, ENVY X2, ENVY 4, ENVY 6, ENVY dv6 and ENVY m6. User gets free access to millions of DRM protected songs for one year. Catalog includes artists from different genres, including Bollywood, Devotional, Rock, Classic, Hip Hop, Jazz, Regional, R&B, and Country among others. Catalog also contains something for indie music lover; you can find music from Indian Ocean, Advaita along with session of MTV unplugged, and MTV Sound Trippin. Users can preview & download the songs they want on the go with their HP device.

Service is tied up with HP device & developed to provide a portable music experience. Device is sleek & light weight to carry; special care has been taken to provide a good experience on the go. It can be used as notebook when you need to type or can be used as tablet for checking mails, playing games or performing casual activities. Being powered by Microsoft Windows 8 you can perform same activities you perform on your regular desktop. Device includes two batteries one with tablet & one with keyboard which provides you good power backup while you travel. Device is powered by dual camera (front & back), back camera being 8MP you can capture moment’s while you travel .In all HP have worked good to make sure your experience while traveling is interesting & playful.

Time for postmortem (Evil laugh)

Service seems to be pretty ok but still a lot of scope for improvement comparing to the league of digital content provider. Downloaded songs are DRM protected & free for initial year after that content will be available on paid-basis, hope subscription price would be attractive. There is no native app to access service as of now, but we would love to see one in near future. Entire service is accessible via browser in form of website which seems to be on similar lines of hungama.com. Rich interface like gaana.com would enhance overall user experience. Songs can be played with players supporting the audio format & DRM, plays well with “Microsoft Media Player” but doesn’t work with the default “Audio “App on device. If you try to play the song on your android device it won’t play. Though catalog have million songs, latest bollywood music & international artist it still lack decent amount of songs from indie scene hope we can see more stuff like Swarathma, Agam, Lagori etc in near future.

HP Connected Music is still in its initial stage so we can expect more improvement in the overall service & more addition to catalog. Pretty good for initial start, still tough competition with established players.

So, just grab your HP Notebook and get free access to HP Connected Music. You can also win a trip to UK to see “Bon Jovi” live.  All you have to do is tweet to @HPIndia describing what music means to you and mention the #HPConnectedMusic hashtag or leave a comment in this post describing what music means to you in just 100 words or less. Don’t forget to mention the #HPConnectedMusic hashtag! That’s it!

Contest ends May 30th so hurry!

Click here to enter into contest & share your views.

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ajit080260@yahoo.com (Ajit Bohra) Music Articles Sun, 05 May 2013 14:50:06 +0000
Ginger Is The Flavour This Summer! http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Ginger-Is-The-Flavour-This-Summer.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Ginger-Is-The-Flavour-This-Summer.html

 

Gingerfeet Hard Rock Rising Story

Knowing them:

Gingerfeet is this five-piece super group from the city of joy, and as quoted by the RollingStone Magazine, is a funk/alt rock band adhering to original music. Gingerfeet is a culmination of members of three very well known bands from the east - Cynical Recess [Kolkata], Still Waters[Gangtok] and DamageEra[Darjeeling] and it promises to be one of India's brightest hopes when it comes to represent their genre of music in the global scene.

 

The band got together sometime late 2012,there was no shiz and jazz about the line up. Allegedly, they just had a jam once and decided to go for the kill.The band comprises of  Abhishek Gurung[Vocals], Abhinandan Mukherjee[Drums], Vedanta RajBareily[Lead Guitar] from Cynical Recess, Lokes Magar[Bass] from Still Waters and Dibya RajMukhia[Guitars] from DamageEra.

 

The sound of the band is very fresh and unique and promises to be something very new in the present global music scene. Gingerfeet has over 10 originals already and is working on their debut album to be released by August-September 2013.

 

Achievements so far:

The first time Gingerfeet took the stage as a band was in December 2012 at the prestigious Hornbill National Rock Contest, Nagaland which is considered to be the biggest rock contest in India and for the record emerged as winners by bagging the best band along with best bassist award after the likes of Indigo Children [2011] and Slain [2010].

 

"The experience at Hornbill Festival was out of the world as we played in front of 15,000 screaming fans singing/jumping along with our tunes.Its an experience,bands dream to have,we are completely overwhelmed to have won Hornbill Rock Contest at the  first go as many bands dream to achieve this platform for years." 

 

In March 2013,Gingerfeet was shortlisted for Hard Rock Rising 2013 - the global battle of the bands competition organized by Hard Rock Cafe - International chain of pubs in which the band emerged as all India winners and now will be representing India in the global scene.

 

At the moment, Gingerfeet is among the top 85 bands selected from all over the world to compete at Hard Rock Rising Global Finale in London this June. The screening of the top 3 bands will be done through online voting with each download of their song counting as one vote.

 

The band opens up about their Hard Rock Rising experience:

"Gingerfeet had their debut pub gig at Hard Rock Cafe,Hyderabad - Thanks to Hard Rock Rising 2013. We were very much pumped up about our debut and it did turn out to be a great one,we never really expected so much of support in Hyderabad being the only out-station band taking part in the competition. We won the qualifiers and then geared up for the grand finale scheduled after three weeks."

 

"The grand finale was awesome fun,we met really cool bands -  Eagle Riders and Luminum, who were the other two finalists from Hyderabad. After a great competition,Gingerfeet were declared winners of Hard Rock Rising India and now will be representing India to the world."

 

"It was a fantastic experience overall,Hard Rock Cafe,Hyderabad was a great hosts and we had a great time there especially when it comes to hogging the Hard Rock Cafe 10oz Burger.On the other hand, the drummer of Eagle Riders Bobby[A veteran drummer from Hyderabad] gifted a Mapex double bass pedal to Gingerfeet's drummer Abhinandan."

 

"We had a great competition in the finals as we battled out with two of the most established bands from South India - Eagle Riders and Luminum. The crowd response was ecstatic,we never really expected so much of support in Hyderabad as it was our debut gig, following the qualifiers we had a greater response during the finals as some of the crowd had a glimpse of Ginger in the preliminary rounds. Overall it was awesome fun..seriously AWESOME!! And it really feels great to have such amazing fan base out side your home turf. Cant wait to play gigs in the other cities now."

 

"We did party hard that night after we were declared winners especially when we were told to get our passports ready..haha. We had a day off in Hyderabad  before we came to Kolkata,so we ventured out the next day with some crazy Go-Karting Race with a doze of some amazing Hydeabadi Biriyani.

 

Thats probably the only post win celebrations we had coz we immediately hit the studios after we landed back in Kolkata."

 

Immediate Plan of Action: 

"Gingerfeet is recording their debut album and we are in the studio at the moment. 50% of the work is already in good shape."

 

Their new single called " Stars " will be up for voting and free download now as it will be THE song representing Gingerfeet in the global scene of Hard Rock Rising 2013.

 

"So we expect all you guys to download and taste the Ginger.About gigs,we have already started getting calls from well known pubs across the country and we have a few gigs lined up in May 2013."

 

"Venturing out in the International scene feels really good,its all lined up in June 2013 so at this moment we are renewing our passports and making more original tunes.We are very excited about how our songs are shaping up and we hope it clicks the audience. It should suffuse black and blue..haha."

Download their latest single 'Stars' and cast them a vote here.

 

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dave.prof@gmail.com (Debarshi Chowdhury) Music Articles Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:27:40 +0000
British Avant-garde Musician Nitin Sawhney Joins Coke Studio 2 http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/British-Avant-garde-Musician-Nitin-Sawhney-Joins-Coke-Studio-2.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/British-Avant-garde-Musician-Nitin-Sawhney-Joins-Coke-Studio-2.html

Nitin Sawhney Coke Studio 2

MTV is bringing back it's Coke Studio for a second series and British musician of Indian parentage Nitin Sawhney is joining the fray. The programme is based around musicians of very different styles (folk, classical and modern) collaborating. In Coke Studio, Mr. Sawhney will be playing with Nicki Wells singing and Ashwin Srinivasan playing the bansuri and the 16-year-old electric bass guitarist Mohini Dey.

The Coke Studio idea started in Brazil, but the Pakistan version of the show was very popular, indeed some people (even quite a few Indians) reckon the Pakistani version is far better. The first Indian season featured the famous Qawwali group the Sabri Brothers collaborating with KK, and Shankar Mahadevan singing with Leslie Lewis, among others. The music might not always be entirely successful, but it always interesting. The emotions covered have ranged from the sort of relaxing music you can have on in the background while you play to highly charged devotional music and stuff to dance to.

The series will include contributions from Amit Trivedi, Ehsaan-Loy, Karsh Kale, Hitesh Sonik, and Clinton Cerejo, as well as Sawhney. If you were wondering, Mohini Dey is indeed the young bassist who can perform miracles with her fingers. She was featured on US blog Boing Boing a couple of years ago, where the editor said she was "hammering, slapping and walking a wide and impressive set of groovy sounds from a curious, headless instrument". Now 16, she has apparently gone from being an internet sensation to a serious musician.

Other Sawhney news, he has recently written a new score for an old Alfred Hitchcock film. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog was a silent made by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926 and is being restored by the British Film Institute, to publicise this event they have asked a variety of musicians/composers to contribute. Sawhney is one of these. In the mean time, we can catch his work on MTV's Coke Studio this year.

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dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Music Articles Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:34:14 +0000
Hindustani Classical Music: Benign, Bold And Boisterous...Yet Forgotten? http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Hindustani-Classical-Music-Benign-Bold-And-Boisterous...Yet-Forgotten.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Hindustani-Classical-Music-Benign-Bold-And-Boisterous...Yet-Forgotten.html

Hindustani Classical Music

In an attempt to understand the complexity of Hindustani Classical music, I write to discover it's potential and paradigms in the socio-cultural environment. What you are going to read are monologues of my attempts to follow musicians at work, to rediscover ragas that go unheard.

Chapter 1:
Claude Levi-Strauss called the invention of music; "the supreme mystery of man". Hindustani Classical music has been an eminent component of our national identity since the designing of the "dhrupad" style of singing. Patronized by Kings and the landed elite, up till the inception of the colonial period, Classical music flourished and evolved. This genre, linked deeply with the foundations of the evolution of our country, has evolved with it also.

Political and economic transitions have moulded Classical music and artists with time. With the advent of the "global village" propagated by Marshall McLuhan, this medium yearns to deliver a message to the audience today, which seems to be unheard by most. While globalization and digitalization may seem like a great idea for creation and evolution, ultimately everything seems to boil down to a USP. Innumerable artistes, who are champions of relegated forms of Hindustani Classical music, continue to float, only to be lost with the tide of time.

The establishment of Radio Broadcasting under official auspices in 1930’s, made music a matter of administrative attention. Changing political events and economic policy developments have changed the way audiences and artists interact. This interphase is intriguing due to the impact of the ever changing technology and modes of communication that become the intermediaries between the performer and his audiences.

The relationship the artist shares with the audience has also undergone multiple changes over the course of time. With the change in the idea of "bethaks", where musicians would sing for a niche audience who were also their patrons, it has now shifted to large scale concerts handled by profit oriented marketing companies. Post-independence, the radio played a major role in the dissemination of Classical music. All India Radio then, held the voice of the masses. With change in technology and the television being introduced in every household after the Indira Gandhi regime, much has changed pertaining to the dissemination of Classical music. The changing role of the government, given the socio economic scenario of the nation has left its mark on the way we understand and incorporate Hindustani Classical music today.

History repeats itself as the Apple becomes the fruit that changes the way we perceive things once again. With the advent of digitalization, music (and here mean infinite genres) has become an integral part of how consumers identify themselves. Innumerable genres are available to us with just a click of a button. How many times would that button click on Hindustani Classical music? And how will that effect the way a nation perceives itself. Access and means have radically changed the way we look at music. There is continuous fragmentation of music, making it democratic, as it ascends to the masses. We have access to a gamut of genres, the issue at hand is that how many can actually relate to it? Access to a plethora of genres may make the audience more conscious, but simultaneously reduce the impact of the independent styles, when pitched against innumerable alternatives.

Also, I need to stress on the fact that the support that is extended to musicians internationally is in stark contrast to what musicians experience in India. Pundit Ram Narayan, the Sarangi maestro, responsible for taking the Sarangi to the world stage, said in an interview with Marg magazine, “The only way I kept my dignity intact and creativity alive is by turning to the world stage. Even today a large part of my earning is from International sources.”

Several Classical musicians, who have already established a market for themselves abroad — Ravi Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali, Yesudas, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain and others, may not feel the pinch, but in the case of lesser known artistes, there is very little to safeguard their royalty, recording rights and other privileges.

In the era of global economic interdependence, culture plays a major role in defining the identity of a nation. During the cold war era, it was the soft power of America, which gave them an edge over the Soviet Union. It was the appeal of the west, the idea of an ideal society that spurred unrest in the minds of the proletariat in USSR. Sometimes an idea is all it takes, but to identify the ingenious is my area of concern.

Culture being the source of my understanding of the times, I write to find answers to questions inherently confused. The concept of packaging everything takes its toll on this art, but musicians still find an outlet to perform in spaces that may not be accessible to many (which is why we dig underground!). In a way the high culture of yester years is now slowly trying to mainstream itself into the popular culture for survival, yet keeping away from the masses.

For musicians there has been a paradigm shift from patronage by appreciative art lovers to the politics and commerce of the entertainment industry. Not many can survive that and others might become the products of the commercialized age. The phenomenon of how the art form has transformed, yet maintained its dynamism will be probed into in my articles so keep listening.

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dayal.mahima@gmail.com (Mahima Dayal Mathur) Music Articles Wed, 02 May 2012 12:23:28 +0000
Rock And Roll Hall Of "What"? http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Rock-And-Roll-Hall-Of-What.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Rock-And-Roll-Hall-Of-What.html

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame IMR

I followed the hype surrounding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year primarily for two reasons. Firstly two (deserving) stalwarts Guns 'N' Roses and Red Hot Chilli Peppers were being inducted into the class of 2012. Secondly, to witness another year in which this foundation canonized mediocrity and closed the doors on some real Rock icons.

For the uninitiated - The foundation was started in 1983 by pioneers in the music industry. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of Rock & Roll music.

The RRHOF has always gotten serious slack for it's methods and choices, and rightfully so. It's service and justice to the Rock community is often questioned and fiercely debated. Ironically, the RRHOF as an organization has for years earned for itself an "anti-rock" image. The foundation has been known to shy away from the "too loud for the ears" music which is a blemish on their so-called-open–mindedness. A look at those inducted and those snubbed tells a story in itself.

It is pure blasphemy that the giants of Rock music such as Deep Purple (anything more Rock than the Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Duh Nuh riff?), Motorhead and Kiss are not a part of the prestigious RRHOF. Other biggies regularly snubbed by the RRHOF include Rush (14 platinum albums), Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Journey (who have surely stopped believing in RRHOF) to name a few. Iconic bands like Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Van Halen waited over 10 years to be inducted. These bands have filled stadiums, sold millions of copies and are the most recognizable faces in Rock history. Yet they somehow have still not managed to make the cut.

Astonishingly, Hip-Hop groups such as Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and Grandmaster Flash have been inducted. Pop diva Madonna and groups like Abba are also a part of RRHOF roster. Even LL Cool J was nominated recently. In no way is anyone questioning or debating their contributions to music or Pop culture, but in the context or Rock per se they did squat.

Isn’t the term "rockstar" used very loosely today? Gone are the days when guitar virtuosos, powerful vocalists and manic drummers commanded this term. It has sadly just become synonymous with "cool". Rockstars are cool, but don’t call your favorite movie star, politician or friend who plays three chords a Rockstar. Hendrix was a Rockstar. Arjun Rampal is definitely "not". Let us not be as delusional as the people at RRHOF are.

So finally - It’s high time the RRHOF gave credit where it is really due and started playing an active role in promoting upcoming Rock bands around the world. A little push from such an organization could really set the base for a band to make it big. The organization needs to justify that they are worthy of the "R" in RRHOF.

However, given their track record this seems like mammoth task. They should rather just change their name to Music Hall Of Fame. An ambiguous name would surely work well with their ambiguous ways, and clearly offend people to a much lesser degree.

I sometimes think it is probably befitting that the big names have not been included in the RRHOF. Imagine, Like A Virgin and Smoke On The Water being mentioned in the same breath. Travesty!

PS: A birdie told me that Kylie Minogue and Paula Abdul are eligible for the class of 2013. If only I could bet on whom the winners would be...!

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bryanmunzey@yahoo.co.in (Bryan Munzey) Music Articles Tue, 01 May 2012 12:49:11 +0000
New Wave Of Thrash Metal-An Insight Into The Movement http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/New-Wave-Of-Thrash-Metal-An-Insight-Into-The-Movement.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/New-Wave-Of-Thrash-Metal-An-Insight-Into-The-Movement.html

Thrash Metal

Thrash Metal of the 1980's was one of the best and continues to be one of the most respected scenes in the Metal community. Whether it was the complexity of METALLICA, the speed of SLAYER, or the acerbity of EXODUS, this subgenre kept underground Metal alive during the nauseating Hair Metal trend. Even acts outside the U.S, like Brazil's SEPULTURA and Germany's KREATOR, were instrumental in establishing thrash to its fans.

Thrash Metal essentially combined the "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal" sound with the speed and aggression of Hardcore, Punk and the likes. It hit its commercial peak during the latter half of the 80's, with multitudes of Thrash Metal bands being signed up by major record labels, before being knocked out of the media spotlight by the Seattle-based "grunge" scene and having Death Metal take over as the king of the "Underground Metal".

Thrash Metal bands like OVERKILL, SODOM and KREATOR, soldiered on throughout the 1990's and continued releasing albums, but a majority of their thrash contemporaries either broke up or abandoned their thrash roots. At the end of the 1990's, a number of the Classic/ Old-School Thrash Metal bands reformed and some, including EXODUS, DESTRUCTION, DEATH ANGEL and ONSLAUGHT, even recorded and released new albums.

In the past few years, there's been a resurgence of 80's-style thrash in both spirit and practice. Like their classic counterparts, bands of this new movement incorporate high-pitched yelling vocals, up-tempo shredding, and propellant beats. Essentially, it's an aggressive, no-frills sonic creation with a more modern production; but not so slick and glossed over that it loses its bite.

Along with the ever present and reunited Old-School Thrash Metal bands , there has been a sharp rise in the number of new Thrash Metal bands forming over the past couple of years as a new generation of teenagers discover Thrash Metal. The UK music press listened, with features claiming the return of thrash in magazines such as Kerrang! and Metal Hammer. Even the NME, a magazine not usually associated with Metal, ran a story using Earache’s “Thrash is Back!” slogan as the headline in one of their issue. Indeed, EARACHE RECORDS played a pivotal role by promoting and signing new thrash bands.

So this revival basically started off with old school bands releasing new records and reaching out to larger audiences. A lot of it had to do with Ozzy booking bands like SLAYER, re-united JUDAS PRIEST, and a re-united IRON MAIDEN in the middle of the decade. The mainstream appeal for "retroactive metal" was certainly there after that. People also started talking about a Thrash Resurgence/Revival about the time KREATOR/ SODOM/ DESTRUCTION did their European tour together, then KREATOR/ DESTRUCTION hitting the U.S in 2002.

After that bands started popping up out of the woodwork in the late-2000. Thrash Metal bands started reforming or reuniting with old members. Many returned to their thrash routes. Once that happened thrash seemed to have become popular again. Influences such as ST. ANGER and Risk were a healthy promotion of what NOT to do, i guess people got sick of hearing that stuff and started playing some real thrash. And now look, METALLICA and MEGADETH took a leaf out of their books and started playing real music again. In a way, they inspired us to inspire them. A circle, if you will.

Internet played a vital role in this movement. It’s not 1990 anymore. Extreme Metal has moved out of the basement. It’s no longer the sole providence of society’s rejects. It’s no longer the province of young rockers disgusted with the consumer culture nightmare of the 80's, it’s a full blown global culture. It’s one that’s just beginning to be studied in academia. Most of today’s metal heads are essentially a generation of nerds. They didn’t go to the “beer party” in their friend’s garage to get their first taste of grind or Death Metal; they found it on the web. The encyclopedic nature of the internet allowed for absorption of Metal culture on a massive scale. No more tape trading or grimy zines. They did battle with one another in web forums, hurling obscure names and references like iron spears. File sharing allowed for some of the world’s most abstruse releases to grace the ears of metal-heads around the globe.

Personally, I don't think one band started the entire thrash resurgence movement more a handful of bands e.g DEKAPITATOR, CRANIUM, HYPNOSIA, then later EVILE, MUNICIPAL WASTE, FUELED BY FIRE, MERCILESS DEATH etc. Also old thrash bands reforming, playing shows and releasing new albums helped the scene. However I think something that drove the scene a lot was the current state of Metal, and all the watered down but talented Mallcore/Nu-Metal/Screamo which had been releasing as Metal, kind of like Glam Metal was back in the 80's. There's a reason FUELED BY FIRE have a metalhead strangling an emo kid on there album cover. I guess it was just time for it to come around again.

When it comes to the sound not everyone in the resurgence is exactly what I consider playing 80's styled thrash. They do blend other "modern" influences in their music which is acceptable as long as they still reflect and represent the roots and spirit of the movement, which they do. Like, EVILE is Progressive but has a brick-in-your-face thing to it. One man act TOXIC HOLOCAUST is raw and dirty "blackened thrash" with an "old-school" vibe full of "semi-crossover" attitude and feelings. SKELETONWITCH is a badass concoction of Thrash Metal and Melodic Death Metal. WARBRINGER stands out above the dime-a-dozen "retro thrash" bands easily. MUNICIPAL WASTE, I would say is happy thrash, it has the pure DIY fun and speed of Hardcore. GAMA BOMB and BONDED BY BLOOD are brothers in arms determined to take the original blueprints and create their own style from it. For a dose of ZOMBIECORE, SEND MORE PARAMEDICS is the best bet. REVOCATION is the freshest Technical/Thrash Metal out there. Their sound is a unique blend of Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Technical Metal and Melodic Death Metal. Mutant are a rocket-paced racket, they've got their own brand of kind of technical, progressive, thrash that doesn't really sound like anything else.

Skeletonwitch 2Evile 2Toxic Holocaust 2F B F 2

The benefits of this resurgence are obvious: bringing great music back, and to a newer audience. What better way to teach new Metal devotees about the genre than with a little lesson in Old-School Extreme Metal? Yet a few problems linger: at what point (if it hasn't already) will this throwback scene become a meaningless trend? With so many bands emulating their 80's idols, it seems just a matter of time before opportunists latch onto the idea and water it all down. Even the original thrash scene became inundated with second- and third-rate bands looking to capitalize on a metal cornerstone. Still another question must be asked: would we rather have a band take risks to craft their own sound (with the potential failure that it implies), or just basically stay safe by imitating a sound already proven by time? Or should we just enjoy the music and stop caring so much?

I have always looked at the thrash resurgence as a surge of new Thrash Metal bands. Not really a resurgence of thrash itself.

So all you metal-heads out there (old farts and new ones both) go get a chilled beer and check out these super-ass-kicking bands and bang your heads off!

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nishants271@gmail.com (Nishant Saxena) Music Articles Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:24:12 +0000
The Mezz: A Tribute http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/The-Mezz-A-Tribute.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/The-Mezz-A-Tribute.html

TheMezz

Yesterday evening as I was walking down New Friends Colony, I saw that the sign board for The Mezz a pub in that area and a regular venue for Metal gigs was missing ,I asked the waiter who was standing outside Daawat Khaana (the restaurant opposite to the mezz which was in collaboration) what happened, to which he replied that it has closed, I enquired till when, to which he said forever. On this hearing this I was shocked, as now one of the premier joints for metal and the place which had pretty much introduced me to the scene was now over.

The thing that separates mezz from other pubs was its ambience, which was perfect for a Metal/ Hardcore gig,I could easily imagine a band like WORMROT playing there. The look of Mezz can be best described as simple and raw, unlike the sleek and sophisticated venues of today like Turqouise Cottage and Double Decker, It definitely had a very underground feel to it which made it all the more exciting , something that the other venues lack. Perhaps the band which has played the most there and probably owe a lot to them is UNDYING INC, I first saw them 3 years back with THEM CLONES and THE SUPERFUZZ (now INDIGO CHILDREN) and although my friends didn’t like them at all, I thought that they were good but were kind of lacking something, as time passed the band changed its line up as Shashank Bhatnagar replaced Amitabh on Vocals and Yuvraj Sengupta replaced Sangyt on the Drums, initially with this lineup I was still not convinced, I thought UNDYING INC was pretty average and their routine of doing a PANTERA cover in every gig was getting repetitive, but all that was about to change. One day I headed to The Mezz to see PROJECT BLEND LTD. From Shillong with ARTILLERIE and UNDYING INC and it was then that I saw UNDYING INC change from something mediocore to the most Brutal Metal that The Mezz would hear in the years to come, they became faster harder and much more innovative, and had almost visceral moshpits in every gig they played, now that the band has become one of the biggest in India and has got a lot of critical acclaim, I feel privileged to have seen a small part of their history through The Mezz.

I also got to find out about bands from different places through The Mezz, two of them being BRUTE FORCE from Pune and the aforementioned PROJECT BLEND LTD. BRUTE FORCE had played on one of the worst days for a Metal gig, with barely 7-10 people in attendance and a very dull crowd who didn’t really want to mosh or headbang, all of this when two of the biggest bands from Delhi UNDYING INC and ACRID SEMBLANCE were playing, but all of that changed when BRUTE FORCE played people started headbanging, moshing and just going crazy and even though there were just a few people it still was a lot of fun and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. PROJECT BLEND LTD, however played on a night that was filled with a lot of craziness which was brought upon by the two bands who played before them and they added to that craziness by playing some really tight Old School Brutal Death Metal which got everybody in the pit once again, it’s sad though that their set was really short and they ended their set abruptly without saying goodbye, as Delhi would never hear them again.

I also got to find out about my favourite Death Metal band THIRD SOVEREIGN through The Mezz, it was when the now defunct ORITUS was opening for them and them and KRYPTOS, at that time me and my friends couldn’t really understand Death Metal, so when THIRD SOVEREIGN came along at first we started headbanging like wannabes I distinctly remember my friend laughing and headbanging which looked pretty ridiculous when I think about it, but then after two more songs were confused and got into the typical discussion of how Death Metal is not “Creative” and is just “Noise.” Today they are one of my favourite Death Metal bands; they play simple straightforward but extremely Brutal Death Metal.

But it wasn’t just about Metal, The Mezz also introduced me to a lot of different styles of music, in the form of Blues, Rock which was performed by Rachel Van Zantenn I was really digging the fuzzy guitar riffs and the use of two mics for two different vocal styles and also, how can I forget, THE CIRCUS, one of Delhi’s premier Rock bands who are reviving a dying genre, I was really amazed at the energy of that band, when I first saw them with ENGLISH WINE SHOP and HYPNOSIS. In India people usually associate energy with Metal and not Rock Music, THE CIRCUS was one band that definitely proved this wrong, their music and their stage presence was very active and made me feel like jumping and dance in the air. This was an extraordinary experience which the Delhi Rock scene hadn’t seen before.

One of the last gig at The Mezz was a really grand one; it featured the big three of the Delhi Metal scene ACRID SEMBLANCE, THIRD SOVEREIGN and UNDYING INC and it featured Lalit from GATES OF ASSUALT on Vocals with PHOBIA. I was looking forward to watching THIRD SOVEREIGN as they hadn’t performed for a long time, this time around I enjoyed their music a lot and although at times my enjoyment was a little restrained since I was busy shooting at that time for the "Documentary", I still had a great time and even moshed a little. After that came the BHAYANAK MAUT after party of GREAT INDIAN ROCK(GIR) which was special in its own way as BHAYANAK MAUT had never performed at The Mezz before, and that was how it ended.

So I guess The Mezz for me symbolised a lot of things, how I became much more mature in my taste of music, how the scene became better as the years passed, how I found out about my own scene which prompted me to make Capital Metal(my documentary on the Delhi metal scene) and most importantly it was a pivotal part of my college going experience and although there a lot of pubs which have live music which maybe even better than The Mezz. There’s just something about that place which you just can’t replace, Now even more so when it has shut down.

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kb156@hotmail.com (Mohammad Kabeer) Music Articles Thu, 26 May 2011 19:41:26 +0000
Indian Rock Music: Current Scenario http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Indian-Rock-Music-Current-Scenario.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Indian-Rock-Music-Current-Scenario.html
er wondered how METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, OZZY & many other artists like them came into the scene of music? Ever wondered why their songs & music is worshipped globally? That’s 'cause they connect! Their music connects to the audience! Talking about the band scene in India, still it’s in the nascent stage! In spite of the amount of talent the country holds still there's hardly any impact on the global music scenario.
Talking about the music in India, it’s more of bollywood music which majorly prevails while the fantabulous music from different bands is often unheard by a humongous mob! It’s 'cause there's a monopoly in the field of music in India. An individual or a group of individuals get success & make it big when you get a shot in the B-town! We hardly know a band or two who have made it big. One major reason for this is the connection to the general public. Indeed we have a lot of potential & definitely many bands coming up but they lack the "CONNECTIVITY". The bands have to leave out the phlegm in their music. Bangalore which is known as the ‘ROCK CAPITOL’ of India & numerous other cities have some amazing stuff for the country! But they go unheard in most of the parts of India 'cause people are not used to the kind of music they enjoy or which is enjoyed globally by the METALHEADS! As a comparison if at all we look on to the success of the bands in the neighboring country they are much more successful in their endeavors towards music 'cause they link with the general audience on a very strong term called "Language". Perhaps that's one of the main reasons why they are even appreciated in India! Aptly first & foremost thing in India for a band to click amidst the general audience is by eradicating the language barrier! There are countable bands that play Hindi Rock or Metal in India but there's a huge number of bands playing English Metal & Rock music. Indeed that's an art itself but then again the connection clause hinders the growth.
Secondly to support the band's music scene in India, there are hardly any record companies or television channels for their promotion. Media plays an important role in nurturing talent of a state. People put in a lot of effort to create music& it comes as a pain when they go unheard! Even more pathetic is that they have to promote their own music by themselves & also try to sell the records. This again accounts for the monopoly business! If we look globally many of the Hollywood flicks take their soundtrack from the albums & singles by different bands. We have many “A.R. Rahman & SHANKAR-EHSAAN-LOY” amidst us but they need support from the people & from the media. The Indian metal & rock scene should be globalized. As artists from overseas come and promote themselves why can't we replicate it? When we imitate the WEST in everything why music shall be left behind?
Main point is the social stigma & the structure of the society in India. Parents even if they want their children to be talented & make it big in the music industry don't want them to be associated with a band 'cause they think it spoils their lad it can get him to drugs & other things, they want their children to become engineers, doctors, lawyers etc but don't want them to make a career out in the music field especially with a band. These are some of the vulnerable issues of high concern. Today when we have entered the 21st century we still live in a box & never try to think outside it. We have created a world inside a bubble & we are happily living in it. It’s time that we break the bubble & revolutionize Indian music & take it to even greater heights! If we fail to do so we are surely wasting & gambling on the dreams, life & talent of many hopeful individuals. Let’s keep the music alive! \m/ ROCK ON!!
Rishabh Asthana
IndianRockMusic

Ever wondered how METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, OZZY & many other artists like them came into the scene of music? Ever wondered why their songs & music is worshipped globally? That’s 'cause they connect! Their music connects to the audience! Talking about the band scene in India, still it’s in the nascent stage! In spite of the amount of talent the country holds still there's hardly any impact on the global music scenario.

Talking about the music in India, it’s more of bollywood music which majorly prevails while the fantabulous music from different bands is often unheard by a humongous mob! It’s 'cause there's a monopoly in the field of music in India. An individual or a group of individuals get success & make it big when you get a shot in the B-town! We hardly know a band or two who have made it big. One major reason for this is the connection to the general public. Indeed we have a lot of potential & definitely many bands coming up but they lack the "CONNECTIVITY". The bands have to leave out the phlegm in their music. Bangalore which is known as the ‘ROCK CAPITOL’ of India & numerous other cities have some amazing stuff for the country! But they go unheard in most of the parts of India 'cause people are not used to the kind of music they enjoy or which is enjoyed globally by the METALHEADS! As a comparison if at all we look on to the success of the bands in the neighboring country they are much more successful in their endeavors towards music 'cause they link with the general audience on a very strong term called "Language". Perhaps that's one of the main reasons why they are even appreciated in India! Aptly first & foremost thing in India for a band to click amidst the general audience is by eradicating the language barrier! There are countable bands that play Hindi Rock or Indian Metal but there's a huge number of bands playing English Metal & Rock music. Indeed that's an art itself but then again the connection clause hinders the growth.

Secondly to support the band's music scene in India, there are hardly any record companies or television channels for their promotion. Media plays an important role in nurturing talent of a state. People put in a lot of effort to create music& it comes as a pain when they go unheard! Even more pathetic is that they have to promote their own music by themselves & also try to sell the records. This again accounts for the monopoly business! If we look globally many of the Hollywood flicks take their soundtrack from the albums & singles by different bands. We have many “A.R. Rahman & Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy” amidst us but they need support from the people & from the media. The Indian metal & rock scene should be globalized. As artists from overseas come and promote themselves why can't we replicate it? When we imitate the WEST in everything why music shall be left behind?

Main point is the social stigma & the structure of the society in India. Parents even if they want their children to be talented & make it big in the music industry don't want them to be associated with a band 'cause they think it spoils their lad it can get him to drugs & other things, they want their children to become engineers, doctors, lawyers etc but don't want them to make a career out in the music field especially with a band. These are some of the vulnerable issues of high concern. Today when we have entered the 21st century we still live in a box & never try to think outside it. We have created a world inside a bubble & we are happily living in it. It’s time that we break the bubble & revolutionize Indian music & take it to even greater heights! If we fail to do so we are surely wasting & gambling on the dreams, life & talent of many hopeful individuals. Let’s keep the music alive! \m/ ROCK ON!!

Rishabh Asthana

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dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Music Articles Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:28:25 +0000
Quickstart For Bands On FaceBook http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Quickstart-For-Bands-On-FaceBook.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/Quickstart-For-Bands-On-FaceBook.html

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Facebook is the most widely used social networking website today, so I don’t think it needs any introduction. So, let us get it straight to the point how it can be used as powerful tool for creating bands brand, if explored and used in a right manner which many of us fail to take care of and that may affect your fan reach.


Basically, a band can get its existence on FaceBook in the following ways:
1. As a Profile
2. As a Group
3. As a Page

It is very common amongst all of us that we directly jump start and register a FaceBook profile for bands as it is easy and straight-forward thought that comes to our mind. But before you proceed with your registration it is better to better to know the pros and cons of the Profile, Groups and Page as this is going to benefit you in every respect. So let’s see why Facebook provides these 3 ways to exist on their network.

1. PROFILES:

Facebook profiles are meant to be used by people to get themselves in touch with their friends, family and the likes. It’s for real people and not to be used as band brand. So obviously it’s not a good idea to make your band profile as registering a profile will be beneficial only to the individual and not for the band. Although, Profile is essential to create Page or Group but primarily it would always be a personal profile for personal networking.

2. GROUPS:

After the recent developments and improvements in FaceBook, Groups act now similar to Pages but technically speaking both these features serve different purposes. Groups can be suitable where in the community carries a whole lot of discussions and interactions on topics and shared interests. Remember, there is a limitation on a number of Group a user can join. So, for bands to wide-spread their music and fans, this is not the place where the bands shold register themselves.
Groups can be created at following URL: http://www.facebook.com/groups/create.php

3. PAGES:

Pages though look similar to Groups functionally but they just aren’t the same, it comes with many of the additional features which by using you can actually showcase your brands with many of the FaceBook features what the bands really needs. Pages on FaceBook share similarity both with the Profile and Groups, so get the best from both. Also, Pages gives you the SEO(Search Engine Optimization) as Pages are indexed by search engines. Hence, it is always recommended to go for the Pages rather than opting Profile and Groups for bands.

Pages can be created at following URL: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

Comparison between Pages and Groups:

Key Feature Facebook Page Facebook Group
Custom URLS YES NO
Discussion YES YES
Messages YES (via Updates) YES (via PM's)
Visitor Statistics YES NO
Video/Photo YES YES
Events YES NO
Applications YES NO
Social Ads YES NO

Once you are done with the Page creation you need to work on following things:
1. Fill in all the band details properly do not just write one liners and leave it blank.
2. A proper band picture which can be used as a band profile.
3. Fill in contact details and common band e-mail so that you get your targeted business.
4. Upload some band pictures maintaining the profile album, logo & cover-art album, media coverage’s and gigs album.
5. Promote the page with your profile, websites and blogs.
6. Suggest page to your friends.
7. Keep your fans updated by posting regular updates on Page.
8. Use proper FaceBook applications to add spice to you Page.

Go get you FaceBook page done NOW!

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ajit080260@yahoo.com (Ajit Bohra) Music Articles Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:23:07 +0000
The Legend: John Henry Bonham http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/The-Legend-John-Henry-Bonham.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/music-articles/The-Legend-John-Henry-Bonham.html

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In around 1964, a local session drummer was asked to leave one Birmingham Studio because he was too loud for the owner. Furthermore, he was told that there was no future for a drummer as loud as him. Ten years later, the owner received a note reading "Thanks for the career advice” and accompanied by a LED ZEPPLIN gold record. It was simply signed “Bonzo”.

25th September, 2010 marks the 30th Death Anniversary of the legendary Sir John Henry Bonham, drummer for LED ZEPPLIN. As the entire music fraternity fondly remembers him on this day, I decided to bring to light some of his most memorable and successful works during his career. Some of them may not be Zeppelin’s most popular songs, but has had aspiring drummers hooked on to them, mainly because of Bonham’s mastery.
The period from 1965-1980 was a time when Rock ‘n’ Roll was undergoing the vital transition into mainstream Rock. Soon, Punk and Metal would follow. But this was the time when music underwent a serious change in terms of the “pop’ish” sound and became slightly darker. Hard Rock was the term coined for this new form of music. The songs were becoming lengthier, the guitar parts were more structured, the solos longer. The drumming was more than the usual 2/4 and 4/4 beats. LED ZEPPLIN was one group which led from the front in this new change. Under the leadership of Jimmy Page, one of rock’s greatest sonic architects, Zeppelin’s music encompassed several genres – Hard Rock, Psychedelic, Folk Rock. However, Zeppelin’s sound wouldn’t have been half that good, if it hadn’t been for the intense, mainly cymbal-oriented thrashing provided by John Bonham. A lesser known sessions-drummer then, Bonham was the most perfect accompaniment to Page’s riffs. As Zeppelin produced gold after gold records, Bonham went on to establish himself as the most influential Rock ‘N’ Roll drummers in the history of Rock music. Armed with “the biggest and heaviest possible drumsticks” which he liked to refer to as “trees”, he provided the furious rhythm section that defines LED ZEPPLIN.

For the serious percussionist out there, the following pieces are a real treat to the ears:
DAZED AND CONFUSED, WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS, BONZO’s MONTREAUX, KASSHMIR, MOBY DICK, ACHILLIE’s LAST STAND, HEARTBREAKER, SONG REMAINS THE SAME, FOOL IN THE RAIN, GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES.

MOBY DICK deserves a special mention. This was John Bonham's showcase song on early tours. His solo would last up to 30 minutes, while the rest of the band would leave the stage and grab a smoke. If sticks were not enough, he used his bare hands on drums to produce sounds. Bonham sometimes drew blood performing this on stage from beating his hands on his snare and tom toms for half an hour at a stretch.

Bonzo’s drumming skills were extra-ordinarily different from the general trend of Rock-N-Roll. His use of the symphonic gong in songs like FOOL IN THE RAIN and ROYAL ORLEAN show his versatile use of percussion instruments. The sound that he managed to get out of his bass-drum was ‘insane’ as Jimmy Page puts it. Eddie Kramer, LED ZEPPLIN engineer, insisted that Bonham's famous volume didn't present him with any difficulties in the studio. "No, it enhanced [the recording]," he related. "He tuned the kit the way he heard it; the front skin on the bass drum was tuned to the point where you could touch it very lightly and it would ring like crazy. But when he hit [the drum] with a wooden beater! He was a brick layer, and he had a lot of weight in his legs. He hit it bloody hard, and that, to me, is the art of drumming. But at the same time, he could be delicate, too."

His drum sets(Ludwig) and cymbals(Paiste) were his trademark drum-kits. One of his sets is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Bonham was the godfather of Hard Rock drumming, and he has inspired legends of modern age drummers, worldwide. That he died at the young age of 32 due to asphyxiation, is tragic. It was a mark of how much he contributed to LED ZEPPLIN, that its remaining members decided to call it quits.
“There ain’t no LED ZEPPLIN without Bonzo.” were Robert Plant’s exact words. And the same is true for Rock music.

Vishal Shah

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dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Music Articles Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:33:16 +0000