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Indian Rock Bands, Single Reviews http://indianmusicrevolution.com Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:30:42 +0000 en-gb What Escapes Me-Section 66 Part 5 http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/What-Escapes-Me-Section-66-Part-5.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/What-Escapes-Me-Section-66-Part-5.html

What Escapes Me Section 66 Review

Two teasers and months of speculation later, “Section 66 Part 5” has been released as the first single off Kolkata based Progressive Metalcore/ Djent 5-piece- What Escapes Me. The band, featuring Guitarists Sayan Ghosh and Arindam Sen, Vocalist Shourav Dey, along with Pradyumna Laskar on Bass and Sambit Chatterjee on Drums, plans to release its debut EP later this year. The the track also track features Prateek Shrivastava who plays the Sarod on it.

Jarring, dissonant riffs, up-tempo skin-slamming, and rumbling Bass-work topped off with an amazing balance between mid-range growls and soothing clean vocals .“Section 66..” is unlike any other single released by a band in recent times- Modern Metal, with dollops of Hardcore, featuring strains of Indian Classical music elements in the form of a Sarod- that’s a new. Fast-paced, groovy, and an uber-tight composition that stays true to its genre- all signs of a band of musicians who know their instruments really well. Already having proven that they are much above your garden-variety Metalcore outfit, a sure-fire place in many of the year-end Best Of lists is what awaits this band if they keep on producing quality tracks in the league of “Section 66...”.

Check out the single here: http://soundcloud.com/whatescapesme/section-66-part-5

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arkadeepdeb@in.com (Arkadeep Deb) Single Reviews Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:21:45 +0000
Sanjeev T-Tanha / Alone Ft. Ujjayinee Roy http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Sanjeev-T-Tanha-/-Alone-Ft.-Ujjayinee-Roy.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Sanjeev-T-Tanha-/-Alone-Ft.-Ujjayinee-Roy.html

Sanjeev T Alone Single Review IMR

Sanjeev Thomas is a man who can produce scintillating music in a large variety of genres, whether it's a dance track or an anthem for a celebrity league cricket team.

He's come a long way from just being A.R. Rahman’s guitarist and has started to hold his own, and his single Tanha / Alone, featuring Ujjayinee Roy is a true testament to that.

With a beautiful opening melody, you immediately get a tranquil feel and the rest of the track is a smooth sail from there on. Ujjayinee Roy adds immense depth to the track with her nearly divine voice and sublime harmonies. The guitars on the track aren’t overdone, yet the guitar work is truly intricate and very well placed, with the solo section being my favourite part of the song hands down. As a side note, I must add, I was at awe when I heard Sanjeev’s voice on this track. It’s immensely different from his previous tracks, but on hindsight it suits the song perfectly.

If you’re in the hunt for a genuinely nice feel-good song, this, my friends, is the song you’ve been searching for all along.

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hugo_balista@yahoo.com (Hari Amajaniac) Single Reviews Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:24:07 +0000
Slow Down Clown-Tonight http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Slow-Down-Clown-Tonight.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Slow-Down-Clown-Tonight.html

Slow Down Clown Tonight Review

Amidst the massive amount of metchul coming out from our nation, Slow Down Clown (SDC) is a unique relief for all those who aren’t into wearing black t-shirts and and raising devil horns.

SDC started out as an acoustic solo project for frontman Vitek Goyel (Tek). He was soon joined by Arfaaz Kagalwala (Fuzz), Anurag Shanker and Wilson Kenneth (Kenny) on the drums, lead guitar and bass respectively. They started writing songs and playing gigs in 2010 and received acclaim for their folky and laid-back vibe as well as their constantly-evolving sound.

Tonight has all the ingredients of a modern, catchy and radio friendly track. The song starts off with a very 80’s Classic Rock-ish pentatonic riff which continues throughout the song. The guitars and drums are tight on this track, a slow bridge portion halfway through the song is followed by a crisp guitar solo. No fancy face-melting stuff, but has the bluesy, bendy leads that all of us do love. The backing vocals in the song are used sparingly and are a bit faint in the chorus.

The song has lyrical depth in it and you need to listen to it more than once to get the lyrical imagery that Vitek Goyal sings about. This is a clear ‘yearning for the past’ message that the song has. The song ends perfectly with a few acoustic guitar strums and Vitek’s voice fading away. This song is only a glimpse of an upcoming unique band and is a must listen to. This song goes on my pod for sure.

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bryanmunzey@yahoo.co.in (Bryan Munzey) Single Reviews Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:01:22 +0000
Susheela Raman-Raise Up http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Susheela-Raman-Raise-Up.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Susheela-Raman-Raise-Up.html

Susheela Raman Raise Up Single Review

When it comes to the confluence of world sounds, Susheela Raman does it like never before! The British-born Tamil singer/ songwriter is widely known and sought after as the one of a kind performer, the amalgamation of an Indian voice with Blues, Rock, and Soul and other western styles. The single RAISE UP is exemplary of just that.

The song is an energized blend of western styles with the sounds of Rajasthan. Susheela’s powerful vocals are backed by singer Kutle Khan’s "rajasthani" melodies along with a rhythm infused with Sam Mills's enraged guitar solos and foot tapping Indian percussions. Yes, it is that chaotic, but that is the fun of it. It is all about the pulse and restlessness that makes it an interesting listen and even after the third or fourth listen, it feels brand new, almost as if it is constantly reinventing itself.

The song exudes a kind of raw energy that keeps the listener gripped so much so that when Susheela urges to "Raise up your hands, higher!", it is impossible to resist. And that is exactly what makes it a winner, because the foremost purpose of a song is to make itself felt!

I will recommend at least one listen for an unbiased music lover, I bet- the infinite others will be on your own account!

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moonrays_rockin@yahoo.co.in (Soma Dutta) Single Reviews Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:47:59 +0000
Shades Of Retribution-Bibhotso http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Shades-Of-Retribution-Bibhotso.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Shades-Of-Retribution-Bibhotso.html

 

SOR Bibhotso Review

After the success of their debut album XONGRAM, the Old-School based Metal guys from Assam, SHADES OF RETRIBUTION released yet another jaw dropping single BIBHOTSO featuring vocalist Andy Nesbitt (WOLVES OF ANSON) from Ontario, Canada.

The very first word that came out of my mouth on listening to the track is some random Assamese slang that we usually use to express ‘kick ass’. From the inhuman vocals to the catchy jazzy solo to the transitions in the between and the use of the flute, it has all the ingredients required to make a great song. The vocal combination is amazingly brutal and powerful. While Vedant blows my mind and soul with the assamese part of the lyrics, his counterpart from Canada take care of the English half. For those who don’t understand much of assamese, the lyrics, as I figured out, talks about the ugliness of politics and the problems the mother state of the band i.e Assam is facing every day. As compared to the tracks from their debut album, lyrically though it may follow the same theme but musically they took it to a whole different level. As I said earlier, be it the transitions the song go through or the dual vocals, they did everything right to make it sound more destructive. The inclusion of flute just for a few seconds only, gives a melodic vibe and the jazzy-bluesy kind of solo that follows add more flavor to it.

To wrap it up it’s just pure awesomeness and making me wait eagerly for their second album.

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sainttidiot@gmail.com (Chitraranjan Gogoi) Single Reviews Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:45:33 +0000
Joshish-Betukay http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Joshish-Betukay.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Joshish-Betukay.html

Joshish Betukay Single

After hitting the right chords on stage, JOSHISH is all set to take the studio track with their new release, BETUKAY. The five year old Progressive/Experimental Rock band from Bhopal, consisting of  Sameer Rahat- Bass, Lead Vocals; Shwetang Shankar- Drums, Backup Vocals; Shatarchi Hundet- Lead Guitars; Amit Mishra- Studio/Guitars; and Samar Mehdi- Guitars/Keyboards and Vocals,  has earned itself quite a following with their stage acts. But what has got their followers wondering is whether they will be able to convert their energy on stage to the recording studio. BETUKAY  is the answer – Yes, they can!

The intro kicks off with very ‘Diary of Jane’ reminiscent ambient effects that merges into the  guitar riff and builds up to a song that talks about self empowerment and falling out of love. The powerful vocals are perfectly suited to the underlining rage and is precisely supported by the choppy riffing, bass work, and speed solos. The Progressive bits are well crafted and the song slows down and builds up at various points but the energy promised is preserved all through.
All said,  there is definitely potential to be seen with this Single Release and the band is sure to satisfy the existing following they have, and might also earn a place in the list of bands to take notice of under the brand of music they are working on. And when they shout out loud- “sar jhukayegi duniya , hosley hai buland ab mere”, it’s difficult not to applaud the confidence in them.

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moonrays_rockin@yahoo.co.in (Soma Dutta) Single Reviews Fri, 14 Oct 2011 06:42:42 +0000
Virgin Creep-Becoming A Prisoner http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Virgin-Creep-Becoming-A-Prisoner.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Virgin-Creep-Becoming-A-Prisoner.html

 Virgin Creep

North-East is churning out young, talented bands  over the years and an addition to the region’s premier live acts ,VIRGIN CREEP, throughout their one year of journey have reached maturity.

Band Members:
Anurag(Vocals/Bass)
Supro(Guitars)
Mustaba(Lead Guitars)
Himanka(Drums)
Jahnu(Keyboards)

The Guwahati  quintet experiments Alternative Rock with a grunge amalgamation. To all those who thinks the 90’s are dead, VIRGIN CREEP makes the answer!

BECOMING A PRISONER opens up with a soft vocal tones mixed with chiming riffs and follows up a sequence in feedback. Considering the informal and dis-ordered style of ‘twee-pop’, this new sound  is  more about soft textures and firm choruses. The mid-section of  BECOMING A PRISONER steadily takes you to an ambience of elation, with the ‘overdrived’ distorted guitars ,well synchronised drums and periodic high-pitched vocals.
Towards the end, a solo ladened with enthralling grooves, solid drum-kicks and powered vocals gives a swift movement to the rhythm of the song. Lyrical theme of the song is based on the life of a man, his love and pain!

BECOMING A PRISONER is not going to disappoint!

For more information, visit VIRGIN CREEP's Facebook page.

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dipankar.metal.mazumdar@gmail.com (Dipankar Mazumdar) Single Reviews Thu, 06 Oct 2011 07:02:59 +0000
Arihant-Self-Hatred Single Review http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Arihant-Self-Hatred-Single-Review.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Arihant-Self-Hatred-Single-Review.html

Arihant Self Hatred

Guwahati, Assam based three piece Experimental Death Metal outfit, ARIHANT represents ‘Destroyer of enemies as a sign of brutality’. A blend of Technical Death Metal garnished with Modern Death Metal, ARIHANT is a complete sheaf of the Brutal/Death Metal act! Started by Angshuman Hazarika(Drummer) and Pikashu(former Guitarist), the band started playing brutal stuffs and went on exploring Extreme Metal. With a new line-up on May 2011, they released their first single SELF-HATRED on June 2011. The present line-up’s are: Rituraj (Vocals/Bass), Bhaskar (Guitars) and Angshuman(Drums).

The single was mixed and mastered at LUCID RECESS STUDIO(Guwahati, Assam). ARIHANT delivers a labyrinthine, crushing and eximious sound from start to finish. Baroque techniques of drums and guitars in their latest single SELF-HATRED stylistically analogues with the raw and corpulent vocals of Rituraj. Dynamic tempo change, relentless drum-kicks along with the screamed vocals adds to the charisma of this Indian Death Metal act. The eccentric song-writing skills and overall riff work in SELF-HATRED is praiseworthy. Lyrically the song deals with the dark influences of drug and its use in the modern society. ARIHANT has definitely copious light in their passage!

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dipankar.metal.mazumdar@gmail.com (Dipankar Mazumdar) Single Reviews Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:50:29 +0000
Aghor Andhakar-Invading Motherland(Single Review) http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Aghor-Andhakar-Invading-MotherlandSingle-Review.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Aghor-Andhakar-Invading-MotherlandSingle-Review.html

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AGHOR ANDHAKAR is a Delhi based one man Black Metal project. Debut single INVADING MOTHERLAND is a pure manifestation of atmospheric ambience. While the music relates to the dark tyrannical times faced by human civilization, it also takes a sucessful attempt at showcasing man’s fervent approach to the dark times. The song opens with the sound of a person chasing down another with a horse while the person pleads the other to spare him for the last time- a short yet effective demonstration of what the overall theme of the song circles around. The solid intro is followed by the distortion layers of the guitars gradually increasing the torment – while the atmospheric vocals do much to shed light at the pain and suffering of the same.The song embraces a lot of variation- one that tends to grow on you with repeated listens . The instrumental melancholic strain makes for a jaw-breaking end.

The project is set to release an EP at the end of march or the first half of April. Listen to the debut single BELOW!

Anish Bhattacharjee


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AGHOR ANDHAKAR is a delhi based one man Black Metal project. Debut single INVADING MOTHERLAND is a pure manifestation of atmospheric ambience. While the

music relates to the dark tyrannical times faced by human civilization, it also takes a sucessful attempt at showcasing man’s fervent approach to the dark

times. The song opens with the sound of a person chasing down another with a horse while the person pleads the other to spare him for the last time- a short

yet effective demonstration of what the overall theme of the song circles around. The solid intro is followed by the distortion layers of the guitars

gradually increasing the torment – while the atmospheric vocals do much to shed light at the pain and suffering of the same.The song embraces a lot of

variation- one that tends to grow on you with repeated listens . The instrumental melancholic strain makes for a jaw-breaking end.


The project is set to release an E.P at the end of march or the first half of April. LISTEN to the debut single BELOW!

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dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Single Reviews Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:58:56 +0000
Motherjane-Jihad(Single Review) http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Motherjane-JihadSingle-Review.html http://indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/single-reviews/Motherjane-JihadSingle-Review.html

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The ethnic spirit and the global rock (stars) are back with yet another solid soundtrack. Yes I’m talking about MOTHERJANE, the band which ROCK STREET JOURNAL describes as the best act of the decade and they’re back with the OST for Amal Neerad’s movie “Anwar”. As I always thought that when concerned about the songwriting MOTHERJANE is probably the best band in the country and with the kind of lyrics in JIHAD they proved my thoughts right again. From MINDSTREET to MAYA to TRIBES OF BABEL, MOTHERJANE always gives the example of some thoughtful, soulful and brilliant songwriting and Jihad is no exception. Right from the line “I BELIEVE IN JIHAD” to the end of the track Suraj Mani is able to grab you’re heart and soul and mind with his classical yet powerful vocals. Baiju’s guitar solos are as soulful and as melodious as ever. The touch of that “ethnic spirit” and Carnatic sound is still there like any of his other solos. John proved it once again that he is one of the country’s best drummers. The support from Clyde with his bass and Deepu with his rhythms cannot be left unnoticed.

The song speaks about believing in Jihad if love is the only weapon. It speaks about Peace and against terrorism that is affecting the Muslim community of the country. The lyrics go like:

I believe in Jihad

“I” die, to Him return

& I know in my heart

His will is the sermon

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I believe in Jihad

If love is the only weapon!

Chitraranjan Gogoi

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dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Single Reviews Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:19:32 +0000