Strict Standards: Declaration of GKCacheControllerPage::store() should be compatible with JCacheController::store($data, $id, $group = NULL) in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/gavickExtCache/gk_assets/gk.controller.php on line 57

Strict Standards: Declaration of JParameter::loadSetupFile() should be compatible with JRegistry::loadSetupFile() in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/libraries/loader.php on line 197

Strict Standards: Declaration of JCacheControllerPage::store() should be compatible with JCacheController::store($data, $id, $group = NULL) in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/libraries/loader.php on line 354

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/muscol/muscol.php on line 21

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/muscol/muscol.php on line 22

Strict Standards: Non-static method JSite::getMenu() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/components/com_k2/sef_ext/com_k2.php on line 109

Strict Standards: Non-static method JApplication::getMenu() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/includes/application.php on line 536

Strict Standards: Non-static method JVersion::isCompatible() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/foreversessions/foreversessions.php on line 27

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/foreversessions/foreversessions.php on line 33

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/foreversessions/foreversessions.php on line 37

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/foreversessions/foreversessions.php on line 140

Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/content/14/11913214/html/imr/plugins/system/foreversessions/foreversessions.php on line 111
Latest News http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:54:38 +0000 en-gb Colin Edwin, Jon Durant Streaming 'Burnt Belief' Exclusively On Progrockmag.com http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Colin-Edwin-Jon-Durant-Streaming-Burnt-Belief-Exclusively-On-Progrockmag.com.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Colin-Edwin-Jon-Durant-Streaming-Burnt-Belief-Exclusively-On-Progrockmag.com.html

Colin Edwin Jon Durant 2012

World-renowned bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste Of Blood, Ex-Wise Heads) and guitarist/composer Jon Durant have teamed up with Prog Magazine to stream the duo's upcoming collaborative release "Burnt Belief" in its entirety at Progrockmag.com.

Timed to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar (and the end of the world, as many have since prophesied), "Burnt Belief" will release on December 21, 2012 through Alchemy Records. It will be available on iTunes, CDBaby, Burning Shed and Amazon.

Artwork-Burnt Belief

Burnt Belief Artwork 2012

Tracklist-Burnt Belief

1. Impossible Senses

2. Altitude

3. Prism

4. Bathasar's Key

5. Uncoiled

6. Semazen

7. The Weight Of Gravity

8. Arcing Towards Morning

"Burnt Belief" marks the second time that the two musicians have worked together since Edwin contributed bass to Durant's 2011 release "Dance Of The Shadow Planets". It was recorded at three studios, two in the U.S and one in the U.K, with Edwin and Durant exchanging digital files over the Internet. Additional musicians were later brought in, with Jerry Leake ("Cubist," Natraj, Club d'Elf) on percussion and Geoff Leigh (Ex-Wise Heads, Henry Cow, Hatfield And The North) on flute.

Perhaps best described as a Post-Rock concept album, "Burnt Belief" draws from ethnic, ambient and electronic elements to create a cohesive and emotional album, inspired by a fundamental, universal question. The album considers the polarization between religion and science, while highlighting the dissonance between belief and reality. "Burnt Belief" deals with issues of intellect, fundamentalism and fanaticism, set to an ambient and progressive aural landscape.

Blending electronic rhythms and acoustic elements, the musicians wove soundscapes from unique sources - synth, 12-string and cloud guitar textures, melodic fretless bass, prepared piano and Middle Eastern hand percussion - along with searing lead guitars, to tell a series of instrumental stories. "Burnt Belief" takes the listener on an immersive journey, with repeated listens revealing new layers and tones to the depth of the subject. While the album is intended to be a complete experience, the centerpiece comes with the dual attack of "Balthazar's Key" and "Uncoiled," just over 20 minutes of compelling sounds that, according to Durant, "kick enough booty to make anyone sit up and take notice."

The title of the album was inspired by Edwin's reading of social psychologist Leon Festinger's When Prophecy Fails, an account of a doomsday UFO cult in the 1950's. According to Edwin, "It got me thinking, what are all beliefs really about and where do they come from?" - a question that Durant had also been interested in for some time.

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:46:06 +0000
The Reticent Streaming Le Temps Detruit Tout In Its Entirety http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/The-Reticent-Streaming-Le-Temps-Detruit-Tout-In-Its-Entirety.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/The-Reticent-Streaming-Le-Temps-Detruit-Tout-In-Its-Entirety.html

The Reticent Le Temps Detruit Stream

GuitarWorld.com has teamed with Heaven And Hell Records for an exclusive stream of The Reticent's newest release, Le Temps Detruit Tout, in its entirety. Click here to check out the masterpiece that is Le Temps Detruit Tout.

Tracklist: Le Temps Detruit Tout
01. Nihil
02. In Pursuit of Redemption
03. Mutually Assured Destruction
04. Enemy
05. Lie to Me
06. Silence
07. Le Tenia
08. Patience
09. Nihil Ex Nihilo
Bonus Tracks:
10. With Folded Arms
12. Losing My Religion

On 29th May Heaven And Hell Records will release the much anticipated follow-up to The Reticent's 2008 album Amor Mortem Mei Erit. As multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sole member behind The Reticent, Chris "Mordrid" Hathcock has created yet another beautifully conceived opus in Le Temps Detruit Tout. It is one that delves further into the progressive mind and soul of The Reticent; an intelligently crafted album that will certainly challenge the listener both intellectually and emotionally. Hathcock has gone beyond the current boundaries of Progressive Metal and delivered what is sure to become a classic of the genre.

Le Temps Detruit Tout is unequivocally recommended for fans of Opeth, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Riverside, Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, Cynic, Neurosis and similar artists. The album can be purchased at this location and at http://thereticent.bigcartel.com/

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Thu, 31 May 2012 09:37:30 +0000
Osi Revealed New Album Details Online http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Osi-Revealed-New-Album-Details-Online.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Osi-Revealed-New-Album-Details-Online.html

Osi 2012

FIRE MAKE THUNDER marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. The CD is slated for a 27th March release via METAL BLADE RECORDS.

Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING) and Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, former DREAM THEATER keyboardist), OSI is a long-distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration.

Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

Returning as OSI's session drummer is Gavin Harrison of PORCUPINE TREE, this time co-writing one of the tracks with the band. All other instruments and programming were performed by both Matheos and Moore, while vocals and lyrics were handled exclusively by Moore.

All of the recording for FIRE MAKE THUNDER, with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician's respective home studio with drums being recorded at Harrison's home in London. Final overdubs as well as some additional writing/arranging was completed in July 2011 in Jamaica, Iowa, where the band mixed alongside engineer Matt Sepanic at SOUND FARM STUDIO & RECORDING ENVIRONMENT. Mastering was handled by renowned engineer Roger Siebel. The record was produced by both Moore and Matheos.

Tracklist: Fire Make Thunder
01. Cold Call
02. Guards
03. Indian Curse
04. Enemy Prayer
05. Wind Won't Howl
06. Big Chief Ii
07. For Nothing
08. Invisible Men

An audio medley of tracks from FIRE MAKE THUNDER is available in the YouTube clip below.

{youtube}R6kZV_XyUDY{/youtube}

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:38:55 +0000
What Google Can't Find-Stigma(E.P) http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/album-reviews/What-Google-Can-t-Find-StigmaE.P.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/album-reviews/What-Google-Can-t-Find-StigmaE.P.html What Google Can't Find-Stigma(E.P)

There is no dearth of Hard Rock bands in the country at present. And the level of competition in the genre is definitely very high. And it takes a lot of talent and genuineness to stand out among the crowd and make a mark or set a trend. WHAT GOOGLE CAN'T FIND is definitely on track to make it big in this scene, judging by their debut E.P titled STIGMA.

The E.P contains three quality tracks that define the sound of the band very well, and projects them as the soon-going-to-be-biggies in the Hard Rock tending towards Metal genre. Though their sound cannot be termed as wholly an original effort, as influences are clearly felt in their tracks, it is still classy, and you will love to go back to their songs once in a while, if they are in your playlist, which should be the case.

MUTTER begins with PORCUPINE TREE-esque vocals and swiftly changes gear to engage in headbanging stuff. But the track sounds very amateurish, probably because of the editing, specifically the guitar parts which sound a little out of tune initially. THE PRISION WITH TWO HANDS sounds more professional, though the vocals need to improve quite a bit. Given that they are a pretty young unit, they have a lot of scope to do so. The instrumental and the vocal channels sound a little separated, not blending as perfectly as it should have. Influences derived from Thrash Metal and Progressive Metal of the 80's are evident, and they could have added a little bit of their own musicality to make the track a stand-out one. DECEIT, in my opinion is the best musically as the band has tried to fit in elements, and has succeeded quite a bit in doing so. Aspects of Metalcore, Progressive Metal and Classic Hard Rock are blended quite brilliantly. A little bit of LINKIN PARK and DREAM THEATER could be felt and there’s no harm in it absolutely. After all, we all have our set of influences.

WHAT GOOGLE CAN'T FIND may have such a name, but if they better themselves in their next musical offering, I’m pretty sure they’ll throw up a lot of results on the site from which their name is derived.

]]>
dave.prof@gmail.com (Debarshi Chowdhury) Album Reviews Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:58:00 +0000
Storm Corrosion To Release Debut Through Roadrunner Records http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Storm-Corrosion-To-Release-Debut-Through-Roadrunner-Records.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Storm-Corrosion-To-Release-Debut-Through-Roadrunner-Records.html

 

Storm Corrosion_Album

STORM CORROSION, the much-anticipated collaboration project between OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson, earlier in the year completed work on its self-titled debut album for an April 2012 release through ROADRUNNER RECORDS. Apart from Mikael and Steven, the CD includes guest appearances by Gavin Harrison (PORCUPINE TREE) on drums/percussion, Ben Castle on woodwinds and Dave Stewart on string arrangements.

In a interview with Metal Injection conducted on 11th November at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, Wilson was asked how STORM CORROSION is different from his previous collaborations with Åkerfeldt. "Well, the only stuff I've collaborated with Mikael on in the past has been working on his records," Wilson replied. "This is obviously a collaboration, so it's a different approach. We sat in a room together and we wrote music together, rather than taking his music that he'd already written and working it into a record. We actually started from the very basics - composition and arranging."

He continued, "If you'd asked me three months ago about the music, I would have said, 'Expect the last thing you would expect.' But actually, now that [OPETH's new record] HERITAGE has come out and [Steven Wilson's solo album] GRACE FOR DROWNING has come out, I don't think it's going to be that much of a shock to people, because it's almost like a third part of the trilogy, in a way. If anything, it's even more orchestral, even more stripped down, even more dark, twisted and melancholic? but it certainly feels like it comes from the same place as HERITAGE and GRACE FOR DROWNING, which indeed it does because it was written during the same period - it was written during a period that he was playing the tracks that he'd written for HERITAGE and I was playing the tracks that I had written for GRACE FOR DROWNING. So we were kind of, in a way, egging each other on, encouraging each other to do those particular records, but also at the same time coming up with this music that is now gonna be on STORM CORROSION. So it's a very orchestral record, it's very - as you'd expect - epic, the songs are quite long and they develop in quite unusual ways."

He concluded, "I'm realistic that half the people are gonna hate it and half the people probably will fall in love with it. I'd be happy with that anyway."

Although former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy was initially supposed to be part of the STORM CORROSION project, he did not take part in the recording sessions for the CD. "To be honest, there's just no room for drums on what we've done," Åkerfeldt told Classic Rock Magazine last year. "I called Mike up, and he was cool about it. He's got so much going on anyway, and I'm sure we will work together in the future."

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Sun, 08 Jan 2012 11:27:00 +0000
Mikael Åkerfeldt And Steven Wilson Completes Work On Debut Album http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Mikael-Akerfeldt-And-Steven-Wilson-Completes-Work-On-Debut-Album.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Mikael-Akerfeldt-And-Steven-Wilson-Completes-Work-On-Debut-Album.html

Storm Corrosion

STORM CORROSION, the much-anticipated collaboration project between OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson, has completed work on its self-titled debut album for an April 2012 release through an as-yet-undicslosed record label.

In fall 2010 interview with the U.K branch of ROADRUNNER RECORDS, Wilson stated about STORM CORROSION, "It's nice to know that what [Mikael and I] always suspected was that when we actually got together [and began collaborating on songs], it was gonna be quite easy. It was also in the back of your mind, thinking, 'Maybe it won't work.' Maybe it [was] just built up so much [in my head before we started writing material], and it was so easy. So easy. And the music was so crazy and so inspiring to both of us. So I think that was good to feel, like, 'It's gonna work.'"

Regarding the similarities and differences between PORCUPINE TREE and OPETH and how they play into STORM CORROSION, Wilson said, "The funny thing is that the music we're making together is actually nothing like either of us made before. Because I think we both had this idea of this kind of music that we knew we couldn't get our bands to play, but that we both kind of understood where we were coming from. 'Cause we have this kind of passion [for] very experimental, obscure records, almost orchestral in their scope. And we wanted to make a record like that for a long time."

He continued, "It's a long way from metal and it's a long way from anything that, I think, Mikael has ever done, including the DAMNATION record [from OPETH].

"I think a lot of people thought, 'Oh, it's gonna be like DAMNATION.' It's not; it's a long way from that, too. And it's actually a long way from anything I've done; [it's] possibly closer to aspects of things I've done, but really quite distinct from anything I've ever [released]. [it's] very orchestral, lots of strings, lots of guitars and vocals, too. Lots of very long songs that kind of go in different directions that you don't necessarily expect them to go in - almost theatrical in a way. And we both kind of admitted to ourselves that there are a lot of fans out there that are probably gonna hate it. But we're doing it for us."

He added, "The one thing we didn't wanna do is get together and do a Progressive Metal supergroup, which would have been so easy to do - and kind of expected, in a way. And, you know, we might do that anyway one day. But this time around, we thought, 'Let's just do this [kind of] record.'

"Some people will love it and some people will not, and that's Ok, because, in a way, I don't think we wanted to just give what was expected, and we're certainly not doing that."

On the topic of the recording process for STORM CORROSION and whether Steven and Mikael are self-producing the new project, Wilson said, "It's great, because in many respects, Mikael is the closest I know to someone who is... How do I put this? He's the equivalent of me in his band. He's like the captain of the ship and we kind of understand each other - all the frustrations of being in that position, all the stresses and pressures of being in that situation - so because of that, there's no ego thing at all - yet! [Laughs] But we're both kind of control freaks, in a way, so that's kind of a strange situation to be, where you're working with someone where you don't feel any of those issues and you have that complete trust. So we're just like... [i go], 'Here, you have the guitar. Do something amazing.' And he does. And then I'm like, 'Oh, I've got an idea for that,' and I do some keyboard thing. And he's like, 'That's amazing! I love that.' And so it's really... It sounds like we're kind of blowing each other the whole time... [Laughs] But it's just so much fun. And that's the important thing - I think it's fun. Because there's no ego and there's no pressure. Because people don't know what to expect."

He continued, "We've kind of already resigned ourselves to the fact that we're gonna do something that people are gonna hate, anyway. I mean, I'm exaggerating... I'm sure a lot of people are gonna dig it. But people are gonna be surprised by it.

"We're not giving people what they expect, so there's little pressure, really - there's very little pressure. It's just literally swapping instruments and I'm kind of recording it on my own system."

Although former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy was initially supposed to be part of the project, it now appears that he will no longer be involved.

"To be honest, there's just no room for drums on what we've done so far," Åkerfeldt told Classic Rock magazine last year. "I called Mike up, and he was cool about it. He's got so much going on anyway, and I'm sure we will work together in the future."

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:45:46 +0000
Opeth Streaming Heritage In Its Entirety http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/International/Recent-News/Opeth-Streaming-Heritage-In-Its-Entirety.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/International/Recent-News/Opeth-Streaming-Heritage-In-Its-Entirety.html

Opeth Streaming

HERITAGE, the new album from Swedish Progressive Metal band OPETH, is available for streaming in its entirety at Npr.org. Due on 20th September via ROADRUNNER RECORDS, the CD was produced by OPETH's vocalist/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and was recorded earlier this year at ATLANTIS STUDIOS (formerly METRONOME STUDIOS) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album's artwork.

HERITAGE will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH's legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the ROADRUNNER RECORDS and the band's own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP.

Tracklist
01. Heritage
02. The Devil's Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
04. Slither
05. Nepenthe
06. Häxprocess
07. Famine
08. The Lines In My Hand
09. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth

In a recent interview with Radio Metal, Åkerfeldt stated about HERITAGE, "I never heard music like that, so I can't compare it to other bands. If you want to compare it to another band, it has to be us. But still, it's different. For me, it kind of makes sense, because I've been doing this for such a long time. So it's not a massive departure for me and for the guys in the band. But for fans, if they are, for example, into MY ARMS, YOUR HEARSE [OPETH's third album, released in 1998], it might be a bit different. But I'm hoping that a lot of people are ready for this type of album from us. The music is all over the place. It's hard to define the album and say it sound like this or like that. There are no songs that represent more the album than any other songs. It's an album as whole. You can't listen to only one song and you'll know what the album is going to be like. Because, like I said, it's all over the place."

OPETH made its live debut with keyboardist Joakim Svalberg at the 10th Annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on 10th June 2011 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

OPETH will embark on a North American headlining tour in September with support from fellow Swedes KATATONIA.

Keyboardist Per Wiberg, who joined OPETH in 2005, was relieved of his duties in April as part of a mutual decision with the remaining members of the band.

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:29:55 +0000
Opeth Reveals Heriatge's Avaialble Formats http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Opeth-Reveals-Heriatge-s-Avaialble-Formats.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/international/recent-news/Opeth-Reveals-Heriatge-s-Avaialble-Formats.html

OpethHeritageAlbum

HERITAGE, the new album from Swedish Progressive Metal band OPETH, is scheduled for release on 20th September (one day earlier internationally) via ROADRUNNER RECORDS. The CD was produced by the band's mainman, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and was recorded earlier this year at ATLANTIS STUDIOS (formerly METRONOME STUDIOS) in Stockholm. Mixing duties were handled by Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE) and Åkerfeldt. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album's artwork, which can be seen below.


HERITAGE will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of OPETH's legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the ROADRUNNER RECORDS and the band's own official OMERCH WEBSTORE; and as a double LP.

Tracklist: Standard(CD)
01. Heritage
02. The Devil's Orchard
03. I Feel The Dark
04. Slither
05. Nepenthe
06. Häxprocess
07. Famine
08. The Lines In My Hand
09. Folklore
10. Marrow Of The Earth

As above plus additional DVD including:
* Bonus audio tracks: "Pyre" and "Face In The Snow"
* 5.1 mix of the whole album
* "Making of the album" documentary
* Card to download the bonus tracks
* Limited-edition Opeth coin (until stocks last)

The Deluxe Box Set:
* Double-Lp set of "Heritage" with exclusive lenticular artwork (180-gram vinyl
in gatefold jacket)
* Custom gatefold jacket that houses the "Heritage" special edition CD/DVD set
(includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of album and "Making Of Heritage" documentary)
* Exclusive 7" of 2 bonus tracks
* Litho print of album cover
* Oversized 16-page booklet with exclusive photos and artwork
* All content housed in custom slipcase
* Receive a digital download of the album the day before release

In a recent interview with Radio Metal, Åkerfeldt stated about HERITAGE, "I never heard music like that, so I can't compare it to other bands. If you want to compare it to another band, it has to be us. But still, it's different. For me, it kind of makes sense, because I've been doing this for such a long time. So it's not a massive departure for me and for the guys in the band. But for fans, if they are, for example, into MY ARMS, YOUR HEARSE [OPETH's third album, released in 1998], it might be a bit different. But I'm hoping that a lot of people are ready for this type of album from us. The music is all over the place. It's hard to define the album and say it sound like this or like that. There are no songs that represent more the album than any other songs. It's an album as whole. You can't listen to only one song and you'll know what the album is going to be like. Because, like I said, it's all over the place."

{youtube}Gr1IGSKd4u0{/youtube}

 

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Recent News Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:12:42 +0000
Dark Project-Liberty & Entropy http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/album-reviews/Dark-Project-Liberty-Entropy.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/reviews/album-reviews/Dark-Project-Liberty-Entropy.html Dark Project-Liberty & Entropy

As a citizen of Kolkata myself, I have often been amidst extraordinarily talented musicians over the years and still seem to do so every now and then. Obviously there is no lack of musical genius here, and the close proximity to the Rock capital of India has blessed it with innumerable number of amazing artists, soulful singer-songwriters and countless bands. So DARK PROJECT’s LIBERTY & ENTROPY was from my perspective under a lot of pressure to outdo and outmatch the many able and gifted bands the City of Joy has produced. So technically it would be nothing less than a monumental task to set itself apart from the madding music crowd and bring to the forefront a piece of work that is refreshingly extraordinary, brimming with talent and possessing tremendous potential for growth.


With such expectations one is bound to be a little disappointed with the outcome. However, the album did have its share of pro and cons. Honestly, if one is to go from beginning to the end, there is a drastic if not unsuspected change in the theme and ideology. The second half was definitely more mature and personalized as compared to the first 5 songs, which were rather vague and uninteresting. Secondly, the album and song names just seemed to surpass me. For example, one would find it rather perplexing to figure out what "Liberty" for "Entropy" exactly means? This characteristic terminology of the band is evident in song names such as COVAH and PARALIPOMENA which frankly would not make much sense to me or anyone for that matter.

Coming right down to the songs, the influence of bands likes PINK FLYOD, DREAM THEATER and PORCUPINE TREE is clearly manifest in their songs. The notable influence of DREAM THEATER like ambience and Floyd-ish approach cannot be disregarded under any circumstance. Also one should consider the production aspect of the album which is very professional and unlike any band of India I have come across. Anyways, the song (AN ODE TO A) SILENT LOVER had a very calm, semi-orient intro which was rather pleasing and came as a surprising twist. The effects were superb and the song continued on to be a pretty decent number, but rarely did it try to present something new or break apart from the stereotyped Soft Rock genre. Next in line to impress me was the song BENT which was almost solely piano based except for the essential strings towards the end. The vocals harmonies and range were quite impressive, and the vocals were peculiarly understandable as opposed to many other songs in which not a single word could be made out clearly. Overall, some parts of the song were just extra ordinary. Lovely melodies coupled with a voice which could not have been more perfect for the song, the best song on their album according to me. ONE SONG FOR DYSTOPIA amazed me more intellectually rather than musically. Band's usually prefer not to blend their music with a strong intellectually based theme as to most it might hamper their originality and music writing capabilities. However this Anti- Utopian theme DARK PROJECT applied to their song has definitely worked in their favour to uplift the song from mediocrity. Lastly the song LIBERTY & ENTROPY with its simple but intense guitar arpeggio through the song sounded beautiful along with the falsettos. However, the vocals were so unclear and fuzzy that I couldn’t even make out a single word and so the song ended up having a pretty average effect on me. I guess that could have been improved with more vocal clarity.

In the end I guess the album falsettos couldn’t present something new or different that would make it more appealing to the audience. The band seems to be caught up in the same, stereotyped Soft Rock genre where hundreds of bands exist without having much effect to the listeners around them. The production of the songs which were very professional managed to strengthen their songs, but could not give it the finish great songs possess. The band is presumably still in its early stages, and it might take them some time to transcend that and develop into a popular full-fledged band.

]]>
sayhi2fuzail365@yahoo.co.in (Fuzail Siddiqi) Album Reviews Sat, 21 May 2011 08:49:31 +0000
Elvish Mirage Releases Debut E.P Online http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/latest-news/Elvish-Mirage-Releases-Debut-E.P-Online.html http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/latest-news/Elvish-Mirage-Releases-Debut-E.P-Online.html

ElvishMirageDebut

Shimla based Progressive Metal band, ELVISH MIRAGE has released their debut EP entitled REFLECTIONS IN FLICKERING HOPE. The band is giving away the their debut E.P for FREE DOWNLOAD for the fans. So, enjoy the most out of IT!


Artwork
ReflectionsInFlickeringHope
Tracklist
Lullaby For The Soul
Tears Of Solitude

About REFLECTIONS IN FLICKERING HOPE(E.P):
Their debut EP, REFLECTIONS IN FLICKERING HOPE has two Progressive Metal tracks.

First one titled A LULLABY FOR THE SOUL talks about a mother trying to put his son to sleep by singing to him about the beautiful things in the night but can't resist giving away the contradictory reality of life.

Second one titled TEARS OF SOLITUDE talks about someone who has been left alone in misery and is very close to few band members as they have seen their share of tragedies in life.

This EP is an attempt to vent off all those negative feelings in a healthy way creating something uncanny out of it.

Band prefers doing everything by themselves. The EP has been recorded and mastered in their jam room using a little sound engineering knowledge their vocalist had. Artwork has been designed by none other than their vocalist Shivam Aggarwal.

About ELVISH MIRAGE:
ELVISH MIRAGE means "Mystical Illusion." Band was conceived in Sep, 2010 after weeks of jamming together for the love of music and very soon attracted eye balls nearby. Band has seen many changes in its lineup due to many reasons. Spirit of music never died and band has now been to many places winning many competitions and playing their brand of Rock 'N' Roll with Shivam Aggarwal (on vocals), Vishesh Kapil & Sandarsh Srivastav (on guitars), Joy Francis (on bass guitar) and Stephen (on drums).

ELVISH MIRAGE draws their major musical influences from bands such as OPETH, PORCUPINE TREE, LAMB OF GOD, DREAM THEATER and the likes.

For more information, visit ELVISH MIRAGE's Reverbnation page.  

]]>
dimmu_messiah@yahoo.co.in (Pravin) Latest News Wed, 18 May 2011 05:16:57 +0000