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Ep review : Dirt Beyond Beauty (2010) – Silver Tears

ep : Dirt Beyond Beauty

artist : Silver Tears

genre : Progressive/Experimental Metal

year : 2010

Playing under a genre that is called experimental metal is quite possibly the safest thing a band can do as there is more space for creativity and exploration and the band can play genres which they might not be able to touch otherwise. Case in point is Silver Tears from Guwahati, India who have just released their debut Ep Dirt Beyond Beauty and what they have to offer has a broader view of the genre. They play everything quite comfortably without getting typecasted.

It took Silver Tears four tracks to be able to concoct their ideas, themes, music and themselves. The ep directly starts with a full track which is the title one. Obviously named Dirt Beyond Beauty, this track kickstarts with a few simple notes on the keyboard and goes directly to a solo. A harmonic start to an Ep does not always work well but here its agreeable. And once through this we have are in for a slow paced track that indulges in decent progressiveness.

Up next is Euphonious Odyssey. I felt the track’s name itself is a winner. Euphonious Odyssey translates to a pleasant sounding eventful journey and there are serious moments of euphony on this one. Timed at over seven minutes, track two has a gradual growth. Post-four minutes we are in for some neat amount of progressive part and the track culminates with an unhurried solo.

Track 3 is Deep Within. By now I am aware of the band’s pattern of how the song would begin. There is a facet of curiosity in this song. You think the song is going somewhere but it doesn’t. Impressive! Drifter is next and it is a juggle between dark and bright. The most avant-garde of the lot, Drifter is speedy too.

Silver Tears has clean vocals throughout with a tinge of much needed emotions in it. The keyboardist does not have much to do here, while the guitarists keep it floating.

There are noticeable hitches on the ep that become clear while playing it unless you aren’t busy digging your nose, yet Dirt Beyond Beauty is a fresh release from India. This sextet from Guwahati have earned the right to get some attention. And the Ep is being given out for free by the band in a week’s time. Download away!

Rating : 3/5


Ep review : Metastasis (2010) – Bhayanak Maut

ep : Metastasis

artist : Bhayanak Maut

genre : Metalcore/Groove Metal

year : 2010

Armed with their respective weapons, the members of Bhayanak Maut are on a killing spree with their new Ep Metastasis making it to every metal household. Even the freeloading households as the three song Ep has been made available for free download.

Spreading the intensely metalcore disease through their tracks, the band has managed to shut critics and haters alike while making it happen for their loyal followers too. Their resemblance to a certain band from Virginia is a thing of the past. Paying no heed to the ones who questioned the need for two vocalists, Metastasis has both Vinay and Sunneith grinding your brain.

Wasting no time on an intro they get down to business with Chakna for Church which happens to be the shortest. Guitarists Aditya and Venky join hands to riff their way to the loudest Bhayanak Maut record. On the bass is Vinit and Jai is the drummer and they too tighten the ends. Chakna for Church is followed up with Dear and Confucius. For me the tracks have been arranged in ascending order – be it length, brutality and likeabilty.

Anupam Roy has an eye for detail and the bands coming out of his stable speak through him. But I’ve been wanting want to say something about Anupam‘s production for a while now and that is all his bands ‘sound’ the same if you know what I mean. So some day if I blindfold myself and pick up a cd from a rack that stocks cds produced by Anupam then I would not be able to say what band I am listening. That uniqueness is absent.

As is with the name of the Ep all the tracks on it also spread to every part of your body and you grow restless. Bhayanak Maut is merciless and you have yourself to blame for getting the Ep Metastasis.

Rating : 3/5


Ep review : Dinner is You (2010) – Albatross

ep : Dinner is You

artist : Albatross

genre : Horror Metal

year : 2010

Defying the norms of playing some known genre, Indian metal band Albatross decided to form a genre of their own. The band is seen combining their literary interests with their musical abilities and this amalgamation resulted in horror. Yeah, after giving the world some unexplored genres like demonic metal and humor metal, Demonstealer Records have delivered horror metal and they continue to entertain. Known to pick their bands carefully, Albatross comes across as a worthwhile experience.

Dinner is You plays around the disease of Kuru which simply put is a condition among cannibals where they just cannot stop laughing. Its not just originality that I wish to talk about but also the way many genres have been woven together.

The Ep has a simple introduction titled The Great Plague of the 21st Century but is enough to bring you closer to your organs. Guest Mihir takes on as the voice of Albatross for this one. In less than two minutes we are sucked in. Are you scared already? – Don’t be.

Albatross is essentially a thrash band drawing influences from power, speed, heavy and progressive genres. Next track The Dining Table deserves an applause. Lyrically the song is an interaction and unleashing his vocal capabilities here is Biprorshee and he will be remembered for a longtime for his work on the Ep. Clean vocals with high pitched variations is a complete win for the band. The solo that completes this track makes this a personal favorite. Bass is handled by Albatross-founder Riju and he keeps it loud and glaring throughout.

Speeding things up is In the Court of Kuru and this track has King Diamond sprinkled in between. Apart from being groovy enough to get you going, lyrics on this one only improves. Fourth track Among the Cannibals stands at almost ten minutes and is a metal ride. All members are seen enjoying their parts. Guitarists Rajarshi and Jimmy play with their instruments especially in the latter half. Loads of head spinning involved here. Jay Thacker is a drummer to watch out for. Everything on the Ep has been mastered by Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) and things would not have been the same without his refining touch.

The theme of horror is not something everyone would relate to but this concept extended play would put the fear back into your lives. Dinner is You is your gateway to the world of cannibals and has metal in abundance. The message is clear. Albatross has arrived.

Rating : 4/5

Check out this article on the Flaming Skull E-Zine here : The Flaming Skull E-Zine : October 2010 issue


Ep review : Discord (2010) – Skrypt

ep : Discord

artist : Skrypt

genre : Death / Progressive Metal

year2010

First things first. An Ep should not be more than four tracks, neither should it be less than that. Yes, Skrypt gets the first aspect right. Hyderabad based metal-band Skrypt have just released an Ep titled Discord, and this is their debut release.

Discord sets off with the track Artifice. The track was up for streaming on their reverbnation page well before the release. Mid-way into Artifice and I must admit they are impressive. Artifice has a very Arsis-inspired sound although the band does not state them as an influence, which is a good thing as this sound is their own and not from a band they are influenced from. So Arsis fans know how the album would open. Explode!

A thrash/death metal band, Skrypt are more of death as compared to little or no thrash. Anathema (no, not the band) is the second track. It begins with a riff coupled with double bass riding along which is not uncommon but what follows is different from what has been heard on track number one. Strength of Skrypt is the fact that they showcase their talent across the Ep by not confining themselves to any genre in particular.

The third track Supremacy takes a progressive approach to provide a good workout for your neck. This is what I was waiting for when I read that Skrypt even has progressive metal going for them. The Ep-finale Constructing the Absolute falls a bit short musically when compared to the previous three tracks, but post three minutes the track picks up and draws back the attention. Skrypt basically has heavy melodic riffs with that level of drumming to accompany the guitars. Vocals fit in well and nothing seems out of place. No complaints about the production on the Ep.

If the band is able to replicate the Ep live then they need not worry about the number of appreciators of their music. The tightness on the record is what the audience looks for. The only disadvantage here is the fact that music like this has been heard before. In that case, what becomes important is how the tracks are constructed and atleast two of the tracks on Discord will stay with you after the Ep gets over. Now have to wait and watch how much more different would they sound on the full-length.

Rating : 3.5/5

Check out this article on the Flaming Skull E-Zine here : The Flaming Skull E-Zine : September 2010 issue


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