Silence Fest: Jindabad, Divine Influence & Day 1

BHRIKUTI MANDAP. On a rather hot, autumn October, Silence Festival-V has kick started. In the morning Nepal Inked, a tattoo fiesta for those who were interested to ink their skin, took the center stage. In afternoon the annual concert was held.  And thus, Silence has now gained its unabating momentum.

After a notably lengthy, tuning session and paraphernalia decorative, opening act of the Festival, Antyesti, a Kathmandu based Experimental/Technical Death metal band stormed the venue with its shrilling vocals and fast paced tracks.  With their original songs (including Alien Invasion) they also covered Necrophagist and Dying Fetus. When the sun is high and the crowd is languid, Antyesti commenced with a fine performance for other bands to follow. Continue reading Silence Fest: Jindabad, Divine Influence & Day 1

Ma Ra Malai: Albatross Album Review

(Alternative Rock band, Albatross has released their 4th studio album Ma Ra Malai on March 29, 2014. The new album, more than meets the expectation set by their previous albums.  Being one of the most recognized band in the country, Albatross have delivered with their new album setting a new standard not just for themselves but for all other rock bands in Nepal).

The album starts with the album-titled track, Ma Ra Malai. It truly captures the essence of the album. Through fetching philosophical lyrics and exquisite musical composition, the track should appeal to music fans across the country. One can easy expect the delicate and profound nature of tracks that are impending along the way through this track,

The next track, Gari Khana Deu, is a wonderful rock experience. Live and Let Live.

The third track of this album is a slow rock song which is completely different from rest of the tracks. Bhool, unswervingly appeals to one’s soul. I personally caution you guys not to listen to this track when inebriated.  It will sting and leave a blistering effect. The Narayan Gopaesque lyrical composition and perfectly synchronized music gives this track the power to beguile the audiences of all age groups.

Aadhar, epitomizes song writing in this album. If Joe Strummer and Narayan Gopal were to have collaborated then this track should have been the conclusion. It is aggressive and meaningful. I would say it is a ruthless poem by a libertine author.  It also has a heavy metal element to it which makes this song, a prodigious experience.

 

Next track, Manav Nai Danav, depicts the mass masquerade of our society. There is a folk rock element to this track.

The fifth track, Afanai Sansar Mai Kina is very sprightly. One can’t see a reason as to why it cannot be the new anthem for progressive issues pertaining to women.  The music just frolics its way into the mind. It just caper cuts and banters us men.  Again, the song writing reeks of awesomeness.

Gari Khana Deu II is all about rock. The track has a great start to it. It is one of those pouty track without which a rock album is always incomplete.

Ma bhanda yaha koi janne chaina, manne chaina……….malai gari khana deu”.

The last track, Sagar, depicts the wonderful musical journey that this album is. What better than to end the album than with a track with a splendid guitar solo.  This track is pure rock and more songs like this one needs to be composed.  It’s one of those pleasant song that you always end up putting on your device and listen to with your casual flits and nods.

Great musical composition, majestic song-writing and precise drumming is ubiquitous.  The album has put up an applaudable effort which targets contemporary Nepalese culture, youth aggression, dejection and masquerades that has been defining our generation for some time now.

 

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Pictures taken from their Facebook Page Albatross Nepal

Encouraging Advice: Show some respect to Nepalese musicians and buy the album instead of being a pirate that you are. 

WELCOME TO THE UNDERSIDE: A REVIEW

(Formed in 2010, Underside is a metal band from Nepal with influences from retro rock to old school thrash. Their much hyped debut EP, Welcome to the Underside was released on January 14, 2014)

It Begins. To kick things off this track is a great start to the album. The psychedelic element is observing and enthralling. At the outset, it is a fitting title to the album, like calm before the storm. There is an immaculate synchronization of all instruments.

Next track is Welcome to the Underside. One would probably be right to assert that it is their anthem. The thrash element is affluent while the song has the catch to be replayed again and again. After all, tracks like these have ascertained Underside as a diverse metal group. That’s the beauty of this well crafted album and of Underside as we have come to know them throughout the years, the dynamic undulation of sounds. The tracks All Notes Off and Pride affirm it. The lack of monotonous tracks that most metal albums on any genre tend to have is absent here which befittingly establishes them as the new “gotta listen” band in Nepal. Reveling in the success of their concerts for a couple of years, Underside has fulfilled the expectations that were laden upon them.

The highlight of this album is All notes off. Where does one even begin to extol this track?  It’s sweet yet brutal and it’s soothing yet vehement. If the devil himself gave me a punishment that I could only listen to one freaking song for the rest of my long, insipid, miserable life, this would be that song. I mean, forget the Scandinavian or American metal groups, this is a proof that Nepali bands can now deliver.

Out of seven tracks to this EP, Underside have recorded an amazing video to their fifth track, Disconnect.

The next track Prototype is a neatly done track. It is tense, free flowing, pouty and beguiling. This is the coolest track on the album– I am an architect, I am my own prototype.

To end things, Part Animal/Part Machine has inkling of atmospheric metal. The psychedelic quintessence to this outro certainly slithers into your mind. And you think you know these guys? Welcome to the Underside.

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(Photos taken from their Facebook Page the Underside)

You can listen to full Welcome to the Underside EP in their official website here.

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