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Eccentric Pendulum On Their Giant New Track

The Bengaluru prog metal band are working on a 20-minute, three-part song to be released in January

Anurag Tagat Dec 21, 2013
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Eccentric Pendulum

Eccentric Pendulum

Just like black metal songs pledge allegiance to Satan, progressive metal songs have a fixation with science and math. Bengaluru prog metallers Ec­centric Pendulum, who got to­gether in 2008, have been writing songs like “Mathematicians of Ambient Wa­ters” about a lonely mathematician and more recently, one called “Resisting An­other Equation.”

Part of the new material, slated for a January release, is a 20-minute three-part song titled “Tellurian Concepts,” which may not follow a mathematical theme, but is one of their most experimental releases yet. The track, which follows a f ive-track EP [2009’s Sculptor of Negative Emotions] and a full-length album [2011’s Winding The Optics], works like a mini-EP, accord­ing to the band. Says the band’s guitar­ist Arjun Mulky, “The earlier stuff had its boundaries, but with ‘Tellurian Con­cepts’, we’re not afraid to even go clean [without growling].” Mulky, who replaced Ashish Kumar in 2010, has been writing the song with drummer Vibhas Venka­tram at the band’s DIY jam room-turned-home studio. While the studio was built just two months ago, Mulky says that the band has a long way to go before they can afford to buy their own mixing and mastering equipment.

Last year, Mulky spent time writing and performing on Bengaluru experi­mental metal band Limit Zero’s debut album, Gravestone Constellations, and began writing riffs for “Tellurian Con­cepts” in January this year. Like most progressive metal, writing for “Tellu­rian Concepts” started with the music first. Says Mulky, “The guitar and the drums came first, but there aren’t any se­rious lyrics as yet.” Mulky says one of the major inspirations for the idea of a multi-part song was American eclectic metal band Between The Buried and Me, who fuse everything from the harshest death metal growls to breakdowns to pop-in­spired choruses and electronica passag­es. “I like the idea of breaking up one song into parts and a chorus on repeat, which brings recall value to listeners,” says Mulky. Eccentric Pendulum aren’t going to be restricted to genres, but in­cluding trippy electronica sounds might prove difficult since none of the mem­bers are familiar with a synthesizer. Says Mulky, “We’re just at the beginning stag­es, though.” Drummer Venkatram, who is part of Bengaluru music school Taaqa­demy’s faculty, is adding patterns from Latin music to the mix as well.

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Since September, the band has been performing in Bengaluru and Hyderabad alongside thrash metal band Theorized. Says Mulky, “People seem to enjoy the lineup [of Eccentric Pendulum and Theo­rized] so we’ve been talking to organizers and trying to set up a tour with both of us and go to other cities.”

The article appeared in the December 2013 issue of ROLLING STONE India.

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