New Music: From Kolkata Electro-Fusion to Pune Instrumental Rock
This month, we round up everything from brutal death metal from Bhopal’s Elemental to Delhi Metallers Warwan’s tribute to an Indian comic book hero
“Biblical” by Crazy Weather
The DelhiÂ rockersÂ Crazy Weather,Â comprising Gucci SinghÂ [previously from Them Clones], drummerÂ SiddharthÂ Kaushik and bassist ArpanÂ Guhathakurta, have roped in guitarist MosesÂ KoulÂ [from math rock/metallersÂ Kraken] for their latest single “Biblical.” TheÂ track has got the right amount of groove set to a lot of guitar noodling courtesy Koul, something that the band prefers to categorize as post-rock. We’re not entirely sure about that, but the song’s definitely more experimental compared to any of tracks on their 2014 debut albumÂ Half Life.
One Big SkyÂ byÂ Celestial Teapot
The PuneÂ instrumentalÂ rock band won the Harley Rock Riders FindÂ Your Freedom contest this year and they know how to keep the momentum going. Their debut albumÂ One Big SkyÂ is that combination ofÂ prog, post-rock and post-metal that fans ofÂ CloudkickerÂ and Isis would definitely enjoy. There’s no dearth of crescendos or calculatedÂ riffage,Â especially
“Inhumane Purge” by Elemental
You’d be living under a rock [or become too much of a metal elitist] if you haven’t caught Bhopal death metal band Elemental live this past year. Their new single “Inhumane Purge” has everything there is ”“ from stomp-heavyÂ beatdownsÂ to vocalistÂ AnchalÂ Bhargava’s pig squeals. Elemental plan to release their debut album,Â Creation of the Damned, influenced by the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984, in early 2016.
Centurion RelayÂ byÂ SukantiÂ &Â Anushree
The KolkataÂ folktronicaÂ duo, comprising vocalistÂ AnushreeÂ Gupta and guitarist/producerÂ SukantiÂ Roy from rockers Cassini’s Division, take to pan-India folk music rather than just any one particular style on their eight-track album. From the club-friendly Punjabi rendition of “JugniÂ Ji” and “DamadamÂ MastÂ Kalandar” to Nepali [“Rinke Bunko”] and of course, Bengali [“ShundoriÂ Komola,” “KrishnoÂ Preme.”]
Beach Party EPÂ by Reggae Rajahs
Going by their website, their first EPÂ Beach PartyÂ isn’t the only big news coming from the Delhi party-starters. Turns outÂ RaghavÂ Dang akaÂ Diggy Dang,Â GeneralÂ ZoozakaÂ ZorawarÂ
Sovereign NameÂ byÂ Whitenoiz
We know ofÂ WhitenoizÂ because of one of the best keyboardists in metal ”“Â TazÂ James, from Thiruvananthapuram symphonicÂ metallersÂ Chaotic Years. He’s also part of Christian metal/”spiritual warfare” bandÂ Whitenoiz, who have released their new albumÂ Sovereign Name. While the band has its own share of shred on tracks like “In Your Face,” James leads the way on songs such as “Father God.” Our top pick is the videogame-themed “God Mode,” which is all chaos and gunfire samples matching double-bass madness.
“MainÂ HoonÂ Doga”Â byÂ Warwan
A modernÂ progÂ metal band singing in Hindi would not be unheard of, but the idea that their first single would be a tribute to Indian comic book heroÂ DogaÂ definitely sounds farfetched on paper. But Delhi bandÂ Warwan, which started out in 2013 with guitaristÂ KushagraÂ Nautiyal, bring the heavy a la djent bands Tesseract and Periphery set to a near-anthem forÂ Doga, which was created by Raj Comics in the Nineties. Tributes aside, the band ”“ now also comprising guitarist-producer Karan SinghÂ BrariaÂ [from Define Destiny], drummer SamarthÂ TrehanÂ [from Pyramids], bassistÂ AnirudhÂ Rai and vocalist Aditya Paul ”“ is set to release their debut EP this month.
MrigyaÂ byÂ Mrigya
The Delhi fusion band, who have been around since 1999, are out with their self-titled album, which features everything from rock toÂ raagasÂ to Latin and jazz. They tapped Glasgow bagpiper Ross Ainslie to lend his whistle,Â flute and more to the meditative “My Guru My God.” Other notables on the album include the ode to poet-saintÂ KabirÂ on the Sufi rock-tinged “Kabeera” and the East-West jam topped with a violin lead on “By the Nile.”