De Innovatiives(Chandigarh)

November 14, 2007

GENRE :: Rock

BAND MEMBERS ::

Nirdosh Sobti – Lead Guitarist and Backing Vocals.
Jaspal Saib – Rhythm Guitarist and Backing Vocals.
Namrata Sobti – Bass Guitarist.
Vivek Jassal – Drums and Percussions.
Gagan – Male Lead Vocals.
Neha Behl – Female Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals.
BIOGRAPHY ::With innovation as the main criteria, this band has traveled a long way since the June of 2004 but enrolled to go on. The band gave their first performance on June 14th 2004 in the annual function of their own college (Chandigarh Engineering College, Sector – 26, Chandigarh) where this band first stood on the main stage, and the rest is all history.

This band, a team of firm believers that ROCK is the only genre of music that can put Life in to Rocks. Just imagine what it can do to humans, the most superior life form on earth!
Experimenting with a wide variety of music it’s a six-member band. Each member coming from a professional background in music, gathered together about two years back amidst all the commotion of day-to-day life resulting in the De Innovatives.
Just in order to quench the real rocker’s spirits inside, they add a bit of sparkle and sometimes spice to the ever-growing immortal form of Rock music. A real performance is like a multi-cuisine with ingredients like Pure Rock, Blues Rock, Contemporary Rock, Fusion Rock, Alternative Rock and some Hard Rock and some METAL too. The band prophesizes strictly in Western music stressing mainly on Rock genre. This is clearly outlined in their debut album, which is in the making.

Following are the feathers in the De Innovatives cap:
Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in July 2003. (First
public performance)
•    Government College for Girls (GCG), Sector 11 Chandigarh in November 2004
•    CITCO Carnival held at Leisure Valley in November 2004.
•    Symphony 2004 Rock Contest, December 2004. De Innovatives aced the contest
triumphing over twenty-two colleges and bands from two universities. The band also
grabbed the Best Vocalist and both Best Hindi and Western duet awards.
•    Saturday Plaza Carnival (Organized by Chandigarh Tourism) in January 2005
•    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in January 2005. There they got the
opportunity to play alongside some of the famous Indian Rock Bands like Prestorika
and Zero.
•    Annual Festival of Roses at Rose Garden in February 2005
•    Won the Best Rocker of The Year 2005 award at the Battle of Rock contest
(sponsored by Navik), held at WahDilli, Panchkula in April 2005. The band also
nabbed the Best Lead Guitarist and Lead Vocal awards.
•    M.M Engineering College, Maulana on Jagadhri Road in October 2005. Won the
battle of Rock again.
•    On Demand performance at Saturday Plaza Carnival (Organized by Chandigarh
Tourism) in October 2005.
•    Participated at BITS Pilani, Rajasthan in October 2005
•    RAAG: Community formed by Rock Lovers of Chandigarh. Headline Act by the De
Innovatives in October 2005.
•    Performed at Golf club on the New Years eve in Welcome 2006
•    Participated at ISM-Dhanbad, Bihar. Where the Band bagged the best lead guitarist award in Feb 2006.
•    Participated at Saturnalia-Thapar University, Patiala. Where the band again bagged the best rockers award in March 2006.
•     Performed at chimney heights as a guest appearance in March 2006
•     Performed at Ambala as a guest appearance in April 2006.
•    Performed at Hell in Heaven- Live in Concert at Leisure Valley, Chandigarh in June 2006.
•    Got short listed among five finalists in avalanche NSIT DELHI and won the best lead guitarist award in 2007.
•    Won the best band, lead guitarist, and vocalist at ISM DHANBAD among 17 bands in February 2007.
•    Did opening act for international band INDIAN OCEAN AND PARIKRAMA after winning a rock competition.

LINKS ::

http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/

Ichor(Guwahati)

November 14, 2007

GENRE :: Metal

MEANING ::

The word is a synonym for His blood.We are trying to rid the world of all the things that are leading us to dead-end we call evolution.poverty,discrimination on the basis of relegion,caste,creed,skin colour,social status or anything that questions a man’s respect,freedom or existance are the reasons for ICHOR coming into existance.having been at the recieving end,we all know how it feels,just trying to make whatever little difference we can.

BAND MEMBERS ::

Varun – Drums,words,people,beverages.
Abhijit – Guitars,art,poetry,gravity.
Shivdeep – Guitars,books,food,consistancy.
Van – Screams,peace,quite.
Abhimanyu – Keys,basketball,cosmetics,headshots.

BIOGRAPHY ::

Ichor is a progressive metal band formed by two students of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in 2003. In the 4 years since its inception, it has become one of the most successful college bands in North-Eastern India.

The band was formed in IIT Guwahati, in October 2003 by guitarist Abhinav Singh (batch of 2007) and drummer Varun Choudhary(batch of 2008). Abhinav is presently a final year B.Tech student in Electronics and Communication Department of IIT Guwahati while Varun is in the pre-final year of his Mechanical Engineering at IIT Guwahati.

In due course of time, many pass outs of the college also joined the band. N.A Krishna (batch of 2006) was vocalist for the band till 2006, before he decided to go for higher studies in the US. Tanuj Kush (batch of 2006), another member who will be missed for many reasons was rhythm guitarist of the band till 2006. He is presently working for a multinational company in Bangalore. Varadraj(batch of 2006), the bass guitarist for the band till 2006 is presently working for Schlumberger. Various other alumni of the institute influenced the band and joined it for many concerts in and out of IIT Guwahati. Most of the influences and guidance came from Soumitra Bhat (batch of 2005), who was the lead guitarist of the IIT Guwahati band Smash before it was transformed and baptised as Ichor by present members. The band was also joined by Sidhartha Gupta (batch of 2006) and Mohan Rajasekar (batch of 2006) for various gigs within the college.

 LINKS ::

http://mailsforabhinav.googlepages.com/ichor-iitgrockband

http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=27497172

http://www.soundclick.com/ichorindia

http://muziboo.com/bands/show/3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichor_:_Rock_Band_from_IIT_Guwahati 

Illuminati(Bangalore)

November 14, 2007

GENRE :: Rock

BAND MEMBERS ::

Ravish – Guitars,

Yadu – Drums,

Siddharth- Bass,

Venky – Vox.

BIOGRAPHY ::

Bangalore has seen a great variety of genres through the years, dominated by heavy and death metal. Rock and Roll was something that crowds of metal heads were not exposed to, and what Illuminati had endeavoured to deliver. Formed in June 2006, the band has an amazing repertoire and is rated as one of the leading college bands of Bangalore.

The first impact was placed at Guru Nanak Bhavan, where they played for a charity event – ECHO, organized by Mallya Aditi International School. Their first competition – “Rhapsody with Rockers” at Dayanand Sagar College – saw them walking away with the first prize, leaving music lovers wanting for more. The college band was, unlike others, more inclined towards own compositions, making ten originals within a span of six months. “Use Protection”, an AIDS awareness song, was an instant hit among people and received critical appreciation. It showcased the vocal skills of the front man and crowd favourite – Venky Nayak. “Rock ‘N Roll” – a tribute to their own genre of music – emphasizes on the strong and technical bass lines of Shubodeep and the guitar wizardry of Bhushan and Ravish.

“The Guitar Song” – one of the band’s earliest songs – brings out the control of the sticks by Thomas Joseph. Other songs of Illuminati include “Yada Yada” – a vedic song of outburst, “Speed Kills” – about teenage adrenaline, “Fly Away”, “Dragonfly”, “Sing”, “Head Over Heels” and “My Friend Jack”. There was no stopping the band – steam rolling their way through every stage – being placed at almost every competition that they have been part of. The band was placed 2nd at their first out-station competition at the prestigious IIT-Chennai fest – “Saarang”. They were placed third at the Mount Carmel College fest – Cul-Ah, where Venkatesh received tumultuous applause from audience, receiving the coveted best vocalist prize.

Illuminati won the best band prize yet again at the Adarsh Sagar Jain College’s fest – Chimera, where Galeej Gurus subsequently headlined. At St. Josephs College of Commerce, they came a close 2nd . With each show, they gained more experience and recognition too, as one of the most gritty and technically perfect college band. Illuminati’s most significant achievement was at Campus Rock Idols, where they were the first Bangalore band to be picked in the prelims in over 35 bands. They ended up as zonal finalists at CRI receiving huge adulation and response from the judges and crowd alike.also the band not only won spandan 2007 hosted by JIPMER pondicherry but also a clen sweep of all the individual prizes. The band had been featured and mentioned on Headlines Today and newspapers such as “Deccan Herald” and “The Hindu” subsequently. Illuminati has participated in other competitions at Christ College’s “In Bloom”, NLS’ fest at Strawberry Fields, IIMB’s “Unmaad” and KSIT’s fest – “Ananya”. They have also had gigs at Kumarans College and New Horizon Engineering College, and played for ECHO a fundraising event hosted by Malya Aditi school bangalore.
DISCOGRAPHY ::

‘Jukebox’ By Illuminati Recorded at Alloy Productions Bangalore::

Tracklist ::

1. Yada yada.
2. Guitarsong.
3. Use protection.
4. Flyaway.
5. My friend jack.
6. Dragonfly.

INFLUENCES :: Led Zeppelin,The Doors,Jimi Hendrix,lot more

LINKS ::

IMR :: http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/

My Space :: http://www.myspace.com/illuminatibangalore


Kastadyne(Mumbai)

November 14, 2007

ALBUM NAME :: Eleven Complaints.

RATING :: 9/10

REVIEW ::

Probably the best thing to do when reviewing music is to do it after one long continuous hearing. That way you don’t let any particular song influence your judgment. Just when you think you are being affected (like/dislike, love/hate don’t work for me) by one you quickly move on to the other. (Much like the handsome/mysterious strangers Punjabi girls meet at their friend’s wedding in quick succession. Infrequently).

Getting back to the point, this way you remember every track for exactly what it was worth. Your personal equation with the song becomes unimportant. You feel the sound, get used to it and you react to the album as one whole. With the breaks in the middle working efficiently as pacifiers.

When I was requested to do a review for Kastadyne’s debut album, Eleven Complaints, I treated it the same way. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Kastadyne is a young band. And I do not mean merely ‘new’. Both the band members are well under twenty and have been fiddling with music since school. I have been a passive critic of their numerous attempts to cut and record songs for a good part of two years. And it’s only natural that I write a review of their debut offering.

Eleven Complaints is nothing short of audacious. From the album art to the tracks there’s nothing about this CD that makes you want to ignore it. It is aggressive. It is different. And it knocks the socks out of you. Not with its loudness (and it is deliciously loud) but by the sheer punch factor. When you were least expecting it.

Tejas’ soft strumming is a great alter-ego for Sheldon’s powerful vocals. In fact the character of the album is set by these two working in tandem over eleven tracks. Their personal chemistry is evident as the transitions from the classic guitar riffs (made popular by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who) move effortlessly into a modern Seattle grunge. And it’s all there. The dirty distortions. The fuzz. The raspy vocals.

The album starts off with what will easily become their most popular track. “Victim of my Anger” is a furiously paced, edgy number that deals with urban angst. It’s the most grungy track of the album by far. There’s great guitar, great vocals and the overall track lingers in your mind long after the second one’s started playing.

The next track that you really can’t miss is their tribute to Kurt Cobain. ‘Never Mind’ is about loss and how. Subtle acoustic guitars show a soft, sensitive side of the two that is tempting enough for you to plead them to continue. In fact, personally this track in all its niceness feels a little overdone. ‘All the power’ on the other hand is pure punk rock. The hip-hop influence is also evident. But the real hero in the track remains the lyrics. “the hand, the tiger and lotus deny you”.

The vocal quality of Sheldon can be best appreciated with “Laugh”. It is a downright eerie track that shows the band is not afraid to experiment. “You sell guns and bombs on a sunny day”. Heavy. ‘I Don’t Know Why’ is a personal favourite. It is one of those rare gems that grows on you. A distinct heavy metal influence overrides the song that beautifully builds into a steady drumming frenzy. And there lies a curious eighties quality to the feel. Uriah Heep anyone?

‘Greedy needs’ is an ok track that begins with a lot of promise but is rather overdone by the end of it all. In fact that remains a problem with the Kastadyne sound. Sometimes the tracks, I felt should be left open. A little starker and this could have been easily one of the ’25 most played’ tracks on everyone’s iPod. ‘Rat Race’ also falls into this category. It leaves you grasping for space with the distortions and transitions that just feel unnecessary.

‘Blur in the mirror’ again sways you by the vocals. The classic rock feel and steady guitars give it mass appeal and one feels that this can turn out to be one of their best live numbers if softened up a bit. The lyrics particularly stand out.

‘Chickenator’ and ‘Don’t Waste the Bullet’ are both super attempts. Both the tracks are old favourites, but this time I really dig the mixing. And the instrumentation is solid gold. The former shows a teeny bopper streak that the kids have and is probably just the kind of sound that young America laps up. It is also the most innocent number of the album. The strains of angst and despondency have given way to a cheery excitement that makes it peppy and very, very youth. ‘Don’t Waste the Bullet’ stands out for its exceptional lyrics and mature guitar play. ‘You put me in pain, lots and lots of pain’. Yeah, you do guys.

Eleven Complaints is a noteworthy debut. No covers. But eleven original tracks that showcase a unique ability to stand out. It is no surprise that ‘Victim of My Anger’ has hit #1 in a very popular alternative music website. While writing about them one struggles with comparisons. It is grunge, it is punk, it is indie rock, it is metal, it is classic rock. I don’t know. What I do know is they have a rather unique ability to shift in and out of genres. Breaking every rule in the book to emerge with a sound that’s previously unheard. But there are problems as well. Inconsistent transitions and the lack of a good drummer leave the band wanting in its need for spontaneity. The sound is great but is largely overdone in parts that affects the overall feel. Some pure acoustic numbers would go a long way to quell these doubts. Also, these guys are way too angry and a soft ballad just might help curb listener boredom. But that I will leave these two talented youngsters to mull over for their next album as I get back to my regular job of selling sub-standard soap and underwear.

This is an awesome debut. By any standards.

Kastadyne(Mumbai)

November 14, 2007

GENRE :: Nu-Age Band

MEANING :: Mixture between castor oil and dynamite.

BAND MEMBERS ::

Sheldon -Vocals
Tejas- Bass guitar
Dallyn- Rhythm Guitar
Vaibhav- Drums

BIOGRAPHY ::

As early as grade nine, Sheldon was spotted with a notebook crammed with ink-stained, original songs. A shy and inward looking boy, he kept the notebook to himself but word of it leaked and reached yet another reserved classmate TJ who knew more than a chord or two on his Yamaha acoustic. Together this duo of songwriter-composer started jamming at TJ’s home and scratch-recorded as many as 40 songs down to hard disk on TJ’s dad’s computer. They polished the ones they liked – with the feedback they got from friends and fans – to perfection over the next couple of years!

It is from this hefty repertoire that 11 songs were chosen and worked upon for the maiden album ‘Eleven Complaints’.

Adriel George, their constant companion and band member (keys) in the early days came up with the name Kastadyne, claiming it meant nothing but sounded good. There’s been no looking back since.
DISCOGRAPHY ::

 

LINKS ::

 http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/

Official Website : http://www.kastadyne.com 

SoundClick Page : http://www.soundclick.com/kastadyne

Orkut Community : http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=21156035


Dementra(Mumbai)

November 14, 2007

GENRE :: Metal

BAND MEMBERS ::

Brian D’Souza – Vocals/Guitars
Darshan Thakkar – Guitars
Kevin D’Souza – Bass/Keyboards
Ashwin Thakkar – Drums

BIOGRAPHY ::

Born back in 1997, four high school kids unite to ignite their flame of inevitable talent to emerge through the barriers of the Indian music industry as Dementra – a metal outfit that spelt out attitude the day it was born and redefined the way rock evolved in India.

Dementra – was founded by frontman Brian D’Souza who was joined by keyboardist Kevin D’Souza, drummer Ashwin Thakkar & guitarist Darshan Thakkar. Four teenagers who combined their creative talents & efforts to bring forth – 2 chart topping albums – “Doorway to Demention” & “Lost at Creation” – Dementra went on to become the first & youngest ever Indian metal artists to top the MP3.Com world charts in 2001. In 2002 the band went on to win an EMA Award – becoming the first & only Indian band to ever do so. Dementra realized the power of the web and the extent to which music could go far & beyond & decided to step forth into the international arena with their own sound, their own way. The step they took proved without a doubt that the underground in India could surface to a level unimaginable. As a band they always took up music as a passion never a profession. In 2005 the band decided to go their own ways to pursue individual careers outside the world of music. 10 years of being part of an unchanged line-up, extreme experience & an awesome journey into the world of Metal – The pioneers who put Indian metal on the World Map – beating all the odds and doing things their own way, Dementra continue to invade the extended minds of true hard-core metal lovers. Dementra, truly a band that chose to differ from the rest & did things on their on terms but still paved the way for each and every Indian band out there to make use of the power of the web to get the music across to the millions.

Discography ::

Album : (1997 -2007) ( 10 Year Anniversary Video EP/MCD )
Released : 2007
Label : Green Ozone / Nailbox Records (Brazil)
Video : Inside You

Producer : Brian D’Souza

Album : Beyond the Mask ( DVD )
Released : 2006
Label : Green Ozone
Video : Beyond the Mask
Producer : Brian D’Souza

Album : Doorway To Demention
Released : 2001
Label : MP3.Com , Mid-Day Metro
Tracks : Mind of War

Bloodmoon
Hate
Hands of the Enemy
Strangled Hope
Prisoned Belief
Testimony of Terror
World of Assault
Producer : Brian D’Souza

Album : Lost at Creation
Released : 2004
Label : Metalzone US, Zebox
Tracks : Eat the Plague

Thirst for Betrayal

Nightcrawler ( Tribute to Judas Priest )

Free the Flesh
Beyond the Mask
Producer : Brian D’Souza

ACHIEVEMENTS :: 

2001 >> DEMENTRA  are officially the first & youngest Indian metal band to top the MP3.com charts in 4 different genres of metal. “Doorway to Demention” becomes the first Indian metal album to have all songs in it take the top 10 positions on the charts.

2002 >> DEMENTRA win an EMA Award and become the only Indian Artists to be crowned Extreme Metal Asian Artists of the Year 2002.

2004 >> ” Lost at Creation” becomes the first Indian metal album to top the Metal Zone (US) Charts.
2004 >> DEMENTRA becomes the first Indian Metal band to be featured and interviewed by Peru’s First Extreme Metal magazine since 1987 – Headbangerzine

2004 >> DEMENTRA are the first Indian metal band to release a metal video “Eat the Plague” worldwide.

DEMENTRA have been featured in numerous Press Publications Nationally & Internationally through the years gone by , They were also the youngest Indian extreme artists to have had their entire albums aired on All India Radio F.M. by Top Indian Radio Jockey – RJ Canta.

The feats listed above are just some of the many achievements earned by a bunch of determined Indian kids in the big bad world of Rock N Roll.

LINKS :: 

http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/ 

Official Website : http://www.dementra.net/

Orkut Community : http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=14782824

CONTACTS ::

greenozone@gmail.com

Blood & Iron(Chennai)

November 14, 2007

 

GENRE :: Metal / Progressive.

BAND MEMBERS ::

Mark A. Thomas – Vocals
Vivin Kuruvilla – Keyboards
Vikram Bains – Guitars
Ashish Shetty – Guitars
Arun Daniel – Bass
Praveen Kumar – Drums

BIOGRAPHY ::

Blood and Iron was formed over two years ago, a collaboration of members from various bands, with varying degrees of heavy metal influences. The one thing in common amongst these musicians was a will to play metal like no other band, by contributing different styles and personal influences to the sound, resulting in an original and uncompromised sound. The major influences amongst the band members range from the thunderous, guitar driven sounds of bands like Megadeth and Primal Fear, mixed with the unparalleled melodic structures of bands such as Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Children of Bodom, refined further by varying influences of Dream Theatre, Kreator and other such metal gods. All these influences and ideas put together form the core sound of Blood and Iron. This overall idea can be derived by listening to this album.

 In a time when most bands in Asia concentrate either on creating original music with the sole purpose of selling records by incorporating “popular” means or concentrate on live shows by playing a few originals along with mostly covers of bands they idolize, the exposure required to overcome the mainstream movement by creating and playing music without compromises and on the wings of belief, in Asia, is phenomenal.

 Blood and Iron has played numerous live shows across India, concentrating mainly on originals, as opposed to covering our favorite bands live. We have also won several competitions around the country.

 We are dedicated to playing our music straight from the heart, and believe in the talent available in this band. We are also optimistic about our chances of being signed by a well-respected record label, to allow us to continue making our music, which we believe is unique.

INFLUENCES ::

Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Children Of Bodom, Kreator, Sabaton, Dream Theatre, Savatage, Manowar, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, Hammerfall, Primal Fear & Cradle Of Filth.

LINKS ::

http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/

http://www.myspace.com/bloodnironx

http://www.mosh.in/bloodandiron 

http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=13776943 

CONTACTS ::

bloodandironx@gmail.com