Yatin Srivastava Project – Chaos//Despair

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YATIN SRIVASTAVA PROJECT – CHAOS//DESPAIR
Incendia Music
Release Date: 25/05/2018
Running Time: 47:06
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
8/10

After reviewing the Nitish Pires album recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on yet another Indian metal album, and this time it was the new release by the Yatin Srivastava Project, Chaos//Despair. Yatin is a guitar player / musician based in New Delhi, India, and this is his first full length album.

Having started out as a bedroom project, Yatin has taken huge steps to get out there as a full-blown progressive rock/progressive metal band in the Indian and United Kingdom independent music scene and has previously released two EP’s (“The Dream Plays in Reverse” and “Constructing an Acoustic Dream”), a live DVD as well as two brand new singles and has been featured in UK magazines “Powerplay Magazine” and “Fireworks Magazine.”

With influences ranging from Porcupine Tree, Karnivool and TesseracT to Tool, Devin Townsend Project and Opeth, it is clear where their sound leans. Taking its original inspirations from the soundscapes and ambience of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Karnivool and so on, they have mixed in an element of electronic music inspired by bands such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails to create a personalised sound the band can call their own. On the live stage, they are lead by a powerful female voice, courtesy of Marissa Landy and incorporate a tight musical section comprising of Archie Farrer on bass, Sam Machin on guitars and Arjun Gupta on the drums.

At just over 47 minutes long, and almost two years in the making, the album is divided into two broad themes of “Chaos” and “Despair” and mostly deals with Yatin’s experiences throughout the last few years, with topics such as political disarray, religious fear-mongering, war, loss, lack of inter-personal connections and battles relating to mental health and personal strife all making an appearance.

“The sonically diverse record’s goal is to make the listener think, and possibly continue the conversation, about things that are usually not talked about in society today,” says the band’s notes. And if an album can conjure that from a listener then I think its half way there to winning the battle.

Most of the album was produced by Yatin himself in various living rooms and makeshift studios but the band decided to record the drums at Plug n Play Studios with musician-extraordinaire Anindo Bose (founding member of Indian Fusion band “Advaita”). It also features an array of guest musicians including Craig Blundell (Steve Wilson) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) as well as various Indian artists prevalent in the Indian music industry including Dhruv Visvanath, Kunal Singh (The Stage 2 Competitor), Sanjeeta Bhattacharya (Berklee Alumni) and Arjun Mathur (Meinl Drums Endorsee).

I didn’t mind this album, although it is a little too proggy for me. I like my music a bit more in your face than this, but I think a lot of progressive rock and progressive metal fans will love this. It has an ambience about it that is synonymous to the progressive side of the genre and, with the crossover between prog and electronic, it should appeal to a wide range of listeners.

Indian metal/rock music is a genre I had never explored before but if the last two Indian albums I have reviewed are anything to go by, it’s something that I won’t be ignoring again. Go and check Yatin Srivastava Project out…. you might just be surprised!

 

TRACK LISTING

  •  1. Alive
  •  2. Ozone
  •  3. Cognizance
  •  4. The Unknown
  •  5. Program.Obsolete
  •  6. Forgotten

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

https://www.facebook.com/YatinSrivastavaProjectOfficial/

http://www.yatinsproject.com/

  • www.twitter.com/yatinsri951
  • www.instagram.com/yastinsproject

 

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Nitish Pires – Am I Evil?

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NITISH PIRES- AM I EVIL?
Self Release
Release Date: 18/02/2018
Running Time: 44:22
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

I am always on the lookout for something different when I am reviewing so when Richard suggested I review this album, I jumped straight on it. And boy, was he right? Again!

This couldn’t be more diverse to anything I am used to listening to (and I listen to A LOT of stuff!) as it has been recorded by Nitish Pires, an alternative singer/songwriter from Mumbai, India. Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been avoiding Indian rock/metal, it’s just that this particular genre of metal has never appeared on my radar, until now! And if I knew then what I know now about it, I would have sought it out much sooner.

Because I FRIGGIN’ LOVED IT!

But let me tell you a little bit about Nitish first.

He started on his musical journey in 2009 with the formation of his rock band “Nakshrata” and they released one album ‘Gulfam’, written entirely by Pires himself and released on Universal Music.

In 2007, he went solo, writing two albums ‘Sahedein’ and ‘Chauraha’, while also recording numerous tracks for TV adverts across India for companies such as Vodafone, Nokia and Fila, and has even composed a complete score for feature film “Soch Lo.”

He was proclaimed as the first Indian to tour to promote is music by The Times India when he visited 25 cities in India promoting ‘Chauraha’ and his non-stop work earned him a nomination for Best Indian Rock Album at the prestigious G.I.M.A Awards.

2014 saw him take a well-earned break to travel the world, during which he gained inspiration that would accumulate into his latest work – Am I Evil?

And in case you missed it earlier – I FRIGGIN’ LOVED THIS ALBUM!

Never have I heard an album where each track was totally different to the others, and this was, by no means, a bad thing. The entire album lasts just over 44 minutes, but it has the feel of being much shorter, a characteristic I think that can be put down to the diversity throughout. I am a great fan of uniqueness and this album is certainly that.

Mixing modern day thrash guitar riffs and screaming vocals with traditional instruments and lyrics, this album certainly has a lot more to offer than a lot of the albums released nowadays. The songs are three dimensional, each one standing out in its own right, and the album seems to take you on a journey, making your experience a lot of sounds along the way, almost as if you are experiencing Nitish’s journeys with him.

The album was recorded using his laptop and native instruments and sounds and definitely creates a unique sound. His inspiration from rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath are obvious, but combined with “Pires’ driven and tenacious nature, along with his DIY skills” (he used pillows and duvets to change his bedroom into a suitable recording space!) the album is given a down to earth and honest feel yet keeps that rock atmosphere.

My favourite track on the album is ‘You Fake’, which mixes traditional Indian singing with harsh metal vocals and seems full of rage and hatred, but tracks ‘Big Black Wings’, ‘Need You’ and ‘Not Going Mad’ are also stand out tracks for me. In fact, there is not a bad song on the entire album, and none could be considered as “fillers.”

If you have never listened to Indian fused rock/metal, then I suggest you go out and buy this album.  It is one of the best albums I have heard this year, and nigh on two and a half weeks in my car is a great testament to that!!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1. Fade Away
  • 2. Crazy BC-AD
  • 3. Johny 006
  • 4. You Fake
  • 5. Need You
  • 6. Big Black Wings
  • 7. It’s My Way
  • 8. Happy Nuclear
  • 9. Not Going Mad
  • 10. Hello Good Morning
  • 11. Undoe Se Maara

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • www.nitishpires.com
  • www.facebook.com/nitishpiresofficial
  • https://www.instagram.com/nitishpires

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