Experimental/ Ambient/ Rock
‘Curves’ seem like the sort of band that Skellington would rage to on his cd player when Sally has been bit of a menace. A neon explosion of snazzy time signatures, thoroughly ambient verses and brown-hot heaviness- Curves succeed in packing a bit more punch and attitude than their peers, sounding somewhat like a snot-nosed Silver Tears playing at a more nu-age prog-rock tempo.
Flawless songwriting, rabid grooves and ear-splitting breakdowns- these guys deal in no nonsense groove- punches to the face. It’s raining breakdowns. Quality brutality- in yer face!
Dead Calm Chaos
Melodic Death Metal
A raw, rabid assault of breakdowns, dense guitar wankery and leviathan tunes- the Shillong based five piece are one of those bands that hammer riff after riff in each song, not stopping until they break your typical-doggedness and stomp your mind.
This is one ensemble that you most definitely need to listen to and also witness live – especially if you’re looking for a modern twist on a somewhat classic outline. More than just your odd opportunity to shout along and bounce like a loon in the pit.
Prog/ Hardcore Metal
Exalt inject an emotive edge to the teeth-shattering sound of Hardcore -one that the genre’s been bereft of- for long. With metal bands increasingly looking to progressive sonics to bolster their sound- this five piece act might soon enough find themselves in a winning position.
Rock / Instrumental Rock / Experimental
His songs shiver with an arresting classic rock back-beat, even as an intense melancholy glides over his elusive yet twangy guitar riffs. From what it seems, He is already setting new benchmarks for himself and it’s great to see that the smugness hasn’t set in just yet. It is music like this that could very well change the way independent music is looked at, in the region.
Alternative/ Electronica/ Instrumental
Pop Rock Ballads meant for headphone listening- No wimpy songwriting, bereft of all the clichéd and worthless guitar noodling. Pop music delivered with the sensibilities of Rock, Electronica and Ambient music. Looking for a band that sounds perfectly relevant? Your search ends here.
Siliguri ragers who, for the most part, sing in hymns and verses, Punarjanma blend old school guitar passages and fok bluster with a sound that’s a combination of early day Kromlek, Purvaja and Rudra- with melodic additives. Have you been waiting for the next game changing band in the Indian metal circuit? This might not be the band you’re looking for.
Sixes and Sevens
Sixes and Sevens, more often than not, allow selective ideas to dominate or be sustained and unlike most of their contemporaries from Mizoram do NOT let their songs come across like discarded fragments. Intriguing and not very far from memorable tunes; the slighty muddy production aside- they are ace.
An Abrasive blend of 90s groove metal squall and bleak, melody, evoking everything from LOG to our very own System House 33 along the rage drenched way. Their demos aren’t perfect but they’ve got enough to suggest that they have a killer compiled release coming.
Experimental Death Metal
Picture this: The punishing nous of IIIrd Sovereign being steadily bastardised by the sensibilities of Djent and Technical-Death metal, that’s fronted by a vocalist who intermittently sounds like a young George Fisher (duh!) in his prime. It shouldn’t work- you say? Well, it does!
Flags of Rebellion
Metal/ Groove/ Hardcore
Bridging the gap between beatdown heavy hardcore and hook-laden heavy metal, Flags of Rebellion have zombied the pace of heavy metal , the melody of 80s thrash, and the aggression of modern day Groove metal and Hardcore to create a near perfect hybrid that is as extreme as it is cutting edge.
Eccentric Sludgy Prog Metal with great pace and hook. Dream Theater meets Static X meets Black Sabbath. Muscular Prog Rock and Metal like a heavier Still Waters but with massive hookier choruses.-Think Midnight Garden Factor’s ‘Forsaken’ if it had been done with a little less know-how and expertise.
Imphal based Metalcore posse Dead Mobster deal in no beating around the bush, straight up melodic thrash and Metalcore brutality. Their songs feature mammoth red-wine infused choruses, colossal guitars and varied lyrical nods. Into the metal wind everyone!
Guwahati based Bleeding Note have been working their way out of the underground and into the big time, solely through a distinctive sound. Their penchant for supercharged grooves, polyrhythmic maneuvers and solid songwriting makes them one of the most inspired Metalcore acts to have risen from, the currently dwindling Guwahati scene, in a long time.
When everything falls apart
I, personally, didn’t see it coming but Melodic metal in Shillong seems to have returned to form with this seminal hardcore meets melodic flourishes crew- solid angular riffage and songwriting- for ones who like a jolly good bludgeoning. They need to work on their production though
These noobz emerge with a lot of sway and ambitiousness through the rudimentary framework of their demos, even as the sloppy quality tries to mellow it down. Their songwriting and arrangement ideas, however, confirm to a mass of clichés. Been there- done that Post Grunge at its best! Not sure what that means?
Upbeat, hefty, touching, inexplicable, punk-rock suitably booming with embellishments of old-school Alternative, Pop and Indie, Nagaland based Tuden Jamir carries a genre-defying wall of tunes that are, more often than not, hugely magnified by the halfway solid production and the marvellously written compositions
The inexplicably imaginative and enthused vocals and guitar-craft playing against the colossally rhythmic backbeat of drummer Somen and bassist Deepak enhance what is otherwise a conventional arrangement, into a bewildering assortment. This is one of those fire-raising prospects that needs, just a little help with PR, to transform into an blaze.
His songs shudder with a stunning fusion back-beat, even as a penetrating downhearted feel glides over his vague yet ochre arrangements. As a vocalist, he is the kind that cracks hard to cut above the glamour, in trying to find the perfect synchronicity between a lot of experimentation and conventional ideas and most importantly in emphasizing his lyrical content, above everything else.
This outfit evokes some serious reminiscence, taking things back to the late 80s with a wide array of influences ranging from Hard Rock, Cindy Lauper-esque cheese, heavy metal and pop. Their sound is reminiscent of bands like Eclipse, Filharmonix and early day Votage highlighting their evident adaptability and potential.
Question Mark from Kalimpong manifests an essence that sticks with you long after the record’s done playing. It’s not just about the poignant nature of their music; they have a certain magnetism that draws listeners in, a prominence that is very hard to find in a lot of today’s music.