Skyharbor – “Blinding White Noise:Illusion & Chaos” Review
The long awaited album by progressive band Skyharbor has finally been released. Keshav Dhar has surpassed all expectations with his debut. The last album from India that make an impression on me was “Abolishing the Obsolete System” by Amogh Symphony. Read my review of “Blinding White Noise:Illusion & Chaos below (Originally posted on Indianrockmp3) 2012 is slowly shaping up to be a great year for Indiean bands. Many of the releases that were on our lists of bands to watch out for in 2012 have released their long awaited album like Split, Kryptos, SkyRabbit, another band to add to the list is Skyaharbor. Keshav Dhar is no stranger to IRMP3 regulars. He has been featured here a few times, as “Band of the day” in 2009 and in January 2010 he was the “Chosen 1”.
For those who have been living under a rock for the past few years and are unaware of who Skyharbor is, the band was started by Keshav Dhar in 2009 as Hydrodjent. Recently he added two more members to theband Anup Sastry on Drums and Nikhil Rufus – Bass. They performed live for the first time at the Bacardi NH7 Festival in Pune in November last year.
Skyharbor has released their long-awaited debut album, “Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos” through Basick Records, a progressive Metal label from UK. The album consists of 2 cds, the first cd “Illusion” has Daniel Tompkins (White Moth Black Butterfly, Piano, ex-TesseracT) on vocals and Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut/Providence) on the 2nd “Chaos”. “Dots” one of the first songs i heard by Keshav kicks off the 1st cd. I was surprised how seamlessly Dan’s vocals fit into the songs as they were initially written as instrumentals. The album hits a peak at “Catharsis”, the track which got Skyharbor a lot of attention and new listeners as it was featured on the Metal Hammer “Global Metal” compilation. Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) plays a guitar solo on the track. “Night” offers a brief respite in the middle of the album. “Celestial” which feature guest solos by Vishal J. Singh (Amogh Symphony) is another monstrous track. The songs on the 2nd cd “Chaos” are like name suggests the more aggressive. It’s a short listen with 3 tracks clocking in just under 14 minutes. “Aphasia”, a song about anger is the stand out track on this cd especially the bridge section “And I hate…”.
Daniel and Sunnieth have delivered a great vocal performance which reflects the production skills of Keshav. A special mention goes out to Aaquib Wani for designing a great album cover. With the recent trend of bands releasing their music online for free I have noticed that the quality of artwork has been lacking. I am sure this album will end up on the “Best album” lists of many metal writers in India and Internationally at the end of the year. Delete all those Hydrodjent demoes from your hard drive and pick up a copy of “Blinding White Noise: Illusions and Chaos” from Basick Records.