1833 AD + Albatross
1833 AD are a black metal band from Delhi. They will be releasing their album “My Dark Symphony” at Bangalore Open Air.
Your debut album, “My Dark Symphony” was supposed to be released in May. Tell us a bit about it. When can we expect it to be released?
The album was releasing at Summer Blaze Festival but due to unforeseen circumstances the festival had to be cancelled and we had to postpone the release. It will be released at Bangalore Open Air.
The album was produced by Anupam Roy. What was the recording process like?
Recordings were done at two studios. Vocals at 1833 AD Studios and instruments at Grey Studios. Working with Anupam is always fun especially with the vast experience he brings to the table. He has done a great job on the album and we greatly appreciate his contribution.
What can we expect from 1833 AD at Bangalore Open Air?
BOA is part of our album launch tour. So we would be playing some new songs from our debut album ‘My Dark Symphony’ for the first time in Bangalore. This will be our second show in Bangalore. We’ll also be getting loads of 1833 AD merchandise along with ‘My Dark Symphony’ for sale.
What are you looking forward to at the gig?
Firstly, we are looking forward to play in Bangalore after a span of two years. Secondly and more importantly we are thrilled to be a part of this first of its kind festival. We are really looking forward to playing along with these great names from India and abroad.
In September you will be performing at the Nepfest alongside Decapitated. Any other gigs planned for the rest of the year?
We are eagerly waiting for Nepfest. We are planning an album tour after Bangalore Open Air. It’s too early to comment on it but we are also talking to promoters for a South East Asia tour at the end of the year.
Albatross are a horror metal band from Mumbai. I reviewed their second EP “The Kissing Flies” here.
How was the response been to you recently released split with Vestal Claret , “Kissing Flies/Black Priest”?
It has been over two months since we released the split and exactly a year since we first started work on Kissing Flies. From the single that we released online earlier this year to releasing the CD and thereafter, from reviewers and listeners, we’ve seen our share of kind words and brickbats (I would dare say more of the former). How much of it is translating into actual CD sales is something we need to sit and ponder over. Having said that, going by the responses we get at our gigs – people coming up and congratulating us for our effort, people picking up our t-shirts and wearing it to our gigs, posts on our Facebook page – the band is only encouraged.
You recently did a 4 city tour, how was the experience?
It is no secret that nothing is more exciting than performing your songs live. Albatross looks forward to nothing but fun before every gig. And the tour well lived up to the promise. Chennai and Guwahati were cities, we went to for the first time. While the turnout was understandably lower than what we would have liked, the few who turned up and enjoyed themselves have only led us to believe that we must pay these cities a visit more often. Bangalore has always been a favourite with us and the gig there was nothing but pure, unadulterated, old school metal fun. Bevar Sea, Shepherd, Dhwesha had a lot to contribute too. Mumbai, of course is home ground and barring some technical difficulties, it was awesome to have shared stage with Providence and Cosmic Infusion for the first time.
You will be sharing stage with one of your influences, Iced Earth. Tell us a bit about thoughts in the same.
Just a bit? Sure you will allow me more. To say that we are excited or how the folks these days are ‘stoked’ about everything would be an understatement. Not too long ago, when the band didn’t even have a name to go by, Riju and I were listening to Horror Show and watching Live in Athens over and over again and were sure we wanted to cover Dracula. The cover never happened. Our efforts at forming a band on the lines of Iced Earth – riff oriented, with long extended guitar solos, with high-pitched vocals, and songs based on concepts – though did see the light of day.
Now we’re on the same bill as Iced Earth? As Eurythmics helped Marilyn Manson sing, “Sweet dreams are made of these”.
What are you looking forward to at the gig?
For now, we are just looking forward to being back in Bangalore and hitting the stage and living the dream. The rest, I will tell you post Bangalore Open Air.
Personally, it is also a huge, huge high for me to be at Palace Grounds as an artist for the first time after many, being a part of the audience.
What can we expect from Albatross at Bangalore Open Air?
Heavy fucking metal, like it is supposed to be!