Posts Tagged ‘Albatross

Fistful of Metal # 29

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As part of the Fête de la Musique last month on, I spoke to Auré and Butch from French metal act AkiaveL about their 2nd album “Væ Victis”, French metal and much more.

Track list

Wasted Land – Fade Away

Akiavel – Frozen Beauties

Akiavel – Zombie

Gojira – Born for one thing

Albatross – The Neptune Murders

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July 10, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Now Playing – March 2018

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No April’s Fool joke, this feature is back on the blog after over 3 years. Will attempt to publish it monthly. Here is what I have been listening to the past month.

(in alphabetic order)

The first release in 3 years from the Heavy metal act is a belter. The track follows the storytelling vein of their previous material and is a commentary on the current state of the Indian metal scene. By the end of the track, you won’t be able to resist singing along with the chorus “We are all sheep”.


Purge is a crushing debut from the Mumbai based death metal quartet. A lethal mix of technical and brutal death metal with sleek production. The razor sharp riffs of Keshav Kumar are complemented by the growled vocals of Nitin Rajan. The Bombay Death metal Legion lives!


I somehow missed out on Empires of Ash, the debut album from the International black/folk metal band. Their latest album is a cracker. The guitar playing is accentuated by the dual vocals and sublime production. The album avoid the avoids the cheesy cliches of most folk metal ensuring multiple listens for the rest of the year.


The third release from the solo project of Deepak Raghu (Bevar Sea, Dying Embrace) features an artsy and experimental sound. I was surprised to hear a completely different side of the purveyor of doomy and sludgy music. The EP features a refined sound and introspective lyrics, not your typical sappy singer songwriter music. Buy the EP on bandcamp for an exclusive lyrics booklet with additional art by Simon Fowler.


The 4th album from the one man thrash act is a relentless assault on the senses. The catchy riffs and raw production will leave you unable to resist headbanging along, wherever you are. Easily the best material from the long standing act.



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April 2, 2018 at 1:07 am

Albatross interview

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Albatross started as a project of Riju “Dr. Hex” Disgupta in 2008. “The idea was to create music inspired in the traditional side of metal; with different sets of musicians. But after a while, I realized that back in 2008, there was only 1 set of musicians who were actually into this kind of music. Those guys eventually became Albatross.” said Riju about the origins of the band. “Those who heard us back then were confused. ‘Werz the growlz bro?’ ‘Hi hatz ned 2 be louD’ ‘So mani soloz lulz’. But by the grace of Odin, today people not only get the music but look forward to catching us live as well.”

The horror themed music got the attention of King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque who mastered their first EP ‘Dinner is You‘ that released in 2010. In 2012, they released ‘The Kissing Flies’ EP as part of a split CD with American doom metal band Vestal Claret. The EP featured guest vocals from Niklas ‘Viper’ Stalvind (Wolf) and Sahil ‘Demonstealer’ Makhija (Demonic Resurrection).


I spoke to vocalist Biprorshee Das and bassist Riju Dasgupta about their upcoming album ‘Fear from the skies‘ and also playing at the BIG69 festival for Pepsi MTV Indies.

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December 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

1833 AD + Albatross

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I did two more interviews as part of the lead up to Bangalore Open Air, this week i interviewed 1833 AD and 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 Flieshere.

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!

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May 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Albatross, Vestal Claret – “The Kissing Flies/Black Priest” Review

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Albatross , the horror metal band from Mumbai have just released the “The Kissing Flies” EP on a split album via Roadcrew Records.  The EP is the one I had mentioned about them recording in my earlier post about Albatross. I enjoyed “The Kissing Flies” a lot more than their previous EP “Dinner is You“.

Vestal Claret is a occult metal band from USA.  It was my first time hearing the project of Hour of 13 vocalist Phil Swanson with Simon Tuozzoli and I was really impressed with them.

Read my review of “The Kissing Flies/Black Priest“, the split album by Albatross  and Vestal Claret at  mehtakyakehta

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April 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Albatross – Horror metal from India

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Albatross is “a band which combines bone chilling stories with bone crushing metal“.  The band started out as the solo project of bassist Riju Dasgupta aka Dr. Hex and slowly added more members due to the response online to the first single “Gigi”.

The current line up is :-

Biprorshee Das – Vocals

The Scarecrow- Guitars

Vignesh- Guitars

Jay Thacker – Drums

Dr. Hex- Fretless Bass

They released their EP “Dinner is You”, a concept EP about cannibalism and the Kuru disease. It was mastered by Grammy nominated Swedish producer Andy LaRocque (King Diamond). The release was promoted with a 2 city tour their label mates Devoid and also Dubai death/thrash band Nervcell. I caught them at a gig last month and they put on a kickass set. The set included a couple of new tracks which sounded good.

Heres a video of them playing “Among the Cannibals” taken by another fan

The band will commence recording for a new EP in the coming week, stay tuned for more details on that. Join their facebook page for updates on the recording and the EP.

(Band Photo by Prashin Jagger)

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June 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm