Written by: Kev Rowland
I haven’t come across many bands from India, but here is the debut album from ArrowBridge, a band put together by guitarist Karthik Ram who was only 17 years old at the time. If that wasn’t unusual enough, he also managed to convince some guest musicians to get involved, including John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Dave Young (Devin Townsend Project) and Lucas D’Angello (Betraying The Martyrs), which is incredible given the age of those involved and that they were pretty much a totally unknown band, although they did win one of the biggest Battle of The Bands competition in India.
It took me quite a while to get into this album, as although they state that Porcupine Tree are a major influence, they also move into much heavier territory as well, and the extremes are just that. There are times when we are treated to very polished music that is melodic rock/neo prog, and others when it is much more brutal. One thing I found unusual was that there is no Indian influences within the album that I could pick up – if it weren’t for the press release I would make the assumption that they were probably European, but with some American tendencies. The vocals have no trace of accents whatsoever, and the rhythms and styles are very Western indeed. The production, care of Keshav Dhar of Skyharbor, is very good indeed, and I must make special mention of bassist Madhav Logani whose well thought out lines and touches make a real difference to the overall sound. It may not be essential, but it is an enjoyable little debut.
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