We’re back!

Alright, not completely. But hear me out.

Nearly 8 months since an update here. And not for lack of reason, although it might just sound like an excuse at this point.

A lot has happened since I put up the top 10 list for 2013. The blog was started as a way for me to keep track of all the music I listen to, when I took it upon myself to check out at least 5 new albums a week. Since then, my taste in music has taken a form of its own. New genres were explored, plethora of discographies were downloaded. At the moment, chiptune is easily the best thing I’ve ever heard so far. This coming from a guy who was averse to electronic music a few years ago.

Its become a lot harder as a result to document all the music I’m listening to, and make a narrative around that which makes for good reading. Lets face it, plain ol’ reviews dont cut it anymore. An album is either great on first listen, or you’d absolutely hate it. Few people have figured out the art of letting something grow on you.

A change is needed, and I’m yet to figure out what. And its not something that I can fix with a new theme (albeit I absolutely love this one).

Rest assured, the blog is still alive. Only going through a phase that’s characteristic of most youths who go through an early life crisis when they hit 25, though definitely not as dramatic.

Let me know. What is it that you’d like to see on here? Lists? Clickbait articles? More Indian bands? More Sceptre bashing?

I’m all ears. I’m definitely retiring the album review format at this point, and posts here from now on would be a bit more argumentative. Here’s to (hopefully) better material in the future.

 

Top 10 albums of 2013!

That time of the year has long passed, where people who actively follow music get in on the action and comment on their picks of the year. This list has been long due in that respect. Having said that, I heard a couple of great albums in December which left me with a bit of a conundrum.

Regardless, here’s my top 10 albums of the year. With some surprises thrown in. Continue reading

Neal Morse band featuring Mike Portnoy [gig review]

IIT-Bombay’s Mood Indigo had their work cut out for them after declaring Simple Plan as the headline act for last year, disappointing many (including this) fans of the progressive genre. So when they did announce in September that Mike Portnoy would be playing here in India with Neal Morse, needless to say I couldnt believe what I read. 20th December was marked in bold across my calendar. All is forgiven for last year. The fest brought Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, Karnivool and now is now featuring arguably the biggest name in progressive music since Pink Floyd (am I pushing it here? Oh screw you, I get to). Continue reading

Dream Theater – Dream Theater

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“Meta title is meta”

It is finally here. The magnum opus. The 12th Dream Theater album, which is expected to define everything the band, that has been around for more than two decades, stands for. People who know/follow me on Twitter (shameless pimp) know the level of fanboyism towards this band. The triumphs, the shameless retweets. Heck, nearly all the covers on my Soundcloud page feature this band’s work. And not for lack of reason. Though I cant help but think I may have overhyped it for my own good. Why do I say so? Read on. Continue reading

Episode 1: We have a podcast!

The blog is now taking a shot at internet radio. The first episode is up on our Soundcloud. 

We cover a myriad of topics now. Currently, it will feature writers from the blog, as we talk about things that interest us in music. Be it the scene, posers, album reviews, Metallica vs Megadeth (loljk that rivalry is dead now) or whether you can mosh to Pink Floyd.

Download, listen and comment! We hope you will like it as much as we had fun with recording it 😀

Symphonic Theater of Dreams – A Tribute to Dream Theater

I’ve been waiting for this album ever since I heard the teaser to it close to 6 months ago while searching for backing tracks to a couple of Dream Theater songs. It is exactly as the title suggests, a symphonic tribute to one of the most well known progressive metal bands today.

The idea of a symphonic cover of this band’s music isnt as ‘new’ as you’d think. Dream Theater themselves have dabbled with the idea of arranging music for an orchestra, with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (although done using an arranger keyboard and VSTs) and performing with symphony live in 2006 in support of the Octavarium album. If you’ve been following the band and its music, you’d have also heard of Eren Başbuğ  who covered and wrote the individual parts of each instrument to Octavarium’s title track to be played live, which caught the attention of Jordan Rudess (and led to the two of them collaborating on writing a concerto). Continue reading

The Raven That Refused To Sing – Steven Wilson

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Not sure if super group or solo project

Never would you have ever dreamed of a lineup consisting of Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia), Marco Minnemann (also The Aristocrats, ex-Necrophagist) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) coming together to belt tunes out, all to be mixed and produced by Alan Parsons (of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon fame). But heck, no one expected us to survive the Mayan Apocalypse of December 2012 either. So here we are, in 2013, with arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Continue reading