With new album VECTORSCAN, after 3 years, Amogh Symphony is back with a new sound that puts fans into arguments within themselves
Before I start with my review. A very informative read just as food for thought. There are 3 types of music listeners, sitters, seekers and standers:
1. Sitters do not actively seek out new music, they ‘sit back’ and let music come to them – usually through radio, TV and media. Their only exposure to music is through what others present to them. They have a strong preference for chart-topping music.
2.Seekers actively seek out music and are always adding to their collection. They may be into more underground and less popular genres. They may get recommendations from their friends, but often seek out music on their own.
3.Standers can be hostile towards new music. They tend to stick with their own collection of music, and don’t want to add to it. They are often afficionados or fans of ‘classic’ genres. “Standers are big believers in a canon of music that is perfect and unchallengeable as the standard of excellence in the form.” (Read this guy's full write up here)
'Vectorscan' is Amogh Symphony's third album. For many fans, it's Vishal J.Singh without his technical guitar chops, without complicated time signatures of Jim Richman and minus the extreme heaviness. There are complaints from the progressive metal fans because 'Vectorscan' is not what they were looking for, especially after 3 years of wait and patience. No. Not at all.
Amogh Symphony is back. Not just with a new Russian bandmate Andrey Sazonov, but also with Goregaon Brass Orchestra and a bunch of other new members including singers (sung by Vishal's mother Kasturi Singh with lyrics written by Vishal's Grandmother Labanya Prabha Nath), instrumentalists and engineers. It means it's not about a trio of Multi-Instrumentalists but an Orchestra. 'Vectorscan' is music made by Artists, for the listeners who are Artists. That's what the problem is in this conceptual 53 minutes 37 seconds long musical montage. It's almost impossible to believe that it's the same band, same guitarist, who gave us super technical progressive metal albums 'The Quantum Hack Code' and 'Abolishing the Obsolete System', which were way heavier than 'Vectorscan'. I've seen bad ratings popping up from fans of their old sound and it's not a disagreeable fact. One of the reasons is that people are doing wrong comparisons with 'Vectorscan'.
Imagine Behold The Arctopus lending their 'sloppy performance' songwriting to Shpongle, who later experimented with Frank Zappa's sense of arranging and Krzysztof Penderecki's symphonic orchestration which later handed to The Axis of Perdition and Jimmy Page to create a sinister atmosphere. Here we go! Remember, this music is coming from 3 multi-instrumentalists with several years of professional experience in music production and sound designing for indie artists, TV commercials, short and documentary films, radio jingles and, as Vishal himself mentioned himself on his Soundcloud description, Ghost writing/Producing.
Sonically and written-wise, 'Vectorscan' is full of dynamics. Now that's one thing you don't really want to hear in any Metal concept album (even Dream Theater don't follow that rule). Dynamics are kept in film background music scores because we hear them with visuals. In case of 'Vectorscan' there are no visuals. It's painful to focus and imagine visuals related to the story. But certainly not impossible when the story is provided. They did!! Though, personally, I would still like to hear this record with actual visuals of the story.
Amogh Symphony's 'Vectorscan' is not a metal record. It doesn't even feel like a progressive metal record either. If you ask my personal opinion on genre tagging (which I personally hate to do), it can be termed as Soundtrack. An exceptionally done Avant Garde soundtrack created by a bunch of multi-instrumentalists. I am afraid to accept the reality that people are not ready yet to appreciate this album. In a good way, it's a good showcase of honest musicianship, rebel, freedom and confidence to face critics with an intention to inspire others to write music outside rules of radio friendly and even underground music. With only addition of third new multi-instrumentalist/composer Andrey Sazonov, Amogh Symphony's rapid evolution to this new level raises one common question in many's minds: What kind of experimental sound will they bring up on the next album?
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