Posts Tagged ‘Eccentric Pendulum’

My latest focus on the subcontinent has been prompted by a comment I received on one of my previous posts about some bands I was missing out on during my scouring of India for great metal bands. This will always be a work in progress, as new bands appear all the time, and particularly in such a fertile breeding ground for quality metal, India’s vast population means that I’ll never be able to stay on top of it.

First up is Eccentric Pendulum, a progressive metal band from Bangalore. You can find their debut release from 2011 here on YouTube, and it is a fine piece of metal indeed. The order of the day here is juddering, progressive modern metal with dashes of Dream Theater at their heaviest. The main inspiration point appears to be Meshuggah, but Eccentric Pendulum aren’t as willfully difficult to pin down. The songs are complex enough to maintain interest, without being overly dense and impenetrable. There are some vast, soaring moments in ‘My Eucalyptine Depth’ that are just beautiful. On the other side, the riff that opens ‘De Engineer the Prevalent’ shows an accomplished brutal side. Excellent stuff, greatly recommended.

Next we have Escher’s Knot, another band throwing some serious progressive shapes. They have four tracks up on ReverbNation, showcasing a nice line in heavy as sin chugging riffs, with some cool technical sections, and some serious low end. ‘Anonymous Origins’ groans under the weight of that starting riff, and ‘Mayan Calender’ splices some serious groove metal riffs with stop start tech death ferocity. Another band with fantastic production values, which helps to present the clarity and rage of their music perfectly. This is an Indian band who are breathing new life into this genre, creating songs that are heavy and relentless, yet fresh and invigorating!

Third on my list are another Bangalore band, Traces. Traces play a psychedelic, progressive style of rock, and are less metal than my usual stuff but not less awesome. My first instincts are to compare them to the likes of Porcupine Tree or Tool, they have a strangely ethereal sound. Their three track debut, ‘Fractals‘, was released in June, and opener ‘Unthought’ is a dreamy, A Perfect Circle style alt rock freakout. A sprawling, hypnotic song with some killer, more traditional metal riffs. Here we have another band who have made the effort to craft something polished, something complex and original. Vocalist Dileep Mallick has something of Brandon Boyd to his voice too, which suits the style. Not as heavy as the rest, but no less awesome. This is what you put on to relax to.

Finally I’ve happened upon Skrypt, Hyderabad’s progressive death/thrash machine. The only music I’ve happened upon is from 2010, the ‘Discord’ EP, but it is four tracks of chunky, catchy riffing thunder. ‘Artifice’ is one of the catchier songs I’ve come across in a while, and the overall style is energetic with some great riffs. They take the progressive tag and mix in some odd time signatures, some quieter and more expansive moments that enahnce the heaviness when it returns. Skrypt are very good at what they do, which is riff like a son of a bitch! When ‘Supremacy’ kicks in, I DARE you not to be banging your head.

Well, if I’ve forgotten or missed out on any more excellent bands, please let me know and I shall endeavour to fix my mistakes! Meanwhile, I’m off to bed with some Traces ringing in my lugs!