The first track on the EP is “Beyond Death”, which is the band’s oldest song. The dexterous guitars are mirrored and underscored mostly by the drums, and the entire group exhibits skillfulness with their chosen instruments. This groovy track makes for a good starter. Next up is “Dimensions”, which is on the softer side, as compared to the previous track. A huge credit for the melodic element in this song goes to Varun’s intricate yet soothing solos and Shreyas’ clean vocals. The simple, clean-sung passage in the chorus fits the song’s tone perfectly, without resorting to a mechanical feel or typical metalcore cacophony. The next 2 songs “Rise And Reconstruct” and “Supernova” are probably the heaviest and most groovy tracks on the EP. There are enough good ideas, face-melting riffs and groovy flourishes to satisfy even the most gluttonous moshers and headbangers. These 2 tracks will definitely make for a kickass live performance. Things ironically conclude with “Battle Begins”; another track which takes over the flame from “Supernova”. The highlight of the song is Shreyas’ relaxing clean vocal section at the end which boasts multitudes of his vocal prowess.
The guys in the band are adept at maintaining a wholly aggressive, groove-focused stance, while incorporating a lot of melody. The fusion of guttural growls (and the occasional clean vocals), crunchy groovy riffs and careening guitar solos make this album an instant staple of my collection. Shreyas’ vocals are praiseworthy. His vocals range from growls to shrieks as well as a few clean sections. The high point of the EP is the guitar work. In a mere 21 minutes, the duo of Onkar and Varun dish up an array of intelligently composed and dynamically delivered groove offerings. The guitar-playing on this album is fantastic. They are just so tight and so heavy that it is almost impossible to dislike.
The artwork for the EP has been done by Blood Work Ink Graphics (Shubhrayu De). The artwork is vibrant has been done fantastically as it tries to convey the message of the lyrics. From what I could infer from the artwork and lyrics, the EP surrounds the concept of self-spirituality and inner peace. Mighty props to Onkar, who produced all the songs. Each instrument in the mix has enough space to breathe and every musician essentially has a constant opportunity to show his worth, and yet nobody outshines the other. One could easily get fooled into believing that the drums have been recorded live. While I never speak much of the packaging, I feel this release deserves it. The EP comes in a DVD case, with a 12-page booklet which includes the lyrics to all the songs and has great inlay art.
Ultimately, the band’s debut is a successful one. Although provided that this is a concept EP, I did find there to be a blockade of flow from track to track. The tracks can be a little redundant, but nonetheless they are addictive enough to give the EP a couple of spins before it gets boring.
Recommended Tracks: “Supernova”, “Beyond Death”
For fans of: Veil Of Maya, After The Burial, Fallujah, Born Of Osiris, etc.
Shreyas Kandekar: vocals and lyrics
Onkar Tarkase and Varun Verma: guitars
Abhishek Mujumdar: drums
Harish Lanka: bass