Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos – Album Review
|Fans Of:||TesseracT, Meshuggah, OSI|
|Genre(s):||Progressive, Djent, Tech|
I’ll be the first to hold my hand up and admit that my knowledge of Indian bands is severely limited. What I do know is, that thanks to some of metal’s biggest names visting India in recent years, the metal culture over there is becoming more prevalent. I suppose it was only a matter of time until someone stepped up and attempted to break through and show the world what talent could put India firmly on the metal map. Skyharbor might well be that band.
Skyharbor began as a bedroom project by Keshav Dhar, who later joined forces with Anup Sastry and Nikhil Rufus. In less than a year, the band have grown immeasurably, with nods of approval from Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Marty Friedman (Cacophony & Megadeth). Friedman was so impressed, he felt he had to become involved with the band somehow. His wish was granted, and along with Dan Tompkins (ex-TesseracT), they add to the band’s depth and versatility. In addition to Friedman and Tompkins, appearances are made by Sunneith Revankar on vocals and Vishal J. Singh on guitar.
Skyharbor’s release is a double album called Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos. Illusion is littered with solid riffs and djent style grooves with a calmer vocal style. This half of the album is also awash with technically astute and sound solos from Dhar and Friedman. On top of all this, what makes Illusion really special are the dreamy, ambient moments. which add real depth to the work. This is particularly true of side one closer, ‘Maeva’, which follows this style, until a surprisingly ferocious end, which sets up side two, Chaos, very nicely indeed.
The very short but sweet second half, Chaos, is Skyharbor’s time to get aggressive. With more gutteral vocals and furious guitars, the three tracks are of the same nature, but still very melodic. ‘Insurrection’ is a particularly uncompromising track; a short interlude gives way to a ridiculously quick riff and complex drumming is accompanied by a complete death metal vocal freak out.
The undoubted highlight of the whole album is ‘Celestial’. What a complete and utter monster of a track. It has pretty much everything you could ever want from a metal track with Dan Tompkins’ soaring vocals, Dhar’s technical ability at the forefront, before finishing off with a great solo from Friedman.
Blinding White Noise is an early contender for Album of the Year. I’d advise you to expect big things from Skyharbor.
DISC ONE (Running Time: 34m 20s)
1. Illusion: Dots
2. Illusion: Order 66
3. Illusion: Catharsis
4. Illusion: Night
5. Illusion: Aurora
6. Illusion: Celestial
7. Illusion: Maeva
DISC TWO (Running Time: 13m 38s)
8. Chaos: Trayus
9. Chaos: Aphasia
10. Chaos: Insurrection