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AMOGH SYMPHONY Vectorscan

Album · 2014 · Jazz Related Rock
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A very impressive and a freshly approached disparate take on Free Jazz or Avant Garde Jazz in fusion with electronic and progressive rock and Asian music, all together, based on a story/theme. It's a good thing to see more musicians experimenting with xenharmonics a.k.a traditional microtones these days. Some beautiful horn sections(Goregaon Detuned Brass Orchestra and trumpet player Shankar Das) nicely blending into heavy parts with dramatically expressive female vocals and monk chants conveying a dreamy theater to where mind escapes for a journey. Drummer Jim Richman displaying versatile and tasteful grooves and fills accommodating Vishal J.Singh's distinct, peculiar yet diverse guitar chops harmonizing with Andrey Sazonov's essential synthesizer work. From prepared instruments such as Guqin Guitar hybrid, interesting violas and violins, Santoor Guitar hybrid to the use of instruments like Hang Drum and Koto, the album has a lot of interesting components in a heavy dose.

Beautifully arranged, experimentally mixed-produced and nicely mastered with good old 90's era sound.

It's very hard to describe the genre of this album but it definitely comes under essential albums for aspiring musicians and music listeners with diverse tastes. For fans of Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Medeski Martins and Wood and known metal band Gorguts.

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  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Amogh Symphony's new album Vectorscan
    Band : Amogh SymphonyLocation : India, USA, Russia, Canada(Founder member is Indian)Album : VectorscanLabel : AMLGenre : Experimental/Soundtrack/Avant-Garde jazz metalYoutube stream of their album : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lhttxno6gCYFacebook page : http://www.facebook.com/amoghsymphonyOfficial website : http://www.amoghsymphony.netAmogh Symphony (Studio Lineup in this third studio album) : Andrey Sazonov – Keyboards, Piano, Synth/8 bit synth, Guitar with Bow, Guqin Guitar Hybrid, Hangs, Saxophone, Harmonica, Violin, Accordion, Tribal vocals and Soundscape programming PLUS Lots of engineering.Jim Richman – Drums, Percussion. PLUS Lots of engineering and Audio Mastering.Vishal J. Singh – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Santoor-Guitar hybrid, Electric Bass, Guitar Synth, Orchestral String programming via Synth Guitar, Hawaiin and Slide guitar, Microtonal guitar, 8 bit guitar, Soundscape programming, Synth and Electric Piano. PLUS Lots of engineering.Shankar Das – Microtonal TrumpetKasturi Singh (Vishal J Singh’s mother) – Vocals Lyrics written by Vishal J. Singh‘s belated Grandma Songwriter/Pianist/Hawaain Guitarist/Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist Late Labanya Prabha Nath in 1941 taken from her book of songs.Youri Raymond(Unhuman, ex Cryptopsy) – Baritone Chants(Vocals). Recorded by Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid).Goregaon Detuned/Microtonal Brass Orchestra – Live recorded by Venkat Iyer. Conducted and Arranged by Vishal J.SinghNikhil Nandakumar – Microtonal harmony Carnatic Violin (recorded by Ariel Samson of Paradigm Shift)Cicada Chorus Rhythm section from the woods of Virginia(FOLEY) – Recorded by Jim Richman. Engineered later to Soundscape and loop by Vishal J.Singh. Additional FOLEY/ambience recorded by Andy Nesbitt.Manas Chowdhary (Guest bass appearance in "Weather report) – Microtonal/Fretless Bass, Electric bassAll tracks produced by Vishal J.Singh, Andrey Sazonov and Jim Richman.All tracks arranged and mixed by Vishal J.Singh.Audio Mastering done by Jim Richman. I found it on avant garde metal website and was blown away after hearing it. Recommending everyone to check it out. Great stuff!

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