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Rectified Spirit - The Waste Land

Rectified Spirit
The Waste Land
by Johnny Jackal at 15 May 2016, 7:59 PM

This is the first time I ever listened to an album by a band from India. I am a huge fan of Progressive Metal and this was very appealing to me.

I won’t go track by track, but will give you the general feeling I had when I listened to this album. This is their second full-length album and their first release in over three years. According to many, they are transcending the metal genre in their native India (being a very conformist country); this is something we can really be proud of.

This band does sound more American, and if I would have not done any research on the internet, I would have not believed that this band was actually Indian.

The clean vocals are full of emotion and the range is pretty surprising. This reminded me a lot of the early 2000s Progressive Metal scene. You have the powerhouse DREAM THEATER and the rest of the bands. The first band that came to mind was DIGITAL RUIN, a band I discovered on a Knuckletracks compilation almost 15 years ago. Though that band did not have the harsh vocals that RECTIFIED SPIRIT use sparingly throughout the album.

Extremely technical, but with a dash of Thrash Metal (a little bit of DESTRUCTION and sounds like the technical style of the most recent MEGADETH album, actually).

The harsh vocals do add a lot to the Progressive Metal music. Like I said beforehand, they use it sparingly and it’s variety that keeps it all together. I was impressed by the quality of the songs and the lyrics are very thought provoking. The quality of the production is fine, though it could have been better; but it’s a solid effort. This could have been out in the early 2000’s and would have fit it really well with the Progressive Metal scene back then.

The structure of the songs reminds me a lot of the solo recordings by BLAZE BAYLEY. Other than being quite technical, it’s very straight forward and every song has it’s own flavour. They are not repetitive, and I felt each song had it’s own essence and meaning in the progression of the album itself.

Sometimes RECTIFIED SPIRIT adds some more Power Metal elements to some songs (even with the higher vocals, especially on the third song of this album). I enjoyed the variety of the songs, and like I said, no song does sound alike and all the songs have that technical and melodic feeling about them.

This was a great surprise and one of the best albums I have heard this year, by far.

India can be really proud of those guys!

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Art of War
2. Fireborn
3. Winter in Thine Eyes
4. The Green Goblin
5. Afterthought
6. Once Below a Time
7. Empire
8. The Waste Land
Lineup:
Samudragupta Dutta - Guitars
Himangshu Borah - Bass
Nishant Hagjer - Drums
Rainjong Lepcha - Vocals
Dishankan Baruah - Guitars
Record Label: Independent
     


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