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There aren't many albums you can say with all the confidence in the world that are perfect. No flaws in them and the only shortcoming being the listener's subjective taste. On the musical front, this album has no peers and has no faults.
Vishal J Singh has somehow managed to conjure up all the best bits from his favourite genres of jazz, flamenco, classical, death metal, and djent and tool into a sonic maelstrom. It's concept album loosely based on The Matrix with narration of the story done by Chela Rhea Harper and is done well.
As for the tracks themselves, all the tracks are a must listen, chief among them being "Osiris I", "Decoded: Karnosiris", and "Polymorphic Infection : Release". Crushing riffs, electronic sounds, and beautiful flamenco solos are all punctuated by the sheer skill and savagery of the drums with duties on the skins being handled by Mr. Jim Richman a.k.a. Drumblast. His drumming is the stuff legends are made of, unbelievably good, unconventional, and always perfect for the groove. Production values are top notch too, which is a must for progressive metal albums of today.
In so many words, it is difficult to imagine and describe how Vishal Singh managed to come up with this masterpiece and is impossible to not have this album in your collection. Go get your copy now. It is that good.
Remember those old video games, when they used to glitch, and you’d end up with bits and pieces of every level where you’re playing? Well, Amogh Symphony managed to do just that, with music, in a really, really outstanding way! Right from the heart of Mumbai, India, Vishal J. Singh took the progressive metal scene by storm, and added a shitload of other musical genres in there!
The very first track starts off with Chela Harper introducing you to the story behind which the album is based, it’s a bit reminiscent of The Matrix, in the sense that mankind has failed, according to some “Operation Uncertainty” referred to during the first track, and now the humans can’t handle the sun’s rays, and were preserved in dormitories, with their consciousness still intact, but this can not last for very long…
The music then takes you on a roller coaster of musical genres, a beautiful blend of Jazz, Progressive Death Metal, some Classical bits, and Dark Electro (think Tesla, meets Scale The Summit, meets Meshuggah, meets Decapitated!), music wise, this album is flawless (kind of wraps up the whole review right there!) the Guitar work is amazing, shows how Vishal is a really capable musician, and song writer, the Bass is nothing short of brutally infernal! Vishal does a mixture of jazz’s slap and pop, along with the many jazz-y transitions found all over the album, in every single track, and mixes brilliantly with the electronic bits, which are very apparent in Osiris 1, and Decoded: Karnosiris, which both mix the blood pumping dark electronic beats with the brutally smashing bass riffs played to compliment the music perfectly, and with the drums done by Jim Richman never failing behind, keeping up with Vishal’s ungodly riffing, be it in the jazz bits, flamenco, technical death, or even the electronic parts, Jim did manage to do a stellar job on this front! Vishal really does use every single genre he introduces in the album to his advantage, including some middle eastern bits, with usually weird transitions, sometimes even glitches, and I found those particularly engaging and addictive, when you suddenly hear the music lagging and a new genre comes in, you’re usually left jaw dropped from how amazing that transition was! Jim uses middle eastern percussion in there as well, along with some electronic music, mainly in Polymorphic Infection: Releasing Proteus.
X-Karna: Activated is probably the track I enjoyed the most, along with Osiris 1, and Decoded: Karnosiris, but the reason behind X-Karna was the amazing bass licks in there, ranging from jazz-y slap/pop to technical and fast, along with the keyboard part in the middle of the track where it gives you a glimpse of hope, that this new AI will aid humanity, slowly moving from just a keyboard piece, to a more of a blues-y transition, with some electronic music again complimenting the music perfectly, and then a Guitar solo goes in with what I can honestly say, starts off with the most beautiful bend, and progresses on to go to another middle eastern interlude ending the track… What also caught my attention, was during Dvorzhetskii’s Prophecy where the music was going, slow, yet enticing, and then all of a sudden, it glitches, and goes on to be like as if Vishal is taking us back with him to the start of the story, as if the first part is what happened at the end… The album concludes with The Collapse Of Q-Web and Osiris 1, a beautiful track that forsakes the death metal music, and embraces outstanding, yet depressing keyboards, and bass complimenting the feel of what the world has become, in Vishal Singh’s The Quantum Hack Code’s universe.
Amogh Symphony is a band that is truly respected and loved by almost any one and everyone who has heard it so far. Vishal J. Singh (the brainchild) has teamed up with Jim Richman (AKA Drumblast) for their latest masterpiece, The Quantum Hack Code. Amogh Symphony basically is a technical + electronic + classical + flamenco + progressive + jazz metal band to be specific. No certain genre can well describe this band and Jim Richman proves to be a great addition to Amogh Symphony, his drum performance on the album made me suspect if he was really human.
In the album, there are many spoken sections by Chela Rhea Harper, explaining the concept which kind of adds a nice contrast to the music. The concept of TQHC is akin to The Matrix + The Surrogates and the intro is a 2 minute (approx.) explanation of the Q Web and afterlife. The album has a few acoustic solos and clever electronic sections that seem to fit perfectly with the heavy riffing. The bass lines are crazy with all the popping and slapping, truly noteworthy. This is one of those albums that one would actually require more than one listen to track.
Osiris 1 has some of the most complex riffs that reminds you of Blotted Science meets Animals As Leaders. With most modern technical bands hitting Djent , Vishal tends to avoid it and forms his own amalgamation of various technical styles. The Quantum Barrier Code Interpretation by Mainframe contains some very unique guitar tones. The song tracks are full of contrasting sounds and are a combination of hyperactive solos and killer drum blasts, not to forget the blazing electronic riffing. The Quantum Hack Code manages to find a comfy sweet spot between acoustic, organic sounds and modern guitar tone, brilliant programming, and electronic glitches. Throughout the album, Jim's drumming is top notch, fast-paced, and hectic. Remember, human?
Songs to watch out for are Osiris 1, X-Karna, and Karnosiris (even though the track felt a little out of place in the album). The mastering done by Aditya V. Naik is totally commendable. This is a must have, period.