Yatin Srivastava Project – Chaos//Despair
Release Date: 25/05/2018
Running Time: 47:06
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
After reviewing the Nitish Pires album recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on yet another Indian metal album, and this time it was the new release by the Yatin Srivastava Project, Chaos//Despair. Yatin is a guitar player / musician based in New Delhi, India, and this is his first full length album.
Having started out as a bedroom project, Yatin has taken huge steps to get out there as a full-blown progressive rock/progressive metal band in the Indian and United Kingdom independent music scene and has previously released two EP’s (“The Dream Plays in Reverse” and “Constructing an Acoustic Dream”), a live DVD as well as two brand new singles and has been featured in UK magazines “Powerplay Magazine” and “Fireworks Magazine.”
With influences ranging from Porcupine Tree, Karnivool and TesseracT to Tool, Devin Townsend Project and Opeth, it is clear where their sound leans. Taking its original inspirations from the soundscapes and ambience of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Karnivool and so on, they have mixed in an element of electronic music inspired by bands such as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails to create a personalised sound the band can call their own. On the live stage, they are lead by a powerful female voice, courtesy of Marissa Landy and incorporate a tight musical section comprising of Archie Farrer on bass, Sam Machin on guitars and Arjun Gupta on the drums.
At just over 47 minutes long, and almost two years in the making, the album is divided into two broad themes of “Chaos” and “Despair” and mostly deals with Yatin’s experiences throughout the last few years, with topics such as political disarray, religious fear-mongering, war, loss, lack of inter-personal connections and battles relating to mental health and personal strife all making an appearance.
“The sonically diverse record’s goal is to make the listener think, and possibly continue the conversation, about things that are usually not talked about in society today,” says the band’s notes. And if an album can conjure that from a listener then I think its half way there to winning the battle.
Most of the album was produced by Yatin himself in various living rooms and makeshift studios but the band decided to record the drums at Plug n Play Studios with musician-extraordinaire Anindo Bose (founding member of Indian Fusion band “Advaita”). It also features an array of guest musicians including Craig Blundell (Steve Wilson) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) as well as various Indian artists prevalent in the Indian music industry including Dhruv Visvanath, Kunal Singh (The Stage 2 Competitor), Sanjeeta Bhattacharya (Berklee Alumni) and Arjun Mathur (Meinl Drums Endorsee).
I didn’t mind this album, although it is a little too proggy for me. I like my music a bit more in your face than this, but I think a lot of progressive rock and progressive metal fans will love this. It has an ambience about it that is synonymous to the progressive side of the genre and, with the crossover between prog and electronic, it should appeal to a wide range of listeners.
Indian metal/rock music is a genre I had never explored before but if the last two Indian albums I have reviewed are anything to go by, it’s something that I won’t be ignoring again. Go and check Yatin Srivastava Project out…. you might just be surprised!
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