Shrapnel Releases Debut Album
"Intellectual Pursuit" is the debut album of Bangalore metal band, Shrapnel, which it says is a document of a two-year rock n’ roll journey. And when you listen to the tracks in the album you are convinced that it has been a mind-blowing journey. The tracks have been tried and tested successfully on a live audience over a period of time and the release of the album is just an extension of their confidence in their metallic journey.
The lineup of the band includes Deepak on the lead guitar and vocals, Akash on the drums, Varun on rhythm guitar and Sudeep on the bass.
"Intellectual Pursuit" is loaded (literally) with gut-wrenching music from tracks like "Futile," "Path of Vengeance," "When Doubt Takes Over," "Race to Oblivion," "Perspective Intolerance," "Betrayed," "Just Another Lie" and the title track, "Intellectual Pursuit." The lyrics are intellectual stuff, but you can’t decipher that from the guttural vocals.
The origins of Shrapnel goes back to mid-1999 when the four band members met in pre-university college. Deepak and Akash had known each other for much longer. It was two years of “lots of fun.’’ Towards the end of 2000, Deepak had started to get more serious about his guitar. He played with a few bands that never got anywhere but gave him a lot of experience. He finally teamed up with Akash in early 2001 to realise the vision of Shrapnel.
The band attributes its formation to probably the sudden burst of heavy metal in Bangalore. Bands like Threinody and Kryptos were inspirations for them. Also when international bands like The Scorpions and Deep Purple came to the City, it only cemented their decision to form a band.
The first lineup of Shrapnel didn’t last very long, just four shows to be precise. To date, Shrapnel has performed in over 20 shows, which include opening for bands like Pentagram, Zero and Kryptos, string of headlining shows at the Urban Edge and performing at the Bangalore Habba, an event celebrating the spirit of Bangalore. The band’s focus has been to create quality original music. The songs are generally contemplative and the music could be called heavy metal. Deepak usually composes the mu sic with the other members chipping in occassionally.
Currently they have nine songs in their kitty and many more still to come.
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