Albatross Thrills Chennai Audience

By Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal

March 30th 2012, Star Rock, Chennai, India: Mumbai-based horror-themed heavy metal band Albatross have just released their second EP “The Kissing Flies”, and last night in Chennai they kicked off their 5-gig EP launch tour across the country. They headlined “Score Night”, a weekly music event presented by The Score Magazine. It also happened to be their first ever gig in Chennai, and support came form locally based hard rock band 83 MPH. This was a special gig for me, in more ways than one. In addition to this being the first show in India I went to after a five-year gap, it was my first time seeing Albatross, and as a result, I had really high expectations from this gig. Based on what I saw, I would honestly say it fulfilled these expectations.

To start with, it wasn’t exactly the kind of setting I had imagined in my mind. Despite having been to all kinds of venues during my time in LA, ranging from absolute dumpsters to massive arenas, the Star Rock in Chennai turned out to be quite unlike any place I’d ever been to before. Located in the basement of the Spring Hotel, a three-star hotel no less, at first sight it looked a little too clean, a little too classy for a metal venue. Most of the people in the crowd were dressed in work clothes as opposed to metal band t-shirts. For a second, I actually thought I had ended up at the wrong venue. But it indeed was the correct venue, and it’s heartening to note that such places are willing to support the metal scene.

The show started at around 8.30 PM, as 83 MPH kicked off their 45-minute set. I must admit, judging purely from the genre they are labeled as, I was a little apprehensive about seeing them perform, expecting to dislike them. But they definitely proved me wrong. Even though their music was largely focussed on modern-sounding hard rock, some of the tunes had a blues element to them which I really enjoyed. The six-piece band was led excellently well by their singer, who not only showcased good vocal abilities, but also had an energetic stage presence. Their take on Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was very interesting, but I was taken aback by their choice of artist for the other cover tune, Rihanna. While that particular cover certainly wasn’t my cup of tea, they still kept it heavy, probably much heavier than the original.

The crowd seemed to be really into the music and gave the band loud cheers after every song. 83 MPH seems to be a very popular band in Chennai and a few other Southern cities of India, and based on this performance, I can see why. The only thing I’d like to see them change though, is the role of their keytar player. I’d very much like to see him do more leads and solos as opposed to the background role he’s currently performing. But all in all, I was impressed by 83 MPH, and the fact that their music couldn’t be more opposite to Albatross made this combination all the more entertaining.

The crowd waited as 83 MPH packed up their gear and Albatross set up theirs. After this short wait, all hell broke loose as Albatross opened up their set with the “Wither” intro from the Kissing Flies EP, followed by “Uncle Sunny At The Tavern”. The band was in its element, and pulled off the song really well. They were sounding extremely heavy right from the outset, and as I stood in the front row, the feeling of their music crushing my ears was absolutely amazing. Even though I was expecting a longer set from them as a headline act, I thought they mixed up the set list perfectly well, with songs from both EPs, as well as two cover tunes, Dio’s “Holy Diver” and Ozzy’s “Bark At The Moon”. Vocalist Biprorshee Das did a great job at both of these covers, and guitarists Nishith and Vignesh nailed all of their parts as well, specially on Holy Diver. In fact, bands like Killswitch Engage and Trivium should take lessons from Albatross on how to not butcher legendary songs. Those cover tunes were an opportunity for the crowd to sing along as well, and I made full use of it.

But most importantly, I came to this gig mainly to see Albatross performing their original material, and they met my expectations when it came to that. Since this was an EP launch gig, I thought may be they should have played the entire EP, but then I do understand why they didn’t, because the EP is barely even released, and it was clear from the crowd’s reaction that no one had heard it. So it was perhaps a wise decision to focus on the debut EP and covers for this particular gig. Still, I did get to hear the song I was most eagerly waiting for, the title track itself, “The Kissing Flies”. The band handled the dynamics of the 10-minute long tune brilliantly and presented it excellently on stage. Despite getting slightly out of breath towards the end of the tune, Biprorshee managed to pull through it. Not to forget the rhythm section, bassist Dr. Hex takes the accolade for being one of the most distinctly audible live bassists I’ve ever heard, and Jai’s drums were as loud as any other instrument, so much so that I can still hear the crash cymbals ringing in my ears.

In terms of the crowd reaction, it was a little mixed but I kind of expected that from this Chennai audience. They seemed more into the 83 MPH kind of music rather than Albatross. Most of them didn’t know what had hit them, but still, a few were glad to see Albatross for the first time in their town, and were cheering and shouting throughout the set.

All in all, a thoroughly entertaining evening, and a great start to Albatross’ tour. On to Bangalore tonight!

Rating: 9/10

Set list:
1. Wither
2. Uncle Sunny At The Tavern
3. Among The Cannibals
4. Holy Diver
5. Gigi
6. Bark At The Moon
7. In The Court Of Kulu
8. The Kissing Flies

Related: Albatross interview | Albatross/Vestal Claret album review



729 Replies to “Albatross Thrills Chennai Audience”

  1. Pingback: googlezerlunited
  2. Pingback: 2jj399dd
  3. Pingback: kyilgjfkyhdjkml
  4. Pingback: mujdjymnmyjrdmk
  5. Pingback: cialis otc
  6. Pingback: cheap cialis
  7. Pingback: cialis otc
  8. Pingback: is cialis generic
  9. Pingback: cialis canada
  10. Pingback: viagra 50mg
  11. Pingback: viagra generic
  12. Pingback: viagra 50mg
  13. Pingback: online ed pills
  14. Pingback: cheap ed pills
  15. Pingback: canadian pharmacy
  16. Pingback: cialis mastercard
  17. Pingback: vardenafil dosage
  18. Pingback: levitra coupon
  19. Pingback: casinos online
  20. Pingback: slot machines
  21. Pingback: tadalafil reviews
  22. Pingback: personal loan
  23. Pingback: cash advance
  24. Pingback: loan online
  25. Pingback: bingo gambling
  26. Pingback: viagra for sale
  27. Pingback: online casino
  28. Pingback: cialis internet
  29. Pingback: cialis generic
  30. Pingback: cialis buy
  31. Pingback: new cialis
  32. Pingback: generic for cialis
  33. Pingback: casino game
  34. Pingback: generic for viagra
  35. Pingback: viagra price
  36. Pingback: viagra connect
  37. Pingback: viagra online
  38. Pingback: cialis generic
  39. Pingback: viagra for sale
  40. Pingback: cialis 20 mg
  41. Pingback: buy viagra online
  42. Pingback: cialis dosage
  43. Pingback: cialis tadalafil
  44. Pingback: real casino online
  45. Pingback: casino world
  46. Pingback: cheap Viagra 150mg
  47. Pingback: Viagra 50 mg price
  48. Pingback: online viagra
  49. Pingback: cialis price
  50. Pingback: Cialis 60mg coupon
  51. Pingback: buy generic viagra
  52. Pingback: buy viagra
  53. Pingback: viagra
  54. Pingback: viagra online
  55. Pingback: actos 30mg tablets
  56. Pingback: arava 10mg cheap
  57. Pingback: viagra 25mg
  58. Pingback: buy cialis
  59. Pingback: atarax 10mg prices
  60. Pingback: order avapro 300mg
  61. Pingback: avodart 0,5 mg nz
  62. Pingback: benicar 10 mg otc
  63. Pingback: cialis coupons
  64. Pingback: cialis at walmart
  65. Pingback: generic cialis
  66. Pingback: cheap ceftin 250mg
  67. Pingback: cheap claritin
  68. Pingback: real money casino
  69. Pingback: online casino
  70. Pingback: doubleu casino
  71. Pingback: real casino games
  72. Pingback: casino gambling
  73. Pingback: cialis online
  74. Pingback: cialis 20mg pills
  75. Pingback: cialis online
  76. Pingback: Buy pfizer viagra
  77. Pingback: installment loans
  78. Pingback: payday loan today
  79. Pingback: cialis miami
  80. Pingback: viagra online uk
  81. Pingback: cbd oil in ohio
  82. Pingback: write my paper
  83. Pingback: viagra usage tips
  84. Pingback: fake essay writer
  85. Pingback: buy essays online
  86. Pingback: viagra 25
  87. Pingback: cleocin 150 mg otc
  88. Pingback: cialis australia
  89. Pingback: where to buy coreg
  90. Pingback: generic cialis
  91. Pingback: compazine cheap
  92. Pingback: Pharmacy viagra
  93. Pingback: coumadin tablet
  94. Pingback: write thesis
  95. Pingback: where to buy ddavp
  96. Pingback: cost of depakote
  97. Pingback: cost of diamox
  98. Pingback: differin cost
  99. Pingback: elavil for sale
  100. Pingback: etodolac tablets
  101. Pingback: hyzaar medication
  102. Pingback: imdur 40mg canada
  103. Pingback: cialis reviews
  104. Pingback: imitrex canada
  105. Pingback: imodium cost
  106. Pingback: find
  107. Pingback: imuran purchase
  108. Pingback: buy indocin
  109. Pingback: lamisil coupon
  110. Pingback: luvox tablets
  111. Pingback: order meclizine
  112. Pingback: mestinon pharmacy
  113. Pingback: mobic usa
  114. Pingback: motrin price
  115. Pingback: nortriptyline usa
  116. Pingback: periactin pills
  117. Pingback: proscar purchase
  118. Pingback: cheap viagra uk
  119. Pingback: pyridium pharmacy
  120. Pingback: risperdal pharmacy
  121. Pingback: skelaxin coupon
  122. Pingback: spiriva canada
  123. Pingback: thorazine online
  124. Pingback: tricor generic
  125. Pingback: verapamil canada
  126. Pingback: you can try here
  127. Pingback: zocor uk
  128. Pingback: cheap glimepiride
  129. Pingback: anastrozole canada
  130. Pingback: citalopram canada
  131. Pingback: cephalexin online
  132. Pingback: buy cialis now
  133. Pingback: rosuvastatin cheap
  134. Pingback: safe buy cialis
  135. Pingback: buy fluconazole
  136. Pingback: phenytoin cost
  137. Pingback: bisacodyl tablet
  138. Pingback: otc cialis generic
  139. Pingback: 141generic2Exare
  140. Pingback: sooixtjr
  141. Pingback: asphpilv
  142. Pingback: buy alendronate
  143. Pingback: wat kost viagra
  144. Pingback: buy loperamide
  145. Pingback: buy cialis now
  146. Pingback: viagra commercial
  147. Pingback: azathioprine nz
  148. Pingback: my essay writing
  149. Pingback: buy cialis now
  150. Pingback: buy cialis now
  151. Pingback: furosemide in usa
  152. Pingback: ventolin 2
  153. Pingback: neurontin diabetes
  154. Pingback: paxil 5 mg
  155. Pingback: Zakhar Berkut hd
  156. Pingback: 4569987
  157. Pingback: news news news
  158. Pingback: psy
  159. Pingback: psy2022
  160. Pingback: projectio-freid
  161. Pingback: hot tinder guys
  162. Pingback:
  163. Pingback: topvideos
  164. Pingback: video
  165. Pingback: Ukrainskie-serialy
  166. Pingback: site
  167. Pingback: top
  168. Pingback: chelovek-iz-90-h
  169. Pingback:
  170. Pingback: bender na4alo 2021
  171. Pingback: blogery_i_dorogi
  172. Pingback: vechernyy urgant
  173. Pingback: ukraine
  174. Pingback: A3ixW7AS
  175. Pingback: gidonline
  176. Pingback: sildenafil 20mg
  177. Pingback: cheapest viagra
  178. Pingback: get cialis online
  179. Pingback: cialis mg
  180. Pingback: pills like cialis
  181. Pingback: canadian viagra
  182. Pingback: tadalafil price
  183. Pingback: buy viagra online
  184. Pingback: viagra sample
  185. Pingback: mail order cialis
  186. Pingback: viagra online usa
  187. Pingback: cialis prices
  188. Pingback: sildenafil generic
  189. Pingback: herbal viagra
  190. Pingback: viagra tablets
  191. Pingback:
  192. Pingback: viagra men
  193. Pingback: viagra en ligne
  194. Pingback: viagra pornhub
  195. Pingback: viagra generic
  196. Pingback: viagra women
  197. Pingback: compra viagra
  198. Pingback: cialis vs viagra
  199. Pingback: generic viagra
  200. Pingback: sildenafil price
  201. Pingback: tadalafila
  202. Pingback: flccc ivermectin
  203. Pingback: flcc alliance
  204. Pingback: flccc ivermectin
  205. Pingback: ivermectin buy
  206. Pingback: ivermectin buy
  207. Pingback: ivermectin india
  208. Pingback: buy stromectol
  209. Pingback: cost of ivermectin
  210. Pingback: 3rpUI4X
  211. Pingback: 3L1poB8
  212. Pingback: my-vse-mertvy-2022
  213. Pingback: buy stromectol
  214. Pingback: buy online
  215. Pingback: order tadalafil
  216. Pingback: provigil buy india
  217. Pingback: ivermectin 1
  218. Pingback: cialis at walmart
  219. Pingback: cialis tablets
  220. Pingback: tadal
  221. Pingback: cialis tablet
  222. Pingback: cialis dose
  223. Pingback: cheap tadalafil
  224. Pingback: generic cialis
  225. Pingback: ivermectin on line
  226. Pingback: what is cialis
  227. Pingback: cheap cialis india
  228. Pingback: stromectol tablets
  229. Pingback: Ukraine-Russia
  230. Pingback: ivermectin 6mg
  231. Pingback: ivermectine
  232. Pingback: ivermectin canada
  233. Pingback: ivermectine kory
  234. Pingback: ivermectin 200mg
  235. Pingback: lucky slots
  236. Pingback: ivermectin buy
  237. Pingback: stromectol 6mg
  238. Pingback: ivermectin dosing
  239. Pingback: stromectol ebay
  240. Pingback: walmart pharmacy
  241. Pingback: filmfilmfilmes
  242. Pingback: gRh9UPV
  243. Pingback: 9-05-2022
  244. Pingback: TopGun2022
  245. Pingback: Netflix
  246. Pingback:
  247. Pingback:
  248. Pingback:
  249. Pingback:
  250. Pingback: ivermectin 1%
  251. Pingback: ivermectin 18mg
  252. Pingback: psy online
  253. Pingback: ipsychologos
  254. Pingback:
  255. Pingback: child porn
  256. Pingback: izmir escort
  257. Pingback: child porn
  258. Pingback: çeşme transfer
  259. Pingback: hd porno izle
  260. Pingback: izmir travesti
  261. Pingback: plaquenil dosage
  262. Pingback: yasam ayavefe
  263. Pingback: cenforce 200 kaina
  264. Pingback: super vidalista
  265. Pingback: dapoxetine 30mg
  266. Pingback: cenforce 100
  267. Pingback: dapox
  268. Pingback: priligy canada
  269. Pingback: kralbet twıtter
  270. Pingback:
  271. Pingback:
  272. Pingback: lugabet giriş
  273. Pingback: betgross giriş
  274. Pingback: vidalista dosage
  275. Pingback: buy advair
  276. Pingback: Cenforce 100
  277. Pingback: cenforce 200
  278. Pingback: jojobet
  279. Pingback: jojobet twitter
  280. Pingback: fildena reddit
  281. Pingback: cenforce d tablet
  282. Pingback: vidalista black 80
  283. Pingback: vidalista 20 mg
  284. Pingback: hims Sildenafil
  285. Pingback: is vidalista safe

Comments are closed.