Mumbai based horror metal outfit Albatross has recorded a tribute to heavy metal legends Judas Priest, and released it for free streaming. The track in question is Night Crawler from the album Painkiller, and can be streamed below:
The track has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Sahil ‘Demonstealer’ Makhija at Demonic Studios, Mumbai. The two-release old band is part of the country’s young and budding old school metal scene.
Bassist Dr. Hex says, ‘We’ve kept the basic essence of the song as it is, as one does not meddle with the mighty Priest. While we’ve downtuned the guitars, and added one solo (or two) here and there, the structure of the song remains the same. I had the opportunity to catch Judas Priest on their farewell tour in Singapore and it remains the best show I’ve ever attended. In a way, this is almost like our farewell present to them. Us in the heavy metal community and in particular Albatross, owe so much to Priest- from the high pitched vocals, to the twin guitar leads, to thundering drums, to borderline horror themes. We also bought some new guitars recently, so this was the perfect outlet to try them out.’
Albatross recently released their second EP called ‘The Kissing Flies’ as a split with US based doomsters Vestal Claret on Roadcrew Records. They followed it up with a multi city tour across India, culminating in Bangalore Open Air, an event supported by Wacken Open Air.