Interviews

September 28, 2014

“TOL : What goes in your mind when you write or produce music with others(Bollywood, collaboration with other musicians, jingles etc)? Can you briefly explain?

Vishal : I just mix and match creative ideas when I work with others. As in, when I play guitars in a song of collaboration, I play what the song needs. Not over the top, not less, but medium. If the artist want to go crazy, I will go crazy too in the song. It’s like hanging out with different types of people. In Amogh Symphony… me, Jim and Andrey match our levels of madness….ummm…illusion image is like thrashing a hotel.”

Temple of Lunar :  http://templeoflunar.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/an-interview-with-vishal-j-singh/

“Though I am pretty sure anybody who liked earlier Amogh Symphony albums (Abolishing the Obsolete System, The Quantum Hack Code) will purely dislike the new album.” – Vishal’s interview with Siddharth Basrur about their post rock collaboration.

Soundtree Magazine : http://soundtreemagazine.com/news/abolishing-the-obsolete-system-vishal-j-singh-on-the-library/

This album is more like a soundtrack to a movie rather than a ‘regular’ album. When you watch movies, you’re not after details. You need the atmosphere and the idea. And we’re delivering both.” – Andrey Sazonov

Vectorscan is the polar opposite of TQHC.  And also there are jazz, 10% metal, lo-fi electronic, etc. etc. But all in a background music score or soundtrack format.” – Jim Richman

Marunouchi Muzik Magazine, Japan : http://sin23ou.heavy.jp/?p=682

Vectorscan Fan Reviews + Purchase links

September 19, 2014

“Now into avant-garde territory, Amogh Symphony has made a timeless record, one that you will keep listening, even after so many plays, and still find new elements to be enthralled by – while being awed by everything you’ve already assimilated – and fearing what you still have to process. The fact that metal is seldom heard in this album only makes those parts stronger, and just throws you on the floor, crying. ”  - Daev

http://www.canthisevenbecalledmusic.com/amogh-symphony-vectorscan/

“[9.7] Easily the best avant-garde metal I have heard since uneXpect’s Fables of the Sleepless Empire in 2011. This is an absolutely stunning piece of avant-garde jazz fusion metal, remarkable simply because it remains cohesive without skimping out on experimentation/technical guitar work (an enormous challenge that very few of their contemporaries have overcome). This stands light years away from The Quantum Hack Code, and if you didn’t already know the name, you wouldn’t suspect Vishal made both of these records. A definite album of the year candidate, and my personal favourite Amogh Symphony album.” – Diverge

“ I was expecting something like animals as leaders and dream theater because that’s what most bands mean when they talk about new sound and shit. This is beyond incredible. Wow!! Didn’t really get their new sound at first playthrough but now i have started liking it. Vishal J.Singh is a fantastic musician with a futuristic vision. Vectorscan cannot be everyone’s cup of tea. This is waaaaayyyyy tooo unfit and misfit for the current progressive metal sound. ” – Invaderserpent

http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=3408

“I wish that I was not sitting in my living room, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, slightly angry and irritated and on the verge of tears because one of my favorite bands of all time had let me down big time. ” – Manan Dedhia

http://manandedhia.blogspot.in/

“On their latest release “Vectorscan” Vishal J Singh move Amogh Symphony into “Avant garde” territory. The album is “about the cosmic war between positive forces and negative forces of darkness in nano and pico level of matter of composition.” Read the entire story here. Vishal J Singh is a genius. In my opinion, this album is easily one of the best releases by an Indian band this year.” – Trendcrusher

http://trendcrusher.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/now-playing-september-2014/

“I’ve listened through twice and I’m pretty friggin’ impressed. Certainly a fair departure from previous efforts and more into the avant-garde territory. More genre fusion, instrumentation, crazy experiments with dissonance and a fair bit of eerie ambiance! And then there’s the occasional moment that calls back to previous albums (read: absolutely insane heavy guitar passages) that are just awesome.” – Kedd

http://myguitarway.blogspot.in/2014/09/amogh-symphonies-new-album-vectorscan.html

“Vectorscan es una joya que no debería pasar por alto para quienes deseen confrontar una obra de arte musical, diferente, atemporal, entre futurista y clásico que les volverá introspectivos sin llegar a saturar. Una multifusión de elementos dispares pero no disparatados. Sin dudas una obra magistral.” – Jon Lody

http://rockactitud.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/amogh-symphony-vectorscan/

“So how do you top an excellent record like The Quantum Hack Code? By ramping up the insanity to several million miles off the chart and making it work as a coherent album. You have never heard anything like Vectorscan and there will never be anything like Vectorscan ever again.” – Greg

http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/album-review-amogh-symphony-vectorscan

“Okay, I try my best not to swear but this one just got multiple “What. the. fuck.” moments out of me. It’s such a screwed up ride that I was left fully confuzzled and flabbergasted at what I just listened to. Even Axis of Perdition barely gets any weirder and drastic when it comes to shifts in musical direction than this.

Basically, they’ve gone all-out fusion prog jazz on us. There’s no real metal to be found here, only very spacy and freaking weird jazz ambiance with random noises and weird as shit samples. Basically, parts of this is like Ozric Tentacles gone jazz on a bad trip. Yeah.

It’s incredibly unsettling and can be as soothing as it can be a ride through jazzy hell. Only other album that ever got this kind of creepy, crawl-under-your-skin vibe is maybe Elend’s The Umbersun.

Approach this one out with caution, it’s vastly different from their prior works. Personally, I’m surprisingly not hating it. It’s rather nice background noise for my writing (I write sci-fi novellas). It also makes a wonderful album to put on when you want to make clingy people go away from your house and makes great “WTF?” reactions if you play it for people.” - Leviatitan

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/amogh_symphony/vectorscan/

“I got the CD in the mail today, and after one spin I am baffled and impressed. They’ve basically gone completely fusion, with asian folk music and classical serving a huge portion of the sound, and also ambient soundscapes. There are not many bursts of metal in total, I think maybe on three or four songs. So don’t go in expecting another tech death album.

I like it. It’s unique, it’s cohesive, it drew me in. I’m worried they’re gonna alienate their metal fans and not get any publicity outside of metal blogs. I think this is some top notch avant-garde that deserves some visibility. If I have one complaint it’s that the first song does nothing and is too long of an intro.” – LoDebar

http://www.metal-archives.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=107023&sid=cc4bda58146cbcfdee88497e0c40f555

“Upon listening to the new album, “Vectorscan” from Amogh Symphony, I was transported to many familiar and energetic dreamscapes being formed musically into my waking. Composer, musician and producer, Vishal, J. Singh, with percussionist Jim Richman have put together an astounding album. Don’t be fooled by entrance and breaks to the seemingly simplistic within this collection. These pieces as a collaborative speak to the inner workings of the brain and soul. While on this journey scanning across many cultures, landscapes, and divine explorations, these songs insist upon depth. I’m drawn from my memories of listening to the shortwave radio to wonderfully ferocious melodies of my childhood and youth. The dynamic, symphonic funk-fusion begs the listener, evoking the brain to meld important pieces of lives. This music was very vivid, cinematic, theatrical, carnivalistic, snake charming, with meanderings of marionettes, gypsies, to the mosh pit, prog-rock, masterful symphonic inner workings pushing in and out of the scapes of this production. The the vocals were dreamy and thematic pulling the listener through this molten melting work. Take a moment and take it in.” – Sonja Johnston (Spiritual Healer)

“Wow, this musical piece is like a tumble down the rabbit hole. It’s a journey through so many different soundscapes and moods. I love how it’s both unstructured and yet organized. Surprises at every turn. Enjoyed the acoustic/symphonic coda.” – Andrew Arnett

https://www.facebook.com/sonja.johnston.14/posts/10203358336732974

“A very impressive and a freshly approached disparate take on Free Jazz or Avant Garde Jazz in fusion with electronic and progressive rock and Asian music, all together, based on a story/theme. It’s a good thing to see more musicians experimenting with xenharmonics a.k.a traditional microtones these days. Some beautiful horn sections(Goregaon Detuned Brass Orchestra and trumpet player Shankar Das) nicely blending into heavy parts with dramatically expressive female vocals and monk chants conveying a dreamy theater to where mind escapes for a journey. Drummer Jim Richman displaying versatile and tasteful grooves and fills accommodating Vishal J.Singh’s distinct, peculiar yet diverse guitar chops harmonizing with Andrey Sazonov’s essential synthesizer work. From prepared instruments such as Guqin Guitar hybrid, interesting violas and violins, Santoor Guitar hybrid to the use of instruments like Hang Drum and Koto, the album has a lot of interesting components in a heavy dose.

Beautifully arranged, experimentally mixed-produced and nicely mastered with good old 90′s era sound.

It’s very hard to describe the genre of this album but it definitely comes under essential albums for aspiring musicians and music listeners with diverse tastes. For fans of Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Medeski Martins and Wood and known metal band Gorguts. “ – Jazz music Archives.com

 http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/review/vectorscan/247682

“ Amogh Symphony’s new album VECTORSCAN is a big challenge to critics and a fresh new “Soundtrack” approach in Prog music” –  xtronus

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/64440/Amogh-Symphony-Vectorscan/

4 stars Extraordinary art of music by extraordinaire musicians with core members from India, United States and Russia. Vectorscan is a marvelous concept album with a Cinematic vision of Post Modernist meets Paranormal in Film Storyboard format. Beautiful combination of Classical music, prog/experimental jazz with Ethnic World spirituality and some very dark and sinister moments of electronics and sound designing uphold by strange experimental metallic layer . The whole album is like a 53 minutes long meditative journey of world and across the borders of a Nomad with ups, downs, shock, fear, anger, lust, happiness, depression, cry, laughter, damnation and salvation as elements. Genre argument is invalid. This album needs experienced and careful listeners who like to find new sounds of music with a unique outlook. Very good!!” – Progarchives dot com – The Ultimate Prog Rock Music Website

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1286941

“From the opening drones and tones of the latest Amogh Symphony offering, Vectorscan, one is immediately drawn into a musical fantasy land where nothing is impossible; no stylistic endeavor is too exotic. For those of you who, like me, have been immense fans of the work of Vishal J Singh, Jim Richman, and Andrey Sazonov, and were under their sway from the first listening of the previous Amogh Symphony album, The Quantum Hack Code, something entirely different awaits. The beyond technical metal aspects of that first album are indeed still apparent and somewhat frequent, yet they are augmented and perhaps even eclipsed by mountains of beautiful microtonal ambience, by Indian operatic vocals, virtuosic horn playing like something out of a David Lynch flick, lush guitar solos, Asian themes and instruments, and on and on. It took me a few weeks of listening to have words for how much I was moved by this work. There are so many unique instruments contained on this cd that I won’t begin to list them. Just know that they always work in a propulsive manner, bringing the compositions deeper and deeper into the culmination of order from what should be chaos. It all gels, every second, every note. To say this is the best experimental album I’ve ever heard is an understatement, and a disservice. I don’t believe this is experimentation as much as mastery over vision – the vision of three brilliant musicians at the peak of their powers. Am I gushing? Damn right. And each person I have let hear Vectorscan has agreed with this assessment. I’d be remiss not to mention the mix which is wonderful, and Jim Richman turns in not only the drum performance of a lifetime, but an absolutely beautiful, warm mastering job. I haven’t described the music much insofar as technical terms go, aside from metaphors and symbolic gestures, and I really don’t know if I can. From one minute to the next you could hear a microtonal orchestra blend effortlessly into technical metal into Devil Doll-esque piano works into what I can only call Future Jazz. None of that is important in and of itself. What makes this the best album in its genre(s), and honestly one of my favorite albums in years, is that all of the above descriptors are justified, and that the entire album flows, despite the drastic sonic challenges of blending disparate elements. Vishal, Jim, Andrey, as a fellow who has done his share of genre-defying music, I salute you and call you musical heroes in my book. Apart from the music, the cover artwork is intriguing and masterfully realized. And, finally I must mention that Vishal’s own grandmother, the late Labanya Prabha Nath had penned the lyrical content in 1941. I cannot understand the language, only the passion which her words are represented with. What I wouldn’t give to read her words and gain deeper insight into the inspiration behind this work of art Amogh Symphony have bequeathed unto my most fortunate ears. Vectorscan is essential.”  – Jimmy Pitts ( Pitts-Minemann Project, Fountainhead, Christian Muenzner, Spastic Ink )

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Album Available now

Album Available now

Vectorscan is now available for purchase on:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/in/album/vectorscan/id906084537

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vectorscan-Amogh-Symphony/dp/B00MK32NNC

Bandcamp: http://amoghsymphony.bandcamp.com/album/vectorscan

Big Cartel (Physical copy / CD / Merchandise): http://www.amoghsymphony.bigcartel.com/

For more details, email us at amoghsymphony@gmail.com

AMOGH SYMPHONY – VECTORSCAN (FULL ALBUM YOUTUBE STREAM)

September 17, 2014

Dear Friends and Fans,

Here we present the long-awaited Amogh Symphony’s third album “VECTORSCAN”. 3 years of work, exploration and finally it’s out. This album wouldn’t be possible without my brothers/partners in rhyme Jim Richman and Andrey Sazonov.

On this album my mission was to work with a orchestra-type line-up instead of just me doing everything in the songs. I started with “Abolishing the Obsolete System” where I performed/produced everything by myself, then Jim joined me and “The Quantum Hack Code” was made and finally, with Andrey joining us, i explored a complete new direction. The idea was to create something like mercury (liquid at normal temperature so that it can take any shape) out of experimental audio engineering, experimental hybrid/prepared music instruments from basic tools (Guqin guitar, Santoor-guitar, etc), advanced study and practice in music theory and how it all connects in the form of background music/soundtrack to a particular non-linear cinema of post-modernism or avant-garde genre. There are traditional microtonal parts where the visual thoughts were cosmic (nano- and pico-levels of matter of composition), ethnic instrumentation that visualizes the state of meditation, dark era classical music with a theater set visualization and a lot more which you will know once you finish listening to the entire album of 53 minutes run-time.

When i said “Mercury”, it’s because the tracks are kept “loose”. Keep it in a jar or in a cup, it takes any shape yet it’s always liquid and hence free and moving and cannot be separated or cut into pieces. That’s exactly how i imagined the production of “Vectorscan” while we were making it. As a reference to post-modernism, it has a time-machine visualization in the form of 50s-60s record vinyl audio appearance to modern digital audio appearance. 7 years of experience so far in Music Industry as Music Producer, Instrumentalist and Ghost Writer/Producer for Music Directors hence it’s natural to get a saturation point where you simply don’t want to create the same repetitive things that goes on in Music Industry. Initially, i wasn’t sure whether it’s right to just do your thing with your bandmates without thinking about likes and dislikes of dedicated fans and friends around the globe OR to create music that people like. It was a very tough decision because i know a lot of fans who truly loved Amogh Symphony’s previous albums will not like the direction we went with this album. Then Jim said “I like it, man. I want everyone to hear it whether they like it or not. But i am so proud of this.” Andrey said “I agree”. So basically we all decided to follow our hearts. Quite a sentimental line. Is anybody crying while reading this? Get a tissue.

For me, avant-garde is a state of mind where you begin to think after complete evolution. An edge of thought where you think of crossing the barrier once you’ve read and understood all instead of directly jumping to a new concept. A certain point where you believe knowledge could sometimes bring back some of the old concepts to replace some of the new ones. Fixing the mistakes of the neo-generation because the upgrade demands stability which neo-minds fail to execute due to lack of knowledge in history. It’s important to know “what all happened in all these years” before you think “what should come tomorrow”. A bridge between spiritual development and practical life where you can cosmic heal a disease yet you learn modern business statics. Basically, no boundaries.  (READ FULL INTERVIEW AT http://sin23ou.heavy.jp/?p=682 )

I would like to thank everyone who made this record possible – Youri (Unhuman, ex-Cryptopsy) for his incredible monk chants, my Mother Kasturi Singh for teaching me about music and life and for her mindblowing vocals and for agreeing to collaborate with me, my belated Grandma for her incredible musicality and her book “Geetee Dhara” that inspired me to work more on the concept story, Goregaon Brass Orchestra, Venkat Iyer, Mathieu (Augury), Nikhil Nandakumar for the great carnatic microtonal violin, Andy Nesbitt for his haunting photography manipulation and FOLEY sound recording, Vasily Kuznetsov -the visual artist who worked with Andrey on the artwork, Ariel Samson for recording Nikhil, Manas Chowdhary for the guest bass duet performance, my partners-in-rhyme Andrey and Jim and, last but not the least, My Guru.

I would personally recommend everyone to hear this album for 2-3 times and then give it a break of one day and probably listen to it the very next day again to avoid coma, schizophrenia and sleep disorder. It has dark and eerie moments as well as positive moments but it’s certainly not a record to chill out and listen with your friends (they will probably think you are on drugs). Nobody in Amogh Symphony does drugs by the way.

SO IT’S ALIIIIIVEEEEEEEEEEE…… IT’S HEEEREEEEEEE

And for those who want to read the storyboard, click here http://amoghsymphony.net/news/258

We hope you will enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed making it.