The fact that India have a growing market for metal music, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. But with a population of over a billion people, metal bands per citizens are still very low. In the prog metal bracket, one would think that the success of New Dehli’s Skyharbor would foster some youngsters eager to pursue international stardom.
Formed in 2011, the same year as Skyharbor, Bangalore’s Orchid haven’t seen the same success as their more famous Indian brothers. The band dropped their first EP in 2016, and are now in preparation with releasing their full length album Miasma. Their sound is focused on the harder side of progressive metal, having melodious guitarwork mixed with hardness, in the same vein as BTBAM, bringing in mathcore, and having an avantgarde approach to the music.
The first single from the album was released back in late November, and the lyrical theme on this track was about “pervasive influence and the growing epidemic of gurus and godmen, and their cults in Indian society”. They state further; “religion and spirituality is the biggest scam in the world, and because we live in India, we have a front-row seat to the circus”. They have moved away from the techno-surrealism theme on their EP, and is now more concentrated about sociopolitical issues.
The album was mixed by Mumbai-based Apurv Agrawal, and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Atheist, Krallice). The album artwork is done by the band’s drummer, Mayur, and contains elements from every song on the album.
Miasma will be released January 10th.