Crash course in Prog

Artiste: Bharath Kashyap Album: Running Revolution

The last few years have been the age of the bedroom guitarist. Regardless of your age, if you have got skills, a powerful enough computer, and a soundcard, you are more or less on your way. It is perhaps around then that the ideas translate much faster from the guitar fretboard to the computer as a saved file.

Bengaluru-based 22-year-old guitarist Bharath Kashyap is in the same league, and after dabbling in a few bands in the city’s metal circuit, he honed and launched his solo album Running Revolution.

The nine-track album, which clocks in at about just an hour, is understandably aiming to prove just what kind of varied taste Bharath has as a guitarist, musician and listener. There is a piano bit providing the backing on the title track, which soars and rollicks like an anthem, but that is prefaced by a heavier progressive metal and rock edge, on tracks such as ‘Continental Shift’ and ‘Volatile Mind’.

It is sure to get heads banging, but then the title track comes in at seven minutes of total guitar glory, solos and all.

Bharath shows off more virtuoso-esque guitar chops on ‘Crying Strings’, bringing the djent on ‘The Indifference’ and then turns to an interesting ambient-turned-ballad progression on ‘Insomnia’. In between, there is intricately-arranged ‘Segment’, a likely nod to prog leanings. But on one of his most important tracks, ‘Blackhole 101’ – and we can tell it is important because it’s 11 minutes long – there is a feeling that the guitarist is still learning his way around song structures and holding the listener’s interest.

There are a few jarring transitions, even on the closing track, which is aptly called ‘Conclusion’. But there is a certain grand way in which the guitarist draws the album to its end, sort of aiming for the orchestral, epic prog metallers like Devin Townsend.

Running Revolution still comes across as a crash course of sorts in progressive rock and metal – from the fiery fretplay to the more even-tempered portions.

For that, it may not hold the hardcore prog fans’ attention beyond a certain point, but it is not a bad place to start.

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Printable version | Apr 2, 2020 4:16:30 PM |

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