Review: Great Eastern Rock Vol1 – V/A
The Great Eastern Rock Vol1 is the brain child of Editor in Chief of ‘The NorthEast Today’ Magazine Mr P.B.K Manikya (Maharaja of Tripura) whose great efforts also brought classic rock bands like Firehouse and White Lion to India. The Great Eastern Rock Vol1 comprises of 12 bands from North East India along with two bands from South India (Heretic , RatKing) and Two International bands( Firehouse, White Lion).
The album features some well know bands from the North East such as Boomarang, Lucid Recess, Dwar along with rising bands like Pip of the Fourth Mother, Flashflood, Eye2Eye, and Death in Serenity. Sound wise the album has bit of every genre from reggae to punk to Metal. All that you are(NinthSide), War (Boomarang) Shillong (Pip of the Fourth Mother), Seven Sisters (Eye2Eye), Change Myself (North Wind) are some notable catchy songs from the album.
Although mix on this album does disappoint a bit, but as we know it is a compilation of bands from 7 different states and recorded in 12 different studio’s it is negligible. Even the album art disappoints, as the track listing hides the burning guitar in the backdrop, but again, it is negligible given the fact that the CD is a free giveaway with 2nd Anniversary edition of The NorthEast Today for just INR 25.
Final verdict: Superb bands, catchy songs, one Great initiative by The NorthEast Today Magazine. Great Eastern Rock Vol1 is just the beginning of great things to come.