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Skyharbor - Blinding White Noise (Illusion & Chaos) (Music CD)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0079JND9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy perfection! 5 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has to be the best debut effort for a metal band... ever!

The brainchild of a Mr. Keshav Dhar - an east Indian djentleman I've never heard of before in collaboration with Daniel Tompkins of Tesseract Fame and a few other guest musicians and vocalists. I'd think the music to be progressive metal with plenty of djent. The music never tries to be heavy just for the sake of it. The heaviness compliments the beautiful vocals and mellow guitars perfectly. The "Illusion" part has clean vocals by Dan Tompkins and the "chaos" section has a Sunneith Revankar with intense manic growls. This record is perfect in every way - amazing songwriting, breathtaking vocals and perfect production.

I've played this album everyday since the day I bought it, and it keeps getting better and better. Meshuggah's Koloss and even Periphery's new effort will have a hard time competing with this monster. I'm eagerly hoping for more amazing music from these madmen.

If you like metal, buy this album. If you love good music, buy this. If you like your wife, get her this. If you don't like anything at all, buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Oct 2012
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Fantastic buy, a must for any fans of tesseract or periphery. This album is a tutorial on how to write a debut album. An absolute gem in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 11 Dec 2013
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Came across this by accident but glad I did. Metal has got increasingly dull in past year and I find myself getting less and less albums from the genre but this was a breath of fresh air.
Leaning towards the same alternative metal area as the likes of karnivool and tool without sounding like either. Like those bands though they managed to effortlessly produce complex yet memorable tunes. Musicianship is second to none.
Get it and do yourself a favour
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class of their own.. sort of. 27 July 2012
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This 'genre' of music will probably never get a mention on most radio stations but is full of top quality musicianship and professionalism, quite the opposite to generic radio beats.
Djent is used a lot to refer to these sort of bands that use a simular tone.
A great blend of heavy tones and equally dreamy, excentric songs.

For fans of Tesseract, Periphery, Basick Records' whole catalogue of music, stuff like that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding quality 25 April 2012
By J. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Backstory: Skyharbor is out of India, and there are several high-profile guest appearances on the album including Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeath only on track "Catharsis" I believe), and the vocals of Daniel Tompkins (ex-Tessaract, vocals throughout). This is Keshav Dhar's first project straight out of bedroom recording, and it's a mix of catchy/groove-laden quality.

For those who function on classification schemes: Skyharbor is prog metal along with Meshuggah style guitar rhythms, all graced by elegant vocals (if you liked Tessaract this album is a no-brainer).

I'm impressed more by this album than I have been by anything else all year. Screamed and harmony, I can't say enough about Tompkins' voice -- the guy has an amazing set of pipes. The Meshuggah/"djent" thing is accessible and it's featured to grace the sound, not as some kind of crazed rhythm spamfest. It's well-applied and technically proficient enough to be applauded, it's not overdone, and it's wielded responsibly enough to be reigned in and not spill over into tracks where there is no need for the sound. Combined with the refined shifts in songs that offer much more than another Meshuggah derivative, the whole effort is standout and unique front to back. It's diverse enough to keep coming back to, and I find that's an important quality in my music.

Maeva, Celestial, and Catharsis mark some of the best song writing and execution of any band I have heard in a long time, the first listens of those tracks were striking and were immediately repeated.

Overall, the Illusion-named tracks all feature a more ethereal/progressive feel, and the final three Chaos-named tracks feature much faster heavier songs.

An 8.5 is about where I feel the album belongs in terms of scoring. Amazon's 5-star system just doesn't offer enough wiggle room, and so I bumped it up a notch mainly out of respect for metal coming out of a new continent, and for the quality for such a new act.

I'm not blown away. This is nothing revolutionary but it's unique enough to remain a head's breadth above the clamoring of the "we can sound like Meshuggah too!" or other general prog-metal sub-genres.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing melodic/progressive metal/djent 22 Jun 2012
By Christopher Michael Ciampa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably one of the best and most diverse heavy metal albums I have heard in years. What is most amazing - the leader of this album is of Indian descent and hosts a slew of who's who in the heavy-metal industry.

Some elements of death metal - which may shy some people away - but overall, this album is just as melodic and layered as it is heavy.

As a metal fan who owns 1000s of albums - this one is not to be missed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing quality 26 April 2012
By Keith Deuser - Published on Amazon.com
This is definitely one of the best metal albums to come out all year. Being this bands first release, I'm incredibly impressed by the songwriting and overall sound quality of this record. If you're a fan of Tesseract, Periphery, AAL, Meshuggah, etc. you need to check these guys out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRODIGIOUS. 6 April 2013
By OLD GUY. - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who still want compelling artwork and tactile experience with their music this is a distinctive package. Documentation and lyrics included. The Illusion portion of the show drifts in with the stark statement "children...we stand and fight." The guitars and vocals then raise the agitation level, and by the time "slowly we move in..." arrives, the background is hammering. Blinding White Noise. The vocals on every cut of this project are exhilarating. The primal soul-wrenching shrieks are contrasted by the high, clear, and sustained floating melodies. Essentially, everything attempted is attained with aplomb. Order 66 lays out an unbroken sheet of sound. Catharsis sets a fast pace and contains a great solo. Night is ethereal and yet probably the most accessible piece. The middle section of Catharsis actually sets this mood--good sequencing. This song is possibly the calm before the chaos. Aurora has effecty, scratchy synth bits scattered across the music until it reaches its hard "everybody dies" conclusion. Celestial is the major deal on the album. Everything the other songs embody are in this song. There are stunning vocals, a monstrous wall of guitars, a brilliant sound, and a climactic solo. Maeva culminates with powerful and relentless verses. You can feel the surety. The Chaos section explodes with potency. The songs carry on louder, harder, darker, and at this point of the development, possibly possessed. Trayus is wake-the-dead raging. Aphasia--damaged, deranged, take no prisoners. Insurrection--shrieking malcontent--say goodbye. Each song succeeds in being a meaningful piece in the larger oceanic picture. This is awe-inspiring music. Deeply and beautifully realized. The end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put this on your buy list! 10 Sep 2012
By DWALK-5150 - Published on Amazon.com
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Skyharbor has come up with an incredibly enticing debut album with regards to musicianship and sound quality on the record. I encourage you to pick up this album and if you can afford to do so, actually shell out for it and support this awesome band who have truly created a masterpeice. Progressive, ambient, djenty, this album covers a lot of bases stylistically. Not to mention the several guest apperances on here which really add to the variety of vocals and guitar work. My description doesnt do it justice and it cannot be accurately portrayed by the few descriptors above so take a listen for yourself.

Also, if you are a fan of Tesseract and the vocals of former singer Dan Tompkins then you are going to love this record. He has recently announced that he is joining forces with a band full time and I have a suspicion that the band in question is Skyharbor!
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