Amogh Symphony – The Quantum Hack Code (Album review)

Remember those old video games, when they used to glitch, and you’d end up with bits and pieces of every level where you’re playing? Well, Amogh Symphony managed to do just that, with music, in a really, really outstanding way! Right from the heart of Mumbai, India, Vishal J. Singh took the progressive metal scene by storm, and added a shitload of other musical genres in there!

Brutality at its best

The very first track starts off with Chela Harper introducing you to the story behind which the album is based, it’s a bit reminiscent of The Matrix, in the sense that mankind has failed, according to some “Operation Uncertainty” referred to during the first track, and now the humans can’t handle the sun’s rays, and were preserved in dormitories, with their consciousness still intact, but this can not last for very long…

The music then takes you on a roller coaster of musical genres, a beautiful blend of Jazz, Progressive Death Metal, some Classical bits, and Dark Electro (think Tesla, meets Scale The Summit, meets Meshuggah, meets Decapitated!), music wise, this album is flawless (kind of wraps up the whole review right there!) the Guitar work is amazing, shows how Vishal is a really capable musician, and song writer, the Bass is nothing short of brutally infernal! Vishal does a mixture of jazz’s slap and pop, along with the many jazz-y transitions found all over the album, in every single track, and mixes brilliantly with the electronic bits, which are very apparent in Osiris 1, and Decoded: Karnosiris, which both mix the blood pumping dark electronic beats with the brutally smashing bass riffs played to compliment the music perfectly, and with the drums done by Jim Richman never failing behind, keeping up with Vishal’s ungodly riffing, be it in the jazz bits, flamenco, technical death, or even the electronic parts, Jim did manage to do a stellar job on this front! Vishal really does use every single genre he introduces in the album to his advantage, including some middle eastern bits, with usually weird transitions, sometimes even glitches, and I found those particularly engaging and addictive, when you suddenly hear the music lagging and a new genre comes in, you’re usually left jaw dropped from how amazing that transition was! Jim uses middle eastern percussion in there as well, along with some electronic music, mainly in Polymorphic Infection: Releasing Proteus.

X-Karna: Activated is probably the track I enjoyed the most, along with Osiris 1, and Decoded: Karnosiris, but the reason behind X-Karna was the amazing bass licks in there, ranging from jazz-y slap/pop to technical and fast, along with the keyboard part in the middle of the track where it gives you a glimpse of hope, that this new AI will aid humanity, slowly moving from just a keyboard piece, to a more of a blues-y transition, with some electronic music again complimenting the music perfectly, and then a Guitar solo goes in with what I can honestly say, starts off with the most beautiful bend, and progresses on to go to another middle eastern interlude ending the track… What also caught my attention, was during Dvorzhetskii’s Prophecy where the music was going, slow, yet enticing, and then all of a sudden, it glitches, and goes on to be like as if Vishal is taking us back with him to the start of the story, as if the first part is what happened at the end… The album concludes with The Collapse Of Q-Web and Osiris 1, a beautiful track that forsakes the death metal music, and embraces outstanding, yet depressing keyboards, and bass complimenting the feel of what the world has become, in Vishal Singh’s The Quantum Hack Code’s universe.

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