Cassini’s Division – Ringside View

Among the deluge of albums being produced by Indian rock bands,Cassini’s Division’s Ringside View stands out for its confidence.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Published: November 20, 2010 4:45:03 am

Cassini’s Division – Ringside View

Sa Re Ga Ma

Rs 150,rating: ***

Among the deluge of albums being produced by Indian rock bands,Cassini’s Division’s Ringside View stands out for its confidence. This album is a commentary on the dark side of modern life — the lyrics are about murder,ambition and the struggle to rise above the mundane.The Kolkata-based band’s music has a dark,brooding feel and you will be struck by its bleak view of life. Ringside View is bookended by two great tracks. The opening song,Glowworm,explores the surreal landscape of nightmares and fantasies (occasionally referencing Salvador Dali,too) and is easily the best. There is some wonderfully vibrant guitar work,but none of it overshadows vocalist Rahul Guha Roy. The last track,Rumble,is slightly mellower and less melancholic than the rest. The Story of My Life starts out on a deceptively positive note,but descends into the darkness of a mind that has been undone by life’s struggles — well done with the insistent bass underlining the narrator’s rage. Also worth mentioning is Voivoid,a song from the point of view of Manu Sharma,the killer of Jessica Lall,which swings between a shredding guitar riff and a more melancholic melody. It’s a chilling picture of a person who always needs an adrenaline rush to feel alive and has hair-trigger mood swings. Here too Guha Roy’s vocals really shine. This is a solid album – the only track which fails to create an impact was the wishy-washy Stay. It is full of cliches (“Come on baby,have no fear/ we’ve killed our demons here,you’ll see/ here in my secret garden”) and the melody is too dull to stay in the listener’s head.

pooja.pillai@expressindia.com

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