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BAND/AUTHOR:

HOIA

(INDIA)

TITLE:
SCAVENGER
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
AUTOPRODUCTION
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE METAL / ATMOSPHERIC ROCK
"Despite some good moments, and dark and often disturbing atmospheres very well rendered, "Scavenger" remains halfway successful and perhaps a little too ambitious."
CORTO1809 - 16.04.2019 -
Prateek Rajagopal is probably not a familiar name to most Music Waves readers. However, this young Indian guitarist has played in various bands in recent years, a rather varied path since he crosses the brutal death metal of Gutslit and the experimental metal of Chronic Phobia before throwing himself into the atmospheric metal prog of The Minerva Conduct. Based on these experiences, Prateek Rajagopal launched a solo project in 2017, codenamed Hoia, releasing two EPs in succession, "Design" and "Iconoclast". He is now releasing a (short) album called "Scavenger" whose main theme deals with human feelings such as nostalgia, dementia, anxiety....

With Hoia, Prateek Rajagopal moves away from the different forms of metal he has practiced in the above-mentioned formations, keeping only the experimental and industrial aspects that he mixes with elements that are half-prog, half atmospheric, all sprinkled with a good dose of darkness. While he naturally takes on the guitar parts, alternating delicate arpeggios, strong solos and saturated walls, he also takes on the roles of keyboard player, alternately passing from piano to synthesizers, and singer, the voice often expressing itself in the form of murmurs distorted by effects.

While the drums are played by a little-known studio musician, Wojtek Deregowski, the bass is the prerogative of the most famous Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), also present on Tim Bowness' latest album that has just been released. The play of the two men contributes to the dark and disturbing rendering of the album, as well as the numerous samples and drones that scatter "Scavenger". Nevertheless, the experimental side remains marginal and the compositions can be appreciated without too much difficulty, maintaining undeniable but sometimes uneven melodic qualities.

Thus, 'Escape Orb' and 'Scavenger' combine themes, gimmicks, atmospheric or experimental passages, breaks, without really giving the impression that everything is perfectly mastered. The whole thing lacks logic, a common thread, and the overload of ideas sometimes wearies the listener's patience. Suffering from a similar handicap, 'Electric Wizard' would probably have been more convincing if Hoia had simply developed the first three minutes, very cinematic, which plunged us into the dark dungeon of an evil wizard, rather than chaining atmospheric passages and haunting loops, a process too systematically used.

Only the instrumental "Part II" keeps its coherence from beginning to end, halfway between Klaus Schulze and Pink Floyd's "Echoes". Despite some good moments, and dark and often disturbing atmospheres very well rendered, "Scavenger" remains halfway successful and perhaps a little too ambitious.

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TRACK LISTING

01. Write Across (05:15)
02. Escape Orb (10:10)
03. Electric Wizard (06:35)
04. Part II (03:49)
05. Scavenger (07:14)


LINEUP

Colin Edwin: Basse
Prateek Rajagopal: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Wotjek Deregowski: Batterie
Neerav Nagumantri: Invité / Choeurs (2,5)
Priya Panchwadkar: Invité / Choeurs (2)


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