Vol. 4 Num 187 Thu. December 04, 2003  

Cryptic Fate: Musical patriots of the new generation

Liberation War history needs to be re-visited, remembered and the story of the martyrs spread to the present generation--martyrs whose blood and sweat nurtured our nation. At least that is the feeling one gets listening to the band's second album Sreshtho.

One such rock group united to oust the casualties of distasteful commercial music from the present scenario and as well hold the glory of our independence. The quartet now, from March 1993 onwards, calls them Cryptic Fate.

It was Iresh on vocals, Shakib on the bass, Wahed and Sarfaraz playing guitars and Farshed on drums--when they originated. Soon Iresh in 1993, Wahed in '95 summer and Farshed in 1994 would leave for higher studies. After quite a break, Farhan joined in 1998 to give the completeness while a bunch of drummers like Arafat, Turjo, Nafi and Shaju were facilitating them to stay on the music scene.

The present line-up comprises Shakib--vocals and bass guitar, Farhan and Sarfaraz on the guitars and Farshed on the drums.

The band's genre being Heavy Metal has a range of influences by Alice in Chains, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Tool and greatly inspired by Dream Theatre's work. They do not want to limit their type just to metal but want to explore a variety of rock while composing. Recently released songs Odhikar and Prem from the mixed albums Projonmo and Agontuk-2--with a lot of grunge persuasion, are examples of their diverse music taste.

Shakib and Farhan becomes nostalgic as they reckon the early 90's music scene. 'Mixed album Hooray was back then a huge inspiration and boost for many celebrated bands of today. Bangladesh was quite not ready to accept a change in the usual flow for which the advancement somehow stalled.'

'The array of new bands from the present has a broad and segmented listening group and with the advantage of cutting-edge technology in recording and media, they are many steps ahead. The present music scene is blessed with better musical instruments and recording equipment thus improving the overall standard. We wish, we could enjoy the luxury at that time', remarks Shakib.

The band finds an amazing similarity between the early 90's release of Hooray with those of the present days. An uprising of bands sparked on release of that mix compilation back then. 'It was a re-incarnation of the early 90's rock music revolution when the mixed album Chharpotro was launched in 2001. Time has changed a lot within this long break'. They wish that this recent mount-up does not fade like before.

Speaking about few of the upcoming talents, the band mentions Nemesis as the compact band, with Breach producing great music, Sellout creating live energy on-stage, FBR and dNA--all of them collectively making huge impact from the underground scene.

The band believes, 'although there are handful of good recording studios, the revolutionary "Pro Tools" came to great aid and advantage for an amateur musician to experience. The recording facility is good, despite the fact that they are behind the international standards. The sudden rise of the available facility however is a positive indication.'

They seem to be happy with their record label G-Series, allowing them to experiment a completely new dimension of strategic music.

The band mentions of their success as to when their debut album Ends are Forever got released, one of their band member sent along a letter with the album to their guitar Guru--Marty Friedman from Megadeth. Friedman replied to that as a heavy metal album coming from a country he hardly knew 'was of great amusement' to him. Writing a very personal mail to that member, he criticised every aspect of that compilation. The band still treasures that letter.

They also mention about their upcoming album titled, Danob--which will be a fantasy based album--surely a novel concept.

When asked about other contributors to the band, they mentioned Gibran, Rinku, Emon, Manzur and Khaled from G-Series as unconditional supporters.

The foursome wrapped up by stating a message to the upcoming musicians, 'The bands should listen to more music and get rid of the so called underground politics'--proving their will to help Bangladesh music. These true musical patriots wish to create waves and leave rich residue as nutrients for the offspring.

The quartet that form the band Cryptic Fate.