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Our Pick of the Best Bands From North East

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Our Pick of the Best Bands From North East

The North East region of India has no dearth of talent and skill. All the eight states are filled with culture and are known for producing some of the top-notch rockers. From Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival to Ziro Festival in Arunachal Pradesh to the latest NH7 Weekender in Shillong, we have seen a rise in the number of festivals promoting music in the North East Region. Let us take a walk through to know some bands from this region:

Soulmate (Shillong)

Shillong is known as the rock capital of India, and why not? We have seen lots of bands emerging from this region. But the most notable is always going to be Soulmate. The band has created history by being the first and one of the most successful Blues band from India. It was formed by Rudy Wallang, guitarist and songwriter, and Tipriti Bhangar, guitarist and vocalist. With soul steering vocal patterns and riffs, their songs can easily make anyone feel alive. They had also opened for Carlos Santana when he visited India in 2012.

Lucid Recess (Guwahati)

Formed in 2004 by brothers Siddharth and Amitabh Barooa, Lucid Recess is one of the top bands from Assam. Their alternate metal sound has earned them respect from each corner of India. Their most notable work would be their two EPs, namely Carved and Engraved Invitation. If India had a top of the charts music show, Lucid Recess would definitely be placed in the Top Five.

Boomerang (Aizwal)

Read, Rage Against the Machine. Yes, Boomerang is highly influenced by the rap metal band of the 90s. All the members believe in the free play of their music and is one of the most political bands in India. Not only that, but this band also got a chance to open for Lamb of God in 2010 and Korn in 2012. Foot stomping music and high jumps, this is what the band is all about.

Third Sovereign (Aizawl)

Of course, this list would have been incomplete without mentioning the death metallers from Aizwal, Third Sovereign. Yes, this band has been inspiring angry kids in the North East to pick up their guitars and play unrelenting riffs and solos. The band was earlier based in Delhi but soon shifted base to Aizwal. The band is highly regarded as one of the best Death metal bands that India has ever produced in the last decade. Pure hatred can be felt in their riffs and their double bass pattern is simply astounding. The band has just released their second album called Perversion Swallowing Sanity.

Aberrant (Meghalaya)

Aberrant is a groove metal band that has been in existence since 2011. Immediately next year, the band won the third edition of the Meghalaya Icon Rock competition and became official members of the Meghalaya AIDS Control society. Soon after, the band played various high-end gigs like the Big 69 in Mumbai, Outrage Festival in Delhi and Metal for Nepal in Nepal. Aberrant has also released their self-titled EP in 2015.