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Steel Rush - 2016 Through The Night (ep)

ARTIST: Steel Rush
ALBUM: Through The Night (ep)
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Aham Saxena


LINEUP: Apoorv Chouhan - vocals, Aham Saxena - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Through The Night * 02 Round N Round * 03 Take Me Away * 04 Mysterious Eyes

WEBLINKS: Steel Rush Bandcamp Page

It's not often we see a band from the sub-continent of India mentioned here at GDM. But here we have it, the duo who call themselves Steel Rush. If we were a Cricketing website, then millions of Indians would have signed on, but alas, not to be in the genre of music called AOR, which I am guessing is not a popular form of music over there. The only other band from India that I can recall were the late 80's/early 90's outfit called Rock Machine. No doubt there were others, and if so they would be beyond my knowledge. Steel Rush are essentially the duo of singer Apoorv Chouhan and guitarist Aham Saxena. They met in 2011 and gradually built up experience and music focused on melodic rock and AOR. Despite living in different cities, the duo did what most global music projects do: swap ideas, lyrics, music and files across the Internet.

The Songs
The pair began creating home-built demos, and from there, performed their music with other musicians, but at the end of the day, the core settled down to just the two of them, which is where we see them today. The 2016 EP 'Through The Night' is a pitcher full of 80's styled melodic rock ideas. The four songs are accomplished efforts all things considered.'Through The Night' with some big bass lines and even bigger piano stabs gradually succumbs to a series of flowing verses, though there needed to be more vocal control from Apoorv on this one. 'Round N Round' with its big drum intro and guitar riffs, makes for a favourable entrance. So too those tinkly ivories when they kick in. 'Take Me Away' gushes with flashy guitar and tinkering keyboard parts. This is definitely a goodie. The only thing I would've loved to have heard were some additional guitar fills through the verses, just to provide some contrast and colour. 'Mysterious Eyes' has similar production values to Greek AORsters Wild Rose. The arrangement is medium-tempo, typical of the 80's era, though the guitar solo at the end sounded a bit pushed back in the mix. Some nice ideas though.

In Summary
These boys from Bhopal could be considered trendsetters as I doubt there is any other melodic rock/AOR band playing this style in India right now. A good self-produced and self-released effort that will have their name out there in Internet Land. Let's see what 2017 has in store for the duo.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on December 29 2016 22:53:14
I agree with you George, this is trendsetting. Considering most music from India is like the stuff in the movie 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' .
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