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Avial

February 8, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 8, 2008
  • Label: Phat Phish Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Phat Phish Records
  • Total Length: 40:47
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  • ASIN: B0018G7QAC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,076 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The CD is simply AWESOME!
Subash S L
I stumbled upon this band recently when searching for progressive rock from India and I am very impressed with their debut album.
Daria
The singer has a very "Malayali" like sound but does fit well with the songs.
ASD

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ASD on June 14, 2008
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I am a very active listener to the Indian rock music. When in Delhi I have been a regular to "Great Indian rock" concerts in Delhi. It showcases the best of Indian rock and sparing a few all the bands were trying to be loud and imitate already popular rock sounds.

Avial took me by surprise. I was going through some Parikrama videos in Youtube and stumbled across 'Nada Nada'. I could not believe my ears when i heard a rock song in Malayalam (Its my mother tongue and in 30yrs I havent heard anyone sing rock song in Malayalam). Malayalam is the language spoken in southern Indian state of Kerala.

Its very bold of these guys to launch an album, NOT in Hindi, NOT in English but in Malayalam. It adds so much character to the album.

The music is so cool that it grows on you immediately. Language is certainly not a problem in making these guys popular. The fusion of blaring guitars at times bluish and Indian classical musicish, great bass and good work with sticks creates a unique sound never heard before.

The singer has a very "Malayali" like sound but does fit well with the songs.

This should surely set a trend and make folks in India realize that there is much more in music than bollywood, mollywood and tollywood stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Subash S L on August 2, 2008
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Avial is a Malayali Alternative Rock band. Malayalis are the natives of the state of Kerala in South India and Malayalam their language is also my mother tongue.

The CD is simply AWESOME! The packaging is creative and superb. It looks like a slice of Kerala. The songs that I have already heard and seen on YouTube sound better with the cleaner studio recording. But the surprise was the 4 new songs that I haven't heard or seen before. "Njaan Aara" and "Ettam Paatu" two lovely ballads simply blow the listener away. "Njaan Aara" has a blistering guitar solo from Rex Vijayan rivalling any good lead solo out there in the market today. The instrumentalists haven't also wasted trying to solo as most rock bands in India do. Writing of Rock bands from India, Avial is a creed apart purely because of the way they have adapted Malayalam to rock. That also speaks of the versatality and beauty of the powerful Malayalam language which has its origins in two of the world's greatest and oldest languages of the world, Tamil and Sanskrit. Lyrics are not the shoddy stuff you hear written in English like many bands from India have done when they attempt rock. Instead they are meaningful and most of them reflecting the music and culture of Kerala.

The album is also in tune with the times with DJ aided sounds on most songs. "Kurukara", "AAdupambe" and "Chekele" their live performances on the Rosebowl channel in Kerala have become popular YouTube videos as well. "Nada Nada", their video of the opening number is available on YouTube too. These are the classics on the album. The two smaller three plus minute songs are ok too.

One of the original rock bands from India, Avial certainly need a break.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daria on October 14, 2009
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I stumbled upon this band recently when searching for progressive rock from India and I am very impressed with their debut album. The combination of alternative/progressive rock (a la Incubus, Afro Celt Sound System, etc...) with their native language and folk music provides for an engaging listening experience. They are accomplished musicians and have a very tight sound and are currently working on their next album, due to be released in 2010. They have several videos on YouTube so please check them out. I cannot recommend Avial enough! Please support them by buying their music. Hopefully they will make their way to the US in the near future.
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This is one definitive album, and one of the best produced album ever to come out of Indian subcontinent. Period. The sound of the band goes beyond language. I (myself included) have known plenty of my friends, who rock out to Avial music, none of whom understand Malayalam. Everything about this album is noteworthy! But most of all, the bass! That stood out for me unlike anything else. Naresh Kamath clearly is one of the most talented, melodic bassist I have ever heard. Each track in this album is like a bass solo to me.
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I ran into this while listenign on Last.fm looking for fusion music. I was completely taken by surprise as someone else noted it's not very often that you run into south indian rock band and while I'm not a native speaker of Malayalam (my parents are fluent speakers) you don't need to be to enjoy it. Bold, awesome stuff. A band to keep an eye on.

sri

ps this is my first review despite being a long time amazon purchaser.
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