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ARASHK

Progressive Metal • Iran


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ARASHK are a progressive metal band from Tehran, Iran consisting of Pouyan Khajavi (guitars, vocals, bass), Salim Ghazi Saeedi (guitars, keyboards) and Shahram Khosraviani (drums). ARASHK members are eastern minded guys who enjoy western music and bring their own unique interpretation of progressive rock. The band is mostly instrumental but does include some vocals.

Their debut album "Abrahadabra" is an instrumental blend of progressive rock that the band released in 2006.

ARASHK's sophomore album "Sovereign" is also an instrumental album with some electronic motifs and was self released in 2007.

In 2008, the third album was released "Ustuqus-al-Uss" which combines elements of progressive rock with an oriental feel and also incorporates piano and violin solos.

In 2008, they released their fourth album "Yell." This album is a vocalized hard rock/metal blend.

WHY THIS BAND IS IN THE ARCHIVES:

ARASHK is one of the more interesting projects in progressive metal bringing their own interpretations with no boundaries. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended.

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AbrahadabraAbrahadabra
CD Baby 2007
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SovereignSovereign
2007
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Ustuqus-Al-UssUstuqus-Al-Uss
CD Baby 2008
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YellYell
2008
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Abrahadabra
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sovereign
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ustuqus-al-Uss
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Yell
2008

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 Sovereign by ARASHK album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Hailing from what was once known as Persia, the Iranian band ARASHK was active for a good handful of years in the 2000's, releasing a total of 4 albums prior to hitting a stage of hiatus. "Sovereign" was the second of these, and was issued back in 2007.

"Sovereign" from 2007 comes across as an album filled with ideas still in their initial phase, planned and recorded perhaps before the ideas had been investigated in detail. Many fine ideas and sketches explore a blend of eastern sounding traditional music and dark-toned progressive metal with roots more firmly based on Anglo-American traditions. But on the occasions where the compositions appear to be more thoroughly assembled the end result is intriguing, if instrumental progressive metal of this variety sounds enticing to you. As such this is a disc that comes with a partial recommendation.

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 Ustuqus-al-Uss by ARASHK album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
4 stars This third effort from Persian band Arashk is really something else.

Progressive metal is the name of the game here, but in a manner I suspect few have ever heard before - if any. From the opening classical symphonic number you just know that you're in for something special here; and as the compositions come one after the other, blending Arask' pretty distinct guitar sound and quirky drum and riff patterns with violin soloing and dark synths, this band really takes it's listener on a ride.

The compositions are short, but explore several themes, and also have the time to revisit quite a few of them. Without ever becoming predictable, and taking care to add in the odd dissonant or arhytmic segment, the gritty guitars and swirling violins create stunning contrasts - and quite often exotic sounding flurries adds some sice to the proceedings as well.

It's an instrumental album though, which will limit it's audience a bit. Still, cleary an album to get if innovative and creative music in a prog metal style sounds intriguing.

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 Abrahadabra by ARASHK album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Review by Windhawk
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Iran is not exactly the first place you'd think about as the home for a rock band, but this is indeed the native country of the fine musicians in Arashk.

On their debut album Abrahadabra they have made some fascinating instrumental explorations, mainly with a combination of melodic riffing and guitar soloing underscored by bass, drums, guitar riffs and the occasional use of synths. The style is mostly rock based of a progressive variety, but the at times extremely distorted guitar sounds sees to it that the metal tag will be seen as just as fitting by many listeners.

The instrumental explorations here are interesting and fascinating; with less impact of the music from the region that you could suspect; but the soundscapes produced are highly original and not like anything else I'm familiar with.

Fans of instrumental rock should definitely check this one out.

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