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A ‘Bloody’ comeback

Vishal Dadlani gets talking about Pentagram’s new album.

music Updated: Apr 10, 2011 01:13 IST
Robin Bansal

Sixteen years after they started in 1994, with three albums to their credit and numerous head-banging fans who follow them religiously, electro-rock band Pentagram is now venturing into a new genre with their fourth album, Bloodywood.

Mumbai is the flavour
Cut with an observer’s perspective, the album is a sonic slice of the other side of Mumbai, drawing inspiration from the city. “The album could not have been made anywhere else in the world except Bombay and the songs have been derived from the street culture here,” says lead vocalist Vishal Dadlani, (above, second from left) who calls it Pentagram’s most personal album till date. “It is very definitive of the time and place we are in right now. There are a lot of issues that we have talked about in the album... how page three news today is front page, how we are in a desperate need for a revolution of mind and thought. Then, there are other songs that address personal issues such as human failings.”

Why Bloodywood?
Think of the title and it reminds one of Bollywood. But Dadlani quashes the association. “It’s got nothing to do with Bollywood. The similarity of the title comes due to our mainstream and alternate cultures that we inhabit at the same time.” “In Bombay right now, what makes the most noise is Bollywood, but in the same place and space, there’s a unique sub-culture. This sub-culture is what we decided to call Bloodywood. It has a new, urban thought process,” says the singer, who is currently on a five-city ‘Jim Beam Hard Rock Bloodywood’ tour.

Different genres explored
The 14-track album ranges from personal numbers like Nocturne, Human Failings, This Could Get Ugly, to head-banging numbers such as Lovedrug Climbdown, Mental Zero to some socially relevant ones like Must I, Tomorrow’s Decided and Identify.

Factfile: Pentagram
Vocals: Vishal Dadlani
Guitar: Randolph Correia
Drums: Shiraz Bhattacharya
Bass: Papal Mane
Previous albums: We’re Not Listening (1996), Up (2002), It’s OK, It’s All Good (2007)
Famous hits: Voice, Drive and Rock ‘n’ Roll.