Review: Coshish - 'Firdous'

Coshish is a four-piece Mumbai prog/alternative rock act. After playing at various stages, they've released their debut album named "Firdous". It has been made over the last two years. This album will stand up as a very good competitor for the best rock album of the year. The tracks incorporate some heavy metal elements. The base line is very distinct, and works out well with all the tracks and adds up to the atmosphere which the band has created.
First track on the record is 'Firdous' - steady and a melodious track. Soothing interlude. The vocals are fabulous, and the riffs and the drum patterns have not been made too complicated, sound very original and compatible with the instruments. The second track is named 'Raastey' - heavy intro, clean guitar parts, with bass accompanying perfectly. The backing vocals  is amazing, and compliment the lead vocals very well. The solo is very fine and is just what the song demands, neither complicated nor simple, an amazing piece. The song has a very smooth serene ending.The third track is called 'Coshish' - starts with a sample of a local railway station, which shows that someone's leaving for their destination. It has an effervescent feel to it. The drum work on this track is comparatively faster than the other tracks. The solo follows the bass-line to some extent but of course takes a different course in a few seconds. This song is very encouraging and gives a message of never losing hope and trying until one succeeds.The fourth track is titled 'Behti Boondein' - it has a slow melodious intro. Lead parts on this track sound like raindrops falling, matching the title of the song. The vocals again fabulous on this track. 
The next track is called 'Woh Kho Gaye'- this track, like a few others on this album, starts with a voice sample of someone calling out loud for somebody, as if lost somewhere. The solo is my personal favorite from this album, setting the course of the song perfectly. This track also features some alternative aspects, in the chorus. The vocals, again exuberant.
The sixth track on the record is 'Hum Hai Yahin' - it begins with a sound sample of a local household area where children are playing around. Intro is similar to that of Lamb of God’s vigil, but is obviously easily differentiable, since Vigil being a groove metal track and this one's an alternative/prog rock song. The drum work on this track is very subtle, not very complicated. The track ends with a sound sample of falling rain drops. It adds as another clue to the puzzle, which the band has created. The seventh track on the album is 'Maya" - illusion. It’s exactly what the atmosphere of the song has been made. Eerie and uncanny. This is a soft track, with some swift parts, and a sense of melancholy. The track ends with a clean guitar outro, perfectly diminishing the effect created by it. Another sound sample to the end, this one’s nothing but a hollow sound.
The 8th track on this album is 'Rehne Do' - it starts with a sound sample of a glass being broken. This song is about the frustration of solitude one seeks after he's lost everything. The bass-line of this track compliments the riffs very efficiently. There’s a very soothing part in the song which incorporates cymbals crashing and clean guitars. The vocals as always have done justice and couldn’t have been better. This track also features an ending pf a sound sample of children playing.
The second last track is titled 'Bhula Do Unhe' - starts with a sound sample of rain pouring. Intro consists of a clean guitar part with the bass line and 5-6 note drum pattern. This track is comparatively very slow to the others on the album. The track too, ends with a bass line and a sound sample of a local railway station.
The final track on the album is aptly named 'Mukti' - salvation. The track begins with clean guitar fills and a simple drum pattern. Then close to the 50 second mark, the distorted guitars make their way into the song. The heaviest, as well as the longest track on the album, it’s an instrumental number, and also includes a few polyrhythmic parts. This track also showcases the technical capabilities of the band. The track includes a breathtaking solo, the longest on the album. It satisfies a rocker's wish of a fast and technical solo.

The band has done a fabulous job on this album. The tracks though could've had a more technical aspect towards them, which would have made it an A+ piece of work. The band has created a puzzle within their tracks, which the listeners can crack with the help of the music videos. Like all perfect progressive albums, if place in a correct order, the tracks make a whole new gigantic track.

 Rating: 4.2/5 - ‎Review by Piyush Ojha - Edited by Navjot Kaur Gill - ‎Jan 30, 2014

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