Collective Conscious to release their first single at Deliverance Fest

We talk to the band about their brand of metal 

Jose Joy Published :  22nd June 2018 06:00 AM   |   Published :   |  22nd June 2018 06:00 AM

Legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne was heard complaining a few years ago that the rise of technology was making bands lose the ability to jam and shape ideas together. Outfits like Collective Conscious are proof that this is not quite the case.

Boosted by the impetus of finding a practice space, this eight-months-old quartet—consisting of vocalist Devan Narayan, guitarist Jerish Alan, bassist Anandhu Ajith, and drummer Remjath Sheriff—was born from within the clamour of Bigfoot Customs automotive workshop.

Being a part of the scantily active music scenario in Thiruvananthapuram, they’re currently embracing one more old-school tradition of DIY gigs, roping in thrash metallers Amorphia, folk rockers Eettillam, and newly-formed supergroup High Octane. We catch up with the band to learn about their musical roots from which stems the new single Flight III, ready for launch at Deliverance Fest.

Diverse tone
The unitive element in Collective Conscious’ brand of music is definitely heavy metal. Ask the bandmates for more and they’re at a loss to explain. However, once you listen to their numbers you’ll know this is justified. Citing influences as varied as Cynic to Alice In Chains, the act uses unconventional structures in their groovy (and sometimes longer tracks) prudently laced with impressively tensile vocals.

“The concept behind our name is about harmony and the consciousness that all living beings share. Expanding this scope to our sound, we don’t limit ourselves to any genre,” informs Jerish. The band’s logo (based on a Mayan symbol called Hunab Ku) and lyrics also show cohesive ideation, with some tracks dwelling on artificial intelligence and the future of mankind.

“We have an extensive plan of recording a concept-based seven-track LP by next year and land some more live shows in the meantime,” Devan winds up.