What if Bruce Dickinson and Amon Amarth had a baby? First of all, that would be a sex tape that no one would ever want to see, and secondly, you’d end up with the music of the brilliantly bizarre Nitish Pires, a Mumbai-based solo artist whose music can only be described as experimental melodic rock. Nitish began his career way back in the late 1990s with the band Nakshatra, though has since gone on to work on solo projects, even recording the soundtrack for the film Soch Lo. After taking a break from music in 2014, Nitish has returned with a new full-length album: Am I Evil.
Nitish spent his time away from creating music travelling around the world, which goes a long way as to explaining the diverse and eclectic atmosphere explored within Am I Evil. From the Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque country rock of “Jonny 006”, to the heavy techno style of “Happy Nuclear”, Nitish has gone the extra mile to include a bit of everything. Something that should be noted though is that, while there are wildly varying styles of music found withing Am I Evil, none feel out of place or stick out. Somehow, Nitish has created an album which manages to fit in melodic rock, heavy metal, country, traditional Eastern music, and techno. What an accomplishment!
The emphasis of the album is undoubtedly focused on the melodic rock though. From introductory track “Fade Away”, the listener is plunged in to a world of long, heavily stylized vocals, and crunchy guitar riffs.
Am I Evil is spectacularly unique and original, being a complete delight to listen to. It is a journey, meaning that if you start this album, there should be no skipping, no pauses, no absent-minded listening. Once you start it, you’re in for the long haul, and let me assure you, you won’t regret it.
Am I Evil is out now and is available to download here.