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The Rocking Young Ones

Bands in 2010

Power Surge performs at 'Concert for Sundarbans'. Photo Courtesy: Hasibul Islam

The year 2010 was not a remarkable one for Bangladeshi bands in terms of quantity, new albums from popular bands were few and far between, leaving rock enthusiasts hungry for more. However many young bands stood up to the challenge, giving music enthusiasts a glimpse of what the future has to offer.
The major album launch of the year came from Shironamhin, who with their "Shironamhin Rabindranath" claimed much commercial success. Although criticised by a few, a new take on Rabindra Sangeet was welcomed by rock fans.
Shunno also saw major success in 2010 with their latest release "Shoto Asha". Several tracks from the album became radio hits overnight and helped the band reach the mainstream. In recognition of their talents, they were also awarded as the best band at the 6th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards 2010.
The band De-Illumination made a breakthrough with their debut album "Onibarjo", introducing 'symphonic metal' for the first time in Bangladesh . Their recipe seemed to have the right concoction, as their album also gained much popularity.
Newcomers Crematic X released their album "Ronangoner Dak-ticket", with its title track picking up much airtime on the radio.
"Rock 404" and "Rock 505" mixed albums also came out in 2010 featuring 30 seasoned and new bands. Much hype surrounded the huge project and the dual album coordinated by Iqbal Asif Jewel lived up to expectation as well as handing up and coming bands the platform they deserved.
"Ashor" was another mixed album which deserves mention. Fourteen bands, including LRB, gave their best, making tracks from the album favourites on a playlist.
The cry for a proper concert venue was lessened, as the Army Stadium hosted a couple of grand rock concerts, organised in association with BAMBA. Popular bands came together, to generate awareness in causes like voting for the Sundarbans to get it on the list of 'Natural Wonders' and putting an end to sexual harassment.
The absence of the big bands is however likely to be compensated in 2011, as fans await new album releases from bands like Warfaze, Nemesis, Cryptic Fate and Black this year.

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