Entity Paradigm[eP] Music - Evolution (Irtiqa) Into Darkness


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Entity Paradigm[eP] Music - Evolution (Irtiqa) Into Darkness
The band that preached progression of life in process have managed to drown themselves into oblivion. The things that they preached against in process the same things have managed to devour them. eP for me was never about instruments for me it was about a concept a message so pure to its core that had the ability to absorb many only if could have been carried further.

Biography of Entity Paradigm (eP): Entity Paradigm (Urdu: ایٹنے پراڈگم‎, in English sometimes shortened as [eP]) is a heavy metal band from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, formed in 2000. The band was founded by songwriter and guitarist Zulfiqar J. Khan, vocalist, songwriter Fawad Afzal Khan and keyboardist and vocalist Ahmed Ali Butt who were soon joined by Salman Albert on guitars, Abid Khan on drums, Hassaan Khalid on rhythm guitars and Waqar Ahmed on drums, since then there had been many changes in the line-up the only consistent members being Ahmed Ali Butt, Salman Albert and Hassaan Khalid. Their music is categorized as being associated with both progressive metal and progressive rock, yet having been heavily influenced by nu metal and psychedelic rock music. The band is also heavily influenced with western bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Linkin Park and Oleander, amongst other western music rock artists. The band are noted for being one of the pioneer mainstream rock bands in the Pakistani music industry. Their debut album, Irtiqa, released in 2003, is the first mainstream concept album to be released by a Pakistani artist. The album produced by Zulfiqar J. Khan, Fawad Khan and Mekaal Hasan, was a critical acclaim in Pakistan. In 2007, Entity Paradigm had an interview with a local newspaper in which they announced that the band would disband due to various members aiming to pursue different projects. Early reports from the band hinted towards an album release in late 2004. In 2009, the band announced their official comeback with Fawad Afzal Khan and Ahmed Ali Butt in leading positions. However, two of the main members of the band, Zulfiqar J. Khan and Sajjad A. Khan, decided not to make a comeback due to work on different projects. Qirat Hamed covered their song Bolo Bolo. Fawad Khan in an interview to renowned journalist Adil Mansoor said that Qirats version was better than the bands.

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Agosh by Entity Paradigm[ep]: My favorite of all the eP songs for its sheer intensity, rawness in the riffs, the aggression in the vocals, the raiding percussions, the deep impacting lyrics; for somber to violent with this track eP got everything right as they decided to ditch the rap interlude and add a soft encore. Personally Xulfi though being a weak vocalist is better than Ahmed Ali Butt with his scratchy rap interludes.

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Ajab Tamasha by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Now this track couldn’t have been more annoying; the punk touch in the track is so irritating, the anti-establishment lyrics are so childish and Ahmed Ali Butt should get a pure vocalist rather than tiring his own voice and ears of the listener. I do prefer experimentation but not degradation in musical standards. Worst track ever by eP.

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Barzakh by Entity Paradigm[ep]: The darkest song in the album musically its filled with signature sounds bashing drums, heavy guitars, weighty bass-synth, fast keyboards but yet again it’s the lyrical geniosity that makes the track stand out. Barzakh follows Fitrat as it reflects the agony of the sinful soul as it waits its resurrection and the anguish as one realizes the worthlessness of the materialistic possessions and short-sightedness of human nature but here I am being presumptuous sine the true meaning behind the lyrics does elude me.

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Fitrat by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Aggression and agony is so obvious as Fitrat for me is rawest of all the tracks in the album Irtiqa. The thrashing drums and heavy riffs dominate most of the track, with tortured vocals complimenting the dark lyrics makes Fitrat a massive weighty track. Lyrically Fitrat explores the negative traits of human nature and asks the basic question as why this lust if death overcomes everything. As with the overall sequencing of the track like music the chanted words are very raw in their form; definitely worth listening to as it so reflects the current stream of happenings around us.

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Hamesha by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Awesome bass-line for this track with a brash drum and guitar intro soon transforms into Fawad Afzal Khan chanting the captivating words. The track has apart from an unrelenting rock tempo has an awesome synth element to it as well. For me this Hamesha stands out for its phenomenal chorus; it’s so brilliantly written and performed that it makes up for the otherwise lacking sonics.

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Humein Aazma by Entity Paradigm[ep]: An anthem from my university days; being from the same university that eP originated from had the chance of listening to them live on quite a few occasions and no other song brought the head-banger out in me like this track; but listening to Humein Azma now; sounds ok but not that awesome as I thought in my early days; vocals sound a bit immature as that depth is missing and again with that rap interlude, the rapper in this track doesn’t know when to quit since for me he can’t even rap to save his life. Again don’t want to sound too repetitive music on whole has evolved with advent of Youtube, quick mp3 downloads; people now have access to a pirated music from all over the world don’t know impact on the musicians with so much pirated music but listener’s taste has definitely evolved and Pakistani rock bands need to keep up with pace if they don’t want to burnout and limit themselves to Indie Rock with the message rock music carrier reaching only few.

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Irtiqa I - Irtiqa II - Irtiqa III by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Haunting, spooky, psychedelic , experimental Irtiqa for me reflects the true exploding talent and the bursting potential that engulfed eP. Irtiqa encapsulates elaborate studio effects intensifying the agony in vocals. Irtiqa is beast of a track it gets so high on the psychedelic sound, that you'll hallucinate it. The agony in this track is tantalizing as it signifies evolution from birth to end. Irtiqa I musically signifies birth of a soul Irtiqa II reflects the noise generated by the materialistic world, the worldly needs that causes the mental blockage to explore the true meaning and climaxing with Irtiqa III as one explores the lies and with ending Azaan reaching the divinity and spirituality that one has eluded for so many years. Speechless!!!!!

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Kahan Hai Tu by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Undoubtedly the youth anthem when released; highloghting the confusion one feels during the teenage days Kahan Hai Tuwith its ecstatic rock drums, weighty riffs and great vocal phrasing is an excellent track.

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Rahguzar by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Rahguzar somber at first then it breaks out into the chaotic signature sounds both in terms of vocals and the drum-guitar crescendo. Rahguzar for me stands out for its astounding lyrics; its revolution inspiring. I like this track since it’s musically oriented not trying to overdo things by adding not-so-necessary weak interludes and the containment of aggression in the vocals is haunting but again since music for past years have evolved so much and listeners have picked on new wave style riffs, rock in combination with jazz and techno sounds that classical rock bands still alive but have lost their shine somewhat and eP is no different.

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Shor Macha by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Shor Macha opens up with a periodic drum roll with gentle vocals but soon explodes into its violent self, the signature attitudinal music one associates with eP. For me eP stood as a revolution since their music depicted the aggression, the frustration, a heart-felt anger but like all good things the evil of marketing and money lead to their doom. Watching eP in my college days always thought that this is the one, one pure rock mainstream band that will keep the torch burning and not have the lead vocalists shining his teeth in a toothpaste advertisement but guessing now couldn’t have been more wrong. Enough with sentiments coming back to the review, Shor Macha which was to signify a one-song comeback has this likeable changing nature and is filled with typical metal moments but weakest of spoken interludes. Maybe I was expecting too much was hoping for more an experimental track something around post-hardcore having some techno-electronic elements. Sharing Radiate a sonic carnage by British band Enter Shikarilisten from 1:10 to 2:15 signifying the true evolution of the rock-metal genre as it takes on inspiring sounds (I hate referencing to other albums and bands when reviewing but in some case exceptions have to be made).

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Waqt by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Waqt sounds more in terms of continuity of the track Hamesha as the synth effects, the bass-line, rhythm guitars, keyboards and drums filling in the background reflect more or less then same pattern; but again like Hamesha the chorus part is scintillating. Lyrically the track signifies the prevailing anarchy, the desperation, the agony among many and how a blind eye is turned towards so many wrong doings but the will to change the times through one’s persistence and determination.

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Covers:

  • Bolo Bolo by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Covered by eP in Coke Studio Season III; I wish they stop covering. Bolo Bolo musical baby of Sajjad Ali has been distorted so much that the track lost its true meaning. Sometime simplicity rocks. OK it’s not that bad of a cover maybe I am being too harsh but loved the original it’s still on my playlist and nothing can top that; the memorable guitar riff and the slight agony in Sajjad Ali’s voice not surpass-able.
  • Face of Love by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Ruined it for me; nothing compares the original. Total mockery.
  • Sar Kiye Yeh Pahar by Entity Paradigm[ep]: Sequencing of the track has been changed somewhat but still a decent cover; but vocals fail as pitch of the track changes. The cover is remarkable with piano and soothing vocals but completely losses it shape when goes high.

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