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album art Ramayana-17: Indrajit Falls
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Released: Oct 20, 2008 | 9:48 AM
Category: Metal
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.5 MB

Plays: 3699
Downloads: 5
Weekly Plays: 3
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Track number 17 of my Ramayana series, a musical interpretation of the ancient Indian epic.

The war against the Rakshasa demons is reaching its climax as King Ravana's son takes to the battlefield. Originally named Meghanada, this mighty demon had helped his father tear down heaven, defeating the lord of the leser gods, Indra. As a result, he'd been renamed Indrajit, "the conqueror of Indra."

Vibhishana, Indrajit's uncle, had turned against the Rakshasa king and was now working with Rama and his army of animals. He told his new allies that they must stop Indrajit from performing his accustomed pre-battle ceremony, because upon completing it, the fire god always gave him invincibility. Rama and his brother Lakshmana rushed to stop him.

They succeeded, but then came the worst and fiercest of conflicts of the war: Lakshmana bore the brunt of that battle, and it is said that the ancestors and gods, the birds and snakes, protected Lakshmana from the deadly shafts that Indrajit's might bow let loose by the thousands. Ironically, this rain of arrows caused Indrajit's death: Lakshmana snatched one from the air, and he muttered to the spirit that dwelled within it, "If Rama be righteous and truthful, the first of all men in heroism, then slay this son of Ravana." Pulling back his arm he flung the straight-speeding arrow at his enemy, and it severed the rakshasa's neck, sending his body tumbling in a spray of black blood, and all the rakshasas, seeing their leader slain, cast down their weapons and fled.

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The other tracks in Ramayana:

Death's Silver Noose Slipped Round His Soul
Rama's Sandals on the Throne
Peace in the Vindhya Hills
Surpanakha's Lament
Rama Slays the Dandaka Army
Sita's Abduction
Ravana's Palace
Caves of Kishkindha
Hanuman Searches Lanka for Sita
Building the Bridge to Lanka
Battling the Demon Hordes
Sita in Exile
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A true educator you are David. I still listen to your tracks in awe and wonder how you put these tracks together. This is such a great series of works.
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Ditto my last comment...
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Another rich and meditative treasure. Great work!!!
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An epic!
Great "painting" with sounds, nicely structured, cool production and arrangement. By no means easy, but not really difficult, either. very intense, and demanding attention. Great work!

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Oriental Metal! Wow, this is a really interesting blend. I like the contrast between calmer traditional and stronger rock parts and how it increases in dynamics, before it returns to a meditative, almost melancholic end. Fascinating and thoroughly made!
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Wow! One of these days when I have some spare time I'm going to have to sit down and listen to the whole Ramayana project -- I don't suppose you could send me a private message when it's done? I tend to prefer listening to concept pieces all together.

Anyway, I love what you're doing here. Being a guitarist, I'd love it if you had real rhythm guitars rather than the software instruments (which always strike me as just a bit too nice for their own good). But the atmosphere is great, the melodies and harmonies intriguing -- it'll take me several listens to make sense of parts of this -- and the composition terrific.

Great work, sir!

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I am glad the Ramayana series continues to grow. I enjoy them all. And I especially like the modern sounds mixed in with the traditional in this one.
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DavidBowles Artist

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Thanks, Eido! I agree that actual guitars would work better... and the sad thing is that I actually play the guitar, but I don't own an electric one. You'd think that I'd've bought one by now, but I've become so enamored of my midi keyboard, heh...
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Love indian mysticism and your interpretation of it. Interesting piece of music and use of instruments to punctuate it.
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Ok, one of my biggest "things" is metal mixed with world music (Diablo Swing Orchestra, Orphaned Land, Opeth, Nightwish), and this is just that. This style embodies what I hope to be the next "big wave" of metal bands out there - small, niche groups that take music from niche cultures and apply a raw aggresion and progressive attitude to make something truly dynamic and captivating.

And here it is. It sounds amazing, David, it really does. It's exactly that mix of lush orchestration with pounding drums and guitars that fuels this combination of sounds. Though I can't speak to the specific instruments used (because I have no idea what they are, only that they sound good), I think you used this mix well. From the enchanting strings to the eerie woodwinds, it all works well with the guitars. And as synthetic as they may be, I am the guiltiest of the guilty in using them.

Beautiful work, good sir.
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You're way too kind. But I wholeheartedly agree that metal ought to go in the direction you indicate.

For the record, I'm using a sitar voice, an ehru, a zither, tabla and other Indian/Arabic percussion. And of course, the Mosh Pit and other guitar voices from the expansion packs.
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Ominous, evocative, dramatic -- and totally engaging. I don't know which to praise more highly -- your understanding of compositional structure, or your musical storytelling skills. Let's just give a HUGE thumbs up to both, and leave it at that, shall we? smiley
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This is amazing! I'm glad I caught this! Brilliant soundtrack for the tale of the Ramayana.

BRILLIANT!
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