Amazing Mastering: Takata describes themselves as ‘jolly desi progressive metal from Lahore.’ Their latest offering, Fault Lines (song out on Patari and video out on Facebook and YouTube), is their first single from their upcoming new album, Acrophase. The song features the abilities of Keshav Dhar and Shamsher Rana similarly. Fault Lines was mixed by Keshav Dhar, an award-winning music producer, mix engineer, songwriter and musician from India, at his remote mixing and mastering studio, Illusion Audio. The song has been engineered by Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey and Adeel Tahir and mastered by Ermin ‘Red Pill’ Hamidovic at Systemic Productions in Melbourne, Australia.

The album artwork is by another India-based establishment, Acid Toad, which describes its work as ‘art from the bizarre realm.’ the person behind Acid Toad, Gaurav Basu, a graphic designer and illustrator from Bangalore, posted an awfully moving message about his experience of performing on visualising Acrophase.

Here, I quote part of it, “Our societies, history and governments have put a veil, that never allows us to look at our neighbours from an everyday angle when, in reality, it’s incredible how similar we are in terms of the struggles we face as creative individuals in our surrounding environments. This album embodies a subcontinental effort where a bunch of Pakistani lads cooked up one mean-ass album, got it mixed by one amongst the foremost renowned musicians in India and had the artwork visualised and designed within the same land.

Metal has always been a distinct segment subculture and even more so in our a part of the globe. But because it always does, this music has always introduced me to a number of the foremost amazing people i’ve got met across the world in my life, no matter race, colour, nationality or religion, metal has always been beyond that bull****.”

Takata’s Fault Lines harkens back to a golden age of progressive metal music

Coming to the song, Fault Lines, the somewhat simple-yet-apt performance-based music video is by Amar Ali and Umair Khawaja from Hybrid Imaging. being attentive to the song, I want I’ve been transported back to the early-to-mid 2000s, when bands like Korn, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and also the like were all the trend on American music channels — which we accessed via a satellite dish and later, a cable network.

It has the identical elements of youthful angst, expressing one’s feelings of hopelessness about the self of the globe in very vivid, ‘un-pretty’, rebellious lyrics. Case in point, this section:

Let’s sink our filthy teeth into this mess that we’ve created, Let’s buy ourselves a full new hole in this new walland dream we’ve made it.

Fault Lines may be a song that stays faithful to its metal roots. Having said that, there’s nothing jolly or desi about it, as per the band’s description of themselves. Although Takatak was formed in 2009, they need just finished recording their new album, Acrophase in musician-producer Umair Dar’s studio, A for Aleph, in Karachi late last year. As for Fault Lines, while I certainly don’t see it becoming a mass hit, I imagine it’ll create a distinct segment as a cult favourite.