Just a bunch of guys. A handful of people who got together and, yes, decided to form a band. So far, you know the story. But do lend us your ears. We are a group of musicians who got together with one aim: to experiment, to mix, to create. And it is in our search for our voice as a band that we amalgamated two fundamentally different kinds of music. Sounds with thousands of years of history and all the power that a well-set team of guitars and drums can give anybody. Ours is the story of the world in sounds. Listen to The Particles; you’re listening to a pocketful of the world in its variety and magnificence.
We are different and we know it. As a band, we’re not afraid of taking risks and plunging into the unknown. We knew what our fans expected and liked. We didn’t do that. Instead, we gave them so much more! Making our latest album was a true adventure. One that took us on a 7-year-long journey to mystic places. And listening to it will feel much like that to you! You’ve taken the plunge; you’ve ventured yourself deep into the myriad musical experiences that is our songs. But don’t content yourself with just that! There are many out there who are not used to the sound, not ready for the experience. Spread the word, don’t keep The Particles to yourself. And above all, keep exploring. Press “play” to your heart’s content, for in the depths of the phenomenon that is called The Particles lies a field of gems, and they’re up for grabs...
Ash - Producer, Lead singer
Nayla - Singer, Song Writer
Sabrina - Singer
Avesta - composer, Gítar
Voices EP Album - 2011
1. Taken Away
3. Fear of The Beast
5. Voices (Explicit)
6. I Stand Alone
The Particles have been placed on the final selection list for “Best Rock Artist"
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Great News!!! The Particles have been placed on the final selection list for “Best Rock Artist" at...Great News!!!
The Particles have been placed on the final selection list for “Best Rock Artist" at the All Indie Music Awards.
If selected we will perform at the All Indie Music Awards in West Hollywood.
The Particles add bold new ”Voices” to rock and world music
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North West London (MMD Newswire) August 19, 2011 – Breakthrough indie band The Particles are not onl...North West London (MMD Newswire) August 19, 2011 – Breakthrough indie band The Particles are not only attempting to forge new paths in rock-n-roll, they’re also bringing a fresh meaning to the term, “world music.” Though their music is classified on the music sites as experimental rock or pop/rock, those descriptions really do not do justice to this multicultural, multinational combo of British, German, and Persian artists. And given the driving rock that infuses their sound, “world music” doesn’t quite do the band justice either.
Their new CD, “Voices” is a unique fusion of Western music (that would be the “rock” part) and Middle Eastern instruments and rhythms. They’ve hit the Internet music scene in a big way with their new music video, “Taken Away,” which has already attracted tens of thousands of hits on YouTube in couple of days after publish and is a contender for the UK Music Video Awards.
The Particles add bold new Voices to rock and world music
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The groups goal is to stretch the boundaries of hard rock, though, not only with their hypnotic voc... The groups goal is to stretch the boundaries of hard rock, though, not only with their hypnotic vocals but also by mixing tight guitar, bass, and drum work with traditional instruments such as the sitar, the daf (a large-sized frame drum), and the ney (an end-blown flute). Some of these instruments have a history dating back more than 5,000 years; the ney was even depicted on wall paintings in the Egyptian pyramids. The Particles song Taken Away is remarkable not only musically but also lyrically, as each singer becomes a character in the song, drawing inspiration from mythological characters and storytelling. The total effect is equally savage and sweet, brazen and erotic.
The Particles first got together in 2005 when they began work on the album Voices. It was the beginning of what they describe as a mystical alliance that continues to this day. For the past several years they have been working hard to develop their unique sound, and debuted that sound to rave reviews at the HyperMania concert in Dubai in 2008, along with famous artists such as T.A.T.u.
press 4th December 2011
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Breakthrough indie band the Particles are not only attempting to forge new paths in rock-n-roll, the...Breakthrough indie band the Particles are not only attempting to forge new paths in rock-n-roll, they are also bringing a fresh meaning to the term “world music”. Though their music is classified on the music sites as experimental rock or pop/rock, those descriptions really do not do justice to their multicultural style. And given the driving rock that infuses their sound, “world music” doesn’t quite do the band justice either. Their new EP “Voices” is a unique fusion of Western music (that would be the “rock” part) and Middle Eastern instruments and rhythms. They’ve hit the Internet music scene in a big way with their new music video “Taken Away”, which without even being publicized got tens of thousands of hits, and also during the month of November they received a number of awards and nominations for further awards in The U.S., Canada and The UK. And hot off the press: they have recently been shortlisted for “Best Rock Artist” in Hollywood.
The EP opens with a powerful thrust of raw rock guitar and Eastern instruments, enhanced by a compelling blend of three soaring voices. Those voices belong to bandleader Ash and his two female cohorts, Nayla and Sabrina, three vocalists trade lyrics in the midst of fiery hard-rock tunes. They say their goal is to stretch the boundaries of hard rock, though , not only with their hypnotic vocals but also by mixing tight guitar, bass, and drum work with traditional instruments such as the Sitar, the Daf (a large-sized frame drum), and the Ney (an end-blown flute). Some of these instruments have a history dating back more than 5,000 years; the Ney was even depicted on wall paintings in the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. The Particles album is remarkable not only musically, but also lyrically, as each singer becomes a character in the songs, drawing inspiration from mythological characters and folklore. The total effect is equally savage and sweet, brazen and erotic.
The Particles first got together in 2005 when they began work on the album “Voices”. It was the beginning of what they describe as a “mystical alliance” that continues to this very day. For the last several years they have been working hard to develop their unique sound. One of the most interesting aspects of this album, is the fact that the members of the group felt the need to complete their album using original, oriental instruments in an oriental setting and they also believed that if they hadn’t done so it would have been impossible for them to achieve their particular brand of oriental rock.
This answers the question of where they have been since their last public appearance in 2008 ( which was a successful concert) where they appeared with other big names. When asked to comment on “their disappearance”, we were told that they had felt a gapping chasm in their music which could only be filled by oriental musical influences. So, they completed their album by using authentic, ethnic instruments. They were physically drawn to Asia, where they spent a number of months discovering the beat, rhythm and instruments, and completed their recording on that continent. This meant sacrificing their audience, in order to fulfill their desire to record their music using the above mentioned authentic, ethnic instruments. They felt impelled to travel so as to create a truly different sound, in search of a unique blend of both Eastern and Western culture. Furthermore, the most interesting thing for me is they also changed their name, thereby starting from zero, like the phoenix being reborn from the ashes. And when I asked them why they had done this they replied that if they hadn’t then their fans would have expected a continuation of their “old style”. Whereas they, the group, felt a deep desire for change. In reply to my question: “Weren’t you afraid of starting from the beginning again?” Their answer was: “We believed that we had something innovative to offer. We are just waiting for a crowd of people in pursuit of something new and different. This is our first album, of this kind, and we are highly critical of our work, that’s why we have just released an EP, even though we have a complete album ready. We want to develop it step by step. And don’t forget that this is the result of 7 years hard work, this wasn’t easy for us and we have no intention of giving up without achieving our goal. We have too much riding on this project.”
After seeing their music video, what is the most remarkable aspect of “Taken away” is the breath-taking concept with huge visual effects which were, however created on an extraordinarily low budget. I found an interesting comment about their video, by one of the pundits in this industry, Andy Gesner at HipVideo writes, “You don’t need to go to the movies to experience massive blazing special effects that would make Michael Bay jealous, you don’t need to go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to hear instruments dating back thousands of years, and you don’t need to visit Brooklyn to hear the most unique collaborations. These things can all be found in the video from the Particles entitled “Taken Away”.
The Particles, Voices December 15, 2011
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The Particles, released their new nine-track album, “Voices,” this past October, but in little over ...The Particles, released their new nine-track album, “Voices,” this past October, but in little over a month’s time, the London based band has received unprecedented notoriety from the States as well as abroad. The band members define their genre as World Music – hard rock infused with ancient Eastern instruments and three powerful vocals, led by Ash – also lead songwriter – and his two female band mates, Nayla and Sabrina. The trio describes their union as a “mystical alliance” — they each share an appreciation and desire to fuse the ancient sounds of the East and the rawness of the West’s hard rock. “Voices” is the successful result of their efforts and this vision.
The album commences with an explosion of hard rock guitar enhanced by Ancient Eastern instruments – you can hear the distinct strumming of the Sitar, the subtle sound of the Nay (an ancient flute), and the constant Def (ancient drum) holding beat until paired by the crisp vocals of Nayla and Sabrina. Aptly titled, “Crusade,” this first track establishes the mood constant throughout the album – it is soulful and yearning. The most popular track is obviously “Taken Away,” which has become a viral sensation on the Internet and the music video has been recognized at film festivals ranging from Toronto and London to Denver and LA. Despite a supposedly low budget, the music video appears to be of superior quality — think Hollywood epics like 300 or Troy – and depicts the coarse voice of crusader Ash, decked out in ancient warrior garb, struggling against the opposing mystic characters played by Nayla and Sabrina.
At times, their sound is reminiscent of Evanescence but certainly not in terms of actual narrative and execution. Their understanding of Eastern mythology and instrumentation differentiates The Particles from others similar-sounding bands. Each track is a narrative and each voice represents a character and in a sense, this album is their very journey – finding a wholeness and cohesion of all “the particles” at the end of their crusade. “Voices” is an album that is both new but nostalgic and I’m definitely interested to see what crusade this power trio takes on next. Check out The Particles’ “Voices” for yourself at www.the-particles.com
By Marion Bradford
The Particles Reviewed (English and Spanish) January 15, 2012
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There are good, cool, and awesome bands. Sadly, as the years go by, the latter have been staying tha...There are good, cool, and awesome bands. Sadly, as the years go by, the latter have been staying that way, in the last spot, becoming almost a myth in the music industry. Unfortunately, they all end up being overshadowed by the first two, but still with a support that gives shame, but support in the end, they manage to show some of their talent to a public that’s willing to dig deep underground and find them.
In this group we find the English band The Particles. With an absolutely epic sound, energetic, brutal, exciting, provocative and yet catchy, it is difficult to give a listen and not fall at their feet.
Songs like “Taken Away” and “Voices” masterfully combine a Middle Eastern sound with a brutal, epic rock pure metal; something, you could say as we continue listening to and discovering, almost by default defines them. Others, like “Fear the Beast” and “Crusades,” do not have much of this a fore mentioned, regarding the Arabic sound, but are still able to cause the listener a pleasant eargasm.
In conclusion, for those who enjoy acts such as Lacuna Coil and Nightwitch, there’s no doubt they will enjoy this group, even to the point of stop being fan of these two great examples mentioned and give all the ovations to the incredible The Particles. Don’t wait any longer, head to http://www.the-particles.com, grab a copy of their latest album, Voices lose yourself in times and worlds unknown to the common man.
Hay buenas, geniales y brillante bandas. Lamentablemente mientras los años transcurren, los últimos se han quedado de esa manera, como últimos, casi un mito en la industria musical. Desgraciadamente terminan siendo eclipsados por los dos primeros; pero aún así con un apoyo que da pena, pero apoyo al final, logran ingeniárselas para mostrar algo de su talento.
En este preciso grupo encontramos a los ingleses The Particles. Con un sonido absolutamente épico, energético, brutal, emocionante, provocativo y a la vez pegajoso, es difícil darle una tocada y no caer rendido a sus pies.
Canciones como “Taken Away” y “Voices” que magistralmente junta el sonido de medio oriente con un brutal, épico rock bien metálico, algo que se podría decir mientras seguimos escuchando y descubriendo, los define casi por defecto. Otras como “Fear the Beast” y “Crusades” no tienen mucho de esto antes mencionado, a lo que respecta ese sonido arábico; pero aún sigue siendo provocando al oyente un placentero oídorgasmo.
En conclusión, para aquellos que disfrutan de bandas como Lacuna Coil y Nightwitch, no cabe ni la menor duda de que van a disfrutar de este grupo, hasta el punto incluso de dejar de seguir estas dos grandes bandas y darle toda la ovación a los increíbles The Particles. No esperes más, ve a http://www.the-particles.com, adquiere una copia de Voices su último disco hasta el momento y déjate llevar por épocas y mundos desconocidos para el hombre común.
Review by R.J. Frometa