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"...Then Came the band form Mumbai, Pentagram. This was one band which broke barriers (literally) and had the crowds trampling over the barricades for a better view. Pentagram played their own compositions and a few covers. And Boy, did they know what the crowd wanted! The band had the audience eating out of his hand. " - Asian Age, Bangalore


"From Mood Indigo to a brand new album that's creating a riot on mp3.com, Pentagram has come a long way. Seven years to be precise. As of March 2001, their new song "So Strange" from their latest album "UP" has reached No.5 on the electronica chart of mp3.com. " - Mid-Day, Mumbai


" ... Commendably the band has experimented with its sound. The songs have catchy beats, vocals mutated with electronic flanges and some drum and bass to taste. Production is up to the mark and the band gets full marks for sailing into as yet unchartered waters " - UP - Album Review


"...What we have here is an album which is as "Rock" as any other, and with some very infectious grooves to boot. The aggressive overtones prevalent throughout the album are reminiscent of RATM with some extremely contagious chorus-lines that should have listeners singing along with the track before they ever notice that they are. It's an album that breaks pre-conceived notions of what original Indian music can sound like" - The Rock Street Journal


"Up, the album is a collection of mad frequencies dancing around a heavy groove. Wisps of sounds floating in and out, electronic storms and screams layered over angry vocals, and a guitar sound that fills up the space with insane power. Its not relaxed listening, no way. Its something you have to play loud, and jump to. Listen to tracks like Fear, Drive, Don't Care, Ten and know what I'm talking about. Listen to the sublime Is There A Light and never forget the chorus. Listen to its remix and trip. Listen to the whole album, and then do it again." - Gigpad.com (India's biggest rock music portal)


"They setup their sound, took their positions, and then absolutely exploded! I last heard them some four years ago, and they'd blown my mind then, by sounding more innovative than any band I'd heard. Yesterday... they did the same... they blew me and every person at that venue. "

- Sandeep Mittal, Rock Critic


Discography

We are Not Listening (Album - Plus Music)
Price of Bullets (Single)
Drive (Single)
Up (Album - Sony Music)

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Bio

Pentagram is one of the most popular Indian bands and has been best known for innovating and experimenting a lot more than their contemporaries. Pentagram is one Indian band that’s been straining to break out of genre and geographical constraints, and has met with considerable amounts of success.

Pentagram was started in 1993 by Vishal & Shiraz while Randolph and Papal joined in a year later. Within the first three years they won three of India's biggest rock competitions, one of which resulted in them signing a record deal for their first album with Plus Music in 1996.

The first album ‘We are not listening’ was listed by Rhythm House (India's premier record store) as the fastest selling rock album. They released two videos ('The Ignorant 1’ and 'Yoo') which were frequently played by all the music channels. The album release was followed up by a tour of Seychelles in 1996. Pentagram were MTV India's 'Artist of the Month' in 1997. They also won the Channel V awards for Best Live Band and Best Indian Band in 1997 & 1998. Pentagram were featured on Channel V's Big Gig show, a showcase of an hour long live performance

The following years saw the band experimenting with their sound which began their foray into electronic music. The band started tweaking their sound with generous use of samplers in their set blending it with a heavy rock sound.

During the Kargil war Pentagram recorded and released India's first exclusive to internet song, ‘The Price of Bullets’, featuring famous poet Javed Akhtar and popular Indian Classical artist Shankar Mahadevan. The video directed by Farhan Akhtar, one of India's most successful young film makers was blacked out by channels across the board for being 'too politically loaded’. It was added as a bonus track on their second album “Up”.

Pentagram used mp3.com as the medium to release their singles for “Up”. They became the first Indian Band to top Asian mp3.com charts with six songs going to No. 1 for over two weeks each. ('Drive', 'Strange', 'Think of Me, 'Don't Care', 'Is there a Light?', 'The Price of Bullets' all featured on 'Up). Their single 'Think of Me' went to no. 5 in the world on Billboard's talent hunt site. ‘UP’ was later released and published by their self owned music label ‘Pentagram Music’ and produced and distributed by Sony Music India.

In July 2003, the band got one of their biggest breaks and they headlined the Sun Dance Music Festival in Estonia. Their music was not only appreciated by a whole new audience but it opened up doors across europe with many promoters approaching them for gigs and interested in releasing their albums.

Pentagram have thrice won the readers poll for 'Best Indian Band' by Rock Street Journal. 'Up' has already become one of India's highest selling rock albums with more then 15,000 copies sold. They also won the Best Live Act at the June Rock Out awards in 2003. Currently, the band is in the process of recording their third album and has planned an extensive tour for the year 2004 which spans more then 16 cities in India and a few countries abroad.