Artcell at live concert
|Genres||Progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal|
|Years active||1999 – 2013|
|Labels||G Series (2001 - 2007)|
Prior to forming the band, the four current members were school friends from Dhaka, and used to get together to play Metallica songs. Eventually Ershad came up with compositions of his own and the group began to play them at shows. The response they got was encouraging, which led to the formation of a band. What started off as an underground band is now one of the most recognized mainstream bands in the Bengali metal music scene.
The name "Artcell" was decided upon because it was softer sounding than a typical heavy metal name. In Cézanne and Shaju's words:
Even though we were a heavy metal band when we started, we didn't want a heavy metal name. We wanted a softer or an artistic touch to the heavy metal side. 'Cells where art is produced' - that was pretty much the basic idea behind the name 'Artcell.' Ershad came up with it and we all opted for it.
Onno Shomoy (1999-2002)
Artcell released its first studio album Onno Shomoy in 2002. It was both critically and commercially successful. The band lost its main songwriter Rupok to cerebral malaria while working on this album. Onno Shomoy was dedicated to him. One of the songs was titled "Rupok - Ekti Gaan" in his memory.
Aniket Prantor (2002-2006)
After the success of Onno Shomoy, Artcell spent four years carrying out experiments with their music without releasing an album although they did release singles scattered in various albums by other bands or compilation albums. Their second studio album Aniket Prantor came in April 2006. The album was one of the top sellers of the year, and in May the band performed their second solo concert at Dhaka's Bashundhara Convention Centre.
Aniket prantor is the longest song of Artcell.
Artcell celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 23, 2009 with a live concert entitled "10 Years Of Artcell Insanity" at the Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. A DVD of the concert was due to be released in 2010.[dated info] Artcell continue to regularly perform live shows and they have also made many tours out of Dhaka, including Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet, with some tours in India. In 2009 the band took part in "International Coastal Cleanup 2009", a day-long beach clean-up movement, at the Cox's Bazar sea beach.
In early 2010 the band travelled to Australia and performed at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney on 3 January. The band is due to be one of the country's leading bands to perform at a concert against violence to women in the Banani Army Stadium, Dhaka, in December 2010.
In January 9, 2012 Artcell announced the releasing of their third album and clarified that it will surely be released sometime in 2012.They posted in their Facebook page:"This is to inform all Artcell fans and friends who have been waiting for our 3rd album, wait just for a few more months and Hopefully you won't be disappointed. In addition Artcell is also getting ready with some special releases...Music, videos and communication contents. So, look forward to a year full of activities. Thank you all again for your love and support. You guys are our true strength. Thank you".
Later in the month through a Facebook post posted by Bassbaba Sumon(Aurthohin),it was known that another compilation mixed band album will be released by him.And it will consist a song of Artcell.Earlier,he directed another compilation album called Aguntuk.
"Guess it's time to co-ordinate a new series of compilation albums like 'Agontuk'. Artcell, Cryptic Fate, Metal Maze, Nemesis, Arbovirus, Powersurge, Kral, Joint Family, Dreek!... Get ready! It's time to shake the underground scenario all over again!!!",he posted.
- Ershad Zaman, Lead Guitar and Vocals (1999-2013)
- George Lincoln D'Costa, Lincoln- Vocal & Guitar(1999–2013)
- Saef Al Nazi, Cézanne - Bass,Back up vocals(1999–2013)
- Kazi Sajjadul Asheqeen, Shaju – Drums(1999–2013)
- Reaz(Mechanix) - Drums (2010–2013)
Compilation albums (contributed singles)
- Odekha Shorgo (Charpotro)
- Shopner Chorus (Projonmo)
- Dukkho Bilash (Anusheelon)
- Opshori (Anusheelon)
- Ashirbad (Din Bodol with Black and Cryptic Fate)
- Ostitter Dike Pododhonir Shommohon (Agontuk I)
- Chile Kothar Sepai (Agontuk II)
- Bangladesh...Smrity O Amra (Agontuk III)
- Chera Akash (Lokayot)
- Uthsober Uthsahe (Underground)
- Ei Bidaye (Live Now)
- Kandari Hushiar (Rock 303)
- Hunkarer Opekkhay(Gorje utho Bangladesh)
- Onno Shomoy
- Olosh Shomoyer Pare
- Bangladesh...Smrity O Amra
- Pathor Bagan
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