Stentorian

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Stentorian
Stentorian New Line-Up Pic.jpg
From left to right: Rabiul Awal Real, James Kabir, Tutul Rashid, Rafiul Habib, Anabeel Sen.
Background information
Origin Dhaka, Bangladesh
Genres Heavy Metal, Hard Rock , Heavy Rock
Years active 2001-present
Labels G-series
Associated acts Aurthohin, Black, Yaatri
Website [http://www.reverbnation.com/stentorianbd [http://www.facebook.com/stentorian [http://stentorianbd.wordpress.com
Members James Kabir
Rafiul Habib
Anabeel Sen
Tutul Rashid
Rabiul Awal Real
Past members Torsha Khan
Golam Waise
Shams Alim Biswas
Bobby Khan
Tanim Sufyani

Stentorian (Bengali: স্টেনটোরিয়ান) is a Heavy Metal band from Bangladesh formed in the early 2001.[1][2][3][4] Stentorian released one commercially successful album Protimuhurtey in 2005 and several commercially successful singles. Their most popular songs include Adrissho Juddho, Bishonno Adhaar, Bidrohi, Jolosrot, Anubhuti, Mone pore na and most recently Chhobi.[5][6] Stentorian is regarded as one of the pioneers of the underground heavy metal music movement, which re-energized heavy metal in Bangladesh in this current decade.[7] Perhaps Stentorian is most notable for being led by three of the greatest Bangladeshi rock vocalists of all time, Real, Torsha and Tanim"[8][9] and for their commercially successful single Bishonno Adhaar where they featured Sumon from Aurthohin.[10]

Stentorian is typically classified as heavy metal, but it ranges from soft rock, power ballad to thrash metal and most recently progressive metal. Stentorian's approach has remained the same over the band's career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best. Their appreciation of early rock and heavy metal is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs.[11] Stentorian's heavy metal lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, psychological depression, social disorder and politics. Stentorian’s popular soft music lyrics contain love, affection and emotional appeal.

History[edit]

2001-2003: Early years[edit]

Stentorian's first line-up had Torsha Khan (Vocals), James Kabir (guitar), Shams Alim Biswas (bass), Golam (guitar), and Bobby Khan (drum). After 10 months of hard practice and patience, Stentorian got their first ever break at a concert in the Indian High Commission Auditorium, Dhaka (27 October 2001). From the very first show, Stentorian had instant appeal. Torsha's vocal performance was widely praised among both critics and fellow musicians. Around 2003, Golam left the band, going abroad for higher studies. However, the band continued performing shows and writing songs.[12]

2003-2004: Adrissho Juddho[edit]

Stentorian's first big break was an invitation to participate in Aguntuk -2, a band mixed album coordinated by Bassbaba Sumon. Unfortunately, they had to sacrifice Torsha because at that time he had to leave Bangladesh to pursue higher studies (later immigration). Members somehow managed to record the vocal tracks for Adrissho Juddho & Bhoy. Both the songs were later released that year respectively in the mixed albums Aguntuk-2 and Dinbodol. Adrissho Juddho instantly became both a commercial and critical success across the nation (later, a cult classic).[13]

2004-2006: Bishonno Adhaar & Protimuhurtey[edit]

In 2004, when Stentorian’s fate was at stake, and members were thinking about breaking up and forming own projects, Torsha, who was still with the band, suggested his childhood friend Tanim join. After Torsha’s repeated requests, Tanim joined Stentorian in September 2004. During the first concert with his new band, Tanim blew all the bands away and put a halt to the “just-standing-up-with-a-microphone-age” with his energetic and powerful performance. Tutul Rashid and Rafiul Habib also joined at this time.[14]

James and Tutul’s dominant guitar playing along with Rafiul’s drums and Shams’ bass playing took Stentorian into a whole different dimension; it was not a surprise that the band performed in over 100 concerts in 2005 alone. During this era, Stentorian was often referred to as “The most popular band of underground” in numerous places, including internet forums, newspaper, magazines, etc.[15][16][17] Stentorian finally achieved mainstream success when Bishonno Adhaar was released, which featured Bassbaba Sumon from Aurthohin (Bishonno Adhaar is the first ever featured song in Bangladesh). Bishonno Adhaar became an instant success all over the nation and Stentorian got their second classic. Stentorian received almost 100% positive reviews from the leading musicians and legends of Bangladesh. James gained cult following with the song, and he were fondly nicknamed "Rocket Roll V" and "Riff Master" by his fans. With the huge success of Bishonno Adhaar, Stentorian did their first ever national tour. After the tour, they signed up with G-Series, a major musical label of Bangladesh. Stentorian concentrated on recording of their debut album.[18][19][20]

Torsha came back to Bangladesh for just a month in August 2005. Stentorian took advantage of his presence and quickly recorded six songs with Torsha. However, Torsha couldn't perform any concerts due to the shortage of time. After his departure, Stentorian fully concentrated on the album and on October 2005 Stentorian's debut album Protimuhurtey was released. Protimuhurtey catapulted the band to prominence, with sales that were “way above five figures” copies nationwide (considered Gold).[21] Songs like Jolosrot, Mone Pore na and Onubhuti became people's favorite, and they are often sung by the younger generation.

2007 - Present: Come back, 2nd album & Future[edit]

After 1 year of irregular activity and ultimate departure of Torsha and Shams from the band, Stentorian restarted its journey once again with a track on the mixed album Rock 101, Choritrohin. Anabeel Sen replaced Shams on Bass. Choritrohin gained much critical attention as the song narrates secret desires of a perverted rapist. Stentorian announced that they are releasing second album soon enough. Stentorian started national tour once again and started to appear at media regularly. In 7 March 2010, a brand new song was released from the second album as an album preview, Chhobi. The song was also made available for free download. Chhobi gave Stentorian a new image, as this song was downloaded more than 45000 times from its original hosting only.[22][23] Stentorian's 4 June 2010 live show at ABC Radio was attended by thousands of fans around Dhaka city. Till date Stentorian is working on their 2nd album and so far 8 songs have been recorded.[24][25] In December 2011 again Tanim left Stentorian due to some personal problems. And in January 2012 another young blood "Rabiul Awal Real" joined as Tanim's replacement.

Currently they are very much active in the music scene & doing regular gigs & shows with their new line up.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation tracks[edit]

  • 2004: Adrissho Juddho (Agontuk-2)
  • 2004: Bhoy (Dinbodol)
  • 2005: Nilkal (Lokayot)
  • 2005: Bishonno Adhaar (feat. Bassbaba) (Agontuk-3)
  • 2007: Opomrittu (UnderGround-2)
  • 2008: Choritrohin (Rock 101)

Popularity[edit]

Stentorian along with Rockstrata, Warfaze, Aurthohin, Artcell, Black, Cryptic Fate, Metal Maze, Arbovirus, Nemesis, Vibe, and Kronic are among the first and few bands in Bangladesh to popularize Heavy Metal and Hard Rock in the country.

Band members[edit]

  • James Kabir — Guitars, Backup Vocals (2001–present)
  • Tutul Rashid — Guitars (2003–present)
  • Anabeel Sen — Bass, Backup Vocals (2008–present)
  • Rafiul Habib — Drums and Percussion (2003–present)
  • Rabiul Awal Real — Vocals (2012–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Golam Waise - Guitars (2001–2003)
  • Bobby Khan - Drums (2001–2003)
  • Torsha Khan - Vocals (2001–2008)
  • Shams Alim Biswas - Bass, Backup Vocals (2001–2007)
  • Tanim Sufyani - Vocals (2004–2011)

External links[edit]

Media Coverage[edit]

  • [1] CONCERT AT RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
  • [2] Heavy metal concert held at Russian Cultural Center

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Stentorian," Reverbnation. Web, Sep. 12, 2010.
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  7. ^ "The Turbulent Evolution of Bangla Rock." The Daily Star, the most popular Bangladeshi newspaper. Monday, September 27, 2010
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  12. ^ "Stentorian's Biography." Bangla Music, Bangladeshi Music Portal. February 19, 2003
  13. ^ "Stentorian's Biography." Bangla Music, Bangladeshi Music Portal. February 19, 2003
  14. ^ "Stentorian's History." Desh forum, Bangladeshi Music Portal. 26-06-2010 04:42
  15. ^ Stentorian's History." Desh forum, Bangladeshi Music Portal. 26-06-2010 04:42
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  24. ^ "Stentorian gets ready to rev again." The Daily Star, the most popular Bangladeshi newspaper. Monday, September 27, 2010
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  26. ^ "Stentorian gets ready to rev again." The Daily Star, the most popular Bangladeshi newspaper. Monday, September 27, 2010
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  28. ^ "Stentorian gets ready to rev again." The Daily Star, the most popular Bangladeshi newspaper. Monday, September 27, 2010
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