Bangladeshi rock

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Bangladeshi rock or Bangla rock (Bengali: বাংলা রক) is the rock music of Bangladesh. It originated in Chittagong with Souls, which was formed in 1970.[1] Distortion, electric and bass guitars and drums are used, sometimes accompanied by piano or other keyboard instruments. In the past, it was accompanied by saxophone, flute, violin and bass violin.


Origin (1960s–1970s)[edit]

Bangladeshi rock began in 1960 when a handful of self-taught musicians joined to create original songs. Their efforts resulted in the birth of the Bangla rock scene. In 1963, Zinga Goshty was the first[citation needed] orchestra band in Bangladesh, formed in Chittagong by a group of students from Chittagong College.[2] Pioneering groups during the late 1960s included Windy Side of Care (M. Fazle Rub, Alamgir, Rafique Mazhar Islam Saju, Rafi Omar, and Khwaja Shabbir Quader), the Lightnings (Neo Mendis,Noel Mendis) Rambling Stones (Zafar Iqbal and others), Ugly Phases, Time Ago Motion (Robin and others), Fire in Ice (Selim Alam, Reza Ahmed, Chhoton Islam and Habib Zafarullah Mithu) and Insex Dui (a band with American students studying at the American School in Dacca). They performed without expensive instruments or sound systems.[1]

Azam Khan (Uchharon), a.k.a. the Legend, a.k.a. the Imaginative Composer, emerged during the 1970s. Happy Akhand's "Abar Alo Elo Je Shondha" was a popular song, and his premature death was a blow to the musicians he influenced. Akhand's contemporaries include the late Firoze Shahi, Ferdaus Wahid and Fakir Alamgir. Many old bands are still active, including Souls (1970), Feedback (1976), Miles (1978), Nagar Baul (1980) and Warfaze (1984).[3]


Although early Bangladeshi rock is characterised by romantic songs and mellow tunes, the scene began to change during the 1980s. Waves introduced Heavy Metal music in Bangladesh. Warfaze was also a progressive band during this period. Feedback was another band, who released the albums Ullash and Mela. From the mid 1980s to the early 1990s, hard rock became more popular. "It was around 1986 when Miles performed hard rock in Dhaka. They performed songs of Iron Maiden which was rocking to people. The next concert was a mind blowing performance, in which they covered several numbers of Iron Maiden and they did very well indeed!" The band was called Rock Strata, and it was followed by Warfaze. Different Touch was also active during the late 1980s and early 1990s, playing "Sraboner Meghgulo". Nova (1986) and Renaissance were bands from the same period. The era also witnessed the emergence of artists such as Ayub Bachchu (who created LRB) and solo performers Tapan Chowdhury and Kumar Bishwajit.[4]


The early 1990s was arguably the most productive phase[5] of Bangladeshi rock, featuring bands such as LRB and Ark. Cryptic Fate and Maqsood O Dhaka were other notable groups from the era.[5]

The heavy-metal scene further developed during the early 1990s. "Mixed album Hooray was, back then, a huge inspiration and boost for many celebrated bands from today", said Shakib of Cryptic Fate.[citation needed] Warfaze and Rock Strata also released albums. Another band was Winning, which later disbanded. That year metal bands such as Cryptic Fate, Mysteria, Dethrow and PsychoDeth also emerged, playing at underground shows. Shironaamhin, formed in 1996, is still active as of 2013. Around 1998, Koprophilia, Clovermind and Spanking Monkeys began playing alternative music. After a period of turmoil, around 1999 Artcell (formerly Tantrik), Metal Maze, Migraine, Black, Wire, Scarecrow and Nemesis surfaced.[5][6]


By the early ears of the 21st century, bands such as Aurthohin, Dalchhut, Shironamhin, Black, Artcell, Poizon Green, Kronic, Reborn, Scarecrow and Nemesis became active on the Bangladeshi music scene with the release of debut albums and songs. Newer bands emerging during this period, such as Stentorian, Arbovirus, Shunno and Lalon, also became established. The era also saw the revival of the Chittagong rock-music scene. Although the city is considered the birthplace of Bangladeshi rock it declined during the 1990s, when most local musicians and bands began moving to Dhaka for more opportunity and better facilities. During the early 2010s, the Bangladesh Music Bands Association (BAMBA) and the Chittagong Musical Band Association (CMBA) began organising rock concerts in the city, which gave exposure to local underground bands. This resulted to the emergence of new rock bands in the city, such as Hemorrhage and Blunderware.[7][8]

Popular Bands of Bangladesh[edit]

Formed Name Genre Language City of origin
1970 Uccharon Pop rock Bangla Dhaka
1970 Souls Pop rock Bangla Chittagong
1976 Feedback Rock music Bangla Dhaka
1978 Miles Pop rock Bangla Dhaka
1980 Nagar Baul Hard rock, psychedelic rock Bangla Chittagong
1981 Waves Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
1983 Winning Soft Rock Bangla Dhaka
1984 Warfaze Hard rock, heavy metal music Bangla Dhaka
1985 Different Touch Pop rock Bangla Khulna
1985 Rockstrata Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
1985 In Dhaka Heavy metal music Bangla Dhaka
1985 Aces Hard Rock Bangla Dhaka
1986 Nova Rock music, Hard rock, Psychedelic rock Bangla Dhaka
1986 Prometheus Pop Rock Bangla Dhaka
1986 Obscure Pop Rock Bangla Khulna
1991 Love Runs Blind (LRB) Alternative rock Bangla Chittagong
1991 Ark Pop rock Bangla Chittagong
1993 Cryptic Fate Progressive metal Bangla Dhaka
1996 Shironamhin Folk music, alternative rock, psychedelic rock Bangla Dhaka
1996 Dalchhut Rock music Bangla Dhaka
1998 Aurthohin Rock music, Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
1998 Black Rock music, alternative rock, grunge Bangla Dhaka
1998 Poizon Green Thrash/Power Metal Bangla Dhaka
1999 Artcell Progressive metal, progressive rock Bangla Dhaka
1999 Scarecrow Thrash Metal, metal core Bangla Dhaka
1999 Nemesis Alternative rock Bangla Dhaka
2000 Lalon Rock Bangla Dhaka
2000 Vikings Rock Bangla Dhaka
2001 Stentorian Hard rock, heavy metal Bangla Dhaka
2001 Vibe Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2001 Satanik Black Metal English Dhaka
2002 Sentinels Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal Bangla Dhaka
2002 Arbovirus Experimental music, alternative rock, Nu metal Bangla Dhaka
2002 D.O.T (Days of Tragedy) Hard Rock, Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2002 Bijoy Roth Rock Bangla Dhaka
2002 Chirkutt Epic Fusion, Fusion Rock Bangla Dhaka
2004 Severe Dementia Death Metal English Dhaka
2004 Doorbin Rock Bangla Dhaka
2004 Gene-Split Thrash Metal Bangla Dhaka
2004 Funeral Anthem Power Metal Bangla Dhaka
2005 Shohortoli Theatrical rock Bangla Dhaka
2006 De-illumination Symphonic rock, symphonic metal Bangla Dhaka
2006 Mechanix Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2006 Powersurge Thrash/Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2006 MirrorBlaze Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2006 Recall Alternative Rock Bangla Dhaka
2006 Ashes Psychedelic/Stoner Rock Bangla Chittagong
2006 Joler Gaan Folk Rock Bangla Dhaka
2007 Shunno Pop rock Bangla Dhaka
2007 OBLIQUE Pop Rock Bangla Dhaka
2007 Bishorgo Rock Bangla Chittagong
2007 Defy Rock Bangla Dhaka
2007 Chromatic Massacre Technical Death Metal English Dhaka
2008 Orator Thrash/Death Metal English Dhaka
2008 Necromaniac Thrash/Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2008 O-Seventeen Hard Rock Bangla Dhaka
2008 Old School Folk Rock Bangla Dhaka
2008 Black Stain Progressive Metal Bangla Dhaka
2008 Creature of Judgement Melodic Black/Death Metal English Dhaka
2008 Dissector Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2008 Nafarmaan Black Metal English Dhaka
2009 Moruvumi Rock Music Bangla Dhaka
2009 Minerva Groove Metal Bangla Dhaka
2009 Homicide Brutal/Technical Death Metal English Dhaka
2009 Jahiliyyah Black/Death Metal English Dhaka
2009 Nuclear Winter Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2009 Eternal Armageddon Melodic Black Metal, Black/Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2009 Abominable Carnivore Black/Death Metal English Dhaka
2009 Power of Ground Brutal/Technical Death Metal English Chittagong
2009 WARSITE Heavy Metal Bangla & English Dhaka
2010 Green Army Thrash/Death Metal English Dhaka
2010 Zenith Rock/Hard rock Bangla Dhaka
2010 Hallucination Melodic Death Metal Bangla Dhaka
2010 Embrace of Death Melodic Death Metal Bangla Dhaka
2010 ZerG Progressive/Experimental Metal Bangla Dhaka
2010 EF Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2011 Enmachined Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2011 Thrash Technical Thrash Metal English Dhaka
2011 Ionic Bond Melodic Death Metal English Chittagong
2011 NticRayz Experimental/Rock Metal English Chittagong
2012 Ogropothik Soft Rock/Hard Rock/ Gothik Metal/ Progressive Rock Bangla Dhaka
2012 Blue Jeans Experimental Rock Bangla Dhaka
2012 C!rcle Post-Grunge Bangla Dhaka
2012 Onirban Rock/Heavy Metal Bangla Dhaka
2012 5 O'Clock Rock Bangla Dhaka
2013 CYCLE Band BD Rock Bangla BUET,Dhaka
2015 AvoidRafa Rock Bangla Dhaka
2015 Bay Of Bengal Rock/Metal Bangla Chittagong
2016 The Tree Experimental/ Progressive Rock Bangla Chittagong


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  6. ^ "Underground". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
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  8. ^ "NSR IV rocks Chittagong". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). Retrieved 23 March 2013.