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Disturbed’s latest: A bland and forgettable hard rock melodrama – Music Review




New Delhi, Nov 7 : American metal band Disturbed’s seventh studio album, “Evolution”, is a disturbingly weak effort after a three-year wait since the more superior “Immortalized” of 2015.

While the album, released in October, does pack energy with the heavier tracks displaying some of the fervour of the old Disturbed, overall this is just a diluted, commercialised offering.

Emerging from the shadows of the nu-metal movement, Disturbed rose to prominence with their 2000 debut album “The Sickness”, a record of hardness, aggression and attitude where they rode the tides of the nu-metal wave. Today, they are one of the few bands from that time who have not only managed to stick around, but also stay relevant.

Partly the reason for this is that they were never truly a nu-metal band as their songs always packed a bigger sensibility to traditional heavy metal rather than the watered-down diluted edge lord music that was nu- metal, characterised by rapping, hip-hop grooves and angst rather than any real aggression. By the time of their third album, “Ten Thousand Fists”, they discarded any similarities they had to that style of music.

As of 2018, they are one of the most famous and successful post-2000 metal bands, and have got themselves a massive, dedicated fan base which they have rightfully earned. With some real monster tracks in their catalogue such as “The Sickness”, “Stricken”, “Indestructible” and “Prayer”, the band’s music always packed a hard metal edge while simultaneously packing a more delicate grooving melodic hard rock sensibility which makes them a great entry-level band for those who are not yet exposed to heavy music. All this, though, can be said for their earlier stuff.

Unfortunately, however, it would seem that Disturbed has hit a bit of a low point musically this year as “Evolution” seems to be a very different animal from either “Ten Thousand Fists”, “Indestructible” or “Asylum”. Their new album sees them going down the path of a much more radio-oriented hard rock sound. The album features the band increasingly incorporating electronic influences on the heavier tracks as well as employing a slicker more clean-cut production.

The heavy tracks, such as the single “Are You Read” or “The Best Ones Lie”, do pack some of the fervour and power of the old Disturbed, but nonetheless seem to have discarded the metal. But what makes this album so rock-radio oriented is the presence of what is Disturbed’s first attempt at writing ballads following their much acclaimed cover of the legendary 1960s folk duo Simon and Garfunkel’s gem “The Sound Of Silence” on “Immortalize”.

There is not really a whole lot to say about “Evolution”, because, musically, this is just a very watered down mainstream hard rock album with a few solid moments. One big complaint that one can have with Disturbed is that they have never really changed their sound and how all their songs following “Ten Thousand Fists” have such a similar sound. Now that they have changed their sound, it just did not go down all too well.

This is by far the weakest album in their discography, and while it is genuinely commendable that Disturbed tries to branch off into another sound, the result is rather disappointing. Diehard fans of the band don’t have a whole lot to look forward to. While there is nothing bad about this album, there is nothing particularly good about it, either.

(Anand Venkitachalam is a Delhi-based metal fan. He can be reached at [email protected])

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IFFI’s grand golden jubilee edition to trace its evolution

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.



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Panaji, Nov 22 : The grand golden jubilee celebrations of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) next year will look back at the glorious journey of the gala, and will focus on the business of cinema, according to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officials.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the I&B Ministry, the state government, and the Entertainment Society of Goa, will work together to plan a roadmap for the 50th IFFI.

Elucidating on that, Amit Khare, Secretary in the I&B Ministry, told IANS here: “For the 50th anniversary, the golden jubilee of IFFI, the work will start from November 28. Right after the closing ceremony of the present edition, we will start working on next year’s event.”

“We would like to start early because it’s a great event. We would like to showcase what has happened from the first to the 49th edition. It’s not all of a sudden that we have reached this place,” he added.

In 1952, IFFI started with the participation of 23 countries with over 200 films as entries. This year, the numbers have quadrupled to a 1,000 entries from over 100 countries across the world, indicated the festival’s official website.

It has grown to be one of the most prominent and important film jamborees in Asia, screening some of the best national and international cinema and bringing together some of the brightest cinematic minds from across the world.

Khare said: “The journey started 49 years ago. That journey will be recounted (at the golden jubilee celebrations). There will be more focus on the business aspect… One is the glamour component of films, the other is the educational value and the the third is the revenue generation and employment creation.

“So, we will have emphasis on all three.”

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

The inaugural edition took place at Mumbai, and the festival was subsequently taken to Madras (now Chennai), Delhi and Calutta (now Kolkata) in the next few years.

It was in 2004 that Goa welcomed IFFI with open arms under then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s leadership. Over the years, the infrastructural progress in the state has only added to the festival’s prowess.

Khare said: “IFFI is growing every year. We have been having a country in focus, and this year, for the first time we have a state in focus as well — Jharkhand.

“We want to involve more and more states. India is, after all, a federation of states. Our states have a lot of talent in terms of filming, they have a lot of stories, so why not provide them a way.”

(Radhika Bhirani is in Goa on an invitation by IFFI organisers. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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All inside pics, videos from Deepika, Ranveer’s Bengaluru Wedding Reception



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Bengaluru, Nov 22: It was a night to remember for the newly-wed Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh as celebrities, and sports stars gathered at a star hotel here to wish them.

The wedding reception was hosted at The Leela Palace Hotel and the celebrations began with Deepika and Ranveer stepping out for a photo-op at the venue to meet and greet the paparazzi.

The couple looked absolutely stunning and made a breathtaking entry. Hundreds of frenzied fans greeted the couple and cheered the celebs walking in, with bouncers keeping the boisterous crowd at bay.

The couple posed for media persons before heading for the gala reception at the luxury hotel in the city’s eastern suburb, which was decked up with lights and floral arrangements.

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Deepika wore a regal gold sari gifted to her by mother Ujjala Padukone, paired with white pearls, while Ranveer complemented her in a black “sherwani” with gold embellishments.

Software major’s philanthropic arm Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty, city-based biotech major Biocon’s chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw were among the first ones to arrive for the reception.

Former cricketers Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad, badminton star P.V. Sindhu were also present at the grand event.

The celebrity duo, married on November 14 at picturesque Lake Como in Italy flew back to Mumbai on November 18, is hosting the reception in this tech city as Deepika’s parents — badminton legend Prakash Padukone and Ujjala live here.

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Incidentally, Deepika made her movie debut with Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’ (2006) directed by Indrajit Lankesh, brother of slain Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh.


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Bigg Boss 12 Day 66 and 67 : Deepak indulges in character assassination of Megha




Nov 21: Bigg Boss 12 contestant Deepak on Day 67 indulges in character assassination of Megha similarly Romil, few days back indulged in character assassination of Dipika.

Tomorrow, Sreesanth talks about the scandal in his cricket career, Deepak passes comments on megha ‘s character and she spits on him at him, throwing a shoe

On Day 66, the contestants of the BIgg Boss 12 are unaware that Romil has been playing the mind games while Deepak is doing politics by dividing people,as he is seen talking to Karmveer about Sreesanth .But the fact is Deepak is the real villain, who provokes everyone so that they act wrongly  on screen and he wants to gather sympathy.

For two weeks Deepak has been gathering sympathy by showing his broken arm but when the task comes his arm gets ok or fine to push everyone forcefully in today’s task and in the previous tasks including the seizing cash for the hitman where Deepak always stands before the handle  by holding it which is against the norm so that when the buzzer plays he is the first to get it.

Deepak says “earlier I thought Dipika is playing but the fact is Sreesanth is playing smartly  and brain games “.

Deepak talks to Karanvir about Sreesanth, telling him the relations he has caused to turn sour
He says that initially it seemed that Dipika is using Sreesanth, but actually it’s vice-versa.

On the second day of the task , Megha Dhade, Jasleen Matharu and Rohit from the Blue Team were in the snake’s belly, while Deepak Thakur was the sole Red Team member was accompanying them there but Rohit despite wearing blue was with the Red team .

Deepak taunts Jasleen about her eating habits.Jasleen gets angered by this comment. Deepak denies making such comments as Jasleen begins screaming at him.Megha and Rohit have an argument over him being a traitor

Members from both the team held on to the lever that would decide which team’s member would enter the snake’s belly next. Rohit and Deepak used all their strength to overpower Jasleen and Megha. The contestants did not pay any heed to what sanchalak Srishty Rode instructions and continued to play as they liked.



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