Horror metal band Albatross have played several shows with incredible bands and have a devoted following, but their long phase of bad luck ended only recently. The albatross is a bird of ill omen, and even the phrase ‘albatross around my neck’ means a huge burden over someone.
Says bassist Riju ‘Dr. Hex’ Dasgupta, “The curse was truly upon us. Our first guitarist moved to the Middle East after just two shows; one of the founding members Rajarshi Bhattacharya (now with Hellwind) quit soon after because he couldn’t make time; our concerts in Ladakh and Shillong were called off after we reached there because of political issues in those regions; a show with King Diamond, Iced Earth and Overkill got cancelled because of tax scenes in Croatia. Man, I could go on forever. Even our most kickass gigs were plagued with problems.”
And it’s true: the band has been asked to stop playing after only one song due to lack of time, and there have also been power cuts in the middle of their performances. We’ve even heard that a sanyasi once gatecrashed an Albatross show and stole their CDs! “That’s correct,” confirms Dr. Hex. “When I caught him, he said he deserves free metal music because he’s renounced the world!”
But all that’s in the past, according to the doctor. “I think Nishith has been the good-luck symbol in the band. The bad luck stopped as soon as he joined us. It also helps that he’s the best guitarist in the world.”
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