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In Words: Chronic Xorn

- Chronic Xorn - Oct. 2010 - Claudia Ehrhardt -

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Chronic Xorn - October 26th 2010 (by email)

Most won't think of India when it comes to metal music. But with Chronic Xorn there is a young band which might change this, at least when it comes to metalcore. So it's time to learn a bit more about Chronic Xorn!

Please tell us a bit about the beginning of Chronic Xorn! And why did you choose this name? What does it mean to you?

Chronic Xorn was formed by drummer Tamaghna Banerjee and (former) guitarist Abhinav Sengupta to quench their thirst of playing good music. Initially the band had a different line-up with members eventually parting their ways due to inexplicable reasons.
With time, the band grew stronger and more mature musically and the present line-up says it all. The name Chronic Xorn means long, persistent form of anger which suits the kind of music perfectly. The band's sound represents the present scenario in our society and the hatred all over which is a cumulative result of a long drawn mental turbulence in young minds.

Was it difficult to find the right line-up? Or is the music scene so big in Kolkata that it only took time to check out possible band members?

We had a few line-up changes before the present set up, but needless to say, finding the band members was not a cake walk.
The metal scene in the city is not very huge. When we started, the scene was even more truncated. It was just beginning to grow. So we had to search hard to get the right mix. We were lucky enough to get the best members possible for the band at that time otherwise we would not have been in the position that we are now.

Death.Destruction.Sermon is your first release. Why did you choose the title? And how many songs did you have to choose from?

The title fits in aptly with the whole idea that we had with the album. If one follows the words of the title track, it would be quite evident what the song wants to convey and we wanted it to be the highlight of the album.
We had to do away with a couple of songs which is quite a tough ask. Its very hard select or reject songs but in our case the decision of songs was quite unanimous!

Is the songwriting a band effort? Or is there one main songwriter in the band?

The song writing process is totally a band effort. Any idea from anyone within the band is welcome.

As far as I know you already play a couple of shows, even before the EP was out. So people didn't know you, how was the feedback?

We had already played quite a handsome number of shows before the release. But still we were a bit curious about the feedback. We are glad now that the album has been well accepted by the mass and we have got remarkable feedback from all the corners of the earth literally, which in itself is quite an achievement!

Do you think that playing some live shows had a positive effect on you as a band when you recorded the EP?

Certainly! Playing live made us realize what would our fans like. Songs in the album are very much crowd participatory and people can relate to each and every song.

Are you already working on new songs? A rough time line about recordings / release?

Yes, we are already working on new songs and are preparing for our first full length album release sometime in mid 2011.

What's next on Chronic Xorn's schedule?

Making more music!

Looks like it won't take long til Chronic Xorn are back with a full-length album... And I guess then the guys set sail to conquer the stages around the globe.

Claudia Ehrhardt


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