Whispers in Crimson – Suicide in B Minor (2014)
: Whispers in Crimson Title Of Album
: Suicide in B Minor Year Of Release
: 2014 Label
: Sixtysix Records Genre
: Progressive Metal Quality
: Mp3 Bitrate
: 320 kbps Total Time
: 54:37 Min Total Size
: 136 Mb Tracklist:
1. Suicide in B Minor 08:38
2. Nightmare Within a Dream 10:34
3. Project Sinister 07:32
4. Do You Believe? 06:02
5. Coming Home 06:09
6. Us for Fools (To Iran) 08:52
7. Cask of Amontillado 07:26
Amirali Nourbakhsh all guitars & vocals on "Coming Home"
Hadi Kiani Keyboards except on 1
Herbie Langhans Vocals
Jalal Gholami Bass on 1,2,4,6
Arash Moghaddam Drums on 2,3,5,7
Dara Darai Bass on 5,7
Abolkhanjeh Fatmeshekanjeh Drums on 1,4,6
Mohsen Yousefi Keyboards on 1
Kasra Saboktakin Bass on 3
The tracks on Whispers in Crimson’s first album, Suicide in B Minor,
reflect the political mindset of the band’s founder, Amirali Nourbakhsh.
He was 13 when the Islamic Revolution took place in Iran overthrowing the
Shah. As a son of an American-Iranian trained naval officer under the
Shah’s regime, he witnessed how the 1979 revolution changed his life
In 1983 and at the age of 17, he left Iran as a consequence of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) which he did
His life had been already impacted by a revolution which was supported by the majority of Iranians, but was in no way in line
with his beliefs, upbringing or ethics. He was even more impacted by a
war which invoked mixed feelings in him. As an Iranian he felt his
country had to be defended against the aggressor Saddam, but as a
critique of the revolution, he didn’t want to fight for something he
didn’t believe in.
On the one hand, he wanted to stay with his family during those difficult times, and on the other, his father wanted him
to leave for a better life and education. Emotions of guilt, agony and
anger left such impact on him that to this date influence his song
writing and lyrics.
As a newcomer to the Western world, he had nothing on his mind, but to understand his own feelings towards a
country that was driven by a revolution and torn by a war.
Confused by unpredictable events that impacted his life, he studied English
literature just to find that he was more interested in the politics of
his own country. This led him to study international relations,
economics and diplomacy which left him with two Master’s degrees in
disciplines totally unrelated to his strongest passion, heavy metal
In 1989, he came back to Iran for the first time after six years when the war was over. The song “Coming Home” depicts this period
of his life.
In 1994, he returned to Iran with the determination to live there forever. Today, he is the owner and CEO of a management
consulting firm, while he has been spending enormous amounts of time
practicing guitar and writing songs parallel to his full time job. In
the past 18 years, Amirali has been working on his album while also
working as a management consultant. Living such a life has enabled him
to produce this album over ten years often resulting in the neglect of
his family and friends.
In his own words, Whispers in Crimson is the ultimate fulfillment of his dreams. “The formation of Whispers in
Crimson and the production of this album have been my ultimate dream.
Although it is now a dream come true to me, it puts me automatically in
jeopardy for publicizing my utmost hatred for a dangerous man whose
actions left me no choice but to leave my country again. That man is
Whispers in Crimson
Hailing from Tehran, Whispers in Crimson has confirmed the release of their full length debut for June
2014. The album was predominantly recorded in the suburbs of Tehran at
the band’s studio. Hadi Kiani, the studio owner and the band’s keyboard
player—who is also a professional sound engineer—was in charge of the
recordings, the mix and the mastering.
“Putting this album together seemed at times impossible to me with all the restrictions we have in
Iran. The music is frowned upon and considered somehow illegal. On top
of that, I have my own family and full-time job. But not once in my life
did I doubt that metal was what I wanted, and with Hadi’s support I did
the impossible.” says Amirali Nourbakhsh, the guitarist, songwriter and
leader of the band.
The variety of the songs reflect the hardship Amirali has gone through. Although not a concept album in the classical
sense, 6 of the 7 songs are about political events in the Middle East.
The interesting title track “Suicide in B Minor” is about how a
Palestinian shepherd turns into a suicide bomber after finding his
family slaughtered. The over 8-minute progressive epic is melodic,
aggressive, with lots of time signatures and even metronome
changes—which is by the way present throughout the album.
The most difficult thing about this album is how to describe its inspirations. It
has a lot of Harmonic Minor scales, but it doesn’t sound Middle
Eastern. At times it reminds one of Kamelot, at time maybe Symphony X,
but there is no one track on the album that could be compared to either
The second song is about Saddam Hossein’s last ten minutes. The climax is the slow but aggressive solo in the middle of the
track which very clearly depicts Saddam’s torture at the poles. “Bow to
me and treasure me, at least until I fall.” The over 10-minute track is
the most progressive on the album. It starts with an unusual 15/8
rhythm demonstrating many unexpected accents and time signatures.
From a musicianship-performance perspective, the album is full of nice
technical pieces with catchy songwriting and a very realistic
production. Although progressive, all songs appeal to a vast rock
audience. The singer immediately strikes the ear. The German Herbie
Langhans—of Sinbreed and Seventh Avenue—adds additional power and
aggression to the songs. “Sascha Paeth introduced Herbie to me. I didn’t
know of Herbie, so I started streaming his work on the internet. The
first song was a ballad and I was like ‘No, no, this guy sounds like
Brian Adams.. too mellow for me.’ Then I listened to Dust to Dust by
Sinbreed. That’s where I discovered his range and thought that’s the guy
I have been looking for.” Amirali remembers.
Do You Believe? is the closest to a ballad on the album. It is very melodic with a sing-along
chorus, but has a fast guitar solo and aggressive singing.
“For me it was important to write songs that needed technically sophisticated
musicians to play them. On the other hand, my songs had to be melodic
and aggressive. But perhaps most importantly, I wanted A class lyrics. I
wanted to express my secular and democratic views on political events
in this part of the world through a medium that conveyed the emotions as
well. I think progressive metal is the best vehicle to communicate this
emotional knowledge,” says Amirali.
The sound of Whispers in Crimson incorporates a blend of progressive metal, 80s heavy metal, 70’s
progressive and hard rock and then just Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie
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