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Calling the gods

Chitral with Firewind

Civilization One, German based melodic power metal band, featuring Sri Lankan born singer residing in Germany ,Chitral Somapala or “Chity” as he is lovably known, will shortly release their second CD album ‘ Calling The Gods.”

Civilization One, a multinational ensemble comprising musicians from Sri Lanka,Italy, France and Brazil is currently holding concerts in Europe.

The group with Chitral on vocals, Christian Muenzner on guitars, Pierre-Emmanuel Pelisson on bass will enter Bazement Studio in Germany this month to begin recording its second album with producer Markus Teske, who has produced many albums and power metal bands such as Vanden Plas, Mob Rules, Red Circuit , Dominici, Amaseffer and Symphony X at this particular studio.

Civilization One’s first album, released five years ago featuring ten songs titled “Revolution Rising”, was also recorded and mastered at the Bazement by Markes Teske..

Chitral Somapala wrote the song “Legend From The Past” for Revolution Rising , which caught the attention of many metal critics in Europe to comment on the vocalist and their work in that album.

Revolution Rising featured Aldo Lonobile on guitar and Luca Cartasegna from the Italian metal band Secret Sphere.

Chitral, formerly of Friends is a “band hopping vocalist”. He is notorious for changing bands. However one would occasionally notice that he is on stage with the same bands or players to sing from time to time. He had performed with bands like Avalon,Firewind, Faro, Moonlight Agony and Red Circuit.

Civilization One

Civilization One was formed and owned by Chitral. He once said on being asked which song he was most proud of and why,”I’m still proud of the song “Nadee Ganga” I did for the brewery in Sri Lanka with my native language as it´s for almost 10 yrs rotating in Radio/TV in Sri Lanka.I sound very unique in it, maybe it´s the language that makes the song beautiful “

Nadee Ganga is probably the only Sinhala language song which with the voice of Chitral has brought authentic rock sound to Sinhala song. It is still one of the rare types which people would gladly remember and want to sing.

Even the hardcore oriental music lovers admired the way which Chitral sang this one. Chity said about their upcoming album, “this is not going to be a concept album at all .It has enough balls to please metal and hard rock fans.”

According to Chitral, Civilization One do not follow any trends, except that they try their best on the upcoming CD to get more recognition to be in today’s competition. The band’s current line up includes Bjoern Daigger of Majesty and R:I:P and drummer Holger Rodammer.

Both the artistes are expected to take part in “Calling the Gods.” The band has announced their new album will feature a guest guitar solo from former Manover guitaris David Shankle of David Shankle Group. Calling the Gods will have 11 tracks with some of them written and composed by Chitral. The group’s lyrics will be based on themes such as darkness, perseverance, Gods and times.

The new album will have a tracklist including , Calling the Gods, Hell Awaiting , The Evil Eye, Re unite, Spirit in The Wind, Archangel, Lost In a New World, The Lie Among Us All. True Believer, Supernatural Virtue and The Son of Atrocity.


Institute of Western Music & Speech:

Young Musician of 2008 at Russian Centre tomorrow

The Institute of Western Music & Speech, organises an event annually, to encourage, nurture and highlight the talents of our children.

This event is organised, to provide an opportunity for the children to display their skills in pianoforte and strings.

There are three categories for piano - Junior, Intermediate and Senior, and two categories for Violin - Junior and Senior.

The semi-finals were worked out on the 14th of June 2008 at the Institute of Western Music & Speech auditorium.

The grand finale will be held on July 13, 2008 (Sunday) at Russian Centre, Colombo 7 from 5.00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Institute of Western Music & Speech at No. 12, Kotalawela Gardens, Colombo 4 during office hours (8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.) The winners of each category will receive a trophy and a cash award, there will be a special award presented to the “Young Musician of the Year - 2008” who will be the Most Outstanding Performer of the evening.

The event is sponsored by Seylan Bank Ltd.

The Institute of Western Music & Speech is a premier examining body for over 48 years in Sri Lanka and conducts variety of programmes in Music and Speech and allied subjects.

The Institute of Western Music & Speech is a service oriented organisation incorporated by an Act of Parliament No. 44 in 1988.


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