Sound — 10
Ayurveda's sound is a beautiful marriage of the best elements of bands like Alice In Chains, Tool, Opeth and Nirvana. Guttural screams, melodic, intelligent vocals, psychedelic breakdowns and crushing prog-metal riffs round out an amazing sound. The album was produced in Ithaca by Alex Perialas of Bad Religion fame, and the tones are great. The two Nepalese guitarists use Les Pauls as well as a Telecaster and Strat on some tracks, an unusual combination for heavy rock/metal but the sound is phenomenal. The bass is not muddy and has a really sweet tone and the drums are very well mixed.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics range from political and social unrest to philosophical, prog-rock fare that relates to the name of the band: Ayurveda (the science of life) and existential observations. Well written, but more importantly, beautifully delivered with interesting phrasing and great melodies by the lead singer.
Overall Impression — 10
If you are a fan of '90s grunge, prog-rock like King Crimson, Tool or Kyuss, give Ayurveda a listen. They just released "Being" last week and it's available on their website at www.ayurvedamusic.com or you can listen at their www.myspace.com/ayurveda (I'm not a member of the band shamelessly promoting, but a fan and friend who loves their music and would like to share it with others).