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Artcell

Background information :
Origin : Dhaka, Bangladesh
Genres : Progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal
Years active : 1999 – present
Labels : G Series (2001 - 2007) Members : Ershad , Shaju , Lincoln , Cezanne
Official Website : artcellism.com

Artcell is a Bangladeshi progressive rock band formed in October 1999.[1] According to The Daily Star, a leading English national daily, Artcell is "one of the leading rock bands of the country".

Formation

Prior to forming the band, the four current members were school friends from Dhaka, and used to get together to play Metallica songs. Eventually Ershad came up with compositions of his own and the group began to play them at shows. The response they got was encouraging, which led to the formation of a band. What started off as an underground band is now one of the most recognized mainstream bands in the Bengali rock music scene. [1] The name "Artcell" was decided upon because it was softer sounding than a typical heavy metal name. In Cezanne and Shaju's words: Even though we were a heavy metal band when we started, we didn't want a heavy metal name. We wanted a softer or an artistic touch to the heavy metal side. 'Cells where art is produced' - that was pretty much the basic idea behind the name 'Artcell.' Ershad came up with it and we all opted for it.
Onno Shomoy (1999-2002)

Artcell released its first studio album Onno Shomoy in 2002. It was both critically and commercially successful. [3] The band lost its main songwriter Rupok to cerebral malaria while working on this album. Onno Shomoy was dedicated to him. One of the songs was titled "Rupok - Ekti Gaan" in his memory.

Aniket Prantor (2002-2006)

After the success of Onno Shomoy, Artcell spent four years carrying out experiments with their music without releasing an album although they did release singles scattered in various albums by other bands or compilation albums. Their second studio album Aniket Prantor came in April 2006. [4] The album was one of the top sellers of the year,[3] and in May the band performed their second solo concert at Dhaka's Bashundhara Convention Centre.

2007 onwards

Artcell celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 23, 2009 with a live concert entitled "10 Years Of Artcell Insanity" at the Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.A DVD of the concert was due to be released in 2010.Artcell continue to regularly perform live shows and they have also made many tours out of Dhaka, including Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi and Sylhet, with some tours in India. In 2009 the band took part in "International Coastal Cleanup 2009", a day-long beach clean-up movement, at the Cox's Bazar sea beach.[10] In early 2010 the band travelled to Australia and performed at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney on 3 January. [11] The band is due to be one of the country's leading bands to perform at a concert against violence to women in the Banani Army Stadium, Dhaka, in December 2010.
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Band members :
George Lincoln D'Costa, Lincoln – Guitars,Vocals
Ershad Zaman, Ershad - Lead Guitars,Back up vocals
Saef Al Nazi, Cezanne - Bass,Back up vocals
Kazi Sajjadul Asheqeen, Shaju – Drums
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Studio albums :

Onno Shomoy (2002)
Aniket Prantor (2006)

Compilation albums (contributed singles)
Odekha Shorgo (Charpotro)
Shopner Chorus (Projonmo)
Dukkho Bilash (Anusheelon)
Opshori (Anusheelon)
Ashirbad (Din Bodol with Black and Cryptic Fate)
Ostitter Dike Pododhonir Shommohon (Agontuk I)
Chile Kothar Sepai (Agontuk II) Bangladesh...Smrity O Amra (Agontuk III)
Chera Akash (Lokayot)
Uthsober Uthsahe (Underground)
Ei Bidaye (Live Now)
Kandari Hushiar (Rock 303) Hunkarer Opekkhay(Gorje utho Bangladesh)

Music videos :

Onno Shomoy
Olosh Shomoyer Pare
Bangladesh...Smrity O Amra
Lin
Pathor Bagan


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