‘Sword Of The
Spirit’: Sounds of gospel rock
It's not always that one would come across a group
of youngsters who are very much into music that is totally different
to their scene.
‘Sword Of The Spirit’ is a group of
seven young guys who are putting across a kind of music that is
not only electrifying but inspirational as well. What they dish
out to the public they classify as ‘worship-oriented kind
of music’. In simpler terms, it's GOSPEL ROCK.
|The boys of the ‘Spirit’
‘Sword Of The Spirit’ first came into
the spotlight in 2005 when they were placed second at the prestigious
TNL Onstage 2005 competition. It was indeed a remarkable achievement
for a band which was formed just months preceding the Onstage competition.
Although new to the scene at that point in time,
the members were all versatile musicians. They just needed to be
forged into the right mix to produce pure metal magic, and it was
certainly pure metal magic that they projected at the Onstage competition,
which brought them success and fame.
‘Sword Of The Spirit’ has now refashioned
themselves into a phenomenal seven-piece outfit with an ever-widening
audience and regular performance schedules due to their highly-charged
playlist of gospel rock music.
‘We have slashed through numerous challenges
to become one of Sri Lanka's leading gospel rock bands’ said
a member of the group. And they now plan to branch out into reggae
and funk, but retaining the worship-oriented flavour.
‘Sword Of The Spirit’ now comprises
Hasyth Abeyaratne (vocals), James Mather (lead guitar), Nirantha
Atapattu (rhythm guitar), Viran Perera (acoustic guitar), Akila
Peiris (bass guitar), Indunil Ushantha (keyboards) and Johann Wijesinghe
The new-look outfit was launched on September
16 at Cate d' Artiste. It was a very special night for the members
and they worked hard towards it and it paid off.
The crowd was ecstatic. They couldn't wait to
see the new line up of Sword Of The Spirit on stage for the first
time. Their repertoire for the night included four of their own
The three original members of the band, Nirantha,
Haysth and Johann, say they knew that the 16th night was going to
bring forth a new era of gospel rock music in Sri Lanka.
‘We plan to have another electrifying night
in December and it will be called ‘SOS Night’, a member
told TV Times.
He also went on to say that the 16th night couldn't
have been a success without the help of their parents.
‘I want to thank all the band members' parents
for believing in us and staying calm despite the countless number
of practices we had’.