Jugaa Discography

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Jugaa. Killer Hardcore/Metal band from Kathmandu, Nepal. For fans of Integrity, Ringworm, Earth Crisis, Eyehategod, Disembodied and Arkangel. Get their discography here. All links are band-sanctioned and provided by Vishal Rai, the band’s guitarist.

Track from Ghalazat compilation – Eternal Sleep (2013)

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/10294812/file.html

Split with Sangharsha – Jugaa side only (2011)

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/26076712/file.html

Hamal Hardcore [EP] (2010)

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/60830313/file.html

Fuck The Scene [EP] (2008)

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/58905826/file.html

Split with Shannon Scam – Jugaa side only (2007)

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/67739698/file.html

Jugaa Lineup

Other links:

Jugaa on Facebook

Ghalazat Compilation on Bandcamp

Sangharsha/Jugaa split download link with both sides

Shannon Scam/Jugaa split download link with both sides

Jugaa’s interview with Eternal Abhorrence

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Dionysus – Hymn to the Dying coming out on tape soon!

Alright, so I’m gonna start posting more band news and stuff too but it’s going to be on a purely submission basis. I’ve got zero time to keep updated with what’s happening where, but I’ve got all the time in the world for people who send me stuff to post on my blog.

 

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Dionysus‘ seminal black/death/doom release from 2012 – the Hymn to the Dying EP – is being issued on tape by Hellhouse Productions from Thailand. Just check out the beautiful cover art made by Fawad Jafri. This guy might be making more artwork for metal bands in this region for the future, so keep a check on that name. The re-release will also feature a bonus track. Release date will be revealed soon.

 

The EP was originally issued by Salute Records from Sweden and quickly became one of the fast sellers on the label, gaining a reputation for delivering some quality tunes with a lot of replay value. Good reviews came from perpetually everywhere and the band continued to hone its skills on the live front with some devastating performances in its native Lahore, Pakistan. Guitarist Sheraz Ahmed had this to say about the tape release:

 

“While we’re working on our new split with indian death/doom band Dormant Inferno. I think its good to have our first EP being re-released on tape by Hellhouseproductions, since I’ve always been a fan of tapes and they’re pretty favorite in Asia these days. I am really glad this is happening.”

Check out Dionysus’ music from the following links:

 Dionysus on Bandcamp

Dionysus on Facebook

Dionysus on YouTube

Halahkuh Interview

I came across this band when I saw them on the bill for Thrashfest Sponsored By Transcending Obscurity. For a second, I didn’t believe this band was from the subcontinent. The artwork for their EP, the production values, the immaculate songwriting and tight precision-perfect playing style all seemed a notch too high for what I had come to expect from South Asian metal. But times are changing and this region is now leading the torch for metal. No childish gimmicks needed, Halahkuh (named after a barbaric Mongol leader) let their music do the talking, taking no prisoners with a no-holds barred and distinctly modern approach to death/thrash metal that wouldn’t seem out of place among the metal hordes of Europe and North America. The thoroughly professional nature of the band comes across in this interview as well, and I can tell that they’re destined for some big things in the future if they keep delivering quality metal music.

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– Greetings Prakhar! How’s everything going with the band?
Greetings from the band. We guys are doing absolutely fine, preparing for thrashfest in full swing.

 
– It’s been about a year since the release of Halahkuh’s debut EP. How does the release sound to your ears in retrospect? Has the positive response surprised you?
It feels more like an achievement to have had a release a year back and now celebrating its 1st anniversary. We have had an amazing response from the audience. There have been a lot of reviews coming in from around the globe, all having positive things to say about us. Looking back in time while we worked on ‘Desecration’, we definitely have come a long way. Halahkuh is constantly thriving to find its sound. A lot of thought and hard work had been put in Desecration. We feel we have raised the bar for ourselves and thus it would pose a great challenge to overcome this with our next release.

 
– The album also had a very professional and clear modern sound to it in terms of the production. A cut above a lot of the production values among the metal scene in India, basically. How’d you guys go about recording it?
Like I mentioned, there was a lot of thought process involved in our EP. We wanted to justify our work in every way possible. That clearly indicated on the production quality. Kudos to our producer Mr. Adhiraj Singh (Refractor studios / Noiseware), who spent a lot of time with us trying to understand the exact sound we required on this EP. We were more than content with the final product and have been appreciated almost everywhere for our production quality.

 

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– Another very professionally done thing with the EP was the album art. When I first saw it, I thought it was a North American metal band! Who’s the artist, and what does the album art signify/portray?
An album/EP is always remembered by the artwork. It leaves that everlasting image in a person’s mind. To put all our ideas into one artwork was kind of becoming difficult given all the band members had their own inputs to it. We came across Mr. Hal Rotter (Rotting graphics, Sacramento, California) who was able to shape up the artwork exactly how we’d want it to be.
As such the artwork does not portray something specific. We have left that for the audience to decipher.
But to conclude it in a few lines, it signifies a ruler who controls the world, defacing it by his unjust and cruel acts towards mankind

 
– While not being considered one of the main areas for metal in India, Pune is quickly making its mark. Do you think it can match up to places like Mumbai and Bangalore in the next few years?
I still feel Pune’s scene has been dormant for a while. Unlike the early days, when pune had its own editions of fests, one of the most popular being hammerfest, nowadays we don’t have such gigs happening anymore. Most of the upcoming bands relied on college fests to make their mark which has also shown a decline in the recent past. A few organisers have been willing to put in their cash to get the scene running once again, but again the lack of venues makes it even harder for them to pull it off. Big fests that happen in this city do not even consider one single metal band from pune which is really saddening. Though there are some promising bands coming up, I feel they need to venture out more often to different cities to gain experience.

 

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– Speaking of Mumbai, how does it feel like to be on the bill for Thrashfest? What can the Mumbai audience expect from Halahkuh?
This would be our fourth time playing in Mumbai. I personally love the fans from Mumbai as they are always full of energy and needless to say, they always execute wall of deaths and circle pits which is a great sight for the band while performing on stage . We are expecting the same for Thrashfest. There is a slight change in the setlist, which will feature our new track ‘break the shackles’ and a cover of KREATOR’s Civilization Collapse which we have officially posted on our band page.

 
– The sound of Halahkuh – while basing itself on death/thrash roots – appears to be very spontaneous. Can we expect things to get even crazier on the next release or are you lads gonna play things safe and stick to “your” sound?
Lately we have been experimenting a lot with our sound. As an example, one of our new tracks indignant, which is a pure death/thrash track, ends with a blues section which was very surprising for the fans but was very well received. Sometimes it’s fun to see fans sway to your tracks rather than breaking their necks hahaha. But that doesn’t mean we are going to the softer side. Break the shackles has a tinge of rock n roll feel to it. So we don’t plan to stick to what we play usually. The new material will be aggressive but with newer elements.

 
– Are the band members involved in any side-projects, or is everyone commited solely to the Halahkuh cause?
Our drummer Prasenjit is a full time drummer and involved in two side projects namely Black Wings and Pitch Black Symphony. Rest are solely committed to Halahkuh

 
– Over the years, the Indian scene has really blossomed. What are some Indian bands you’d want to recommend to any non-Indian reader?
There are so many bands who have flourished over the years. If you ask me, then I would recommend Devoid, Demonic Resurrection, Undying Inc., Albatross, Zygnema, Eccentric Pendulum, 1833 AD to name a few.

 

 

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Halahkuh on Facebook

Halahkuh on Bandcamp

Thrashfest Sponsored By Transcending Obscurity

Sceptre Interview

Sceptre are one of India’s oldest Thrash bands and are still active today – currently in their 16th year since their founding. That enough is something that gets me curious. How the hell does  a band survive for nearly 2 decades in one of the most inconsistent places in the world – South Asia? Their dedication hasn’t let up at all and their 2nd album, released last year entitled “The Age of Calamity” is a ferocious high-octane collection of thrash anthems that deal primarily with women’s rights in India. It’s a very unique take for a thrash band to have, especially in this part of the world. Honesty, integrity and consistency is what drives this band despite many line-up changes and I interview drummer and founding member Aniket ahead of their appearance in Thrashfest by Transcending Obscurity.

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– Hey Aniket. How’s the preparations for Thrashfest comin’ along?

Hey buddy…greetings to our brothers in Pakistan! We are simply itching to set foot on stage for Thrashfest!

 

 

 

– Sceptre had its 15th anniversery in December of 2013. Despite so many lineup changes – including a change in vocalist – you’re still going strong. How does it feel? What have the prominent highs and lows been?

It sure feels awesome. I mean there have been a million times when we felt like hanging our boots, but we’ve realised whatever we have achieved as a band is too hard to ignore. We’ve had our share of great moments as well as some shitty ones. Our proudest moment was when we won Independence Rock in 2003. That was the beginning of something big for us…radio interviews, tv appearances, modelling for a local fashion brand etc…this apart from the numerous gigs we played all across the country. We’ve tackled a lot of problems, but the one that probably shook the boat a bit, was definitely our founder member and vocalist Teemeer quitting in 2010. But we’ve overcome that and completed our 15th anniversary!

 

 

 

– Usually, it’s the band’s guitarists who define the sound of the band. Keeping in mind the roting lineup of guitarist (and more recently, vocalist), has the band’s sound changed much?

Yes!! It has changed..and how. Every band has to give something new to it’s audience. We did just that. We changed the sound of the guitars, roped in a vocalist who has a totally different singing style than the one we had before and Voila!…we sounded pretty fucking heavy. A lot of people thought we went ‘metal-core’, but then we never really cared what we were labelled as.

 

 

 

– Despite being around for 15 years, you’ve only put out 2 albums in 2008 and 2013, including an EP in 1999. Any reason for the lack of studio activity? Do you plan on ammending this in the near future?

Fuck me sideways…that question has been haunting us since a while now! Hahaha…but seriously, we never gave recording albums a serious thought. We were so damn happy playing live and getting accolades from everyone, that somewhere i guess it slipped through our minds. Also, the band went through it’s own set of tribulations which also caused delay in recording an album. But yeah…we’ll try to record more frequently i guess!

 

 

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– Sceptre’s latest album – Age of Calamity – seems to have 2 different artworks. The bandcamp one is different from the other ones floating around on the internet. Why’s that?

I’ll be very honest here. The first artwork didn’t come out the way we visualised it. But since we were in a hurry to release it for the album launch gig, we went ahead with it. Now for our 15th anniversary we chose a girl who could understand the concept better and she came out with a masterpiece. That’s the story.

 

 

 

– The band definitely has a humanitarian touch to it. While most bands are content with just screaming about social issues in their lyrics, Sceptre went one step further against women exploitation and actually sent proceedings of the sales to a girl’s orphanage. Where does that edge come from?

Allow me to correct you here..we are still in talks with an NGO regarding a part of the album sales being shared. In fact just today morning i was talking to them. It’s just a matter of days now before we officially announce it. That said, we have always discussed socially relevant issues in our songs. Be it ‘Charred’ …a song we wrote about the evils of smoking/doping (none of us smoke or dope in the band) or the recent ‘Lest we Forget’ which deals with the debacle of 26/11 . But the thought behind ‘Age of Calamity’ arose  from some really disturbing incidents which women, specially in India, were prime victims of. What i found even more sickening was the indolence of the law-makers. Also, being a father of a 4 year old daughter gave more clarity to my thoughts!

 

 

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– How does the songwriting process for the band usually work? How are the songs made?

The song-writing process is very open-for-all. Everybody brings something new to the table. Our guitarist , Gilroy Fernandes comes up with a riff. Sometimes it’s our bassist, Janus Sayal too who composes the main riff. Then it’s either me or Samron Jude, our vocalist who pen the words. Simple as that

 

 

 

– You’ve been around a long time and have seen a lot of bands come and go. What bands define Indian Metal for you from the current (and older) scene?

There were a lot of bands we started out with who have disbanded and have gone their own ways. But there are bands who have shown ‘metal’ is serious business. Bands like Bhayanak Maut, Demonic Ressurection, Zygnema etc have put India on the international front. I think these bands are doing a fabulous job and are continuing to do so.

 

 

 

– What do you think of endeavors like Thrashfest by Transcending Obscurity? Any particular band you’re looking forward to sharing the stage with?

I think it’s a pretty commendable job by Mr. Kunal Choksi to get all these kickass bands under one roof for Thrashfest. It’s the sheer professionalism which is associated with his gigs that separate him from other organisers. We are really looking forward to sharing stage with our old buddies from ‘Threinody’ from Bangalore.  They started around the same year as us and are back after a long hiatus. We’ve heard a lot about ‘Chaos’ too and dig their stuff as well. It’s gonna be mad!

 

 

 

– Your top 5 Thrash Metal albums?

Wow!! Let me see : a) Slayer- Reign In Blood, b) Metallica – Master of Puppets, c) Megadeth – Rust in Peace, d)  Sepultura – Roots and e) Metallica – The Black Album

 

 

 

– Thanks for the interview! Hope to see you perform in Pakistan some day!

Thanks for having us on-board. Cheers…and stay heavy \m/

 

 

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Sceptre on Facebook

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Thrashfest Sponsored By Transcending Obscurity

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