Homicide Interview

Homicide are a technical death metal band from Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose sound and style would not seem unfamiliar to the most die-hard Origin or Psycroptic fans. Though the Dhaka scene has a reputation for being a hotbed for bands of a thrash, and old school death/black metal nature, Homicide bring their own separate influences to the table and inject the scene with a fresh approach. Their EP released last year under Infinite Regress was well-received and this interviewer is under the impression that if the band stays disciplined and focused, they will be kicking asses for years to come. Read the band’s interview with Eternal Abhorrence below.

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– Hey Showmik, thanks for the interview. Can you tell the readers a bit about Homicide and what you do in it?

 

Hey Hassan. Thanks for showing interest on Homicide.Homicide is a brutal/tech death metal band from Bangladesh.WE had our EP Annihilation Pit released via Infinite Regress Records, Australia and I am the guitarist/composer of Homicide.

 

 

 

– Homicide was initiated in 2008 but the first EP came out in 2013 – why such a long wait?

 

Yes Homicide started back in 2008 but the band has been through a lot of line up changes and other ups and downs.I joined in way later actually. And I would say Homicide has spent a lot of time on preparing itself to play the intricate music that we play now. It is a bit tough in Bangladesh to find out people who want to play death metal and who can actually play it well.

 

 

 

– What was the recording session for “Annihilation Pit” like? How are the recording facilities for metal bands in Bangladesh at the moment?

 

The recording sessions were intense and . we first recorded a demo of death of immortals and released it through reverbnation to see what was feed back of doing tech death in Bangladesh. It was so astonishing to us that it was hit 359 timed on the very first day. it made us think that what we are doing , the way we are doing is good. So Istiaque wrote 2 more songs on Greek myths and I made the riffs, Banxai laid his blasts and Anas filled his grooves in the songs keeping the lyrical theme in mind. I must say Istiaque is too fucking good a lyricist. I and Istiaque had that similarity in our thoughts somehow that it seemed that the riffs and the lyrics were complementing eachother too well. It was like that the riffs could not have gotten any other better lyrics and the lyrics would not have so much with any other riffs.All the tracks were recorded mixed and mastered at Studio Niflheim.
Recording facilities for metal bands are growing in our country. though maximum of the bands prefer home studios as the professional studios are quite expensive but we do have some top notch studios. what we don’t have is professional producers who understand extreme metal.

 

 

 

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– The EP was well recieved by metal fans outside Bangladesh, with a killer Nepal tour as well commencing. Plan on hitting up any other countries?

 

Yes . We do have a few overseas tours lined up which I would not like to reveal now haha!! Lets wait for the right time.

 

 

 

– You guys are playing at East Bengal Onslaught alongside some killer Bangladeshi metal bands. How do you feel about that upcoming fest and the local Dhaka metal crowd? Any bands you look forward to playing with?

 

I am so fucking excited. I had a surgery in Jan in my left leg. Its gonna be Homicide’s come back show after more than 4 months. We nailed it in nepal but there are some new songs we didnt do in our country.so we are damn excited to show some pure tech death stuffs.
Well about the other bands.. starting with the headliners orator and powersurge.. its alwasys a pleasure and honor to share the stage with these pioneers. Thrash and sacrilege are like brothers to us , so its fun to share the stage with them.  Enmachined is also one of the most killer acts in our country. Psychotron and Burning Democracy are new comers. But i have heard their originals and you know what the thrash metal scene in Bangladesh is getting better and better. I must say we have the best thrash metal scene in the whole south asian region at this moment.Mark my words!
About the local crowd .. nothing much to say. We are proud to have these metalheads who supported  not only in good times but also in the bad times.We are in debt to them and we literally enjoy a lot playing in front of those insane headbangers.

 

 

 

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– Is it tough to be a brutal/technical death metal band in a scene where the majority of metal bands are Old school thrash metal?

 

Well i wont like to use the word “tough”. We are giving the crowd a different taste of music. we wouldnt have survived if it was not accepted. I would replace the word “tough” with “fun” because when we play on the stage i see a whole new face of the crowd. I mean their faces and support shows that they were craving for a change, looking for some music of completely new structures. that inspires me the most .. the urge … the crowd wants more and more from us.. it seems to help us to boost up. I believe we are doing something unique and as we have survived in a scene flooding with thrash metal (I would not address them into any particular school) so far, it proves everything.

 

 
– Back to Homicide, I noticed a lot of your lyrical themes as well as the EP’s cover art, are based in Greek mythology. How do the battles of the Greeks influence a death metal band in Bengal?

 

actually the Ep ” annihilation pit ” was all about the brutality in different Greek myths. Actually from an artist’s point of view, an artist have all rights to choose his music, lyrics etc.  I found greek mythology a very intense, brutal and mostly a rich and knowledgeable  myth. I found it an unique one to compose music based on it. it has no connection with the bengla death metal or anything. We found this Greek mythology appealing and our compostions goes quite well with the lyrical concepts. so we decided to go for the greek myth… tell those untold stories of fallen heroes and those blood shattered brutal battles .

 

 

 

 

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– What’s next for the band? Any plans for a full length?

 

Yes. we are going for the full length album. its gonna be a blast. I can give you the assurance that it will be something mindfucking. We decided to go for the greek myth again but all the songs will be written on different Gods and Demigods.
Two of the tracks have already been composed . One on the god of the underworld HADES and the other song is written on the cursed god Minotaur. there will be a total of seven songs including one instrumental.

 

 
– Can you name three guitarists whose work has influenced you?

 

Well its hard to name only three guitarists.
no. 1 is Joe Haley ( psycroptic) I am mostly influenced by his picking styles and the notations he uses.
no. 2 is Jeff Loomis. i just love his shredding…. pure entertainment.
no. 3 Our very own legend Saimum Hasan Nahian of Severe Dementia and Powersurge. This guy made me up… He is my mentor and he literally he molded me up for what i am right now. I am grateful that i was in his direct guidance.

 

 
– Thanks for your time! Hope the gig goes great!

 

Thanks a lot man. Thank you for the support.

 

 

 

 

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Listen/Buy the EP on Bandcamp

– Hassan Dozakhi

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Homicide – Annihilation Pit (2013)

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The South Asian extreme music circuit has been growing as of late, with new bands coming up with actual releases and further expanding the kind of styles that can be found here. Within the context of the Bangladeshi Metal scene, where most acts are either of an old school death or thrash style, Homicide bring to the table a much-needed fresh perspective. This is their debut EP “Annihilation Pit” which saw a release by an Aussie label Infinite Regress Records last year.

 

Hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Homicide play a variant of technical death metal that proliferated most during the middle and latter parts of the 2000s – the Willowtip Records style, if you will – but for some reason trailed off by the time the 2010’s rolled around. Never shy to show the listener their mastery over the instruments, the songwriting is dictated by one hard-hitting brutal section after the other – perpetually numbing the senses by the end of the EP’s 13 minute duration. Whether that is a good thing or bad thing should be judged by people who are well-acquainted with the nuances of this style of death metal, rather than elitists and naysayers. Personally I loved the battering onslaught of the percussion in harmony with the exploits of the four and six string instruments – though the band’s relative immaturity does rear its head on a few occasions. All the tracks here start off with immense promise, though trail off with forgettable endings, like a warrior exhausted at the end of a battle. This is by no means a jab at the band – they appear to be incredibly talented and I cannot find a mediocre riff here, but some stronger direction and a bit more intelligent song-structuring is needed for this warrior to roar triumphantly.

 

The production here is not the kind of glossy over-produced stuff that we are used to hearing from the main propagators of technical death metal in this day and age. Though that is by no means a flaw here. Me being a part of a school of thought that preaches that a little bit of imperfection is needed to have a unique identity, found the production a joy to listen to. The guitar tone is scathing and rawer than what Origin or Psycroptic listeners may be accustomed to, the vocals maintain a raspy sound that was once a hallmark of several mid-90s Canadian tech-death, and the drum tone isn’t your overproduced American studio product… but it all fits well in the overall context of the EP. In conclusion,  it goes without saying that these boys are talented and understand their genre well – I certainly enjoyed it. The EP demands at least a few listens, and the band can logically only improve further.

 

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Homicide on Facebook

Listen/Buy the EP on Bandcamp

Gutslit Interview

Gutslit are an Indian Brutal Death Metal band who’ve been making waves in the international death metal circuit since the release of their debut album last year. They’re a part of a new breed of South Asian metal acts that have managed to break cultural barriers and gather the interest of metalheads across the world as well as their home base in Mumbai, India, and it was a pleasure to talk to their bassist and sole original member Gurdip. We talk about the band, their new label Transcending Obscurity as well as metal in South Asia.

 

 

 

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– Hey, hope you’re doing well. Thanks for the interview!
Hey Hassan. Thank you for this. Hope you’re doing great.

 

 
– It’s been an eventful past year for Gutslit with the album release, the big gigs, as well as getting signed onto Transcending Obscurity. Do you have high hopes for 2014?
Well yes, 2013 was big and we are working hard to make 2014 even bigger.
We have two huge festivals that we are playing at.
One being the biggest grind fest in the world, Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic and the other Death Feast in Germany.
Alongside that, we are working very hard to get a new 4 way split out too.
Hopefully that should work out well too.

 

 
– You guys are working on some upcoming split, do you wish to shed some light on it?
Yes. It’s a 4 way split with 3 other International bands of relative genres, yet different.
I would love to share more, but I’m waiting for a few things to fall in place and once that is done, I shall make everything public. I’m just being cautious and yet the wait.

 

 
– “Skewered In the Sewer” was full of hard hitting yet catchy brutal/slam death metal tracks, with the songs written mostly by ex-guitarist/founding member Dynell. How does that affect the writing process for the future, knowing that one of the men who contributed to the band’s key sound since the nascent days is no longer in the band?
It was quite difficult for us to let go of Dynell. But as he said, God has a different plan for him, we couldn’t challenge much beyond that.
We were on the verge of calling it quits, but luckily found Prateek who happened to be an guitarist with an amazing grasping power, feel and ultimately love for the music.
Things do go slow when you change members or member in any band, but this kid worked as fast as Aaron’s blasts and got done with our old songs in matter of days or probably a few weeks. There was no stopping then. A new tone is definitely what will be different. After all every guitarist or musician has his own style and feel. The structures are fresh and quite chunky. The new songs we have written with him are faster, tighter and more fun.
I’d say, it’s a positive move forward.
Rest is upto our fans and you guys to decide how our new material sounds.

 

 

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– A lot of reviewers have pointed out how your bass-playing style sets Gutslit a notch above most Indian bands – especially since a lot of people don’t seem to take the instrument seriously. Who influenced your bass style and do you have any pointers for other Indian kids picking up a bass?
For me personally, it was sheer love for the instrument and this style of music. I do have a fusion band for all my mellow parts, but in Gutslit it’s purely business of ‘carnage and butchery’ and business is in my blood.
I’m quite nobody to be advising people. But I do appreciate the kind words. It means a lot.

 

 
– Playing at Obscene Extreme will no doubt be one of the highlights of your days in the metal scene. How did the whole thing come about? How were you contacted? Which bands are you looking forward to playing alongside/seeing at the fest?
Curby is an old friend and an inspiration for me. That man has done what even big companies can’t do it. For people who don’t know, you should sit with him and talk to him about his life.
He started from nothing and now hosts shows in 4 continents. Even the biggest festivals can’t manage to pull that off.
We were up on the bill at OEF 2011 as well. But lot of issues happened in personal lives of our former band members plus we had some visa glitch that was out of our control. Ultimately we had to back out. But this year, we have everything in place and hopefully the visa shouldn’t be a problem.
We look forward to playing with everybody. I personally have so many favourites that I can’t seem to just pick names. It’s like a kid in a chocolate and toy factory, combined.

 

 
– How do you feel about South Asian metal growing in prominence lately? Bands such as Orator from Bangladesh have been invited to Maryland DeathFest too, which shows that the international community is finally taking notice of the Subcontinent metal scene.
Subcontinent metal is very powerful and very strong. The only thing is that it wasn’t heard enough and plus the quality of production was inferior. But things have changed now.
The only thing which makes it difficult for bands to travel a lot are the expenses. Flights to Europe and America for example are quite expensive making it difficult even for fests to be able to get a lot of south east Asian or Asian bands to such venues.
But for bands who place passion over anything else, there are ways even those ends can be met with. Everybody in this world who is into extreme metal music needs a steady job or source of income if you want to get going without sulking much about the scene not feeding your family.

 

 

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– Tell us a bit about Transcending Obscurity and the platform it provides for local bands with the upcoming fest, as well as its general label/zine activities.
Kunal Choksi, the man behind Transcending Obscurity has been a good old friend even before he ventured and tried his hand with Indian bands and shows. I personally know him with his former label, Diabolical Conquest and the days when getting even a good underground band CD to India would mean going through a bitch of things. But he just managed it all really well.
With TO, he has taken things a notch higher. He has signed up a lot of Indian promising acts for their releases and is helping around a lot of new and old acts to get a platform to play at.
With him around, we are assured of being heard where it matters, getting our music out to people who would really love this style of music, which in itself means a lot.
The shows organized are brilliant. More than half a dozen bands on one night and with a deserving sound and relative setup, it’s perfect. Kudos to the man.

 

 
– What were your favorite albums of 2013 and which ones are you looking forward to in 2014?
I really loved Gorguts’s release of 2013, also Katalepsy were amazing, as always. Carcass was very good too. Personal favourites: Defeated Sanity, I just love that band.
2014: I’ve heard Dying Fetus are releasing something. Can’t wait for that. Even Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation might have something coming up.
Even Gutslit might have a few good songs coming your way 😉

 

 
– Thanks for your time Gurdip! Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much bro. Means a lot and hope to see you soon someday.

 

 

 

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Listen to Gutslit’s “Skewered in the Sewer” on Bandcamp.

 

 

 

– Hassan Dozakhi

Enmachined Interview

Enmachined are a thrash outfit from Dhaka, Bangladesh. May come as a surprise to some readers of this zine, but the fact is that Dhaka has one of the best metal scenes in the South Asian region, along with Bangalore (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal). The Dhaka circle boasts such powerhouses as Orator, Jahilliya, Nuclear Winter, Nafarmaan, Powersurge among others. What sets Enmachined apart among a whole host of fast and loud metal bands in BD, is the crafty sensibility in their song-structures, which owes as much to the likes of Dio and Judas Priest as it does to Overkill and Exodus. People who like their thrash with incredible wailing vocals and high-flying solos will dig this band – check out my interview with their primary guitarist Anil, to learn more about the band and Bangladeshi metal!

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– Hey Anil, how are the preparations for East Bengal Onslaught going?

The preparations for the upcoming gig are going great. We will be playing live after a long time in our local city, so we are really psyched.

 

 

– Can you introduce yourself and the other members of your band?

I play guitar in Enmachined. The other members of my band are Abir, who is on vocals, Noor, who is also on guitar, Nasa, the bassist and Sabbir who plays the drums.

 

 

– What does the songwriting and recording process for Enmachined usually entail?

The lyrical theme consists of Crime, Revenge and Justice. Apart from these, we try to highlight the daily life activities/problems which all of us more or less have in common, in our lyrics. During our practice session, we all jam and if we like any riffs from it, we work on those, and that’s how we compose our songs. The recording process usually varies, depending on where are we doing it. Often a times we do it in a friend’s house, or else we have to do it in a recording studio then.

 

 

– You guys put out a demo/EP on Salute Records and a split with Toxaemia shortly afterwards on Hellhouse. How has the experience with both the labels been?

It has been great as both of them has helped us to reach a wider audience, and has also given us the opportunity to work with killer bands from abroad.

 

 

 

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– Do you have any new releases outlined for the future?

We are working on a next possible release now, and almost all the tracks in it have been done. So in a few weeks we will be hitting the recording studio.

 

 

– What I noticed about Enmachined, with comparison to other thrash revival bands, is that a lot of work is put on the vocals and vocal melodies – which themselves carry a more melodic vibe compared to the generally harsh coarse shouts in thrash metal. Was this a conscious thing when you formed the band, to have a traditional touch on the vocals, or did it just come to take place naturally?

Abir (vocalist), has always been a fan of 80’s heavy metal bands, and the influences must have had their effect!

 

 

– As a guitarist, what other players have influenced your playing?

From the very begining, I was a fan of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I love the melodies that are being implied in the heavy tracks. The playing styles of Kirk Hammett and Glenn Tipton have always fascinated me. I started following their styles and gradually started listening to a lot of Malmsteen’s materials which has helped me in developing my speed in playing. Other than these maestros, playing of George Lynch, Vivian Campbell have always inspired me to play with power.

 

 

 

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– You’re playing at East Bengal Onslought alongside a whole feast of local Bangladeshi metal bands. Which bands in particular are you looking forward to?

The line up has a lot of killer bands, and we have played with most them before. The new bands on the bill would be the ones that we are looking forward to.

 

 

– Do big festivals like East Bengal Onslaught happen often in BD or are they a rare occasion? How’s the live circuit in general?

Recently concerts of this stature have been happening now and then, so this is a good sign for revival of metal in our nation. The scenario of live concerts is now improving, cause now we are having a lot of gigs everywhere, whether it’s mainstream or underground.

 

 

– Thanks for your time. Any last words?

To all our fans, keep metal alive. You guys are the reason why we exist and do attend the ‘East Bengal Onslaught’ gig because you wouldn’t want to miss this package of insane metal.

 

 

 

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Enmachined on Facebook

– Hassan Dozakhi

Multinational Corporations – Jamat-al-Maut (2014)

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South Asia has a surprisingly small punk scene, considering the social and political condition of the countries in this side of the world. Multinational Corporations – a duo comprised of Hassan and Sheraz, who also happen to be members of several metal bands in Pakistan – are among the handful of grindcore bands in South Asia who understand the roots and the original intention of this genre of music.

 
On their debut EP, Jamat-al-Maut, MxCx play the most unadulterated form of grindcore, drenched with undeniable crust punk riffs along with deathgrind tendencies, akin to Terrorizer. Even though grindcore is known for its spontaneous style of songwriting, with bands mostly being content with rather mindless, simplistic style of playing as long as it serves the purpose, this is not the case here. The songs are espcially crafted to be catchy and memorable which makes Jamat-al-Maut less isotropic than From Enslavement to Obliteration. Musically, this is very competent crust punk/grindcore, however, the duo never intended Multinational Corporations to merely be a “grindcore band that plays brutal and catchy riffs”. The theme and content here are of utmost importance, as with any punk release. The lyrical content of the songs deal with several social and political issues plaguing the country including but not limited to the acts committed by taliban, the endless race for more money, naivity and hypocrisy of so called upper class “communists” and general hatred and misanthropy. The aforementioned is vocalized in a growled fashion, very similar to that of Assuck and Brutal Truth.

 
Unfortunately, Jamat-al-Maut is only 13 minutes long, which is short even for a crust/grind release. This is not a complaint, however, since even in the short span of 14 minutes, the EP is very satisfying, especially with the closing track which is similar to some of the darker neocrust/hardcore songs from the 90s. A very competent and enjoyable release which any fan of the genre will enjoy.

 

 

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– Rohit Chaoji

Eternal Abhorrence presents “UNSILENT DEATH”

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Eternal Abhorrence presents ‘UNSILENT DEATH’ – a metal/hardcore gig in Lahore, Pakistan! It will be taking place on Saturday the 26th of April at Beaconhouse National University in Room 125 (Choreography Studio) of Seeta Majid Block.

 

 

Final band line-up:

 

 

Foreskin – Violent and heavy Hardcore Punk/Thrash Metal crossover from Lahore with a reputation for brutal moshes and crazy circle pits at their shows!

Multinational Corporations – Politically aware Grindcore/Crust/Hardcore Punk from Lahore – just released their debut EP ‘Jamat-al-Maut’ and are set for their debut gig!

Irritum – Funeral Doom from the bowels of Lahore, who will be introducing a live audience to the eternal cult of doomentia for the first time in their history!

The Mothership – Lahore based Jazz/Blues and Prog influenced vintage Rock band The Mothership will be making an appearance at the gig. Prepare to be thrown back into the good ol’ days of virtuoso rock music!

Wreckage – Islamabad/Rawalpindi metal band who play a groove-friendly style of modern death/thrash metal. Despite chugging away in the capital area for five years, these guys are playing in Lahore only for the second time in their history!

 

 

 

Ticket price: 100 rupees!
Timing: It’ll start at 3pm and will end whenever all bands are finished playing their set. Show won’t go on longer than 7pm!

CONTACT:
0345-4064728 (Hassan)
0322-5345356 (Sheraz)

This little gig is presented by ETERNAL ABHORRENCE – a metal/hardcore webzine from Lahore, Pakistan.
https://eternalabhorrence.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EternalAbhorrence

This is just the beginning of Eternal Abhorrence as not just a webzine, but also a DIY gig/promoting service for local bands. Hopefully we’ll grow from strength to strength once we pull this off.

The Grim Mage Interview

The Grim Mage are a really rad doom/sludge/stoner band from Bangalore, India. If that surprises you – well it shouldn’t in the first place, cuz the city is home to a number of sick doom bands and The Grim Mage is just one of the latest additions. Despite being fairly new, these lads have all the ingredients necessary to become a major band in the Asian Doom scene, if you read my review a few days back. I contacted the band’s founder Sashank to talk about gigs, weed, doom, and Paki pop sensation Taher Shah.

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– Hey guys. Hope your preparations for the upcoming gig are going good!

Sup’ Hassan, How you doin? And oh yeah things are going great. We have rehearsals everytime we can fit one into our really busy schedules. We like to laze around, but unfortunately there are colleges and jobs to go to.
The upcoming ones would be our 4th and 5th gig, Also both the gigs coming up this weekend are pretty big(Supercoven fest being a gig where we get to share the stage with some of the doomy people whose bands we like a lot and the other one, Impending Doom Fest, is a really big stage), So we are kinda trying to work our asses off to sound good on these stages.

 

 
– You guys pretty much came out of nowhere and not much about the history of the band is known. How was it formed, what were the influences/circumstances/quality of weed behind the band’s creation?

So once during our excursions we happened to find this dark doomy dungeon which later we came to know was the lair of a super weedian mage. And we saw him invoke some of the doomiest and stoned fiends from the land of the greens. And now we go under cover dressing up like those fiends and attend the shamanic bong rituals the High Mage conducts.
Hahahaha. Syed met me at an acoustic show a couple of our friends from a hard rock band were doing(it was at a restaurant with only 5 guests) and we got talking about heavy metal music and shit like that. Which led to him and me planning on forming a band that would play stuff like that, yeah. And then after i think about a month or two we actually started working on it. It used to jams on my terrace with just the both of us working out on riffs on the acoustic, the bass and the guitars. Once we were sure of the riffs and arrangements, we had a real tough time finding a line up. We went through a lot of mutual contacts and called a lot of friends and fellow musicians to try out and have jam sessions with us. It all turned better when i met with Vishnu and asked him to give a try and have a jam with just me and Syed. Vishnu was not into this music at all, but he hit it off well and enjoyed playing this stuff a lot(he still does, and surprisingly he is digging through a lot of the modern doom and sludge bands). And for a week or two we were seiously considering playing as a 3 piece band with the distorted bass and no guitars. But then i got in touch with Anway, again a super old friend of mine. We got talking, had a jam session and we played our first gig the next day.
So this is how we were actually formed.

 

 
– You put out your first demo “Worshipper” quite recently which has been well recieved in the local doom circuit. What was the recording process like for a rookie band as yourself?

When we were about 2 weeks old and were going to play our second gig, We seriously wanted to have a demo or some recorded samples of our material available at hand so that we could tell our friends and people who had watched us to spread it around and too see their reaction on how it is. So we went ahead and contacted a couple of recording studios and did a research on how to record the material with resources available at hand. And frankly, the studio thing worked out to a big fat huge amount which we couldnt arrange, neither wanted to. Just the same week, we were having a rehearsal at a jam room and came to know that the place has facilities enough to help us record a live jam session. We then got talking with the guys who were managing the studio. Which in our luck happened to be Jake from Dark Desolation and Grossty. He and Yogesh(he too works at the studio) had the right idea about stoner-doom-sludge metal and knew exactly what we wanted to sound like and immediately helped us record a live demo. Super thanks to them! The recording process was very very simple and we had absolutely no issues while we were at it.
It was an attempt to get in touch with the right doomsters from our town, and boy it did work out.

 

 

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– How have the live gigs and general reception been for you since coming into the scene?

Man, the live gigs are fun. Its fun to be on stage, be it for a bunch of five people or even frikkin one hundred people. The reception i’d say has been generally good. I mean the first gig we played, there were a lot of people who had no idea about what we were doing(cause may be we were super high) or they just never had heard to any of this music. Only about 5 out 40 people at the gig genuinely enjoyed us and were slightly nodding their heads in approval when our sludgey parts came on. They even spoke to us after the gig and told us they enjoyed us. But then we had our second gig which was super fun and there were only about 8 people in total watching us(all being our friends of course). The third being Operation Grindcore, where we shared stage with some of the finest Grindcore and Hardcore punk bands from Bangalore like Scally, Rip Off and the super fun Grossty. This gig was till date the best we have had.
So i’d say, we have had a decent time so far. There are a lot of people who do not approve of our music and consider it to be not something fun and great, but hey! who gives a flying fuck? As long as we have 10 likers among a hundred haters, we will keep going.

 

 
– Man, Bangalore seems to have a great music scene, from grindcore to doom metal. What is it about the city that draws more and more people towards heavy music? Or am I mistaken and the reality is a bit different from what foreigners like me understand?

I would say, what you see is something that is ten thousand times post processed and filtered of all the shitty stuff and is posted on the social media. I mean, its really too long to explain how the heavy metal music circuit sucks here. But in short i’d say, there are some really KICK ASS bands here that deserve some bigger and heavier platforms to play at and they are seriously not getting them. And yeah, there are a lot of new people getting into heavy music everyday in bangalore. There are the genuinely true fans and then there are lots and lots of exhibitionists. So in a nut shell, Bangalore has superb bands-Lots of fans(posers apart)-No stages and gigs happening to help them grow.

 

 
– So let’s say a Pakistani or European/American/Japenese/whatever is coming to Bangalore. How can he get the finest weed? Any tips when scoring from dealers in your city?

Weed kills. Hahahahaha, but yeah there are fine spots. You can always give Anway a buzz when you are around. He has a better idea than me when it comes to this.
I mean, i too get some fine stuff. And i have had a lot of floopy adventures as well. I can surely help you with that stuff when you are around. But be ready, i am going to state a disclaimer as well. Cant assure anything about the quality. Hahaha, it keeps fluctuating from good to bad.

 

 

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– Coming back to the music. Pedals and other equipment counts for a lot in Sludge/Stoner Doom. What stuff do you guys use to get your desired sound?

The weed mage gave us some magic staffs and holy strings that we use to make the super fuzzy music, hahahahahahaha.
The funny thing is we have no dedicated equipment or gear as such. I know stoner-sludge-doom requires a lot of that but we just dont have anything.
We use two super old multi effect pedals, digitech rp35 or zoom g1 or some shit like that. Its funny i know, and i use a guitar multi effects box for the bass. But as long as it is giving us that heavy heavy tone we like, we have no issues. A lot of people do not like the concept of distorted bass guitars, i was once among them too. But this heavy heavy tone works wonders.
Also a Gear upgrade is in the books. Only when we are financially set.

 

 
– Outside of Doom Metal, what other genres do you guys regularly listen to?

Now that is a tough one. Rather, its a biggie.
We as a band and together dig death metal, almost any kind of death metal(from the primitive bands to the new modern death metallers, every form of death metal). We collectively enjoy a lot of black metal, Anway and me being ardent fans of the genre.
We like a lot of hardcore punk, the early hardcore punk bands i mean. And then we have our individual preferences and likes. I personally like all kinds of music. I mean i like everything from country to 60s and 70s pop-rock-hard rock to 80s glam to reggae-hip hop-funk-grunge to brutal death grind and nasty music that can make your ears bleed.
All this influences my playing too, which influences The Grim Mage.
I LOVE THE PAKISTANI SENSATIONAL EYE TAHER SHAH TOO.
RESPECTS TO THAT GENIUS.

 

 
– Before we end this interview – any future plans? Splits, EP’s, full length albums? Or just taking it one joint at a time?

The Grandmage of Boom has advised us not to go on further exploits till we master our prowess on demonic 420 smoking fiend summoning rituals hahahahahahaha.
So, We already have 4 new songs(one 12 minute tale) ready apart from the demo stuff.
Planning on recording them as a garage demo again sometime super soon. Going to work on a full length after that, with the right financial backup and sound. Till then we are clueless and will keep playing live shows. Its always a joint at a time, you never rush into these things. But expect some stuff from us super soon. But not too soon. Hahahaha.

 

 
– Cheers dudes, thanks for the time. Hails from Pakistan.

The dudes had no time, so i had to myself get to do this hahahaha. It was super fun. Hails from India. Much respect to the land of Taher Shah. Hahahahahahahahaha.
Stay metal, cheers! \m/

 

 

 

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