Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal

 

“SHAKEN BUT STILL STANDING

It has been three weeks since the earth shook us.

25th April 2015 was the fateful day when a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit the small Himalayan country of Nepal, flattening entire villages and causing destruction across the nation. The dead bodies piling up have exceeded 8000, with more than 17,000 people injured, around 299,588 houses completely destroyed, and 269,109 houses deemed unlivable. Just when we were trying to understand what had happened, we were struck by another tremor, an aftershock that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Whether living in Nepal or abroad, it would be rare to find a Nepali who has not been shaken to the core by this tragedy. People have lost their loved ones, their homes, and their sense of security. Most of them are left grieving under the open sky, with no roof over their heads.

Though development organizations and local communities have been working tirelessly to rescue and provide immediate relief to the victims, recovery is a long road. Nepal needs as many resources as it can get to start the rehabilitation and rebuilding process for its displaced citizens, while also reconstructing its shattered infrastructure.

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage has influenced its youth to develop a passion for the arts and music; many talented musicians have been bred in this unique culture. The Nepal Earthquake Relief Compilation is a tribute to the resilience and strength of the Nepali people, as well as a collaborative effort by the participating bands to give back to the country that has given them so much.

The funds raised through this album will go to active organizations working on finding long term solutions for shelter and rehabilitation of the communities in the most severely affected districts of Nepal.

The compilation has been hosted on Bandcamp at https://nepal-earthquake-relief.bandcamp.com/

Tabahi – Tabahi (2014) [Band-Sanctioned Download]

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Tabahi is a thrash metal band from Karachi, Pakistan. They’ve been around for 8 years and have been through a fair few amount of line-up changes, but have remained centered around main-man Faiq Ahmed. Faiq, aided by drummer Hyder Ali and bassist Daniyal Soomro, has unleashed Tabahi’s debut album upon the unsuspecting masses. Solid riffage, and some killer jams are to be found here. My personal favorites are Fatwa and Art of War but I’ll save a detailed analysis for a proper review of the album. In fact, an interview of the band is on the cards as well! Anyway, check the album out if you dig Possessed, Kreator, Sodom, Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction, Annihilator, Slayer and similar bands. Free download link below. You can also pre-order the CD from tabahithrash@gmail.com

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Click here to download.

Tabahi’s Facebook Page.

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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

Unabomber – Potemkin [Band Sanctioned Download]

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I decided to start doing Band-Sanctioned Free Downloads. So here’s something to start with. Unabomber were a hardcore band formed in 1996 in the Catalunya region of Spain. They played a unique, eclectic style that fused elements from the Powerviolence of Infest and Spazz to the more artistic noodlings of Rollins era Black Flag coupled with some nods to 90s hardcore bands such as Rorschach. The download link below is to their album Potemkin along with three rehearsal tracks and a bunch of scans and pictures sent to me by the vocalist. The music is incredibly schizophrenic in nature – the tempos are always changing, the riffs drive the music from Black Sabbath style jams to crazy grinding sections, the bass fucks with your head and the drummer is full of pure Catalan rage. It’s very spontaneous and it’s all incredibly fun. Vocalist Robert Beltran’s delivery sums up the schizo music as well – he belts out his vocals like a madman running from an insane asylum, doing all sorts of screams, shouts, growls and even spoken word sections in the process. It’s all thoroughly excellent and I can’t think of a negative attribute to the music. Even the production is great and very clear for this kind of music.

 

 

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I’d like to thank the vocalist for sending me this and allowing me to upload it online. As stated before, it contains the album in its entirety along with 3 rehearsal tracks and a bunch of scans and pics. Robert now does vocals for the Hardcore Punk band ASSAC! who play in an early 80s Boston style.

Download Unabomber’s Potemkin here.

– Hassan Dozakhi