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.