Djinn & Miskatonic Interview

Bangalore is no stranger to Doom Metal, as those who remain involved with the South Asian scene may know. Djinn & Miskatonic are one of Bangalore’s premier exporters of riffy Doom Metal – despite the fact that they started as a bass-and-drums Drone style act. Despite the success of that style, they added another guitarist and released their debut album “Forever in the Realm” on Transcending Obscurity India, which was much appreciated by Doom-mongers in India and beyond. With the band working on a split with Black Metal band Solar Deity as well as another full length, I figured it would be an interesting time to catch up with founder and bass player Jayaprakash – who apart swinging the hammer of doom, is also a published author and runs an animal shelter. Read on.

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– Hey there, JP. Hope all’s going smoothly.


It’s okay. I live in interesting times, as the ancient Chinese curse stipulates.



– In terms of creative output, how was 2014 for you?


It was quite a good year. We got Djinn back together after a short-lived disbandment, did a couple of gigs and now have a second album coming together. My first chapbook of short stories, ‘Weird Tales Of A Bangalorean’ was published and sold out. My stories appeared in a few good anthologies and magazines.



– Aditya from Solar Deity mentioned he would be doing a split with D&M. How’d that come across, and when can we expect new material?


More or less at random. Sriram, our guitarist, and I talk about doing splits with all kinds of bands and we liked the idea of going outside genre lines and doing a split with Solar Deity, whose music we like quite a bit. I’ve always liked the more, well, depressive kind of black metal. Aditya liked the idea too and I think he will be recording soon. I am not sure exactly when we will put this out, we need to re-learn and re-arrange an older song of ours called ‘Flight Of Sand’ for this split.



– On the previous record, the band’s sound was generally of a free-flowing structure, plodding along at standard doom tempos but not afraid to kick up the speed here and there, with some unexpected nods to Death and Black Metal apart from the usual 70s proto-metal and doom fare. To what do you credit the curious songwriting style?


Gautham Khandige, our singer, says I have an ‘anything goes’ approach to songwriting. Personally, I just get a bit bored playing one mood and style straight through a song. While I enjoy consciously retro bands, I don’t see any point in pretending the 80s and 90s didn’t happen, and it’s fun seeing how you can branch into thrash, or death, or black influenced passages and still keep it doomy. On the new album, though, there’s a general increase in baseline tempos and more 80s metal and epic metal influences. So I think the key to Djinn is a doomy core with other metallic textures thrown in. Really, it all goes back to Iommi who pioneered the turn-on-a-dime style of songwriting.



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– You’re also a published author. What are your main writing influences – apart from H.P. Lovecraft, of course.


Peter Ackroyd, in novels like the amazing Hawkmoor and The House Of Doctor Dee plays on the idea of old cities being palimpsests, where sometimes older times peep through the cracks and become part of their own future. That’s been hugely inspirational for my series of Bangalore tales. Robert Aickman is a writer I struggle with – I am probably immensely influenced by his beautifully written, haunting and subtle tales of unease, yet I feel there is something dry, sterile in his style that I want to rebel against. But is there, or is it just the urge to ‘kill the father’? I don’t know. Other important influences are Vilas Sarang, Naiyer Masud, Thomas Ligotti, Italo Calvino, JL Borges, Angela Carter and many more.



– Do you feel that your interests in writing stories and making music converge, or do you prefer to keep them seperate?


There is a parallel. I favour dark themes and moods in both music and fiction. I write gloomy weird fiction and I play doom metal. HP Lovecraft is beloved by weird fiction fans and metalheads alike. I think it dovetails quite well. I may even base a song on one of my stories some day, and in fact some of my stories allude directly to music.



– Tell us about your animal shelter that you run with your wife. When did you initiate it, and how has it fared thus far? Is there much of a scope for animal rights activism in India?


It’s been a series of ups and downs. Currently more downs than ups. But we will keep at it.

India has a vast need for everything. I focus on animal welfare, but there’s poverty, environmental destruction, a host of social evils…you could spend a lifetime listing what’s wrong. I choose to focus on one cause, because you can’t do everything, and the plight of stray and abandoned animals in our cities strikes a repsonsive chord. My work is more in practical rescue and rehabilitiation than activism per se, though I do try to spread awareness. I think it’s the urban middle class who are the biggest problem. They are divorced from nature, high on consumerism, and want to live in a sanitised, branded and shrink-wrapped world. The joke is that they’re living in a bubble and it isn’t going to last forever.




– Back to your band. You started it as a drum-and-bass only sound, adding guitarist Sriram a year later. Do you foresee any more lineup additions?


I was really content with the drums and bass sound, it sounded way heavy as it was if I may say so. But it’s hard getting that kind of amplification going on the bass out here unless you have some seriously large cabs to go through. It also limited our appeal a lot – people who would have objectively enjoyed our riffs and arrangements tended to be unable to see beyond the ‘lack’ of a guitar. But I can’t say this worried us a lot. However, I was starting to want to draft a guitarist just to have more sonic options and Sriram happened at the right time. We’ve currently added a second live guitarist, Mushaf Nazeer, to replicate some of the dual guitar layers Sriram put down during the sessions for our upcoming second album. I’d like to add a cellist some time, or failing that a keyboard player.



– Barring the upcoming split, what’s in store for the future?


We’ve almost wrapped up our second album, which will be called ‘Even Gods Must Die’ I hope to have it out by March/April. We are planning another split with Dormant Inferno and a few other Indian doom bands.



– Thanks for your time. Hope you have a good year.


Thanks for asking! And a great year to you too.



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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.



– 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.




– 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.




– 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.


– 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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– Hassan Dozakhi

The Grim Mage – Worshipper (2014)



The weed must be really good in Bangalore, India, because the city keeps churning out one quality doom band after the other. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Djinn & Miskatonic and Shepherd, the aptly named The Grim Mage is the latest in a line of Bangalore based doom bands… and boy, these lads do kick up quite a fucking gust of smoke with their first demo entitled “Worshipper.”


On the surface, The Grim Mage fall prey to, or rather consciously adhere to all the obvious stereotypes of Stoner and Sludge doom of the modern era. It’s there in the band name, it’s there in the choice of the demo title, even there in the artwork and rears its stoned, misanthropic head once again when you look at the tracklist and spot the Electric Wizard / Eyehategod covers. You can’t avoid those blatant homages to the stoner cult even when you start the demo – movie samples dominate the music between the heavy riffing and psychopathic screams. It’s safe to say that this band wears its influences on its sleeves – depending on which side of the divide you lay on, that could be either a massive turn on or a colossal turn off.


The choice of cover tracks is interesting, because the music appears to be primarily indebted to “Dopesick” (and onwards) era Eyehategod and “Dopethrone” (and onwards) era Electric Wizard – a mixture that is by no means uncommon in the doom world of today, but the way in which this ensemble blends those two primary markers together is of more interest to this reviewer. In terms of the riffs and vocals, the Sludge element remains more prominent than the Stoner element. The vocals especially seem to bow at the altar of Mike Williams, save for the final track – where he should have continued prostrating at the same altar, rather than attempting the singing style. However, key proponents of sludge style riffing – the crushing, percussive stops and the faster hardcore-influenced sections – are never triggered, and the band ends up relying on stoner grooves to keep the music going – and keep the joints rolling. Their original songs “Sweet Demon Sugar,” “Worshipper” and “I Am Not Dead” are very well composed, from the bass-breaks coming in at the right time too to amp up the psychedelia, to the vocalist’s vocal delivery, and the group ends up concocting three very memorable tracks – even if the craving of a little tempo upcharge in the vein of Melvins, Iron Monkey or even “Holy Mountain” era Sleep lingers on til’ the end.



Though many may be put off by the production, I personally love it. Frankly, there is nothing more suiting to this kind of Sludge/Stoner Doom than basement level production. The heaviness of the riffs is not at all downplayed or relegated, it just takes on an altogether different form. A mundane wall-of-sound style heavy doom tone would have stripped all identity from this demo, to be honest. Instead, the in-your-face sound here, highlighted well by the garage vibe of the drums, makes the music even more nefarious and evil – as if a satanic ritual were occurring as you light your afghan hashish blunt. Not too dissimilar to the effect conjured up by most of Ramesses’ material.


Individual performances are great here, but the vocal performance drops as the tracks go on, perhaps the vocalist should give his throat a little rest before assuming control of the microphone. The samples are a little overdone here, and there are moments such as in “I Am Not Dead” where the sample just drags on and distracts from the crushing weight of the music on display. Overall this is a nice little demo, with some amazing original tracks showcasing the potential of these lads to go on and do some nice things in the scope of Indian Doom Metal. Less focus on covers and more focus on honing their own craft would help take them a level higher and really stomp some ears.




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Nauseate Interview

Bangalore is one of the rising cities in the world at the moment, for reasons other than economics or whatever. It’s home to a big underground metal scene with the “Trendslaughter Fest” crew but other than the leather-clad metal maniacs, there’s also a bunch of d-beat obsessed and blast-beat proliferating grind junkies there. Nauseate is one of the newer bands in the grind circuit of Bangalore but the members are all pioneers of the scene there, being involved with acts like Gorified and also regularly organizing the “Undergrind” Fest. Also, despite being fairly new to the scene as a band, Nauseate are also doing a split with grind/mince legends Agathocles! Needless to say this interviewer is stoked as fuck for it. I talk to mainman Charlie about Nauseate, his other bands, Undergrind fest as well as future plans in this interview. Check it!



– Hey Charlie how are ya and how are your bands?
Hey Hassan im doing good and so are my bands. Hope your doing good too.

– Before we talk about your Mince/Grind band Nauseate, tell us a bit about your other bands and your history in the Bangalore grind scene such as involvement with Gorified etc.
I am part of 3 bands aprt from Nauseate. My first band is Gorified, we started in 2004 as a 3 piece death/grind band. We played several local gigs and also played Dismembering Asia Fets with Putrid Pile, Wormrot and other local bands from Malaysia. We have our demo Ruptured within seconds released on Sevared Records(U.S.A) in 2006, soon this year we will be releasing our debut full length. Festered Wound is a gore grind/noise band im part of which 2 guys from Head Splash and Nauseate. Festered Wound released demo on Neurotic Anger prod(Italy) in 2012 and 3 way split with Dr.Butcher and Hydropneumothorax released on Regurgitated Stoma Stew Recs(U.S.A). Head Splash is a noise grind project im part of with guys from Festered Wound and Nauseate. Head Splash has a 4 way split to be released on Jerk Off Records(U.S.A) with noise core greats Gorgonized Dorks, Japanese noise core maniacs Sete Star Sept and local grind core band Grossty.

– How and why was Nauseate formed? I understand you weren’t in the original lineup either
Nauseate was started by my brother Cliff from (Anorectal Ulceration, Head Splash and Festered Wound) with couple of his friends in 2010. The other guys had personal priorities and hence couldnt continue with the band. Abhi and myself asked Cliff we can continue Nauseate,he was game to do it. We then found Noah to play drums for us.



– How did Nauseate get in touch with Agathocles for a split, without having any demo or EP out (just youtube and soundcloud songs)?
Jan from Agathocles is a friend of my friend. I got his contact and then wrote to him  saying we are a mince core band from India. He asked me to send our songs, I sent links of our old recording and live videos on youtube. He liked our stuff and agreed to do a split. It an absolute honour for us to do this split with mince core legends Agathcoles!!

– Bangalore Grindcore scene is starting to get an international recognition now especially after Wormrot toured there. Why is there an urge to grind in Bangalore and not in other Indian cities?
Its a very small scene in Bangalore. All of us here always loved lisenting to and playing grind. Its just the same guys playing in various bands and will continue doing it.

– What’s the history of the Undergrind festival? Why did it start, what have you achieved so far and what can we expect in the future?
Undergrind fest was started in 2006 by few of us from local grind/death bands. We  all had to do DIY kinda gig as no gig promoter wanted to support this kind of music. We started of doing Undergrind in a friends apartment basement to have big bands like Putrid Pile, Wormrot and Vulgaroyal Bloodhill(Japan) play at the gig. We would try getting grind/death bands from around the world. The scene for grind in India is still very small yet growing.

– What Indian Grind bands would you reccomend to a foreign listener?
I would recommend bands like Anorectal Ulceration, Colitus Ulcerosa, Perforated Limb, Gruesome Malady, Grossty and all the projects im part of like (Gorified, Head Splash, Festered Wound, Nauseate) ahaahha coz there arent many.

– Back to Nauseate. Any tour plans outside India after the Agathocles split? What about more releases?
We havent planned anything as of now, but yes would have more material written, recorded and released. We would love to do a tour in and europe someday. lets see how things work out.

– Top 5 albums of 2013?
Honestly I havent heard much of the new stuff. Anyways here are few
MEATAL ULCER – Why Won’t It Die?
ROSKOPP – Mutation, Voodoo, Deformity or Disease
Archagathus – Mince core demo

– Thanks Charlie! Hope to see you play live some day. Any final words?
Hey Hassan thanks! for the interview bro.Hope we play in Pakistan someday. Grind forever!!


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– Hassan Dozakhi

Grossty Interview

Grossty is a self-described “gross and nasty” grindcore band from Bangalore – quickly becoming renowned as the hub of extreme music in South Asia. The city serves up it’s share of Doom, Death, Black and Thrash Metal but the craziest circle there is the Grindcore one – and Grossty are among the top tier. A regular at the Undergrind fest, they’ve shared the stage with premier Singaporean grind act Wormrot as well! Hell, I don’t wanna waste my time talking about them; read my review if you want an introduction to their music. Otherwise, just read this interview – these guys are the zaniest fuckers in South Asia!

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– Hey lads. How goes the grinding?
Grinding has been orgasmic cuz We been grinding infected pussy buns. “Our cocks, her ass; get grinded”.


– For those who are unfamiliar with the band; who exactly comprise the lineup and how did you guys come to exist?
Bad Influence – Vox
Kuchi – Drums
Monk Killa – Guitar
Orphan – Bass
Pimp – Vox


– The self-titled EP released last year has been received very well by grind fans. Did you boys expect such a reaction?
We anticipated a mediocre response. Howeva We were proven incorrect by kaput, pure, mucus licking grindcore tranny nature fuckers. Thanks a sis fukin ton to them.


– You recently got signed onto Transcending Obscurity. How’d that come about and what exactly is the label going to do for you guys?
The owner of Transcending Obscurity, Choksi has been our pal since months and finally He wanted to sign us. We nodded our conks with zero reluctance for 2 malodorous reasons.

Firstly He has been our good pal and secondly He is a grind head ninny. Label is gonna assist us to dry hump the grind fans.


– Apparently Grossty shows are absolutely crazy! What’s the craziest thing that’s happened at one of your shows?
All the gigs been the same and really normal. Few normalities include mass wanking session, playing with zit enriched muscle stuffed logs etc.


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– You guys put out a split record with some other crazy Bangalore Grind bands. How’s the grindcore scene over there and where do you see it in the next 5 years?
Bangalore is the best massage parlor of India for the punters. We refer massage parlor to grind scene and punters to grind conks. We really salute few grind dolts in here who incepted to play grind a decade ago. Its gonna be massive as protruding boobies with risqué nipples in the next 5 years.


– I heard through someone that some of you are involved in a side-project that plays in a more Powerviolence style. Care to shed some light on that?
Bad Influence, Orphan and Grossty’s bouncer named Kevin gotta Power Violence band called “Abolish Morning”.

Kevin, Pimp, Lalge (Guitarist of a brutal death metal band named Perforated Limb) and Orphan gotta a punk band called “Scally”.

Also Orphan, Kuchi and Pimp play for a black metal band called “Dark Desolation” alongside 2 other guitarists.


– What does the future hold for Grossty? Gigs, albums, etc?
Plan to defecate our debut full length ASAP and avidly anticipating that futile day to play in OEF. In the meanwhile, We’ll keep playing local gigs, thereby ramifying the normality.


– What’s your top 5 grindcore albums?
Desperately Insensitive – Cripple Bastards
World Extermination – Insect Warfare
Farmer’s Wrath – Birdflesh
Helvete – Nasum
Inside the Torn Apart – Napalm Death


– Thanks for answering the questions. Do come to Pakistan and grind with us some time. We’ll drink bhang and smoke Afghan Hashish! Any last words for the reader?
We r desperate to play in Pak alongside you guys. Our desperation is akin to a normal guy without forelimbs who craves to wank off.
We checked your band and its crust as fuk which We love.
Most importantly, Bong and Afghan Hashish sound granny nature fukin buccal cavity watering.
Kindly include Pak’s love canals and oxters

Grossty xpress its grossty gratitude to Hassan and his band. For readers, We got nix to say. Just get be normal and get wasted.




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– Hassan Dozakhi

Grossty – Self-Titled (2012)


Over the years, Bangalore has become somewhat of a Grindcore hub as far as South Asia is concerned. The sprawling Indian metropolis is home to a lot of blastbeat worshiping sickos including bands like Bad Taste, Anorectal Ulceration, Semen Commando, Head Splash, Gorified and Nauseate, as well as being home to the annual “Undergrind” festival which featured a headline performance from Singapore’s premium grindmongers Wormrot last year. I don’t know what exactly is about the city that encourages so many people to take up grindcore as a medium to explore their primitive nature, but this place might just become one of the main places for this genre in the coming decade.

Grossty (whose name is an amalgamation of the words Gross and Nasty… makes sense!) assaulted the scene in 2012 with their debut self-titled EP with their own unique style of grind that fuses the musical ethos of the most primitive and pure crust/grind stylings with the aesthetics of more goregrind styled acts, as well as shock-punk like GG Allin. From what I’ve heard from their fans, these guys are perpetually stoned and their live shows are riot-inducing and generally crazy. Listening to the music, I can totally understand why. If I was at a Grossty show I’d be stagediving, moshing, everything!

Grossty Live

They take no prisoners with their audio assault.

The production is raw and abrasive but at the same time it just fits well into your ears. It’s mixed and mastered how it should have been and sounds like a vintage grind record from 89. They don’t try to make it sound glossy and modern, instead choosing to revel in the primitive audio barbarism that music of such extreme nature should always stay rooted in. In fact, the production job on this blows most extreme music from South Asia out of the water, and the live drums are a welcome change from the usual programmed drum fare around these parts.

Instrumentally, these guys come off as being well schooled in everything they do. If there was some fabled “Bangalore Institute of Grindcore” these guys would either be the top graduates, or the top professors there. The music remains blistering fast but it switches from crusty d-beat style modes to joyous blastbeat worship, sometimes dipping into the muddy waters of slower more doomy tempos as showcased in tracks like “Incarcerated, It Seems.” There is so much variety here for a grind record, it’s hard to comprehend in the first place, really. Even the vocal styles keep switching from punky shouts to frantic screams to low gurgles, even some pornogrind style stuff in the second last song. Whatever pot these guys are smoking, they need to send me some of that ASAP! The material they’ve recorded is full of memorable moments, right from the d-beat driven opening of “TV is Full of Crap” to the GG Allin and Charles Manson inspired “Jesus Christ.” There’s even a Cripple Bastards cover here, one that the Italian grinders themselves would be proud of. The lyrics here are crazy and perverted as fuck, so if you’re on some politically-correct tip you might want to stay away. They discuss everything from bestiality to jail-rape rather than the socially conscious themes that bands of this nature choose to dive into. I, however, wouldn’t recommend ignoring this opus. I’d instead advise you to welcome this album into your life with open arms. It’s that fuck-buddy you won’t ever have enough of. When you come home from a shitty day at work or a long-drawn out bus-ride, you’re gonna be thinking “Damn bro. Where that Grossty CD at? I need somma dat.” Believe that.

Grossty Live 2

Going to India to attend a Grossty show is one of the things I plan on doing before I die.

I received a physical copy of it sometime last year along with a free bandana, and everything about the packaging screamed “DIY!” albeit done very professionally as far as the intentions go. The humble 4-panel wallet, with the CD tucked neatly in a pocket surrounded by the band just giving out a bunch of crude “thank you” credits to their crew, is just too fucking awesome. DIY ethos is what keeps extreme music alive in places like South Asia and keeps us all grounded as well. Though you’d be dead wrong to think that Grossty are some amateur band just grinding for the hell of it. These lads know what’s up and you can feel it even before slotting the disc into your computer. They probably invested quite a lot of their time and money into this – same as everyone flying the flag of extreme music in South Asia – and after finishing my first listen of this EP I realized that Grossty does not fuck around! They deliver the fucking goods (in this case, goods being quality grind) like Pizza Hut delivers pizza (though their delivery sucks nowadays to be quite honest, but we’ll talk about that some other time)

Bottom line; if you’re looking for some sick grindcore from India, Grossty should be the first name on your list. Followed by the name of your drug dealer. Indian label Transcending Obscurity sells this, and you can get links to the band as well as the label, below.


Transcending Obscurity

Listen to Grossty on Bandcamp

– Hassan Dozakhi