Orator Interview

Hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh  – Orator is often hailed as one of the premier Death/Thrash acts of the South Asian region. A trifecta of musciains influenced by the likes of Merciless and Possessed, as well as the mysticism of the Aghori cult, Orator has put out 1 EP, 1 full length album, as well as played live outside of their native Bengal homeland over the years. Eternal Abhorrence talks to them about the upcoming Banish The Posers Fest, their lyrical themes, among other things.




– Greetings, Skullbearer, hope all is well at the Orator camp.


Thanks. So far we have been working on new songs, though we are not that active for the last one year.



– You’re playing at Banish The Posers Fest on the 11th of September. Over the years you’ve played at quite a lot of Primitive Invocation gigs, what’s the usual expectation for an event by them?


A very well organized gig, robust sound system and experienced sound engineer and apart from these, we expect nothing but fun and lots of headbanging from a very dedicated crowd.



– Do you think that the Bangladeshi metal scene has improved over the years due to PI’s work?


Definitely, ever since they started out their journey back in 2011 they have delivered us so many great metal concerts bringing bands from many parts of the world. They have also supported many new and old bands from Dhaka. PI has created a scene which was never there before, bathed in the essence of true metal spirit.






– Orator has primarily been a power trio, however a second guitarist was added for a short while last year, before reverting to a trio again. Can you elaborate a bit on that?


We have always thought of hiring a second guitarist, even before Kapalgnosis. Re-Animator (Navid Anjum Khan) was/is a promising guitarist and we hired him. We jammed many times last year and performed twice with him on the lineup. However, he had to leave Orator because of the imperatives of his demanding academic life. We wish him all the best in life.



– There has been a marked shift in production values for Orator between 2010’s “Dominion of Avyaktam” and 2013’s “Kapalgnosis,” with the latter favoring a more well-rounded, clear-cut sound as compared to the raw tendencies of the debut EP. Can we expect the sound to get more deliberately polished on future output?


Orator’s sound will remain mostly like Kapalgnosis, but of course much more polished than the previous productions.



– Orator has a very distinct visual aesthetic to it, manifesting itself in the live presence, lyrics and artwork of the band, and as a result setting Orator apart from most death and thrash metal acts in the South Asian region. Was this aesthetic a deliberate attempt?


Thank you. If it were not deliberate then we would be confused of our identity like many of the bands out there today. For Orator everything was deliberate from the start and shall be in the future.






– Your lyrics mirror the image of Aghori, “Left Hand Path” Tantric Occultism and  other Gnostic related notions and you mention Aghoris as an Atheistic Avadhut in a recent interview. Aghoris renounce the establishments set by the orthodox Hinduism, yet they also partake in very specific rituals which signify a spiritual belief – added to that, they are devotee of Bhairava too. Traditional atheists do not usually partake in rituals or hold any spiritual beliefs, nor do they tend to be a devotee of any deity too. Can you explain this further?


Aghoris are not the devotees of any particular deities per se and they have many ruthless forms of bizarre practices that most of us might not have seen as of yet. Navakhanda, is a rite where they gash their limbs deliberately in nine ways just to have a strong quintessence of inner being. However, we do not take these religious practices literally. Aghori is for us a form, a hollow being that represents the perpetual orations of a decaying cosmos within and without. That Aghori is already dead and rotted away; he has no further belief nor any god to please, but him-Self. He is one with his being, an Avadhut in true form. Therefore, behold the mad Krakach, polluting the norms of established orders and purveying the essence of non-being.



– Considering that Orator is an established act now with its own distinct sound and identity, do you see Barzak – your and Vritra’s earlier band – and Orator to be connected entities or completely seperate? 


Just to be clear, Vritra was not a part of the original Barzak lineup although he joined in just when we destroyed Barzak and formed Orator. We did it together. And I do not see Barzak ever returning. Barzak is dead. Orator has risen up from Barzak’s ashes, separate and immaculate.







– You’ve played outside Bangladesh, in India and Malaysia – how difficult/easy is it to go around touring different countries from where you guys are based in? 


So far we have played in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. And I can honestly say that except for India, we never had any trouble flying outside of Dhaka and performing at the aforementioned countries.



– Thanks for your time, hope to see you live soon as well!

Thanks for the support! Hail!




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Banish The Posers Fest 2015

Eternal Armageddon – Black Thrash Bastards (2015)




Bangladeshi act Eternal Armageddon started out as a melodic black metal band, with quaint and meandering tracks that built up nice atmospheres. However, for whatever reasons, most of the members went their separate routes with only main man Asmodeus left to pick up what remained in the aftermath of “Her Forlorn Monsoon” (the title of their first EP). His warcry was heard by Blasphemouranter on drums and Sarcophagous on guitar, the trio now set to construct a new sound to take the band further.


All ties are severed with prior incarnations of the band. The title “Black Thrash Bastards” should be a sign enough. Atmosphere and melody is traded in for vicious- ultimately intoxicating – riff-work and chaotic solos. However, the intelligent approach to songwriting that was present even on early works remains ever-present. Sing-along choruses as on the title track, and well placed mid-tempo grooves, drum fills, bass interludes show that there is method to the madness on display. The music here is meant to be played live.


Despite the moniker of Black Thrash Bastards, the music here is untainted and purely old school, and will appeal to fans of this strict niche. The metal on display here is not bastardized or watered down. Like a nasty pint of locally brewed ale, this material comes as an acquired taste. Stay clear if you expect anything less than Hellhammer, NME, Bulldozer, or Sodom worship. And for the die-hards, a quality cover of Sodom’s “Blasphemer” is also included. My personal pick however, would be “Satanic Whispers” and the title track.


Regardless of the inherent musical quality of this little demo, recorded in a rehearsal pad, it serves more as a sign of things to come rather than an all-encompassing entity on its own. Rest assured, however, until a proper EP or album is unleashed by this incarnation of Eternal Armageddon, this 5 song demo can rest easy in your collection for whenever you need a dose of third world barbarism.






Eternal Armageddon Interview

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Morbidity Interview

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– Hey there. Hope all is good with Morbidity.


Yes, hello, everything is indeed well with Morbidity, getting ready to play alongside Defiled and other bands in metal barbarism



-“Revealed from Ashes” – your debut full length album was released by Memento Mori in July, and was much hailed by the death metal fanatics. Can you give us some insight into the recording process?


We recorded the album at Sonic Occult Studios thanks to MaamarHaque. The recording started off with providing the midi versions of each song so that a basic outline could be made of the riff progressions and sections. This made things easier for the drummer to record. After that we recorded the riff and bass sections and finally adding the solos and vocals. The mixing after that took quite a while with quite a few sessions needed to fine tune things and fix a few minor mistakes. The whole process took almost a year.



– How did the release with Memento Mori come across – are you planning on doing more releases with the label in the future?


Memento Mori is a great label! And the best part of this label is, they promote both old and new bands. We are really glad that we worked with such great label. The support was immense! We will be really happy to work with Memento Mori again in the forthcoming releases.



– Lyrically there is an obsession with the occult and other dark themes in the songs. Are these lyrical influences derived from your surroundings or any specific literature?


It’s more of an acquired taste, the lyricist is obsessed with these things and we just encourage him to let his imagination run wild.



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– There has been a bit of an upsurge in Old School Death Metal in our South Asian subcontinent over the recent few years, with Morbidity being one of the bands to be spreading this style – to what do you credit this sudden interest in old school stuff?


The interest was never sudden. We were always into the old stuff with very few new bands providing us with any promising metal. And when we saw all the trash being played throughout the supposedly “metal” scene before us, we knew it was up to the chosen few of us to enlighten the masses about what real metal is all about.



– A lot of credit needs to be given to Primitive Invocation for propagating old school values in Bangladesh with their live shows. What has your past experience been performing at their shows and what are you expecting from the upcoming Metal Barbarism featuring Defiled?


Primitive Invocation will always have our gratitude for giving us tons of support. The shows were always great with true metal headliners from around the world.



– Does Morbidity play outside Dhaka often? What is the usual reaction from the audiences?


We have yet to experience a show outside Dhaka. We had a few offers to go to India for a few performances but could never follow through with them.



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– Are the members involved with any sideprojects currently?


One of our guitarists Azerate is the lead guitarist for Nuclear Winter, although it wouldn’t be fair to call it his side project as it’s as big a band as Morbidity and just as important for him.



– Your favorite EP’s/Demos/Albums from this year?


This year had so many great releases. Here are some of the albums worth mentioning.
Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
Vanhelgd – Relics OfSulphur Salvation
MorbusChron – Sweven
Rude – Soul Recall
Swallowed – Lunarterial
Lvcifyre – Svn Eater



– Thanks for your time. Hope to catch you live some day.


The honour was ours. Cheers.



Morbidity Live



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Eternal Armageddon Interview





– Greetings. Hope all is well in the land of Bengal.


War Hails brother. Yes. Things are going pretty smooth.



– Eternal Armageddon recently re-emerged after a hiatus in 2013. Was resurrecting the band always a possibility when the hiatus took place?


Basically the band was getting inactive after our debut release ‘Her Forlorn Monsoon’. Numerous reasons were there. Sick underground policy back then, drug issues and shits; the band was getting unproductive gradually. So back in 2013, I decided to bring an end to this. But yes, there was always a possibility. Even at times I thought to start again as a one man project. But then I get to know about Sarcophagous and Blasphemouranter.



– The band has also went through a major upheaval in the lineup, with Asmodeus being the remaining original member. Why did the change take place? I imagine you’re satisfied with the new lineup and direction as well.


Well, like I said, there were different issues for which it was not working anymore. So the change in the lineup was an obvious thing to come. Initially, I took some time to think. Like I also do have a one man project- whether to merge that with Eternal Armageddon or what. But what I felt, that from the moment I’ve founded Eternal Armageddon, it was never meant to be some studio project or all alone DSBM stuff. It is a warhymn that cannot be sung without a battlefield. So I summoned and got two other demons with me; Sarcophagous and Blasphemouranter. And I believe right now we are an army marching forward furiously than ever.






– The act formed as a melodic Black Metal outfit, yet in the recent compositions the style has changed to a more traditional Black/Thrash leaning. To what can we credit the change?


The lineup change is of course a reason behind shifting the genre. When we started to jam with the new lineup, we found it the best way to express ourselves from now and then. We all are into Black/Thrash more than anything else.



– Your debut EP was released on two different labels. Was the reception to it satisfactory according to you?


Yeah, two labels. MTD Productions from Malaysia and Salute Records from Sweden. Well, I think it was satisfactory though I expected more. It took some time to reach the local listeners. But gradually it did. The release was distributed in various countries. It received very positive reviews from many zines from different places across the globe. For a debut EP, I believe, it clicked nonetheless.



– What’s your opinion on the Bangladesh Metal scene? It seems to outsiders like myself that a lot of quality gigs are happening, with bands such as Abigail and Impiety coming over and whatnot.


I believe the scene is improving. If I look 6-7 years back, back in 2008-09, when I started Eternal Armageddon, the scene was not good enough. Yes, there were bands, Metal bands, but to call it a Metal scene it was not just enough. I have seen guys shifting to core and other shitty genres for cheap fame and glams. But now, there is quite a mentionable scene across the Asia. There are promising Metal bands who are coming up with brilliant releases. Reaching great labels and hitting international gigs. Great bands are coming over here. Cults like Primitive Invocation, Venustas Diabolicus have been emerging, there are few distros and labels,and a few more are organizing gigs and running zines to support the scene.







– You are also playing at Metal Barbarism 2. What’s your relationship with the organizers, Primitive Invocation, and how have they helped the Bangladesh Metal scene in the past few years?


That’s true. We are about to play live for the first time since 2010. We always had a very good relation with Primitive Invocation. I know personally some true Metal warriors of this cult. How they have contributed to the scene- well, a huge question! What I believe, without Primitive Invocation, the scene could never had made this far. They played a pioneering role to introduce our scene to world.



– Asmodeus is also a co-founder of the Black Metal webzine “Venustas Diabolicus.” What inspired you to start a webzine, and have you succeeded in the aims so far?


Well, I founded this group, cult or whatever you say, Venustas Diabolicus with people dedicated to Black Metal. Initially it was group for promoting and sharing everything related to Black Metal. Later on I met my warbrother Zoheb Mahmud and came up with this proposal to start this webzine. Together we started it and later on Somber Oracle and Safwan Hossain joined us. Now we have a few more contributors (even outside of our country as well) with us and we are getting bigger every single day.

About inspiration, well, when I started to listen to black metal, or playing it, I had to face so many complexities. Even I have seen a number of Metal listeners are avoiding it or trying to be ignorant about this willingly. To me Black Metal was never dead and will never be. I tried to make a roof where we can share our listening, thoughts or whatever related to this. To promote the bands, labels and entities dedicated to this. That was the basic objective responsible for the foundation of Venustas Diabolicus. Zine is our first offering. There are more to come.







– How does Black Metal as a genre and an ideology fit into life in Bangladesh?


As a genre or ideology Black Metal has always been far from to fit into life in Bangladesh. But now, probably I’m being too positive, but I really think that a scene is growing over here. There are bands, a few, but promising. There are listeners, as we have already talked about- the Venustas Diabolicus- yes! I believe, a scene is growing over here- more people are getting into it.



– The current era has seen metal bands from South Asia touring other countries in the region, such as Indian bands going to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi acts appearing in Nepal. Does Eternal Armageddon have any such tour plans in the future?


Yes we do! The new demo is coming on early Jan’ of 2015 and we shall be hitting the stage after a long time that time. From now we shall be playing gigs on regular basis and of course, we shall be trying to make it in abroad as well.



– Thanks for answering my questions. Eagerly awaiting the new release.


The honors is ours brother. Horns up and War Hails!





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More information on Metal Barbarism II

Metal Barbarism II Featuring DEFILED from Japan

Primitive Invocation, the chief purveyors of true old school metal in Bangladesh, are putting on a show on January the 14th in Dhaka, that promises to be stellar. Following up on the recent “Banish the Posers” show, “Metal Barbarism II” will have 4 of Bangladesh’s local extreme metal acts (Morbidity, Eternal Armageddon, Nafarmaan, Warhound) as well as Defiled – Japanese death metal veterans who will be showcasing their barbarism to the Bangladeshi crowd for the first time. Flyer as well as gig details below! Eternal Abhorrence will be interviewing some of the bands as the gig date advances on us.


Full lineup :

DEFILED – Death Metal legends from Japan
NAFARMAAN – Black/Death Metal from Dhaka
MORBIDITY – Old School Death Metal from Dhaka
WARHOUND – Death Metal from Dhaka
lack/Thrash Metal from Dhaka

Venue : National Library Auditorium,Beside Radio Office, Agargaon,Sher-E-Bangla Nagar,Dhaka

Date : 14th January,2015 Wednesday
Ticket : 350 TK
Gate opens at 4:30 Sharp.

Flyer design : Deus Desecrator Absconditus

Necrolepsy Interview

The Bangladeshi Metal scene has been impressing the rest of the Subcontinent and beyond for a few years now, and it was only a matter of time that the scene developed beyond the urban jungle of the capital city, Dhaka. From the murky region of Sylhet comes Necrolepsy, a brutal death/goregrind outfit that plans on decorating their Bengali homeland in a flurry of blood, guts and gore. I caught up with vocalist Ruzlan and talked to him about his band, as well as his label and the gigs he organizes in his hometown.

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– Hey there, how’s everything in the swamps of Sylhet?


Greetings brother! Apart from the extremely cold weather here, everything’s pretty good actually.



– What was the inspiration behind initiating Necrolepsy in a country where there isn’t much Deathgrind or Gore stuff going on?


I was always into death metal and listened to a lot of death/goregrind. It was probably in the beginning of 2013, I wrote a couple of songs and went to the band’s guitarist PigSlaughter and we thought of recording them. Before that, Necrolepsy was a one man project by PigSlaughter. In Bangladesh, this genre is not widely accepted as the metalheads usually listen to a lot of OSDM and other old school metal. Goregrind is a totally a new genre here. Our influences ranges from Carcass, Pathology, Cytotoxin to the local giants Severe Dementia, Homicide, Chromatic Massacre and Bloodlust.



– Can you explain to us the songwriting and recording process of the first EP “Exhibition of Mutilated Apparatus”


The songwriting process started from the end of 2013. As we didn’t have a drummer back then. PigSlaughter used to come up with the riff and drums and I wrote the lyrics and did the vocals. This is actually how the songs of the EP shaped up. The entire EP was recorded exactly in 4 days with very minimal and low budget equipments since we did not much much money and recording facilities.






– Have you been pleased with the response to the first release you guys put out?


Well pretty much. We got huge support from our brothers in Dhaka and other parts of the country who bought the EP and some are still asking us for copies of the EP. But sadly, the amount of response we got from our hometown is very low. But then also, this genre is not much accepted so it will take some time for people to digest the gore we produce.



– How did the split with Parasite come across? And any other split plans in the future?


Parasite approached us for a split release and at that moment we needed our music to spread and reach the listener’s ears. So we agreed on it and as far as I know the split tapes got sold out within a very short period of time. I don’t know why they made such less amount of copies but then again it served our purpose. All the split releases of Necrolepsy until now had songs from the EP and sometimes the entire EP. We are working on some new songs which will be released on a 5 way split this January. We are also working on our self titled EP coming in the middle of next year. We have also recruited a drummer and we are jamming hard and sharpening our blades to go live soon!




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– The Sylhet metal scene has only come to the attention of the South Asian metalheads over this year and the previous year. Before it wasn’t so prominent, but now a lot of good bands are suddenly gathering attention. What’s your take on it?


Sylhet now has a bunch of quality metal bands like Psychotron, Infusion, Chronicle Rhapsody, H2SO4. This is because of the increase of the amount of listeners in the city. A scene needs a good amount of listeners to produce good metal bands. H2SO4 will be playing in the Kolkata Underground Fest this year, which is really a proud moment of the metalheads of the city. As you can see, the scene in Sylhet is growing day by day, Although Dhaka is still known as the ‘metalheart’ of the country, Sylhet is also emerging as a rising force in the metal community.



– You also run a record label based out of your hometown – Mortuary Productions. Brief us on the history of it and the releases thus far.


Mortuary Productions was primarily formed as Necrolepsy needed a platform to release the debut EP. After that, we took things seriously and released a double disk compilation with bands from all around the globe. Mortuary currently has some upcoming releases which will be announced quite soon.



– You also put on shows in Sylhet. How have they been recieved generally?


The last show we arranged was METAL FEST III which was headlined by Orator and Enmachined. The lineup also had bands like Warhound, Sacrilege, Traum, Power of Ground and our local acts Metropolis, Psychotron, Infusion, Chronicle Rhapsody. We got a pretty good response, at least a lot better than we expected.



– Top 5 Bangladeshi bands that you would like listeners to check out?


Severe Dementia, Orator, Nafarmaan, Warhound, Abominable Carnivore.



– Thanks Ruzlan! Good luck for future stuffs.


Thanks for lot for supporting Necrolepsy. Cheers!




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Exalter Interview




– Hey guys, hails from Pakistan. How are you doing?

Hello war brothers, hails from the land of Bengal. We are doing fine here. Jamming, shows and recording taking up a lot of our schedule but can’t complain at all.

– Thrash Metal has become quite a thing in Bangladesh in recent years, with a lot of bands popping up to play old school thrash metal music. What was Exalter’s inspiration to play this sort of music?

Indeed thrash metal is coming back with all it’s power and might, proving the doubters wrong that thrash was dead! Here in the land of Bengal the thrash revolution is well and truly powerful. Lots of bands in the thrash horde. For us, our inspiration to create a thrash metal band was to show people how fucking heavy, raw and fast metal can get as well as to show the world what Bangladesh has to offer in terms of metal music. We see so many unrests, political shit and torture all around the globe, we just wanted to rebel against that through our music. If you read our lyrics, you can see how enraged we are to see what we see every day. That made us wanted to crush everything and vent our frustration. That’s when thrash came in with all it’s glory to offer us a way! Our music is our weapon against the clueless politicians of Bangladesh or Zionist fuckers of Israel alike.

– If I’m not mistaken, Exalter is a 3-piece. Does it remain so on the live front or is another guitarist added? I’ve heard your song “White Phosphorus Shell” on youtube and I’m interested in how the dynamics change on the live front, considering thrash metal’s intricate tendencies tend to favor bands with 2 guitarists.

You’ve heard right. We are indeed a trio. Basically three ardent thrashers met and here is the dream project. We just didn’t want anyone in our circle and definitely didn’t need anyone to crush and desecrate the ears and stereo boxes of other thrasher! We play as a trio on stage, nobody else joins in since we want to replicate the same noise live as we do in studio. Other bands may prefer two guitarists but for us the bass and drums pounding in under one powerful lead guitar works. And we won’t change it. On stage we dont miss another guitar frankly speaking. From the begining of EXALTER we jammed our songs and prepared ourselves like that.





– Coming towards your upcoming EP – You guys announced “Democrasodomy” a few days ago, can you shed some light on it? How many tracks, when will it be available, etc?

We announced our debut EP, ‘’Democrasodomy’’ recently and we are quite excited about the release. It’s the culmination of hard works we’ve put in for a year. The name itself gives you a hint about our political view. It’ll contain 4 original songs. It’ll come out on two formats, tape and CD. CDs will be out on local label ‘Metal Monger Records’’ and tapes will be out from Thailand on ‘Hellhouse’ records. We are expecting it to be out on early to mid September!

– What can we expect from the EP in terms of musical content?

In terms of content, expect some grindingly heavy music coupled with relentlessly fast drums and tormented vocals. We had an idea about how we wanted our EP to sound and we’ve done that with the rawness and tormented vibe of our music. The lyrics are all about social injustice, resurgence of thrash, ramifications of politics and the punishment that the war brings us to. We condemn Zionists and our debut track ‘White Phosphorus Shell’ was for our Palestinian brothers. All we can say is this EP will give you a massive shot of thrash madness. The goriness of the lyrics and the darkness of our thoughts just makes it better.





– There have been quite a lot of metal gigs in Dhaka this year, with that in mind, can you talk a bit about the metal scene in Bangladesh? What’s your take on it and where do you think it’ll be a few years from now?

The extreme metal scene in Bangladesh is a tightknit brotherhood albeit small but packed with talented people that are passionate about metal as we are. We have black metal people here, death metal people, thrashers, heavy metallers, even a good bunch of metalcore people too. We not necessarily listen to all the genres but we sure appreciate the brotherhood and the close relationship we all share. All metal subgenres here coexist side by side and is appreciated. The music quality is rising along with the facilities, the gigs are getting better with more and more internationally renowned names touring here, The mighty Impiety will be the latest name to tour this holy land. Bangladeshi metal scene has some world class bands and the list is growing everyday. With names as inspiring as Orator, Severe Dementia,Nafarmaan,Abominable Carnivore in our ranks we are very proud. Lots of good contemporary bands in our ranks too like Dissector, Nuclear Winter, Morbidity and Burial dust. Lots of bands are coming that are equally as good so we can indeed say that the future is bright and we have brilliant enough music to make the world sit up and take note of our scene.

– Any plans of touring and playing in other places in the South Asian subcontinent?

We do have plans to tour other countries, we had a tour planned in our neighboring country India this year but the worthless embassy officials managed to fuck up the visa and we missed the gig. But rest assured we have some surprises packed for the future! We might as well play a gig in Pakistan for you in the future! Make sure to invite us!

– Thanks for your time, good luck for the EP and hope to see you guys play some day!

Thanks for having us, it was brilliant to have a chat with warbrothers from Pakistan. Hope to see more of you in the future and hearing more and more of Brilliant Pakistani bands coming out. Best wishes for the zine and the scene. Make sure you buy our EP to support and keep the spirit of thrash metal growing! Hails!




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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.





– 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.








– 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.





– 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 .







– 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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– Hassan Dozakhi

Homicide – Annihilation Pit (2013)




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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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!




– 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.








– 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.








– 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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– Hassan Dozakhi