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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– Hassan Dozakhi

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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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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– Hassan Dozakhi