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.
– 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!
– 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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