Defiled Interview

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– Hey lads, hope everything is great at your end!

 

Happy New Year to all! We’ve just been so busy to prepare for the upcoming tour.
But we’re all fine !!

 

 

– You guys are embarking on a tour of South Asia – hitting up Bangladesh, Nepal and India. What are you expecting?

 

Very very excited our first tour for South Asia !!
We’re expecting to meet diehard metalheads at the show.
Let’s share a great time with us!

 

 

– You play at Metal Barbarism II on the 14th of January, how did you get in touch with Primitive Invocation for the gig?

 

Underground metal scene is a small world and we have many common friends. So it’s very easy for having a connection.

 

 

– It seems that Defiled has always enjoyed touring all sorts of places.. you played in North Korea in 1997, what was that like?

 

You got wrong information ! We have played in South Korea in 1997 and not in North Korea yet. Someday we’ll try to head to North Korea as well.
We believe metal music is borderless. Yes, Korea has a quite good underground metal scene.

 
– We had to wait 8 years for a new Defiled record, between “Divination” and “In Crisis” – when can we expect another new Defiled release?

 

Very good question ! Our new album “Towards Inevitable Ruin” will be coming soon !!

 

 

– Yusuke is currently the only remaining original member. Is it safe to say he does most of the songwriting or do other members have their intake as well?

 

I write all music for Defiled. Then I do arrangements with my band mates because Defiled is a real band.

 

 

– Are any of the band members involved in any side projects?

 

All of us concentrate for Defiled only. We’re not interested in doing side projects.

 

 

– It can be said that the society of Japan is different from other places – where does the seed of anger come from which spawned bands like yourself?

 

We just play music for a fun. That’s all. As for our lyrics, we deal with dark subjects due to consistency with our music.

 

 

– Any bands from Metal Barbarism II that you are looking forward to playing with?

 

We’re looking forwards to share stages with all of bands at Metal Barbarism !!!
All of them play true metal with true heart! That’s very important !

 

 

– Thanks for your time! Hope you have a great tour.

 

Thanks for the interview. We’re very looking forwards to play in your country!
See you soon, sisters and brothers in Asian metal!!

 

 

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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.

 

 

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– 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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Gutslit – Skewered In The Sewer (2013)

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Brutal Death Metal is a bit of a self-parodying genre these days. The bands are either too “slammy” or too “technical,” with intelligent songwriting being put aside for either an over-abundance of slams, or pointless technical guitar wankery. There are pockets of scenes worldwide that still manage to hold down the crafty nature of the mid-90s til mid-2000s era of Brutal Death Metal – Indonesia certainly springs to mind – but the genre generally fails to keep the interest of the average metal fan these days. This is where Gutslit come into the picture. Hailing from Mumbai’s reputed metal scene that has spawned the likes of Exhumation, Albatross, Solar Deity, among others, Gutslit manage to do more than just casually grab the listener’s attention – they force him/her to take notice.

 

 

Starting off their debut full length album with a typical metal album intro, Gutslit get straight into the pummeling with the track “Pustulated Phallic Enthrallment.” The song gives a good window-view into the world of Gutslit. Catchy chunky riffs aligned with a truly inhuman rhythm section lead the way for the entirety of the proceedings. The rhythm section in particular needs to be given props – the drumming is truly barbaric, and the bass-playing is equally eloquent… a word that doesn’t pop up much for the bass-guitar in this genre of music. Immediate hints of Dying Fetus or Benighted can be caught by the average metal ear, and there’s a subtle Cryptopsy element in the name (“Slit Your Guts,” anyone?) that manifests in the technically strong bass-playing as well – but Gutslit is pretty much Gutslit most of the time. The song structures are fairly simple – keep it bulldozing through, keep the vocal patterns simple, add in the sudden little technical flair for variety, keep the music grooving no matter what, and then throw in an absolutely colossal breakdown. A perfect formula, when you get the riffs right – and the riffs here are ridiculously infectious, especially the well-placed breakdowns/slam parts that could rival even the best in Devourment‘s debut album. Speaking of breakdowns, the ones on “Offal Barter, “ and “Atrophic Cranial Disintegration” almost had me couch-moshing and charpai-jumping in my kurta and shalwar. As far as individual tracks go within terms of overall memorability, “Maze of Entrails” takes the entire bloody cake. That’s not to say the other tracks are overweight slouches. They’re all excellent and the replay value for this little album is immense. The fact that it’s just around 26 minutes means that it’s guaranteed repeated listens. If you find yourself blasting this album continuously, don’t be surprised. Gutslit combine individual skill with compact, aggressive and deliberately catchy songwriting in a manner that most metal fans probably haven’t seen since the early works of Gorerotted or Aborted.

 

 

I have no qualms with the production either. I’ve heard some criticism about it before, but it’s suitably clear and filthy at the same time for this kind of music. The mixing and sound-levels here are near-perfect, among the best kind of mix job I’ve heard in an Indian band to be honest. Though with this band, the quality shouldn’t just be compared to other Indian metal. Hell, with this level of technical proficiency and expert songwriting, replete with catchy and crunchy breakdowns – this band could easily be from anywhere in the planet. When you’re listening to music as good as this, location becomes secondary. The only thing that matters is the bludgeoning force of the music.

 

 

 

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Gutslit Interview

Gutslit are an Indian Brutal Death Metal band who’ve been making waves in the international death metal circuit since the release of their debut album last year. They’re a part of a new breed of South Asian metal acts that have managed to break cultural barriers and gather the interest of metalheads across the world as well as their home base in Mumbai, India, and it was a pleasure to talk to their bassist and sole original member Gurdip. We talk about the band, their new label Transcending Obscurity as well as metal in South Asia.

 

 

 

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– Hey, hope you’re doing well. Thanks for the interview!
Hey Hassan. Thank you for this. Hope you’re doing great.

 

 
– It’s been an eventful past year for Gutslit with the album release, the big gigs, as well as getting signed onto Transcending Obscurity. Do you have high hopes for 2014?
Well yes, 2013 was big and we are working hard to make 2014 even bigger.
We have two huge festivals that we are playing at.
One being the biggest grind fest in the world, Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic and the other Death Feast in Germany.
Alongside that, we are working very hard to get a new 4 way split out too.
Hopefully that should work out well too.

 

 
– You guys are working on some upcoming split, do you wish to shed some light on it?
Yes. It’s a 4 way split with 3 other International bands of relative genres, yet different.
I would love to share more, but I’m waiting for a few things to fall in place and once that is done, I shall make everything public. I’m just being cautious and yet the wait.

 

 
– “Skewered In the Sewer” was full of hard hitting yet catchy brutal/slam death metal tracks, with the songs written mostly by ex-guitarist/founding member Dynell. How does that affect the writing process for the future, knowing that one of the men who contributed to the band’s key sound since the nascent days is no longer in the band?
It was quite difficult for us to let go of Dynell. But as he said, God has a different plan for him, we couldn’t challenge much beyond that.
We were on the verge of calling it quits, but luckily found Prateek who happened to be an guitarist with an amazing grasping power, feel and ultimately love for the music.
Things do go slow when you change members or member in any band, but this kid worked as fast as Aaron’s blasts and got done with our old songs in matter of days or probably a few weeks. There was no stopping then. A new tone is definitely what will be different. After all every guitarist or musician has his own style and feel. The structures are fresh and quite chunky. The new songs we have written with him are faster, tighter and more fun.
I’d say, it’s a positive move forward.
Rest is upto our fans and you guys to decide how our new material sounds.

 

 

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– A lot of reviewers have pointed out how your bass-playing style sets Gutslit a notch above most Indian bands – especially since a lot of people don’t seem to take the instrument seriously. Who influenced your bass style and do you have any pointers for other Indian kids picking up a bass?
For me personally, it was sheer love for the instrument and this style of music. I do have a fusion band for all my mellow parts, but in Gutslit it’s purely business of ‘carnage and butchery’ and business is in my blood.
I’m quite nobody to be advising people. But I do appreciate the kind words. It means a lot.

 

 
– Playing at Obscene Extreme will no doubt be one of the highlights of your days in the metal scene. How did the whole thing come about? How were you contacted? Which bands are you looking forward to playing alongside/seeing at the fest?
Curby is an old friend and an inspiration for me. That man has done what even big companies can’t do it. For people who don’t know, you should sit with him and talk to him about his life.
He started from nothing and now hosts shows in 4 continents. Even the biggest festivals can’t manage to pull that off.
We were up on the bill at OEF 2011 as well. But lot of issues happened in personal lives of our former band members plus we had some visa glitch that was out of our control. Ultimately we had to back out. But this year, we have everything in place and hopefully the visa shouldn’t be a problem.
We look forward to playing with everybody. I personally have so many favourites that I can’t seem to just pick names. It’s like a kid in a chocolate and toy factory, combined.

 

 
– How do you feel about South Asian metal growing in prominence lately? Bands such as Orator from Bangladesh have been invited to Maryland DeathFest too, which shows that the international community is finally taking notice of the Subcontinent metal scene.
Subcontinent metal is very powerful and very strong. The only thing is that it wasn’t heard enough and plus the quality of production was inferior. But things have changed now.
The only thing which makes it difficult for bands to travel a lot are the expenses. Flights to Europe and America for example are quite expensive making it difficult even for fests to be able to get a lot of south east Asian or Asian bands to such venues.
But for bands who place passion over anything else, there are ways even those ends can be met with. Everybody in this world who is into extreme metal music needs a steady job or source of income if you want to get going without sulking much about the scene not feeding your family.

 

 

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– Tell us a bit about Transcending Obscurity and the platform it provides for local bands with the upcoming fest, as well as its general label/zine activities.
Kunal Choksi, the man behind Transcending Obscurity has been a good old friend even before he ventured and tried his hand with Indian bands and shows. I personally know him with his former label, Diabolical Conquest and the days when getting even a good underground band CD to India would mean going through a bitch of things. But he just managed it all really well.
With TO, he has taken things a notch higher. He has signed up a lot of Indian promising acts for their releases and is helping around a lot of new and old acts to get a platform to play at.
With him around, we are assured of being heard where it matters, getting our music out to people who would really love this style of music, which in itself means a lot.
The shows organized are brilliant. More than half a dozen bands on one night and with a deserving sound and relative setup, it’s perfect. Kudos to the man.

 

 
– What were your favorite albums of 2013 and which ones are you looking forward to in 2014?
I really loved Gorguts’s release of 2013, also Katalepsy were amazing, as always. Carcass was very good too. Personal favourites: Defeated Sanity, I just love that band.
2014: I’ve heard Dying Fetus are releasing something. Can’t wait for that. Even Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation might have something coming up.
Even Gutslit might have a few good songs coming your way 😉

 

 
– Thanks for your time Gurdip! Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much bro. Means a lot and hope to see you soon someday.

 

 

 

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– Hassan Dozakhi