Mentally Murdered – featuring MxCx, Takatak & Irritum

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Time to dust the cobwebs off this rotting city’s heavy music scene. Three acts on the bill, names as follow;

Multinational Corporations – Grindcore/Hardcore Punk. Performing new cuts from upcoming splits as well as crowd favorites from last year’s “Jamat-al-Maut” EP, this grindlashkar is poised for another deadly aural assault on the senses.

Takatak – Instrumental Prog/Groove Metal. Veterans of the Lahore music scene by now, and well renowned for their technical abilities, they are on the cusp of releasing their first EP after a great response to the single “Placental.”

Irritum – Funeral Doom Metal. Masters of the almighty riff, conjuring atmospheres equally haunting and majestic. Hear tracks from their upcoming full-length album while they doom you to eternity.

Live at Opositive studio’s (308 Ravi Road, opposite Badshah Mosque NEXT to the Ufone Franchise)

Call for further details
0345-4064728 (Hassan)
0322-5345356 (Sheraz)

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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“SHAKEN BUT STILL STANDING

It has been three weeks since the earth shook us.

25th April 2015 was the fateful day when a massive earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit the small Himalayan country of Nepal, flattening entire villages and causing destruction across the nation. The dead bodies piling up have exceeded 8000, with more than 17,000 people injured, around 299,588 houses completely destroyed, and 269,109 houses deemed unlivable. Just when we were trying to understand what had happened, we were struck by another tremor, an aftershock that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Whether living in Nepal or abroad, it would be rare to find a Nepali who has not been shaken to the core by this tragedy. People have lost their loved ones, their homes, and their sense of security. Most of them are left grieving under the open sky, with no roof over their heads.

Though development organizations and local communities have been working tirelessly to rescue and provide immediate relief to the victims, recovery is a long road. Nepal needs as many resources as it can get to start the rehabilitation and rebuilding process for its displaced citizens, while also reconstructing its shattered infrastructure.

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage has influenced its youth to develop a passion for the arts and music; many talented musicians have been bred in this unique culture. The Nepal Earthquake Relief Compilation is a tribute to the resilience and strength of the Nepali people, as well as a collaborative effort by the participating bands to give back to the country that has given them so much.

The funds raised through this album will go to active organizations working on finding long term solutions for shelter and rehabilitation of the communities in the most severely affected districts of Nepal.

The compilation has been hosted on Bandcamp at https://nepal-earthquake-relief.bandcamp.com/

Slave to the Grind – A Film about Grindcore (Soilent Green Teaser)

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So there’s a documentary about Grindcore coming up, entitled “Slave to the Grind” and it’s got this brown bastard excited! While it remains to be seen just how faithful this documentary will be to the genre and how much the fans will enjoy it, there’s more than enough reason for normally cynical people like myself to get behind this. For one thing, it’s made by an actual grindcore fan, and the first teaser has Soilent Green talking up some cool things. We’ll be posting more teasers as they come!

The documentary’s FB page

Fuck the Facts Interview

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– Hey Topon, how’s everything?

 

Good, thanks.

 

 

– You guys put out the “Abandoned” EP in October, how has the reception been to it so far?

 

It’s been good. We’ve sold out of all the cassettes fairly quickly and people have been very supportive by buying it digitally from our Bandcamp page. This release is sort of interesting in a way, because the music is actually about 4 years old, but we just put it out, so people see it as a new release even though it’s more or less just B-sides from ‘Die Miserable’. In general the reviews and feedback has been positive. I like to read a review or get feedback from someone that’s actually listened to it without any bias, and this is really hard to find. Often it’s people that like it because they like the band or hate it because they hate the band, but every once in awhile I read something (positive or negative) that is actually a genuine review where the person is listening and making an effort. It’s not like we’re going to change what we’re doing because of what people think, but it is interesting sometimes to see how other people dissect your music.

 

 

– You’ve mentioned before that you find the ‘technical grindcore’ tag a bit of an oxymoron, how would you describe your music then? Taking into the fact that there’s a bit more to FTF than the average grind band.

 

We probably are ‘technical grindcore’, at least on this release. When FTF started back in the late 90’s as a recording project, grindcore was definitely the main influence, but over the years we’ve changed and developed our sound. I wouldn’t really call what we do ‘grindcore’ the influence is definitely still there, but we don’t sound like Rotten Sound or Magrudergrind. I coined the term “bastardized grindcore” to sort of address that, but really does it matter? We make the music we like and do what we enjoy. If there’s blast beats, cool! If not, cool! Personally, I really enjoy dynamic music. I listen to a lot of different music at home and an album with a lot of peaks and valleys is usually what keeps my attention and makes me what to listen to it again. That’s what we’re trying to do with FTF. Make interesting music and albums that we would want to listen to.

 

 

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– FTF has had pretty much the same lineup since 2009, and the stability has caused arguably your best material to come out – is that something you would agree with?

 

Yeah, I’m very happy with the music we’ve been creating and I think that we’re really at our best as a live band right now, and a lot of that has to do with us having a solid line-up for so long. It’s actually since 2008 that it’s been the same 5 people, so that’s about 7 years now. We also have more input now from all members when it comes to writing. I used to do about 90% of the writing in the band, but now the music is split pretty evenly between the 4 of us with Mel still handling the majority of the lyrics.

 

 

– We’re a blog/zine that normally covers South Asian metal/punk acts, and your position as a Bengali origin man who formed one of the more ‘known’ grind acts is one that piques curiosity. Did your parents, or close family members, ever expressed any sort of repulsion towards your music in the band’s nascent days? Because that seems to be the trend with our diaspora.

 

Well, I’m only half-Bengali (on my father’s side). My mother is Czech and my dad actually moved to Czechoslovakia when he was only 16, so even he wasn’t the most Bengali guy in the world. I’m proud of my background, and I have visited both India & The Czech Republic, but I’m as Canadian as they come. I was born here and grew up playing hockey and watching Kids In The Hall. Both my parents were always extremely supportive, and still are to this day. I wouldn’t have a studio if it wasn’t for my mom, and my dad was always at my shows when I was younger. Never at any point did my parents try to talk me out of doing this. If anything, they encouraged me to keep going. I’m sure my mom will end up reading this interview.

 

 

– Do you feel there is a lack of South Asian/Desi/ origin guys and girls in Grindcore bands in North America?

 

Growing up in the scene in Ottawa, I was the only brown guy playing in bands with all these white dudes, but it was never a problem or weird in anyway. Now things are a lot more mixed, and I think a lot of that has to do with how much more popular this kind of music is getting. It’s something that’s out there more and people are discovering it all the time. It’s not an underground secret anymore. I’m never going to say that I think there needs to be more brown people in bands, or more women, more disabled people, etc… The scene is welcoming and if you want to make music you’ll find your place, regardless of what you look like or where you’re from.

 

 

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– You also have a prolific noise side to you, the last solo split you did was with Takashi Ohkawa if I’m not mistaken. The noise side also seeps into FTF’s material. Is Noise something you can divorce from your grind side, or is it part and parcel of the package?

 

I started doing noise with FTF. Some of the very first FTF releases were just straight up noise releases. When FTF became a band we still did this a bit, but definitely not as much as in the beginning. It’s always been an influence and you can hear it on pretty much all of our releases. I started a project called Merdarahta, and that’s pretty much where I rekindled my interest in making noise. I’ve also been doing noise shows and releases as a solo artist for the past year now, and it’s something I really love doing. As much I love grindcore and metal, I’ve always had a big interest in more experimental music, so you get to hear that in FTF a bit, but with my solo work and Merdarahta, I can really dive into the deep end of making weird music.

 

 

– Having been involved in the grindcore community for such a long time, do you think the music and the scene has changed much over the years?

 

Sure. Like I said, grindcore is more popular than ever now. It’s not this underground elite thing anymore, so you have more people discovering it. Now with the internet we have everything at the tips of our fingers and interaction with others in the community is instant. I used to dub tapes and send them out with letters around the world. It could take weeks or even months before I would hear back, and I was spending sometimes hundreds of dollars a month just on postage. I don’t miss that. Right now as I write this interview on my laptop, I can remember 15 years ago getting a letter in the mail with interview questions for a zine. I would write out my answers by hand and mail them back, then maybe a year or so later I would get a copy of the zine. Recording is now something that a lot of us do on our own, and at a pretty good quality too. You used to have to go to a real studio, or have a really rough 4-track recording. So yeah, a lot has changed. I’m not going to say it’s better or worse, it’s just different.

 

 

– Top 5 EPs/demos/albums of 2014?

 

  1. Mike H ‘Opening Act/T-shirts for Sale’
  2. Alaskan ‘Despair, Erosion, Loss’
  3. Dead Weights ‘Dead Ends & Closed Doors’
  4. The Sun Through A Telescope ‘Unnatural Cruciform on a Moss Covered Rock’
  5. Bleak ’s/t’

 

 

– Thanks for the interview Topon! Come play out in our neck of the woods some time.

 

Thank you! And yes, we can’t wait to make our way out there. Cheers!

 

 

 

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Wormrot Interview

So my new cohort and guest writer, 14 year old Hammad Hazard from Canada (via Pakistan) decided to interview Wormrot for Eternal Abhorrence. Awesome kid. He has a nice chat with their vocalist about the Singaporean scene, punk/metal, being married, their upcoming album and the death of their legendary goat. Pretty sure these kings of the contemporary era of Grindcore don’t need any introduction anyway!

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– Hails from Pakistan! would you like to introduce yourself and your role in the band?

 

Sup dude? Arif here vocals for the band Wormrot from Singapore.

 

 

– So you guys have an album in the making, so what can fans expect from the new Wormrot?

 

Yes we do. Although it won’t be so soon as we are pretty hectic with our day jobs and military service. Things are getting a little slow now due to i just got married in may this year. Hence we’re pretty slow at the moment. We do not wish to explain how the album is gonna be. We never did for the past albums. Just a little more pissed off than any of the other albums.

 

 

– As a grindcore band, do you have more influences toward metal or punk ?

 

There’s a reasonable mixture of both. Certains songs are way more metal than the other or way more punk than the rest. So it’s all good. As long we are not totally out from the grindcore roots, that’s totally fine with me.

 

 

– How was it being a grindcore band in Singapore? Did you guys have a grindcore/crust/powerviolence scene there?

 

Being a grindcore band in Singapore is pretty much whatever. haha. But we do get amazing support from friends over here. There are barely shows these days. Not as active as back in the day. Everyone including us are busy with personal commitments. Working 9-5 like robots. I’m not sure if the rest of the grindcore bands in Singapore are still active. There were quite a few back then but now it’s pretty much boils down to 2 or 3 including us. There’s a few crust bands in the DIY scene thats for sure. But i just couldn’t keep up with gigs and shows these days due to my weirdass day job schedule.

 

 

– What inspires you to write down such peaceful and happy lyrics to songs like Destruct the Bastards?

 

Haha.. I can’t really explain how i did it but we as a band has faced tons of social issues. Especially me for some reason maybe perhaps i’m ultra picky on selecting friends. Assholes are everywhere in this world. So they keep contributing to my “journal”. Every album is being treated like a mini diary. Good times and bad times.

 

 

 

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– Most of the lyrics of band seem to be very political, what are the political and religious beliefs of the band?

 

Hmmm not really. Maybe it is your own interpretation that lead you to think it’s base on religion. But trust me, that is not the case. I couldn’t care less. Like i mentioned before, personal social issues, good and bad times while we’re on tour and probably my military experience over the years. Not too much of a political. I do not wish to write about something has already been said gazillion of times and the world are still fucked a decade later. No hidden messages to save the world through our songs. Just straight forward “FUCK YOU” in your face. haha.

 

 

– How do you guys record songs that are just a few seconds and what happens if a song is too long?

 

Believe it or not, shorter songs ae way harder to compose. haha. The 3 of us are very anal when it comes to detailing and perfecting layouts and patterns of a song. It might take the whole one rehearsal session to complete a 1 or 2 minute song. Whenever it feels right to stop, we will stop. Even if its at 10 second mark. We hate repeated copy and paste song writing. It bore us to shits.

 

 

– Piracy is a big problem for musicians nowadays and many big bands out there are suffering from it, how does is affect you guys?

 

Nah. It doesn’t affect us. We’re not metallica or whoever. Big bands with millions in their bank account are suffering from a little percentage due to downloading is just fucken stupid. Greedy bastards needs to wake the fuckup because they forgot they had NOTHING when they started out. And now, after earning millions and still bitching about people downloading, needs to shut the fuck up and wake the fuck up. These days it’s no longer about music and it’s always beenabout business when it comes to the fuckers “SUFFERING FROM PIRACY” bullshit.

 

 

– Last year many of us were stricken by the news of the demise of Biquette the Grind Goat, how did it feel to lose one of your biggest fans?

 

HA! Yeah Biqquette was adorable. Too bad she died. But we had an amazing time playing infront of her. That was WEIRD as hell. But cute nonetheless. We love animals. And to experience Biquette existence is a whole another level. She had a great run with bands performing at the venue. The people there are ultra friendly. I’m sure she lived an awesome life. Other goats should be jealous.

 

 

 

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– So, you recently got married, congratulations on that, does that mean wormrot is now gonna write love songs?

 

Hey thanks dude! Nah, Wormrot are forever a pissed off band. We are at our weakest when it comes to our better halfs family and close friends. We’re like any other human being in this world. We do have emotions just that a specific wrath only for the music in the band.

 

 

– Wormrot has played in many countries countries and also in the Obscene Extreme Fest, how was it to move from a small audience in Singapore to a very large audience in the Obscene Extreme fest?

 

It was terrifying to be honest. I recalled doing our first ever tour back in 2009 in Europe. We were clueless and still learning and observing different life style. A culture shock from every single thing. Amongs all of that the crowd has always been supporting since day 1. We are trully blessed. Seems like we did something good perhaps and decided to progress and leearn more right after.

 

 

– Thanks for your time and I hope you guys come play in Pakistan someday, do you have any last words for the fans?

 

No worries and i apologise for taking too long with this interview. Pretty hectic month personally for me. Yeah dude hopefully we’ll be able to start touring again like the old times. We are working hard for the new record now won’t be to soon as we would like to make it at our own time, own target. Keep in touch!

 

 

 

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“My lil’ Murrican Adventure” – MDF retrospective

Guest writer Shruti Kumar wrote about her experience at Maryland Death Fest and wanted us to put it up here. It’s a nice little read that gives some insight into the things people are willing to do to see the best extreme metal festival in contemporary times. She’s an Indian who currently resides in Australia as a permanent citizen, and regularly attends local shows as well. Read on:

 

 

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So here I was, looking at the Maryland Deathfest XII lineup for the first time. I’m your typical overseas-based university student, with only a fast food job to sustain my gig needs and this wasn’t even a local show. I’d always wistfully gazed at MDF lineups every year but this time the lineup was so fucking unreal that I just HAD to be there. Mostly for the fact that I’ll get to see Immolation twice because I’m a massive Immolation fangirl and by massive I mean being-at-the-front-taking-pictures-screaming-for-autographs fangirl. I hardly ever feel like that for a band because let’s face it, band members are probably just as fucked up as you are, if not more. So anyway, to make this work, I’d have to sort out money, flights, visas, university, immigration and parents (yes, that is actually a legitimate concern for an Indian kid). I had traveled internationally before, but never alone. Thankfully, I have super liberal and highly educated parents, who even though were initially reluctant to let their little girl go alone to a foreign country for an extreme metal festival, eventually thought that this would be good to make me self-sufficient. For money, I worked my arse off and saved up cash. Stopped spending as much, worked full time for the three months I had off after my second semester finished. One thing I had decided right from the start was that I’ll have to make this happen by myself so I didn’t burden my parents financially. Money and parents sorted. Now for the worst part, immigration. Immigration was the one thing that made organizing this trip a massive pain and a lot more difficult than it should’ve been. I lost my passport so I had to deal with cops and some really nasty people at immigration but once my application was finally in, it was just the wait. Oh, the fucking wait. It took about a month for me to get it back but little did I know that my problems had just started. Because bam! As you can guess, it was time for me to get visas. Since I’m a permanent resident in Australia but actually an Indian citizen, I had to get two visas. I won’t bore you with the details, but long story short, the US tourist visa was the reason that led me to be uncertain if I was even gonna make it till the last minute. Literally. I really wish I was kidding, but nope. My visa interview was 2 days before my flight was supposed to leave. Thankfully, I didn’t buy tickets and decided to wait till my visas came through ‘cause I’m smart like that. Anyway, my visa got approved but I read on the US immigration website that my passport won’t be sent back to me within five days. BA DUM TSS! All my hopes of going to the US crushed in a minute. All the months I spent working hard and dealing with immigration gone for nothing. It affected me more than any break up I ever had and it was just plain awful. So much so that I tried to find solace in alcohol when I don’t even fucking drink. But life had something else in store for me. The very next day I found out that my passport had been shipped and I would be able to go to the US afterall! So I did end up going, albeit three days later than planned. It was pretty outrageous, I got my flight tickets at 4 pm and my flight left 7 am the next morning. But as you would’ve guessed by now, I’m a pretty crazy person. It was a jampacked trip, with so much to do and see in just a week. But I was up for it. I admit, I’ve been a very naughty girl to make this work, I skipped uni and rescheduled a few assessments. But look at the fucking lineup! Can you blame me? In a matter of four days I saw Immolation, Incantation, Asphyx, Gorguts, Necros Christos, Mgla, Pseudogod, Coffins, Noothgrush, Crowbar, Agalloch and so many others. Phew! And I was right at the front for almost everything because if you haven’t experienced a band up front, I highly recommend it. I also got to meet Ross Dolan and Rob Vigna of Immolation which was an absolute dream true and made my US trip worthwhile straightaway. I also had great company, my friends Gautam and Nikhil, who were so much fun to hang with! Here’s a few day-to-day updates/diary notes from the time I was in MDF and then came back:

 

 

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After the prefest gig: Got to see Immolation in a private gig environment and being practically on top of the stage for the entire thing. Had a super long chat with Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna and it really is amazing to know that your favourite band is comprised of really down-to-earth people instead of dickheads, which they very well deserve to be considering the unreal music they make. They played Into Everlasting Fire! I think now I can die happy.

 

MDF Day 1: Coffins were so fucking good! It’s that amazing feeling you get when you finally see a band you’ve been obsessing about for ages. Every track they played off their Buried Death album made their set exponentially great. Crowbar were insanely heavy and other highlights included Whitehorse and Sourvein. Bring on tomorrow!

 

MDF Day 2: Watching Incantation, Bölzer, Agalloch, Mgla, Necros Christos, Cancer, The Ruins of Beverast, At The Gates and Taake back to back on the same day. FUUUUUUUUUCK. This lineup has ruined every music festival for me. Also, bumped into Ross Dolan again and he recognized me. Fuck yeah. Winning.

 

MDF Day 3: HOLY FUCKING SHIT. Asphyx were fucking perfect. Reformed Pungent Stench and Hooded Menace were really tight and so were Tankard, Dark Angel and Noothgrush. Got my hardcore/grind fix from Victims, Dropdead and Birdflesh. Machetazo destroyed the venue and there were many others I can’t be bothered mentioning. I’m gonna have some serious psychological depression after this festival ends but fucking hell, so many happy feels right now.

 

MDF Day 4: Candlemass. Owned. Everyfuckingthing. So much stoner/sludgy/doomy goodness today with My Dying Bride, Bongripper, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Soilent Green. Inquisition rocked my socks and so did Pseudogod and Gorguts. Immolation ending the festival with a second set was probably the best farewell to MDF. Can’t believe I’m flying back to Sydney tomorrow, it’ll take me some time to readjust to drab ol’ life again.

 

On my way back to Australia: Homeward bound. Maryland Deathfest was amazing, never did I see so many bands, have so many people stage dive on my head and have so many guys come up to me and tell me they thought I was gorgeous (which included this creepy Argentinean guy who wanted to get a picture of me). Even though I’m now drugged on painkillers because I headbanged too much and have heaps of overdue assignments and a raging jetlag to look forward to, there’s nothing in my life I want to change right now.

 

So I’m back home now , with 0$ in my bank account and having some serious MDF withdrawals. Everything is dull in comparison to the time I had. After some of the shit I pulled to make this happen, I don’t know if I’d ever get to do this again. But hey, it was totally worth it.

 

 

 

Immolation

Immolation

 

 

– Shruti Kumar