Zia Zaidi Interview

We normally cover far more heavier forms of music than what this Singer/Songwriter from Karachi plays, but good music is good music and I wanted to do an interview with him the second I heard some singles off his debut album. Zia Zaidi, ladies and gents, is a part of Karachi’s “indie” scene, and stands out with his vast assortment of 60s/70s rock influences, reminiscent of Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan. In his debut album, the lad gives his home city of Karachi the sort of melancholic musical treatment it has always warranted – check it out after you’re done reading this interview!

 

 

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– Hey Zia, hope you’re doing well!

Hey Hassan, right back at you!

– Most of our readerbase is metal/punk and you’re from the indie spectrum, so introduce yourself and your album to the unaware among us!

Well my name is Zia, but you already know that. I’m an indie musician based in Karachi, indie in the sense that I self-finance my musical projects and release them myself. I don’t particularly like the “indie” label though, it has started to seem a bit pretentious and it tends to limit what people expect or want from me. My album is basically a few songs I wrote that happened to sound fairly similar and created a reasonably coherent musical narrative. I have no other songs like this, the rest of my songs are quite different, as I have a chronic inability to write within a single genre. The album was delayed several times as I tried to work out a grouping of my songs that wouldn’t be too diverse, that would compliment each other but I was eventually able to compile the songs that eventually ended up on my album and record them.

– Can you tell us a bit about the recording process of your album? I understand Ali Suhail helped you out, a prominent member of the Karachi indie scene as well.

The recording process basically involved me, a laptop, an audio interface and my instruments all shut up in a room for a few hours every day. Well, maybe not everyday. I procrastinated a lot. I would basically start with the drum track which I would program using Superior Drummer (I couldn’t afford a live drum recording) after which I would record the instruments (bass, guitar etc) and finally the vocals. Ali basically mixed and mastered the songs, but he also helped me out by programming a string section I composed for my song “Marble and Bone”, composing and programming percussions on “I’m Just Glad” and playing the guitar solo on “They Got Pills”, as well as ambient guitar on By Their Bones. My friend Maaz Muhammad also helped out a lot, he played the guitar solos on Convict Wayne, Be As Us and What’s That, as well as additional lead guitar on They Got Pills and some additional guitar on By Their Bones. Halfway through recording the album my laptop broke, so that delayed the album a lot. I finished it eventually, though many months later than id initially intended.

– Lyrically and thematically, your debut opus comes off as a celebration of Karachi – with a very tragic and melancholic undercurrent. Would that be a correct assessment?

You are absolutely right! I’m glad I was able to convey that through my songs. Karachi is very much the foggy pearl of the “Land of the Pure”, and one can’t help but love her, stubborn little bitch that she is, despite all her flaws.

– What I liked about the lyrics is that they were very poetic, and the performance in the songs was very Bob Dylan-esque… I don’t think I’ve heard any South Asian artist with that approach to their music, not even in the Karachi indie scene. What drove you to make the kind of music you did?

There was just so much amazing music in the 60s and 70s man! The Beatles, Dylan, the Stones, etc. and these guys accomplished so much with their music. I mean they brought about a proper social movement, they had an impact on society and that’s very cool. I guess I channelled Dylan in “The Streets” and it was sort of natural because his style and voice are very nostalgic and The Streets is a very nostalgic song. Apart from that I can’t really say where I’ve been influenced by whom, I don’t really think about it while I compose or write it just happens.

– How has the mainstream press responded to it in Pakistan? Does the mainstream press even know of the thriving Karachi music scene?

Well Ahmer Naqvi (known on the twitterverse as @karachikhatmal) wrote an article about me in Dawn, and I was invited to do a session with City FM89 so I guess, considering that I am a complete and utter noob with 0 press or marketing, the response has been pretty great. On both these occasions I was approached by the concerned parties, I didn’t have to bust my ass trying to get anyone to notice me. I guess, in the grand scheme of things, an article and a radio session is, perhaps, not all that much but what I’m trying to say is that it was really encouraging to have gotten a response like this from mainstreamers, especially considering the fact that I’m a complete unknown. As far as covering the indie scene goes, pretty much every other musician I know or am involved with, Ali Suhail, Shajie, my band E Sharp, Lower Sindh! Swing Orchestra, all of these guys have gotten some sort of press so it’s not like we are completely ignored. I have more of a problem with our audience. I mean if some guy in the US released an album with no marketing or anything, an article in a national newspaper would have been crazy. That being said, there would have been a lot more people willing to buy his music, attend his gigs and otherwise support his music career financially. So basically I don’t have a problem with the mainstream press, were getting newspaper space and radio slots, TV can’t be all that far behind, what we’re really worried about is the fact that we get a few people willing to listen to our songs with each article/interview but we don’t get proper fans that would buy merch or attend gigs. That’s the real problem we face.

– Tell us a bit about Karachi’s music scene in general. There are a lot of good artists out there it seems, and it causes quite a bit of jealousy up north here in Lahore at times! Haha.

Dude I have the feeling that Karachi has more musical talent than anywhere else in the world. We have a genius around every corner. Such good music man! Mole is (was?) a world class band. Lower Sindh! Swing Orchestra has to be one of the finest bands Pakistan has produced, and they’re well on their way to succeeding Mole as the spearheads of art rock in Karachi. My band, E Sharp, was well established when I joined earlier this year, and they brought me in on a grand concept album that they have been working on. We have a thriving EDM scene via “Forever South”, I mean we work our asses off for peanuts (if we’re lucky) and we do it again and again because we are of Karachi, and so we are by default stubborn little pricks. And the acts I mentioned barely scratch the surface of the endless smorgasbord of music that is Karachi! That being said, gigs are close to impossible to pull off here, the people are indifferent at best, hostile at worst, and to earn money we either have to whore ourselves or, well, there’s no other options really just varying degrees of whoring, but these are problems every musician in Pakistan faces haha. And I guess we have a lot of music here, but Punjabs metal scene is crazy and Lahore specifically has the crown jewel of indepependent Pakistani music: Poor Rich Boy!

– Do you see the scene going anywhere in the next 5 years?

There is just so much music being made and so much momentum building up from all of this music the dam will break eventually. I think the scene kind of got kickstarted back in late 2011 with both poor rich boy and lussun tv entering the game, and since then every subsequent year has been better than the last. So, I don’t know what you mean anywhere, but I think in the next 5 years we are going to see bigger and better gigs, more and better music, I’m hoping by that time that all of us can quit our jobs and start working on music full time but that’s more of a pipe dream than anything else.

– What’s next for your solo act?

I have a second album ready to record, it’s a lot weirder, dark acoustic finger picking Prog rock, or maybe not Prog rock but you get the idea, but I’m not going to start working on that for a while. Like I mentioned before, I’m part of a band called E Sharp (I’m the bassist) and were working on a concept double album of 20 songs. It’s a pretty grand concept, we want  to do a lot of things with it so it’s taking up all of my time at the moment. I’m going to try to release my second album by mid 2015, and a third album by early 2016.

– Thanks for your time bro! Stay safe.

Thanks man, you too.

 

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Karachi Butcher Clan Interview

Karachi Butcher Clan are an act that’s been around for a while, with the members being around in the scene for even longer. Their history stretches back to the initial era of Pakistani metal, with frontman Kamran aka Coffin Feeder being one of the legendary vocalists of the late 90’s / early 2000’s. Despite a long dormant period, KBC are back in action and are ready to decimate all those who oppose their brand of crushing, groove laden and ultimately catchy death metal. I managed to get some of Kamran’s free time to chat with him about the band, the old scene, and the future of Pakistani metal.

 

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– Hey there Kamran, how’s the preperations for the upcoming gig?

 

Don’t ask man, I’m stuck here while the band jams in Karachi, I went there for a few days and we managed to pull off a jam session in utter heat, planning to jam one more time before we hit the stage on the 21st.

 

 

 

– I remember first coming across KBC back in 2006 on an Orkut page and was pretty intrigued with the group. Can you tell us the history of the band and its story til now?

 

Hahaha Orkut man, good old days. Well to cut the long ass story short, I met Leslie through a mutual friend and a guitar player Estes, Les had seen me in my former projects and had been jamming with Kamran Rasheed, our drummer. We started hanging, drinking, smoking and jamming. To my surprise, Les was a brutal shred player with monster riffage and without any force or push, the Karachi Butcher Clan was formed.

Did the first gig after an air jam (no instruments) and it came out to be a blast, we kept going on, through many phases in life, marriages, kids, divorces, more marriages, more kids etc. But it kept growing within us..

Initially we had no studio and then came our salvation as Marnald Jacob (Mickey Jay) Les’s cousin and a good friend also the manager of the band. With his extreme help les set up a studio named Ground Sound and we got all those thoughts over the decade into shape by recording our originals, something we always craved for.

 

 

 

– Despite being around for a long time, you guys have only put out 2 originals. Any reason behind the relative inactivity? Can we expect a definite release in the future?

 

Yeah as I said, we didn’t have a studio and our sound and the music we do, we couldn’t take it to any tom dick or harry to make a fake attempt at the thing we hold religious, and yeah now the things are all set to our needs, we can release a track every week but we’re keeping it low for now, our third release is HEAD HUNTER’S GLORY, due to be released right after Hellfest. We might be doing a pre-release kinda thing playing the track in a radio show ONCE 😉

 

 

 

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– You’re also a veteran in the Karachi metal scene, having been a part of now-legendary bands such as Hell Dormant and Autopsy Gothic. Can you talk a bit about both those bands? Any chance of reuniting either band?

 

Aaah, Autopsy Gothic was my first love when it comes to my own music, but no chance we’re getting it back since doing it with the original members seems vague. Hell Dormant was me and Wasi Raza forcing our overflowing wicked thoughts into a Pentium 2 (RIP) recorded the whole album in 2 days and I mentioned this somewhere before – I remember the take was on record and Wasi was sleeping with the guitar plugged and so was i, hahaha good old days those were man. the world was very real back then.

If Wasi comes back, we can do a track or two for sure…

 

 

 

– What do you think about Dusk? You’ve been involved in the band as a drummer too, if I recall correctly.

 

One of the first outfits I heard here before Autopsy Gothic was DUSK and SHEMHAMFORASH. Babar Sheikh (GOAT) has always been a friend and an inspiration, his metal has brought good name to Pakistan and yeah me and Aman Durrani recorded an album with him and a track with my drums and backing vocals was in one of his latest releases DEAD HEART DAWNING…

 

 

 

– Being a part of local metal scene since 90’s, how do you think it has grown since then? Do you think the scene and the fans have improved or has it become shittier?

Hahaha both man. Nu Metal has fucked up things a lot here, kids don’t know playing Cannibal Corpse and Limpbiz-DICK on a same player is sin. It has definitely grown over the years but then again, metal is something you can’t force on someone, it just lies inside one’s soul, and seeing all the overall acts in action, I say it’s definitely on the right track…

 

 

 

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– How did you get into metal back in those days? Was it difficult without the internet, and without metal magazines and stuff?

 

My school buddy, a friend and my band mate Aneeq got me into metal, he used to see me growl and scream for nothing back then and he once gave me a metallic tape, and then onwards life has been VERY different.

And hell yeah man, TDK tapes, old magazines, 8 month old issues of Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and 2-3 music stores were all we have besides some of the buds that we made through metal – Salman Mumtaz, Nabeel, Babar – i copied a lot of metal from their hard drives to mine and damn those days man, it was a religion that we followed very honestly.

I remember hitting a net cafe to see the world is and got out with print outs of Cannibal Corpse and Death’s lyrics to all the tracks we loved but hardly understood. Internet has made it really easy for anyone to do anything.. then again its good as well as bad.

 

 

 

– Tell us about your previous experiences playing at Hellfest. Are you looking forward to the next edition?

 

Man we were super excited to play here in Hell Fest-1, immediately after that we had a hangout session with Inferner boys – Atrium Animus back then and we made good friends with them. I think it’s a great platform and KBC will always be a major support…

 

 

 

– Do you feel Hellfest improves the scene?

 

It surely does, if proper coverage is done in the magazines and news and over the internet, it clearly shows that the metal scene still lives amidst all the crap that the new world and media has to offer.

 

 

 

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– What’s in the future plans for KBC?

 

Hmmm, we’ll be releasing the third track soon and then the debut album by December this year probably, we are in touch with some labels that showed interest n our music and I’m quiet hopeful this year will mark the debut album for Karachi Butcher Clan.

 

 

 

– Thanks for your time. Any last words?

 

Hahaha i don’t see a gun on my face but yea my last words would be – BE YOURSELF, as a nation, we are extremely fucked, we lack the emotion to co-exist and i think this is the one thing that is taking us down as a country, learn to co-exist , support and like each other, the world out there is waiting to crush us under their boots, if anything can save us from vanishing from the face of earth – it surely is coexistence, genuinety and honesty to any profession.

For younger musicians, I’d strongly suggest, there a time for listening music first, don’t rush to be on stage, i have seen kids making a joke outta themselves on stage and this can be handled when you practice to the max, be on stage after 4 years or maybe 10, but once you are on, do it with your heart, not fingers, limbs or throats.

Horns up to you guys for this interview, to everyone doing metal in this age in Pakistan, to the Hellfest management and every single one supporting metal.

KEEP FUCKING SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL UNDERGROUND.

Cheers and Respect. \,,/

 

 

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“Wasted Years” – Karachi Metal Scene 96-03 pics

I found these pictures on Facebook and I decided to post them on my webzine. I feel it’s important to preserve the heritage and history of Pakistan’s Metal scene, and expose them to people who may not have been a part of that specific era. I got into metal in 2006, and all of this happened before even I was a part of the local scene in my own city of Lahore. A lot of classic and cult Karachi acts are featured in this set of pictures – it’s definitely interesting to note how the crowds were back then and their sense of rock/metal fashion back then. All picture credits go to Hasan Shirazi.

 

 

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Legendary Karachi Death Metal crew “Autopsy Gothic” slaying the audience in 2003. Random gig, couldn’t get the name of the fest. Vocalist Kamran Farooque also was with Hell Dormant for a while but now roars his ferocious growls for Karachi Butcher Clan.

 

 

Fawad Balouch Gig PACC 1996

Fans headbanging at a gig in 1996. 1996! This is from a gig of Fawad Balouch, who had a now-cult band called Kainath/Kosmos. According to some fans, he put out a demo tape in 96/97 and was very Morbid Angel inspired, and also had a cover of Helter Skelter. He was known for his crazy shredding and for being completely innebriated on stage.

 

 

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The crowd at Karachi’s Rockfest 2001. This used to be a major yearly event in Karachi back in those days and usually drew a large crowd – as you can see. Metal bands took center-stage with rock bands during those days.

 

 

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The Autopsy Gothic crew posing for a picture with some fans, at Rockfest 2001.

 

 

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Another picture of Autopsy Gothic at Rockfest 2001. You can see Aneeq Zaman (currently of grindcore/hardcore band Throttle Instinct) there with the same hairstyle and look that he has in 2014. Haha. Aneeq also does artwork for local bands Multinational Corporations (Grindcore), Irritum (Funeral Doom) as well as design posters for the Hellfest event in Islamabad.

 

 

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A decade ago, in Lahore, there was ONE band that had the notoriety and badass image that no other band could cultivate at that time. That band was Seth. Here’s a picture of Seth’s guitarist tuning his guitar at Rockfest 2001 in Karachi.

 

 

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This man is credited to have laid the foundations for every metal band in Pakistan back in the early 90s. Dusk’s Babar Sheikh has a smoke on stage during Karachi Rockfest 2001. I’m not sure, but his band Northern Alliance was probably playing at this event. From making horrific yet progressive doom/death metal to making barbaric and bludgeoning black/thrash, Babar has always made killer music through the decades.

 

 

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Random shot of some random band playing at Rockfest 2001. Couldn’t get their name, but you can see the crowd’s enjoying themselves. You actually can’t get this sort of packed audience anymore in local gigs. Must have been good times for live music.

 

 

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Babar Sheikh of Northern Alliance/Dusk with some other people at Zakfest 2003. Zakfest was one of the other big festivals in Karachi during those days.

 

 

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Another killer shot of the crowd from Rockfest 2001.

 

 

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Ash were one of the premier hard rock/grunge bands in Karachi during the early 2000s. This is a fucking legendary picture in my opinion, of them playing at the classic Zakfest in 2003. Look at the fan crowd surfing. You don’t see that anymore at local gigs in Pakistan!

 

 

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A shot of Zakfest 2003. Autopsy Gothic were ravaging the stage. I have no idea what’s going on there but I want to get up on stage and stagedive ASAP!

 

 

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Another “I dont know what the hell is going on” picture, but it’s awesome as fuck! 2003, Zakfest. Autopsy Gothic

 

 

 

Hope this sent some of you guys to a nostalgia trip. I’ll be doing another feature on classic pictures of the Lahore metal scene too. If anyone has any pics they’d like to submit, send ’em over.

– Dozakhi

Tabahi – Tabahi (2014)

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Tabahi is a Thrash Metal band from Karachi, Pakistan. A city known as the most violent in Pakistan, and among the world’s most dangerous. A perfect breeding ground for quality thrash metal. After all, dangerous places have always spawned deadly metal bands. However, it hasn’t been the case for this city, especially in the last few years when the scene was plagued with groove and modern metal acts propagating themselves as thrash. No worries though, Tabahi set everyone straight with their debut album and their classic thrash sound.

 

After the crushing intro track “Hidden Voices,” Tabahi get straight to business with their pummeling, percussive brutality with the songs “Abomination” and “Fatwa,” setting the tone for an hour of non-stop headbanging. It does not take long for the influence of German thrash-mongering barbarians Tankard and Destruction to become apparent to the well-trained ears.  Pretty much every riff here can be aligned in some way or the other to the 84-88 era of German thrash metal, when the Teutonic horde was focusing on primitive barbarism – before the era of more technical thrash songs began. The songs here, like that of their influences, move at generally blistering pace – Faiq’s disciplined strokes and Daniyal’s war chants being the main ammunition for Tabahi’s artillery. As all good thrash acts, Tabahi know that short term tempo-changes benefit the long-term assault, like soldiers reloading their rifles on the battle-field. Moments of mosh-inducing grooves hit in at just the right moment, showing that while the Germans are undoubtedly a big influence, Tabahi is equally indebted to US Thrash bands like Overkill and Whiplash. In fact, tracks like “Hona Hai” and “Democrazy” would not sound out of place on Overkill’s “Under the Influence” while “Virgin Bomber” has Slayer’s “Hell Awaits” album written all over it. There’s even an Iron Maiden esque section on “Escape From Reality” whereas “Thrashbandi” is a homage to local South Asian sufi music titans Junoon. The myriad of influences here maintains that every song is a little different from the other. Individual songs may be predictable, but not the entire album as an entity. Speed, intensity, groove and memorability is the key purpose here… and there are plenty of sing-along moments as well!

 

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Nearly every vocal line is completely decipherable, including the Urdu songs. This only adds to Daniyal’s often sarcastic-sounding delivery – not too different from Kreator’s Mille. The gang shouts are a nice addition, though at times one wishes they were slightly more intense. The production is noticeably raw, but by raw I do not mean badly mixed or mastered. Every instrument including the bass lives independently in its own domain, which shows that the band has devoted some hard work to the mix – normally in Pakistan, mixes come off sounding very muddy (a problem we’ve had with my bands too). The guitar tone gives the music a very lethal edge, hammering down the riffs into your ears –  though the computer drum sound comes off a little thin a times, thus lowering the intensity of the riff attack.

 

Originality is not the main purpose here. If you are looking for some avant-garde, highly original thrash metal, you’d best take out your Vektor LP and give it a spin. However, if you’re looking for some authentic third world thrash to make you bang your head as well as injecting your mind with a fresh perspective on South Asian politics – you’re at the right place. In fact, instead of wasting your money on the 45th album from an old school thrash band (who have no original members left), spend them on this group of guys instead. Not to say that Tabahi are a complete 80’s homage. They seem to be leaning towards a sound of their own, and songs like “Thrashbandi” show the band’s dedication to being different from the pack of thrash bands out there trying to make a mark. With all said and done, this is a solid debut album and if the work ethic continues to be this strong, they can go far. Guitarist Faiq has a very distinct guitar style already, and so does vocalist Daniyal, and it’s only a matter of time before these Karachi lads come into their own as a regional force in Asia.

 

Highlights: Fatwa, Twisted Minds, Art of War, Virgin Bomber, Hona Hai, Escape From Reality, Thrashbandi, Televised End

 

 

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Tabahi Interview

It was about time that Karachi – Pakistan’s largest city, and one of the world’s largest as well – delivered a genuine thrash metal band. For too long the scene in Karachi was full of psuedo-thrash and groove metal bands, propogating themselves as some sort of thrash. However, Tabahi are a legit thrash band that takes its cues from 80’s German thrash bands such as Tankard and Kreator, armed with some classic pre-86 Bay Area ideas. Tabahi, with their stingy vocals, and claustraphobic riffs, take you right into the heart of Pakistan’s most dangerous city with a pure thrash assault that numbs the brain. They discuss topics relevant to Pakistani society such as suicide bombing, the influence of television, the failure of democracy, among other things. I’ve known the band’s main-man Faiq for years and this is the first time I’m interviewing him, in support of his band’s debut album. Read on!

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– Hey Faiq, congrats on the release of your debut album.

 

Thanks alot man, and congrats on your release as well! Multination Corporation’s E.P. was heavy!

 

 

 

– Tell us a bit about the history of Tabahi and the band’s journey til now.

 

Tabahi has been on and off from about 2008, the founding members of the band were Faiq And Hassan, 2008 was a pretty active era for Tabahi as we started off with a 5 band lineup and did concerts covering early metallica, Sodom and Kreator. But in 2009, Hassan had to leave the country and so did the other band members to continue their studies and i was the only member left. In early 2012, Daniyal came into the band after learning bass from me (Faiq) and literally ignited the spirit of the band that had been dead. We, two then concentrated on making our originals but always felt the need to play them and jam it out with a drummer of the same mindset that we two have and thankfully then we were blessed with HYDER. At the first jam for Tabahi, we all three connected, the main backbone of any metal band is the drummer and specially thrash with the fast drums and tempo, and HYDER has glided all the way through it. So we are all fired up with a 3 member lineup ready to kick some serious asses.

 

 

 

– The band’s name means ‘Destruction’ in Urdu. Safe to say that German Thrash Metal is a big primary influence on you boys, yeah? Apart from the classic German bands, what newer bands have influenced you guys and your sound?

 

Yes, you got that right. German legendary thrash metal bands like Kreator, Destruction and Sodom have a strong influence on Tabahi and specially on the vocals. We tried our best to keep our vocal tone apart from all the other metal bands here in Pakistan. Schmier from Destruction is our vocalist/bassist’s main inspiration. Newer wave of thrash metal bands have been keeping thrash alive, bands like Havok,Warbringer,Toxic Holocaust and a recent thrash metal band LOST SOCIETY had mainly infuenced our production and our sound as well.

 

 

 

– Tell us a bit about the state of metal in Karachi. The city’s known as one of the world’s most dangerous places – which seems to be a perfect breeding ground for some kickass metal. Is that the case, though?

 

If you ask us, Karachi is one of the best cities for living. You can get anything and i mean ANYTHING here and from where we live, its considered as the most dangerous localities in Karachi. But thats whats awesome about the city itself, you can get metal magazines at the cost of 100 rs here, equipment for recording and production can be bought at the lowest rates, and there’s inspiration everywhere you go. Therefore this city has mainly inspired us to play thrash metal.

 

 

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– A lot of your lyrical themes draw upon stuff prevelant in Pakistani society and puts it on an aggressive musical format. Do you think that music as abbrassive as Thrash Metal can be accepted by the average guy on the street? I mean songs like Democrazy, Virgin Bomber, Fatwa, Hona Hai, etc are all very relateable to people.

 

When we were writing our album, we all three decided to go with the themes that everyone can relate it to. Even with the songs as well, if you listen to all of our 13 songs, every song has a different lyrical theme to it. Also with the song genres, each song that we wrote we tried to keep it a bit different with all the other songs. Democrazy, Virgin Bomber, Fatwa, Hona Hai were much appreciated by the local audience as well who aren’t listeners of metal. The reason for the success of this was our vocals, because i hear a lot of local people complaining about growls in metal.

 

 

 

– What was the recording process like for the album, anyway? 13 songs and 49 minutes of material self-produced in Pakistan isn’t a very easy task.

 

The writing process for the album began in November 2013. The album was then produced at Faiq’s studios (ShockStudios). Yes we had a lot of agreements/disagreements, fights, emotional moments, all the masala to make a perfect Bollywood movie, and then after two months of hardwork we got to record this album. We made around 25 to 24 songs, but 13 made it to this album. Hopefully the remaining ones would be releasing in a couple of months. Charles Munro, a friend whose a graduate in Music Production and Engineering at University of Portsmouth helped us with the production for this album.

 

 

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– You’ve made CD’s for the album – are you in touch with any labels for distribution abroad?

 

Yes, we’ve released our album digitally and physically as well. The response has been pretty amazing and we’ve been getting mails to feature Tabahi in split albums and metal compliations. Also we’re in talks with a couple of records to distribute our album all around the world. SWA distributions and productions (Turkey) would be releasing our album on April 9th, 2014.

 

 

 

– Do you plan to tour inside and outside the country to take your brand of thrash to live audiences?

 

Metal is all about playing live, and thats what we all three love to do! The main focus for the band was firstly to release the album, and now that is done we’re looking forward to play Nationally and internationally to promote our album.

 

 

 

– When can we expect more music from Tabahi? Any split releases, EP’s, or the like?

 

We would love to release new material on a weekly basis but as you know we all three are students and are working as well so we barely get time to jam and record it out. So the plan is more live performances and more singles!

 

 

 

– Thanks for talking Faiq. Cheers n’ beers.

 

Same here brother, thanks for the interview. Much appreciated.

 

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Tabahi – Tabahi (2014) [Band-Sanctioned Download]

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Tabahi is a thrash metal band from Karachi, Pakistan. They’ve been around for 8 years and have been through a fair few amount of line-up changes, but have remained centered around main-man Faiq Ahmed. Faiq, aided by drummer Hyder Ali and bassist Daniyal Soomro, has unleashed Tabahi’s debut album upon the unsuspecting masses. Solid riffage, and some killer jams are to be found here. My personal favorites are Fatwa and Art of War but I’ll save a detailed analysis for a proper review of the album. In fact, an interview of the band is on the cards as well! Anyway, check the album out if you dig Possessed, Kreator, Sodom, Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction, Annihilator, Slayer and similar bands. Free download link below. You can also pre-order the CD from tabahithrash@gmail.com

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