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Fistful of Metal 20

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This episode is dedicated to the memory of Riley Gale, the front man of American metal act Power Trip.

Track list

Power Trip – Executioner’s Tax
Capra – Torture Ship
Allfather – Poison Soil
Grid – Disinformation = Facts
Grid – Insatiable
Skeletal Remains – Illusive Divinity
Necrot – Asleep Forever
Cloudkicker – Code Language
Hinayana – In Sacred Delusion (Ft. Toni Toivonen)
Foretoken – Bewildering Duress/Retribution
Jupiterian – Mere Humans
Cynic – How Could I

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October 8, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Bandcamp Recommendations – 2nd October 2020

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Here are my picks for this month’s Bandcamp Friday

This British trio have released one of the most intense metal albums I’ve heard this year. Believe the hype around it.

9 tracks of catchy melodic Black metal from the American quintent. Yes, it does have clean vocals.

Latest album from the German collective adds a new depth to their progressive sound. Their best as yet.


Over a hour of doom curated by the good folks at Sleeping Village

The who’s who of the Metal put their spin on Alice in Chains – Dirt on the 28th anniversary of the album.

Compilation with a stacked line up that benefits the family of a killer metal musician.

Check my previous picks here and here

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October 2, 2020 at 11:52 pm

Podcast Recommendations

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As today is International Podcast Day, here are some of the podcasts that I listen to regularly.

Andy Social Australian musician Andy Dowling interviews people from all walks of life. The chats are quite detailed which make it a good listen during a run/walk. I am featured on Episode 196

Dumb and Dumbest A daily podcast (I have no idea how they do it) focused on the music business. Hosted by consultant Matt Bacon, Music Publicist Curtis Dewar and Social Media expert Keith Chachkes.

History in 5 songs with Martin Popoff Author Martin Popoff is a human encylopedia on rock and heavy metal music. He packs in a lot of trivia in a short time (Averages episode is 20 minutes). You will look at your favourite rock/heavy metal artist with different eyes after listening to each episode.

The Ex man Podcast Musician Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex God Forbid) talks to professionals in the music world and other creative industries about the challenges and transitions of leaving monumental ventures. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the guests on the podcast.

Vox & Hops This podcast covers two things I really enjoy, metal music and craft beer. Host Matt McGachy, frontman of extreme metal band Cryptopsy interviews metal musicians and brewers in a casual manner, leaving one feeling that they are at the same table listening to the conversation.

Don’t forget to check out my podcast too – Horns Up

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October 1, 2020 at 12:34 am

Bandcamp Reccomendations – 4th September 2020

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Here are my pick for this #BandcampFriday

The debut release from Foretoken is a melodic mix of death and black metal. Features Hannes Grossmann on drums. Great signing by Prosthetic Records.

This 5 track live release from Allfather proves that their raucous metal is best experienced live. Includes demos of 2 new tracks.

Another live release. This time from Scottish (post) rock act, Mogwai

32 tracks of doom metal put together by the awesome folks at Doomed and Stoned

50+ minutes of doom/drone from the new project of Ganesh K (Kryptos/Bevar Sea), Megadrone is truly a listening experience.

Another compilation. This one has a stacked line up

New album from Cloudkicker. A blind buy for many.

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September 4, 2020 at 11:31 pm

Indie as Fuck – Boxout.fm – Bombay Hardcore

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Boxout.fm invited me to a be a part of “Indie as Fuck” a 24 hour showcase of Indian independent music on Independence Day. Here is one of the shows I put together

Bombay Hardcore is a movement that has been coming together over the past couple years. It is collective of hardcore punk bands based in Bombay. For this show I spoke to a couple of bands – Riot Peddlers & Pacifist and played tracks by a couple others – Death by Fungi & False Flag.

The Riot Peddlers are a 3 piece hardcore punk act. Formed in 2009, they are the first hardcore bands from India that I heard. The band have released 2 EPs, Sarkarsm and more recently Strength in Dumbers

Pacifist are a 5 piece post hardcore act. They have built a reputation in the past couple of years for their electric live act and also smashing debut release Greyscale Dreams

Track list

The Riot Peddlers – Sau Rupaiya
The Riot Peddlers – Untitled
Pacifist – Pedigreed
Death by Fungi – Black Lung
False Flag – Counterfeit
Death by Fungi – Die in Bombay

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August 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

Indie as Fuck – Boxout.fm – Indian metal special

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Boxout.fm invited me to a be a part of “Indie as Fuck” a 24 hour showcase of Indian independent music on Independence Day. Here is one of the shows I put together

For a special edition of Fistful of Metal, I am joined by journalist Anurag Tagat for a hour of Indian metal – death metal, modern metal and more. Hit play below

Track list

Aarlon – Vidroh
Killkount – Korpsified
Arseniic – Maraud
Moral Collapse – Sculpting The Womb Of Misery
Gihon – The Dance
Diarchy – Sunny Side Up
Trancemigrate – Cataleptic Bridge
Hollow Point – Downfall
If Hope Dies – Brand New You
Hell Hordes – Reckoning of Chaos and Beyond
Within Ceres – Our Oceans
Heathen Beast – Fuck The Economy (Modi Already Has)

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August 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Bandcamp Reccomendations – 5th June 2020

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Last month I had done a thread on Twitter with recommendations, this time around I thought I would focus on a few albums releasing this month.

Death CourierNecrotic Verses

An aural juggernaut that lasts for just over 30 minutes. Stellar comeback release from the Greek death metal act.


Heathen Beast – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard

My man Abi Meer has described the upcoming release from Heathen Beast quite well.

Few bands in India are as brazenly subversive and also entirely anonymous. They may be one person or five, we may never know, but when they say The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard, Kolkata’s Heathen Beast don’t mince their words.




Lord – Chaos Rising

New single from the heavy metal act from Down Under is an apt listen for the current state of the world.



Serocs – Vore

5 new tracks of killer death metal from an all star line up. Their best work yet!

A couple of compilations

16 track sampler from Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

20 tracks from Brutal Panda Records

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June 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm

Serpents of Pakhangba interview

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Serpents of Pakhangba are an Avant Garde act with members split across the Indian cities, Mumbai and Delhi. A few days before their album release, I caught up with the band and asked them a few questions about how they got together, their writing process and also the album.

Serpents of Pakhangba is

Aruna Jade : Vocals, Keys, Kazobo, Words

Vishal J.Singh : Guitar, Guitar synth, Arrangement and Production

Manas Chowdhary : Didgeridoo, Electric Bass

Fidel Dely Murillo : Percussion

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May 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Fistful of Metal 14

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2 hours of pulsating heavy metal from around the world featuring bands affected by the Coronavirus.

Exhorder – My Time Website Merch

Devilspeak – Unearth Hell Bandcamp

Rapture – Malevolent Demise Incarnation Bandcamp

Gatecreeper – From the Ashes Bandcamp Merch

Defeated Sanity – Suttee Bandcamp

Godless – Empty Graves Bandcamp Merch

Gutslit – Blood Eagle Bandcamp Merch

Ingested – Erotic Depravity Bandcamp Merch

Viscera – Immersed in Ire Bandcamp

Beneath the Massacre – Rise of the Fearmonger Bandcamp Merch

Origin – Sociocide Bandcamp Merch

Cattle Decapitation -Time’s Cruel Curtain Bandcamp Merch

Beyond Creation – Entre Suffrage Et Mirage Bandcamp

Bhayanak Maut – Shoreline Bandcamp

Void Vator – Monster Bandcamp

Iron Kingdom – White Wolf Merch

Kurokuma – The Tides of Time Bandcamp Gofundme

Abigail Williams – Into the Sleep Bandcamp Merch

hubris. – Dionysus Bandcamp

Insomnium – Valedicition Merch

Countless Skies – Tempest Bandcamp

Kvelertak – Crack of Doom Bandcamp Merch

The Stone Eye – Ventura Bandcamp

Almost Honest – Keystone Bandcamp

Haken – A Cell Divides Gofundme

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March 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

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Rainburn

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Rainburn are a Progressive Rock band from Bangalore, India. In November last year, they released an Ep titled “Resignify” consisting of five reworked tracks from their album “Insignify”. I spoke to front man Vats Iyengar about the EP, their approach towards it, Progressive Rock and much more.

This interview was conducted before the EP release, but is now finally online because of Life and everything that comes with it.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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March 10, 2020 at 6:02 pm