Transcending Obscurity 2016 update
In the past couple of years, Transcending Obscurity has emerged as the premier metal label from India. In addition to the main record label, there is the sub labels – India and Classics as well as a distribution label. Last year, the label released over a dozen releases and does not plan on slowing down this year. Here are the releases that have been out this year (in chronological order)
Affliction Gate – Dying Alone
Death metal is not one of the things that come to mind when you think of France. Affliction Gate have created a lasting impression in my mind with their 4 track EP ‘Dying Alone‘. The songs have everything that I enjoy in death metal – bone crushing riffs, growled vocals and a bit of melody. I was left with a sense of melancholy as the last track ‘Manicheism Inertia’ ended. I look forward to hearing a longer release from Affliction Gate soon.
Blackhour – Sins Remain
Despite following the Pakistani metal scene for some time now, I heard about Blackhour through Kunal. Their second album ‘Sins Remain‘ improves the sound from their debut release ‘Age of War’. The clean vocals and guitars reminded me of bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon. The album is not an easy listen as there are 2 tracks that exceed 8 minutes in length. I interviewed the band earlier this year, read it here
Third Sovereign – Perversion Swallowing Sanity
Indian death metallers Third Sovereign are back with their sophomore album after 9 years. Their debut album ‘Destined to Suffer’ is a landmark in the Indian metal scene. ‘Perversion Swallowing Sanity’ is another slab of no frills death metal. The album was self produced by the band and it sounds a step above their previous material. I hope we don’t have to wait another 9 years to hear new material from the band.
Primitiv – Immortal and Vile
‘Immortal and Vile’ is an album I have looking forward to after hearing the singles ‘Taurus’ and ‘Lords of Primitiv’ that Primitiv released in the past couple of years. The album is 6 tracks of groovy death metal. Set in a ‘primitive’ time, their story lines make Primitiv stand out from current death metal bands. The album sounds heavy as fuck, I had a sore neck after the first couple of listens. This is definitely going to be one of my favourite albums of the year.
Abyssus – Once Entombed
Greek death metal band Abyssus are a prolific band, they have released an EP, a full length album and 3 split in just 5 years. ‘Once Entombed’ is a compilation containing music from 4 of them, ‘Monarch To The Kingdom Of The Dead‘ EP and splits with Nocturnal Vomit, Morbider and Slaktgrav. This release is a great introduction to the band’s sound, straight up death metal. If you like what you hear, check out the band’s their debut album ‘Into the Abyss’ released by Memento Mori last last year.
For more music from Transcending Obscurity, check out the massive label sampler below