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Irreversible Mechanism

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Recently I have found the current lot of technical death metal bands sounding sterile. One band that has stood out for me is Irreversible Mechanism from Minsk, Belarus. On their recently released album, Immersion the band mix tight riffage with a post apocalyptic atmosphere. I’m going to be listening the album often in the coming weeks/months.

I spoke to guitarist Andrie Parmon about Immersion, Dan Presland performing drums on the album and also their future plans.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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September 18, 2018 at 8:02 am

Steve Dickson (Mammothfest)

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A first on the blog, an interview with a festival organizer. Mammothfest is an annual metal festival in Brighton, UK. The 6th edition is less than a month away and features a few big acts. I spoke to the man behind Mammothfest, Steve Dickson about the origins of the festival, memorable moments and what attendees this year can expect.

Hi Steve, how are preparations going for the 6th edition of the Mammothfest?

Overall very well thank you. This year we decided to reign things in a little as 2017 was arguably the biggest extreme metal event Brighton has or will ever see and it took its toll both financially and emotionally on us all; so we wanted to scale back a touch to make things more manageable. This we have achieved so its been far easier to put together.

How and when did you decide to start Mammothfest?

Mammothfest came about as a result of my promoting metal events in Brighton under the name “tactical whore” promotions over 10 years ago. Having a considerable taste for promoting metal events, doing well at it and wanting to upscale I decided to create a Brighton metal festival. This was created with my business partner Rik Mosquera who very sadly passed away of a brain tumour a few years ago. He and I wanted to do our bit for metal locally and I have simply carried the flame forward partly in his honour.

The festival features heavyweights like Decapitated and more. How do you select the bands that will perform at the festival?

Decapitated are one of the bands I have been into since they started so to book them is quite frankly a true honour and dream come true. Their music continues to inspire millions around the world and with such a strong back catalogue it was only a matter of time before they were to headline our festival. It is our aim to bring all the biggest bands in the world to Brighton one day so as we grow as a brand and financially we look to step things up a notch and after their awful USA experience it felt right to reach out and be the first metal festival in the world to book them (as we were) and show our love and support for them, and here they are!

What has been the most memorable show you have organized so far?

Tough one as there have been so many incredible moments so rather than pin it on one I would like to mention a few.

When we interviewed Venom Inc back stage at Concorde 2 and the legend that is Abaddon sat on my leg for the whole interview and almost gave me “abaddonitis” nearly breaking my leg sitting on my leg for 20 minutes throughout the interview as you can see here 

but of course most importantly the fact we have Venom perform at Mammothfest, this was one of the biggest moments of my career!
Welcoming to the stage Fleshgod apocalypse who to me are one of the best and pioneering bands in the world
Amenra were simply stunning live last year too
Onslaught were an honour to work with, in 2015 as the first large band we booked after our return
Rotting Christ were an honour to welcome to our stage also last year
But also its not just about the big bands, it’s about giving the emerging bands the opportunity to support these inspirational legends and create magic memories and moments that none of us will ever forget. This to me is where it is at because we can’t take money with us but we can sit back and smile at all these moments and be the wealthiest people in the world.

Do recommend 5 bands that the readers should check out.

Asides from the headliners of course…
1 Ascaris – 3 piece extreme metal band that are so intense you forget to breath. They have a new album coming out soon THE RAISED HAND which is utterly brutal and beautiful
2 Kill all the gentlemen have an incredible melodic death metal edge with a new album THE LOSS AND THE RAPTURE which is simply stunning
3) Rectal smegma are an absolute must… I wont even say why, just be there…Sat 6th.
4) King leviathan will perform for the last time ever in Brighton as headliners on Sun 7th Oct and this will be quite simply a very moving end to their career….
5) i’m going to be selfish and suggest people come and see my band MAGNA CARTA on the main stage Friday 5th… electro metal, slightly different, think prodigy but metal and you are there…

What should people expect at this year’s edition of Mammothfest?

More of the same in many respects, why change something that isn’t broken? Heavy metal all weekend with a diverse range of bands from emerging artists that are incredible live to some of the heaviest world renowned bands like INGESTED and more and most of the weekend it’s at the ARCH venue actually on Brighton beach. Metal on the beach… yes!

Do you have any more shows planned for this year?

Actually yes, we are proud to be working with Rob Holiday, The Prodigy / Marilyn Manson guitarist’s band SULPHER for a show at the HAUNT on Fri 21st Sept 2018 with my band MAGNA CARTA as main support. We are doing less shows but the ones we do come with a real spirit so we of course invite everyone to be there for that as it’s going to be a really special event.

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have anything else to add?

By the time of everyone reading this we will have sold out of weekend tickets but day tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday so come down and support the bands, they are the ones keeping music alive and we merely offer a platform for them to continue their incredible work, after all imagine a world without music? … Fuck that
Thank you for your interest in Mammothfest, see you there we hope!

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September 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm

False Flag/Neck Deep in Filth

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False Flag and Neck Deep in Filth are two of the most politically outspoken acts from the Indian subcontinent, hence it would make sense for them to team up and put out a split. I was quite excited when the split was announced and the singles released from it so far sound great.
Find out more about the split, the inspiration behind their tracks in the interview with Shaunak Phadnis (False Flag) and Vishal Rai (Neck Deep in Filth)

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September 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm


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13th May, 2016, was a tough day for metal fans around the world as Doom/Folk metal act Agalloch announced that they were breaking up. One of the bands formed in the wake of the Agalloch split was Khôrada. The band sounds unlike Agalloch or Giant Squid (Aaron Gregory is the vocalist). I really enjoyed their first release Salt and spoke to Don Anderson about starting over, the album and also his thoughts on the current metal scene.


Read my interview with Don Anderson on The Metal Wanderlust


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September 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Shashank Bhatnagar (UnBolly Inc)

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Continuing from the last post on gig promoters in Delhi, the next person being featured is no stranger to the metal scene in India. Known as the vocalist in Undying Inc and Soul Inclination, Shashank Bhatnagar has in the past year started donning the hat of a gig promoter with Unbolly IncHe is taking HEAD Party down south to Bangalore this weekend after working on over 40 shows in a short period.

Find out more about the origins of Unbolly Inc. what he is currently listening to and also future plans in my interview with Shashank Bhatnagar below

Hi Shashank, you are gearing up for the first edition of HEAD Party in Bangalore. How are preparations going?

Preparations are in full swing. We know pretty much all the songs from both the bands, kinda instilled in our muscle memory. It’s almost like a badass training regime (all thanks to our jampad commander-in-chief, Shashvat Pandit) but a lot more fun. Nothing beats the feeling of educating the masses on Heavy Metal & delivering power to the classics we have grown up listening to. Our team & artists are super excited for this.

How and when did you decide to start Unbolly?

I started Unbolly with my better half, Avi Bu. Got a dear friend and a veteran in art & music, Raj Das for creative. Got introduced to the lovely, Mr. Gaurav Soral, Loveleen Anand & Vishal Saini of Cafe Turquoise Cottage for the venue by another dear friend, Pranav Sehgal of Crooner’s Collective. Called up another old buddy from the industry, Manu Saksena to help me out with the production. And boom, first Headparty!

Now that we look back, birth of Unbolly has been pending since aeons.I personally, have been doing small scale Metal/Rock events since 2005, on & off. Giving our new team a name and a stronger direction came as recently as October 2017 though. But I never wanted to be an event organizer post 2010, have spent majority of my life being a musician, water boring/rain harvesting plants, selling homes, & personally training people for their fitter selves, wanted to keep it that way. Felt we had to come back, primarily because of the downfall Delhi faced in 2017, with the number of original Indie shows, venues, dropping to almost nothing. Overflow of Hindi Bollywood bands calling themselves Sufi and whatnot. Practically killed off every form of music, sense of belonging to the small community we had, or even basic respect for musicians around. To a level that we barely had any Rock/Metal bands left in this city. And yes, we hate everything Bollywood, or pretentious. Hence, Un-bolly.

How do you select the bands that will perform at shows?

We prefer working with professional bands who believe in promoting themselves on priority, have recent releases, and are downright Badasses when it comes to deliverance. Not only in aspects of financial dealings, but also reliability of the performance. We do try our best, to work with the best in business. We don’t do this for everyone, we do this with everyone. If we are on the same page, you’re on.

What has been the most memorable show you have organized so far?

Far too many to mention here. But the last #HEADPartyV7 at Café Turquoise Cottage in Delhi, definitely was something that gave us the confidence to take our style of Metal to a brand new city, Bangalore. We had the legendary “Demonic Resurrection” from Mumbai, held a Delhi debut for Jaipur’s “War Cry”,& our own little tribute to Vinnie Paul (Drummer of Pantera/Damage Plan/Hell Yeah). Needless to say, there were a hell lot of flying sweat, blood & bodies. Our heaven of 250+ monsters.

What are 5 bands that the readers should check out?

Highly suspect, Blue Saraceno, Hozier, Avatar, Kaleo

You are the vocalist of Undying inc as well as Soul Inclination. How you manage between your bands and organizing shows?

It’s extremely tough. Hence, trying to pull back on the events a bit and start writing music with both already.

Do you have any more shows planned for this year?

As of now, for Unbolly; 30th August, 2nd September, 14th September, 24th September, 11th October, 26th-28th October, 9th November. More dates to be added. Follow our page on Instagram (@unbollyinc) & Facebook to stay updated.

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have anything else to add?

Indian Rock & Metal will rise again. To all who abandoned it? You’d feel sorry soon.

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August 30, 2018 at 10:32 pm


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Veteran Singapore metal act Rudra are pioneers of Vedic Metal. I discovered the band when I was just getting into extreme metal. The first album I heard by Rudra was their 3rd album, Kurukshetra. The album has been described by the band as their “heaviest and most ruthless in both music and lyrical content”. Last month, Rudra released The Blackisle Sessions which features tracks from Kurukshetra.

Find out more about the Blackisle Sessions, Kurukshetra and also their upcoming releases in this interview with frontman Kathir.

Read the interview on Unite Asia

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August 24, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Dhatu Drishya

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It has been a while since I featured concert promoters on the blog. There have been a steady rise in metal concerts in Delhi over the past couple of years and I’ll be speaking to the people behind them. The first is the team behind the Dhatu Drishya.


Hi, you are gearing up for the 7th edition of the Dhatu Drishya. How are preparations going for the gig?

Umm we still need to work on the after party packs and quantity of the booze. Kidding! We are all set with the preparations part of this event. We always try to finish the preparation section a month before hosting the gig and we are really excited since like every time the line-up is kickass. Noiseware is headlining this gig and it’s been quite a long time to see these boys in Capital and at the same time we have 1833 A.D performing which itself has been in the Indian metal scene from past 10 years plus 2 totally new acts Jammers Graveyard (Guwahati) and Brazen Molok (Raipur) to look forward to. We hope that our fellow metalheads are also excited as we are.

How did the Dhatu Drishya series of gigs start?

Well that’s a long story but I can sum it up as – a new baker in town sets up his shop for cookies and all he wants is people to come taste and acknowledge its food for which he has worked hard on for several years and getting feedback so that he can make it more better and serve much better and tasty products. Setting up a new bakery or a band is a same thing and it applies in our rock / metal industry as well. One evening we were hunting ducks and chicks and went to a Chinese van to eat and then we passed out as we were drunk and decided to just chill.We realized that we are not the only one who needs people to acknowledge our music just like other local artists who work hard for several years put their heart and soul, sweat and money just to communicate their perceptions of life through their music and hear original music as much as possible. That was the day we decided to put up our first DIY gig in Sep 9, 2016 in Antisocial and everyone really appreciated our idea of bringing out fresh artists/ bands from different parts of the country. Eventually we decided to put this event every now and then so that people could hear and acknowledge more and more original music. We hope to continue in a same manner.

How do you select the bands that will perform at shows?

We have a set team we call it ‘Crew’ and friends from the scene. Every time we decide to put up a show we audition out around 8 or 9 bands/ artists from the entries we receive 2 months before the event date and we do Ini Mini Miny Moe then we ask the people from the scene only if they would like to see these bands performing live. In the same process we try our best possible way to select at least 1 act from the entries which is very new in the scene and has their original tracks ready and has a very limited experience of playing a live gig. Let me add one more thing that performing a gig is very different than competing in a battle of bands. So we make sure that quality and newness should remain intact as it should for a gig and we try our best not to disappoint the artist and the people who are coming for the shows as well.

What has been the most memorable show you have organized so far?

Each and every gig we have organized has been the most memorable experiences of our lives. Every show has its own uniqueness and memories to cherish. There is so much more than just hearing live music in our shows. You get to meet so many people who eventually become your brothers and best buddies, talk about music, talk about the independent art scene and we get to meet those bands and artists who have actually influenced us to create music and keep these genres active in our country and learn so many things from the experiences of these artists like We are really big Fans of PRIMITIV an old school thrash metal act from Mumbai and I personally never missed any show whenever they came to Delhi and last time we got them as our headliner which was like a dream coming true to meet these guys and share some thoughts about the very same music genre. So it’s always a special kind of feeling and boost in our blood veins when we get to see these artists playing on stage and see a very different style of music and each band and artist has something different to offer from their bags of creativity.

What are 5 bands that the readers should check out?

Ah it’s hard for me to say just 5 bands cz they are so many Indian metal acts people know less about and I would suggest people should really check out some artists who are not such big acts from our country but really have the potential to become one and that’s what we are looking forward to. From our playlist people should definitely check these 5 metal bands from our country.

1. Primitiv (Mumbai)

2. Ayog (Nagpur)

3. Acid Pit (New Delhi)

4. Adamantium (Pune)

5. Dymbur (Shilong)

Do you plan on taking Dhatu Drishya to other cities?

Yeah definitely and why not. We really want to expand our boundaries and explore new musicians and Indian metal bands which we haven’t seen or heard yet. So yeah if we get a chance and favorable conditions, we would surely organize something out of Capital and would like to promote as much as fresh acts as possible.

Do you have any more shows planned for this year?

As of now we cannot commit since we plan our next event once the upcoming event has been wrapped up but yeah Dhatu Drishya has some plans for future gigs just need to work out with the funds and other aspects since we do not have any sponsors and we do all of these events by saving our salaries and our pocket monies. We look forward to organize as many gigs like these as possible.

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have anything else to add?

It’s still a very small circle we have built over a long period of time in Indian Metal scene. We know that people have their own taste but we want them to acknowledge that Metal is also a form of music that people usually are not much aware of in our country and there are pretty kickass Indian artists who have set the world in amaze that this country has the talent which has been forged in fire and over the years of practice that is required to play such badass music.So start appreciating these fellas and all those you know who play live music. Your friends, a local artist you saw last weekend in club where you just went to chill out. And Indian Metal scene is emerging slowly but for sure is emerging and we can only put our efforts as much it’s possible at the end the people coming together to support are essence of these scene. Start going in shows where a local band is performing and we are sure you’ll experience what cannot be explained in just words. Stay happy Stay Metalhead

Jai Metal \m/


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August 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm

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