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Adit (Blackblood)

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Adit Khanzode is a familiar face to those in the Bombay metal scene. For the past few years, he has been organising gigs under the Blackblood banner and this weekend will be the 15th edition, no easy task. Find out more about the origins of Blackblood, the Mumbai metal scene and what’s coming up in the 15th edition of Blackblood in my interview with Adit below

Hi Adit, you are gearing up for the 15th edition of Blackblood. How are preparations going?

The preps are going on in full swing as it is our 3rd Year Anniversary gig as well, trying to promote it as much as we can for it to reach the maximum amount of people who have been related to Blackblood since 2016

You started the Blackblood series of concerts a couple years ago. What inspired you to get it started?

There were hardly any venues who were promoting metal music in Mumbai, especially Navi Mumbai, we had a few organizers who tried to create a regular metal gig scene but failed to deliver most of the times due to unforeseen circumstances and stopped doing it after a while, me being a part of an upcoming metal band ‘Orcus’ at that time felt the need to take matters into my own hands.

Looking back, what has been the most memorable edition of Blackblood so far? Why?

I can’t be biased towards a particular edition of Blackblood because all the BBs are my Babies (so cheesy) , but there are a few editions which did leave an amazing imprint of happiness on our minds,
for eg, BB6#Unchained was a special one cause it was dedicated to Unchained, one of the biggest college metal festivals that ever had been in Navi Mumbai , BB7#7meibaj was our first anniversary gig which had a tremendous turn out, BB8#Thankyouchester where we cried our hearts out, BB12 which was a part of Godless’ tour swarm over india, BB13#suarkebacche for the amount of grind it had in it, and BB14 #coremachayeshor for being the most surprising edition with respect to turn outs

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

I have been attending local metal gigs since 2011, and have seen almost every band that’s there in the city perform live, the main criteria for selection of the bands is that, they have to be tight enough to pull off a good enough set and also need to promote the show in a positive manner, it also depends on how much crowd a band might be able to pull off as Blackblood has been DIY since its inception

There are very few metal gigs happening in Mumbai at the moment. What do you feel is the reason behind it?

Its mostly Bollywood, Electronic and Hip Hop music that has taken over the live music scene in general, the logistics/production costs involved in an electronic producer’s performance or a hip hop artist’s performance is much less compared to producing a whole live band, Bollywood still manages to do live band shows as it’s a major platform in india and has a massive fan following, metal on the other hand caters to a very niche audience due to the extremity of the nature of metal music which isn’t very acceptable to the masses

What are you currently listening to?

I have been listening to Gojira, Meshuggah, The Ocean, Veil of Maya, Heart Of a Coward, Napalm Death, Devourment, Cerebral Bore, Animals As Leaders, Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Widek, Hatebreed, the Contortionist, Lamb Of God, Linkin Park, SOAD, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Algorithm, Whitechapel etc in metal

Daft Punk, Bonobo, FKJ, Porcupine Tree, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Doors, RATM, Kings of Leon, anything that’s chill step minimal lo-fi or down tempo

What are 5 bands that the readers should check out?

Again 5 is a very small number to list out for the readers to check out but I personally recommend a few bands from the Mumbai Local Metal Scene that you guys should check out, Eternal Returns, Carnage Inc, Sutledge, Dirge, Pacifist, Atmosfear, Sceptre, Primitiv, Albatross, Stark Denial, Anthracite, Last Ride Home, Festacorn, Death By Fungi, Dionysian, Killchain, Five Of Castles, Labyrinth , Jatin Talukdar Project, System House33

What can the audience expect from the upcoming edition of Blackblood?

Sheer madness as the Lineup this time is RAD AF, we have extreme death metallers Plague Throat from Shilliong, Prog/mathcore geniuses Orchid from Bangalore, Thrash with a mix of groove hailing from Hyderabad i.eHostilian, pure death chops presented by Dead Exaltation and Bloodkill who are an upcoming thrash metal band who have been ruling the college circuits in and around Mumbai, and a lots and lots of happy people in High Spirits (not the venue)

Do you have any more shows planned in the coming months?

We do have shows planned for the coming months, however as blackblood has been always commencing in Mumbai or nearby, we are planning on taking it to different cities in different states and would be looking for collaboration with bands from those particular cities

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

Thank you so much for considering me worthy of this interview, all I want to add is that Metal Music in general is fading away and a lot and lot more people are turning their ears to different genres, I am not against any genre as I myself enjoy music from every aspect of life, but also should not forget that , our upcoming generations won’t even know of this genre if we don’t introduce it to them first hand, I got into listening to metal/rock music because of cartoon network where POA by Linkin Park used to be aired with a cool animated video, got introduced to live metal music through Unchained and chose promoting metal music in everyway as my goal for life, we need to make the younger generation aware of this genre,we need to stop this sub-genre based elitism where people who follow a certain sub-genre of music DISS people who follow a slightly different sub-genre, and unite as metalheads to save the scene and make it progress in a positive manner, I really want to build a community of metalheads who support eachother at gigs and in general in life because there’s one thing common between us, i.e the Black blood of metal that runs through our veins.

If you are in and around Mumbai on 20th of APRIL, do come for the show or you can simply buy the tickets as a donation for this event on this event link

https://www.townscript.com/e/blackblood-15-metal4sau20-3rd-year-anniversary-edition-302421?fbclid=IwAR2uO0gFdasLVCDSZWNo4xR2Zl1eX6LBJz7uhx9JMaUD0sU2T6uiAWZIlOg

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April 17, 2019 at 7:00 am

Haunt interview

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Heavy metal act Haunt started out as the solo project of Beastmaker frontman Trevor William Church. It is a now a band with the addition of Daniel “Wolfy” Wilson, Taylor Hollman and John William Tucker.
If Icarus Could Fly, the second album from the band is out now. The album was one of the albums I was looking forward to from this year and it does not disappoint.

Haunt are currently on tour and I managed to get an interview done with Trevor William Church. Read it on The Metal Wanderlust

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April 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

Plague Throat

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Plague Throat are a band with many fans among the The Metal Wanderlust writers. The band released their 2nd EP, Evolutionary Impasse a couple weeks ago. Fellow writer The Great Mackintosh said about the release “it is enough to make you believe that the monster is well and truly alive, and evolving at a rapid rate.”

I spoke to vocalist/guitarist Nangsan Lyngwa about Evolutionary Impasse, their upcoming shows and more.

Read my interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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March 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

Gigabastards interview

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It has been a while since I posted an interview here, I have got caught up with the year end list and also Horns Up.

Gigabastards are an international grind duo, Alexander (Horde of Worms, Sepulchre) and Johan (Stort, Hybrid Xenomorph Predator, Cyboresis, Digital Blastbeat Manifest, Saprophyte Sapiens).  The prolific act put out their 5th release V:EX in November last year. The album combines grindcore and power electronics, making it not an easy listen.

I spoke to Alexander about how the project was formed, their latest album and also his favourite grindcore releases of 2018.

 

Your 5th release V:EX was out last month. How does it feel now that EP has been released?

Alexander – It feels great to finally have this monster of an album out. We were quite ambitious this time around in terms of creating a much longer and more conceptual album than most of our previous releases.

With Johan based in Belgium and Alexander in Canada. How did the project come about?

Alexander – I have known about Johan since the first Bloodbucket Productions compilation “Buckets Of Blood Vol. 1” when he submitted his HXP (Hybrid Xenomorph Predator) release for inclusion on the comp and have followed his many musical projects since. The actual formation of Gigabastards, truth be told, happened one night when I was very intoxicated. I was listening to old school grind and lamenting the fact that the rawness and short song approach has changed and there are no people in my city that want to do this type of extreme music and I then drunkenly sent a message to Johan asking him if I were to send him drum tracks, would he make noise over it. He agreed. The next day I recorded three grind drum tracks and sent them to him, a little while later I received his tracks and that’s when Gigabastards was truly born.

How did you decide the sound for the band? What was the inspiration behind it?

Alexander – Gigabastards is unique in approach, as I record the drums, bass, vocals all analog to retain that underground old school sound and Johan does his thing digitally, so the sound is a blended mix of those elements. The inspiration simply was and is to create violent and extreme music.

V:EX is an intense listen with 47 tracks in just over 31 minutes. Tell us a bit more about it.

Alexander – V:EX is a gnarly concept album about the deadliest nerve agent mankind has ever created, namely VX. The title is a play on words seeing as the record is very angry and extreme from start to finish.

 

You have been quite prolific, putting out 5 releases in the past 3 years. What is the writing process you follow?

Alexander – The writing process hasn’t changed and begins with myself recording drum tracks and sending them to Johan. We work on our parts independently and then add them together over the drums. There is little or no editing musically and then once all the parts are done, I record the vocals. All of this is done via email and file sharing. When the album is finished, I then try to capture what the album sounds like visually in album art.

2018 was a good year for grindcore/powerviolence. What are your favorite releases?

Alexander – Yes, there has been a resurgance of grind based music, which to me is great because I love grindcore. I’m not sure if these releases are of this year but a couple of my favorites are: Chepang/Test split, Bleeding Out demo, Flash Out demo, Holy Cost and Massgrave,

What is currently in your playlist?

Alexander – My playlist looks like this:

Mysticum – Planet Satan
Ultrarat – 7”
Bleeding Out – Demo
Chthe’Ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
Weregoat – Pestilential Rites Of Infernal Fornication

V:EX is being released as a deluxe edition on via Bloodbucket productions. What can we expect as a part of it?

Alexander – It will be a digipak and will include our first EP “Fright Of The Isoceles” as a bonus!!

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?

Alexander – Thanks for the opportunity to spread the word about Gigabastards! There will be more music released in the new year. Connect with Gigabastards and Bloodbucket Productions on social media and support the underground/your local scene!! Stay heavy \m/

 

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February 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Orchid

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Bangalore progressive act Orchid first landed on my radar in 2016 with the release of their self titled EP. I caught them live at Ctrl Alt Delete 10 soon after that and was impressed with their performance. Just over 2 years later, they are back with their debut album Miasma. The album is another juggernaut and builds on the twisted foundation of their EP.

I spoke to the band ahead of the album release about Miasma, the album inspiration and also their upcoming show this weekend in support to The Ocean Collective.

Hi, guys, you are days away from the release of your album Miasma. How does it feel?

We’re absolutely stoked for people to listen to it. We’ve put in a lot of effort to make this record and are very proud of how it sounds. Looking forward to the response from our fans and new listeners as well.

Miasma is a twisted listen. What is the inspiration behind it?

Haha, thank you! We just let the song takes it’s own course while writing it. We let it flow naturally and arrange it the most organic way possible. This may end up sounding ‘experimental’ or ’avant-garde’ as people like to call it. Orchid’s ethos has always been to make music that’s not too common-sounding..

What was the writing and recording process for the album?

Generally, Vinay has rough song structures with the riffs more or less done. The band then jams on the ideas for a while until we feel the song seems concrete enough. Alternatively, some of the music has also been written just out of impromptu drums and guitar jams, which is super fun and intuitive. The vocal lines are written almost simultaneously with the lyrical themes coming in a bit later during the writing process. For ‘Miasma,’ all the instruments were recorded to click tracks and then went into further production. So pretty much industry-standard recording process.

Miasma was mixed by Apurv Agrawal (Pacifist) and mastered by Colin Marston (Behold the Arctopus/Dysrhythmia/Gorguts/Krallice). How was it working with them?

Apurv is a very patient and creative person to work with. He was on board with all of our musical shenanigans/eccentricities and definitely contributed in shaping the sound of the record. Colin was a breeze to work with. Really kind, and absolutely professional. We were shocked at the speed and quality of work he delivered. Couldn’t have asked for a more ideal combination than Apurv and Colin.

Politics is not a common theme among Indian metal releases. What do you feel is the reason behind it?

Yes, ‘Miasma’ more socio-political as opposed to the techno-surrealist themes on the previous release. I guess this the lyrics are just us taking the piss out of a bunch of things and having fun while doing it. ‘Miasma’ covers themes like planned obsolescence of goods by corporations, egocentrism, pervasive influence of gurus/godmen/spiritual nonsense, toxic corporate culture, identity politics, and pseudoscience scams & quackery.

Kaushal is one of the busiest vocalists in the country as he is also a part of Gutslit and Godless. How does he manage between bands?

It’s easier for him to manage Orchid since all of us live in Bangalore. We’ve pretty much managed to jam almost every other week ever since the formation of the band in 2011.

2018 was a great year for metal. What were your favourite albums (metal and non-metal) that were released in the past year?

Vinay: Psycroptic – As the Kingdom Drowns
Kitchensink – Harmless Things
BTBAM – Automata I/II
Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells
Converge – Beautiful Ruin

Kaushal: Mass Grave – Our Due Descent
Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
Trappist – Ancient Brewing Tactics

Mayur: Fireghost – On the Island
Stop Motion Orchestra – Lightworks
Palm – Rock Island

Rahil: Mammal Hands – Animalia
Robohands – Green
Kamaal Williams – The Return
World Service Project – Serve

What’s currently on your playlist?

Vinay: Steely Dan, Gorguts, Pat Metheny
Kaushal: Vorum, Disgust, Violator, Vektor
Mayur: Major Parkinson, Godley and Creme
Rahil: Cardiacs, Steve Jenkins, Strobes

You are support act to The Ocean Collective at the Unscene: Progworks this weekend. What are you looking forward to?

We’re looking forward playing songs from our album live as well as some new material. We’re also looking forward to watch the Ocean live for the second time. They have some great songwriting and are really good live as well. We’re sure they’ll deliver a spectacular show.

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words.

Our new full-length album ‘Miasma’ drops on January 10 worldwide on Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and a bunch of other digital platforms. We have two singles out which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/orchidtelevision. We also have t-shirts and CDs for sale here for India (https://www.instamojo.com/maneatingorchid) and here (https://maneatingorchid.bandcamp.com) for worldwide orders.

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January 9, 2019 at 10:39 am

Sigh

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Sigh are one of the best known metal acts from Japan. Earlier this year, they released the single Homo Homini Lupus from their 11th album Heir to Despair and frontman Marai Kawashima stated that it “does not represent in any way. If you like the song, you will be 100% disappointed.” Upon listening to the album, I quite enjoyed it and found it to be one of their best in recent time. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to speak to Kawashima and find out more about Heir to Despair.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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December 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm

High Cost

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This is the time of the year that most websites/blogs are sharing their Best of the year lists, I on the other hand am catching up on the music that I have missed out so far. One such release is the self titled one from Brooklyn hardcore/grindcore act High Cost. The 7 track EP is one of the most ferocious releases I have heard this year.  

I spoke to the band about the EP, the revival of cassettes and vinyl and more.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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December 10, 2018 at 12:22 am

Aempyrean

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Aempyrean are the latest Indian metal act to send ripples through the metal blogosphere. Since forming in early 2015, the band have slowly built a reputation with their live act. I managed to catch Aempyrean at the Trendslaughter IV earlier this year supporting Cult of Fire and they put on a engaging show. Fireborn, their highly anticipated debut EP releases today via Cyclopean Eye Productions. The band’s intense sound will appeal to fans of old school death metal.

I spoke to vocalist BR about Fireborn, their inspirations and also the current state of death metal.

Read the interview on VM Underground

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December 5, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Striker interview

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Last week, I interviewed Skull Fist for The Metal Wanderlust; the band are currently touring Europe with another killer Canadian act Striker. Play to Win is their 6th album in a decade and is definitive release. I found the songs to be quite catchy, ‘The Front’ is one of my favourite along with the first single ‘Head First’.

I spoke to Guitarist Tim Brown about Play to Win, being an independent act and also his current playlist.

You recently wrapped up a North American tour with Unleash the Archers and Helion Prime. What was the highlight of the tour?

The whole tour was a highlight! Great package, great friends. We had a run of about 10 sold out shows on the east coast, plus a bunch of other sold out shows. The Canadian dates were also off the hook!

Play to Win is a classic heavy metal album. Do tell us more about it.

We wanted to experiment with some slower tempos and different sounds on this album. Even snuck in a ballad! We listen to so much music; we wanted to stretch our writing a bit. Try some new things, get weird with it.

What was the writing and recording process for the album?

We basically sit down and rank all our song ideas, and whatever comes out on top goes on an album. We recorded and produced everything ourselves at our home studio then sent it out for a mix/master by Henrik Udd. Super happy with the results, this album is easily our most monstrous!

Play to Win is your third release as an independent artist. Why you have chosen to stay independent and not sign up with any label?

Short answer: labels suck! They take everything and you get very little back. You aren’t in control. No one will work harder for you than you will. You are your best resource. Might as well do it yourself.

What’s currently on your playlist?

Myrone – drift stage volume 1
Toto – the seventh one
Unleash The Archers – follow me to apex
Skullfist – way of the road

What are your thoughts on the current state of heavy metal?

It’s good! Tons of new acts coming out. I think as soon as more bands realize they can do it themselves and don’t need labels, we will have a resurgence of metal. There are already tons of independent acts, but once it becomes the norm not the exception, I think music will be in a better place

Do recommend bands from that the readers should check out?

Skull Fist, Unleash the Archers, Dance With The Dead, tons of good stuff!

You have a European tour with Skull Fist coming up next month. What are you looking forward to at the shows?

Shredding with our European fans! And the beer

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?

Thanks for the support! Check out our website http://www.striker-metal.com for all your Striker needs

Cheers
Tim

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November 12, 2018 at 11:20 pm