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Nervecell – Psychogenocide

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My review of the second album of Nervecell, “Psychogenocide” is finally done. Its a really good album hence I wanted to take my time before reviewing it. This review originally appeared on theunderground.in.

Nervecell is the biggest metal band to come out of United Arab Emirates. The release of their debut album, “Preaching Venom” and also their Tours across Europe, Middle East, India and most recently Philippines has got them a fan following from all over the world.

The album starts off with the “Anemic Assurgency”, an Oud instrumental that then gives way to the brutal riffs on “Upon an Epidemic Scheme”. The title track has the band firing on all cylinders, you cannot help but lose control and headbang along to it. “Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)” features Karl Sanders (Nile) and is the first extreme metal song with both Arabic and English lyrics. “The Taste of Betrayal” is one of my favourite songs on the album, it really showcases the chops of both Rami and Barney. The vacant drum throne is again filled by Dave Haley (Psycroptic).

Overall this is an angry album, some of the songs reflect the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa. The band has added Arabic elements without taking away the brutality, something that makes them stand out from their peers in the Middle East. Wojtek & Slawek Wieslawscy from Hertz Studios, Poland have done a great job mixing and mastering the album. Björn Goosses (Killustrations) has depicted the concept of the album pretty accurately in the artwork, which is one more reason that you should buy a physical copy of the album.

Keep an eye out on Nervecell as they will only get bigger and stronger in the coming years. Head to the Nervecell Online store and pick up a copy of the album.

More reviews coming up soon.

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June 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

New music from Woods of Ypres

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Woods of Ypres, one of my favourite bands are back with some new music. They have just released a new EP, Woods IV.5  “Home” on limited edition VINYL (500 copies only).

The songs were recorded last summer prior to David Gold moving to Kuwait. He spoke about it briefly in the interview I did with him a few months ago. They continue in the doomy direction of Woods IV “The Green Album“. Joel sounds great on lead guitars and Raphael Weinroth-Browne plays the Cello on both tracks. Check them out…

Side A: Falling Apart

Side B : You were the Light

I’m really looking forward to Woods 5 now.  For those who don’t have a record player, the vinyl comes along with MP3 download cards.

Get in contact with David  @ davidypres (AT) gmail.com to get a copy of the EP.

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May 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Woah its May already!!

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Its been a month since I moved back to Mumbai, not much has happened since my last post. Unemployment still prevails, not for much longer i hope. Been busy with job interviews, hence things  have been a bit slow on the writing front.

Dischordian is the Garreth D’Mello, vocalist of Mumbai alternative rock band Split. One of the few non – metal Indian acts that I enjoy. Check out my interview with Gareth who is the “Chosen 1” on Indianrockmp3.com 

Exhumation are one of India’s oldest death metal bands. They released their latest album “Consider This” a little over a month ago. I managed to get the album on limited edition Cd (#167/200).

 

Consider this

Exhumation are one of India’s top death metal bands. The Mumbai – based quartet have been around for close to a decade now and have maintained a stable line up. ‘Consider This’ is their first release in 5 years, ‘For Personal Consumption Only’ EP being their last release. The album is about choices, we as humans have two paths and there are external forces from each path that are trying to get us to “consider them”.


The band starts its aural assault from the first song All that is and it continues till the last song Alpha Omega, not letting the listener out of their grip. The album reaches its peak on the 5th song, the title track with poser crushing riffs. Other tracks that stand out on the album are, Black Plague and Hell Forbid. With 7 tracks under 30 minutes, the album leaves you craving more of this no frills death metal.


The album has a clean production courtesy Kuber Sharma. The mix is dominated by the guitars of Prashant Shah. Aditya Mehta adds some high pitch screeches to his growled vocals, however it gets drowned out by the guitars at times and the bass is barely audible throughout the album.


Overall, this is the best release so far by Exhumation in terms of songwriting, which is miles ahead of ‘Among the Dead’ however the production hinders it. ‘Consider This’ has set the bar high for other Indian death metal bands that want to release an EP/album this year. Those who have been waiting for this album for some time now should not be disappointed; I hope they don’t have to wait 5 years for another release from Exhumation. 

Download ‘Consider This’ for free here

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May 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Sandwash – Master Blaster Hole

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Anyone who has been involved with the music scene in UAE in the past decade has heard the “groovecore” band Sandwash. I first saw them live at a small café in Abu Dhabi in 2002. After working on their album for close to 3 years, they finally released “Master Blaster Hole” in November last year.

The songs on the album are about different experiences one goes through as an adolescent. “Hey Hey Hey” which first appeared on the Ampulance compilation Vol. 2 (Anyone remember it?) in 2008, sounds a lot better. Fan favourites “If you open it up” and “Maria” which were on their earlier demos also benefit due to better production. “Black Gold” is a song about Dubai/UAE I suspect. There is also a song about growing up, “Meaning of Life”. My favorite song off the album is “October”, which is about moving and leaving a significant other behind. Micheal Fillon is a good song writer and also a story teller. Read the stories behind some of the songs here

Sandwash have matured from the “punk” band that I saw in 2002. The album sounds great thanks to Kiran Sequira and Milton Kyvernities, who mixed and mastered the album respectively. After hearing this songs live for some time now and now finally on Cd, I’m really looking forward to a new album by Sandwash. Hope they don’t keep us waiting for too long.

Here is the video to their track “Alabaster”

You can listen to snippets from the album below

If you like what you hear head out to Virgin Megastore and pick up a copy of the album.

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March 28, 2011 at 2:04 am

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Updates for February…

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So here are the reviews as promised in my previous post. The past couple of months have been productive due to more free time thanks to unemployment.

As I mentioned earlier I got quite a few cds from Indian bands, I will be reviewing them for the next month or so. The first few reviews I did are, Amogh Symphony – The Quantam Hack Code – second album from this genius from India. It was a bit hard to review this album as there is so much going on in it. Shades of Retribution – Xongram – Pretty cool debut album from this Assamese Death Metal band. Skrypt – Discord – Debut release by a prog/thrash metal band from my dad’s home town of Hyderabad.

I have also started writing for theunderground.in. I will trying to review and interbiew mainly international bands for the site. The first review I wrote was of, Preludium – Impending Hostility, a death metal band from Poland. It is the second release of Diabolical Conquest Records,a new label from India. Heres an Interview with Kunal, the owner of the label on Indiarockmp3.com that I contributed to. The interview turned out pretty good and I really enjoyed reading some of Kunals replies.

In the past month, I also worked on questions for interviews with a few bands, one of them is a favourite of mine so I am really looking forwards to how that interview turns out. Will post link to the interview hopefully in the next update.

Finally the Trendcrusher Podcast is back again, this time the focus will be on bands from all over the world not only UAE. More details about it here. I am really happy with the way it has turned out. Cannot wait to start working on the next few episodes.

More updates as it happens…

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March 1, 2011 at 2:29 am