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Bandcamp Recommendations – 5th November 2021 #BandcampFriday

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It’s #BandcampFriday again! Here are my picks for this month. All Indian musicians this time around.

Avant-garde act reissued their debut album with new vocalist and bonus track. Also a haunting new single.

Debut album from the Indian death metal act is out in a couple weeks. I got an advance copy and it rips!

India metal veteran is back with another EP. This time powered by international guest musicians.

Prog meets punk. Confused? Hit play and check out these 7 tacks of organized chaos.

A non metal compilation featuring Indian producers picked by residents of Boxout.fm The funds raised will help keep the station operational.

https://boxoutfm.bandcamp.com/album/v-a-suchi-selects

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November 5, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Bandcamp Recommendations – 1st October 2021 #BandcampFriday

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It’s #BandcampFriday again! Here are my picks for this month

6th album from one of India’s oldest metal acts. Put on that denim and leather, pour a drink and hit play!

https://kryptosindia.bandcamp.com/album/force-of-danger

Stoner rock from Norway with the right amount of fuzz.

New music from the Scottish maniacs that seamlessly blends hardcore and electronica.

2 tracks of drone performed by Mel and Topon from Fuck the facts. Trippy stuff!

Reissue of 2008 release from India technical death metal act. Sounds massive thanks to the remix and remaster.

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October 1, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Fistful of Metal # 31

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I spoke to Sandesh Shenoy, the boss behind Cyclopean Eye Productions about completing 11 years, the early day of the label and also the plans for the upcoming months. Played a couple of tracks from their upcoming releases from Demonic Compulsion and Bell

Cyclopean Eye on Bandcamp Instamojo

Track list

AEnigmatum – Disenthralled

Genocide Shrines –  Nectars of Tantric Murder

Bell – Cold Wall Radio

Demonic compulsion – Fear the Stench from Spiral of Abhorrence

Edenic Past – Chuck Schuldiner

Carcass – Kelly’s Meat Emmporium

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September 13, 2021 at 11:51 am

Fistful of Metal # 30

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My guest on this episode is Clarence from Singapore melodic death metal act Assault. The band released their album In Aevum Et IIustrata on 30 June via Eastbreath Records. I spoke to vocalist Clarence ahead of the release about the album and much more.

Track list

  • Death Tribe – Blacked Out
  • Assault – Enslavement to Torture
  • Assault – Oration of Lies
  • Witchseeker – Nights in Tokyo
  • Dharma – Cintāmaṇicakra Dharani
  • That’s not self help – Just with one visit and some appliance

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August 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

Horns Up Podcast – Picks of 2021 so far

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We are already 6 months into the year so on the Horns Up podcast, Animesh and I decided to picked our favourite albums of the year so far on Music on our Mind

Tune in to find out picks

Here are our pick (in alphabetic order)

  • Ad Nauseam – Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
  • BigIBrave – Vital
  • Boss Keloid – Family of The Smiling Thrush
  • Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
  • Crypta – Echoes of the Soul
  • Devin Townsend – Devolution Series 1 Live in Leeds
  • Fear Factory – Agression Continuum
  • Gojira – Fortitude
  • Harakiri for the Sky – Mære

Tune in to Horns Up on your favourite podcast platform for your weekly dose of metal.

Fistful of Metal – Boxout.fm India Covid19 fundraiser

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This weekend is a special episode of Fistful of Metal. It is a part of the India Covid19 fundraiser stream on Boxout.fm.

My guest is Dan Tompkins from Tesseract/White Moth Black Butterfly

The stream is for 72 hours and features a line-up of over 100 artists & DJs from over 20 countries, all contributing with exclusive sets & performances to help raise funds for the current COVID-19 crisis in India.

To donate visit – https://boxout.fm/fundraiser The page will be live till 19th May.

All proceeds from the audio-only broadcast will be donated to GiveIndia, a not-for-profit organisation actively working across India to help COVID-19 patients, their families and healthcare workers at this time of extreme crisis.

Check out the full line up below

Update: The conversation was part of the latest episode of the Horns Up podcast. Tune in below.

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May 14, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Bandcamp Recommendations – 2nd April 2021 #BandcampFriday

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New month, New Bandcamp Friday. Here are my picks from February and March

New singles from post hardcore act Pacifist. Can’t make a choice between the two so get both of them.

Since there is a new White Moth Black Butterfly album out next month. Check out their debut album. Name Your Price.

Primal death metal from a new band featuring members of the /death/doom act Jupiterian. Another awesome death metal release this year from Everlasting Spew


Relentless crossover thrash from UK. These songs would be a treat to hear live. H/t to Allfather for sharing this.

More Death metal. International act features the bassist of Defeated Sanity. 37 minutes of intense riffs and deep growls, released by the ever reliable New Standard Elite.

Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge are donating 20% of all sales today to the Raven Trust

https://hypnoticdirgerecords.bandcamp.com/

https://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/news/bandcamp-friday-fundraiser-friday-april-2-2021

One of my favourite acts from the past decade are releasing a concept album next week. Don’t judge it by the single as the album needs to listened as a whole.

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April 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Tribute to Nitin Rajan

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Friend and fellow metalhead Nitin Rajan passed away on 17th November.

A short tribute I wrote for him for Horns Up podcast

Vocalist, festival promoter, digital head, he played many roles in the Indian music scene.

A Metal lifer, Nitin started the earliest know death metal band, Morticide and then was one of the founders of Domination the Deathfest. I remember reading about the festival in the Metal India zine and being amazed that there was an extreme metal festival in India.

I met Nitin a decade ago at the first edition of the Rolling Stone Metal Awards where he was a judge and we became friends then. I still remember how excited he was to bring back the Domination the Deathfest in 2013.

“I prefer performing live” Nitin used to tell me. Anyone who had watched him at a gig with Primitiv or even Killibrium in recent years would agree that he was a powerhouse on stage and commanded the audience.

Everyone who met him even if it was once I am sure has a great story to tell about Nitin.

Thank you for the music and also your friendship. The Bombay Death Metal Legion forever.

Here is a video of an unreleased Primtiv track that I took a couple years ago.

Nitin Rajan Photo by Tushar Dhanawade

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November 21, 2020 at 4:15 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

Tribute to Sean Reinert

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Wrote a few lines as a tribute to the legendary drummer.

The Metal Wanderlust

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The recent passing of legendary drummer Sean Reinert at the untimely age of 48 has left a deep hole in the Metal community, and a few of the guys here decided they wanted to say at least something, so with deepest condolences to his family and friends, we say farewell to one of the true greats..

Mr. Swine.

2020 has been a bad year for legendary drummers, and we’re not even past the first month yet. First Rush’s drumming & lyrical powerhouse Neil Peart was taken from us, the shockwave of which is still being felt by the Rock/Metal community. And now, we have deal with the sudden passing of ex-Cynic/ex-Death drummer Sean Reinert, who much like Neil Peart, had legions of fans outside of just drumming circles. Sean’s talent behind the kit was so evident, that everyone acknowledged it, even if you weren’t a fan of Cynic

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February 6, 2020 at 12:13 pm

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