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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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Tool – Fear Inoculum review

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Let me start off by stating that I am a regular Tool fan, far from a fanboy. Fear Inoculum is easily the most awaited metal release of this year, if not for the past 5 years. I was not expecting Tool to release an album this year and I thought it was all a joke and that the  band was just trolling us. Soon after a release date came the release of the first single, Fear Inoculum. I was not too impressed with the track after a few listens, it sounded like a sum of the parts of their older songs with better production. 

Read the review on Moshpitnation

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October 25, 2019 at 10:08 am

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 25

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Andy Dowling, the bassist for Australia heavy metal act Lord. I had interview Andy for the blog in 2015. The band earlier this month released their first studio album in 6 years, Fallen Idols.

On the Horns Up Podcast, we discuss with Andy – Fallen Idols, the mix-tape nature of the album and unique release strategy that resulted in it finding a place on the ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart and Australian Independent Music Charts.

Andy recommends bands from Australia that we should listen to and also some handy tips for bands on their social media presence.

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August 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Darkthrone – Old Star review

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For the review of Darkthrone’s new album, Old Star, we decided to try something different at The Metal Wanderlust and get more than one staff member writing about it. Here are my thoughts on the album

Let me start by saying that I am partial to Darkthrone’s music starting from The Cult is Alive. Many pioneering metal bands have fallen into the trap of giving into the current trends and altering their sound, I’m glad that Darkthrone have not done so. The band decided not to care about their reputation as black metal legends and make music that they wanted.

On Old star, their now signature black and roll sound is still intact. Alp Man was one of the stand out tracks for me. Another being Duke of Gloat. Both songs have crushing riffs. The band continue to remain uncompromising in their sound and the production is raw, which will appeal to their casual fans and hardcore ones alike. The album will definitely be part of my “Best of” list at the end of the year.

Read what rest of the TMW staff thought of the album here

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June 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

Fistful of Metal #4

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An Australia/New Zealand special playlist after my trip down under. Tune in below

Tracklist

AC DC – Highway to Hell
Lord – United
Horizon’s Edge – Farewell
Cast down – Thread my Lips
Heresiarch – Endeþrǽst
Faceless Burial – Multiverse Abattoir
Alien Weaponry – Ahi Ka
Depravity – Evil Upheaval
Psycroptic – Beyond the Black
Stephen Taranto – Pixel Heart Verdant
Karnivool – The Refusal
Beast wars – Omens
Plini – Salt + Charcoal

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May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

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Horns Up Podcast: Episode 8

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In the present age of streaming, singles have taken precedence over albums. On the latest episode of Horns Up, we discuss if there is a perfect album in our new format All A’s Album. The first album under the scanner is Pantera Cowboys from Hell.

Cowboys from Hell was one of the first metal albums I heard when I got into metal close to 20 years ago. You can hear about the impact it had on me in the episode. Music journalist Anurag Tagat joins us as a guest. Click play below and find out if Cowboys from Hell is a All A’s Album.

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March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am