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Profile: Peter Shallmin of Stench Price

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Not your run of the mill grindcore.

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Peter Shallmin (ESCAPETHECULT, Kamlath) put together an avant-garde grind project called Stench Price featuring members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Paganizer, Putrevore, etc. The project’s self titled EP can best be described as grindcore with offbeat bossa/samba and lounge music unlike anything I have heard before. Once I heard it, I had to know more about the mastermind behind this supergroup of sorts. See what Shallmin had to say after the jump.

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February 9, 2017 at 12:06 am

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Indian indie goes digital

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A few days ago I came across this article in inbox that I had written for a zine in 2012. It did not get published for some reason. The article was about 4 new websites which had music by independent artists from acrossIndia on sale. From the websites listed below only Oklisten is still active. The Tagmuse website is online but has not been updated in some time. Musicfellas was acquired by Gaana.com in 2014. Flipkart shut down it’s Flyte store.

The “Big Boys” like Apple and Google are now in India with their Apple iTunes and Google Play. There has also been a shift with streaming services emerging in the past couple of years. The dominant players are Gaana and Saavn, however they feature a limited amount of independent artists.

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of EP/Albums being released by independent bands in India, there were over 50 last year according to NH7.in. A basic problem for bands is getting their music heard and distributed; there have been many platforms, soundclick (does anyone still use it?) Myspace and reverbnation that have been around for a while; bandcamp and soundcloud are relatively newer. Bands in the past used to post their mp3s online for free. “No one will pay for Mp3s ” is a common statement I have heard by band members. However things are slowly changing, in the past few months, a few platforms have emerged in India that offer paid downloads.

music fellas Music Fellas is described as a “social, music discovery platform helping people have great experiences and meaningful conversations around music they love.” The platform was started by 3 techies from IIT Roorkee and BITS Pilani who are also music lovers, Mayank Jain, Shubhranshu Jain and Gaurav Shahlot. Currently it is invite only. Visit http://www.musicfellas.com to get your invite

 

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NH7.in, the music streaming and discovery platform tied-up with the Indian e-commerce Flipkart.com to launch digital music downloads featuring independent music, via Flipkart’s Flyte digital store. The store currently features over albums/EPs from over 50 artists ranging from folk rockers Swarathma to hardcore band Scribe. The singles are priced between Rs. 6 – Rs. 15 for singles and Rs. 20 – 150 for albums. You can download the songs up to 4 times. Visit http://nh7.in/musicstore for more information.

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Ok Listen! was started after Vijay Basrur could realised that he could not buy Mp3s of a Indian rock band. He has over 16 years of experience working in companies like Baazee.com and Quikr. The platform currently features mainly folk and rock artists like Raghu Dixit Project, Indian Ocean and Parvaaz. The prices for singles range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25 and albums from Rs. 60 to Rs.200. They is no limit on the number of times you can download the songs. The platform is pro musician as they receive 70% of the net sales. Visit http://oklisten.com for more information.

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Tagmuse describe itself as “A double-octave space for independent artists to perform, connect, amplify and inspire the rest of humanity. Creating a launch pad for all musicians irrespective of race, language, ability, style, or genre. We appreciate it all.” They will be launching in another month or so. Sign up on http://tagmuse.com and stay updated.

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October 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Interview: Nathanael Larochette on Solo Compositions, Workload and Canada

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New interview I did for Nine Circles.

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Nathanael Larochette is well known as the guitarist of Canadian bands Musk Ox and The Night Watch. He has also performed on albums by Woods of Ypres and Agalloch. Last month, he released his second solo release, Earth and Sky, a double album. The albums have a distinct sound, Earth consists of solo classical guitar tracks whereas Sky is a single 40 minute ambient track. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both albums and sent a few questions to Nathanael to find out more about the albums, the writing process and more. 

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August 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

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Nine Circles ov… India

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My pen pal Manny-O-War is the editor for metal website Nine Circles. I did a round up of the Indian metal scene for the website.

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Food courtesy of the one and only Babu Ji. Absolutely delicious food courtesy of the one and only Babu Ji in Alphabet City.

Metal is not music that you would normally associated with a country like India. The best known music export from India is Ravi Shankar. I have been following Indian metal bands for over a decade now and have noticed the bands evolve. Bands are putting out releases with better quality production and much better artwork. Here are some of the releases from the past year that you should check out: (In alphabetical order)

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July 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

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Now Playing – December 2014 – February 2015

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This post has been long delayed. As this is my 100th post on the blog, I wanted to make it a bit special. The past couple of months have been quite hectic at my day job and I have finally got down to writing this.

It’s been 4 years since I have maintained this blog, my longest “job” so far. I have the chance to interview and review quite a few bands from around the world and it’s been great. Here is what I have been listening to in the past 3 months.

Metal

The latest release from Cloudkicker, the project of Ben Sharp is mellower compared to previous EPs. Released soon after the tour with Intronaut, it is safe to say that it has had an influence on “Little Histories“. My favourite track from the EP is “Digital Lightning“.

 

Humiliation play death metal in vein of Bolt Thrower, who are one of my favourite death metal bands. Those who are into metal/ death metal with themes of war will enjoy this album.

 

Ingurgitating Oblivion are back after a decade. Their latest album continues where their previous album ‘Voyage Towards Abhorrence’ left off. Take a listen to the album below and find out why it has been described as “at once hypnotic, terrifying and unpredictable”.

 

Awesome new release from the prolific Australian grindcore act.

 

Clockwork Dilation did not impress me much when I first heard their album in the first half of last year. Listening to it in the past month, it has grown on me. The only downside on the album for me was a filler tracks which could have been left off the album. Overall an impressive debut album.

 

Non – metal

The first single by the progressive rockers from Kochi with their new line up. Sounds like a mix of their previous 2 releases. If this the direction they are taking for their new release, I am looking forward to it.

 

I was surprised to find a post rock band from the tiny state of Kerala. Their first release, a live album serves as a good introduction to the band. My favorite songs are ‘Acid Rain’ and ‘Cloud Rain’. Looking forward to a studio release from the band.

 

Aqua Dominatrix is the electronic project of Akshay, the guitarist of Scribe. The first thing that struck me about the album was how different it sounded compared to the current lot of “electronic” producers from Mumbai. It reminded me of the soundtrack of 80’s Hollywood movies. To know about Aqua Dominatrix, read an article by my good friend Adwait Patil here

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March 11, 2015 at 1:22 am

Now Playing – November 2014

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All metal (almost Indian) list this time around

Skyharbor – Guiding Lights

The sophomore release of the international progressive metal group is their first as a band. The album continue with the melodic elements first heard on “Aurora” from their debut album “Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos”. Forrester Savell bolsters the songwriting with great production. Progressive metal fans will not be disappointed.

 

Gutslit – Skewered in the Sewer

The first album from Gutslit, death grind band from India is miles ahead of their split with Pulmonary Fibrosis and I have been listening to it a lot lately. The slam parts might put off grind purists. After a short tour of Europe earlier this year including a set at Obscene Extreme, things are looking promising for the band.

 

Pangea – This is NG, taking

Instrumental progressive metal band Pangea are one of the underrated bands from India. Their new single “This is NG, taking” has some trippy riffs. Keep an eye out for more awesome music from this band in the coming year.


 

Bhayanak Maut – Man

‘Man’ is one of the few concept albums released by an Indian metal band. Bhayanak Maut take a very different approach to the concept of serial killers.The band are a twisted lot; reading the journal that accompanies the album will send chills down your spine. Easily their best release yet.

 

Woods of Ypres – Against the Seasons

As the days get shorter and winter sets in, this is my go to album. The debut album of Canadian band Woods of Ypres is one of my favourite black metal releases. Here is my favourite track from it

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December 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Now Playing – October 2014

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This is a bit late but here it goes…

Metal

Scribe – Hail Mogambo

The third album by the post hardcore band from Mumbai continues where it left off on “Mark of Teja”. Named after the famous Bollywood villain Mogambo from the late 80’s hit film, Mr. India; the band further experiments with their sound on this album with the introduction of synths and also Vishwesh rapping on most of the songs. Listen to their first single “Cops, Cops, Cops, Cops” to find out why I have been listening to this album on loop lately.

 

Dhwesha – Sthoopa

Dhwesha are an anomaly in the Indian metal scene as their lyrics are in Kannada. The band play straight up death metal and wear their influences on their sleeve. The songs on the album sound a lot better than on the Yuddhabhumi demo that I heard a couple years ago. Sthoopa is a promising debut album from the Bangalore band. They are definitely a band that I will keep an eye out for in the future.

 

Phobocosm – Deprived

Deprived is described as “a suffocating and beastly dark death metal album with injections of doom, black and ambient elements throughout.” A few listens into the album you will understand exactly why. Phobocosm like to keep things simple unlike their peers from Montreal. Those who prefer listening to death metal with clean production should avoid this album.

 

Zero Gravity – Holocaust Awaits

Zero Gravity are from Indore, a city I least expected to have a metal band especially one with a female vocalist. Their first album has 8 tracks of death metal with catchy riffs. The album sounds good courtesy production by Ashwin Shriyan (Demonic Resurrection). A gem of a release by Transcending Obscurity Distribution.

 

Non – metal

Empty Yard Experiment – Kallisti

Empty Yard Experiment are one of the few progressive rock bands from the UAE. The band have matured as songwriters on their sophomore album, which is getting them attention across the world. I feel this is the best release from the UAE this year, along with Aramiac who were featured last month. The band put on a great show live with a lot of visual elements. They are touring the UK next month check the dates and more here.

 

Skrat – The Queen

The Chennai rockers are back all guns blazing with new album. Their latest album Queen continues with their style of uptempo rock that we heard on their previous album, Bring Out The Gig Guns. You can’t resist singing along to the infectious riffs and hooks. Skrat are at the moment my favourite rock band in India along with The Supersonics.

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November 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm