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Horns Up Podcast: Episode 13

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New music

On lucky episode 13, Animesh and I discuss the music that they have been listening to for the past month. Their picks range from Death Metal to Prog, and even some not so metal music. There is something for everyone to listen and also discover.


Sit back and raise those Horns Up. Follow a playlist of all the tracks on Apple Music and Spotify

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May 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

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

Fistful of Metal #2

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The second episode of Fistful of Metal is now online on boxout.fm. The tracks I selected for this mix were ones that I was listening to the past few weeks, mainly releases from this year except for a few.



Tracklist
Usurper – Skull Splitter (Soulseller Records)
Chainbreaker – Born Loud (Hells Headbangers)
Hell Fire – Warpath (Riding Easy Records)
Minors – Consumed (Holy Roar Records)
Noisem – Downer Hound (20 Buck Spin)
KHNVM – Invocato (Testimony Records)
Misery Index – New Salem (Season of Mist)
Plague Throat – Primitive Defense Mechanism (Self-released
Krallice- wolf (Self-released)
1914 – Passchenhell (Redefining Darkness Records)
Astronoid – In Dreams I lie (Blood Music)
Private Government – Thermite (Self-released)
Chrome Waves – Past the Lights (Disorder Recordings)
Thrawsunblat – Via Canadensis (Ignifera Records)

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March 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

#mwe 2019

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I took part in the Music Writers Exercise (MWE) on Twitter for the 2nd year. It’s a challenging exercise for me as I don’t review music on a regular basis but I got to listen to a lot of music for the past couple years that I missed out on. Some writers go with a theme, I decided to go in an alphabetic order. Here is what I listened to last month.

The dissonant guitars coupled with shrieked vocals create the soundtrack to your worst nightmare. Will haunt you for days to come.

One of the albums from last year that I missed out on. The 3rd full length album from Bane is well executed melodic black metal. Reminded me of the black metal sound of the early 2000’s.

Missed out on this gem from last year. The mix of death metal and 70’s hard rock/heavy metal sounds quite fluid. Stellar guitar work.

On their second album the Swedish doom trio flood the senses with hypnotic guitar riffs. Stellar release!

The first full length from Ergo I Exist is a slow burner. A potent cocktail of one part sludge and two of atmospheric Doom metal.

I was surprised to hear a new release from the renown thrash act. The band have not lost a step and the album is a packed to the brim with punchy riffs.

Thought Black metal was dead? The debut album from the German act proves otherwise. Over 5 blistering tracks, the band infuse their spirit into the black metal sound. Shout out to AOP records for signing the band. Definitely an act to keep an eye out for in the future.

Nexus of Teeth bludgeons everything in sight in its 33 minutes runtime. The album will leave fans of both Old school or modern death metal headbanging in approval. A belter of a release from Dark Descent Records.

The Polish metal scene has quite a few unheralded acts, In Twilight’s Embrace is one of them. Vanitas is inspired by the death of a family and friends, their darkest and bleakest release. A highly recommended listen!

Opiate Conquest is the first release from the band featuring members of Full of Hell.They pack quite a punch in 7 minutes with a mix of hardcore, punk, and powerviolence. Total chaos!

Geodesic beast is the first album from the Brazilian death metal act despite forming in 1999. The album is a relentless assault from start to finish and the band are firing on all cylinders firing, making up for lost time.

A furious mix of progressive metal and sludge. The Australian quartet extend beyond their post metal tag on their 3rd album.

Mass Hypnoisa pummel the listener into submission over the course of 10 tracks. This slab of South East Asian Thrash metal holds up nearly a decade after it released.

Black metal and sludge are a strange mix and Nest pull it off well. Metempsychosis will grow on you like mould. A devastating listen.

Ambiance is the soundtrack to the apocalypse, each track takes us closer towards our doom.

Indian act Popcorn Kid is a new entrant to the growing synthwave scene. Newness is a tribute to the TV series and movies of the 80’s. An artist to keep an eye out for in the coming years.

This is straight up, no bull shit death metal. The band channel the early Florida death metal sound with beefier production.

This album is all about the riffs as the name of the band suggest. Blues based hard rock with elements of stoner rock, overall an enjoyable listen. Crank it loud!

Gritty Rock and roll from the Lion City. In under 10 minutes, you will be convinced that the spirit of Motorhead is alive.

The band defy the stoner stereotype on this album. Each track varies in tempo, from raging punk to even thrash, it keeps you guessing. Overall an engaging listen.

The album is an above average brutal death metal release with some technical parts. The guitar solos provide a bit of relief from the brutality.

Halloween themed heavy metal from the live guitarist of Midnight. The album is quite catchy and avoids the horror typecast.

Chunky riffs coupled with spacey jam make the album the perfect soundtrack to the weekend beer or spliff.

This album is the delight of nerdy metalheads with symphonic black metal with extensive story telling.

The Sublime is a slow burner, Industrial rhythm with Black metal atmosphere bewitches the listener in a subtle manner. Promising release from the Blut Aus Nord mastermind.

The rhythmic approach of the band towards the album makes them stand out from the current instrumental/post metal acts. A mix of prog, jazz, and metal. Sounds interesting? Hit Play!

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March 17, 2019 at 1:09 am

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 5 + 6

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Last week was a BIG one at Horns Up, we released 2 new episodes.

The first one is an in-depth conversation with Rotting Christ‘s founder and frontman Sakis Tolis delves deep into the creation process of the band’s fourteenth album Heretics, the decision to interpret and put their own spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s literary classic, ‘The Raven’, and the ever-evolving journey of the Greek Black Metal stalwarts since the band’s birth in 1987.

Sakis also reveals what it’s like to be in a band with his brother, and why India holds a special place in their lives.

The next one features Jason Netherton, the founder, bassist, vocalist and lyricist for American Death Metal act Misery Index. Jason talks about his journey to death metal and Misery Index, the band’s latest album Rituals of Power, and discuss why he thinks death metal is an ideal vehicle to communicate ideologies, opinions, and more.

We also discuss one of the recent news pieces in the metal sphere, the racist comments on Facebook by Former Agalloch and current Pillorian member John Haughm

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March 12, 2019 at 9:25 am

Introducing Fistful of Metal

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Those who have been following my blog from the early days would remember that I first dipped my toes into the metal scene while studying in Toronto, Canada. I had a show on my college radio station, Fusion Radio. It was the first time that I started

I’m revisiting to those days in a way as a host on boxout.fm with Fistful of Metal, a hour of heavy metal from around the world. All music no talk.

Boxout.fm is an online radio station borne of an urgent need for a community-run platform focusing on alternative music and culture in India.

Last month, the first episode aired. The track list consisted of some of my top albums of 2018 and also the best of my current playlist. Heavy metal, Death metal and even some Grindcore. Tune in and raise those horns up!

New episode on the Second Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned!

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March 7, 2019 at 12:05 am

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 4

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New week and a new episode of Horns Up.

On this episode, Animesh and I speak to Kathir from The Wandering Ascetic & Rudra. He shares the creative process behind The Wandering Ascetic‘s debut album, Crimson and takes us back to his roots, including the journey of Rudra.

This episode is special to me as I discovered Rudra when I was just getting into extreme metal. The first album I heard by the band was their 3rd album, Kurukshetra and I remember buying the cd from Alex of Bloodbucket Productions.

Crimson is out via Transcending Obscurity next month. Listen to a couple tracks below

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January 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm