Trendcrusher

Posts Tagged ‘Black metal

#mwe 2019

leave a comment »

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!

Written by trendcrusher

March 17, 2019 at 1:09 am

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 5 + 6

leave a comment »

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

Written by trendcrusher

March 12, 2019 at 9:25 am

Introducing Fistful of Metal

leave a comment »

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!

Written by trendcrusher

March 7, 2019 at 12:05 am

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 4

leave a comment »

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

Written by trendcrusher

January 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 3

leave a comment »

2018 was a great year for metal. Can 2019 top it? On the latest episode of the Horns Up Podcast, Animesh and I gaze into our crystal balls to identify the music they are looking forward to the most from the year.

The episode features singles from upcoming releases from Indian Black Metal outfit Heathen Beast, and Astronoid, the band that put out one of my favourite releases of 2016.

You can listen to all episodes on your favourite podcast app (Google, Apple and others). Follow the Horns Up Twitter feed for updates and more

Written by trendcrusher

January 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Horns Up Podcast!

leave a comment »

Some of the readers would remember a podcast I hosted years ago. I have started a new podcast called Horns Up with Animesh Das (Riot Peddlers, ex – Solar Diety). More details below

Two heavy metal fans.One podcast.Welcome to Horns Up, with Peter and Animesh. Recorded and produced from Bombay (India), Horns Up is a weekly podcast dedicated to ramblings, rants, and reviews from Peter Kotikalapudi / Trendcrusher and Animesh Das / Asmo. Throw Them Horns Up!

Episode One is up now! Death metal musings with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Ex – Morbid Angel)

Bookmark this page – https://shows.pippa.io/horns-up Also find us on your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

Written by trendcrusher

December 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

Aempyrean

leave a comment »

Aempyrean are the latest Indian metal act to send ripples through the metal blogosphere. Since forming in early 2015, the band have slowly built a reputation with their live act. I managed to catch Aempyrean at the Trendslaughter IV earlier this year supporting Cult of Fire and they put on a engaging show. Fireborn, their highly anticipated debut EP releases today via Cyclopean Eye Productions. The band’s intense sound will appeal to fans of old school death metal.

I spoke to vocalist BR about Fireborn, their inspirations and also the current state of death metal.

Read the interview on VM Underground

Written by trendcrusher

December 5, 2018 at 11:33 pm