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Horns Up Podcast: Episode 44

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The year’s about to end, and that means it’s time for lists!

On this episode, we (Animesh & I) recount our favourite albums of the year.

Presenting the Horns Up list for 2019.

Playlists:

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/in/playlist/horns-up-top-albums-of-2019/pl.u-aZb0NbZtPBB0vjm

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ihlyaN56HEG94U0PE8Wld?si=lgaJ6Qq2SnKWr4ky1roXzQ

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December 24, 2019 at 10:51 pm

Fistful of Metal # 10

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Track list
Road rash – Burn out
Screamer – Out of the Dark
Megaton Sword – Born Beneath the Sword
SuidAkrA – Halls of Tales
Coilguns – Manicheans
Formless Master – First Strike
Formless Master – Fatal Impasse
Nile – Long Shadows of Dread
Nox Irae – All is Over
Abigail Williams – Ever so Bold
Chrome Waves – When the sun hits
Jakub Zytecki – Sunflower
November’s Doom – What we Become
Officium Triste – World in Flames

Dirge

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Doom metal is one of the underrepresented genres in the Indian metal bands. Dirge are one of the few doom metal acts in the country. Their debut release Ah Puch is inspired by Mayan and Aztec Mythology and channels the New Orleans sludge sound making it one of the most unique albums I’ve heard this year.

I spoke to the band ahead of the release of Ah Puch. Find out more about the album, the inspiration behind it and more.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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October 28, 2018 at 1:36 am

Khemmis

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2018 has been a great year for metal in my opinion. There have been quite a few memorable albums in the past 7 months, that will surely make it to my “best of” list at the end of the year.  With 4 months to go, I am sure there will be a few more added to the list. One album that will definitely be there is Khemmis – Desolation, I have listened to the album more than any other this year. The album is a masterpiece that will appeal to fans of doom metal as well as classic heavy metal. I could not resist finding out more about Desolation from the band.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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August 14, 2018 at 12:33 am

Djinn & Miskatonic

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Djinn & Miskatonic are a doom metal band from Bangalore, India. Their debut album Forever in the Realm was the first Indian release by Transcending Obscurity. The album received rave reviews from around the world and further strengthened Bangalore reputation as the Doom metal capital of India. Last month, the band released their  sophomore album Even Gods Must Die. The album takes forward the sonic template established on their debut album with a few surprises.

Read my interview with vocalist GK and bassist JP on Unite Asia

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February 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The Father of Serpents

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The Father of Serpents is a doom metal band from Serbia, the first band from the country to feature on this blog. The band consists of well known figures from the Serbian metal scene and they released their debut album Age of Damnation a couple months ago via Satanath Records.

I spoke to guitarist Loncar about the album, their writing process and more.

 

Most of the band members are also part of The Hell. How and when did you’ll decide to start a new band?

TFOS: Hi, you are right, most members are from The Hell except the drummer Aleksandar Maksimović and Pavle Sovilj who plays the violin and is also a singer.

It all began when a few songs were made for our guitarist’s – Igor Loncar side project. It wasn’t meant to be a band at all, but after a few months a lot of people were very interested and excited about this project, we received the offer to play as a support band for Attic shows in Serbia and also to play on Exit festival in Novi Sad. That was the perfect moment for this project to become a band. In addition to this we were and still are very good friends, and we have similar music taste so it was natural for us to play together once again.

Your music a mix of gothic, death and doom metal. How did you develop your unique sound?

TFOS: That’s probably because of the various mix of the music genres we listen to, there are influences from Pink Floyd to Bolt Thrower in our music! It’s not really unique, or at least we do not feel it that way, we wanted the recycle the 90’s doom/death sound we all were listening at that time.

Your debut release Age of Damnation reminds me of the Peaceville era of doom metal. Tell us a bit more about the album

TFOS: Yes, it has the atmosphere just like the old (gold) era of doom metal. It has 10 songs, almost an hour of music and we are really proud on what we achieved with it. Idea was to record an album that we would listen at home. Today a lot of bands records music just to show their technical skills, or to be cool, have fun on stage (nothing wrong with that), but our main goal was to have an album that is both easy to listen and interesting enough at the same time. To some extend we believe that we managed to do that.

With 6 members in the band, how do you’ll manage the songwriting process? Is there one or two main contributors or everyone contributes equally?

TFOS: There are no rules when we talk about the songwriting. Sometimes one of us makes the whole song and brings it to the rehearsal, sometimes we make it all together, sometimes we just jam and hope it will go in some direction.

The album was recorded at Wave Studio in Belgrade. What was the recording process?

TFOS: We are lucky enough that our guitar player Igor has his own studio , mentioned Wave Studio, so we didn’t have to rush with recording and mixing. We had actually a great fun during the recording, we had the freedom to try everything we wanted. It was recorded in parts during the whole summer of 2016. The last song, for example was made and shaped during the recording process. A lot of people really like the production and so do we! We already heard from people it sounds like 90s doom with modern (good) production!

Do recommend bands from Serbia that the readers should check out.

TFOS: If we talk about doom metal, you should definitely check out ‘Tales Of Dark’ and ‘The Bloody Earth’.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Are there any shows/tour planned in promotion of the EP?

TFOS: We will have the album promotion in our home town – Belgrade, it will be a gig in the club ‘Elektropionir’ on 2nd of September. Right after that the plan is to visit all nearby countries and cities and to promote our album and music in the best way we can. Also we hope we will record new material soon since we already have some new music for the listeners!

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have any final words?

TFOS: Thank you for your interest in our music, and see you all on the road hopefully soon! Doom on!

Listen to Age of Damnation below

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August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

Drug Honkey

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Drug Honkey are a doom quartet from Chicago. The band play a unique mix of doom and death metal and have released 4 full length albums since forming in 1999.

A couple months ago they released their latest album, Cloak of Skies via Transcending Obscurity Records. I spoke to guitarist Hobbs about the album, guest features and more.

Read the interview on Nine Circles

 

 

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July 20, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Beelzebud

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Beelzebud are a doom metal duo from Singapore. They have released a self titled full length album via Cyclopean Eye Productions and a split with powerviolence band Abrasion, both are a must listen for doom fiends.

I spoke to the band about their music, touring in Vietnam and also their plans for the year.  Read my interview  on Nine Circles

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June 20, 2017 at 1:50 am

Introducing: Slaves BC

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Slaves BC

Who: Slaves BC The band consists of Josh (Vocals/Lyrics/Drums/Art), Sean (Guitar/Vocals), Rick (Guitar), Adam (Live Vocals) and Brandon (Bass)

Where:Pittsburgh, USA

What: The band released their  album ‘All is Dust and I am Nothing’ earlier this year. “All Is Dust and I Am Nothing” is a concept album based upon the book of Ecclesiastes from the Bible. Ecclesiastes is one of the “Books of Poetry” in the Old Testament of the Bible. Many religious scholars contest its right to be included in the Bible. I can see why! At first glance, it does not really seem to fit in with the rest of the teachings and stories of the Bible. Ecclesiastes is basically like, “Go ahead, eat that dry aged steak, drink that 18 year old single malt scotch, and bang that attractive person. You can do that, but you won’t feel any better. Nothing matters. You’re all going to die and no one will remember you.” Since I was a kid, I’ve been drawn to this book. It offers a very interesting perspective on life and makes you question everything.” said vocalist Josh aboutt the album. “Ecclesiastes is extremely bleak, hopeless, and repetitive. We just tried to match the book with our music. Maybe if we had amassed a supergroup using members of Portal, Altarage, Coffinworm, Lord Mantis, and Chthe’ilist we could have come close to the spiralling darkness of this book. In all seriousness, we might as well have been writing pop punk. Nothing brings you down and makes you want to die more than reading through Ecclesiastes.”

How: “The songwriting for the album went very smoothly. Most of it was just Sean (guitar) and I just sitting down and being like “lets pretend to write sweet music” and cool stuff just kind of fell out along the way. There were a couple times when I was like, “Ok, Sean. Write something terrible” (the Slaves BC word for awesome and terrifying metal). Sean occasionally would have 10 minutes of writers block and I would just pour us both a shot of whiskey and then we would write something we loved.” said Josh about the writing process for the album.

“We started recording “All Is Dust…” in 2012 before we signed to Veritas Vinyl. We assumed we would have to put out whatever we did ourselves, so we just started recording it. But not long after, Veritas signed us. They wanted us to put out a split 12″ before doing the full length album because we had no following. In doing this, this pushed back the full length 4 years due to the amount of time it takes to get vinyl made these days. I mean, Veritas sent out for the vinyl for “All Is Dust…” in May of 2015, and we didn’t get it back until February of 2016. Those were the 4 longest and most agonizing years of my life. Just sitting on all this music that we were so excited about for so long. But its finally out! So we are on to writing the next one!”
“The recording process was fantastic, because we record with Matt Very of Very Tight Recordings. We did it in a couple weekends with Matt, but those weekends were spread out over several years. And in those weekends, we were recording stuff for our splits and the Veritas Vinyl Christmas compilation. After recording with Matt, I never want to record with anybody else ever again. Matt is something of a tone guru. He obsesses over it and makes sure that we are making the best possible sounds and that he is perfectly capturing it. He comes up with all this little neat tricks on the spot for us to try that always work out great. We call him “The Wizard” because he brings out the best in us. Plus, he loves terrible sci-fi channel movies. So like, I’ll laying down vocal tracks or playing drums, and I get to watch Sharknado 2 while doing it. #AllForTheGreaterTone” said Josh describing their recording process for the album.

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May 11, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Bevar Sea Interview

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Bevar Sea are doom metal band from Bangalore, India. I interviewed them 3 years ago when they release their self titled album. This weekend they release their second album ‘Invoke the Bizarre’ in India (Worldwide release 31st October). I caught up with Srikanth, guitarist of Bevar Sea and spoke to him about their new album, the different approach they took and also advice he had for bands planning to self release their music and merchandise.

Bevar Sea - 2015

Avinash Ramchander (Bass), Deepak Raghu (Drums), Rahul Chacko (Guitars), Ganesh Krishnaswamy (Vocals) and Srikanth Panaman (Guitars) (Left to Right)

Congrats on the release of your second album ‘Invoke the Bizarre’. Tell us a bit about the album.

Srikanth Panaman: Hey Peter. Long time no see! Invoke the Bizarre has been cooking slowly since the first album came out and we finally were able to record late last year and put it out this year. It is out on September 25th in India and October 31st in the rest of the world. It’s been a labour of love from everyone involved, and we’re excited to have the fans hear it finally.  

How does the album compare to your debut album?

Srikanth Panaman: The first album was good for what it was at that time. We got the best out of what we had and knew at that time. On the second one, we went in knowing a lot more about recording and engineering, and we went in as better performers. Musically, this still stoner and doom, but it’s darker and more varied than the first one.

I remember you released a demo of ‘Sleeping Pool’ in December 2012. How long have you’ll been working on the songs for the album?

Srikanth Panaman: Sleeping Pool was written in 2011 before the first album came out, Where There’s Smoke (There’s a Pyre) was written in 2012, Bearded and Bizarre was written in 2013, The Grand Alignment, Bury Me in NOLA and Heathen were written in 2014. We are slow, much like our music. If we’re able to recover the money invested on an album sooner, and save up for the next album sooner, we will get off our asses and write more but one album every three years is not too bad. I’d ideally like us to have a smaller release between two full lengths, so let’s see how things go.

Invoke

‘Invoke the Bizzare’ was recorded at Adarsh Recording Studio. How different was the recording process this time around?

Srikanth Panaman: We booked ten whole days at the studio for recording each band member separately and we wanted to use the big room and the fancy mics that the studio had at its disposal. We went in the order of drums, bass, rhythm guitars, additional guitars, acoustic guitars, lead guitars, and vocals over the course of the ten days, and spent the eleventh day listening to each track and then consolidate various takes. This was a pro approach and it was a great experience for us. We’d like to be in a real studio and not a home studio because the equipment is better, and more importantly the recording room itself is better. We also can’t afford to be lazy because time is limited, so that helps us finish what we started as per schedule. We all took time off work and got this done, so it wasn’t a weekend project for us.

You have been working with Matt Lynch (Mysterious Mammal Studios) on the album. How was the experience been?

Srikanth Panaman: Matt plays for an old timey Seattle/LA band called Snail and that’s how I got to know him. He had also worked with bands like Nebula and others, and I always liked the way his drums and the way the ‘room’ sounds in his mixes. We were more metal than his usual work, but when I told him what we’re going for on each track, he understood immediately and got the mixes the way I’d wanted. We gave him a good sounding recording, and the tones were all there. His job was mainly to remove all the mud, and to give us that big overall sound. We’re super happy with the results.

Your self titled album was released on Iron Fist records, a label started by the band. What did you’ll learn from the experience? What advice would you give other metal bands that plan on self releasing their EP/ Album?

Srikanth Panaman: That was a name we used because our then manager Salman (from Bangalore Open Air) wanted to use Kryptos’ and our releases to start a label to support and push good local bands but that never took off. We are putting this one out on our new imprint called The Mighty Riff Records, something I’ve been meaning to start for a couple of years but finally getting to. I sure do have some advice: Don’t compromise on the artwork and packaging. Don’t think of yourself as a local band. Don’t expect people to buy CDs if you don’t have a CD collection yourselves. Don’t expect to make your money back if you invested despite knowing your album had no demand to begin with. Learn everything about the workings of being in a band, including printing, pressing CDs, making merch, logistics, management, recording, video editing, designing, web designing – whatever talents you have acquired can be of use and can help you make your money back. The more skillful you are, the better it is.

Were you satisfied with the response your first album received? Are you planning anything different for the release of ‘Invoke the Bizarre’?

Srikanth Panaman:The first album far exceeded our expectations in terms of response. We’re hoping the second one will kick things up a few notches for us – especially in Europe, UK, and the US. These are the three territories where we got the most real purchases from, so we’d like to go a little deeper in those markets with this album.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Srikanth Panaman: We’re taking things slow this year. We just want to put this out and make sure the album reaches the right audience around the world.


Any final words?

Srikanth Panaman: Thanks for letting us talk about our new album man. Your readers can always go to the below links to follow us.

http://bevarsea.bandcamp.com [pre-orders are online here]

http://fb.com/bevarsea

http://youtube.com/bevarsea

Listen to three songs from ‘Invoke the Bizzare’ below

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September 25, 2015 at 10:00 am