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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.

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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.

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‘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

Raul (Memento Mori) Interview

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Memento Mori is a Spain based label/mailorder that focuses on old school Death Metal, Doom Metal and anything in between. In the past year, there have been some great releases from bands like Morbidity, Horrified, Austerymn, Disrupted and more. I spoke to label owner Raul Sampedro about how he got into metal, the metal scene in Spain and upcoming releases from his label.

 

Memento Mori

 

How did you get into metal? What was the first metal concert you attended?

I was like 10 years old, back in 1982, and my father used to play this compilation tape (one of those “best of ” compilation tapes) on the car’s stereo. The tape featured many songs, but there were 4 of them that got stuck in my head for whatever reason: Kiss’ “Love It Loud”, AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, The Ramones’ “Do You Remember Rock’n’ Roll Radio?” and Status Quo’s “Whatever You Want”. That was the kickstart of my journey into Hard-Rock, Heavy Metal and Punk-Rock. Months later I started hanging about with a guy that was some 5 years older than me and it was him who’d burn lots of tapes for me, from bands such as Judas Priest, Rainbow, G.B.H., Metallica, Saxon, Manowar, Sex Pistols, Accept, Helix, Alcatrazz, Dead Kennedys, Black Sabbath, Tokyo Blade, Venom, Motörhead… The rest is history.
The first international Metal concert that I ever attended was Metallica + Metal Church, back in January 1987. Prior to that one, I had only attended shows featuring Spanish bands on the bill, such as Baron Rojo, Ñu, Sobredosis, Panzer…

Tell us how you started your label.

I had previously worked for other labels/distros in the past and I even ran a tiny label/mailorder called Acoustic Trauma Releases back in 2004-2005. But I had to fold that label/mailorder by late 2005 due to financial issues, right before moving to Finland (I lived there for almost 1 ½ years), and I guess I always wanted to restart the project whenever the odds would allow to. That happened back in 2010. Memento Mori started as a simple distro/mailorder, but soon after I felt an urge to turn it onto a label/mailorder, and put out my own releases and trade them with fellow underground labels out there. The first two Memento Mori releases (Ataraxy “Curse of the Requiem Mass” MCD and Centinex “Subconscious Lobotomy” reissue CD) saw the light of day in October 2010, and we’ve put out a total of 41 releases up to this day.

What has been your most memorable release so far and why?

Each and every Memento Mori release is like a son to me. Would a loving and unbiased father be able to point out one of his children as his favourite? All our releases are equally especial to me regardless any other consideration.

What qualities do you look for when signing a band?

I want to work with down-to-earth, humble people without any kind of rockstar attitude and an ego to feed. Other than that they also have to play the kind of stuff that I like to support through the label (Death Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal and anything in between those genres) and meet a certain criteria regarding the, so to speak, “maturity” of their music. What I mean by this is, we don’t put out demos, so the band’s got to be seasoned enough as to be ready to go full-length.

Have you been part of a band? What instrument do you play?

I used to growl in a Death Metal band called Sacrophobia circa 1990-1992. Got to play live five times with them and recorded a demo titled “Only Death Is Irreversible” (Drowned Productions, 1991). Soon after leaving the band in 1992, I joined Postmortem. Thrash Metal in the Bay Area tradition was the game with them, but they wanted to give their music a more brutal edge and offered me a slot as the new vocalist. If memory serves, I only spent a couple of months with them, just practising at the rehearsal room, so no recording was made and I never got to play live with them. No more bands for me ever since.

Spain is not a country known for its metal scene. What are the Spanish bands you recommend we check out?

Well, those into classic 80’s Heavy Metal should check out the early works of Barón Rojo and Ángeles Del Infierno. Those two bands, along with Obús and Panzer, were probably the most notorious bands over here some 30 years ago. Regarding old Death Metal bands (1988-1995), I’d recommend to check out Feretrum, Suffocation / Intoxication, Obscure, Human Waste, Unbounded Terror, and also Aggressor (Thrash/Death Metal) and In Torment (Funeral Doom/Death Metal). And talking current bands, I’d recommend to check out Ataraxy, Bokluk, Graveyard, Oniricous, Banished From Inferno, Decapitated Christ, Necroven, Onirophagus, Karonte and Deprive. All of them play Death Metal. I’m sure there’s some remarkable bands into other genres, but I’m not really familiar with their music, so you guys got some homework to do.

Looking back at the past 5 years, would you change anything about your record label?

Not really. I’m quite happy with our output, the bands and people I work with, and the fans’ response. Sales and exposure could be much better, of course, but we’d need a much larger budget for promotion (not likely to happen anytime soon), or start putting out other forms of extreme -or pseudo-extreme- music that are “en vogue” these days (which is even less likely to ever happen as I’ll always stick to my own personal taste), or start doing vinyl (not really into a format that’s essentially a luxury item due to manufacturing prices and postage rates). We’ll keep struggling to survive in this trendy scene against all odds and I’ll die with my boots on if necessary.

What are your thoughts on physical format VS digital format of music? Which do you prefer and why?

I’ve never ever downloaded a single song (let alone an album), with the exception of demos and promos sent by bands for me to consider a possible signing, so make a wild guess what I think about digital music. A music album, or a book for that matter, is something that I need to touch. Simple as that. That’s why we don’t even offer downloads of our releases. I shiver in disgust at the mere thought of charging a single cent for a sheer computer file. To each his own, though. I’m just entitled to my own opinion and principles.

2014 was a great year for you with releases from bands like Morbidity, Horrified and others. What are your plans for the rest of 2015? Releases that we should look out for?

So far this year, we put out the debut full-length CD’s from Deprive, Austerymn and Disrupted, the sophomore full-length CD from Insepulto, the Transgressor reissue CD and the Misery early discography compilation CD. Coming out in a couple of weeks from today, there’s the Coffincraft debut full-length CD and a repress of the Burial reissue CD that we put out back in 2012. And then later in the year, we’ll put out the Praise The Flame, Dementia 13 and Abyssus debut full-length CD’s, and an Aldebaran compilation CD. And 2016 will also be a busy year at Memento Mori HQ’s. In fact the whole year schedule is close to be fully booked by now. I recommend all the readers to stay tuned via the website (www.memento-mori.es), the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/memento.mori.label) or even send e-mail to raulsv1972@hotmail.com and request to be added to our mailing list. Thanks for the intie. In Death, In Doom…

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July 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Dying Embrace Interview

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Last July/August, Cyclopen Eye productions released “Through corridors of dead centuries“, a split between two veteran bands from the Indian subcontinent, Dusk (Pakistan) and Dying Embrace (India). I described the release as “death/doom metal recommended for those who preferred metal that sounds raw”. It was Dying Embrace first release since they got back together in 2011.

This interview was originally planned to go along with the one with Dusk however it got delayed due to various reasons. I spoke to Vikram Bhat via email about their side of the split and their future plans.

 

Dying Embrace

Vikram Bhat (Vocals), Jimmy Palkhivala (Guitars), Deepak Raghu (Drums) and Pritham Denzil D’Souza (Bass) (Left to Right)

 

Where did the idea to do the split come about? Did Sandesh from Cyclopean Eye productions have anything to do with it?

Vikram: Hello Peter , actually this split was possible only because of Sandesh of Cyclopean Eye Productions. He always spoke about this idea right from the early years, even when the band was inactive and on a hiatus at the same time even Dusk were in suspended animation and he said, if these 2 bands ever return then a split has to happen, those knowing Sandesh, he always has had it his way.

How does it feel to have your first release out in over a decade?

Vikram: It’s a very surreal feeling, a bit of deja-vu a bit of disbelief all rolled into one. We never thought the band would return back, the love and support we have got since we returned has been fantastic. It’s a great feeling to see so many fans who still remember the band even though we were gone for a good 10 years.

Tell us a bit about the songs your side of the split. What are they about?

Vikram: We have 4 original compositions and a cover on our side of the split. 3 songs and one instrumental, the songs have a very different approach and yet still retain the trademark Dying Embrace sound. A melting witches cauldron of Death and Doom Metal with several influences which the band members brought in. The songs just like our older material deal with the occult, mythology and religion.The fans will get what they have loved and liked from us over the years.

How different was the recording process this time around?

Vikram: Very different actually, recording music has seen a sea change over the past years and for us it was an all new learning experience, luckily we had Srikanth Panaman of The Doom Cave Studio producing us and he guided and showed us the newer technology we had at our disposal now. It was a great experience indeed and the band enjoyed putting the new songs together for the split CD.

What are you plans for the rest of 2014? Any plans to release a full length album soon?

Vikram: Since 2014 has passed and we are into 2015,we have a few shows lined up for the rest of the year, a 7” split vinyl EP may happen by the end of the year, we have never got down to writing a full length album ever, I don’t think that will ever happen.

Any Final words?

Vikram: 666 apologies for the delayed replies to the interview,the past year hasn’t been easy on me personally and a lot of things got pushed to the back but I still owed you this one and here it is! Thanks for the support and patience and salutes & respect to all the fans and friends who have supported us, you rule and you know who you are!

Listen to ‘Ascendance of Namtar‘ from “Through corridors of dead centuries” below

 

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July 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

Introducing: Crypt Sermon

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Crypt Sermon

Who: Doom metal band Crypt Sermon The band consists of Steve Jansson (Guitar), James Lipczynski (Guitar) Will Mellor (Bass) Brooks Wilson (Vocals) and Enrique Sagarnaga (Drums)

Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What: Crypt Sermon released their debut album ‘Out of the Garden’ in February through Dark Descent Records. “Well, it’s not a concept album but there is definitely a theme revolving around Christian history/mythology.” said guitarist Steve Jansson about the album. “Brooks is the one who writes all of the lyrics for the band. He takes Christian and historical themes and offers alternate starting points or inversions of the common, faith-based epistemology.”

“The songwriting process was pretty varied. The bulk of the demo was written by James and I from just jamming together on our own and coming up with the riffs and general structure. That’s how we did it in the beginning but for Out of the Garden it was much more collaborative since we were working in an actual band environment.” said Steve about how they wrote the album. “Brooks, James or I would often show up to practice with some riffs or ideas and we all would work together to carve out a song. There were also times where one of us would write a song on our own, record it at home and then send it to everyone in the band to hear and work on.”

How: “The recording process started off a bit rocky since there was some complications with some of the click tracks as well as scheduling but after we got through that, it was pretty smooth sailing. The album was recorded in a few different places; the drums in an actual studio, the rhythm guitars at our practice space, bass along with guitar solos in a bedroom and vocals in yet another studio.” said Steve describing the recording of the album. “The guy who recorded the album’s name is Arthur Rizk and he did a really killer job. As far as how long it took, I think a month or so. We recorded on weekends, mostly”.

Listen to ‘Out of the Garden’ below

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April 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Dionysus/Dormant Inferno Interview

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Transcending Obscurity is one of the few underground metal labels in India. In my interview with Kunal Choksi  in October 2013, he shared his plans for a sub label for India bands. After a quiet year (2014) next week will see the second release from the label, ‘Beyond forgotten shores’. The split release featuring 2 upcoming bands from the Indian subcontinent, Dionysus (Pakistan) and Dormant Inferno (India).

I’ve been listening to the review copy of ‘Beyond forgotten shores’ for the past couple of weeks and it sounds great. Both bands have recorded their best material yet. Read my interview with Sheraz from Dionysus and Sunny from Dormant Inferno below.

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Dionysus (Left) and Dormant Inferno (Right)

You have been working on the “Beyond forgotten shores” split for some time now. How does it feel now that it is a week away from release?

Sheraz (Dionysus): It feels amazing since this split has been long overdue. We’ve been working on it since 2013 and I am glad both the bands are finally done with it and I am really looking forward to the release.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Yes things have been good. We worked on these tracks through 2014. It feels fantastic to be back and making some music after the 4 year void!

How did the idea for the split come about?

Sheraz (Dionysus): Idea for the split came about when I first heard Dormant Inferno on the internet and got in touch with Sunny. We connected well through music and in other aspects of life and became really good friends and when I mentioned doing a split with Dormant Inferno, it was like he was already thinking about it. So the decision to do a split was totally spontaneous. Kunal Choksi from Transcending Obscurity helped us turn it into reality.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Well it was like a natural thing to happen as both bands share common ground on a lot of aspects. Apart from when we had formed, there wasn’t another band in India that played the kind of dark doom metal that we were into; that’s how we kind of developed a kinship with Dionysus. It was just a question of who would ask first and then Sheraz mentioned it, and it was on from there!

Tell us a bit about the songs on your side of the release. How long have you been working on them?

Sheraz (Dionysus): Dionysus songs on this release are a bit more evolved from our last output. They’re more black metal, more on the atmospheric side. More memorable song structures. Basically people who are into black/doom metal are going to find it very interesting. We’ve been working on these songs for over 2 years now. It took this long since Waleed Ahmed , our frontman moved to Karachi in 2012. So recording process takes a lot of time now.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Well there are 2 new originals and a cover. ‘Veil of Lunacy’ is the latest track that we have written and I started composing it around Feb 2014 after we returned from our gig in Bangalore jamming along with our then live members Vineet Nair and Paresh Garude. The track developed into a mammoth slowly and steadily over the months. While ‘Deliverance’ is track that Gautam and I used to jam on in around 2010, the early days of Dormant Inferno; it was supposed to go on the ‘In Sanity’ release but we did not feel that the track was complete and so the track was buried for a few years. But we brought it back to life for this split release! I guess letting things take their natural time has worked well.

Tell us about the recording process for the songs.

Sheraz (Dionysus): It’s really weird and different from the other bands. Waleed and I do most of the song writing. Umair and I record the guitars/drums in my home studio. Then we send the files to Waleed in Karachi, he records his own parts on them and edits some parts etc then he mixes them and sends them back to us. It’s really hard to record like this but since Waleed doesn’t live in Lahore anymore, that’s the only way we can record now. It’s fun though.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Initially our plan was that we will record the instruments here in Mumbai and Gautam will send us his recorded tracks from the US. But as things unfolded, Gautam was scheduled to visit India for a few days, so he ended up recording his vocals here as well. I ended up doing guitars as well as bass, and Lenin rose up to the challenge really well as he had just joined us a few weeks before recording. All recording, mixing, mastering has been done by Ashwin Shriyan at Mindmap productions.

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The cover art for the split is done by your label owner Kunal Choksi and it looks awesome. Did you have any input in it?

Sheraz (Dionysus): It was Kunal’s idea and he captured the image of the music perfectly. We did gave him some suggestions but it was in fact totally his work and I am totally happy with it. It has that old school nocturnal feel to it that is found throughout our music.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Yes, it looks really mysterious and very different than most artworks. We pretty much gave him full freedom to try and capture the mood of the music into the art and must say he did a great job!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Sheraz (Dionysus): Looking forward to the release. No plans as of yet. Let’s see.

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Well, we are contributing a single towards another split called ‘Pentacle of Doom’ which is conspired by the Djinn & Miskatonic guys. It is scheduled to release somewhere middle of 2015. Rest is yet to be seen and we are content in promoting ‘Beyond Forgotten Shores’ for now.

Any final words?

Sheraz (Dionysus): Thanks for taking interest in our music. Cheers!

Sunny (Dormant Inferno): Thanks a lot to the Indian metalheads for the encouragement through the 4 year period of inactivity. These new tracks are for anyone and everyone who has helped us return!

Listen to “Beyond forgotten shores” below

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April 11, 2015 at 10:00 am