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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.

 

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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

Now Playing – August 2014

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It has been a while since I posted here thanks to my day job,  and I’m resuming with a new feature that I’d like to kick off. I first saw it on Milliblog where is it called “Top recent listens” and today, I decide to finally get it done. Since I listen to a lot of music (Indian and International bands), I thought of featuring a few bands on the blog that I really enjoying without interviewing them. This is going to be a monthly feature (if work permits) from now onwards.

Here is what I have been listening to this month.

Metal

Dying Embrace/Dusk – “Through corridors of dead centuries”

Two of the oldest extreme metal bands from South Asia have come together on this long awaited  release by Cyclopean Eye Productions. The Dying Embrace (India) side features new material from them in over a decade. Being a fan of the “Doom” avatar of Dusk (Pakistan), I really enjoyed their side of the split. This is death/doom metal recommended for those who preferred metal that sounds “raw”. Read my interview with Dusk here.

 

 

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King

Demonic Resurrection from Bombay are one of India’s most popular metal band. I did a story on them recently for the BC/MC zine. Their latest album “The Demon King” which released last month is a story about Good and Evil and how Evil triumphs. Each song on the album tells the story from a different character’s perspective. I feel this is their best album as yet, in terms of songwriting and production.  After their appearance at Wacken Open Air earlier this month and their UK tour last month, they ought to be playing gigs across India in support of the album.

 

The Down Troddence – “How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You”

The Down Troddence from Bangalore took the Rolling Stone Metal Awards by storm in June by winning 8 awards and also putting up a great performance. This album released in January and I only heard it much later in March, since then it’s been on heavy rotation. The album has a good mix of Indian melody and aggression. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for in the future.

 

Animals As Leaders – Joy of Motion

The latest album from Animals As Leaders is one of my favourite albums of the year. I have been listening to the album constantly ever since it released.  “Another Year” is a stand out song. Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes and Matt Garstka have released a masterpiece that will be very hard for anyone to top this year.

 

Non – metal

Until we last – Earthgazing

In the past couple of years, there has been a surge in the number of post-rock bands in India. One of the best bands among them are Until We Last from Bangalore . Earlier this month they put out their first release “Earthgazing” and it sounds great. A short release of just 4 songs,  I was left wanting for more; looking forward to a full length released from them soon.

 

The Supersonics – Heads up

The Supersonics from Kolkata are one of my favourite Indian rock bands. I have been waiting for the release of their new album since they got back together in mid-2012 after a short break up. After the first couple of listens, I was not disappointed at all. My favourite track is “Strawberry“, can’t help singing along to their chorus. The album is 10 tracks of straight up rock and roll. Easily one of the Top 10 releases by an Indian band this year.

 

Dying Embrace/Dusk – “Through corridors of dead centuries” is available from Cyclopean Eye Productions

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King is available in stores across India. 

The Down Troddence – “How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You” and The Supersonics – Heads Up are available from OkListen.com

Bevar Sea + Dying Embrace

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Bangalore Open Air is less than a month away. This week I interviewed Bevar Sea and Dying Embrace.

Bevar Sea are a stoner doom metal band from Bangalore. They will be releasing their self titled album in August throught Iron Fist Records.

Your self-titled debut album will be out soon through Iron Fist Records? When can we expect it to be released?

It’ll be out on Iron Fist Records in India in August, looks like. Ours will be the release number 2 after the recent Kryptos album. We’re planning to do a special show to launch the album, provided we can find a venue for the show.

A little birdie tells us that Billy Anderson, who produced Cathedral, Blood Ceremony, Orange Goblin & High Fire will also be behind the knobs for your debut album. Tell us more about it.

Damn that little birdie who plays the bass for Albatross. But yes, Billy’s mixing and mastering the whole thing. We’re hoping to fly him down to produce our next album entirely. We wanted him to produce this one, but he came on board a little late and we went ahead with arranging and recording everything ourselves. We’re happy with the results, but it’ll be great to just plug and play with someone like Billy taking charge of every other aspect of the album production.

Bangalore is fast becoming a hub for Doom metal. Why do you think it is happening and what is your take on it?

Is it a hub already? Dying Embrace made a comeback around the same time as our live debut, and our ex-bassist went on to form a band called Djinn & Miskatonic, but other than that, it’s still rather nascent. It’ll be great to have more bands coming up. We’re at a stage when there are underground show promoters have gigs to put together, but are struggling to keep the line-ups interesting because there aren’t enough good bands around.

What can we expect from Bevar Sea at Bangalore Open Air?

Our best gig yet perhaps? We’ve played a big stage once before, and that’s still our most memorable gig yet. It was last year playing before Rudra at Strawberry Fields. BOA has got to be a few notches better. Better lineup, and more metal crowd to play to.

What are you looking forward to at the gig?

The backstage is going to be a blast because the other Indian bands are all our friends, and the fact that we’re opening for a couple of bands we grew up listening to. It promises to be a fantastic weekend for everyone involved.

Dying Embrace are a death doom metal band from Bangalore. Their discography titled “Era of Tribulation” will be released soon on Legion of Death Records.

“Era of Tribulation” a 12″LP featuring your entire discography will be released Legion of Death Records. Can you tell us more about the release?

Era Of Tribulation will carry our entire discography recorded between our formation in 1991 and disbanding in 2001,The 12″ Vinyl release should be out in a couple of months from now and it will carry mindblowing artwork by Zizi “Nexro Maniax” Amri from Malaysia as well as the fantastic packaging quality Legion Of Death Records are known for.

Bangalore Open Air is your first festival performance, what can we expect from you?

This is definitely our first Festival on this large massive scale, we have played smaller Underground Fests since we reformed, Undergrind Fest [co headlining with Putrid Pile (USA) and Trendslaughter Fest in 2011(Co headlining with Orator (Bangladesh) ] and Trendslaughter Fest II[co headlining with Abigail(Japan)] in 2012. Dying Embrace will be one of the oldest Indian Underground bands playing Bangalore Open Air and we will be holding the flag high up of True Indian Underground Metal!

This will also be your first gig with Pritham “Metal Farmer” D’Souza, how did he become part of the line up?

Pritham has been a great friend over the years and Dying Embrace was always a band of consisting of friends with a common love for Metal and playing Extreme music. When we reformed we waited for almost a year to get the right personnel and we felt Pritham fitted in perfectly well for Bass duties. He is an amazingly talented and a gifted musician, we were honoured when he accepted to join the Doom Cult!

What can we expect from Dying Embrace at Bangalore Open Air?

We will be playing a selection of tracks from our Grotesque & Misanthrope EP’s, Serenades Of Depravity Mlp and a new track we have written after we reformed in 2011 which we debuted at Trendslaughter Fest in January.

What are you looking forward to at the gig?

Watching Kreator & Iced Earth in the flesh! Playing our brand of Primitive Doom laden Death Metal, meeting our friends and fans from all over and downing dozens of Beers with our friends and hanging out with the other awesome bands playing at Bangalore Open Air! See you there maniacs, together we will carry the burden of Doom\m/

Stay tuned for more interviews with the bands performing at the Bangalore Open Air.