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Hassan Amin (Zanjeer) interview

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In 2014, I had interviewed Pakistani grindcore act Multinational Corporations and has since been in touch with vocalist Hassan Amin.

Hassan’s latest band is based in Germany and a punk act composed of musicians from  Colombia, England and Germany. A couple weeks ago they released their debut release, ‘Parcham Buland Ast’.

I caught up with him to find out more about Zanjeer, the topics on ‘Parcham Buland Ast’, his hip hop projects and much more.

Full Audio interview

Songs played on this episode 

Zanjeer – Nakhair 

Daranti Group – Represent 

Zanjeer – Taliban Murdabad

Buy Parcham Buland Ast on Vinyl here – https://symphonyofdestruction.bandcamp.com/album/parcham-buland-ast-7

Multinational Corporations interview from 2014 – https://trendcrusher.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/multinational-corporations-interview/

Article on Karachi Biryani on Fifty Two – https://fiftytwo.in/story/rice-fat-meat-streets/

A good interview about Hassan’s background and more on Unite Asia – https://youtu.be/-Sd4OGtVBuw

Hassan photo courtesy – Ramis Abbas

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September 17, 2022 at 8:50 am

Abaddon Incarnate interview

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Irish grindcore act Abaddon Incarnate released their album, The Wretched Sermon last month via Transcending Obscurity Records. Their first release in 8 years. 

I was introduced to the band many years ago by by Kunal Choksi as he know I was into grindcore.

I spoke to vocalist/guitarist Steve Maher and drummer Olan Parkinson about The Wretched Sermon, writing the album remotely and the impact it had and also about Irish metal acts.

For those who prefer the audio version

Check out The Wretched Sermon

Buy their cds and merch on

https://tometal.com/store/

https://transcendingobscurity.aisamerch.com/

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September 4, 2022 at 7:23 pm

Garry Brents (Cara Neir) interview

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Garry Brents is one half of Black metal scientists Cara Neir and part of many others. Cara Neir released their 8th LP Phantasmal via Zegema Beach Records last month. 

I first came across Cara Neir through Metal Twitter and noticed how prolific a musician Garry Brents was. In this chat I tried to tap into his mind through his recent release Phantasmal and also upcoming album from Gonemage. We also spoke about how he manages multiple projects. Tune in to find out more.


Songs played in the episode :-

Cara Neir – Damnation

Cara Neir – Unkindness

A video clip of the chat

Check out Phantasmal

Links to all of Garry’s projects – https://linktr.ee/yerbacaster

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August 10, 2022 at 1:20 pm

Bandcamp Recommendations – 4th December 2020 #BandcampFriday

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The last #BandcampFriday of the year is here! Check the previous posts I did here

New music from the solo black metal act in a couple years. From the single released so far, sounds a bit darker.

2020 has been a great year for Death metal and this album is a great addition to the list. Just over 49 minutes of prime death metal. No filler at all. AOTY material!

Comeback release from the now Mumbai based act showcases a heavier progressive sound.

The new release from genre shifting Aussie act has them take a psychedelia route. Trippy stuff!

2nd release this year from as Jesu. On Terminus, he goes back to the shoegaze sound of his earlier material.

500th release from the grindcore label is a 3 way split between the best current acts in the genre.

3rd solo release from Indian veteran metal musician. He plays all instruments on this one. Out next week.

Compilation featuring the bands that are part of Global Grindcore Alliance Festival Vol 1.0. Quite a few exclusive tracks.

Ripple Music and Vegas Rock Revolution put together this compilation. John Gist (VRR) has hand picked the bands part of this.

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

Takafumi Matsubara

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Japanese guitarist Takafumi Matsubara made his mark in the past two decades with death metal act Mortalized and later grindcore quartet Gridlink. He returned back to music with Retortion Terror last year after a 4 year break due to health complications. Less than a year later, Takafumi Matsubara will release a solo album next week titled Strange, Beautiful And Fast. Described as “A once in a generation album that will leave it’s mark for years to come”, the 17 track album features the who’s who of the grindcore scene from Richard Hoak (Total Fucking Destruction) to Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell) and many more.

I am glad that Takafumi took time out to do this interview and share more details about Strange, Beautiful And Fast.

Read my interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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September 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

Noisem – Cease to Exist review

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In 2013 Agony Defined, the debut release from American extreme act Noisem impressed me with it’s mix of thrash metal and grindcore amplified by raw production. Their follow up release Blossoming decay did not grab my attention the same way. Post that the band disappeared leaving many to wonder what their status was. This changed late last year with the release of a single Sin Rash via Adult Swim.

Noisem are now a three piece lead by the Phillips brothers with a new new vocalist/bass player Ben Anft and signed to one of my favourite labels currently (20 Buck Spin). Does this have an impact on Cease to Exist?

Read my review of Cease to Exist on VM Underground

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June 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Horns Up Podcast: Episode 9

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Grindcore is one of my favourite sub genres of metal and I was quite excited when I first about a documentary being made on the sub genre. 5 years later, Slave to the Grind has been released and it is an informative watch even for those not into grindcore.

On the latest episode of the Horns Up Podcast, Animesh and I spoke to filmmaker Doug Brown about the grindcore scene around the world, working on Slave to the Grind, the future of grindcore and more. 

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April 4, 2019 at 11:00 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