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#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

Introducing Fistful of Metal

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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!

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March 7, 2019 at 12:05 am

Gigabastards interview

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It has been a while since I posted an interview here, I have got caught up with the year end list and also Horns Up.

Gigabastards are an international grind duo, Alexander (Horde of Worms, Sepulchre) and Johan (Stort, Hybrid Xenomorph Predator, Cyboresis, Digital Blastbeat Manifest, Saprophyte Sapiens).  The prolific act put out their 5th release V:EX in November last year. The album combines grindcore and power electronics, making it not an easy listen.

I spoke to Alexander about how the project was formed, their latest album and also his favourite grindcore releases of 2018.

 

Your 5th release V:EX was out last month. How does it feel now that EP has been released?

Alexander – It feels great to finally have this monster of an album out. We were quite ambitious this time around in terms of creating a much longer and more conceptual album than most of our previous releases.

With Johan based in Belgium and Alexander in Canada. How did the project come about?

Alexander – I have known about Johan since the first Bloodbucket Productions compilation “Buckets Of Blood Vol. 1” when he submitted his HXP (Hybrid Xenomorph Predator) release for inclusion on the comp and have followed his many musical projects since. The actual formation of Gigabastards, truth be told, happened one night when I was very intoxicated. I was listening to old school grind and lamenting the fact that the rawness and short song approach has changed and there are no people in my city that want to do this type of extreme music and I then drunkenly sent a message to Johan asking him if I were to send him drum tracks, would he make noise over it. He agreed. The next day I recorded three grind drum tracks and sent them to him, a little while later I received his tracks and that’s when Gigabastards was truly born.

How did you decide the sound for the band? What was the inspiration behind it?

Alexander – Gigabastards is unique in approach, as I record the drums, bass, vocals all analog to retain that underground old school sound and Johan does his thing digitally, so the sound is a blended mix of those elements. The inspiration simply was and is to create violent and extreme music.

V:EX is an intense listen with 47 tracks in just over 31 minutes. Tell us a bit more about it.

Alexander – V:EX is a gnarly concept album about the deadliest nerve agent mankind has ever created, namely VX. The title is a play on words seeing as the record is very angry and extreme from start to finish.

 

You have been quite prolific, putting out 5 releases in the past 3 years. What is the writing process you follow?

Alexander – The writing process hasn’t changed and begins with myself recording drum tracks and sending them to Johan. We work on our parts independently and then add them together over the drums. There is little or no editing musically and then once all the parts are done, I record the vocals. All of this is done via email and file sharing. When the album is finished, I then try to capture what the album sounds like visually in album art.

2018 was a good year for grindcore/powerviolence. What are your favorite releases?

Alexander – Yes, there has been a resurgance of grind based music, which to me is great because I love grindcore. I’m not sure if these releases are of this year but a couple of my favorites are: Chepang/Test split, Bleeding Out demo, Flash Out demo, Holy Cost and Massgrave,

What is currently in your playlist?

Alexander – My playlist looks like this:

Mysticum – Planet Satan
Ultrarat – 7”
Bleeding Out – Demo
Chthe’Ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
Weregoat – Pestilential Rites Of Infernal Fornication

V:EX is being released as a deluxe edition on via Bloodbucket productions. What can we expect as a part of it?

Alexander – It will be a digipak and will include our first EP “Fright Of The Isoceles” as a bonus!!

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

Alexander – Thanks for the opportunity to spread the word about Gigabastards! There will be more music released in the new year. Connect with Gigabastards and Bloodbucket Productions on social media and support the underground/your local scene!! Stay heavy \m/

 

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February 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

High Cost

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This is the time of the year that most websites/blogs are sharing their Best of the year lists, I on the other hand am catching up on the music that I have missed out so far. One such release is the self titled one from Brooklyn hardcore/grindcore act High Cost. The 7 track EP is one of the most ferocious releases I have heard this year.  

I spoke to the band about the EP, the revival of cassettes and vinyl and more.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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December 10, 2018 at 12:22 am

False Flag/Neck Deep in Filth

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False Flag and Neck Deep in Filth are two of the most politically outspoken acts from the Indian subcontinent, hence it would make sense for them to team up and put out a split. I was quite excited when the split was announced and the singles released from it so far sound great.
Find out more about the split, the inspiration behind their tracks in the interview with Shaunak Phadnis (False Flag) and Vishal Rai (Neck Deep in Filth)

Read the interview on Unite Asia

 

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September 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Axis of Despair

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As a grindcore fiend I am on the constantly on the lookout for new acts. Members of Axis of Despair are no strangers to the grindcore scene; their line up features members of bands like Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon and Livet som insats. The band have released 2 EPs, Time and Again and Mankind Crawls since forming 5 years ago. Last month, they released their first album Contempt for Manvia Southern Lord. The album is a ferocious listen and is sure to tear heads off.

I spoke to vocalist Joel Fornbrant to find out more about Contempt for Man,recording the album themselves and also their plans for the rest of the year.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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August 22, 2018 at 1:29 am