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Horns Up Podcast: Episode 17

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Amogh Symphony are one of the Indian origin acts that are well known in the metal sphere.

Animesh and Peter have an in depth chat about the evolution of Amogh Symphony’s sound from technical metal to avant garde over the past decade, their discography and also latest release IV.

Amogh Symphony mastermind Vishal J Singh spoke to Peter about the origins of the project, 10 years of Abolishing the Obsolete System and much more. Raise those Horns Up and tune in!

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June 12, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Aempyrean

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Aempyrean are the latest Indian metal act to send ripples through the metal blogosphere. Since forming in early 2015, the band have slowly built a reputation with their live act. I managed to catch Aempyrean at the Trendslaughter IV earlier this year supporting Cult of Fire and they put on a engaging show. Fireborn, their highly anticipated debut EP releases today via Cyclopean Eye Productions. The band’s intense sound will appeal to fans of old school death metal.

I spoke to vocalist BR about Fireborn, their inspirations and also the current state of death metal.

Read the interview on VM Underground

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December 5, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Rainburn interview

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Unscene promoter Bantering Ram has good taste in music, so when he recommended Rainburn – Insignify, I knew I had to listen to it.  The first full length release by the Bangalore prog rockers is a concept album. The story line is well complemented by melodic riffs which result in multiple listens.  

I spoke to  vocalist/guitarist Vats Iyengar about Insignify, line up changes and also their upcoming tour.

You released your first album Insignify earlier this month. How does it feel now that the album has been released?

A lot of satisfaction at how well the vision and efforts of nearly two-and-a-half years have panned out. And more prominently – because I can’t sit still for too long – planning the way forward from here.

For those not familiar with the band. Do share how the present line up of the band get together?

We did a tour in late 2016 with Coshish, and less than a month before the start of the tour, thanks to the absence of any discernable work ethic in our beloved indie scene, we suddenly found ourselves without a bassist and a second guitarist. We were in a pretty tough place – if you know our music, you know it’s not something that people can just come in and nail overnight or wing their way through. Prav and I were very lucky to find Paraj and Ravi, who worked really hard over that short period of time, and the tour turned out well. They’ve been with us ever since (Paraj is part of the live line-up).

Insignify is a concept album. Do tell us more about it.

Insignify is a story about the search for significance amidst life’s inherent meaninglessness. It is centred around notions of insecurity and narcissism – two traits whose roots often lie in the need to feel special/significant. The protagonist of the story is a musician because, in my experience, performing artists are more prone to those two traits than regular people are. The choice of main character also made it easier to write from an autobiographical point of view, which makes the whole thing really honest.

What are the concept albums that have inspired you?

In no particular order, Quadrophenia by The Who, The Shaming of the True by Kevin Gilbert, Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche, and Remedy Lane by Pain of Salvation.

There were also a couple of albums that influenced me in terms of what not to do – The Wall by Pink Floyd for teaching me to not get so carried away by the concept that the music starts to feel secondary or indulgent. And Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater taught me to avoid making a concept album that’s focused more on a complicated story, and not enough on addressing or evoking what you call basic human emotions. I love both those bands but I have to say, these particular albums aren’t my favourite things by them.

What was the writing process of the album? What came first, the concept or the music?

The concept came first, although a few guitar riffs and such from different points in the past made their way into certain songs. It took a long time to fully develop the story but once the conceptual details were in place, the songwriting happened quite quickly.

The album was recorded with Thejus Nair at  Eleven Gauge Recordings. What was the recording process?

Thejus is a huge part of how this album sounds, not just in terms of his role as a mix engineer but also his input on arrangements, and even things like guitar tones during pre-production. I must say this is as much his album as any Rainburn member’s. The recording process was surprisingly simple and streamlined, considering the musical breadth of the record.

What’s currently on your playlist?

Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. In the past, I never really got into much – I guess you’d call this stoner metal, but someone recommended this album to me recently and it’s great. I’ve also been listening to a fair amount of hip-hop lately.

Do you have any shows/tours planned in support of the album?

We’re touring in February in support of the album. No dates/venues finalized yet, those will come together over the next few weeks, but a tour’s happening for sure, and I hope to see everyone who’s reading this out there at the shows!

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

Thanks for doing this interview. To your readers: please check out Insignify and drop us a message on our website or social media pages, letting us know what you think.


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November 29, 2018 at 12:53 am

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

Godless

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Indian Death/thrash metal act Godless are one of the most hardworking bands in the country. In a short period of 3 years, the band have quite a few notable achievements – released a EP Centuries of Decadence, supported heavyweights acts like Behemoth & Jeff Loomis, an Indian tour with Psycroptic and recently represented India at the Wacken Metal Battle. Later this week, Godless add one more feather to their cap, their second EP Swarm. The release is a potent mix of death and thrash metal.

I spoke to bassist Abbas Razvi about Swarm, performing at Wacken and their upcoming Indian tour.

Read my interview on  VM Underground

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October 24, 2018 at 11:34 pm

United We Groove

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The past Friday while most of the music lovers in the city we’re at the Bryan Adams, a faithful few were at United We Groove. The gig was at the new centre for independent music, Above the Habitat. BYOB makes it a good deal for the audience.

I managed to catch a couple of songs by the first couple of bands, Karwaan and Punkture and they weren’t by cup of tea. Although I did like Punkture‘s cover of Velvet RevolverSlither’.

Grunge act Hook played songs from their recently released EP Blank Spaces and they sounded good. The surprise of their set was a cover of Split Holy Ghost Machine Gun.

The band I was really looking forward to was Primitiv. The band keep getting better each time I watch them live. Their set list mainly consisted of track from their album Immortal and Vile . A addition to their set is a unreleased track Squishy and Spongy (video below)* . The band are currently in the studio recording and I can’t wait to listen to their new material.

I didn’t stick around for the last band Systemhouse33 as it was late. Congratulations to the band on completing 15 years. 

*Posting the video since I manage to get decent audio.

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October 16, 2018 at 12:09 am

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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