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Acerbus Release New Single

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by kathartic666

This blog has been lying dormant for too long. This will be my first post in more than a year, and I hope I’ll post more regularly going forward.

Acerbus is a young and promising extreme doom metal band from Delhi, India, started in January 2012. In a country plagued by generic metalcore, trendcore, applecore, manticore, haramcore, a band playing sick, twisted music is like a breath of fresh (filthy, rather?) air. Acerbus came together to unleash the desire to play doom metal. They are heavily influenced by death/doom, funeral doom and sludge bands like diSEMBOWELMENT, Worship, Stabat Mater, Incantation, Wormphlegm, Coffins, Khanate etc.

The first single, Chamber of Decrepitude(available as a free download via their bandcamp), is a very dirty, demented, dark and stark track of over 12 mins and works like an ominous herald of their consequent debut demo, which is to be released in a few months. Ankit Sinha’s (curator of the mighty impressive Infernal Dominion blog and podcast) filthy, acerbic vocals and the plodding, restrained drumming of Mohammed Kabeer is of particular interest. The production is also appropriately muddy, inducing the listener to visualize wading through a sludgy swamp.

A pretty impressive first single, in my opinion and I shall be following this band with keen interest in the future. More power to the burgeoning doom movement in India!


The Fall Metal Explosion 2010 Tour – Pune Leg: Gig Preview

Posted in Gigmarole, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by kathartic666

The annual metal juggernaut, The Fall Metal Explosion, hits Pune on 2nd November. The first decent metal gig in Pune after ages features a killer line-up – Devoid, Noiseware, Abraxas and Insanity Quotient. It will be Mumbai based death-thrash band Devoid’s first gig in Pune, after tearing up Blue Frog and B69 in Mumbai in two close gigs. You can read up about the Blue Frog gig here. If the Blue Frog gig was any clue, Devoid’s Pune set has the potential to bring down the place. This will also be Devoid’s kickass debut album, A God’s Lie’s Pune launch, the CDs of which will also be available at the venue.

The rest of the bands are my favorite Pune bands with Abraxas alone capable of brutalizing the place. With them teaming up again with Noiseware and Insanity Quotient, the Pune metalheads can expect a gig nothing short of pure madness.

I only hope there’s a huge turnout and the Pune crowd doesn’t disappoint. Every average Pune metalhead has heard the Pune bands, but they have to get a piece of Devoid. This is one band which I know will make it big. And this gig will surely be remembered as the gig where Devoid slayed the Pune metalheads.

Watch this video to understand what to expect of Devoid:

Uranium in Uranus

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , on September 3, 2010 by kathartic666

“With their diseases and orgasm drugs and their sexless parasite life forms—Heavy Metal People of Uranus wrapped in cool blue mist of vaporized bank notes—And The Insect People of Minraud with metal music.”
William S. Burroughs in Nova Express

Heavy Metal people are same in all the planets. There’s no discrimination, no segregation, no prejudice within the Heavy Metal scene, although, there is enough bloodshed over defining bands as Heavy Metal, no doubt. To call Heavy Metal as a music genre is a huge understatement – it is much more than just about the music – it’s a culture, a religion, a creed.
It’s not easy to define what Heavy Metal is. It is a pretty intangible entity, like intelligent thought or, for that matter, Life. One can only describe what Heavy Metal feels like to him/her. Some might say Heavy Metal is sex, drugs, booze, leather, bikes, tattoos and long hair, while others might say Heavy Metal is jumping off the front porch air guitaring to The Number Of The Beast, covering your bedroom wall with band posters, flocking to the gigs in huge numbers, crowd surfing, headbanging and having a garage sale of the local Metal bands’ merchs.
A Heavy Metal obsessed fan, i.e., a metalhead, is never content with just listening to the music as a pastime. As Rob Zombie once put it, “It’s lifestyle music. It’s not like some secretary who likes some pop song, but can’t name who the band is; whereas a heavy metal fan is into every aspect of it.” A metalhead can trace the history of his favorite metal band, can scream along to his favorite bands’ songs, posts cryptic song lyrics on Facebook, etc., basically, knows his Metal.
The passion for Metal among metalheads is such that fellow metalheads can easily pin-point and seeks out the “tr00” metalhead, filtering out the riff-raff (poseurs, as they are called). When two metalheads meet, there are no handshakes involved, just flashing of the Devil’s Horns. This brotherhood is unique across the musical spectrum, and no other type of music can boast of such faithful and passionate followers. This is called the Heavy Metal Scene. This Scene is so huge, and so underground, that people outside of the scene – the non-metalheads, the Muggles – are largely oblivious to it. It’s the Heavy Metal scene which hosts online forums/websites, publishes magazines, organizes and promotes gigs and truly drives the music.
Heavy Metal is anti-authority, pro-anarchy, allergic to bullshit, exclusivist, welcoming, escapist, realist, loud, fast, in-your-face, Devil-may-care, misanthropic, humanist, God-hating, God-fearing, life-affirming, life-threatening and, overall, ecstatic. Heavy Metal is to music what beer is to beverages – not everyone loves it and it is an acquired taste – but, once you dig it, it’s for life. \URANIUM IN URANUS/ (Go figure. :P)

Negură Bunget – Vîrstele Pămîntului: Album Review

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by kathartic666

Negură Bunget - Vîrstele PămîntuluiHuddle around a black metal campfire and you will come across all types of characters – gloomy lone bedroom dwellers, nun-ravaging nutjobs, funny face painted clowns and the occasional true musician. And then you come across a band which grabs you by the scruff of your neck and demands you pay attention. And, not because they are the usual in-your-face true blue black metal gimmicks, but because of their dedication to create ethereal and surrealistic music.
Negura Bunget have been amongst the forerunners in experimenting with the black metal sound while staying true to its root. That movement has lately caught on and is called post-black metal now. (Check out Alcest,Agalloch or Lantlos to find out what I’m talking about.)
The latest album, Virstele Pamintului, is the first (apart from the appetizer Maiestrit) without the founding member Hupogrammos and long standing member Sol Faur. So, with only Negru from the original lineup, and almost all new faces, it was intriguing to check out what the new Negura Bunget would dish out. This new album features a lot of folk instruments like pipes, flutes, indigenous percussion instruments that I wouldn’t hazard a guess at. The new guy, Corb’s, vocals are, in parts, soothing and, in parts, very harsh, but all the while blending with the rest of the music. And the music itself is quite haunting with a lot of tracks displaying significant progressive folk instrumentation. Take the first track Pamint, for instance. For the first five or so minutes, the flutes/pipes do a folk melody leading into some delightful percussive sounds with acoustic guitar strumming, moving onward to keyboard melodies and clean vocals and only in the last 1-2 minutes the voice turns into a howl and metal parts kick in. Umbra and Jar are the two other such tracks on the album.
Ochiul Inimii is another great track which starts with acoustic guitars and narrated vocals but moves onto rapidwork drumming and riffage associated with black metal. Being a black metal band, there are indeed a lot of heavy tracks like Arborele Lumii and Intoarcerea Amurgului. These don’t build the usual distorted “wall-of-sound” effect associated with black metal, but, instead, the rapid strumming is clear and melodic.
The great part of this band is the way black metal is melded seamlessly with folk instrumentation. Very much like what Eluveitie does with death metal, only with ambient music sensibilities. This album, clocking just under 60 mins, brings a fresh breath of air to the black metal scene. Highly recommended.

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