[Album Review]: Gene Split’s “Shottagroho” (Full Length, 2009)

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Album Reviews
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It’s been quite sometime that I started to dip into the Bangladeshi underground metal scene, and I’m impressed from what I’ve been offered till now. Bands like Severe Dementia, Orator (/Barzak), Chromatic Massacre, Gene-Split, Art Cell, Jahiliyyah, Powersurge, etc. have their own spark to please my ears, and a good thing is that the majority of bands there are inclined to grasping the old school vibe of black/death/thrash metal, as opposed to the ‘modern’-metal infested Nepali scene.

Gene-Split play thrash metal, much in vein of Sepultura (Arise-era as well as Roots-era) meets Nervecell meets Testament. Melodies are often thrown in channels of acoustic passages and lead solos, and it is also evident in lots of riffs here and there.

The album starts with “36 – Urdho”, with a chugging riff, which seems to be derived through the early-death metal influences. The devastating drumming follows the instruments in full velocity, while bass is easily audible. Another neat riffing at the opener of “Ekushey Prekkhapot”, the second track, probably my favorite in the whole album. The third one, “Daridrito 6 Dofa” opens steadily and moulds to a beautiful ballad. The band tends to slow down a little from this track onward, and thus orients much into maintaining groove.

The vocals are incredible. It’s fascinating to hear the vocalist singing in Bengali. He reminds me of Max Cavalera or even later-day Barney Greenway, and is powerful on his duty, especially in portions like the acoustic melodic segment at the midway of “Ponkhaghat Ain”, which enhances the strength of the melodic guitars which could have been a little bleak and out-of-place otherwise.

The production could have been better, but I dig how it’s been presented here. The bass drums sound loud in the mix at numerous occasions. But all in all, this is some splendid thrash metal from the land of the tigers, and which is highly recommended if you’re seeking to collecting some wonderful and obscure metal records from the Southasian subcontinent. It would have been awesome if the band could continue what they were exhibiting in first couple of tracks throughout the length though, as the later songs, in my opinion couldn’t probably match up the initial intensity.


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