Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

KtmROCKS Nepal, after a long time, has just released its second volume of “Be Loud Be Proud” compilation.

1. STS – Bidroh (7:29)
2. Bidroha – Adhipatya Ho Danav Ko (5:47)
3. Earthling – Wilderness Throne (6:08)
4. Kalodin – Souls of the Dead (7:12)
5. Crucifixia – End of War (4:09)
6. Diwas Gurung – Haami Aayau (4:32)
7. Hadez – End of Days (8:19)
8. Symbol of Orion – Monopoly (3:36)
9. Dipes Karki – Gore (3:16)
10. Deadefy – Doom’s Day (3:28)
11. Saboteurs – Angel and Her Love (4:26)
12. Antim Grahan – Putrefaction Eternity (3:12)

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Shraap is a death metal/grindcore (home/studio) project of Pramithus Khadka (ex-Bitter Euphemism) on guitar, bass, drum programming and recording, and Prabin Shrestha (ex-Arachnids, Binaash) on vocals/lyrics. Besides the MIDI drums, the two songs might be two of the best recorded death metal tracks from Nepal yet:

“Shraap”: Download

“Dukha”: Download

Fleshgod Apocalypse. By the time I was chuckling at this name, I had already been intrigued by the talks going on the internet about the Italian band gathering together the brutality of death metal and the artistic splendor of classical symphonies (as I am also an admirer of western classical music), but little had I imagined that it would be something entirely different from sounding like another Lykathea Aflame (which I haven’t been able to dig into easily in months).

Okay here’s what happened: “Oracles” was the first album of theirs that reached me. The first 30 seconds or so had slightly treated me a wtf! – a pile of guitars had provided me the metalcore/groove metal sensation, and I was starting thinking of some Beneath the Massacre technical DM already, and the altered state gave me some grindcorish impression (fuck me for this one – I was really thinking of Misery Index when the second riff was introduced).

And suddenly, what I was offered was something totally different I could envisage from the band’s freaky name and the gay 30 seconds – the skull-crushing death metal, technical in a mean that it was straight-forward in the speed of X-43. Delectable riffing, splendid skin slamming and all sorts of bizarre yet spicy twists thrown in (the solos, the classical singings, the beat flipping and all those wild stuffs, you know), every vile ingredient to make a splendid DM album, still embracing utmost originality, and a whole lot of epic feel lurking around to mark them THE Roman Behemoth, to speak, haha.

The most interesting aspect >>> the amalgamation of keyboards. This, on the whole hadn’t made it any cheesy, but it was just there to form a separate part in itself, and I couldn’t applause less on how well these parts were fit in amid the viciousness of death metal, while the nay-sayers of keys in brutal DM could also be convinced there, as keyboards were only plaguing once in a while.

The album was on the list of my best finds of the year, and just after sometime, I learned their second album had released already – an EP this time, called “Mafia” and the album art…

…got an instant wow from my side. Upon listening, I could sense that the intensity has just increased in this record. I totally tended to focus on the strength of the drums, which have now magnified its might, the guitars that have offered being rather as a derivative of Hate Eternal style, and the overall music which is twice as headbangable as it was in “Oracles”. But alongside, the song structures employing more of the verse–chorus–verse formula and a little bit sloppy arrangements were the things to dissatisfy.

Three originals, a cover and a title-track classical piece was the album. Slightly not as up to the debut, but surely has some highs to it, so as to be liked or owned.

So…

Fleshgod Apocalypse is one of the most recommended bands by me. They are one of the recent brutal/technical death metal powerhouses to watch out for. And as for the technicality aspect, the music authentically goes in the league of Hate Eternal, Nile or company that may make you think for a while that Necrofaggot are real pussies if you’re counting a real technical extreme music with senses. Just mind the fucking velocity!!!

Here is a more detailed info of the band.

You may catch Fleshgod Apocalypse in their Myspace or Facebook as well.

– Samyam Shrestha

(Originally interviewed for KtmROCKS EMag 08)

So, with the release of their debut studio full length “Maniacal Miscreation” in 2010, Cerebal Bore have become a force to reckon with in the global brutal death metal circles. The band rises from Scotland and is currently signed with Earache Records. Here’s a short interview with the band’s guitarist Paul McGuire.

Hi, thank you for your time, Sir. To start with, could you describe Cerebral Bore’s sound for those who haven’t heard your music before, in just one sentence?

Hard one, as this person could possibly be a death metal fan who hasn’t heard us, or a strict fan of pop music who hasn’t even heard death metal let alone Cerebral bore. So my descriptions would differ depending on the person. To the Death metal fan, I would say we are a fast paced, brutal band with a modern sound and guttural vocals.

Alright freely describe your music and please tell us about your musical influences as well.

We are brutal but catchy I would say. Not too over the top but not gentle in any way either! Musically, I’m not sure who inspired us, just the genre in general I think. I always find this question hard to answer!

Could you tell us briefly about how the band got started?

We started out in 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland, and recorded a demo which became the only demo we ever recorded before signing to Earache records in December 2010. Our line-up went through a few changes before it settled on our album line-up. Som is Dutch and is the only non-Scottish member of Cerebral Bore. She joined the band in July 2010 and has already played more than 10 countries as our vocalist.

Personally I have always wanted to see the world, and just knowing that it could be possible with my own band has always given the inspiration needed to keep going and to work hard.

So how has the band’s music evolved since CB first began?

I would say that we have got a lot more brutal and a lot groovier! There was a much more old school vibe to our older stuff, I’ve tried to go for a fresh sound always but I would say that we have come closer to it in the more recent songs we have done.

CB released the full length album “Maniacal Miscreation” last year and was very much well received by the fans. Tell us a bit about the album concept and production.

The album was recorded and mixed/mastered in Wales at Foel studios by Chris Fielding.
We didn’t have an overall concept but we tried to get a lot of Scottish references throughout the artwork and lyrics as well as the samples. The album will be officially released in April 2011 by Earache records.

Several lineup changes in terms of vocalists, has that affected the band in anyway? And personally how do you manage your time with different projects?

The vocalist problems have only made us stronger to be honest, it taught us to keep working and not be held back by anyone. I don’t have any other project that take up any of my time, as being the manager of this band takes every minute of my spare time.

How did you get along with Earache Record Label at first?

I sent a link to their website and got a reply within the hour saying that they were already preparing a contract proposal for us, so it turned out to be a strange coincidence, considering it was the only label I personally approached.

How’s the songwriting process like?

I don’t have any kind of recording gear or even an actual guitar setup at home, so it mostly comes down to us having a band rehearsal the next day, so I stay up for an hour or 2 and write something and go jam it with the other guys the next day. But other times when I have access to a drum kit, I can write a lot faster by playing the drum part and then playing the guitar part over it to make sure it works then way I imagine it in my head.

Could you give us an idea about the gear you use?

I don’t have my own amp, but I have 1 guitar which is a Jackson Rhoads model, which I got for free from Jackson in 2008 when they gave me an endorsement. I also have a few boss pedals including noise suppressor, Metal core, and tuner! I am also endorsed by Spectraflex cables, In Tune guitar picks, and EMG pickups, which I also use regularly!

What are the immediate music career goals of the band?

Hoping to get to Asia and South America, also to maybe get our video on MTV!

So when’s the next album supposed to release? Any plan or update already?

The next album will be ready for early 2012 I think, but who knows. It all comes down to the music being ready and not rushed for the sake of a deadline. We have already begun writing and I just bought a new drum kit to help the process.

How much are you guys into playing (video) games? Cerebral Bore is a weapon in some Turok game right?

Yes! Our drummer is probably the biggest gamer, but none of us are actually fans of Turok!

So we’ve learned that you guys are also playing in Underground Unleashed Festival, Darjeeling this year! Are you familiar with the metal scene in India? And what are the band’s expectations out of this gig?

I am not overly familiar with the Indian scene but I know that it’s great from what my friend Shaun (Putrid Pile) told me about his recent show there. I don’t like to get my hopes up or have high expectations of shows, which usually makes them far better than they may have been if you built them up too much!

And have you guys ever thought of doing a gig in Nepal?

I can honestly say that I have always dreamed of the thought of a show in Nepal! It is a country I have always wanted to visit, with awesome stuff like the Himalayas and Mount Everest. Which I am told I can see from Darjeeling! So anyone in Nepal who wants to book us…we are available!!

Once again thanks a lot for your time and the interview, any last message to CB’s fans in Nepal?

Thank you! People of Nepal, come see us in Darjeeling or demand a CB show in Kathmandu !! We hope to come blast your faces off one day! Keep making that awesome hashish!!!

You could find out more about the band in their Myspace page.

– Interviewed by The Sickening Art

(Originally interviewed for KtmROCKS EMag 08)

Arsames is a (Persian ancient) death metal band that comes from Mashhad, Iran. The band had played in Sikkim Music Festival last year alongside X-Mantra, and they will also be touring Darjeeling for the Underground Unleashed Festival in September later this year. Here is a short interview with the band’s front-man Ali Madarshahi and manager Mohsen Faiiazi.

For those who haven’t listened to your music yet, could you please describe Arsames briefly?

Arsames is the first Persian ancient death metal band formed in 2002 in Mashhad by front-man Ali Madarshahi. Most of our songs are based on ancient Persian mythology.

What does the band name Arsames actually mean?

Arsames (520 BC) was the king of Persia during the Achaemenid dynasty, who was the grandfather of Cyrus the Great. He was the first instructor of human rights in the world.

So how do you define Persian ancient death metal?

Well, it’s not a separable genre. All death metal elements like heavily distorted guitars, deep growling vocals, blast beat drumming, etc. are used in it. The only vital distinction lies in our lyrics and the use of Persian scales in songwriting.

You guys had headlined the Sikkim Music Fest last year, sharing stage with X-Mantra from Nepal. How was the whole experience playing in this part of the continent?

Yeah, that was really a good experience. To meet new people has always been lovely for us and we met many nice people there too. Metalheads in all corners of the world have the same attitude – they always look like a strong Army full of emotion and kindness.

I really liked the behavior of Nepali bands especially X-Mantra. Their music was really awesome.

And the band is also playing in The Underground Unleashed Festival in Darjeeling later this year?

Yes, we are already excited to travel there once again!

Well, the band had released the debut album “Immortal Identity” in 2010. How have the responses been so far?

We got well regards from fans and it has helped to keep us working and working.

And I’ve learned the album was dedicated to Ronnie James Dio, R.I.P.?

Yes, Ronnie J. Dio was a great person – the voice of metal, and his career was so huge and honorable that we decided to dedicate our album to him. And also, we wanted to show our sympathy to his family and his fans.

The band has announced the start of work for the next album, “Epic of the Kings”. Has the work started already? How is it going so far and when will it probably come out?

Yes, we have started it recently and we will effort hard to release a good album for our listeners. We are satisfied with the process of our work and we hope the album will be released at the end of 2011 or early next year.

Could you explain the philosophical/lyrical content behind Arsames’ music?

As said above, we focus on cultural and ancient background of Persia for the lyrics as you know most of pop bands focus on shallow topics such as materialistic love and have ignored some deep meanings such as culture, identity, humanity, etc.

And what are the band’s primary influences, musically?

Our musical influences include Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Kreator, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Opeth, Arch Enemy and many more. I think we are also looking for something from our ancient Persia to create an epic music that no one has done before.

Could you name few of the notable concerts you have played?

In 2009, we performed in an international three-day Unirock Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, where we opened for Amon Amarth. We had shared the stage with famous acts like Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Kreator, etc. then.

We’ve learned that heavy metal music is illegal to perform in Iran. So is it that there is no live scene there? Have you played any live show there?

Yes that’s right. Metal music is illegal in Iran and there is no any metal performance here. We haven’t played any live show in our own country, and we are not going to do that till the day the government accepts to give us the permission of doing it with vocals.

So what do you say about the overall existence of heavy metal bands in Iran? How hard is it?

It is very hard to play metal music in Iran but I think it’s a good chance to practice and work harder for being great bands and make some new music in this situation.

In fact, Iran is one of the hardest places to play metal music but don’t forget, this hardest situation has made us to be stronger, heavier and louder. We love to see metalheads grow up in our country and be a main part of the metal world. When we talk about 3,000 years of culture, we have to stay and fight for it!

What about the western music in general in Iran?

Most of the Iranian people like pop music; they follow the news about their favorite superstars and their new stuff. Moreover, they try to keep themselves up-to-date. There are a lot of genres of music that they like and listen to, like heavy metal, jazz, rock, blues, hip-hop, etc.

How are the metal recording studios?

There are some underground recording studios here but they are limited in hardware and software.

And what about women into heavy metal?

We have some female metal vocalists in Iran and they are trying hard to prove that Iranian females could be good metal vocalist as well!

Well, I read somewhere that you (Ali Madarshahi) are into heavy metal music for more than twenty-five years. How did you discover the music (and the western music in general) at first?

(Ali-) I first discovered rock music. When I was a kid, one of my family members gave me some cassettes from Pink Floyd (“The Dark Side of the Moon”). I was inspired by their music, and it was an awesome moment in my life to listen to something different than what I have listened before in radio, so I decided to discover more of this kind of music. Then I slowly started to find records by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Sodom, Testament, Megadeth, Kreator, Venom, Exodus, and more and more, so the METAL side of my life began to grow. I was fourteen when I started with heavy metal.

Cool. So what do the band members do besides playing in Arsames?

We do individual works for money – teaching music, graphic designing, etc.

Finally, any last words you want to throw to the metalheads here in Nepal?

Well, I wish good days and luck for our fans and other metal bands around the world and also I hope a peaceful year for all people and all metalheads in Nepal.

Thanks for the interview! HORNS UP TILL DEATH!

You can check out more about Arsames in their official band pages:

Official Arsames page
Myspace
Facebook

You could buy their stuffs at Amazon.

– Interviewed by Samyam Shrestha

(Originally written for KtmROCKS Emag 08)

Hatebook is a death metal band that derives its sound from the mixture of old school death metal and technical death metal, influenced by bands as Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Decapitated, Nile, The Faceless, Meshuggah, Necrophagist, etc. with the prominent insertion of Opeth-styled melodic segments. Formed in 2006 as a thrash metal outfit, they had begun with performing especially Pantera covers in gigs. But just after two years, they split up and have recently reformed in 2010 under a new line-up, shifting their direction towards death metal. The band say since the new line-up consisted of members who are from death metal background and since they also wanted to increase their level of technicality, they have turned towards playing death metal. The band name was drawn from a website of the same name, where users post things they hate.

Hatebook consists of:

Navin Pokharel on vocals, who has been growling for about two years and is influenced from George Fisher, Muhammed Suicmez, Chuck Schuldiner, Prabin Shrestha, Avishekh KC, The Faceless, Sikth, etc.

Rojan Ranjit in guitar, who has been playing the instrument for about eight years, and is influenced from Fredrik Thordendal, Steve Vai, Muhammed Suicmez, etc. He had also been a guitarist for Taamishra.

Prajwal KC in guitar, who has been playing the instrument for about three years, and is influenced from Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Bikash Gurung, Anil Dhital, etc.

Bhufan Limbu in bass, who has been playing bass for about four years, and is influenced from Victor Wooten, Rizu Tuladhar, Ryan Martin, Pink Floyd, Bijay Shrestha, Flea, etc. He also plays in Psychic Tower and a blues band from Nepal Music Centre.

And Bivesh Thapa in drums, who has been playing them for about two years, and is influenced from Surendra Koirala, Thomas Lang, Derek Roddy, Virgil Donati, Abhaya Shrestha, etc. He is also in Gothica.

The band has played about half a dozen gigs since it has reformed, among which they cite “Deification of the Saboteur” and “Gig III” as their best concerts. When asked about the problems of having a band in Nepal, they share, “The main problem right now is the hectic load-shedding hours which is really hurdling us to practice properly. It’s really frustrating that we can only practice once a week these days. The other problem could be the lack of proper instruments and practice rooms. We had wandered around different locations until finalizing our final practice room in Anil Dhital’s basement in Anamnagar.”

“First of all, the guitar riffs created by Rojan are shared with the band, after which everyone gives his own input. In a sense, he’s the key songwriter for the band” says Bivesh about the songwriting process, “Every time we play the songs, they tend to keep on changing their structures, as we try to add more stuff into it. The new output always sounds better.”

Currently, the band has composed four songs entitled “Revenge”, “Saw”, “Precipitation of Human Flesh” and “Hedonist” and they have a plan to record a full length album soon but without any hurry. Vocalist Navin Pokharel is also the lyricist of the band who pens contents that embrace perversion and torture and also on true historical events on such matter. For example, “Revenge” is based on the 19th century massacre known as ‘Boyd ship massacre’ and “Saw” is based on the movie of the same title.

The band is happy that the number of people who listen to death metal is increasing by the day, and more bands are playing more extreme forms of metal with varied influences. “2010 was a massive year for the underground, considering the increase in number of gigs and also improvement in the overall ambience of the concerts. There were also many band competitions held. One good thing about participating in such musical competitions for us is that we have really learned how to efficiently manage the time onstage, because of the time limitation. Besides, we have also gained some popularity participating in those events.”

“Although the number of people in the crowd is increasing, there is still less people who actually understand the music. Nonetheless, we are happy with the amount of support we are getting from them. One of the most negative points here is that there is an increasing enmity between the local bands. Also, the older bands who have been in the scene for quite a time don’t count newer bands as capable, and there’s a lack of consideration from them as well, which is really disappointing. The thing is that we are a small scene and we must all be as a family without all those bullshit”. The band cite their favorite local bands, past and present, as Binaash, Atomic Bush, Jindabaad, 7th Gravity, E.quals, Taamishra, Ushma Weg, among others.

You can check more about the band in their Facebook page.

– Samyam Shrestha