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(Originally interviewed for KtmROCKS Emag 08)

Kalodin is a symphonic black/death metal band based in Nepal and Singapore. Here’s an interview with the band’s guitarist and the ‘brain of Kalodin’, Davin Shakya:

Hi Davin, thanks for granting me this opportunity to interview you! For those who haven’t listened to your music yet, could you please define Kalodin briefly – the band, the sound and how it all got started?

Davin: Greetings Samyam! We appreciate your effort in this brother, and thanks for the interview. “Kalodin”, is a word play of Nepali language literally translating “Black Day”. At the time when I was trying to brainstorm on our band’s name, I thought of few other possible names until I found out that those were already taken. And I knew I had to sort of imprint our background onto the name, hence the name, “Kalodin”, which metaphorically means “Dark Age” in Nepali.

Kalodin consists of:

Davin Shakya: Guitars, keys, backup vocals and sound engineer
Rai: Bass, graphic designer
OmEO: Guitar, video editor
Gobinda: Drums

During our “torture” era, we were just starting out as a metalcore band and as we aged, we started getting heavier and heavier – from metalcore to thrash metal to melodic death metal to symphonic black/death metal. And now, we have finally found our ‘signature’ touch that we establish in all the songs that we write. Spanish/Arabic vibe is a part of our whole song writing process not forgetting war/the downside of humanity/sex/religion.

Speaking of sound, we played with different musicians during our growth towards the present – different drummers, different guitarist and bassists. But we soon realized that in mean time, we will have to part ways due to my visa issue in Singapore. So I had to decide whether to stick with the lineup or move on, and decided to move on. Thus, explaining why we used MIDI drums on our whole production in “The Bestial Ritualism of Harlotry” and the parting of our ex-vocalist, Kiew Jay Joel from Singapore who played a huge role in Kalodin.

We recently recruited an official member once from Garudh, Gobinda on drums. But Ashis and Sanjay, from Garudh are also sessioning for us for our tours in Nepal.

And we have the luxury of a home recording studio so I can’t deny that we cut cost during our production stage but trust me, my balls grow white hair upon completion.

It’s not fun anymore man. It’s our way of life. Kalodin is our legacy and our destiny we can’t afford to fuck up. And I’ll do whatever it takes to honor this name and watch it go really far with the help of our members and fans!

It’s been sometime that Kalodin released the debut studio album “The Bestial Ritualism of Harlotry”, which was produced independently by the band itself. How have been the responses till now?

Davin: The responses have been all positive so far besides the MIDI drums!

Kalodin at Putrefaction Gig in Pokhara, Nepal

Kalodin recently played in Pokhara Putrefaction Gig in Pokhara and you said it was the best thing that has happened to you. You want to share something on it?

Davin: It was in fact the best live gig we ever played in our history! Our first make-up attempt was a complete success! The stage was outdoors with just sky as the ceiling! The lighting was pretty good. We FINALLY got to tour with our good friend, Antim Grahan. And most importantly, THE FANS WERE ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!!! Those guys were fucking awesome, supporting us from the start till end, taking photos with us! We did feel like rockstars in that moment! But what makes a rockstar? The answer is simple – our family, our friends and fans who keep supporting us in every move we partake to strive for the better!

Any interesting moment in the tour you’d like to share with us?

Davin: Haha, there are many moments that we won’t be able to forget! Kalodin’s version of “Eddie”, LIGU! was kind enough to buy some spaghetti and rub it all over the hotel room’s wall and puking all over the toilet, getting fucked up with great friends! Ligu nearly threw a TV set out of the window but I guess he realized we were all there on budget, hahaha! We also got to explore the beautiful places of Pokhara! It was awesome.

And you guys are also touring a couple of other towns in Nepal with Antim Grahan?

Davin: Yes, It’s an honor!

The Singaporean metal scene, as I know, is fucking huge, with frequent visit of world famous groups. What do you say about the Singaporean metal scene yourself?

Davin: Well yes the ‘scene’ there is great. Great international bands tour Singapore all the time. Maiden’s coming on February. People do not mind paying ALOT for these bands. But I am very disappointed with the local scene there. Bands playing in front of a crowd of 10. Let me just put it this way – the local metal scene there is bad. But some bands there are amazing! They truly are.

So till now, what differences have you noticed in between playing in Singapore and playing in Nepal? The atmosphere? The bands? The fans?

Davin: Well yes, the atmosphere is entirely different. As mentioned before, Singapore’s local metal scene is pretty bad. But that didn’t really affect us because we were the headliners. As for the bands that we played with in Singapore, they are awesome! But a little more attention from the audiences’ side would be great! These bands deserve to be heard man!

In Nepal though, everything was different. The fans were crazy! The stage set-up, and the unity of metalheads in Nepal! And that is important. Unity! For in the family of metal, we are one!

Since the band members are/were dispersed in two different countries most of the time, how did you manage the making and recording of songs all those time? How did the whole process go?

Davin: It started when I was in India studying Audio Engineering. Our vocalist at that time, Joel and Rai were in Singapore. So being the main songwriter, I compose something and send the mp3 file over to them by email. Upon receiving it, they will add their own stuff on it and send it back to me. The songwriting and recording process were done through these means. Joel recorded his vocals in a professional studio in Singapore while Rai bought an audio interface and recorded using that. They then send me all the completed files and I’d mix and master them altogether. It was a long, dreary process but we still pulled it off.

Kalodin’s music has symphonic, black, death, melodic death, progressive, power as well as heavy metal elements. Was it a sort of experimentation? Who are your primary influences behind the music?

Davin: We weren’t really experimenting. Instead, we tried to evoke different emotions in different parts of every songs thus the perception of various sub-genres of metal in our music. Our main influences are Dimmu Borgir, CoF, Behemoth and artists from Roadrunner Records.

There had been a lack of stable drummer with the band since the beginning, which had also led the band employing programmed drums in the album. In the mean time, Kalodin recently added Gobind as the official drummer of the band. Anything you want to say on the drumming department?

Davin: Well, like I mentioned above. We went through a great deal of changes in the past and because of geographical difference, we had to resort to MIDI drums to fill up the void in our production. But now that Gobind has joined the band, we will be releasing an EP with live drums intact! We want to brush away any doubt that we can’t do without a drummer which is going to require a hell lot of work and experimenting on the audio production side.

And Kalodin also released “The Divulgence”, a promotional package/compilation set of the album in Nepal?

Davin: No, “The Divulgence” isn’t an official initiation. We did this so that we can market our music for much cheaper rate. It is basically a compilation of 4 tracks from the album.

So how many copies of the album/package do you think were sold in Nepal?

Davin: The music industry here for metal isn’t up to the international caliber. And our price is too expensive for the market here so we didn’t really sell much. In fact, it was below 20 copies. We hope to see the market flourish in due time! It’s about the art’s integrity and yes, we do need money to upgrade our gears, don’t we?

We’ve learned that the band is working for the next EP already, which is said to come out in few months, probably. How’s it going?

Davin: We have already started writing new materials but it’s going to be a total surprise! So I won’t spoil it now. But we are going to make it such that fans will be able to download it!

That’s great. It suggests the band is going to shift a bit of direction in the EP musically?

Davin: Yes definitely! That’s the whole point. It’s going to be more brutal and darker.

Well, we were stunned (hehe) to get you playing with corpsepaint in Putrefaction Gig. I can say that you guys were the first in Nepal that actually did the make-ups for a live show. How were the comments?

Davin: Haha! It took balls of steel for us to do that man! We were certain that “golveda” (tomato) was gonna be all over our attire at the end of our set! Amazingly enough, nothing happened! Instead, fans respected that and took lots of photos with us which was an honor! We thank our fans for their support!

So what does the corpsepaint actually try to signify when talking about Kalodin?

Davin: Right now, it’s just a new face of the band. I know that our current music and the corpsepaint don’t match. But the whole make-up situation was implemented so that we can make an appearance as KALODIN instead of 6 different individuals. When the make-up comes off, we’re simply who we are outside Kalodin. But when the make-up’s on, we rock out as ONE. For our upcoming EP, our genre is going to be well suited with our appearance.

While talking about the philosophy behind Kalodin’s music, are you guys really into all those Satan stuffs personally?

Davin: I can write about this the whole night, but I’m not going to. Every individual is subjected to their own beliefs. Before answering your question, look around what’s happening in this world. It’s good to be optimistic in life but one has to be pessimistic too, to embrace the way of life. We are NOT Satanists but we do not overlook its teachings either. Our music is mostly about Atheism which is presented in the most metaphorical way possible using religion, sex and war as the references, rebelling against the ones who put you down. Against the fucking system, the transition of the old world and the new world in which, during the process has been defiled by men and lastly the APOCALYPSE which awaits us!

Our goal is to instill our music and lyrics in different minds, interpreting our words in 100 different ways. Everyone’s got a different story after all.

Lastly, few words you’d like to share with fans, friends and foes?

Davin: We, Kalodin embrace our friends’ and fans’ undying support from the bottom of our hearts. We will keep the brutality alive and spread our music… Worldwide! We will not disappoint. As much as we’re enjoying, creating our work, we’d like you to enjoy it MORE listening to it! We’d like to thank all our supporters! And as for our foes, who gives a fuck about them?

Kalodin thanks KtmROCKS, Antim Grahan and all our fans for believing in us and aiding us in every way possible! And thank you Samyam, for the interview!

Thank you, Davin. We wish you all the best for your upcoming EP, the tour and everything that’s ahead!

– Interviewed by Samyam Shrestha

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(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

(Originally reviewed for KtmROCKS Emag 08)

Well! Thrash revival happens to be a sprouting movement lately, trying to invoke the misdirected 80s’ darling – the music that could defy any other metal genre in its content of pure aggression and antagonism. Modern thrash bands though, have a slight twisted route to pull things off – for this, either the bands are seeking to step up the extremity or experimenting to trigger newer sounds, like one of my favorites, Vektor are doing. And then are some self-proclaimed thrashers who ‘mistakenly’ have played groove metal instead. Well, lets not get to that point. But anyway…

The band in hand, Devoid, balances well to put themselves between the retro-sound of thrash metal with a strong blend of originality that offers a slight touch of death metal and hardcore/groove metal intersections. Devoid come from Mumbai, India and “A God’s Lie” is the band’s debut full length album which was released in September 2010 through Demonstealer Records. Great song patterns and a whole lot of brilliant riffing, and I was being ass-kicked already.

So…

The album commences with an acoustic intro, “A Silent Death”, which soon flourishes into the up-front thrash strike of “Battle Cry”. With sirens and gunshots to welcome a listener, the first introduction of the distorted guitars and bass had given me a sort of “Pierced from Within” feel, but soon the sound spreads off in tone that could fairly be derived from any of the traditional thrash records.

Although Devoid cite Slayer as their foremost influence, they have managed well to mark their sound away from them, and hell! I haven’t found any significant amount of Slayerism in here actually, not even any chug based riff. There is also an apparent persuasion of hardcore/grindcore. For example, pop into “Possessed” (00:38) for instance. These hummable melodic parts in amid the avalanche of forthright brutality make this album so pleasant. To speak, I adore moments as such that tempt us bang heads. And hence melody points its existence throughout. You may think of “Enemy of God” melodic thrash but forget it already; this album doesn’t worship Gothenburg sound half its way anyway. Along the play, there were also Lamb of God, Death/Atheist and NWoBHM and groove metal influences felt.

The title track grasps a bit of progressive shape as it tends to go for a few tempo changes with (somewhat) erratic flow here and there. The band members too do not hesitate to mess around a little bit at times before actually hitting off towards full-on thrash. Well, the instrumentations incline a bit towards technical concentrations too, and the complex arrangements from the multiple genre ingredients still are mixed up well, which are proficient to build an in-your-face assault.

Philosophically, the songs are tilted towards ‘new world order and the evils of a prehistoric setup of the social norms and social deities’. The ending track “Beer Song” is actually a distinct one that plays homage towards… beers! “Beer Song” caresses a bit of Megadeth spark, comprising some traditional heavy metal within it. (Why is the song called ‘bonus’ anyway? May be because of the very reason of its concept unfitting with those of others? Perhaps!)

Drumming is a creative territory in the album as well – precise and very well executed fills, rolls and few blast beats providing the rest of the music a robust backbone. And I’ve got another thing to admire – Arun Iyer’s vocals – violent and hateful. We’ve heard a lot of this type before in thrash (or any other extreme metal), but hell I’m really impressed by the aggression he has released. Think of Kelly Shaefer’s work in “Piece of Time” and you already know what I’m talking about. Anyway, the growls are a bit more accurate and deeper than Kelly’s. Sharp! is the word.

The production is near to flawless, which roughly summons the vibes of old school atmosphere. This makes the release unashamedly modern yet grasping the primitive touch. Amogh Symphony, Devoid, Hydrodjent. Man, the Indian bands are just getting better by the day in regard to handling the production facet. The bass drums could have been switched a bit louder in the mix though.

All in all, it’s an excellent display of virulent thrash (/death) attack. This is a five-year-in-making album and the motive and seriousness of the band are further clarified by the super-consistent line-up, to pursue the common aspiration to making the top-notch thrash music possible. The release has already won a great deal of attention worldwide, which suggests the band is really up for a huge run. And so let me revise myself once again – “A God’s Lie” is one of the best metal albums India has to offer lately. Yeah!

8/10

– Samyam Shrestha