We would like to thank all the bands for showing their support and co-operation. A brutal shout out goes to Hong Rui of The Heavy Metal Tribune (Singapore) Hozo Gorkha Morphine (Darjeeling) and Hassan Umer (Pakistan)
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BRUTALLY FEATURED: DARK GUREE AMORT GENRE:DEATH/THRASH FROM: POKHARA
It was the year 2009 when some likeminded friends gathered together and shared the idea of creating some sonic destruction and hence ‘Dark Guree Amort’ was formed! A band that you could frequently see at any underground event causing havoc and kicking the fuck out of every sorry ARSE! When asked what Dark Guree Amort means, a firm reply was ‘Dark war to death’ from the drummer of the band Chinese Gurung, who is without doubt one of the most charismatic and insane drummer you could possibly find in the local underground scene! Drawing influences from legendary bands like Sepultura, Slayer and Metallica to the new age Metal giants like Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse and Sceptic the band’s possesses a sound that that has won them many appreciation and respect within the scene. The band has also recorded two crushing originals, ‘Tranquility Realm’ and ‘Slave
of a Broken Fate’ and is utterly excited to come with an album soon. A lot of Death Metal influence can be heard throughout their songs with strong thrash influenced riffs coming straight from the axes of Saroj Ghale and Dipesh pun which are well complimented by some great drumming by Chinese Gurung. The vocal have some Sceptic influence in the tone and carries the songs to utter ruthlessness with the power it possesses!
DARk GUREE AMORT are: B-san Jirel- Vocals/Bass, Chinese Gurung- Drums, Saroj Ghale- Guitars, Dipesh Pun- Guitars.
DARK GUREE AMORT BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
CHIHAAN POKHARA Chihaan has been in the scene for quite a while now. Started as playing melodic /old school black metal and then slowly evolving into a sludge doom metal but never going far from their root sound the band has achieved much appreciation and respect around the scene.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us how it all got started? Sandip: Sandesh and Rabin formed Chihan in 2007 with Subarna on guitars and myself on vocal. The band was then managed by Bijay Shahi. Later on we're joined by Pravin on the guitars. We played together with this line-up until Subarna had to leave for the UK. So, Srijan came over to fill his place. The name 'Chihan' was already decided before I joined the band. Sandip Gurung - Vocal/Song-writer Sandesh Gurung - Bass Rabin Gurung - Drums Prabin Nepali - Guitars Srijan Koirala - Guitars Subarna Pun â€“ Guitars(Former) BRUTAL POKHARA: Any other bands you were involved in before Chihan? Sandip: Before I joined the band, I was in ROT (black metal band) 7
alongside Zivon Gurung. We did play few gigs and had recorded our songs too. Prabin: My first band was Crisis. But after, our drummer and vocal parted ways with band I joined Chihan. I play in NilSinside too BRUTAL POKHARA: How do you define your current sound? Sandip: We first started out as a melodic black metal band. But with the arrival of new guitarist, our dimensions soon started to change. We experimented quite a bit to progress and evolve ourselves. Our aim is to tighten, hone and perfect every part of the band: not just the lyrics or the vocals or the guitars but everything. I believe our tunes give out a very old-school black metal vibe with doom and sludge metal flavouring. But, overall we like to keep ourselves within the black metal genre. BRUTAL POKHARA: Why did you choose to play that particular genre? Sandip: Everything about black metal is so fascinating and special. It's origin, history, philosophical and lyrical theme etc. something that we can relate with our everyday life. Besides that, the high pitched shrieks and growls, highly distorted guitars, blast beats and the dark atmosphere it creates seemed to attract us the most. That's why; we choose to play this genre. BRUTAL POKHARA: What makes Chihaan different from every other band in the genre? Sandip: The first and foremost thing that makes us different from every other band in Pokhara is that we only play our originals. That's something we like to boast about. Till now we've been
focusing only on originals materials. Moreover, we're one of the very few bands playing black metal in Pokhara though few other bands are playing death metal also. BRUTAL POKHARA: How does the songwriting process work with you and other band member? Sandip: Generally, I do all the songwriting process but for now Srijan (guitarist) has been helping me out. Our new composition, "The Existence" was written by him. And we work as unit to produce a song. Musically, each of us contribute and bring ideas which we later build as a song. BRUTAL POKHARA: What topics or issues do you center your song lyrics around? Sandip: Our topic revolves around subjects like hate, pride, life, death, agony, rage, betrayal etc. BRUTAL POKHARA: Are you planning on releasing any sort of EP/album, considering the fact that you already have originals? Sandip: Yeah, we're planning to hit the studio very soon. Till now we've around 8-9 compositions. We'll try to come out with our stuffs very soon. BRUTAL POKHARA: What are the bands' primary influences, musically? As individuals, what are you guys listening to? Sandip: Our influences are Burzum, Emperor, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth and other norwegian projects. But we do listen to other genres as well.in the local scene we like Antim Grahan, Cruentus, Jindabaad. For me, I'm listening to Jindabaad's 8
'Plastic Heart' EP these days. Prabin: My influences quite contradict with other band members. I prefer listening to instrumentals more. Infact, I'm not into real metal stuffs. That's why I synchronize the guitar parts into melodic intros. I listen to Frank Gambel. Paul Gilbert is my idol and Mr. Big is my all-time favourite.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Chihan recently played in Putrefaction Gig alongside Antim Grahan and Kalodin. How was the experience like? Sandip: It was one hell of an experience. Antim Grahan and Kalodin are one of the best underground bands we've in the current scene. Antim grahan is a band who've been playing for around 8 years and they certainly deserves respect. I was in class 9 when the 'Forever Winter' album was out. And sharing the stage with them was a great experience. We learned a lot of things from these two bands. Prabin: Honestly, I was not satisfied. It's not that our performance was not with par with those bands but we could have been a lot better. That's what I felt. But at the end of day, I enjoyed the gig. BRUTAL POKHARA: Let's talk about local scene. Have you witnessed any development? Sandip: Gigs are happening on regular basis so it seems metal is here to stay. Unlike in the 90's, where there were promising bands like Milestone, Vivax, Numskull, Grease etc but the scene was short-lived. The pop bands ruined everything. When we started to play, there were handful of bands but now there are many bands playing different genres. We can see more and more people
participating in the local scene and that's good. BRUTAL POKHARA: The scene in Pokhara is definitely smaller than in the capital. What do you think, needs to be done to make the scene stronger? Sandip: Yes our scene is very small as compared to Ktm. But we're not here to compete with others, are we? We just need to better ourselves. Gigs needs to be held on regular basis, posters and flyers and info about the gigs should be provided abundantly, every new bands should be given equal opportunity and bands should focus on originals also to keep the scene alive. BRUTAL POKHARA: Are there any local bands that you've found promising? Sandip: Dead humanity and Blitzkrieg - sadly both are already disbanded. In current scene, Dark Guery Amort and Narasamhaar for trying to bring more originals and new dimensions in the scene. BRUTAL POKHARA: What advice do you have for young and aspiring bands? Sandip: For young and aspiring bands, I would say practice hard before hitting the stage and only you'll be able to leave an
impression. Focus on originals, support the scene and don't do drugs. BRUTAL POKHARA: Can we hope to see Chihan continue to play in coming years? Sandip: It's very hard to keep the band going consistently but we'll continue as far as we can. For our future plans, we'll be bringing our album very soon. BRUTAL POKHARA: Lastly, any shoutouts or comments. Sandip: I just feel that metalheads in Pokhara should be more open to different other genres of metal. Explore guys. What I've witnessed is that crowds get wild only when bands play songs by bands like Lamb of God. So, Iâ€™d want to see metalheads of all genre. And lastly, attend the gigs and support the scene.
*Sajan Kon Tamu
NARSAMHAAR BRUTAL POKHARA
NARSAMHAAR POKHARA NARSAMHAAR is Death Metal band formed by the ashes of two other bands, namely, KAAL and AKEL DAMA. Though, the band was formed only in 2010but still they have already cemented their place in the local underground scene as the most prominent and heaviest band to have walked the lake city. Backed by some incredible stage performance and individual brilliance this band is surely a reckoning force that you can’t ignore for long!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell me something about the band Narmshamhar? How it started and some history of the band? Initially it was Akeldama? NARSAMHAAR: Well, Narsamhaar is a death metal band. We are Nepali so we prefer to call our music as Nepali Death Metal and in support of that we’ve started to do Nepali numbers as well. Actually it wasn’t Akeldama. We all met and formed the band. Now we are here to kick some ass in Nepali underground scenario. BRUTAL POKHARA: Bands/Musicians you draw influences from? 11
NARSAMHAAR: There’s not a particular musicians. We do like to keep it open and listen all kinds of stuffs. Brutal Death Metal bands are top priority though. BRUTAL POKHARA: Lately, you guys played at Kathmandu; the gig named Original Brutality II. How was the experience? NARSAMHAAR: That was really a great experience. All people were supportive. We played alongside Binaash. They are awesome band and treated us really good. BRUTAL POKHARA: Since you guys have already got some original songs, what are the songs about? Lyrical theme? NARSAMHAAR: It’s all about death and killings. Our lyrics also reflects the true events. One of our song called ‘feeding on her honey wrapped corpse’ is inspired by a cannibal boyfriend from Russia who ate his girlfriend with potatoes just because he was drunk and, unfortunately to his girlfriend, hungry at the same time.
BRUTAL POKHARA: What are the future plans of the band?
NARSAMHAAR: Future? we don’t know and don’t care to give a fuck…hahaha. . We are still in starting phase. Now, we just want to play live, come out with more originals and then think about recording a full length album. BRUTAL POKHARA: lastly anything you want to say? NARSAMHAAR: Keep, fucking, supporting metal. *Gopal Acharya
Subash Rana: Drums Dinesh Pun: Guitars Avinash Gurung: Guitars Krishna Saru: Bass Sagar Gurung: Vocals 12
BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
BRUTALLY FEATURED HOUSE OF LORD GENRE: HARDCORE/METAL FROM: POKHARA
When a normal 15 year old would stay at home and play their newly brought play station or probably fight with their parents to bring them a new pair of in-fashion snickers, these 15 year olds from HOUSE OF LORD would rather prefer to gather at their practice room and spread chaos to the neighborhood.
The band was formed in the year 2009. HOL is a very young band and the band members are only in their mid-teens but despite that you just cannot underestimate this rising force. They are also playing regularly at local events and are getting quite good appreciation from the crowd. Drawing a huge influence by the US metallers ‘Lamb of God’ this young heads are also into doing their own originals compare to the other so called seniors in the scene who doesn’t or are simply not good enough to come out with their own compositions. The band can be seen beating the dust in
the gigs with some Lamb of God covers and their crushing original ‘The holy Sin’. HOUSE OF LORD are: Prasant: Gurung Guitars Rabs Ranjit: Guitars Aashis Gurung: Vocals Bicky Gurung: Drums Upkar Gurung: Bass Band Manager: Sameer Gurung
Binaash is undoubtedly the most brutal band in the country right now. Formed in the year 2009 by ex-Ugrakarma and 72 hrs guitarist Prateek, Rishav and Tshewang and later joined by the charismatic growler, Prabin Shrestha, of yet another local underground band ‘Arachnids’ and then by Shashank(ex-72 hrs). Since then band has surely elapsed a fun-filled brutal journey, crushing everything and anything on its way, till now. We caught up with Prateek(Guitars) to talk about the band, the scene and lots more:
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara!How is everything going with the band? We heard about Prateek’s accident and we would like to wish him a quick recovery!
PRATEEK: Hails, Yeah I had an accident, but my hand is getting better, and we're already starting our practice. Everything is fine and ok. 16
BRUTAL POKHARA: Binaash is so brutal in terms of onstage performance and in terms of music but how fun is it to hang out together as a band? What is the atmosphere like around the practice room?
PRATEEK: It's fun to hang out together, although the other guys are pretty younger than me, we cope up well with our goal, and the desire to be better. BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the lyrical contents of the songs? What inspires Binaash to make music?
PRATEEK: Well, our lyrical content has variety. Some are about true stories of serial killers, some fantasy songs about the mass shootings, cannibalism, some hypothetical ones like Gravitational Imbalance, and some based on experiences like A Date With Ambrosia, but all of these were pre-composed, but now like we always wanted to, we're shifting towards fun. Our new song Binaashkaaris is a vote of thanks to our supporters and Binaash Momo Pasal shows our love for the local "Bhyar-Bhyare Momos" with a Death Metal twist. Our main inspiration is fun, fun and more fun.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the recently concluded ‘Na aaune haru Khera kahu’ gig. Who came out with such a crazy name?
PRATEEK: Na Aaune Haru Kera Khau was so much fun, it can't be described in words. The turnover was more than we expected,
the ambience and the overall feeling during the gig was extremely satisfying.
We met up with the guys from Jugaa few days before the gig, had some nostalgic talks over some vodka, and then we decided to have an offensive name for fun's sake. I popped up with "Na Aaune Haru Kera Khau raakhum na", and everyone agreed. BRUTAL POKHARA: You guys were in different bands previously so does it creates some sort of differences in perception regarding where your band i.e Binaash should head? PRATEEK: Nope, nothing at all.
BRUTAL POKHARA: And where do you think the Metal scene of Nepal is heading towards? This goes especially to Prateek because when you started as Ugrakarma there was literally no scene. It has surely come a long way now.
PRATEEK: Yeah the "scene" has grown a lot these days. Everything has increased in numbers - bands, audience, albums, sound system, organisers and what not. It is still in development, and the future is certainly bright if the passionate ones remain here.
BRUTAL POKHARA: The recently concluded 'Silence Festival' saw international bands perform in Nepal. How was the experience playing in that gig? What impact can fest like this imprint on the Metal scene of Nepal? 17
- PRATEEK: had stuffs like Nile, Origin, Cannibal Corpse use. I don't think a lot of people realize that. Secondly, this was the first gig where, in all these years of playing, I never had someone in my back yelling "Aba last song hai, police le rag garisakyo". There are many more reasons. True metalheads are the same everywhere, so we had fun with the Swiss bands too. They were really down to earth. This sorta festival is very big for Nepal right now, but the guys from Silence are the sort of people who can pull-off things even this big. They're amazing with the band cooperation as well. Nice people to work with. BRUTAL POKHARA: What are your takes on Drugs and Metal because I’ve personally seen many band members from the Nepali Metal scene who doesn’t even smoke left alone taking harmful substances but still the so called bloody civilized society prefer to associate Metal with Drugs. PRATEEK: People criticize what they don't understand. I'm not playing metal for people from "civilized society", so I really don't care what they think. There are some who use it, some abuse it and like you said, some even don't touch it. Whatever works for you is what I say, but don't bother others with your personal habits. BRUTAL POKHARA: On a much lighter note what is the thing about the whole Binaaskari momos? Seems like you guys can binge over the whole ‘Bhaisi’ civilization and end up writing a song about it!
PRATEEK: Hahaha, we're trying to write about things we like to do, you know, for fun. Momos as we all know out here in KTM, specially the local ones, we all grew up on it and love it very much. So, we just wanted to write about Momos, a sort of tribute to it. BRUTAL POKHARA: What would the band would not like to see: 1) Prabin track singing Binaash's song at some cultural event 2) Dhiraj rai replacing prabin on vocals. PRATEEK: Both won't happen.
BRUTAL POKHARA: what would the band endorse? Binaashkaari momo or Binaashkari Condoms? PRATEEK: Both :)
BRUTAL POKHARA: what is more irritating?: Naren Limbu's (astha) Nepenglish accent or Dhiraj rai's singing in english. PRATEEK: I don't listen to 'em.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Everybody is waiting for a Binaash album for quite sometime now. When will it come out?
PRATEEK: Sometime this year for sure, but there is no fixed date. BRUTAL POKHARA: Lastly any shout outs? Anything you would like to say to the new bands? PRATEEK: Just have fun.
BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
DEFENDERS OF METAL DARJEELING http://www.facebook.com/pages/DefendersOf-Metal/158446234210322
HOZO GORKHA MORPHINE is one of the member of ‘Defenders of Metal’ and will be responsible for the sonic holocaust ‘The Underground Unleashed 2011’, that will grab Darjeeling by its throat and will leave every motherfucking neck dead sore. This festival stand as an inspiration to all the cry babies that complains or are willing to shrink themselves within the boundaries of limitations. Coming from a much smaller city as compared to other Indian mega cities who would have imagined that something this big would hit Darjeeling? Here is a short chat with the man himself speaking his heart out regarding the ‘UU 2011’.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara! HOZO: Hails from Darjeeling Mate and thanks for the Support.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the much anticipated ‘the underground unleashed2011’? HOZO:“The Underground Unleashed 2011” is the Brainchild of Defenders’ Of Metal and it is sworn to be the biggest international Metal Fest of the Underground level in the history of India.
BRUTAL POKHARA: You’ve already accomplished Sikkim Music festival 2010, is it the success of that event that motivated you to do a festival of this big scale? HOZO: Well you could say that somewhat but not exactly. The UU 2011 is something that we’ve dreamt of even before DOM existed. It was basically a dream of having/doing a Kickass Metal fest in the Country as we have been watching Fest’s like Inferno, Neurotic death Fest, Maryland Death Fest, Obscene Extreme etc and we always dreamt of watching those shows live or perform on those kinds of extreme metal fests. This fest is you could say our own Version of those fest and we are doing this merely out of our
passion and to promote/Support or built the Metal Community in our part of the world. This is also an effort to try and hopefully connect with the rest of the Metal World that doesn’t know that Metal exists in this Part of the World.
serious at what you are doing and you do it with a clean heart people will notice them and show their support. This fest actually holds the future of better and bigger Metal fests in these Regions as we DOM do events in Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal too. Yes, we have plans for Nepal too, let’s see where it goes.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the headlining band ‘Incantation’. Wow what a band!! How did you manage to bring them to Darjeeling?
BRUTAL POKHARA: Are there any local bands that will be performing as well? What about the bands from Nepal? Are there any?
HOZO: Incantation is one of the band that really got me into Death Metal and I am excited to get them down to my country and more over to my hometown Darjeeling. This is the first time that Incantation will be playing in India and I’m sure that they are pretty excited about it too. And to Get Incantation down to Darjeeling I’ve been in touch, personally, with the mighty John McAntee, the frontman of the band for quite sometime and when I told him about the fest that I was planning to do he was very positive about the vibes that he got from me and agreed to perform in Darjeeling.
HOZO: Yes, Local metal bands will be a part of the fest and I am handpicking a few Metal Bands from Darjeeling as well as from India and we are still in conversation with a few Metal bands from Nepal too via my Partner Sushil Lama/Sabiyan Lama in Facebook. He is from Kathmandu, Nepal.
BRUTAL POKHARA: There are other international bands as well including Cerebral Bore. How hard was it to recruit all these bands from so many different countries? HOZO: Well Yes, there are Bands like Cerebral Bore, Darzamat, Arsames, Demonical, Morbid Devourment amongst others, these are the bands that I handpicked myself and I was in contact with these bands for quite some time now and yes it is always a bit difficult to convince bands to come and play in a foreign country especially then when you haven’t had as big of a fest as the UU2011 with so many bands from different countries but at the end it’s the Support and the love of metal that is so dear to all that it really doesn’t matter where you are from, if you are dead
BRUTAL POKHARA: What impact do you think that this festival will bring to the local scene there? HOZO: Well that very hard to say but hopefully it will leave a positive Impact and it should be able to open the gates for other promoters and other International Bands to organize and play Kickass fest here in Darjeeling as Darjeeling has a huge scene but it is secluded from the rest of the world or the Country so hopefully this fest will draw their attention towards Darjeeling and we might be getting greater bands and bigger shows in the future. Fingers Crossed as we are always left behind as bigger bands and bigger shows are only happening in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai etc but it’s time for some change now and we ‘Demand that Change’.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Ok now tell us about your band. What are your plans regarding the band? HOZO: Well I’m Pretty Stoked on this question. How did you come to know that I have a band..??? well yes I’m a frontman of a band called Grungy Morphins “The Gorkha Metal Warriors” and you can find our music on www.reverbnation.com/grungymorphinsthegorkhametalwarriors I would rather not discuss more about my band here as this fest is for the promotion of the whole metal scene in Darjeeling or in India itself and not about my band. So I would prefer not to talk about the plans and achievements of my band. Thanks.
BRUTAL POKHARA: We wish you all the best for your project and the band!! HOZO: Thank you so much for your time and Support and we would like to say Hails & Horns to all the Metal heads in Nepal and of course to your readers as well and if you can make to the fest then the Metal brothers from Darjeeling Welcomes you to witness the biggest 3 Days Indoor Metal fest, “The Underground Unleashed 2011” from 30th Sept. to 2nd Oct. 2011. Support the Underground Scene!!
CHIHAAN BRUTAL POKHARA’s GALLERY
DARK MURDER SCHEME DARJEELING
a bit of punk rock roots, too. Hence, the core. So, that's us. Groovecore.
BRUTAL POKHARA: DMS have been chosen to play alongside Incantation and other international acts at UU 2011, how much of a pressure does that add to the band to perform better?
Dark Murder Scheme is a groovecore band hailing from the city of Darjeeling. Young and extremely talent, the band will also be sharing the stage alongside INCANTATION, CELEBRAL BORE, DARZAMAT and other local and international bands at this year mega event â€˜The Underground Unleashed 2011â€™ in Darjeeling. We caught up with the frontman of the band, Animesh, for a short interview! BRUTAL POKHARA: Hail from Brutal Pokhara. DMS: HAILS!! BRUTAL POKHARA: DMS is such a cool name for a band, who came up with it? DMS: Thanks! Actually, we started the band as 'The Damnation', but there is a German metal band with the same name. So, we changed it to 'Dark Murder Scheme'. And, the credit goes to me. Haha.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Define your sound, why groovecore? Are there any specific source from where you draw your inspiration? DMS: Umm, no specific source as such, but yeah, we follow groove metal hence, the groove. And we come from
DMS: First of all, it's a mighty honor to be playing along with INCANTATION!! They've been running the mill for a respectably long amount of time. So, yeah, it does push us more to play louder and better. And, it's an awesome opportunity to get our music heard to a larger crowd. So, yeah, it's EPIC!!hehe. BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the Metal scene like in Darjeeling? What about the crowd? Are they supportive? DMS: It's in a growing stage right now. More and more kids are getting into metal these days. The crowd is pretty awesome, and demanding, at the same time. And, hell yeah, they are supportive! \m/
BRUTAL POKHARA: You guys are planning for an EP titled 'The Light of Darkness, what should we expect? What about the lyrical contents?
DMS: It's 'This light of darkness'! Hehe. Yep, we have completed 3 songs. It's gonna contain 5 tracks. Weâ€™ve planned to enter the studio in May, release it independently in late June. It's gonna have a better production than our demos, it's gonna have quite some heavy breakdowns, brutal music, and a lot of headbanging! HELL YEAH!! Lyrically, the EP's gonna be throwin shit on politics, personal issues and lot of stuff that listeners can relate to in the present world!
BRUTAL POKHARA: We wish you good luck for your Ep. Any shout outs? DMS: Thanks alot! And we'd like to shout out a major thank you to our families, Hozo da, my girlfriend, our fans, and BRUTAL POKHARA!! Follow us on facebook, myspace and reverbnation. Grab a copy of our EP when it gets out! Cheers!
WHITE KATHMANDU http://www.facebook.com/pages/WhiteBand/177877385593251
Drugs, Sex and Rock n Roll, well this is what White is all about. We got cozy with the guitarist Anil Dhital and Sushant Bista, the vocalist of this new sensational band in the scene right now!
so different that we haven’t figured it ourselves but we like to call it heavy progressive experimental music . BRUTAL POKHARA: How did the band come into existence? ANIL: Actually one day I met two guys jamming with drum (Sahil) and bass (Nischal). They asked me to jam with them and as I started to jam I played my original solo stuffs and they instantly liked it and started giving me company or backed me while I was doing my things with my guitar. Actually while practicing solos stuff I composed one song titled ‘SEX’. Then I called upon my brother Susant to fill up the vocals in that song after vocal were filled it sounded great then we started composing new songs like kamasutra, Happy grass, Sex in nature, Leather gun, don etc. BRUTAL POKHARA: You are also involved with Vhumi and E.quals and now with White. The diversity in the genres is quite clear. What makes you experiment with all these sounds/genres?
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara!! ANIL: You are welcome. BRUTAL POKHARA: White is creating lots of waves these days in such a short span. Congratulation for that! Just for the sake of formality since you are a new band tell the listeners and the readers about the kind of music that WHITE plays! st
ANIL: At 1 thank you guys for giving us platform and place in your e-mag. Actually white follows a different
ANIL: Actually I’m a musician and in my view being musician we should be able to play every kind of music like blues, jazz, metal , rock, punk and any other genre and actually my devotion in music make me experiment with all these sounds/genre. BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the whole DRUGS, SEX and ROCK n ROLL stuffs. The songs ‘Kamasutra’ and ‘Sex’ gives us slight evident of the lyrical content of the band. Is White a PG 13 band? :D ANIL: Hahaha I’m gonna answer you about drug sex n rock
n roll but for the 2nd question I would pass it to vocalist Susant. In my opinion every band should have one theme like ours is drug, sex and rock n roll. We just want to give messages, messages about the bad effects of drugs. Sex in our country is still a big taboo and people feel shy talking about it, so we talk about it lyrically and about rock n roll I don’t think I’ve to say anything ‘cause it’s everywhere. And what do you mean by a PG 13 band? Does it mean pornographic band? SUSHANT BISTA: No, it’s not (PG13). Our country is a free country, so every child grows up with their own freedom. Here, parents can’t investigate our stuffs to make their children aware. A child can discover our things from any sources like internet, magazines, and radios and mostly from their own school friend circles, so it’s almost impossible for parents to go through all these stuffs and avoid their children from listening to our songs. It depends upon the children as well. Some may like it and some may not and those who like it they will surely give attention in music rather than lyrics and parental guide 13(PG 13) must be in every things like school, internet and every media. BRUTAL POKHARA: What exactly inspires the White’s music? ANIL: About inspiration ahhhhhh.......... to create music inspiration is necessary but in white’s music while composing I don’t see any inspiration from other band, it’s totally different. BRUTAL POKHARA: Thanks for the interview. We hope to see White performing in front of Pokhreli crowd soon. That would be great! Any last shout outs? ANIL: Ones again thank you guys for giving us the platform and place in your e-mag. Hope you guys will do better and promote music scene not only in Pokhara but in whole Nepal and we love Pokhreli crowd and the bands there, they are too good and friendly, we are really excited to come to Pokhara as soon as possible.
Rudra's latest opus, Brahmavidya: Immortal I displayed a slight shift in the musical direction of the band, presenting to fans a more brutal face. Having kick-starting their Immortal I tour recently in Malaysia and Singapore, we catch up with the band to learn more about the thought process in the band, find out who's the strict one, and... The verdict on axeman Vinod! Hi Rudra, thank you for giving us this opportunity to talk to you again! The band recently came back from the first show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. How did the show go? Vinod: The thing that we actually 29
were looking forward to was meeting the fans. We do have a following in KL and while waiting for our slot for us to play, the fans were all so excited to see us, so I guess that was one of the main motivating factors for us to be on stage and play in front of the fans. It is also your first time playing with Rudra overseas. What was the experience like, and how is it different from playing in local shows?
Vinod: I guess it’s a bit different because I think in Singapore the community is so small and almost everyone sees each other at shows and are friends, whereas in Malaysia where they have never seen us before they are more like fans.
Kathi: And they worship him [Vinod]. [Laughs]
Topless? Kathi: Almost!
Shiva: He loves to flex his arms.
Vinod: I didn’t do that on purpose!
So he’s saying that he got big arms naturally! Vinod: No no no! [Laughs]
Kathi: But it was a good show. The last time we were in Malaysia was 6 years ago and to be back, we saw a new group of fans.
Shiva: Can we actually disclose how many CDs and merchandise we sold there? Kathi: No, no, cannot! [Laughs]
Shiva: We sold quite a fair bit of merchandise and our shirts were sold out.
Kathi: This shirt [Brahmavidya: Transcendental I shirt] is completely sold out, so it is officially out of print.
Will there be stocks later at the show? Kathi: Yeah, in fact we are officially launching the merchandise for Immortal I today.
The reception for the new album has been generally positive so far. Was this expected on the part of the band? Kathi: You mean the reception? Actually it was a shocking surprise because we thought that people may not like this album as much as the last ones, because for obvious reasons. I mean, you reviewed the album and you found that it was quite different from the last one. There were no interludes, there were no fusion songs and we were honestly a bit surprised when it was so positively received. In fact, some of the fans on their first listen asked us about what happened to us and that the album was awful! But by the time they have had a third listen, they changed their minds and told us that this is a classic. We also saw the reviews that were positive and encouraging, and that was very good 30
actually, better than the last album [Transcendental I]. So we were surprised that this actually works!
In the previous interview you stated that this album will be more straightforward death metal and it certainly shows in the music. How is the songwriting process different from this time from previous albums? Shiva: This is the first time we have Vinod who has actually contributed quite a fair bit for the songwriting. As you can see, he’s a big fan of slow death metal. But somehow or rather we forced him to play faster, and made sure that he play fast and still he is struggling to play fast. [Laughs]
Shiva: I mean, the process was more or less the same. Kathi: But it was an easier task, because the interludes were not there.
Devan: The interludes were a pain!
Kathi: Not really a pain… It was more
Devan: A labour of love!
Kathi: The interludes actually take far longer than recording a song because we work with other musicians, so in a way, writing Immortal I was a slightly easier task. Vinod: I would say that this album is solely a full band effort. Kathi: Yeah, a collective effort.
This is the first album that features Vinod and the influences he brings to the band’s music are obvious, from the lead guitars on the songs. How has his involvement changed the band dynamics, and what are your experiences like playing with Rudra so far? Vinod: Experiences… Initially I had a tough time coping because they use a lot of Indian scales in their songs, while I was more experienced with the western scales.
Kathi: Yeah, he was born in the west, you see… Western part of Singapore I
Vinod: It did take me awhile. We had regular jam sessions and I was always a fan of Rudra before I joined the band so I managed to pick up the style of playing and the scales. I mean the speed that to play at the speed that Shiva mention was initially a bit tough, but eventually I managed to cope with it. Kathi: But we must acknowledge the fact that he brought a lot of ideas to the table, so that also helped us to reinvent ourselves, as you also mentioned that you can see his influences on the album, and we found that very good! Shiva: In fact, at this point in time I don’t want to say a lot of things because we are actually expecting a lot more from him. So if we were to say that he’s good then he’ll stop improving. [Laughs]
Kathi: Because we are Asians, we can’t praise too much! 31
Shiva: But please don’t discount our man here. His solos and leads are awesome.
Let’s talk a bit about the design of the artwork. What is the thought process of the album art of Rudra releases? Kathi: Sometimes we use photo manipulation, so in that case we will pick photos that will depict what the album is all about and we choose the photo that we want to use. Do you find them, or does the artist approach you?
Kathi: Most of the time we look for the artist, and we still try very hard to find local artists.
The band recently filmed the music video for “Now, Therefore…”. What was the reason behind choosing this particular song, and what can fans expect from the new video? Kathi: The choice of song was
collective, and we thought that this song is good because it wasn’t too fast and it was mid-paced. So we thought that we should do it. Most important was the theme as well, the storyline behind it. Of course, it is not a major storyline, but it is something to make it interesting, so we could actually weave a story into the song. Therefore we chose it and spent about two days shooting it. What fans can expect is something different, because the last time [Hymns from the Blazing Chariot] there were a lot of effects, this time it is different, we recorded the song live, and apart from that there is a story behind the video. The video will be like a journey. What was the filming experience like? Devan: A lot of bats and bat shit.
Kathi: We recorded the video in a former abattoir, and when we played our instruments they started shitting and it stank. Devan: The experience is different from the previous video. Here, each of us had a certain task to do, unlike
the previous one where we just went there and everything is done, do our stuff and that’s it. Whereas for this video, right from the start we had to organise everything. Basically the credit goes to the band, plus all the volunteers who came down to help us.
Vinod: I think the way the crew worked was very professional and they did a really good job because we saw some of the stills and they looked really great. Recently the band announced a collaboration with Agni Productions for the release of the LP version of Immortal I. How did this collaboration come about?
Kathi: Actually the owner of Agni Productions is a very big fan of the band, and he has been following us for the past few years. So he felt that with the release of Immortal I it’s a good time to approach us and release something special and he planned to do a special double LP edition for this album. What was the reason behind going for an LP release, after so many 32
albums? Kathi: The thing is that we never had anyone who was interested to release our albums in LP, and finally someone came forward and we thought it was good. Another thing is that Shiva and I are big LP fans, so it’s cool and it’s nice to hold a gatefold and we can finally release a gatefold! [Laughs]
Shiva [to HMT]: Why are you laughing when Kathi said that we are big fans of LP? Is it because we are old? Have you ever seen a 12” record? That’s what I call an album.
Kathi: I mean it’s nice to see and hold a big piece of art, then you pull out a nice black vinyl. But for the Rudra LP, we don’t know the details yet, but Agni Productions are trying their best to do something very special for us.
The album was released under Sonic Blast Media, which is your [Kathi] label. What made you decide to set up a label and release the new album under it?
Kathi: I think one of the important factors was the models that we use to conduct business in the music industry. There are a lot of models that are being used all over the world, but somehow because bands in Asia are geographically disadvantaged, such models do not help in sustaining the career of musicians in Asia. So the reason we opened the record label is to look at sustainable models. We look at models in the business that can help sustain Asian musicians’ careers, especially in Singapore where we can’t make a living making music, but at the same time we want to run a business such that bands also don’t give up playing music. That’s the goal of the label, so we started with Rudra. What does it take a band to get signed onto Sonic Blast Media?
Kathi: Hard work, and bands should never give up, and you have to tour. Hard work, passion and you got to tour. But don’t you think in Singapore it’s quite hard for bands to tour a lot?
Kathi: Definitely, touring a lot is definitely not possible, but the band should at least try to tour a little. Finally, the band will be starting the Canadian tour in May, so before the tour starts are there any message that the band wants to give to fans in Canada? Shiva: This is the first time we are going to Canada. The last we experienced weather in a very cold country was in the States and we were freezing. And we are going to freeze again. I mean for the fans, we want to give a good show of course and we are looking forward to meet more fans and sell more CDs, sell more merchandise. More importantly, to spread the message of Vedic metal across. [Laughs] It’s hard to explain what Vedic metal is.
Devan: Once they see us on stage, they will understand. Haha! 33
Define Vedic metal, so it’s easier for us to explain to foreign fans in the future. Kathi: Vinod, explain.
Vinod: I think Vedic metal is best experienced on stage. [Laughs]
That’s all that we have for the band, we wish you all the best in the upcoming Canadian tour! Shiva: That’s a very short interview eh? [Laughs]
Kathi: Thanks a lot, and we’ll be back with a lot of stories from Canada!
*Heavy Metal Tribune/Hong Rui
PSYCHIC TOWER KATHMANDU http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ps ychic-Tower/152509739564
PSYCHIC TOWER adds a new dimension to the Nepali scene which is otherwise dominated by the hordes of Death/Black Metal bands. Drawing a huge inspiration from RATM, PSYCHIC TOWER’s lyrical contents are a REVOLT against the continuously degrading system which is known as ‘Nepali Politics’. BRUTAL POKHARA: What is up with PT lately? Heard an EP called “ATOMIC REVOULTION” will be released soon? Please elaborate. PSYCHIC TOWER: First of all we’d like to thanks BRUTAL POKHARA for all this and we do miss POKHARA very much. Keep up with your work guys. Talking about us we recently did DEIFICATION OF THE SABOTEUR GIG and currently we are busy writing new songs in spite of the scheduled power-cut ups and our busy personal works. Yes, we are working on ATOMIC REVOLUTION, the EP will feature six politically charged songs and let’s hope it would be out within this next few months.
BRUTAL POKHARA: PT is very politically conscious, well that’s the song resembles. What are your thoughts on political instability in Nepal?
PSYCHIC TOWER: Actually, politics is grave concern to all of us. It’s just we tend to ignore it though we are very much aware of its effect on us. Our songs are generally a hate against the government and the system as a whole. Many of it denotes to the period of war between Maoist and our former government. It’s been a live has been wasted and up to date we are still unknown to the number of the deaths it has caused. Talking about political instability its shame that we didn’t had Prime Minister for seven fucking months and when PM got elected he and his government seem to have done nothing except the increment on the price of petroleum products. There’s not a single major change between this time and that seven long months. Bottom line: with or without government it doesn’t matter. They just come and go. . BRUTAL POKHARA: Any politicians that you admire or you don’t give a fuck? PSYCHIC TOWER: We admire REVOULTIONARIES rather than politicians. Currently, we are not in the situation (as we always are) where we can give fuck because it’s always we, who are being fucked up.
and necessary activity for a band. Recording has its own ambience and playing live has its own too. Our performance on the stage has not been great. Many can easily point out but we hope we’ll improve it with time. We are not being able to express ourselves completely whereas on recording we generally try to sound good. It’s fun to play live. BRUTAL POKHARA: Any upcoming gigs?
BRUTAL POKHARA: You think the young generation should be politically conscious? Have you guys actually REVOLTed on the streets especially at times when there used to be strikes and antigovernment slogans everywhere? PSYCHIC TOWER: There’s no age barrier for being politically conscious. A country comprises of everyone but the younger ones should be more conscious as we are the one who can make real change. Now, that’s difficult, it’s shame that we were not part of any of those protests but we sure did stand for the cause shouting anti-government slogans, literally with our music.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Enough of Politics shit! How different is to play live? Compared to recording? Which one do you enjoy? PSYCHIC TOWER: Recording and playing live is both a fun
PSYCHIC TOWER: Yes, there’s one in House of Music and another in 1905, the date has not been fixed yet.
BRUTAL POKHARA: We wish you good luck with your EP? Any final shout outs? PSYCHIC TOWER: Thank you guys very very much. BRUTAL POKHARA is doing a great job by promoting the scene. There are great bands in POKHARA like Narsamhaar, Dark Guree Amort to mention few. We look forward to them and highly respect all the musicians in Pokhara and all over as well. Thanks again, keep up with your wonderful work.
BRUTALLY FEATURED: KNOTZERO GENRE: METALCORE FROM: POKHARA
Knotzero is a newly formed band and are a new addition to the Metalcore bandwagon that has been hitting Nepali scene lately. The band has been constantly playing at every gig recently and is known for their super charged on stage performance. Running all over the stage, moshing with crowd are some of the things that characterize their or more precisely the frontmanâ€™s persona. The band draws huge influences from Slipknot, Lamb of God and As I Lay Dying.
KNOTZERO are: Ashis Gurung: Vocal Avinash Gurung: Guitars Gopi Saru Magar: Guitars Sailesh Gurung: Bass Neruz Thapa: Band Manager
Hatebook is a new breed in Nepalese death metal scene and represents the sheer brutalness that can come from the ensemble of strings and skins! A violent mixture of techdeath and old school death metal and as heavy as fuck, this is the band to look forward to. BRUTAL POKHARA: Hail from Brutal Pokhara! Congrats for winning Nepfest. How confident were you guys before entering the Fest? HATEBOOK: First of all thanks. Taking about confidence, we were confident that we will give our best and make the listeners happy and it went well too, everybody appreciated us and liked our music and we were damn happy. BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about your winning song? How did it come out? HATEBOOK: Let’s say winning ‘songs’ rather than winning song. We played two of our originals that day, “REVENGE" and "PRECIPITATION OF HUMAN FLESH" both songs are winning songs for us. Our first two songs as Hatebook. We can’t select a specific one, both are our winning numbers. Talking about how it came out, the first credit goes to our guitarists, Rojan, he is the man behind the riffs. He brings all the riffs and we
all add our parts to it to give it a perfect shape, that’s how the songs come out. BRUTAL POKHARA: Your band is called Hatebook. How much hatred is there in your songs? What are the Band’s major inspirations in terms of writing songs? HATEBOOK: Ha ha.Yes there are hatred in our songs, the lyrics include the subjects such as death, pain suffering and other brutal stuffs and sometimes we write songs about some true incidents(massacre) that has happened. Overall inspirations for songs are all the stuffs that refer to death. BRUTAL POKHARA: Any definite plans of releasing an EP or an album? HATEBOOK: Yes, we are planning in doing an EP for now, we have completed four songs but we are not in hurry for recording process, first let us be a better band (more tighter than now) then we will do our album. BRUTAL POKHARA: How often do you guys jam? The ongoing load shedding must be a heck of a problem? HATEBOOK: Load shedding has been one heck of a problem for us and for other bands as well. There are times when we carry our instruments and roamed around the valley in search of jam rooms that has electricity supply. You know its hampers a lot in writing process but besides the problems we jam thrice or four times a week at our guitarist's place.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hatebook is a new breed in the Death Metal scene of Nepal. Where do you think the scene in heading towards, Death Metal Scene in general? HATEBOOK: Our scene is gradually doing well day by day, the numbers of people attending the gigs are increasing, the sounds, lights and all other stuffs are better nowadays and speaking as a whole our scene is growing bigger day by day. Well talking about death metal, itâ€™s comparatively good as compared to before but not satisfactory. The scene is kind of dominated by Metalcore these days but we hope the number of death metal crowds will also increase in near future. BRUTAL POKHARA: We would love to see Hatebook come to Pokhara and play with other local bands here. Anything that you wanna share or any shout outs in the end? HATEBOOK: We would love to come to pokhara and play there, exploring is always good haha. Just stay raw and keep death metal alive and keep supporting our scene ...JAI METAL \m/
DARK GUREE AMORT BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
What comes to your mind when you think of Dubai? Overtly rich oil field owners or may be those huge marvelous skyscrapers? But do these things really matters to us? I don’t fucking think so. What does matter is the sound. The crazy sound that will shear your goddamn soul and make takes you to the haze of sonic torment. This is what NERVECELL are producing year after year. Formed in the year 2000 the band has seen it all. Continuously sharing stages all around the world with the best in extreme music business like KREATOR, SEPULTURA, AMON AMARTH, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, OPETH and MOTORHEAD to name few the band has always stand tall and has delivered what is expected. Now with the release of the new album ‘PSYCHOGENOCIDE’ this death metal outfit is on a journey to conquer new places!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara BRUTAL POKHARA: Did you guys ever thought while recording Rami: What’s up Brutal Pokhara Emag!
your 1st demo ‘Vastland of Abomination’ that the band would
Barney: Hailz from Dubai to Nepal!
survive this long and will gather so much attention and respect especially coming out of an Arab world!
BRUTAL POKHARA: It’s already been nearly 11 years of chaos and
Rami: When we recorded “Vastlands of Abomination” EP we
brutality. How does Nerve cell feels after all these years of
wanted to have our music on a physical CD available for
recording, touring and playing live shows?
metalheads in Dubai and the UAE scene, as simple as that!
Barney: A dream come true for us, when this band was formed
Because we played lots of live shows and did not have any
back in 2000 all we ever wanted to do was get to play live all the
recordings at that time, around 2002-2003, we recorded a 2 song
time and we still have that very same drive to do that until today,
demo which was the perfect tool to market the name Nervecell
anywhere and everywhere we possibly can, where ever we are
and push ourselves further. Our goals were set to record more
welcomed to spread our music to the masses.
music and perform live more. I guess our passion, dedication and ambition pushed us to go further with our music reaching places!
were very supportive and always came out to our gigs. To our surprise we got some killer reviews not only from the Middle East st
BRUTAL POKHARA: Please care to tell us about your 1 EP Human
but everywhere else around the world after “Human Chaos” came
Chaos’ it finally brought the band the attention and the respect it
out and that only pushed us to go further and take things more
seeked or deserved.
seriously, seeing the immense reactions we were getting from metal heads the world over!
Barney: It was something we felt was necessary to put out to the public, back in 2004 we had already established a fan base in the local scene so we felt it was a natural step for us to take and release an E.P with all the songs that we used to play a lot live and were at that time known amongst our fans. It was something we did both for our career and something to give back to the fans that 43
BRUTAL POKHARA: The EP was acclaimed highly and after that the
treated the band because you know many westerners or whites
band was seen sharing stages alongside great bands like
don’t even think that something like an underground scene could
SEPULTURA, KREATOR, IMMORTAL, AMON AMARTH and many
even exist in this part of the world?
others. How was that experience? Barney: To be honest we were treated very well, a lot of the Rami: It’s a great feeling to come and think of it that our first EP
general reactions were like “wow you guys are from Dubai? I’ve
led us to open for such great bands. Back in the EP days we were
heard so much about you and how come you choose Metal? “ But
pretty young and at that age being able step up and the first one
when we step on stage it’s the same as any metal band getting
being at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival in Dubai with Sepultura,
together and tearing shit down. I think many westerners are used
Machine Head and more in our home town was overwhelming! I
to metal bands touring their towns all the time but it isn’t
remember how excited we were partying pre and post the festival
everyday that a band based out of the Middle East comes to their
haha! Sharing the stage with other big metal names in
town so yes I would say they felt very honored to have us and
international festivals and tours is a great feeling too and not just
welcomed us. We felt the same way getting the opportunity to
that but also traveling and performing for other audiences!
even play such beautiful countries when all we had was an E.P under our sleeves at that time only played a few couple of international shows, I think it was great learning experience for us
BRUTAL POKHARA: The band also toured many different countries
because we got a real taste of what its like to tour and made us
(including Australia, Egypt, and Slovenia). How did the crowd
realize we are in it to go all the way!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Preaching Venom’ was released in 2007 and all
BRUTAL POKHARA: Were you guys confident that ‘Preaching
the good things started happening for the album. It was mixed by
Venom’ would be such a success? Great reviews by everyone.
Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy who had already worked with
Metal Hammer even went to the extent of rating it 8 out of 10.
mighty VADER and DECAPITATED and then was mastered in New
Barney: Well we’ve been listening to metal for about 15 years and
York by Alan Douches who had
being based in the Middle East
worked with the likes of
(where metal music is rare)
SEPULTURA and SUFFOCATION.
most of our lives we knew we
Tell us the experience.
had to do something extra ordinary and not settle for just
Rami: When we first started
any attempt of rushing and
writing “Preaching Venom” we
putting out an album. It was our
decided that we wanna mix and
first full length and we knew
master the album with well
that we would have to deal with
respected producers in the
it for the rest of our lives if we
industry simply because we
messed this up, as there was no
knew that we can get the sound
going back after we’re done
we wanted with their final
with it. So yes, we did take our
touches in the production
time and worked really hard on
phase. We liked the Wieslawscy
“Preaching Venom”. It took us 4
bros previous works, same goes
years to write that record,
with Alan Douches who is a
bearing the fact that there
great mastering engineer, so we
aren’t many experienced metal
just spoke to them and sent
studio engineers in Dubai and
them the tracks, first to Poland
the fact that Rami, James and I
where the Wieslawscy mixed the full album and then we
were all finishing up our degrees in university. So studying and
forwarded the tracks to the US so Alan can finalize the mastering.
trying to write our first full length album at the same time
The outcome was great and we are very happy with it!
representing not only Dubai but the entire the Middle East metal
scene was indeed a lot of pressure. We took great pride in writing
You can’t expect every fan in the audience to like you but your
that album and it’s a very humbling experience to see it be so well
going to perform your ass off because that’s what your there to
received by such credential metal websites, magazines and critics
do. We go out on stage like we’re performing to a NERVECELL
saying such positive stuff about us. We were confident only to the
audience regardless of who’s out there with us, we have to prove
extent that we felt just being able to put that album out was an
ourselves and we’re up there doing exactly that when we’re up
achievement for us considering all the sacrifice and hard work that
there playing our music live to the fans!
went into making that record. Its great to see it all pay off now! BRUTAL POKHARA: Alright now let’s talk about the lyrical BRUTAL POKHARA: The band was also signed by some western
contents. What are the bands philosophy while writing songs and
labels including Lifeforce Records from Germany. How did they
composing them? Has they changed since your 1st release?
treated you in terms of promotion and album sales?
Rami: We speak about humanity as a whole. We bring in topics
Rami: Getting signed helped us a lot in spreading our music. We
that involve various topics as miseries, hate, humanitarian issues,
are happy working together with Lifeforce for Europe and
wars and so on. It’s not pointed at any certain group or race, but
Spellbind Records for the Middle East so far.
to humanity as a whole. The new album “Psychogenocide” direction is towards brainwashing, mind control and other issues
BRUTAL POKHARA: The band also supported Metal icons like
that humanity still face today.
DEICIDE, SUFFOCATION and AS I LAY DYING on numerous occasion. Were you guys in some kind of mental pressure
BRUTAL POKHARA: The band recently released the new album
performing alongside them ‘cause you know these bands could
‘PSYCHOGENOCIDE’. How are the reviews and the responses so
have easily swallowed NERVECELL without any mercy! Barney: I think it’s always awesome to share the stage with bands who got you into playing music in the first place, its an experience I wish all musicians go through at some point. That’s when you
far? Rami: The reviews have been real cool so far especially from new
realize there’s a reason you are where you are in your career this
publications that have not reviewed our music yet. Previous ones
far and now it’s all up to you to push it all the more…there is a
that knew our music are also pretty happy with what they heard
little bit of pressure but its good pressure, in the sense it makes
so far so we’re happy. The fans have given us also lots of cool
you want to go there and show what you can bring to the stage.
feedback so far. We released the album no so far ago (March 31st)
in the Middle East and so far the feedback has been awesome!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Well thank you for the interview and best
“Psychogenocide” will be out in Europe May 2nd.
wishes for ‘PSYCHOGENOCIDE’. I hope the album will further cement the band’s reputation as the best band to come out of Middle East. Any last shout outs?
BRUTAL POKHARA: There is this unconfirmed news that the band will be touring India for Deccan Rock fest and will share the stage
Barney: Cheers to Brutal Pokhara Emag, check out our new album
alongside DECAPITATED. Any conformation?
“Psychogenocide” and we hope to catch you all on our Asian Tour dates kicking off this April / May 2011.
Barney: Yes that’s true, we co-headline the Deccan Rock Festival on May 7th along with Decapitated. It will be our second time in India as we completed a headlining tour there last year, which was completely insane. Totally looking forward to returning back to India and playing to all the NERVECELL fans out there.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Are you guys aware of Nepali underground scene? Rami: I know there’s a metal scene in Nepal, and it would be awesome to visit one day and perform there! Metalheads are everywhere in the world Nepal would be definitely a new country for us to check out!
* Zivon Gurung
CRANIAL INCISORED Indonesia http://www.facebook.com/cranialincisored http://www.myspace.com/cranialincisored http://www.reverbnation.com/cranialincisored http://www.twitter.com/incisored
Cranial Incisored has a unique sound that is produced when chaotic math meet free jazz, well, that’s, exactly, how the band would like to define their sound! If you follow the Asian underground scene then CI should not be a new name. They have been continuously breaking every rule that are used to make a normal song with their crazy and off track time signatures and what nots , and could you imagine what the best part about this is? They don’t seem to fucking care. BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara!! HALIM: Hello brother ;) BRUTAL POKHARA: First of all thank you guys for the interview! What’s up with the
band lately? HALIM: You're welcome; it's really nice to know someone out there are interest in us. We're sort of little bit busy with some live/gigs and doing new materials. BRUTAL POKHARA: HALIM, you were pretty surprised when I first approached you for the interview, clearly you had no idea about the Nepalese underground scene! HALIM: Yes, I never heard before about any Nepalese scene ;) but hopefully, someday, we can visit Nepal!!
BRUTAL POKHARA: CI was born from the merged womb of two bands UNSCARED and VOICE of INCORRUPTIBILLIS. What were the reasons behind the splits of those two bands? HALIM: It’s been a really really looonggg timeeee hahaha... nothing specific. It was just about growing up and meet new guys from other bands. We met and got interest in each other musically and decided to form a new band. Hell yeah! We’re here now. ;)
BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about your earlier promo tape ‘my sperm in vain’. That’s some way (title) to get noticed.
inside our music; we tend to get kind of bore with similar things and everyday extreme music.
HALIM: That was our 1st demo (1998), and our 1st step to write our history. Big thanks to Pierre from France (gore/grind zine). He was the first guy from outside Indonesia that gave us respect and reviewed the band as a result of which many people contacted us through his webzine. We were surprised that that many people out there showed their gratitude and supported us. Those honest supports were really meaningful to us because it’s always good and encouraging to know that there are people from other side of the world that actually enjoy our music and support us.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Your song structures and arrangements (particularly after I listened to: The Unfinished Interpretation of Irrational Behavior) are very unorthodox and can even surprise a normal Death Metal fan but you don’t seem to fucking care and that’s exactly what we should expect from CI, shouldn’t we? HALIM: Yes, we just play anything we want. Push the limit, but the important thing is to be honest. What you should expect? Just..nothing. ;))
BRUTAL POKHARA: We hear jazz influences in your songs. How did this came in? Do you guys have jazz background or it was just made to sound different? HALIM: Yeah, maybe something like that! :P but none of us have any special background in jazz. We just love to incorporate jazz stuffs in our songs and try to give something different to our fans! We have tried to blend many things
BRUTAL POKHARA: You guys also did a split album with Bleeding Display(Portugal), Diabolical messiah (Chile) and Unfleshed( Portugal) called WAR & DEATH. How was that experience? HALIM: It's really helped us to spread our music globally. That was an early release and the materials were very different if you compare it with our 1st album. We used our materials in that split from our
2nd demo;) After Piere, Rui Lucas (Portugal) also helped us to spread our music, he contact us and did the split release. BRUTAL POKHARA: CI has continuously been shredding brutality since 1998. How has the music changed since you first release ‘my sperm in vain’ till your latest offering Lipan’s Kinetic? HALIM: "My Sperm In Vain" was our 1st release and we were just starting the band then. We were confused about what we really wanted to do and where we were heading towards. The 2nd demo "The experimental minds..." (2000) give a little sign about our concept and process but when we did our 1st album "Rebuild: The Unfinished ..." (2003), we knew what we must play, what we must give out, play as crazy as we can and don’t care about opinions or trends. The important thing is, always, to be honest. Maybe some people will hate us, but it's ok or maybe some will like us, and in that case it's like a bonus for us ;) BRUTAL POKHARA: You guys have toured and played in so many different places and have seen the Asian Underground
scene evolved. How do you analyze this evolution? Do you think it has gained respect compared to the scenes of western countries? HALIM: Asian scene is growing fast and bigger and have many good bands. It's still like a treasure to be found out and known all over the world. But the fact is, it is still hard to get signed with foreign labels and tour western countries. A few Asian bands have done that but there are still many good bands the westerners donâ€™t know about or have never heard before. BRUTAL POKHARA: Which are your favorite Asian bands? HALIM: I love many Japanese band/musician like: Melt Banana, Koenjihyakkei, Kamomekamome, Kashiwa Daisuke and lots more, they have many many crazy talented people. #Prayforjapan! BRUTAL POKHARA: Thanks again for the interview, best wishes for your upcoming gig (KICK FEST 1st April) and we hope to see a new CI album soon!! HALIM: Thanks a lot, yeah hope we will release our new album next year!
NARSAMHAAR BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
NILOC & XEPER ( Draconis Infernum ) SINGAPORE
Draconis Infernum is a black metal band from Singapore. Formed in 2005 by Xeper. The band has released an album called ‘Death in my Veins’ which was also available through Nuclear Blast label.In 2009 the band played at Barther Metal Open Air Festival 2009 in Germany, emerging as only the third Black Metal band from Southeast Asia, ever, to set foot on the European shores. The Band has also shared the stages with black metal legends MARDUK and Impiety on numerous occasions.
Our brother from Heavy Metal Tribune, Hong Rui, caught up with the axe duo of the band for a short interview:
Greetings Niloc and Xepher! Before we start the interview, would it be possible to tell us a bit about your personal musical journey? How did the venture into black metal begin? XEPER: Greetings. I’m Xepher, founder and guitarist of Draconis Infernum.
NILOC: Hello, I’m Niloc, co founder and lead guitarist of Draconis Infernum. My musical roots are from The Blues. I started listing to bands like Black Sabbath and Slayer when I was about 12 or 13 and then I felt the need something different and that’s where I discovered bands like Mayhem and Marduk
etc and that’s how it all started.
What was it that inspired you to pick up the guitar instead of other instruments?
XEPER: My dad being a guitarist had a couple of guitars around, so I guess it was only natural for me to pick the guitar up rather than the bass or drums. NILOC: My dad’s a guitar player himself and naturally guitarists have guitars lying around most of the time, and it was the only thing that would keep me busy. Have you had prior formal training on guitar and music theory?
XEPER: I had a couple of lessons when I first started playing, after which I progressed by myself.
NILOC: I’m pretty much self-taught. I picked up the guitar and well, got to know some chords and it never stopped there.
Who are some of your personal influences when playing the guitar and writing the guitar riffs for Draconis Infernum songs? XEPER: There are many things that inspire and are of an influence to me, some of it comes from my personal thoughts and some are just a reflection of the bands that I admire. NILOC: I’ve got quite a few on my list.
How do you go about writing the solos for the songs? What is your favourite setup both when performing live and recording in studio? XEPER: It’s always plugged straight from the amp.
NILOC: My setup’s pretty simple. I believe that simplicity is the key to nothing screwing up.
My setup is as follows: In the studio, I use a Flying V, plugged straight from the amp. My setup live is either a Strat or a Flying V plugged straight from the amp. Do you have any dream setup or guitar? XEPER: No.
NILOC: My dream guitars are actually what I’m using now, couldn’t have gotten anything better. Niloc, The solos that you play in Draconis Infernum songs, such as on Cursed are the Vanquished and the new song, Proclamation of Encroachment, reek of blues influence – something that is pretty uncommon in extreme metal. What made you decide to include these influences into the music? NILOC: Well, like I’ve mentioned earlier, my musical roots are from The Blues and naturally it would show in my playing.
NILOC: I It’s pretty experimental. I don’t have it fixed till we enter the studio What about the riffs? How are they come up with? XEPER:: My writing process has always been pretty experimental, I don’t really have a fixed way, but usually if I come up with a riff I like, I would remember it and then join it together with a couple of other riffs that I have came up with previously in the best arrangement or one that I like or think it suits best. How important is guitar tone in the music of Draconis Infernum? Do you have a particular guitar tone that you favour when recording? XEPER: It’s essential when I write songs and I like my tone as it is. What are some of the worst experiences that you have encountered when performing live? XEPER: Shitty sound. Not being able to hear my own guitar sound or the overall sound of everything, I get by and I’m pretty used to it. That’s all by far, yet.
NILOC: Nothing uncommon, the usual shitty sound which results in not being able to hear myself and the band. Besides that, bad
planning, and have I mentioned shitty sound already? But other than all that, that’s pretty much all from me, for now.
Playing in a black metal band, what are some of the common misconceptions that people have? Many people have said that being in a black metal band is easy since there is nothing technically complex about the riffs and such. XEPER: Fuck other people, I don’t care, I like what I like and nothings going to change. I’m not here to educate people.
NILOC: That’s pretty common, and I’m sure it’s not just about Black Metal, if you ask me, that’s how people would usually stereotype metal in general.
First hand, I’ve met people who have told me that Black Metal’s boring, monotonous, simple, don’t know what the fuck the guy’s singing about, and it goes on and on. Well, people have their takes everything, I’m not really too bothered.
Finally, what are some of the advices that you can give to aspiring guitarists and musicians out there? NILOC: Keep practicing. XEPER: Stare at the Sun
*Heavy Metal Tribune/Hong Rui
FASTKILL Japan Fastkill hails from Japan, playing an aggressive style of thrash metal with a dose of punk, often toying with a nuclear theme. We talk to Kaz, drummer of the band to learn more about the band.
bar which were really fun. We're considering releasing that we recorded on the night. The band was started in 1996 and has released 2 full length albums. People have mentioned that the band sounds like a sped-up version of bands such as Kreator. How does the band feel about such comparisons? That comment got the point since we're totally into Kreator, especially early era (1st - 3rd) and have been sticking for speed so it's kind of great and kind words describing our sound, I think.
Greetings Kaz! Thank you for giving us this opportunity to talk to you! Last year the band supported Hirax on their Japan tour. What was it like, sharing the stage with Hirax?
Fastkill’s music is a mixture of thrash metal with a large dose of punk speed. Who are some of the band’s influences when writing the music for the album?
Hi there how's going. Thank you too for giving us this opportunity to let readers know more about FASTKILL. I appreciate your support.
These days we often share stages with punk/hardcore band and got tons of influence from them. As I mentioned above that speed is top priority for us and what we expect most for Thrash metal. Our main songwriter, Jiro(G) and Aki(G) have mainly been influenced by those bands like Aggression, Blood Feast, Dark Angel, Demolition Hammer, Devastation, Exhorder, Hypnosia, Powermad, Razor, Sacred Reich, Sanctuary, Savage Steel, Tankard, Acid Reign.
It was our second time to share the stage with Hirax and they were so professional and super both on and off stages so totally great experience for us. You can imagine how great to share the stage with the band that you grew up with listening to. Last month the band also shared the stage with Singapore’s Xanadoo. What was the experience like? That was totally awesome time sharing stage and hanging out with those crazy maniacs here in Tokyo. Their stages were great and received good reactions from audiences. We drank every night at my place or outside
The lyrics on the band’s albums also often feature a lot of destruction and death. Who is the band’s principal songwriter and where are lyrical influences drawn from? All lyrics are written by Toshi(G). From our point of
view the contents of our lyrics should be hate, war, death and something like related to evil stuffs. I know it's ridiculous but this completely matches to our sound, fast, aggressive and violent. we don't take lyrics as message spreading to people but as one of factors that builds up atmospheres. It also seems that nuclear has been a recurring theme in the bandâ€™s lyrics, especially on Nuclear Thrashing Attack. Why the interest in nuclear in particular? There're no special meaning and intention in it but just pick up words that matches to those songs. Maybe at that time we listened Nuclear Assault so heavily haha.
The opening track of the album Infernal Thrashing Holocaust is a spoken track. Would it be possible to enlighten fans of the band and readers about the significance behind the spoken track? That was taken from the movie called "Seventh Gate", and in the scene they are trying to resurrect evil. we thought this cool and this exactly matched as the album's opening, something horrible just begins.
In the Far East Necromancers split with Abigail, the band contributed a cover of Agent Steelâ€™s Agents of Steel. Why the decision to cover Agent Steel, and why that particular song? We're just one of huge fans of them and there was no other choices but this song. Kaz, I happened to chance upon a video of you playing Drum Mania, proving that drumming in real life is a totally different experience from playing drumming arcade games. However, nowadays it is through these games that more people start getting interested in playing real instruments. What are your views on this? haha. You mean that terrible one. That game must be more fun if I learn structure of songs in game otherwise you just feel like crap. It's a great situation to get first opportunity to play instruments by any means. In my youth I lived in the country side so there was no chance to try drumming. I practised by hitting books and magazines just imagining
myself to be Lars and Lombardo. Playing music as fast as such, what are the secrets behind being able to keep up with the speed and precision that is needed on Fastkill? What playing Fastkill stuffs requires to me is that regular aerobics to keep up speed and muscles to stay in as loud as possible during the show. So regular workout is totally indispensable for me. This sounds so healthy for the guy playing music like evil, hell and Satan and so on haha. The band mentioned in August that materials for the new album are 70% done at that time. What is the status of the new materials now? Can fans expect to see it released anytime soon? Sorry about this but we're just bunch of lazy bastards and don't prefer in studio for long hours that's why it has been taking such a long time. Current status is that we finished making all tracks and will be in studio in end of March (I already booked so it's for sure). After mixing and pressing it will come out in June, at latest I guess. Will the music on the new album follow the same style as the previous two albums, or can fans look forward to any surprises from the band? They are nothing but FASTKILL's stuffs same as so far, speed, aggression and no blast beat and no ballad here. just pure thrashing devastation with total speed. this one also won't betray our fan coz we know what they expect for us. Fastkill will be heading towards Bangkok and KL for your first Southeast Asia shows soon. What can fans expect from the shows in SEA?
We're sooo looking forward to playing there since this will be our first show in abroad. Just worrying about heat for drummer, but we play just frenzy thrash metal as usual. We have come to the end of the interview. Thank you for taking the time off to answer our questions. We wish you and Fastkill all the best in the upcoming SEA tour and album! Thank you for your support and patience. We're totally looking forward to seeing you on our tour. Hopefully next time should be in Singapore with Xanadoo guys. Next album will be ready soon so please check this too. Stay metal and thrash on!! * Heavy Metal Tribune / Hong Rui.
BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
BIDROHA KATHMANDU http://www.facebook.com/BIDROHA KATHMANDU Bidroha is a thrash/heavy metal band formed in 2010 in Kathmandu by Saurab(ex-Arachnids/Kafan), Zantu(ex-Kafan), Saugat(ex-Kafan) and Amar. Previously the band was called KAYAKAIRAN but later, for the convenience, the name was changed to BIDROHA. Right after the formation of the band Saugat changed his role and started managing the band and in substitute of him Bishal came in. Here is a short chat with this new rising band!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Why the name BIDROHA? BIDROHA: We are a thrash/heavy metal band so we ought to have a band name strong enough to suit the band’s music. We searched for many names and once even named us KAYAKAIRAN which meant revolution in Nepali and thought that it was quite a unique name for a Metal band. But most of our friends could not memorize the name of the band as it was difficult to remember and pronounce the word KAYAKAIRAN. Even we encountered the same problem at times. So we decided to replace the name with a must simpler one and that’s how we came up with BIDROHA. BRUTAL POKHARA: How did you guys made it together? What is the Band’s history? BIDROHA: Saurav and Jantu were in search of drummer and found Amar through FACEBOOK. We shared the same opinion about the band so it didn’t take us much time to form the band. Previously, Saugat was on bass but due to his time constraint, as he was busy with college and office works, we replaced him with Bishal on bass. Saugat was made band manager. Now we were even.
BRUTAL POKHARA: What kind of music/bands do you guys often listen to? BIDROHA: We listen to every kind of rock/ metal. Individually it goes like thisSaurab: Megadeth, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Death. Jantu: Lamb Of God, Ebony Tears, Agonist, Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, etc. Amar: Children of Bodom, Dream Theater, Slipknot, Jimi Hendrix, Napalm Death. Bishal: UFO, Megadeth, Slayer, Nightwish, Lamb of God. BRUTAL POKHARA: Have you guys played any gigs in the valley? Tell us some unforgettable experience? BIDROHA: We came from different bands and we do have experiences of performing on stage. But as BIDROHA, we are planning to do our best and do lots of gig. (This interview was taken quite a while ago. The band recently performed on Original Brutality II and other gigs). *Gopal Acharya
CHIHAAN BRUTAL POKHARA’S GALLERY
PAKISTAN: UNDERGROUND It’s always good to know that people around you are into the same cult as you are with no nervousness of being judged or evaluation, no fear no nothing, just pure exultation of the thing that you believe in regardless of the boundaries, languages or religions. Here is a short collage of such exultation explaining the underground scene in Pakistan as defined by Usman Zahid.
Heavily distorted guitars, high speed blast beats, a boiling bass line and demonic vocals are just some of the things you hear as you step into an underground gig in Lahore. An extremely energetic bunch of teenagers with long hair, bold black T-shirts, professionally can be seen handling their instruments with another equally rabid group near the stage head banging and throwing the conventional “horn” slogan to the sound of heavy metal music. But heavy metal in Pakistan is not just played by angst teens with a chip on their shoulders, a lot of metal here is actually made by people in their mid-to-late 20's as well – working people climbing the corporate ladder and seeing older 'veteran' head bangers is not too uncommon either. Heavy Metal is a genre wider than many realize, has a staggering number of sub-genres and ways of thinking that go along with it. It is not one entity – rather, it is one massive super-entity. And yes, heavy metal exists here in Pakistan too. Heavy Metal has been around in Pakistan since the early 90s with bands such as Dusk, Black Warrant, and others who never managed to garner much critical acclaim due to the type of music they play. Essentially, people were afraid of heavy metal back then and branded it to be 'lifeless noise' and whatnot. Despite that, there was always a strong following of heavy metal music based
around like-minded people with something to say and a chip on their shoulder. Black Warrant guitarist Ali Raza Farooqi said in an interview with The Iron Markhor, a Pakistani metal blog written by Hassan Umer, last year that “It was really nice. Bands actually played HEAVY METAL and the term METAL was not misused at all. They knew how to play and they were supportive and energetic.” The metal scene continues to persist to this day, and has gone through several different 'waves' and is generally divided into the 3 main cities – Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. Each city has its own legends, its own standards as well as their own distinct musical preferences. For example, people in Karachi are as diverse as it comes, Lahoris on the other hand prefer straight up heavy metal – mostly famous artists – and in between, the Islamabadians tend to be extreme death metal fans.
But despite the differences in taste in all the 3 major scenes, the situation remains the same. Heavy metal concerts are still mostly non-existent, with just a handful of metal bands getting to play at the occasional concert usually headlined by a famous pop artist with a group of openers – mostly playing alternative rock. You practically see the same metalheads at every show, a motley group of mostly young kids who shun the greedy corporate rock scene and pay usually 350-500 rupees to see 2 metal bands out of 10 pop and rock acts. And on top of it, metal bands barely get the recognition they deserve. It is shunned by mainstream listeners, deemed as satanic noise and whatnot, with the casual Pakistani music listener not appreciating even the time these musicians take to perfect their skills – it takes dedication, a concept of unity and an iron will if you want to be a heavy metal musician, an attitude that many people in Pakistan lack but which thrives in the metal scene. However, the tides seem to be turning lately. People involved in the heavy metal scene are taking the initiative to organize their own gigs as a response. “The metal fans here are basically tired of paying 500 rupees to see a
in July. “And we're charging people only 150 rupees to come see 10 heavy metal bands. We've got Eleventh Commandment, Foreskin, Odyessy, Wreckage, Serpent and others, from around the country for 4 hours of non-stop metal mania. There are no rules, do whatever you want – mosh, slam dance, circle pit and of course no one will stop you from headbanging!” Though a lot of work will need to be done to bring our metal scene on equal footing with our neighboring India, such initiative taken by young kids will serve us well into the future. Another problem in the heavy metal scene in Pakistan is the overabundance of cover bands as opposed to bands making original music. There are a lot of problems that limit any possible recordings, such as equipment, time and most importantly money, being in a band, I know how hard it is to finance our passion since there is no support by record labels or the industry. But the tides seem to be turning in heavy metal's favor once again in this regard – over the last 3 years bands such as I See Insanity, Soul Vomit, Venom Vault, Communal Grave, Cauldron Born, Semideus, Abyssed and many other bands have put out original songs with others such as Orion, Odyssey, Reckoning Storm and Aus Rine going so far as to release albums. Labels such as Gasmask Holocaust have also popped up, putting out releases in a timely manner and with affordable prices. Taureg Tariq, the man behind several of Islamabad's premier death metal bands as well as Death Revolution Records had this to say “It's been really great seeing that bands are putting out orignals. They actually work on them as a whole band and put them out which is really a revolution if you ask me because like 5 years back nobody did this and nobody even THOUGHT of doing this.” Spurred on by efforts made by older bands, younger bands are also starting to give original compositions much more thought. As mentioned, the tides turning towards the favor of heavy metal music in Pakistan, I would also like to add here the
presence of two radio shows which are dedicated to heavy metal music only, “The Awakening” on Fm94 and “Black Sunday” on fm89. The efforts being put in by youngsters into the underground music industry are also being recognized by international media as a report was seen on CNN headlines covering a heavy metal gig and band in Karachi.
However, despite all this, the mainstream media and majority of the educated population of Pakistan will continue to look down on music – especially heavy metal music. Personally, I've been a part of the underground heavy metal scene in Pakistan for the last 3 to 4 years and what I feel is that we are brought up in such an environment where no matter how liberal some parents are, they are never ready to let go off their conventional mind set of being a musician as a “unmanly” thing. Heavy Metal music is a separate thing, but parents are never ready to support their children in music related endeavors no matter what logical arguments are given to them. If a person is gifted with a talent, he or she should be supported and such an attitude actually helps a country progress rather than degenerate. The amount of talent that we have in our country and the level of maturity of music in young musicians actually make one feel proud of being a Pakistani. But then again, there is no platform or support to these young musicians and thus, the more passionate ones, with parents who have the financial power and are willing to support their kids, go abroad, to pursue their passion, a place where talent is valued. The unlucky ones' talent, eventually, goes down the drain. Being a part of a religion that values sincerity, honesty, integrity and hard work I do not see how heavy metal can be ignored or looked down upon in such a fashion. The effort it requires to put together a metal band, to increase your skills, hours of practice, to
promote the music (in terms of gigs, articles, videos, etc) far exceeds the effort many Pakistanis (especially our politicians) seem to have put in their entire lives. On top of it, there is no motive of profit or money behind it – it is merely self satisfaction, an antidote to all the struggle and strife revolving around an individual or even the country as a whole. It is not a profession; it is a hobby for most. As Zia Iftikhar (Venom Vault) said in an interview with The Iron Markhor; “Music is not comparable to selling liquor or drugs and cannot be termed as an addiction which drives you astray. Music is like making or selling any art or craft. Music is only a part time thing in the lives of most Muslims.” But there will always be detractors of heavy metal, and to be perfectly honest these detractors actually do more good for the scene than harm. They are the perfect fuel for the fire. Heavy metal is here in Pakistan and the people involved in the scene mean business. At the end of the day, heavy metal will exist as long as there are kids with a need to vent out their anger, or who just need a genre that is the complete antithesis of popular culture to test their skills. Heavy Metal is a wide genre, a universe in itself - a lifestyle on its own. *special thanks to Hassan Umer and also, all the
quotes taken from interviews were by the permission of the Iron Makhor.
DOWNFALL HUMANITY PAKISTAN
DOWNFALL HUMANITY is a Pakistani Death/Thrash metal band. We caught up with Taureg tariq, the man behind ‘DH’ who is also involved with other bands like Cauldron Born and cranial nerves. Here we talked about the band, the recordings, the underground scene, society and various nonscenes!
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara! What is up with DH and your other bands? TAUREG TARIQ: Well Downfall Humanity is working in its new album ‘Project Annihilation’ right now. We're in the process of doing Vocals and laying down the bass tracks. A few of the songs are almost complete, just have to record the bass and we'll be ready to release few singles. We are also gonna make one or two Music Videos of our songs and try to get airplay. If not then Hail Youtube. And well my other projects are also doing well. They are on hold right now because of all the members not being present in the country but as soon as we do get together things will be on their
way. BRUTAL POKHARA: You are involved with other bands/projects as well (though I’ve not got chances to listen to your other projects) how do you work so that all your work doesn’t sound similar? TAUREG TARIQ: Well it’s a matter of the people that I work with. Like in the case of Cranial Nerves (my Death/Thrash Project) I have Waqar Ghayas alongside me on Vocals and Rhythms and when his style and my style meet that's when Cranial Nerves begins. Same goes with my other band Cauldron Born in which I have Hassan Ghori with me on Rhythms and Vocals. But in Downfall Humanity's case it’s mostly me doing the composition. After I'm done with a song I show it to Faisal and if there are some parts which he doesn't like then he suggests me some new parts or makes suggestions to change the song structure but basically that's how Downfall Humanity is so different. BRUTAL POKHARA: You released your 1st demo called ‘Annihilation of Reality’ (DH) in 2007 and Project: Annihilation in 2010. How do you define your sound? What changes, in terms of musical maturity, can we observe in these two records?
TAUREG TARIQ: Well in the first demo we tried to be more Death Metal than Thrash. With me on growls and screams I wanted the band to sound more Death Metal with Thrash influences in the riffs but then as I learned more I realized I can't do growls for shit and shifted to Thrash Vocals which I'm not that good at either, hahaha. But for now they'll do. Also musically I tried to be more short with my songs then I was in the demo to be more accurate with the song structure and make the songs catchy and something people can mosh and head bang to. I guess that comes from our love for Hardcore but we tried our best to incorporate all the styles we knew in the new songs. So you'll be hearing a bit of everything in it. BRUTAL POKHARA: How was the reaction from the listeners? How supportive are they because it can really get messy with the listeners simply because they tend to compare the local bands with other western bands in terms of production quality and delivery which I think is not fair at all considering the money involved and spent by those western bands! TAUREG TARIQ: Well the initial response of the fans was really good. I mean we couldn't have asked for anything more. Our production level wasn't very good but it was good enough and over the years fans have become more understanding that Local Home Recording's production level can't be compared with western band's production.
although we welcome constructive criticism and try to change ourselves accordingly for the betterment.
BRUTAL POKHARA: You also handle Death Revolution Records. How do you promote the bands and their Albums/Demos/singles?
BRUTAL POKHARA: Listeners or fans can really, sometime, become a pain in the ass especially when they criticize a band and their criticisms are not constructive at all. How do you deal with them?
TAUREG TARIQ: Well we haven't started releasing any albums or demos physically yet but we do our best to let all of our friends know about them and my business partner are really good friend, Hassan Umer promotes the bands as best as he can and another business partner and friend, Ammar Khan runs a Metal Radio Show and as soon as any band releases a new song be they are from my label or are released independently he tries to promote them as much as he can.
TAUREG TARIQ: Well some people are a pain in the ass and they can be for all I care. I respect everyone's opinion but in the end we're gonna do whatever we want
BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the underground scene like in Pakistan? How often do you have gigs?
TAUREG TARIQ: Well the underground scene is growing slowly but steadily. We have new bands coming out with amazing singles and it’s fun to watch the process on its way. As far as gigs go the rock crowd has tons of gigs where as us Metal Heads have really 2 big gigs to look forward to. Moshpit which is done by Hassan Umer in Lahore and happens like 2 times a year and then there is Apocalypse which is done by Ammar Khan and Shahab Khan and if I can be of any help then me as well haha.. That happens like once a year. So yeah, not so many gig. Maybe a small one once in a blue moon which we have to organize ourselves. BRUTAL POKHARA: Ok I am going to a Pakistani metal gig for the first time what should I be expecting? TAUREG TARIQ: You should be expecting extremely loud speakers and basically going deaf by the end of it all, haha... Along with sound technicians who don't know what they doing there. In a Pakistani Gig you should be expecting a very serious crowd who are there for what they love, Bands that are gonna do whatever it takes to make you head bang , scream and jump around and well a couple of idiots like me and my mates looking for an excuse to go ape shit. In a Pakistani Metal Show you will NEVER get what you expect. I certainly haven't since I’ve started attending gigs haha... BRUTAL POKHARA: There is a huge misconception, especially in the western world, regarding the Muslim community in terms of religious strictness and freedom. How easy or hard is it for people like you to form a Metal band and try to convince the Rotted community that you are as responsible as them and as normal as anyone? TAUREG TARIQ: Wow that is a complicated question, erm.. well all of us, or should I say most of us are very religious but we also believe in the Freedom of
expression and that is why we do what we do with all our heart. And it really doesn't matter how hard or easy it is to form a Metal band and convince people we're responsible and normal because we don't care what people think of us. They can call us normal or lunatics, I don't think I would give a shit either way. And people who wanna make a Metal band and actually make this happen always find a way. Just like we did. BRUTAL POKHARA: Alright man, Thanks for your time. We wish all the best for your projects and to Pakistani Metal Scene as well! Any last shout outs? TAUREG TARIQ: Thank you man for this opportunity and thanks for the wishes, I would just like to say that do check out the Pakistani Metal Scene and Bands like Wreckage, Depletion, Takatak, Dementia, Foreskin, Necromaniac, Abyssed, Berserker and Viraag etc because The Pakistani Metal Scene is not dead, In fact it’s Very Much Alive and Growing Day by Day. *Zivon Gurung
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DEMENTIA PAKISTAN http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dementia/95861690635 Dementai hails from Pakistan and plays a mixture of Thrash and Groove metal. The band is known for their live shows as they are very strong on stage both in terms of delivery and tightness. We get upclose and personal with the frontman Omar Shahid to talk aboud theband and various other stuffs!
BRUTAL POKHARA: What’s up with Dementia lately? What is the sound of Dementia and what inspires the band? DEMENTIA: Dementia is slowly coming up with new singles. Two new singles are coming in the next three months. Dementia is a mixture of Thrash, Core and groove Metal. Basically a custom made music for the band’s own need ;). Our inspiration lies in issues and personality traits unspoken of. Considering our part of the world, revolution gives rise to New Music.
BRUTAL POKHARA: It’s a known fact that the south Asian Underground scene is not at the place where we all want to see it. What is the scene like in Pakistan? What about the gigs, sponsorships and the crowd? DEMENTIA: That’s true. In Pakistan, the metal scene is underground and supported by a group of enthusiasts for whom Metal is the only language through which they can communicate. The crowd is mostly Metal heads and newbies into rock music who support and appreciate the phenomenon of composing and delivering Music with zeal.
BRUTAL POKHARA: What about the family and community support?
DEMENTIA: Mostly, families are open to the idea of the new Metal Revolution as every generation is familiar with the up rise of new genres and traditions in Music. The community on the other hand is not massively supportive except for the few metal music listeners in this part of the world. BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the general Metal gig like? How do the crowds react to the originals compare to cover songs?
DEMENTIA: Here, metal gigs are small scale and packed only with true metal heads who support original work with all their hearts and appreciate anything that is created. Covers are supported and backed up on the basis of how well they’re executed, which again is not an easy thing to do for many. BRUTAL POKHARA: Are there any specific inspiration or perception that the band holds while making music? DEMENTIA: The bands we listen to individually and collectively are our inspiration along with the drive within each one of us to create what we know we can. It’s the drive towards that unknown potential that’s taking us forward. BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the song Sworn Annihilation about? It has some strong words of dissatisfaction! DEMENTIA: Sworn Annihilation is a very personal song to me. It was meant to have 2 meanings. One was for the listener and the other was for myself. For a listener, the song is about no matter how satisfied we might assume we are at a particular point in time, everything around us in this era is a deviation towards the negative and how it’s our own decision to embrace it all to ruin our self building and lead to destruction. This leading to the fact that everything we call bad now is exactly what we are made up of. We ensure our own demise.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Well we all know about the plague called Hip hop and pop music. What is the general youthâ€™s musical taste there? DEMENTIA: Music taste for youth here varies from pop to hiphop to alternative & metal. Metal heads being around 20 percent of the whole which ofcourse is a tragedy. Still we are content with our very small community. BRUTAL POKHARA: And how often do we find women attending Metal gigs? DEMENTIA: Not very often. Women here, and mostly around the world, who we know listen to good music are mostly pretenders and thus not in love enough to make the effort. Here we have a very small proportion of true female metal heads who again are not very enthusiastic about being a wholehearted part of the metal community here. BRUTAL POKHARA: Any recording plans? DEMENTIA: Right now our Tracks are home recorded. Record Labels here still need to mature up to take more genres into their agenda. BRUTAL POKHARA: Heard that Dementia are wicked on stage both in terms of tightness and delivery?
DEMENTIA: Our so called stage performance I believe is mostly a result of our enthusiastic, loyal fans and the respect and support they give us. Along with a 3-4 day prior jamming sessions ofcourse. We are never prepared with respect to stage presence everytime we go up. We just blame it on our adrenaline glands.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Any final shout outs? DEMENTIA: SHOUT OUT: Respect and Use your Brains because thatâ€™s the best blessing you have. And ofcourse, discover the genre that runs in your blood and take advantage of that.
PERVERSION is a Dubai based death metal outfit that has been causing havoc right from its inception. The band will also share the stage alongside INCANTATION at this year’s UNDERGROUND UNLEASHED 2011 fest in Darjeeling.
Brutal Pokhara: Hails from Brutal Pokhara! Perversion: Hails!! Brutal Pokhara: Tell us about Perversion. How would you like to define your sound? Perversion: Perversion was formed in 2006; our style back then was straight old school thrashy death metal. It still is until now, but we have acquired a more mature and modern touch to our sound, we always try to keep it simple and catchy yet aggressive and fast.
Brutal Pokhara: You guys are one of the band that will share the stage alongside ‘Incantation’ at UU2011 (Darjeeling) How excited are you guys to come and play at this side of the world? Perversion: We are really excited to share the stage with great bands like Incantation and the rest. This will be our first gig outside Dubai. We heard a lot about the metal scene in India and how metal thirsty the fans are over there, so I think it will be a great experience for us playing in front of such crowd. Brutal Pokhara: The other day I was watching some documentary on CNN and they were showing some metal bands from Iraq but they were literally not allowed to sing the words while playing live so the band was playing, only, some Slayer
instrumental. What is the scene like in the UAE? Perversion: The metal scene over here is defiantly nothing like the one in Iraq! We face no problems at all performing in Dubai, In fact, lots of bands from all around the Middle East travel to Dubai to play shows. However, I would say it’s lacking frequent metal gigs. We only get proper metal gigs every 2 or 3 months, so I guess the scene here would get bigger and better with more "METAL" shows.
Brutal Pokhara: What are your major influences in terms of writing songs? Perversion: We are influenced by bands like Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Possessed, Celtic Frost..too many to mention actually! But we always try our best to have our own signature sound in every Perversion song. Brutal Pokhara: When we talk about Metal, the so-called normal society tends to turn away not care much. What are the people’s perceptions towards your or any other bands there? Perversion: People here follow whatever crap MTV feeds them blindly, just go to the nearest shopping mall and you will know what I mean! They are heavily influenced by the main stream pop and hip hop culture. They think metal music is just noise, some of them refer to it as satanic, you know the stereotypical bullshit. I personally avoid discussing metal with people who don’t understand it because it’s extremely pointless.
Brutal Pokhara: Tell us about your EP 'The origin of Horrors'. Heard that you guys are coming up with a new album as well. Perversion: That was our first release, it was a live recording, as in the whole band was playing while being recorded, and kind of poorly produced, yet we believe it served its purpose which is to let people know what we sound like, and it got us lots of positive feedback. Also it helped us become one of the 8 finalists in the Middle East "United We Rock" battle, out of 160+ demos submitted from all around the Middle East. Right now we are on the final stages of releasing our debut album entitled "Pillars of The Enlightened" which will showcase our current musical approach. We are planning on releasing it in May 2011. Brutal Pokhara: How far do you intend to take the band? Perversion: As far as it gets! We are
serious about our music and we are not just doing it for fun nor to pass time, We have day jobs, so it might be a bit difficult to play shows abroad frequently, but we will try our best to balance things. Brutal Pokhara: Best wishes for your plans ahead and stay BRUTAL. Any shout outs? Perversion: Thank you and we hope to see you in India this September. For news and updates about us, make sure you check us out on www.myspace.com/perversionuae or www.facebook.com/perversion.band *Zivon Gurung
GRIEVING AGE http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grieving-Age/120530036797
Grieving Age is a doom/death metal band from Saudi Arabia formed in 2003. The band is also the 1st Saudi band to play in Europe at ‘Doom Shall Rise Fest’ in Germany (2010). They grab another attention when ‘My Dying Bride’s frontman Aaron Stainthorpe agreed to do the band’s cover art for the album "In Aloof Lantern, Thy Bequeathed A Wailer Quietus”.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Hails from Brutal Pokhara. GRIEVING AGE: Hails back brother! BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the band upto these days? GRIEVING AGE: Right now we are working on the second album, still composing the music, the lyrics done though, the album will contain 6 new songs with an expected length of 100 min. BRUTAL POKHARA: Tell us about the doom influence. The lyrics are utterly poetic who writes them? GRIEVING AGE: We are influenced by My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia, Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Mourning Beloveth, Neurosis,Novembers Doom, Novembre, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Nile and Gorguts. The one who did write the lyrics is Ahmed ( the lead singer, which is me the one who's answering now lol )
BRUTAL POKHARA: what was the inspiration behind "In Aloof Lantern, Thy Bequeathed A Wailer Quietus”? The hard work can be seen in abundance. GRIEVING AGE: The main inspiration behind the album is the old classic doom death! we wanted to take back the dry sound of early Doom Death but at the same time creating our own flavor! BRUTAL POKHARA: The art work for the album was done by the Doom legend Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride. How did that happen? Like I said earlier the hard work can be seen in abundance, was it the confident in your music that impulsed you to contact him for the artwork? GRIEVING AGE: Yes! we were confident that Aaron would love what the album might sound like, he agreed right away, we are honored cause we worked together he such a great artist! we contacted him, asked him gently and he said yes sure, my pleasure;-)
BRUTAL POKHARA: Many people don’t expect any Metal scene in Arab countries (though I have heard few Kickass bands from this region including GA) well what do you have to say about that?
GRIEVING AGE: Well, yeah it was too weird to hear there is a band from the middle east but right now there are a lot! the internet opened the doors to everyone to learn and to create. BRUTAL POKHARA: What is the general underground scene like in SA?
GRIEVING AGE: The scene in SA is okay... not that much though, it used to be damn active back in 2005 up to 2007 but then many bands quit due to the lack of creativity and originality, but right now we don't play any live shows, it's kinda hard. BRUTAL POKHARA: Traces of My dying bride influences can be seen in your song but what exactly are your inspirations when you guys sit down to write a song? GRIEVING AGE: Mostly we build the songs on the lyrics and main theme of writing, it's like we imagine how this lyrics should sound like?it's like composing a soundtrack.
BRUTAL POKHARA: Any new materials coming up? GRIEVING AGE: Yes, working on the second album as i mentioned earlier. BRUTAL POKHARA: Thank a lot for the interview. Any lastshout outs? GRIEVING AGE: Just wait for the second! surprise!
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THE DEAD AUSTRALIA
With their sophomore album recently receiving re-mastering by Aphotic Mode (Portal) and re-release treatment by India's Diabolical Conquest Records, The Dead has certainly brought a fresh sound to the saturated death metal scene, with their unique balance between doom metal and death metal. We talk to drummer Chris to learn more about the band...
HMT: Greetings, Chris! Thank you for giving us this opportunity to talk to you. The Dead was formed in 2005 and has already released 2 full length albums. Would it be possible to tell us about the history of the band? Ok – as you say formed in mid 2005 by myself and Adam. We released two demo's before our first album was released in 2007 on Obsidian Records. We had a friend of ours on guitar up until 2008 after which Adam switched to playing guitar live as he was writing the material on guitar anyway. In 2008 we self released the 'Nocturnal Funeral' ep. Follwed in 2009 by the 'Ritual Executions' album. Why “The Dead”? What is the significance behind the band name and how does it relate to the music of the band? Just a name we could live with without being “too metal”. Initally we found it hard to come up with a name that represented our vibe as we were still working out just what that vibe would be. The band’s 2nd album, Ritual Executions was released in 2009 and reissued on 2010 by Diabolical Conquest Records. How did the deal come about, and why Diabolical Conquest Records? Kunal had been a long time supporter of the band since our first album, so when he asked if we would be interested in releasing 'Ritual' on the label he was starting we were more than happy to accept his offer. He's been involved with underground music for a long time so we felt we could trust his motivations for starting a label.
The reissued version of the album was remixed by Aphotic Mote of fellow countrymen, Portal. What was it that made the band decide to approach him for the remixing and remastering process? Well I play with Aphotic in another band so I knew him through that. He actually recorded the whole album from the start not just the remix. What was it like working with him, and is the band satisfied with the final output? More than satisfied actually. Aphotic approaches recording from an aesthetic standpoint rather than a standard studio engineer – he knows exactly what he is doing. I'm a big fan of the production on the Portal releases and, not that we wanted that sound, Aphotic knew what sound we were trying to achieve. We are very happy with the final mix. The intention was always to remix it after the initial self-release, DC Records just gave us the perfect reason to. The music on Ritual Executions can be described as death metal with heavy doom metal influences, especially with the fuzzy guitar tone. What is the songwriting process like for this album? Pretty standard actually. Adam will come with a riff or two. We will get together and bang it into a shape almost resembling a song then show it to Mike to see if gets anything out of it. If he digs it he'll take a rough recording and go off on his own to do his thing. Unfortunately by the time he is ready to come into the rehearsal room to give it a run through we've usually changed part or all of it so it goes round and round like that for a while till we are all happy to let it be called a song. The drumming on the album is also insanely technical at times, with my favourite being on the track Cannibal Abattoir. What is your personal musical background, and who are some of the influences that you have included in your style of drumming? My background has just been playing in bands since I was in high school. Just trying to imitate whatever style of music I was into at the time. Adam and I both started out playing metal, but over the years we have played in Funk, Rock, Jazz, Punk all kinds of stuff. I would have to say my influences were more from certain bands more so than any particular drummer. When I was first starting to play bands like Metallica, Guns n Roses., Iron Maiden etc all made me wanted to play the drums. Most drummers sound the same anyway..although guys like Elvin Jones , Steve Gadd and John
Bohnam have a sound when playing drums that you can easily recognise. For metal I guess I prefer to hear the sound of someone bashing the hell out of drums than the sound of a triggered kit
It just came from a vibe we were jamming on one day and it didn't seem to need too much to make it sound like a thing. It seemed like a good way to end the album so that it was a comepletley different vibe..or like the credits of a movie. On the studio album, Adam handles both guitar and bass duties. How does the band handle when performing live? On the 'Nocturnal Funeral' ep there is no bass guitar as we recorded “live” in the studio and the shows we played for that ep we played live with just guitar, drums and vocals. It was great- heaps of stage space and Adam would just play his guitar through both a guitar and bass rig so it was still a huge sound. For the 'Ritual' album we decided to include bass as the songs were much slower and could be fleshed out a bit more. Now we have a permanent bass player who plays with us live. Finally, can fans of The Dead look forward to new material soon? What are the band’s plans in the near future? We are actually just finishing up recording our next album. It should be out around May or June. We have a few local shows booked and perhaps some touring in the later half of the year. Thank you for taking the time off to answer our questions!
Thanks a lot for the interview. We appreciate the interest in the band!
* Heavy Metal Tribune/Hong Rui
sounding squeeky- drum- machine -clear..that sucks. The track that particular interests me is the closing track, Death Metal Suicide, a 10 minute instrumental. What is the significance of the track, and why the title, “Death Metal Suicide”? The title came from a great review we read of our first album where the guy basically said we had committed 'Death Metal Suicide'. Needless to say he wasn't a fan of what we were doing. How did the track come about?
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ALBUM REVIEW: Rudra [Singapore] Brahmavidya: Immortal I 2011 Death Metal/Vedic Metal 9.3/10 Rudra returns this year with their latest album, Brahmavidya: Immortal I, the follow up to 2009's Brahmavidya: Transcendental I and the final series of the Brahmavidya trilogy. While Transcendental I featured some of Rudra's fastest songs, it also featured perhaps the most amount of acoustic and traditional Indian music as interludes between the heavier numbers on the album. On the other hand, the band has assured fans that Immortal I will feature nothing but the heaviest and most straightforward and in-your-face death metal that the band has ever written. Similar to Transcendental I, Immortal I starts off with traditional instruments played, with a bell tolling and a horn marking the beginning of the end. But fret not, as Rudra keeps their promises, introducing the listener to their heaviest album. As they break into the opening riffs of the album, the style of the music is instantly familiar, from the guitar tone, down to the cymbals played on the drums by Shiva, combined with the ever-vicious vocals of Kathi. The increased intensity and heaviness in the overall music does not mean that Rudra has totally left out the traditional elements that have made their brand of death metal so unique, such as on the on songs like Illusory Enlightenment and Sinister Devotion. On this album Kathi also plays with various vocal effects, such as the chorus effect on the chanting on Illusory Enlightenment, transporting the listener to an empty temple, meditating in peace amidst the chaos occuring all around, represented by the rest of the instruments. Songs such as Sinister Devotion also reminds listener of
their classic The Pathless Path of the Knowable Unknown and instantly gets listeners to headbang to the infectious riffs. The effects on the guitars used on the guitars (or was it another traditional instrument?) on Embryonic Theologies provide a certain ethnic feel to the music, to good effect. The slowdown in tempo on Hymns of the Immortal Self brings about an almost emotional moment, with the melodic riffs and the deliberate and controlled manner that the band has chosen to execute the song. The shift in lineup, with the departure of previous lead axeman Selvam has had vast effects on the music, as will be evident from the guitar solos unleashed by Vinod, the new guitarist of the band. There is more play on the whammy bar and tremolo effects, and while the references to traditional Indian music are still present, at times the solos are almost reminiscent of shred-happy modern melodic death metal music, bringing a union between the modern with the old-school vibe unleashed by Rudra. The production on this album remains similar to that of Transcendental I, unlike the rawer production on other past releases such as The Aryan Crusade and Primordial I. While the raw production worked on the past releases of Rudra, the more modern production on Immortal I certainly works well and adds a certain charm to the music presented. Of course, the whole experience is well rounded up with the inclusion of a track-by-track explanation of the album in the booklet, satisfying the curious minds of non-Hindu fans. Mastermind and frontman Kathi mentions that Immortal I "is simply using logic, purely logic and reason, to establish the fact that there is no god except myself", and Immortal I is a beautiful end for what started with the acclaimed Primordial I. Certainly one of the highlights of the year so far.
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ALBUM REVIEW Shroud of Despondency [USA] Dark Meditations in Monastic Seclusion 2011 Full Length Independent Black Metal 7.7/10 Shroud of Despondency releases their second full length album this year independently, 6 years after their previous release, a split album in 2005. While most bands that have taken such a long break tend to cause disappointment in their fanbase, it was interesting to see what Shroud of Despondency brings with this new release. The album opens with an acoustic guitar driven track, Seeing One Last Ray of Light, with the lead guitar line reminiscent of Opeth's acoustic Damnation album, while setting up a dark or depressive mood for the album, provides the listener with a ray of hope towards the end of the track, with a slightly more uplifting tune, but only for a fleeting moment as the rest of the album will prove later. While nothing seemingly special about the music, upon closer inspection and observation, different influences can be heard in the background, such as the folkish sounding tune that plays at the background of the track as the vocals of Michael come in. This, however, is just the opening track. So do not be deceived into thinking that this is going to be another acoustic folk/black metal album as the main onslaught of the album begins as the introductory track ends. Without sparing a moment, the listener is thrown into a myriad of double bass drums, tremolo picked riffs and growls. The slight folk influence in Shroud of Despondency's music especially shows in the few guitar solos on the album, on
songs such as on Homo Homini Lupus. Michael's vocals sound like a fusion of growls and tortured screams, and at times also include shouting vocals such as on Sullen Murmur Oppressive Stillness, bringing out the sense of desolation and desperation of the songs, and the brilliant addition of background vocals also provide a sense of anxiety in the music, leaving the listener constantly sitting on the edge, half-anticipating and half-dreading what is to come. At times, while the music is reminiscent of bands such as UK's Fen, Shroud of Despondency manages to add an morbid atmosphere, such as the usage of clean vocals that are mixed on top of the underlying chaos. The spoken vocals towards the end of Parting of the Way has a person talking about suicide and his attempts on committing suicide, backed by clean guitar lines, further bringing down the veil on the already dark atmosphere and increasing the morbidity of the album. There are also numerous acoustic passages and interludes, which might turn some people away from the album, does it well for me as the band seems to be able to crossover seamlessly between their abrasive and acoustic moments. Honestly, the only thing that probably spoiled or affected my enjoyment of the album are the clean vocals that are littered throughout the album, such as on the track Sybil, but hey, beauty isn't exactly what people are expected to look for in a depressive/suicidal black metal band right? While Shroud of Despondency has taken a 9 year break since the last proper full length release, it is evident that the years of seeming inactivity have not gone to waste with this release, and is certainly a force to look out for this year.
*Heavy Metal Tribune/ Hong Rui
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the slight accent, yet it builds up the climax for the song suitably, before breaking out once more with "come on suckers!" The vocalist constantly alternates between half-shouts and growls, with the shouted parts seemingly displaying Zombiefication's thrash metal influences.
Zombiefication [Mexico] Midnight Stench 2010 Full Length Asphyxiate Recordings (CD)/Chaos Records (LP) Death Metal 6.7/10 Midnight Stench is the debut full length release of Zombiefication, after a demo released in 2009. Mexican metal has recently caught my attention, first with the introduction of the Mexican lineup in Singapore's Impiety, leading me to discover bands such as Hacavitz and Warfield, each with their unique flavour.
Zombiefication though, in this instance displays prominently the band's influences from Swedish death metal. From the opening track The Shining onwards, the crushing guitar tone instantly brings Swedish death metal acts such as Interment to mind. As the band begins their onslaught proper with Cryptic Broadcast, the vocalist calls on and informs the listeners that it's "time to kill". A tad awkward there with
The lead guitar lines such as on Cryptic Broadcast add a sense of anxiousness for the listener, ensuring that he is always kept on edge and ready for the next round of aural assault. On songs such as Jacko's Funeral Pyre, the heavy reverb effect near the beginning of the track on the lead guitar makes the listener feel instantly as if he were listening to this record in an empty morgue, further bringing out the morbid atmosphere of Zombiefication's music. The final moments of the track once again brings out the atmosphere with a haunting effect, as if one were in an empty chapel. Guitar solos on songs such as Last Resting Place while do not emphasise on the speed, are technical and with unique flavour, adding a nice touch to the song. The band also displays their melodic side with the similarly simple lead guitar work on Necrombulatory. The chugging riffs is backed by the intense drumming, punishing the skins relentlessly. Where there is a lack of speed in the music, the band ensures that it is made up by the raw aggression and energy, such as on the second half of Anthem to the Deathmarch.
Sleepless Mutter could very well be the slowest track on the record, with a pseudo-howl styled vocal accompanying the slow and depressive guitar line that slowly breaks into a heavy chugging section, almost bringing depressive rock/metal band Katatonia's earlier works to mind. The shift to shouting vocals after the halfway point of the song further brings out the agony in the music. However on the same song the guitarists start to get a bit confused, with the lead guitar being slightly awkward and almost out of pace with the rest of the instruments, but the band quickly recover and go back on track once more. While the CD version was released in 2010 under the now defunct Asphyxiate Recordings, this is certainly a fine display of the quality of metal acts now coming out of Mexico. *Heavy Metal Tribune/Hong Rui
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Coffins is possibly one of the biggest death/doom acts that come out of Japan. The band has released 3 full length albums and a whole host of splits, with a couple more coming up this year. We talk to Uchino, guitarist and vocalist of the band.
coming for these shows? We will do the first European tour with Sourvein(US) and Aguirre(FR) in April, and also play at Roadburn 2011. Looking forward to it!! As for the shows in Japan, we will support Monarch (FR) and Dark Castle (US) Japan tour in March. We released a CD album called "Ancient Torture" in February 2011. It's a compilation album that collected the singles released between 2005 - 2009. We will sell them at the shows. Coffins has 3 full lengths out so far, but have a large catalogue of split albums. What is the reason behind having such a large number of splits instead of compiling them and releasing them as full length albums?
Hi Uchino! Last year the band had an Australian Tour. How did these shows go? How was the crowd response in Australia? Yeah, that tour was excellent!! We were worried that no one would know us because we had visited Australia for the first time. But a lot of metal manias came to see us. Awesome!! The band will be embarking on a Japan tour and a European tour this year, how are preparations coming along? Will there be any special surprises for fans that are
As we can't frequently do an overseas tour by circumstances in work, we are exchanging it with various overseas bands through split release. And we are not professional band, so we only make the album when we want to make it. Some of the splits are also released only in vinyl format. Will the songs on them ever be released in CD format in the future? It's possible to listen to the songs that will be released by 2009
on comp CD called "ANCIENT TORTURE". It will be released from US label "Deepsend Records" in around February 2011. As for the other tracks after 2010, we're not sure but we will add to another release as a bonus track. When writing the songs for split albums, does the band take into consideration who the other band is before writing the songs in order to suit the split release? What is the songwriting process like for Coffins? I occasionally write the split song according to the partner band style. But we offer split the song completed at that time usually. Our composition process is... first, after the composer completes all riffs, the detailed part is arranged by the other members. I read that in 2000, the band was playing music in the veins of doom/sludge rock. What was it that caused you to infuse the death metal elements that have become an integral part of the sound of Coffins? It's my idea. We did the activity stop once in 2000. When starting again in 2003, I wanted to start as COFFINS different from the past because the band member also changed. Coffins lyrics are evil and often reek of death. Where do the inspirations to write the lyrics come from? I'm getting an idea from the religious bags and the war problems etc. I arrange the idea by the movie and the fantasy element. But as my English is so poor, I don't make lyrics public haha. Uchino, you also mentioned in a 2008 interview with Lords of Metal that manga relates with your work.
Do all the members currently have full time jobs besides being part of the band? If so, how do you juggle between having a full time job and such an active band? Indeed, I'm manga artist. The bassist is doing the work of the print. The drummer is working at the soba noodle shop at Haneda International Airport. In Japan, there are almost metal bands in underground. So it's not possible to live only by band activities. We can't spend time for band activity easily. But I work for this band at least. Japan seems to have an affinity with neo-classical/power metal bands, receiving a lot of attention from the metalheads there. However, what is the underground scene like? What are some of the bands that we should be listening to? Recently, a lot of young new bands are born in an underground scene in Japan. The hard/crustcore scene is active as usual. Doom/Grind/Death metallic scene seems lively, too. Young bands have not come out from the old school death metal yet, too bad.
We have come to the end, thank you for taking the time off for this interview and we wish you and Coffins all the best in the upcoming tour in 2011! Thank you so much!! Doom on!! *Heavy Metal Tribune/Hong Rui
BRUTAL POKHARA’S EVENT
BRUTAL POKHARAâ€™s BUTCHER THE VALUE which saw attendants by fair amount of metalheads despite the fact that many didn't show up due to Cricket World Cup or lack of proper publicity, I suppose. The gig was scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. but as usual like other gig it was pushed to 3. There was Brutal Pokhara cd/dvd sale too.
KNOTZERO opened up the gig. The crowd seemed to dig them a little, but they sounded pretty good. The vocalist had superb energy, jumping down the stage moshing with the crowd. They performed cover songs by slipknot and Lamb of God. Next was another crowd favorites DARK GUREE AMORT with covers â€“ illusion possessor by Sceptic and then did splendidly covered Slave new world and South of heaven. They also offered an original called Slave of a Broken fate. The venue gradually started to thicken with time. NARSAMHAAR were onstage next, finally. This was the first time I saw them (or heard about them). With their own originals like Narbakshi Khukuri (yea totally brutal sounding song title) and Feedin on her honey wrapped corpse, the crowd went wild and hardcore. It started to rain outside and the band performed 'Raining blood'. On the request of crowd, they performed 'Born to be wild' in death version. This was followed by yet another cover 'Nomad'. Sagar growls were definitely praise worthy. Dinesh Pun reminded me of 'Dimebag' (SUFFOCATION t-shirt with combat half and similar hair). Yes he was ANNIHILATOR at strings. Some amazing riffs and shreds. Drummer was powerful and explosive behind his kits. They performed their original 'God wants my blood' which marked the end of their set. Overall, great stage persona and a brutal set.
The last band to play was CHIHAAN. I saw them first at an Antim Grahan Putrefaction Tour at Chhorepatan and I was already looking forward to this one as well. They played a very good set with all of their own originals. Nocturnal Thought, Rise of the hopes, The Existence, Humpty Dumpty Curse, Crucifiction, In between the light and Us were the songs they played. 'Rise of the hopes' was definitely the crowd favorite. Every body was chanting 'Rise of the hopes'. The clean toned guitar intros followed with highpitched shrieks advances CHIHAAN's song. Before playing Humpty Dumpty curse, Sandeep (vocalist) explained the reason behind the title. But I couldn't understand it. Prabin and Srijan handled their duties on the guitar really well with amazing guitar works.
After that, KNOTZERO and DARK GUREE AMORT started to play again. I could see all the band members who played were all intoxicated by the heavy music and they were headbanging and moshing. The rain had stopped and it was time for me to return. All in all great gig by Brutal Pokhara. Hope to be in lot more Brutal Pokhara events as this. Looking forward to Great ride ahead and brtual gigs. Hail Metal. -Sajan Kon Tamu
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