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11
Mar
17

2017 Metal Releases: Music Fans Talk About Albums They’re Looking Forward To This Year

GAURAV PASUPULETI (SOUTHLANE)

GAURAVPASUPALETISOUTHLANEThe Indian release that I’m looking forward to this year is by the Thrash Metal band from Kerala “Chaos“. Their new single song “All Against All” from the album second album “All against All” is a mix of thrash metal with a blend of melodic guitar solo. Their previous album “Violent Redemption”  is a heady concoction of politics and metal. That album had an impact on me personally as a thrash fan. Their sound stays true to the old school thrash metal with frenetic riffing, high tempo drumming, and vocal style.

MASTODON_EMPEROROFSAND_ALBUMCOVER_ARTWORKThe most awaited international release for me this year has to be by the band “Mastodon“. My first experience with “Mastodon” was with their 2006 release “Blood Mountain“. These guys blend in some traditional heavy metal with progressive metal giving birth to a genre which is still a mystery to me. With every album this band grows unto me. None of their album is similar to the previous album. Every album has some newer elements that these guys add to their recent release. This band is a joyride which is one hell of it’s kind. Their new single song “Sultan’s Curse” off from their album “Emperor Of Sand” is  a must listen for you guys. “Emperor of Sand” which is the 7th studio album is scheduled to release on 31st of March. Check ’em out.

NILABJABANERJEENILABJA BANERJEE (DEADBOLT) 

There are very few bands in the Indian metal scenario that play doom metal in its traditional form, and Djinn & Miskatonic is definitely one of them. I always liked the eeriness mixed with heaviness in their sound and the amazing conceptual lyrics. Their debut record, ‘Forever in the Realm’ was a complete win with me so really looking forward to their upcoming release!

coroner_bandThe Teutonic thrash masters Coroner are set to release their much awaited 6th album, Autopsy in 2017 after a long gap of 24 years! Coroner has always been a band who never really got the spotlight like the other Teutonic giants such as Kreator, Sodom, or Destruction. However to me they have been a quintessential source of inspiration, and are definitely one of the best bands to have come out of the 80s Thrash Metal movement. Honestly speaking, very few thrash metal bands out there can match up to the technical prowess of Coroner!

VARUNPANCHALVARUN PANCHAL (CARNAGE INC.)

I was quite oblivious to Chaos‘ music until I heard their debut album Violent Redemption sometime last year. The riffs on that record are just perfect thrash – a little bit of crazy and loads of aggression. I also got to catch them live at a gig recently in Mumbai and they were absolutely spot on. After all I have heard and watched of them, I am quite sure their next album “All Against All” is going to be a rager for sure.

conformicide-coverHavok – great band, great writing and I love their energy live. Again, came across this band quite recently, but must say, they stand out in the crowd of ‘Neo-thrash’ bands with their take on the genre. As I write this their 4th studio effort Conformicide is being released worldwide and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

SUBHRAJYOTI SARKAR (HALAHKUH)

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UNDYING_INC._ALPHAABSOLUTE_ARTWORKI am really really stoked for the new Decapitated album that’s gonna hit us a like freight train this summer. This band is something I really look forward to, I have been a fan of all of their previous work and really can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

And the Indian release that I am excited about is Undying Inc‘s new single Alpha Absolute. This band really knows their blend of technicality and groove. With a new member added to the band, looking forward to this one also.

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AAKASH DWIVEDI (GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ILLUSTRATOR)

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DORMANTINFERNO_BANDThere’s just one international project I’m always looking forward to: Paysage d’Hiver – cold, carsh, Raw Black Metal from Switzerland which undoubtedly, in my opinion, is the greatest Black Metal project on this planet. No other band expresses the language of winter landscape, night and desolation as perfectly as Wintherr does. True to the underground, he releases music without any formal announcement. ‘Das Tor‘ was released in 2013 so I’m really looking forward to this year being the one. And from India: Dormant Inferno – No announcement yet but I remember reading somewhere that they’re writing new music. If that happens, we may see one of the best Death/Doom releases of the year. Very consistent quality and excellent musicians who’ve kept the beautiful genre alive in India. Another notable release I’m looking forward to is the Shepherd / DEATHBYFUNGI split.

kironkumarKIRON KUMAR  (PRIMITIV, HELLWIND)

Rumour has it that Alice In Chains are working on a new record and to be out sometime this year. While I got introduced to them very recently, (with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Yeah, I know :/) they have been the strongest musical influence on me in recent times. Primitiv tracks like World War Zero, and some new one’s to be coming out soon have Chains written all over them if you listen closely.  And Chaos – hands down the best Thrash Metal I’ve come across from India. Their debut album – Violent Redemption is one of my all time favourites. Exodus and Overkill (forgotten thrash legends for the most part) influences are evident, and well produced. Their title track released last week sounds even more promising.

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NARAYANAN HARIDAS (BLACK METAL KRIEG CO-ORGANIZER)

narayananharidasAfter their successful release of Violent Redemption in 2015, the Kerala “flag bearers of Thrash Metal in India” metallers are back with a much faster and heavier album “All Against All” set to release in 2017. In their first album. they focussed more on social or political significance. In the upcoming album, they talk about things that separate and segregate people into different categories. So, if you are looking for faster and heavier thrash metal this should be your pick. Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal band from the Netherlands, formed by two members of the now-defunct bands Inger Indolia and carachangren_bandVaultage. Their style is characterized by prominent use of orchestral arrangements. They set themselves apart from other symphonic black metal artists in showcasing songs often using multiple languages apart from English, such as French, German and Dutch, though every song does use English as a baseline and certain choruses or sections will make the transition. Although there is not much information on their release this year but they sure are releasing before end of this year. Watch out for them!

DEBAJIT_BISWASDEBAJIT BISWAS, INFERNAL DIATRIBE

As an artist, one must always be on the lookout for new and interesting musical releases – be it a canonical band or local, hidden gems. But personally, I am psyched about Belphegor‘s next album release due on the 7th of March this year. Belphegor has always had a special appeal for me : they are diabolical and brutal in a haunting way, a testimony of genuine extreme metal and true heaviness. As for band closer home, I’m looking for to Heathen Beast‘s next release. Their art is socially and politically charged, with a combination of a sound which spells absolute savagery. It’s a combination one simply cannot ignore.

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supratimseen_fragarak_bandSUPRATIM SEN, FRAGARAK

I would be eagerly waiting to see what Trey conjures up in the upcoming Morbid Angel album with the new line up especially with Steve’s return in the band. Given how Immolation dramatically upped the death metal taste buds this year, it would be interesting to see what Morbid Angel brings to the table with their much awaited release. Also I have to add another significant look out for me this year, which would be to witness the return of Demonaz after a decade to take charge of Immortal‘s much hyped offering. Especially when the high point of the band’s career was wrought with Abbath blooming in all his glory, it would be intriguing to see the brand of black metal that Demonaz solardeity_forbiddenknowledge_album_cover_artworkbrings back with his sole contribution in the songwriting process. Coming down to the difficult part – Indian releases this year, admittedly since the personal favorites acts are few to list and more so cause they’ve come up with great releases last year already. Nevertheless, Solar Deity‘s upcoming release Forbidden Knowledge would definitely be in my watch out list, owing to the engaging and brooding atmosphere they introduce in their realms of traditional black metal roots. Also, Wintergate and Falcun are supposedly planned to release material this year, which should be exciting going by both the bands’ structured and ingenious approach to songwriting in their respective genres.

BRIJRAJ AGARWAL (SLAYTANIC DISTRO OWNER)

djinn&miskatonic_evengodsmustdie_albumcover_artworkDjinn and Miskatonic – Even Gods Must Die

My lovely friend JP’s band Djinn is a band that has always passed undetected on most Indians’ radar. Although the first album sold out completely, they still are very less talked-about. They’re extremely enjoyable and the debut is a great listen every now and then. I’m eager to get their sophomore release mostly because I enjoyed every demo that I’ve had the privilege of listening to, thanks to JP. The band and the debut, both have gone through a lot since the day of its release, mostly due to some pompous uncles so I can’t wait to see my favourite Indian doom band put out a great release and get everything they deserve.

brijraj_agarwalMemoriam – For the Fallen

Memoriam is Bolt Thrower‘s second incarnation. Half of it is the early (read trve) Bolt Thrower and the other half is the best English death metal has to offer. Plus, I haven’t heard much of Karl Willets since a decade so I don’t mind putting up with another 8 tracks featuring him. 😉 Andy Whale is returning after twenty years (correct me if I’m wrong!) and it’s just too much legacy in one album to miss. I’ve been expectant of this full length since last year’s demo releases (which sounded massive, BTW) but I was a bit disappointed in the first single. Nevertheless, I’m still full of spirits!

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SAHILMAKHIJA_DEMONICRESURRECTIONSAHIL MAKHIJA (DEMONIC RESURRECTION)

Prateek Rajagopal is like Prashant Shah reborn. For the longest time Prashant Shah has been my favourite Indian metal guitar player and Exhumation my most favourite Indian Death Metal band. Very few bands every hit all the check marks for me like Exhumation did. However, going by the little snippets of the new Gutslit album that Prateek has been uploading, it’s safe to say Gutslit‘s new record Brodequin might just hit all those boxes once again. I’m definitely looking forward to the new sound of the band. With new vocalist Kaushal replacing Aditya Barve and Prateek taking over from Dynell we’re in for a whole new sounding Gutslit. GUTSLIT_BANDIt’s definitely more polished, more meaty brutal death metal and it’s definitely going to kick some serious ass.

Another album I’m really looking forward to is the new Sycorax album called ‘Sycotherapy‘. These guys are a very underrated band from Darjeeling. I had the pleasure of watching them a year ago when they opened for DR at a show in Delhi and they really blew me away. The clips they have been uploading from their recording are extremely promising and I can’t wait to hear the final album when it comes out. I think it’s due for a 2017 release.

sushantyadavSUSHANT YADAV (WRATH, DARKRYPT, ORCUS)

The two metal albums I’m waiting for are Plague Throat‘s new release and Demonic Resurrection‘s latest offering! I heard a few snippets from Plague Throat‘s new album when their producer Ashwin Shriyan posted them on Instagram and knew that it’s an album I will simply have to check out! As for Demonic Resurrection, I happened to hear their song Matsya and was pleasantly surprised by how different it sounded from anything on The Demon King. The sitar blended really well with the rest of the instruments and I’m looking forward to Dashavatar to see what else it has to offer.

LIST: Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan | Irwie Vaz – The Axis Of Naked Earth 

Mock Meat in Mumbai – Chaap Ki Chaap | Kinky Ski Munky / The Riot Peddlers

Vegan Food in Mumbai: Kathiyawadi Jalsa in Andheri East

Vegan Food in Mumbai: Pizza Roundup 2016

Vegan Food Review: Every Non-Vegan Restaurant

Vegan Food Review: The Calcutta Club

Mouthwatering Accidentally Vegan Dishes at Mee Marathi

Vegan Food Review: Adarsh Meals and Tiffin Service

04
Feb
17

LIST: Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

K VARADARANGAN 

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Massive campaigns for spreading awareness through talks,and audio/video presentations is the need of the hour. Also vegans must get united burying their ideological differences and keep only the liberation of animals in mind. Availability of affordable vegan products as alternatives to animal products is also going to be very helpful.

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JAYAPRAKASH SATYAMURTHY

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Veganism has to be delinked from religion. Jains and brahmins don’t have some hotline to virtue. Muslims are not evil monsters. Veganism is the philosophy of a British man who joined the dots and made an ethical connection our ancient philosophers and demagogues did not. Instead, we need to show how veganism intersects with other movements for social justice and is not just an elite fad. Especially in India, anyone can go vegan and live a healthy life without any extra expense. The ethical dimension is primary, but the linkage to religion and class has to be shattered.

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KESHAV DHAR

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I help animals by leaving them alone and not involving them or their byproducts in my lifestyle whatsoever. I now enjoy more vitality, less stress, healthy weight loss, and much greater peace of mind overall. 

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VIVEK MANI

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It’s my observation that humans are the most isolated creatures on this planet. We share our planet with at least 10 million different species of which we are one. How many of these do we interact with? NONE. The apathy that we observe by our fellow humans towards animals is based on this disconnect. There has to be animal-human interaction.

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ARJUN IYER

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I’d always felt guilty whenever I’d consumed eggs and dairy having seen Earthlings a few years ago. And yet I’d be the first one to call people out on any form of animal cruelty. One day, last May, I decided I’d have to stop  being a hypocrite and went vegan overnight.

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HASSAN AMIN (BONUS ENTRY FROM PAKISTAN)

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I started out by trying out being vegan for a week in the beginning of the year, quitting dairy food as well, as well as slowly removing myself from clothes etc made from animals. Halfway through that week I took the plunge. There was no second thoughts about it once I figured out that it was not hard at all to sustain a cruelty-free existence if one tried.

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SHASHWAT GUPTA

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I am a dietary vegan and I became one for health reasons. However with that being said, I do not use dead animal skin, so my shoes, wallet, belt are all ‘pu’. I like it, I feel great and why not. I lost 30 kgs by eating more than I ever have. I have clarity in my life and work that I have never had before. I am patient and my temperament and stamina is better.

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DEBARATI DAS

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The only thing I regret about turning vegan is that, I should’ve turned vegan much earlier in life.  I read and watched videos about the extreme cruelty meted out to animals by the dairy, poultry and meat industry- besides incessant killings, baby calves are separated from their mothers, animals are subjected to severe health hazards and endless exploitation and torture. I need to have a clean conscience and not have an exploited, brutalized and killed sentient being on my plate.

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SHAKTI SINGH

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I watched 15 mins of Earthlings, I turned it off and that’s when I gave up all sorts of meat and vowed that I will go vegan no matter what as realized the kind of torture I was giving to animals.

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PRATEEK GAUTAM

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Most Indians are arrogant, stupid, and very annoying. We take pride in really stupid and silly things. The religion we belong to, the caste we belong to, the language we speak, the money we have in our accounts etc. Most of the people who know about veganism in India take it as a threat to their community, religion, to their business and so most of the time we don’t get the response we want. People have been brain washed really bad on the name of religion, for profit, for exploiting our fellow beings.

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DEVESH DAYAL

devesh_dayalThe real clincher was when I watched the documentary Earthlings, which introduced me to the concept of species-ism for the very first time. Within the first ten minutes of that documentary, I was done. I didn’t want to contribute to that mass suffering just for my own enjoyment. I made a Facebook post announcing my mental shift, and also talking about the guilt I felt for mindlessly engaging in such destructive behavior for 21 years of my life. I then went on to binge read Vegan Sidekick comics, and could not believe how illogically I had been living my entire life beforehand. 

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JIGMET WANGCHOK

jigmetwangchokLike most people, I was raised to ignore the “animalness” of the animals I was eating. To victimize another being for pleasure is not something I’ve ever been able to live with. When I realized that by eating meat I was causing pain and suffering to other beings who were, in their capacity for suffering, more like me than unlike me, I could no longer justify that decision to myself anymore. And I found out that I didn’t even need animal flesh to be healthy. It is important to me to feel that I’m being true to my own sense of ethics, and veganism does that for me.

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NEERAJAN SAHA

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I am now aware all the time that nonhuman earthlings are SHARING the Earth WITH US, they aren’t here FOR us. So, other than helping out obviously “cute” and “sad” looking animals, my treatment of random insects (dangerous or not)  ants, a sudden lizard on the road etc..has totally changed. I make sure I get them away from me without harming them.

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KUSH MISHRA

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Being born in a Brahmin family I was vegetarian already. I was raised in the best way by my parents – they made me value every life present on earth. But I was not vegan till the time I watched this video by PETA on cows, pigs and poultry birds… that’s when I decided to go vegan!

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ADITYA MEHTA

adityamehta_solardeityI AM VEGAN because I am awake to the suffering of nonhuman animals caused by humans and wish to be no part of it. There’s no way I’d harm an animal for my food or clothing or for anything at all, so there’s no way in hell I’m going to pay other humans to do it.

EVERY MEMBER OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM wants and deserves our friendship, love and respect as much as the animals a lot of us live with, and I feel a very deep connection with all of them and the earth.

I WILL NEVER stop talking about veganism because what others think of as their personal choice is affecting not only animals who suffer only because they were not born human but also the condition of our planet and the present and future of humans as well.

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FOOD REVIEW: EVERY NON-VEGAN RESTAURANT 

18
Jun
13

Black Metal Releases from India in 2013

Black Metal is fast rising in the Indian underground metal scene, with prominent bands who have been fairly active on the live circuit getting releases ready for this year.

cosmicinfusionbandCosmic Infusion has a new line-up, and an EP scheduled for release in July. The band aims at creating a blend of symphonic and extreme metal with their debut, which they say is a musical journey of five tracks, with each song having an independent storyline to it. The 35-minute EP has been recorded, mixed and mastered at Closed Eye Productions, and will be launched at Blue Frog next month. Says vocalist/keyboardist Sushan, “Our lyrics are about strength, life, holy places, the universe, suicide and death.”

starkdeniallogoStark Denial are secretive about their debut. Frontman Kunal Gonsalves refuses to share anything except the band logo, and says he will reveal the theme of the EP in good time, but considering the man organizes Black Metal Krieg and has titled the release War, we should have an idea of what to expect from Stark Denial. War will be released on Incanned Productions later this year.

solardeity_band_logoBombay’s Solar Deity will crush all holiness with Devil Worship, the second chapter in their ‘Satan’ trilogy and the sequel to In The Name Of Satan. “This is our third big release, and with this EP, we are taking our next big step,” says band-manager/artwork-designer Aakash Dwivedi. Devil Worship, Solar Deity‘s follow-up to last year’s The Darkness Of Being, will be engineered by Ashwin Shriyan and released on Nephalist Recordings, and will contain overtly Satanic lyrics.

judasancestryHaving played several shows already, Guwahati’s Judas Ancestry decided to put some music out, and have ready The Unforeseen Boundaries, their debut album, which has nine songs about fantasy, darkness and negativity. Recorded at Lucid Recess Studios and Dreamcatcher Studios, the album will be released in late 2013. “We have varied influences,” says vocalist Sandeep Sarmah, “and we don’t mind bringing elements of other styles of metal into Judas Ancestry‘s music.”

FREE DOWNLOADS: Solar Deity’s Devil Worship | Solar Deity’s The Darkness Of Being | Solar Deity’s Snowless | Solar Deity’s In The Name Of Satan

Want to buy band merchandise? Solar Deity t-shirts and CDs now available in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata

 

01
May
13

2013 List: 10 Refreshing Beers To Drink This Summer

Kick the heat’s ass by drinking these tasty beers!

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Schneider Weisse (Tap 7)

Doolally’s German Wheat Beer

Saison Dupont

Hoegaarden

Geist Whistling Wheat

Christoffel Bier

Erdinger Weissbier

Fruh Kolsch

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Duvel

01
Jul
12

6 Sexy Bollywood Actresses We Want To See More Of In 2012

Here are half a dozen beauties we want to see in more movies. Some of them can actually act!

She made her movie debut with Vicky Donor earlier this year and that fine comedy certainly benefited from her presence. Yami Gautam has a face you can’t stop looking at and we hope to get to see it a lot more… with the rest of her body of course. Yami plays a cute chick quite well, so let’s see which other roles she can be good at.

According to girls, this hot chick moves like an ostrich when trying to act, but we don’t expect women who’d part with an ovary to look like Nargis Fakhri to say anything nice about her. She has a nice face and a stunning body, and if she moves like an ostrich… that’s the bird we want! But another movie and that’ll be enough of Nargis for us.

Another babe who could exercise her acting skills instead of hamming away in pointless films, Jacqueline Fernandez is the hot import from Sri Lanka who doesn’t have to make an effort to draw attention. Jackie has a film or two more before we get tired of her and send her back to the land of Ravan.

We’ve ignored Katrina Kaif for the longest time, and we’re apologizing for it! Katrina is one woman who can dress any way she wants without looking tarty. She’s got a sweet face, so we don’t know how people find her sexy, but that might change if we see her in the flesh. Katrina Kaif is hot as hell and we’re going for her next movie.

Anushka Sharma looks fresh and has buckets of spunk to match. She’s been appearing in ads without being overexposed and her girliness doesn’t seem forced. One of these days we’ll watch her films, because from what we’ve heard, she’s very good in her movies too! But first we want to see the one in which she’s wearing this bikini.

Our hot pick for this year, Richa Chadda has been around for some time, but has started making noise only now. As Naghma Khatoon in the kick-ass Gangs Of Wasseypur, Richa Chadda has re-entered the list of Bollywood actresses… from the top. Richa has a hot face, and we’ll wait to see her bod in another movie, but we already know that she can play a real woman, and that’s the sexiest thing a girl can be!

COMING SOON… Bollywood Actresses We Don’t Want To See Ever Again

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07
Jun
12

List: 5 Alpha Males In Rock/Metal Bands

If you’ve been wondering which musicians represent manliness, stop right now! Here are five real men from the rock and metal world who are great examples of alpha-male attitude, behaviour and outlook. Manliness is not just about being successful – it’s about climbing uphill when drained of all energy, swimming against the tide in the arctic cold, and laughing in the face of adversity and making it feel dumb. It’s about fighting all the odds and coming out stronger. Take a look at this list of alpha males and learn the law!

DAVE GROHL

Of course he had to top this list. Did anyone really expect Dave Grohl to do anything of much value after Nirvana? Sure we all love Kurt Cobain, but the singer/guitarist of Nirvana chose the easy way out. The bassist of the grunge super-band was around for a while and probably still is. It was the drummer who chose the rocky path. We’ve all heard Kurt sing Neil Young’s immortal line “I’d rather burn out than fade away”, and we’ve all seen Dave live that line. When Grohl started Foo Fighters, how many of us could have guessed he’d come this far? We thought that it was so nice that the drummer of Nirvana had started a band and that it’d be nice and all. Nice? It’s fucking Foo Fighters, bitch. When the video for Monkey Wrench came on, Dave Grohl spat in our faces. He didn’t need our sympathy or any shit of that sort; he came out from behind the drum kit and picked up a guitar and screamed his head off till our ears rang and we understood he meant business. Dave Grohl is a real man, and he’s manlier than the metal dudes that follow him on this manly list of alphas. MAN.

LEMMY KILMISTER

Surely you don’t need me to tell you about this gent? Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister was chucked out of Hawkwind, that legendary psychedelic rock band most of you have not even heard of. We should all sent bouquets of the costliest flowers to Hawkwind and their crew and their groupies, because it was after this ouster that Lemmy decided to form a band so dirty if they moved in next door to us, our lawn would die. See, the thing is, in Mumbai, space is so costly that a small room is worth more than the lives of the three guys in Green Day; it’s so costly that Lady Gaga will have to settle for a bathtub if she wants a pool, so there are only four houses in the city that have their own lawn. Okay, let’s not change the topic – Lemmy is the rock star of rock stars. He is a true legend. A living phenomenon who smokes, drinks and does drugs to this day (what do you expect from the frontman of a band called Motorhead?). He also has sex with everything. If there was a God, it would be trying very hard to become Lemmy, the man who sang “I’m everything they say I am.” MAN.

VARG VIKERNES

This is turning out to be a real drag, y’know? I’ve already spoken about my heroes so many times that this is just plain overkill. For those who don’t know anything about the greatest black-metal musician in the world: Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes) is the sole member of Burzum – the best black metal band ever. He was in jail for many years for burning down a church and murdering another black-metal musician. All the fans of black metal who considered themselves elite and thought Varg (aka Count Grishnackh) wouldn’t make any worthy black metal had to swipe their ass cracks with their frosty axes when Burzum released its first post-prison album. Belus was not only the finest black metal album of the year, but also the best Burzum album (yeah, I hold it above Hvis Lyset Tar Oss) and, according to me, is the greatest black metal album ever. If you think there is a band that makes purer high-quality black metal better than Burzum, please visit the nearest doctor. If you think there is an album more perfect that Belus, here’s what you can do: take it and shake it. MAN.

DAVE MUSTAINE

Being a band that always took big steps is one of the many things Metallica prides itself on, but they unknowingly took their biggest step ever when they fired Dave Mustaine for his excessive drinking and violent behaviour. Correction: Metallica didn’t fire Dave Mustaine – they set him on fire. Mustaine was so pissed-off at being booted out of Metallica that he designed what is known as ‘the world’s state-of-the-art speed metal band’. That’s right, you fucks – he created Megadeth – the band which makes weaklings tremble and cower in fear. They not only played faster than Metallica, but also made some of the best music ever. In fact, they are the only band from ‘The Big Four of Thrash’ who can be taken as a real threat in this era. So what if his views of religion are the exact opposite of mine? The music fucking rules and nobody can take that away from the guy. Burning with jealousy, Dave Mustaine allowed his anger take Megadeth to great heights, and some would say he outdid Metallica. Did the man sit around whining after being dropped from Metallica? Yeah, he did – and he’s still whining about it, but any man who makes an album like Rust In Peace can whine as much as he wants. They don’t call him MegaDave for nothing. MAN.

As for the fifth alpha of alphas – well, I’ve already given you enough examples, so here’s the lesson: Whether hindrance comes in the form of imprisonment or a band member who wants to keep hopping, don’t let the music stop. Start over again and do everything right… the way it is meant to be done. Remove the trendcore poseur from the damned equation and blast the world with a lethal dose of real metal!

Solar Deity‘s In The Name Of Satan

List: 5 Indian Alpha Males 

Solar Deity‘s Snowless

Songs I Hate – 2

Songs I Hate – 1

02
Jan
12

Golden Mango Awards 2011

The best of everything in 2011!

PERSONALITY/MAN OF THE YEAR

Adam ‘Nergal’ Darsky

What do you call a man who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and yet doesn’t turn to religion in the hope of getting saved? A real man, of course! Unlike ordinary mortals who make their peace with ‘god’ and clutch their favourite religious symbol when faced with adversity, Behemoth’s frontman Adam Darsky AKA Nergal became stronger by pooh-poohing thoughts from religious groups that his weakness might bring him close to Christianity. So true to his beliefs is our man Nergal, that not only did he rubbish these notions, but also announced that he now hates Christianity and religion more than ever! I hope Behemoth now makes another album that will send the cowards who feel close to god straight to wherever the fuck they need to go as soon as possible, because this world will be an even more amazing place without poseurs like them. I say this on behalf of every true metalhead: Our respect for Nergal has multiplied a hundredfold, and he has achieved immortality in our hearts! ALL HAIL NERGAL!!!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

                                                   Tom Waits’ Bad As Me  CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW

BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

                                                                          Fen’s Epoch

Of all the music releases I reviewed this year and the metal albums I didn’t have time to write about, Fen’s Epoch is the one I keep turning back to. Fen’s atmospheric black metal is so brilliant that they will gently make their way into your soul. Unimposing from the start to end, the album envelopes your senses like a warm blanket, and by the time The Gibbet Elms comes on, you know Fen’s Epoch is music for a night under the glittering stars. Brilliant!

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Harsha Iyer

It isn’t his age (19) that sets him apart from other professional musicians, and it isn’t the fact that he has played every instrument on his debut album that makes him stand out. It’s how clearly he understands his purpose in life and how musical instruments surrender to him that let you know Harsha Iyer was born to play music. Harsha Iyer has written, composed, produced, recorded and released his debut album Curious Toys. Despite knowing exactly how unique an artist he is, the prodigy from Chennai has put his album up for free download, and man, is it good or what! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Harsha Iyer‘s Curious Toys

BEST FILM OF 2011

Stanley Ka Dabba

A beautiful, original story about a school-going kid who never carries a lunchbox but must bring a tiffin for his gluttonous Hindi teacher, Stanley Ka Dabba is pure and free of ulterior motives – a movie made to tell a story, an innocent film made with no regard to commercial viability. With great acting by the entire cast, especially writer-director Amol Gupte and his son Partho, Stanley Ka Dabba takes you back to your childhood and celebrates food!

RESTAURANTS OF THE YEAR

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Sernyaa (REVIEW)________________________________________Purepur Kolhapur (REVIEW)

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BEST ACTOR 2011

                                                Jimmy Shergill

CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW OF Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster

FINEST BEER OF THE YEAR

                                                       Christoffel Bier CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW

EVENT OF THE YEAR

                                                    Metallica in Bangalore CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT

SEXIEST WOMAN ON EARTH 2011

                                                               Priyanka Chopra

Just because I’m no longer in love with her doesn’t mean she’s not the hottest chick on the planet! Priyanka Chopra looks redder and hotter as time goes by, and unlike her contemporaries, takes chances and acts in different roles. Her face looks even better now, as does her ass and the rest of her. Oh man, she’s so fucking cute, and she has some good movies lined up, so don’t be surprised if you see her taking this spot even in 2012! I mean, just fucking look at her!

THE BEST BAR IN MUMBAI/INDIA

Sammy Sosa in Oshiwara is by far the best place to drink beer at. They have a separate menu for beer, and stock excellent  brew that’ll make you want to visit the place every day. The food’s Mexican and pretty good, and the waiters sure know how to pour your drink. You get to drink great beers in their respective glasses, and money spent at Sammy Sosa is worth it even though it can get expensive, because there’s no other place in Mumbai that offers so many good beers. What’s the best thing about Sammy Sosa? They don’t serve Kingfisher!

Black Stool Awards 2011 | Metal Releases Of 2012

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