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Solar Deity to perform at Ahimsa Fest 2016 – Mumbai’s First Vegan Festival


My band Solar Deity will be performing on Sunday, November 20th at Ahimsa Fest 2016 in Vile Parle West. Come for the tasty cruelty-free food, the cooking demos, movie screenings and of course an hour of Black Metal. Free entry! The event is from 10 am to 10 pm and Solar Deity will perform the unholy ritual from 1 pm to 2 pm.



Solar Deity to perform at Hard Rock Cafe on Diwali 2016

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Aditya Mehta on Headbanger’s Kitchen

So, how many bands do you know that have a dish named after them or one of their albums or songs? As a guest on Headbanger’s Kitchen, I was presented a fried dish called Snowless Chicken Kiev, which The Demonstealer has named after my Black Metal band Solar Deity‘s depressive-suicidal black metal single. I got to taste the food only after an interview packed with almost every question The Demonstealer wanted me to answer on his cookery show.

I now think I should’ve skipped the questions on Satanism and Black Metal instead of struggling to answer them differently as I had nothing to add to what has already been said and written before, but what the hell, it’s not everyday you get to see the Solar Deity frontman disoriented (the result of long-term marijuana abuse) and being ruthlessly interrogated by the Demonic Resurrection frontman about what he really thinks of everything from his other band Exhumation to all the ass-licking local wuss bands that have no idea what being metal is about.

The Snowless Chicken Kiev is truly a feast for the senses (you can see in the video how enticing it looks), and as I slowly chewed the succulent chicken, the butter and garlic worked their magic on my tongue, and I shook my head in delight like any Gujarati does involuntarily every time some delicious food enters his belly and adds vitality to the darkness of his being and new meaning to his life.

The first 11 minutes of the episode offer you a fascinating lesson from The Demonstealer himself, as he shows you exactly how to prepare what will henceforth be known in the worlds of music and food as Snowless Chicken Kiev. The rest of the episode has him grilling me with some tough questions which people usually ask me anonymously on I thank The Demonstealer for inviting me to Headbanger’s Kitchen to gorge on his crunchy-on-the-outside and melt-in-your-mouth-on-the-inside Snowless Chicken Kiev, and of course, for helping me make some new enemies!

That, and my brother says I should use a concealer to hide my dark under-eye circles (the result of long-term alcohol abuse). Anyway, go ahead and try The Demonstealer’s Snowless Chicken Kiev recipe, and I hope you like the interview as well!



Solar Deity Video: Blasphemous Chanting On A Moonless Night (LIVE at Blue Frog)

Pure Satanic Black Metal.
Solar Deity performing live at Blue Frog, Mumbai.

Aditya Mehta – Vocals, Guitar
Yash Pathak – Drums
Animesh Das – Bass
Akash Shah – Guitar (Live)

Filmed by Saloni Sinha
19th May 2013


IN PICS: Solar Deity LIVE in 2013


Music Review: Hecate Enthroned – Virulent Rapture

hecatevirulentI first heard Hecate Enthroned years ago when I was starting out as a musician who was becoming increasingly attracted to the more extreme side of metal. The band was interesting back then, and Upon Promethean Shores (Unscriptured Waters), the album I gave those listens to, would at the most be a fun listen now. 2014 fast coming to an end, I couldn’t not listen to Hecate Enthroned‘s latest album and looked forward to the cheesiness and to seeing how this band from my early times had grown.

‘Thrones of Shadow’ begins with a typical symphonic Black Metal intro (this is never a complaint from me; ‘typical’ is just fine if done correctly), and to my utter disbelief George Fisher’s growls emanate from the speakers along with the opening riff which is out-and-out OSDM, and the song is then made to go Black Metal, synths and screams.

This is Hecate Enthroned wanting to stay Black Metal, but influences have strange ways of revealing themselves and the desire to do new things rarely remains hidden. The odd Thrash Metal riff here, and another OSDM riff there, but it’s largely the Corpsegrinder-style growling that’s out of place in this setting. Virulent Rapture is defiantly Black Metal for most part, though – agreeable because of its kosher approach to (cheesy) Black Metal – and it’s the Black Metal sections that delight.

Listen to the title track and you’ll mistake it for a Cannibal Corpse song. So here’s the problem: I love Cannibal Corpse, but I don’t want a Black Metal (or Death Metal) band to sound exactly like another band. It’s cool that Hecate Enthroned can do it (because of the vocalist), but this is the kind of blunder that robs a band of its true identity.

Virulent Rapture could have been a terribly enchanting album from Hecate Enthroned.

RATING: 2.5/5

Review: Deicide – In The Minds Of Evil

Download: In The Name Of Satan

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Download: The Darkness Of Being

Download: Devil Worship

Concert: Black Metal Krieg 3


Album Review: Inquisition – Obscure Verses For The Multiverse

The latest offering from the black-metal masters is as imposing as everything else by them

InquisitionExactly like Motorhead and Mortician, Inquisition is a band that never really changes, and that’s how it should be, as most of their fans will tell you. I’m a fan, too. But, you see, I grow weary of listening to the same album every time. Motorhead everybody loves, and everyone has a Motorhead album that they can listen to from start to end and enjoy thoroughly. Mine is 1916. With Mortician, I don’t have a favourite release as such, but there are quite a few songs I appreciate, and their discography (on those very rare occasions that I have Mortician cravings) is on shuffle whenever it is, and that feels right.

inquisition live bandWith their previous three albums – all very good – Inquisition seemed to be aiming at delivering that one huge album, and that release was Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm (read my review of that masterpiece here), on which Lord Dagon perfected his songwriting technique, and grouped with the blasting that came from Incubus and that dense overall sound, made for a crushing release that was sonically devastating from its first moment and instantly made you raise the horns and move your head in a circular motion.

Inquisition-Obscure-Verses-for-the-multiverseObscure Verses For The Multiverse, the 2013 album from Inquisition, offers more of the same – or as George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher would say about an upcoming Cannibal Corpse album: “Same, same… but different.” At first listen I was blown away, on second listen I compare it to its antecedent and think that this one isn’t that great, but that’s how I usually feel about Inquisition albums, only to be proved wrong later. Third listen onwards I hear Obscure Verses For The Multiverse as what it is: the latest Inquisition album  – and how does one compare albums of a band that never really changes? I’d like to say the songs on Obscure Verses For The Multiverse aren’t as easily catchy as a lot of other Inquisition tracks, but I also can’t stop listening to this album midway, and the more attention I pay the clearer it becomes that it’s yet another magical release from the world where darkness is lord and death the beginning. It’s as imposing as everything else by them.

inquisition bandObscure Verses For The Multiverse is packed with thrashy riffs and masterful drumming shrouded in that opaque sound. There’s a song from Nefarious Dismal Orations (read Dipankar ‘Demonos’ Roy’s review of that album here). Yeah, it’s more of the same, and it’s “same, same, but different,” and since we’re talking about a great band we love for never really changing, I don’t think we’ll hear any complaints.


DOWNLOAD SATANIC BLACK METAL FROM INDIA: Solar Deity’s Devil Worship | Solar Deity’s The Darkness Of Being | Solar Deity’s Snowless | Solar Deity’s In The Name Of Satan


Solar Deity to perform live rituals at Vehement Era: Enslavement in Bangalore

vehement era enslavement posterThat’s right! We’re hitting old Bengaluru for the second time this year, and 2013’s Vehement Era: Enslavement has a lineup that will blow you away. For my non-metalhead readers who can’t make head or tail of these morbid logos, these are the names of the bands: Chaos (thrash metal), Dark Desolation (black metal), Gutslit (death/grind), Festered Wound (gore/noise), Nihilus (technical death metal), Solar Deity (Satanic black metal) and Theorized (thrash metal). If you’re in Bangalore this Sunday, Ion Bar & Kitchen is where you should come to drink alcohol and enjoy these seven metal acts. Hail Satan!

Vehement Era: Enslavement event page on Facebook

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

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