Posts Tagged ‘indian metal bands

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.

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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.

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20
Jan
17

An Interview with Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

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I have the pleasure of talking every now and then with Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, one of the few people from the Indian metal scene that I actually like. JP is a great guy, a fantastic writer, and the bassist of Djinn & Miskatonic – the doom metal band whose upcoming album gave me this opportunity to throw a few questions at him.
Congratulations on the new album! How’s it all coming along?
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Thanks! Well, the mixes are moving along at a good pace and the next stage is mastering. This time, Sandeep Kumar KH, a very talented Bangalore-based guitarist and studio engineer is doing the production. He’s been in a few bands with me and knows my aesthetics, besides being a mean guitarist who looks and sounds a bit like Kim Thayil.
The cover art is splendid. What can those who’ve enjoyed Forever In The Realm expect from Even Gods Must Die?
More variety, more songs. We had two trudging epics, one midtempo rocker and a minimalist blues dirge on Forever In The Realm. This time there’s more songs and more textures. The production is a bit different – the guitars are more vintage sounding, the kit sounds more 70s and the bass will pop out at you more. Apart from Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard and the like I think this time you’ll hear traces of epic metal, NWOBHM and 70s hard rock. Raveen Panday of the Chronic Blues Circus, ex-Soulmate, plays Hammond organ on one song. The mood is just as dark and ritualistic, so don’t worry that we’ve gone prog or groovy.
The cover art is by two Bangalore artists whose work you can find on Facebook on the pages The Impostalbumart_coverartworker Of Oz and Fabled.
I’m curious to know how Djinn & Miskatonic goes about the songwriting process.
The lyrics are written by either our singer Gautham Khandige or me. Gautham usually works out the lyrics while jamming while I usually write them at home and bring them to the jamroom. Most of the music is by me. I usually noodle about on the bass at home, put together 4 or 5 parts and then demo them live to the band. I sometimes add on to the structure afterwards, or remove bits that are not working. Lately I’ve occasionally improvised riffs and melodies while jamming. Our guitarists, Sriram and Mushaf, have also started bringing riffs and melodies to the jamroom. Sriram has a few tasty riffs thrown into the mix on the second album.
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Please tell me how a nice, sensible, rational, caring and generally chilled-out person like you makes enemies so effortlessly. I’ve always had to work hard for it.
Because my ideals mean more to me than scene acceptance. And this is only getting more pronounced over time. I don’t see the distinction between the ethical, political and personal dimensions in life and I don’t want to be part of this stupid metal fraternity ethos where we condone sexism and crazy right wing ideals because metal.
Weird Tales Of A Bangalorean absolutely knocked me out with the sucker punches. I read it twice over several whisky sessions with lots of boondi raita. Tell me something about your next, which I will carry everywhere and start reading only when I have in front of me a huge bowl of vegan boondi raita
Thanks for reading my weird tales. My next book should come out early next year, from the same publisher. It is called A Volume Of Sleep. This time around, I have not explored the weird bywweirdtalesofabangaloreanays of Bangalore so much as of the mind, I think. There are stories about murder victims finding eternal oblivion, nostalgia as a deadly trap and welcome pyre and, well, all sorts of other things. Dave Felton is providing a cover painting and interior illustrations, which has me excited because he is a fantastic artist who has done great work for a lot of other weird fiction writers.
I’ve been writing a lot more poetry lately. It’s a way to process the world. And the world in 2016 has given thinking human beings a lot to process. I would love to have my poetry published – people seem to respond to them well – but poetry is an even poorer prospect for publication than short fiction.
Back to Djinn & Miskatonic. I’m glad you guys are playing shows again. And you seem to be content with the new lineup.
Yes. It’s not quite a new lineup, but Mushaf Nazeer has helped round out our live sound and is quickly becoming a good addition to the songwriting team. We’ve all spent a lot of time on other projects, or just life, in the last year and I think getting back into the jamroom and feeling the energy we have together has brought home the fact that this set-up has an undeniable chemistry of its own. We’ve only done one gig this year, but it was after a huge hiatus and it was good to see we can still bring the riffs and connect with an audience.
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And how do you plan on recovering all that you spent on recording this album? Not wanting to deal with the business side of it and letting go of the money invested in making music as a good spend makes even musically inferior bands think of my band as an unambitious “hobby band”. Do you have a strategy?
Not really. I’m willing to spend money on making the music I believe in. Other people buy cars, a second home, a home entertainment system, stock market shares…people spend crores on getting married, I am lucky enough to not be broke all the time and I’m happy to have my music out there as an artistic expression rather than a career. Of course, our label boss Kunal Choksi has to make up his costs, and it’s possible to break even on our recording and production costs, but all that is secondary to what my bandmates and me are in this for. When it comes to music as a paying proposition, we should be playing Bollywood music or whispy ‘indie’ if we really want to show we have business smarts. As it stands, our drummer who is the only full time musician in the band, makes his money teaching and with tribute acts while the rest of us have jobs and shit like that to keep afloat. It’s actually less intelligent to be a rock or metal musician in India and think you can be businesslike about it.
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I completely understand that you have a doom metal band, but do you need to look miserable all the time? You don’t even upload food pics like the other vegans, and food is the most important thing in the world after cats! Is there anything that makes you happy? Do you smile on Sunday mornings? Or do you mope about like a goth on a picnic in Cubbon Park?
Smiling is for clowns and Batman villains. On a more serious note, I have struggled with depression much of my life and, while I am not currently in the grip of chronic depression, the long years of tussling with the black dog have probably left a mark on my body language and demeanour. In truth I am quite content with my lot and cats, dogs, heavy music, weird literature and my wife all make me happy with life. Can I have my Grammy now?
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19
Aug
16

Single Review: Metallica – Hardwired (2016)

metallica-hardwiredIs Metallica back? We won’t know until we hear the full album because the title-track of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is the band doing everything that made them great, but like Death Magnetic it does sound like they’re trying too hard to invoke the fire that was doused long ago.

Of course the ‘Tallica can write amazing songs; they have a whole bunch of them even in Load and Reload but surely we don’t expect a group of men who have already achieved everything they wanted and a lot more to have anything other than personal pain to make songs about. Hey, what kind of angst about what’s wrong with the world would you write about if you had a fucking big house with vintage cars and spent a lot of time in your swimming pool with fancy cigars and the finest alcohol and everything else money can buy?

I don’t grudge Metallica their success; I fucking love them more than anybody else I know, but I also recognize soulless music when I hear it. It’s not hard to tell when a band is pretending to be affected by or even concerned about problems that’ll never touch them. I catch Indian metal bands bullshitting all the time, and hell, even Slayer has written some laughable lyrics. Kerry King concerned about oil wars, really? Even Megadeth gets tiring with Dave Mustaine singing way too much about politics than he should, and he’s another dude who really needs to go vegan.

So what does Hardwired have? The riffing from Kill ‘Em All with the sound Metallica is now known for. They’ve pumped themselves up and Kirk Hammett has been made to play a solo that makes me wonder if it was Megadeth’s latest album that made these four want to see if their old fans would come back if they did this. The lyrics are terrible, as if they were written by James Hetfield’s clone in Mumbai who doesn’t deserve more of a mention than this. Read the lyrics and you’ll see them pissing on Fight Fire with Fire, perhaps trying to extinguish that as well.

I’ll take Low Man’s Lyric over Hardwired (and Lords of Summer – ha!) any day, but I look forward to the new album anyway; if nothing else it’ll make for a few more conversations about the Big 3 (Anthrax has no place in a discussion about great bands) over several glasses of whatever you drink.

Rating: 2.5/5

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04
Jun
13

Riju Dasgupta: ‘Albatross was cursed’

Horror metal band Albatross have played several shows with incredible bands and have a devoted following, but their long phase of bad luck ended only recently. The albatross is a bird of ill omen, and even the phrase ‘albatross around my neck’ means a huge burden over someone.

riju dasguptaSays bassist Riju ‘Dr. Hex’ Dasgupta, “The curse was truly upon us. Our first guitarist moved to the Middle East after just two shows; one of the founding members Rajarshi Bhattacharya (now with Hellwind) quit soon after because he couldn’t make time; our concerts in Ladakh and Shillong were called off after we reached there because of political issues in those regions; a show with King Diamond, Iced Earth and Overkill got cancelled because of tax scenes in Croatia. Man, I could go on forever. Even our most kickass gigs were plagued with problems.”

And it’s true: the band has been asked to stop playing after only one song due to lack of time, and there have also been power cuts in the middle of their performances. We’ve even heard that a sanyasi once gatecrashed an Albatross show and stole their CDs! “That’s correct,” confirms Dr. Hex. “When I caught him, he said he deserves free metal music because he’s renounced the world!”

But all that’s in the past, according to the doctor. “I think Nishith has been the good-luck symbol in the band. The bad luck stopped as soon as he joined us. It also helps that he’s the best guitarist in the world.”

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13
May
13

Motorhead India Tribute up for streaming and ready for preorders

Solar Deity is proud to be a part of the Motorhead India Tribute! You can listen to all the tracks and preorder the release and merchandise from this link: http://motorheadtribute.bandcamp.com/

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14
Oct
12

Irwie – The Axis Of Naked Earth

For our special feature on the Indian underground metal scene, we caught up with the man even time couldn’t leave behind

Every Thursday night at Razzberry Rhinoceros, young men could be seen either parting with a hundred rupees to get a stamp on their wrist or convincing the bouncer to let them in for free, unless they were in one of the bands-on-the-bill’s good books and on the guest list. Irrespective of how they managed to gain entry inside Juhu’s most popular nightclub at the time (J49 enjoyed that tagline later for a brief while, but not the credibility), the youths would then occupy the narrow lane next to Razz Rhino, loading chillums and mixing drinks and tanking up for the few hours of invigorating music that were to follow. Original songs being a taboo back then – everybody wanted to hear Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden’s anthems being played live – many of those Thursday nights were graced by a cover band that played everything from Nirvana to Napalm Death, and System Of A Down to Slayer and Sepultura. Naked Earth was known for its ‘tightness’, its ability to flawlessly execute classics of great bands we never thought would make it to India (they all either did or are on their way), but all those who were present in those times will remember Irwie, the drummer of Naked Earth, who was also the face and driving force of Mumbai’s underground rock scene’s most popular metal band.

GREAT BEGINNINGS

Born on August 9, 1952, in a family of five children – two boys and three girls – Irwin Vaz went to Saint Xavier’s School, Bombay. To say music was in the lad’s blood would be an understatement. Irwie’s father, Anthony Xavier Vaz, better known as Chic Chocolate (for his slick looks and his skin colour), was Asia’s best trumpeter. Irwie’s brother Philip Vaz was one of the most eminent bass players of Bombay, while the three sisters – Ursula Fernandes, Yvonne Gonsalves and Christine ‘Kittu’ Sequeira – all well-known jazz singers, were married to musical geniuses – Johnny Fernandes (piano), Braz Gonsalves (sax) and Steve Sequeira (drums/keys). Irwie’s brothers-in-law were baaps of their instruments, and even Ranjit Barot used to bow before Steve Sequeira. Irwie’s teacher was Leslie Goudinho, the excellent jazz drummer who could read music the way we read newspapers.

Irwie landed his first job in 1969 at Bombellies, Breach Candy as the drummer of the Shaukat Baig Trio, with Baig on keys and Manuel Araujo on bass. The Shaukat Baig Trio performed at Bombellies till the place closed down in 1973, and life started for Irwin Vaz in 1974 when he started performing at the Supper Club on the 33rd floor of Oberoi Sheraton (now Oberoi Towers). “It was like performing on a ship”, says Irwie, before disclosing how he got the job. Hannibal Castro (who still plays the trombone in Goa) showed up at Irwie’s house unannounced, packed the boy’s drum kit and took it with him, telling Irwie’s mother to send the fellow to meet him if he wanted his drums back. In 1976, Irwie left for Delhi to play in plush hotels as the drummer of Mike Fey’s band, and had the privilege of performing with reputed musicians like Steve Law (keys), Mozin Menezes (keys), Rudy Cotton (sax) and Benny Rozario (keys).

THE METAL YEARS

Irwie returned to Bombay and formed the bands Nirvana and Naked Earth, which featured Keith Kanga (a Jehovah’s Witness!), who had big bucks and knew a little bass. They covered bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cream and Deep Purple, and once won the second prize at Saint Mary’s Hall, Byculla. The prize money – 100 rupees – was divided among the three members, and Irwie proudly took home his 33 bucks. Irwie also played in other bands like Holy Smoke and Mayhem. Nirvana, by the way, was the name taken by Irwie for his band much before the Nirvana you and I know had even heard music.

The Naked Earth you and I know, was in fact the second incarnation of the band.

Irwie met the others, who were much younger, and decided he wanted to them in the band as they’d bring a new energy to the music. They introduced him to new music (Irwie says he was blown away when he heard Nativity In Black), and says it was the change in the rest of the band’s attitude and their ego clashes that made him disband Naked Earth. The other members of Naked Earth formed Earthclan, while Irwie started Aftermath, but neither of the bands managed to create an impact, and both faded into oblivion soon enough.

While Irwie has fond memories of Naked Earth, and no hard feelings towards the other members, he absolutely hates some others from the scene and minces no words when talking about them. He claims Vishal Dadlani and Pentagram politicized the scene, and Amit Saigal and Brahma who were supposed to be friends, turned their backs on him. Brahma – the most ridiculed band in the history of Indian metal – practiced for a whole week in Irwie’s house, and later got Naked Earth thrown off the bill of a show they were headlining. Irwie narrates the incidents with amusement and a hint of sorrow, as he talks about what a pussy Cyrus Gorimar (drummer of Brahma) turned out to be. He also doesn’t have anything nice to say about Cusp.

Irwie vividly describes a show he played with Mayhem in Pune. It was a tribute to Juggie (Nitin Jagtap, the bassist of Agni, who had died in a car accident), and Irwie says the crowd was mesmerized by the band’s set, as ace guitarists Alok Saxena and Sachin Naik played Yngwie Malmsteen’s Far Beyond The Sun perfectly, and that there was no food left for any of the bands. The caterers then, floored by Irwie’s drumming style, took him to their quarters and gave him enough chicken lollipops to stuff a plastic bag with.

THE DEFINITION OF AN ERA

Smoking his chillum every five minutes, Irwie talks about how a fire in the house destroyed his Naked Earth memorabilia, and later launches into a one-way discussion about how cheap everything was back then. A hit of LSD, he says, was only 40 rupees, and 140 bucks could get you a tola of hash. If funds were low, you could acquire a pauva for 35 rupees. Cops could be bribed with one rupee or a glass of sugarcane juice, says the veteran who spends his days watching football matches, looking after his ailing 86-year-old mother, and giving lessons to budding drummers. After three hours of digging into memories and regaling me with hilarious stories about how the members of Fate would call him in the middle of the night and threaten to hang him upside down and beat the crap out of him, Irwin Vaz insists for coming to his building’s gate to see me off, but as befits a man of his stature, he should be left with a bow at the door of his house, to go back in and chuckle some more thinking of the times gone by.

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14
Dec
11

Exhumation (India) – Live Reburial (Brutal Death Metal)

Rare Exhumation song Oceans Of Hatred: Link 1Link 2 | Lyrics

Previously unreleased Exhumation track With My Bare Hands (Instrumental): Click here to listen

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