Review: Heathen Beast – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard

Posted: May 27, 2020 in Reviews
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Heathen Beast - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard

Born of the strife and sometimes violent social upheaval in their native India, Heathen Beast’s newest record ‘The Revolution Will Not be Televised But It Will Be Heard’, the band try to bring the reality of the situation to an ignorant world. Trying to explain the slow but steady fascist build of the leading party and their Hindu nationalist militias requires violent music, and this album has it in spades. It is out in June through Bandcamp.

‘Fuck CAA’ opens with a rough chugging riff, coated by the kind of distorted violence that would make Anaal Nathrakh proud. The blackened grind surges throughout, with some brutal death metal breakdown moments thrown in to enhance the carnage. I cannot begin to unravel the complex political messages here, but since every song starts with ‘Fuck…’ something, you can get the impression that Heathen Beast are very pissed off. The variety of samples thrown in from news reports or speeches adds to the storytelling, while songs like the poisonous ‘Fuck Modi-Shah’ and the savagery of ‘Fuck Your Police Brutality’ barely let up to allow you to breathe. The blasting brings to mind bands like The Berzerker, while the intensity matches the likes of Insect Warfare or Wormrot. An unexpected highlight comes in the almost clean vocals of ‘Fuck the Economy (Modi Already Has)’, playing with the archetype of this style brilliantly.

‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard’ is a sociopolitical napalm strike; each song layered with a venomous bite, serrated riffing and throat shredding screams. It is probably the most vicious 35 minutes you’ll experience this year, and hopefully it will educate the listener a little as well as taking our fucking heads off. Fuck the system indeed.

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