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If there was ever a band that can truly speak to the foul corruptions of government, it is India’s Heathen Beast. Their new release, ‘$cam’, is a scathing indictment of the Indian government and their practices, wrapped within a barbed wire petrol bomb of a release. ‘$cam’ is 21 minutes of some of the fiercest political grindcore you’ll find, laced with a black edge. It is out now on Transcending Obscurity.

The inspiration behind ‘$cam’ is the mass demonetisation of the sub continent’s currency, leaving 90% of banknotes worthless. This has seemingly left the poor so much worse off than the rich, tax avoiders it was designed to take down. Heathen Beast tackles the issue with visceral intent, including such potent song titles as ‘It’s Only a Minor Inconvenience’ and the disturbing ‘If You Disagree You Are Anti-National, Go to Pakistan’. You get the idea of how the government seem to approach the issue. Musically the musical is a ravaging mix of Rotten Sound, Napalm Death and Impaled Nazarene, where nasty riffs meet shrieking rage and whirling drums.

When matched with soundbites echoing the real life effects of this scheme, ‘$cam’ takes on a whole new urgency. In a place where this kind of outward criticism could lead to serious consequences, Heathen Beast are even more vital and pertinent. The odd flourish of traditional instrumentation keeps you in the moment, and the intensity feels real. Get a hold of this before they go, and learn about something outside your comfort zone.

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Atmospheric blackened death metal from a member of Indian black metallers Diabolus Arcanium is the state of play with Entity of Hate and their new EP ‘Cursed by Eternity’. It’s an intricate and self assured debut, that brings to mind both Cradle of Filth and Wintersun, minus all the associated orchestral burden!

Opener ‘Cursed for Eternity’ has some great, flowing guitar leads and keyboard enhanced riffs are both eerie and catchy as hell. Vocally it is relatively basic, but it works with the kind of gothic vibe that builds with the atmospheres. Wonderful riffs dominate the insanely good ‘Bloody Lovers & Prey’, that at points feels like a horror film soundtrack overdubbed with heavy metal. The virtuoso guitar work is a big draw to this for me, and it is hard to find this kind of music that doesn’t feel overwrought with grandiose redundancy. Even the synthy instrumental of ‘Bloody Tears (Castlevania)’ doesn’t feel too much.

While defiantly mixing symphonic and cold black metal atmospheres with gallping melodeath isn’t the most obvious mix, the likes of ‘Heart Shaped Dagger’ shows how this kind of extremity can easily include oodles of melody. Entity of Hate are my new favourite band of the moment, and ‘Cursed for Eternity’ is a record that, while short, is full of awesome surprises!

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Demonic Resurrection are the Behemoth of Indian metal, and not only in their musical stylings. Around for years and becoming more and more influential with every release, Demonic Resurrection are also getting more and more ambitious with each one. ‘Dashavatar’ is their fifth full length, and is an exploration of all the avatars of Lord Vishnu in Indian mythology. For those of us that are interested in that, it is a fascinating journey. For those of us that are here for just the music, you won’t be disappointed.

I first came across Demonic Resurrection on their stunning ‘Return to Darkness’ record from 2010, and their swelling in popularity goes hand in hand with their evolution as a muscial force. Take the anthemic ferocity of ‘Kurma – The Tortoise’; it matches Behemothian intensity with ethnic instrumentation and an innate sense of the importance of memorable songs. Soaring melodies dominate ‘Varaha – The Boar’, while the atmospheric black/death of ‘Parashurama – The Axe Wielder’ reminds you of their extreme chops. Mainman Demonstealer roars, croons and riffs his way through ten powerful songs, each with their own individual character. In a world where every band strives to be unique and different, Demonic Resurrection stand out from the crowd by being simply fucking excellent at what they do.

The strings and orchestral moments of ‘Vamana – The Dwarf’ brings to mind great European power metal, as does the soaring ‘Narasimha – The Man-Lion’. Every metal fan can deny it, but most of us came to love metal because of anthemic heavy metal greatness, and that’s what Demonic Resurrection have in their core. Coat it in progressive, symphonic and complex blackened textures if you will, but at heart they are a heavy metal band and that shines through.

‘Dashavatar’ is the answer to the question, ‘can anyone do anything that feels new in metal anymore?’ Demonic Resurrection better becoming fucking huge after this, because ‘Dashavatar’ covers all bases, from powerful melodic soloing to cyclonic black/death maelstroms. I’ll be hard pushed to find a better record than this in 2017.

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Being marked as a ‘landmark release’ in Indian metal is a big ask for Darkrypt to live up to. This is the place that has brought us so many great acts recently that Darkrypt need to be pretty good just to keep up with their countrymen. Fortunately, I have faith in Kunal at Transcending Obscurity when statements like this are made, so I’m looking forward to ‘Delirious Excursion’, coming out in October.

From the ponderous intro ‘The Becoming Alteration’ comes a fire breathing monster in ‘Dark Crypt’, where riffs most murderous come tearing from the cemetaries of vintage Scandinavian death metal. Lacking the buzzing HM2 pedal, but summoning the feel of classic Swedeath (mixed at Unisound Studios by Dan Swano helps) shot through by morbid melodies, ‘Chasm of Death’ has an undead swagger about it. The guitar work is stellar, and really helps to accentuate the switches between relentless chugging and spiralling solos, particularly the beautiful solo in ‘Cryptic Illusions’. The gloomy darkness of ‘Folie à Deux’ is also punctuated with a skillful solo, and this injection of virtuoso guitar work is key to setting them apart from other death metal bands.

Also key to this release are two of its guest appearances, the incorrigible Rogga Johansson of Paganizer et al and Nitin Rajan of Primitiv (one of the subcontinent’s most potent acts). Both add a great deal to a record that already bursts with death metal fury. Rogga lends his talents to the aforementioned ‘Cryptic Illusions’, and boy is it a stormer! The rumbling ‘Inducer’ is where the Primitiv influence comes in deep, but you can also feel an earth shaking Bolt Thrower lean in other tracks too. Darkrypt have crafted a combination of some of the finest death metal styles into a hell of a record. Seek this out if you appreciate skull cracking brutality and evil melodies!

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Godless - Centuries of Decadence

Death metallers Godless are another new band for me to find coming out of the hotbed of quality metal in India. If you want to have an idea of how good these guys can be, know that this was mixed by Joel from Psycroptic who also contributes a solo in there too. That gives you a feeling what undead madness awaits…

While not as technically mind breaking as Psycroptic, Godless have a power about them, where death metal builds with machine gun drumming and an insidious melody that drifts within the growls of ‘Infest’. If you wanted a more accurate reference point, think of Deicide or even the evil looming presence of Immolation. The vocals are dense and potent, with some great extended roars, and the jagged riffing is fucking brutal. ‘Ossuary’ has a number of excellent moments, where the chug meets breakneck speed in a feeding frenzy of riffage, and the aforementioned guest solo is as kickass as you’d expect. Dark melodies infect this broken corpse like life giving lightning, reanimating and reinvigorating the fetid death metal beneath.

Despite the maturity of the songwriting and the interjection of genre luminaries, we must still remember that ‘Centuries of Decadence’ is merely the debut EP from Godless. This fact alone implies that bigger and better things are to come, and if they can improve on the likes of the rapacious ‘Replicant’ and closing savage ‘Oneiros’, then they’ll be doing pretty well. Love it, buy it, support this fucking band!

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Fury Incarnate (Thrash/Crossover) cover art

Another day, another high quality band appearing from India. Mumbai thrashers Carnage Inc have exploded onto the scene, following the likes of Exalter and Armament in building a thrash scene that the subcontinent can be proud of. Their energetic crossover thrash is infectious, as displayed in their new EP ‘Fury Incarnate’.

Opener ‘Dawn’ comes out as almost a red herring, with delicate acoustic melodies spiralling into a building crescendo, ready for what will appear. Imagine the start of ‘One’, but without the politics. Next track ‘Defiled’ has some cool riffing, with dashes of Death Angel youthful vigor and some headbang-inducing moments. Carnage Inc have all the hallmarks of Bay Area thrash, despite their heritage, and this makes ‘Fury Incarnate’ a great listen.

The title track is a total beauty; jagged riffs tear at break neck speed and tempo changes abound. Solos scream from flaming fingertips, and there’s even a little bit of Suicidal Tendencies lurking in the furious ‘Day of Delirium’. Carnage Inc are another Indian band taking the blueprints of metal and re-injecting them with energy, vitality and fresh ideas. It’s great to see; almost as if as a country they’d only just discovered metal and are bringing it like 1986 all over again.

Closing with the rampant ‘Ungod’, Carnage Inc have really impressed me. Their riffs, their energy, their songwriting; it is a breath of fresh air in a genre that can get overcrowded with copycats too often. Love it!

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The first new release out of India I’ve reviewed in a while, but Wired Anxiety’s four track gospel of brutality is an absolute doozy. Unsurprisingly it’s been pushed by Transcending Obscurity, where Kunal can be trusted to come up with the best music that the area has to offer. Wired Anxiety look to be the next in a long line of future stars.

Opener ‘Test Subject Human’ writhes with rage; a flailing beast of modern, cutting edge death metal. There’s hints of Hypocrisy, Origin, but sewn together with an old school brutality that brings to mind the more visceral Suffocation albums. There’s devastating double kicks, savage vocals and more than a dash of catchiness about the raging ‘Heavily Sedated’. ‘Severe Comorbidity’ is gutturally heavy, and the band are possessed with this undeniable energy for what they do.

‘Focus 22’ closes this mini album with a final slice of high quality brutality. If Wired Anxiety can follow this up with more precise, inventive and powerful death metal, then they have a very bright future. ‘The Delirium of Negation’ is excellent, and you should get yourself some!

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