While Nepal is known mostly for its Himalayan mountain range, beautiful landscapes and unique culture, it is also a hotbed for one of Asia's heaviest music scenes. Over the last 2 decades, the country has churned out quality bands in every genre from death metal to powe-rviolence. The result of which is Neck Deep In Filth, which represents members from different music scenes of Nepal, joined together to create a bludgeoning, powerful sound that will appeal to fans of both hardcore punk and extreme metal. However, the band also holds a political edge, as the lyrical content is written in a way to make outsiders aware that this little mountain country isn't as peaceful as it seems.
Their first single was recently premiered on Unite Asia, along with an interview that chronicles the history of the Nepali scene.
Unite Asia premieres "Praise The Tyrant":
Neck Deep In Filth was formed in 2016 when members of various Kathmandu-based punk, hardcore, and death metal bands came together to play politically-driven hardcore/punk. Members Vishal (vocals) and Sushil (bass) were a part of one of the first Nepali punk rock band, Inside 2 Stoopid Triangles, which also contained members of US grindcore band Chepang at the time. The two also share a past in metallic hardcore juggernauts Jugaa whereas guitarist Sandesh and drummer Sanjay were recruited from Squirtguns and Asphyxiate respectively.
Having initially met through shows and sharing practice spaces, since Kathmandu is such a small place, the band quickly settled in together and began to forge a sound that is reminiscent of the dark hardcore of Integrity, Cursed, Alpinist as well as the violent rage of Left For Dead, Haymaker & Sick of it All. The band takes influences from different ends of the extreme music spectrum to create an unrelenting, punishing wall of sound with tremolo riffs, breakdowns, blast-beats and frantic screaming – all packaged in a very mid-90’s style production. The EP was recorded in their rehearsal spaces while their bassist Sushil recorded, mixed & mastered the material, resulting in a sound that is definitive of what DIY means in the third world.
To promote the upcoming release of the EP, the band has played some well-received shows in their city, which boasts one of the best metal & punk scenes in South Asia. Self-released CDs of the EP will be released when NDIF plays The Pit on Sept 9. The artwork is made by Dib Gurung, known for his work with Chepang, and reflects the strong political views of the bands by showing a member of a minority community surrounded by bullets and the Nepali flag. As vocalist Vishal puts it - “We’re living in a society filled with racists, misogynists, and hate filled ultranationalists. We’re surrounded by scum. Hence, Neck Deep In Filth.”
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