India continues to churn out more and more metal bands, and the latest from the lot are Hostilian from the IT city of Hyderabad, India. Check out their brand of aggressive and catchy death metal that can be heard on their Bandcamp page AT THIS LINK.
Hostilian from the city of Hyderabad, India are a brand new band playing a form of groove-induced death metal that's at once powerful and lasting. With three guitarists in their ranks, they aim to create music that's not one-dimensional and manage to incorporate a plethora of influences without straying away from their thick and crushing sound. Touted as the next great band from their city after Godless, their debut 'Monolith' is highly awaited in their country, as the band prepare to embark on a nationwide tour. These four songs are enough to cement their future as one of the most promising acts and their debut EP is bound to send shock-waves through the country and beyond.
Sagar Iyer - Vocals
Kenneth Moses- Bass
Roshan - Guitar
Neil - Guitar
Ven - Guitar
Rajiv - Drums
Artwork by Joe Gettler (US)
Produced by Dave Levine
After releasing a series of official videos, Demonic Resurrection have now come up with a fantastic play-through video + lyric video which can be viewed at the band's official channel AT THIS LINK. Please check it out!
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One of India's longest running bands, Demonic Resurrection, are back with their fifth full length album and it's a unique take on the avatars of Lord Vishnu according to Indian mythology. Each song is dedicated to a different avatar and the artwork and lyrics are indicative of the same. 'Dashavatar' follows the band's trademark epic black/death metal style that the band have cemented over the decades. The fans won't be disappointed and at the same time this is an ambitious leap forward. Tasteful solos accentuate the soaring riffs, all impeccably structured to bring to life stories from ancient Hindu mythology. Suitably atmospheric and tempered to perfection, this album holds its own in an era of ever-increasing individuality.
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India's Japan-based band Bhaira unveils music video for "Baigan"; title track taken from debut album now out
Bhaira in their own words are "an up and coming band currently located in Tokyo, Japan". Their debut album entitled, "Baigan", [in their words] would definitely be a breath of fresh air in the metal world.
Ajay was more than happy to disclose Bhaira's past and current state:-
"Sanjay and I (Ajay) have been playing together for the last seven years under the name DarkEcho with many line up changes. However, in December 2015, both of us met the lead guitarist, Rustam through a contact who auditioned for the position of the bassist in our band. In the same month, the three of us found the bassist in Malcolm. Right after the four of us met, we decided to take a more solid image under the name, Bhaira. We have been playing in Tokyo, Japan for over one year, and the crowd has been amazing. The metal scene is fairly strong, just trailing the United States and the United Kingdom. However, anything that is "kawaii" spreads like wildfire, overpowering the metal scene."
Bhaira just recently released the title track from their debut album on the 28th of April. You can check it out below:-
The music video was produced by SET Japan. The video was directed by Keivan Salehpour and Alexis Wuillame. The crew excluding the directors consists of Tom Slemmons, and Andy Tyrrell.
The question of how they came up with the music video idea is quite a simple one at the very core, but overarching that is a personal message as Ajay goes on to explain:-
"The word "Baigan" means 'egg plant', but it is slang for something that is messed up or absolutely repulsive in Hyderabadi Hindi (a dialect of Hindi from Hyderabad, India, where Sanjay and I are from). The inspiration for this song / music video comes directly from situations that occurred in my life, that imprisoned me till Bhaira came to my rescue. The four phases that are shown in the video depict the major factors that led me astray, drove me away from playing my instrument, forced me to give up on my dreams and almost making "a slave of my own grave"."
This sense of emotional disarray reflects in the band's music and despite not knowing what to call their music or indeed genre-tag it, Bhaira could probably fall into the Post-Metal category... ultimately whoever listens to them will decide what to call them. As for Ajay, he insinuates that Bhaira are not fussed about the whole genre-tagging thing... a question GMA posed to them.
"This is something that we have never found the answer for ourselves. That being said, we do strive for the heavy sound and intense energy, conveying the emotions and telling stories effortlessly to the listeners. Our major inspirations have been Metallica (obviously), Slipknot, Stromae, System Of A Down, and Hans Zimmer. "
And what about the band name after all, what does it mean and where did that come from? Ajay admits that:-
"As far as the meaning of the word goes, we don't think it has any (if at all there is any, we do not intend to associate with it). When we decided to evolve towards a solid image, we wanted to have a name which is powerful, easy to chant, easy to pronounce, easy to remember, different and most importantly we wanted to personify the band by giving it a human-like name.
It was me Ajay who chose the name, and it was immediately loved and accepted by the whole band. "
Arguably India's biggest band, DEMONIC RESURRECTION have released an ambitious official video directed by Guilherme Henriques Silva (Portugal) who has worked with bands like WORMED, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, BELPHEGOR, etc. In the band's own words, "The video shows the epic battle between Hiranyakashipu, the asura and Vishnu. Working with director Guilherme is always a pleasure and he did a great job bringing the vision to life."
The video can be viewed HERE.
Demonic Resurrection Bandcamp
NEW Demonic Resurrection Facebook Page
Progressive metal band from Dubai are going to blow people's minds with their contemporary and energetic music. 'Terraform' is Kaihon's debut release and it's a multi-layered yet catchy affair spanning four songs. It's impressive to see a Dubai-based band collaborating with musicians from India - the album has guest appearances from SKYHARBOR's Keshav Dhar, who has also produced the album, and even Shashank Bhatnagar of UNDYING INC. It's as good as it gets, topped off with amazing artwork from Visual Amnesia (DEMONIC RESURRECTION, CHAOS). Meticulously concocted and executed, this is a contemporary gem in the style, and taking into account that such music is being crafted from this part of the world, it's no mean feat. Fans of forward-thinking, progressive, even atmospheric metal must check this out.
ROLLING STONE (India) is streaming the album in full over HERE.
Indian death metal greats Plague Throat release their highly awaited full length debut after putting out a stunner in 'An Exordium to Contagion' EP. And if their single was anything go by, the band's sound is only getting more powerful and relevant by imbibing influences of both brutal and technical death metal while remaining rooted in the classic death metal style. These are ten unrelenting and supremely passionate songs that will have any metalhead banging his head in ridiculous fashion. Catchiness has always been a trait for this band but it's never at the expense of the heaviness. With a faultless production to boot, 'The Human Paradox' will become a death metal staple for old and new fans alike all around the world.
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