After having launched a successful crowdfunding campaign (so far) HERE, Demonstealer have announced another international drummer to contribute towards their much-awaited new release. Having already employed the services of Kevin Paradis, Demonstealer are proud to announce David Diepold from Austria, who has played live previously with Benighted.
Demonstealer is the solo project of Sahil Makhija who is the founding member of one of India's biggest bands, Demonic Resurrection. He dons multiple roles and the music too is completely in his own vision with ample experimentation and collaborations. The previous Demonstealer album received much praise and saw the release of several official videos in its support. The new album is said to be more death metal and with a number of exemplary musicians slated to be a part of it, it's highly anticipated around the world. Two more drummers are yet to be announced along with other details. Watch this space.
In the official announcement, Demonstealer aka Sahil Makhija said -
"I'm super stoked to announced that David Diepold is going to be playing a song on my upcoming EP titled 'The Last Reptilian Warrior'. I've been floored by his YouTube videos and when I saw him play live in 2015 with Benighted at Brutal Assault I was floored. I had a chance to meet him at the festival and I've been wanting to collaborate with him for a while and I'm super excited that he's now part of this EP. If you don't know who he is just watch his videos HERE. That's not all, I had said that there were going to be 3 drummers on this EP, it might just be 4 drummers now. Stay tuned for details."
Demonstealer have also recruited the services of renowned Indian artist Reuben Bhattacharya (Visual Amnesia), who did the breathtaking artwork of the latest Demonic Resurrection album which you can see above.
Official DEMONSTEALER Site
Official DEMONSTEALER Bandcamp
Experimental Indian death metal band Fragarak have put out a stunning album that's unparalleled at least this part of the world. Rolling Stone India premiered the first song from their massive album 'A Spectral Oblivion' AT THIS LINK.
Ambitious Indian band Fragarak from New Delhi have come up with an album of epic proportions. Featuring Louis Rando of Impiety on drums, they've fabricated elaborate songs that are both atmospheric and suspenseful. Their first album was groundbreaking in its vision, but with 'A Spectral Oblivion' they've truly proved their worth. This is a statement of sorts that bands from this part of the world too can come up with music that's original. Though steeped in classic death metal, they've done well to expand upon that style and add their own aura of mysticism and intrigue. Albums like these probably won't ever be replicated, but there's enough material here to last a while.
Drums recorded by Louis Rando from November to December 2016 in Perth, Western Australia
Lead guitars in ‘Fathoms of Delirium’ by Vishal J. Singh of Amogh Symphony
Alap in Ālūcinārī IV – The Fall' by Pavithra Chari of Shadow and Light
Alap in Ālūcinārī II and III by Disha
Additional vocals in ‘In Rumination II – Reflections’ and ‘Specter – An Oblivion Awakens’ – by Akshay Fotedar
All Choir Arrangements by Ruben Franklin
Recorded at 300 BPM and Fragarak’s studio from October to December 2016 in Delhi and Kerala, India 2016
Produced by Rahul Mehalwal and Fragarak
Mixed and Mastered by Nikolas Quemtri at NRQ Studios, Ukraine
Official Fragarak Bandcamp
Official Fragarak Facebook
Transcending Obscurity Official Site
NEW Transcending Obscurity Records Facebook
Official Transcending Obscurity Records YouTube Channel
Demonstealer released an album last year to a terrific reception, and the sole person behind the band, Sahil Makhija, even employed the services of George Kollias of Nile fame. They're on the verge of putting out a new release, which is professed to be more death metal and fast, and already Kevin Paradis, who's played with bands like Benighted, Svart Crown, Agressor, etc. is on board for one of the songs. The rest of the guest musicians will be announced at a later date and is fiercely guarded as of now. Like last time, even for the new album Demonstealer have announced a massive crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic AT THIS LINK.
Demonstealer aka Sahil Makhija has said this about the campaign -
"Now I know for most people it's hard to pre-order something without knowing what's coming up but I can assure you, if you go by the quality of music I've been delivering, you won't be disappointed. While I had George Kollias drum on the solo album, this EP is a little more ambitious and I'm trying to work with not 1 but 3-4 drummers. While I've confirmed 3 of them I can only announce 1 right now and that is Kevin Paradis from France who is an incredible drummer. You can check him out on youtube. I can say that the other 2 drummers will also blow your mind."
Demonstealer is also the founding member of the well-known band and arguably India's biggest group, Demonic Resurrection. He's the only one who's successfully launching crowdfunding campaigns from India for each of his bands.
More info on the new release will be revealed soon.
Official DEMONSTEALER Site
Official DEMONSTEALER Bandcamp
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.
Demonic Resurrection Facebook Page
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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