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. "
Japanese Thrash Metal / Crossover band Beyond Description posted on-line, in streaming on YouTube, the new song 'Castle'. It was taken from their 5th full-length album called "The Robotized World", out via Punishment 18 Records.
Earthists. released their debut record, "Dreamscape," in March and has gained a lot of attention for their technical abilities, as well as meaningful lyrics. The band is heavily influenced by progressive metal bands, some of which elements can be showcased in "Footprints." The standout characteristics of technical guitar work in the verses mesh perfectly with catchy lead guitars, all while implementing Guitarist Yuto Hirabayashi's unique chord progressions.
"Footprints" was originally intended to be an instrumental track. However, when Hirabayashi joined the band, he perfected the track with additional guitar riffs. The end result also included lyrics that focus on the idea that, "We're always meeting and parting in our lives, but in order to move on, we need to look past our footprints behind us."
Watch "Footprints" Play Through Now
"Dreamscape" is available now at Merchbucket and MerchNow.
If you haven't learned the name Earthists., this is a band you'll want to get to know. They've been consistently playing shows in Japan and catching the attention of big name international touring acts. The band stands out with their combination of meaningful lyrics, incredible stage presence and musicianship. These elements are showcased in the new live video for "Dreamscape".
Despite the language barriers, one might think there's a loss in translation, however the lyrics really do explain who the band is and what's important to them as they sing, 'We live on this planet, Forever will we. Don't destroy the only place to stay, There cannot be us anymore once it's broken'.
When Tragic Hero Records discussed the lyrics with Earthists, the band explained the concept of, “What is done cannot be undone.” Pretending not to see destruction of the earth needs to be changed, and Earthists strongly emphasizes how we, ourselves, should be that change. Additionally, the lyrics describe the idea that, “We have no choice where we are born.” However, we can truly start to live our lives once we choose exactly how we want to live them. Earthists. debut album is available now at Merchbucket and Merchnow.
Watch "Dreamscape" Now
Long-running Japanese brutal death metal faction Vomit Remnants will unleash a new full-length next month via Unique Leader Records. Fittingly titled Hyper Groove Brutality, the band's first studio output in twelve years was produced by Darren Cesca (Arsis, Vile, Goratory) of House Of Grind Studios and features guest appearances from vocalist Henrik Cranz of Soils Of Fate, guitarist Craig Peters of Deeds Of Flesh and Destroying The Devoid, and guitarist Paul Masvidal of Cynic/ex-Death.
Hyper Groove Brutality will see release on April 21st, 2017 worldwide via Unique Leader and comes wrapped in artwork by Phlegeton of Phlegeton Art Studio (Braincasket, Korpse, Whoretopsy etc.) with pre-order bundles to be announced soon.
In the meantime, check out "Wire Rope Strangle" at the Unique Leader Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Crossfaith have released a stream for their 'New Age Warriors EP' which is out now!
The band previously dropped a video stream for ‘Revolution – The Bloody Beetroots Remix’, the first single to be taken from the EP.
The EP contains remixes from The Bloody Beetroots, Shikari Soundsystem, KSUKE, The Qemists and more.
Stream 'New Age Warriors Remix' EP in full here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8mKob-3u2L81x4ZmXJD6k2_dmZOl43vK
Vocalist Kenta Koie says: “We believe there's no border between rock and dance music, and so our new singles on 'New Age Warriors’ have been reconstructed by amazing artists who share this understanding with us.You guys will find new possibilities through these remixes.This is another side of New Age Warriors. Don't miss it!"
Buy the EP here: https://unfd.lnk.to/RevolutionBBRemix
Crossfaith tour the UK as main support to Bury Tomorrow on 14th April through to 22nd April where they’ll be joined by Black Peaks and Any Given Day.
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