The time has come for the band to call it a day. Heathen Beast are perhaps the only band from the country playing black metal and employing Indian classical / traditional / folk instruments despite an acerbic content. 'Carvaka Samkhya', the only point of contact, has ended the band under mysterious circumstances and all evidence of their anti-racist government stance has been removed. Whether they have been threatened by unlawful elements is unknown but is a strong probability. The band would want the music to remain alive and here's a last chance at reaching out, hoping that their unique music is heard far and wide.
"this is Heathen Beast’s attempt to relentlessly question a system that’s coming apart at the seams" - MTV Indies
"Everything slays." - Metal Sucks (US)
"scathing, fiery, empowered and empowering." - Decibel Magazine (US)
"trademark Heathen Beast rager" - Rolling Stone India
"the band’s most cohesive and cataclysmic release to date" - The Metal Observer (Canada)
"terrific!" - XXL Rock (Germany)
"a black metal conflagration of ripping riffs, blazing percussion, and searing shrieks" - No Clean Singing (US)
"top of the pile." - Global Metal Apocalypse (UK)
Heathen Beast, India's leading black metal band, return with yet another scandalous EP containing their strongest material thus far. Delving into the current political scenario in the country, especially the extremist ring-wing agenda of 'Hindutva', this band comprising of anonymous members, feel the need to express themselves using the vicious power of black metal. Traditional instruments are once again employed to give it the topical flavour, from 'Tabla' (Indian drums) and 'Sitar' (Indian stringed instrument) to 'Carnatic violin' (Indian classical instrument) and 'Shankh' (Conch), and the music is charged with a vibe that can be called hair-raising. This is the boldest effort from the whole region, bar none. Heathen Beast may have outdone themselves here, and also put their band members in even more danger with this release. A specially commissioned artwork from legendary US artist Mark Riddick has been made to cover the original band-provided artwork of this release with a slipcase packaging. The original content however remains untouched underneath.
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London's most successful Industrial Metal bands of recent times The Defiled have called it a day.
This statement is taken from the band's Facebook page:-
"It is with heavy, blackened hearts, that we inform you that the time has come to lay The Defiled to rest. There is no drama or fallouts, but we have been forced to face the reality that the love of what we do is not enough to keep our black ship sailing; the continuation of The Defiled has become logistically (financially) untenable.
Thank you - you, our fans, have given us a life experience that we could have never dreamed of. From a grotty flat in north London, you have enabled us to reach places we’d previously only read or heard about, allowed us to grace stages all over the world, cheered for us at some of the worlds most prestigious festivals and granted us the opportunity to perform alongside some of our heroes. And we are in the Guinness Book Of World Records - WTF??!!
Seeing you singing our words back to us, hearing your stories on how our music has affected you, watching you lose your shit to the heavy bits and seeing the spontaneous outpouring of love when some of you linked arms and made a "circle of love” at our last London show has moved us in ways that are impossible to articulate, but just know; we love you for it.
This means we are forced to cancel our scheduled shows with In This Moment in May as well as the headline shows planned. We hate to let you down a second time in just a few months, but unfortunately this is unavoidable.
We know this is not good enough, and all of us deserve a proper send off for The Defiled. We are currently working out how to record some final songs for you, and if we can do a farewell tour before our Final Sleep. Until then...
1888 - 2016"
The band had been going through a quiet period, having last year shown a debate to whether they should release an EP or new album.
We hope they do a farewell UK tour, for The Defiled well there is 'No Place Like Home'. That place? London, UK.
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