Interview by GMA's Israel correspondent Liram Golibroda
Shredhead are a new wave Thrash Metal band from Israel and are considered one of the best new bands there. They started their music career together in 2009 as a Slayer and Megadeth cover band, a couple of years later they released their first album "Human Nature" and could be regarded as one of the best Israeli Thrash albums. In 2012 they went to the Wacken Open Air Metal Battle for Israel and now, just before releasing their new album, GMA spoke with Yotam and Lee about the band, the new album and well… if you want to know more just read the interview:
Ahron Ragoza - Vocals
Lee Levi - Bass
Roee Kahana - Drums
Yotam Nagor - Guitars
Hi guys, what are you working on now days?
We have just finished recording our new album, the album has been mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen who has worked with bands like Aborted, Betzefer, The Haunted and many more. And now we're getting prepared to send him to some record companies. Besides that, after we finished the new album we have already started writing for the next one, and also we're planning some shows in Israel.
How can you summarize everything from the beginning of the band up till the times after recording your second album?
We've been through a lot, starting with new members to setting our own style of music. It was a long process but nowadays we feel like we're strong and stable, and are all friends with those who enjoy playing together with us ever since the first day. We have had some amazing experiences that we couldn't even imagine ourselves achieving, such as the WOA metal battle and recording our second album.
How do you create new songs?
90% of the time, Yotam writes the riffs and tries to make them link together into a song, later on he sends the riffs to the rest of the band so we can work on it during future rehearsals and everyone gives their own style to the song. It can be with Kahana's drumming or Lee's bass playing and writing lyrics that will fit the song in the best way. In other cases we just improvise and hope for the best.
How does the new album different from "Human Nature"?
In every possible way! It the beginning we only searched for music that allowed us to be faster, more brutal and louder. When we started writing "Human Nature" we were just kids that loved playing with no music experience, but now a couple of years later after "Human Nature" we've all had some musical experience that made us better musicians. The new album is more aggressive and more melodic than "Human Nature", and the lyrics are more thoughtful and intimate.
Are you planning any surprises for us, maybe plans to go on tour?
We have a lot of plans, not only for the new album but also about where we'll stand next year as a band. Everything else is a secret. As for tours, we have a lot of plans and we hope everything will go on as planned.
What live show do you remember as the best one you have had up in till now?
Two weeks after we came back from WOA we celebrated one year since the release of "Human Nature". As with every Shredhead show we invited special guests, made some funny covers and even had a boxing fight between Lee and Ahron. In general that was a show that felt more like a huge party and it was great.
What can you reveal about your upcoming album and where can you see Shredhead in 5 years time?
The new album will include 11 aggressive songs and will feature this concept of an instrumental song before the last song just like in "Human Nature". The name of the album is "Death Is Righteous" and it describes what we've been through in our personal lives over the past two and a half years, and our understanding of why does death everyone deserves death.
As for looking five years ahead, we envisage it with a third or fourth album, non-stop tours and hopefully with music as our only career.
What is Shredhead for you?
Shredhead is the frame that holds our lives together, everything we are going through lately is for Shredhead, we work to support the band and we work hard to promote her. Meaning every second we have we put into the band as without Shredhead we are different people.
How could you define your music?
MMMMEEEETTAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!! People can describe our music as Thrash Metal or Groove Metal. We don't describe our music because we play what we love and believe in.
What is your message to the fans?
We want to thank every single person who supports the band, without you we would not exist and we would not have the strength to move on.
Interview by GMA's Bangladesh correspondent Nabil Abaddon
GMA has always tried to sift out raw talent from the most exotic corners of the world. One really has to go on an expedition and look out for such bands who are nowhere near to be discovered by the Metal world. Nepal is one country with raw local talent and some really dedicated concert organizers. They not only have a small Metal scene in the hills, but also they have big Metal Fests every year where they have brought bands like Napalm Death, Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader, Nervecell, Arsames, etc along with big names from the neighboring countries.
We shine the light today on a four piece Thrash Metal band from the depths of Nepal, called Bidroha (which means 'rebel or retaliation' in English). Bidroha self-released their debut album “Suffer Till Death” last year and have toured Hong Kong in January this year. These chaps are quite popular in the local scene due to their Thrashy stage performance, which had earned them a place on the same bill with Decapitated and Nervecell at Nepfest IV last year in the capital city Kathmandu. Apart from that, they have a split release with Argentine Heavy / Thrash band Insignia. I spoke with Bidroha’s front-man / rhythm guitarist Saurab Sainju about his band and the local scene. Here is an excerpt of how the conversation went….
Apocalyptic hails brother Saurab! Your band just released its debut full length album “Suffer Till Death” last year. How is the band doing right now?
Saurab: Hail GMA. After the release, we have been refurnishing ourselves for the album tours which started from January 26, 2014 in Hong Kong. Originally Amar Sakya who was the drummer of Bidroha, due to his personal reasons was unable to continue the album tour for an uncertain period of time. Therefore Bidroha found a new session drummer Akash who joined our overseas tour at that point. Also Bisal our bassist went abroad and I, myself have recovered from a broken hand and we are inactive due to that. Listen to Bidroha’s promo demo from their album Suffer Till Death here.
Please tell us what were the directions and motivational factors that started Bidroha?
Saurab: Bidroha came into existence after Zantu and I disbanded our previous band and as always I wanted to start and play the Thrash Metal genre since the initiation phase of my Metal music interest. As the Thrash Metal genre should not be fading away from the scene, I felt why not revive it back again. So Zantu agreed with my suggested theme and joined me, afterwards we found Amar as a drummer and Saugat as the bassist. Saugat decided to continue his further studies and left the band. Then Bsal joined the band and this is how Bidroha was born!
Bidroha’s album “Suffer Till Death” came out in November last year. What kind of response are you getting from the fans?
Saurab: Till now the responses and album reviews from our fans and supporters are all positive! A dream doesn't become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. This is what we believe.
Bidroha toured Hong Kong at the very beginning of this year. Would you care to tell us about the whole experience? How was the show and what kind of reaction did you get there from the crowd?
Saurab: Well, the experience was awesome. It was one of our most memorable tours ever. We had two shows, 26th and 28th January, and the first show was in ‘Backstage’, which was good. Although we were drunk and got carried away with it, the show was good. The second gig was in Yak and Yeti Restaurant. The crowd there was mostly non metalheads, we played two rock songs and jammed through it. We are thankful to those who came to support us, taking out their time from their busy schedules, and one thing was sure, even though many of them were not metal heads, they really supported us from their hearts. Yeah and not to forget, I went hiking with the NRN (Non-residential Nepalese) guy who brought us in Hong Kong after my band mates left for Nepal. I forgot to mention that I was overwhelmed with their support by buying our T-shirts and CD's.
That’s great to hear. Will you tell us who Bidroha is inspired by?
Saurab: Well, we all have our own tastes in music. But when it comes to Bidroha, our music is mainly inspired by Thrash metal legends like Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, Kreator, Destruction etc.
Alright. Lets get to a different topic. As much as I have heard, there are loads of Metal bands in Nepal but Bidroha is pretty much the only Thrash Metal band over there. Can you tell us what can be the reason behind that? Also please tell our readers about the Nepalese Metal scene, as in the bands, musicians, gigs everything.
Saurab: Yeah, we are the only old school Thrash band here in Nepal at the moment. The reason behind this is that Thrash is an old genre which was alive in 80's era and it's dead now. So, now it's 2014 and new genres are emerging and taking over the old ones and people listen to their choices of course. Here in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu, the scene has been developing for the past 3 years. It's progressing more with the proper sound, stage, amount of crowd etc. It only lacks the proper quality of crowd who are truly Metalheads and also we don't have venues for the indoor and outdoor gigs. There are always showstoppers (police) in almost every concert. Outside of the valley, there are only places like Hetauda and Pokhara, knowingly the most happening places for their Metal Scenes at the present.
As for the bands, there are more new bands coming into the scene. Some stick to the music and some leave the scene with no hopes and play other genres. Basically, when we talk about underground bands, each bands or musicians, there are very few bands that get paid and most of the bands they can't even think of surviving only by playing and depending on their music career. Some of the bands may want to continue playing; it is because a true musician never wants to give up his passion.
What do you think of the sites posting underground Extreme Metal materials? Listen to Adhipatya Ho Danav Ko by Bidroha here.
Saurab: It depends on the sites. For example, there are lots of Facebook pages that are supporting and posting underground stuff but a lot of the pages in someway, just want to get more likes on their pages and even post the wrong information about the bands. If any site is giving wrong information about any band, those sites must be stopped and those who truly collect authentic information about the bands and update their pages or sites are definitely supporting the scene.
Nepal has been visited by some major Death Metal acts like Vader, Nepalm Death, Decapitated, Behemoth etc. Which Thrash bands would you like to see in Nepal in the future?
Saurab: I would love to see the German Thrash bands in Nepal.
Coming to a different topic, having a devastated economy in Nepal, how much does this affect the musicians and organizers who put on shows? How much are the quality instruments available in Nepal?
Saurab: First of all, it's hard to find proper indoor or outdoor venues for Metal gigs in Nepal. I must say, you have to be lucky enough to find a proper venue, and then organizers have to pay a high amount towards the venue charge. Besides that there are our show stoppers (police) who would stop the show without any reason or notice. As for musicians, they don't get paid most of the time and its mostly the musicians who invest their money from their own pockets. Most of the headlining bands end up not playing in the shows because of the police’s invasion. A lot of the people who come to the show, would either ask for free passes or they would ask for over 50% discount to get in. This way our shows ultimately face a heavy loss. To answer your second question, if you can pay well, then best quality instruments are available.
So what are you guys planning on for the next year? Anymore overseas tours?
Saurab: We had plans to have the album tour in Nepal, India and Hong Kong but the tour was in Hong Kong only. Unfortunately, it's getting late for the tour due to the problems we have. Now we have found a new bassist and Amar is back. Let's hope we can still do this tour. If not, then we will do some gigs excluding album tours and will be taking a rest for months to continue our normal life like studies, jobs and will be back again.
Thank you so much for your time Saurab. Really appreciate it! Any final words for Bidroha fans?
Saurab: Well, first of all thanks for having me on board. Thanks to all the supporters, fans who have been supporting us from the begining till now. We have released our debut album "Suffer Till Death" and if you haven't grabbed on it yet, go grab it now. Your feedback would be appreciated a lot. Lastly, Thank you very much for appreciating our work. Thrash'em all \,,/
"Here in Norway, I think most people separate the murders, the church burnings and the music, because it's a few individual people who does it"
GMA caught up with Sarke, front-man and multi-instrument player of Sarke from Norway. Speaking to him about We selected 7 of the questions with the best answers, but you can hear the entire interview by clicking the audio button above. (finish after typing up intie)
You've recently released or going to release in the next couple of days your third album, could you explain the concept behind the album title?
Yeah, well it itself is a made up word as are the previous two albums, I wanted to... the meaning of the word is a kind of door into the darkness, halfway into a darker side, so for me it's a door that is halfway.
Now Norway, since Black Metal started in Norway it has gone through a first wave and a second wave, is Sarke part of a third wave would you say?
I don't see Sarke as a Black Metal band, I don't think Sarke is hard enough or dark enough to be a real Black Metal band and I think people think that way because it's from a cold and awesome tone of Darkthrone and Satyricon, that it is easy to put Sarke into the Black Metal genre but I think that Sarke is much more than just a Black Metal band, it's more of a dark rock, heavy music I think, I don't feel that we are a Black Metal band.
Comparing the upcoming album "Aruagint" to the second album "Oldarhian", what has changed in between the two albums?
Cyrus is not in the band anymore, it's not a big thing, he took up parts with other bands and also Nocturnal to do some guitars, but otherwise it's the same band and music-wise we haven't just continued the Sarke sound, we've added some new elements and we've kept a lot of it, so for me maybe the picking between the first two albums, I feel.
The Norwegian Metal scene has not always been in positive light, especially when you have people like Varg Vikernes (who did the church burnings) and most recently the Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik who took ideologies from Vikernese, so do you think that Black Metal is not looked upon in a positive way in Norway because of these atrocities?
Here in Norway, I think most people separate the murders, the church burnings and the music, because it's a few individual people who does it and it doesn't seem like it affects the music and the popularity of it, so it's not as positive as speaking about the Black Metal because of Dimmu Borgir, and Enslaved; although it's not a Black Metal band it always talked about, but these bands are very popular here and when we are on TV they speak well and they speak in a positive way, also Satyricon is popular and so it's been very accepted here and usually the peoples who burns things and are doing bad stuff, it's a smaller band who is not popular usually so it doesn't, it goes more on the person themselves rather than the music. Of course it was a bit different in the start in the beginning of the 1990's because then Black Metal was not so well known in the world so then when people who did something, it's Black Metal, but that's a long time ago, so I guess in the last 15 years it has found a positive way.
Does the Norwegian government offer any incentive for youth to learn how to play musical instruments, is there some sort of encouragement?
Yes in Norway it's like they support the music and they also give money to bands to tour and to record albums, but it's not just Black Metal it's all genres, so Black Metal gets money and so does Jazz and Pop, but they also have some rehearsal places so we can say that for the Government, they don't care if it's pop music or Black Metal, they just want to export and distribute it.
When you went into the studio and sat down and decided on what music you wanted to play, what lyrics you wanted for certain songs, where there any songs that you felt did not fit onto this album?
I usually throw away the song before it's done if I'm not going to have it on the album, so I usually finish only the songs I'm going to have on the album and I made 'Strange Pungent Odyssey', it's a special song, but I wasn't sure if the band would accept it but they all liked the song so we had it on the album, so that was one of the songs that we were unsure about. But I showed them the song before we went into the studio, but that was maybe a song I was not sure that the song was going to be on the album, I also do the lyrics at the same time as I do the music so I don't finish a song before the lyrics are finished, so I don't write a lot of lyrics and then write the songs I just add the lyrics to the songs as they are done together.
Finally are there any hello's, thank you's, greeting you wish to express to friends, family, band-members, colleagues, etc?
Of course our management, Gunnar is a very good man and also Lars-Erik vestry(?) who produced the album with me, he knows the sound I want and his work is very good so those are the main two people, but also the people involved with Sarke and of course all the bands. But I guess it would have to be those two.
'Aruagint' is out now via Indie Recordings
Bloodstock "must be supported because if we haven't got that then there's going to be no more metal bands in 5 to 10 years time, we're just going to be watching Megadeth coming out on Zimmer Frames! That's going to be no fun is it?"
On Thursday 8th 2013, GMA managed to get a few words with London thrashers Kremated, well we say a few, probably more than that but enough to get the answers we wanted LOL. This was done prior to their set on Sunday 11th August on the New Blood Stage and so let's hear what the lads have to say about Bloodstock and their plans.
Listen to the audio version for the in between bits, banter and more as well as some questions we left out of the text form. We have chosen 5 of the questions for text form, the rest are on audio.
Duration: 30 minutes
Rhys Stevenson here for Global Metal Apocalypse and I'm with... KREMATED
So guys introduce yourselves, what do you play and who are your main influences?
Phil: Right Ok, I'm Phil I'm the lead guitarist of the band and basically influences are bands like Kreator, Slayer, Lamb Of God, loads of other stuff, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, right across the board.
Marcus: I'm Marcus, I play bass and my main influence comes from Black Metal basically bands like Aura Noir, bit of Immortal.
Pete: I'm Pete, I sing and play guitar and my influences are from everything, it's mostly Crust, Punk, Punky stuff, Old School Thrash and I suppose if you want bands Sodom, Varukers, Discharge and Terror; it's a new band, ish, (laughs) it's probably the only modern influence I have got I think.
Because you are from London and you play Thrash Metal, what is the Thrash Metal scene like in London?
Phil: It's ok, it's just quite laid back, it's a bit touch and go, isn't it (looks at Marcus)
Marcus: It's a bit clicky (Phil agrees)
Pete: Yeah, it's a really good scene but if your not part of that I suppose if your not part of a little sub-scene people tend to enter into divisions like genre's, yeah I suppose so and it's like the Death, Black and Thrash scene is huge in London especially around North London, but yeah I mean everything is accepted but yeah I suppose pure Thrash, not so hot, there are bigger markets elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
I take it that this is your first major appearance at a metal festival, are you nervous, are you stoked or are you waiting to get absolutely pissed?
Pete: Oooh, I was nervous till a couple of days ago and then I just had a think about it and thought well it's at the end of the day no offense it's just another gig and we are going to go on stage and do the best we can, it doesn't matter if we're playing in front of 20 people or 20,000 we're the same people doing the same job and we can't see past the first five rows anyway, so yeah just treat it as another gig and do the best we can.
Marcus: Yeah I'm really looking forward to it, I was really shocked when I first got the news from Pete and now it's getting crazier by the time I just cannot wait, really excited.
Phil: Over-excited, just seen the size of the New Blood stage for Bloodstock it's an absolutely enormous tent and looking forward to smashing the living hell out of Bloodstock for Sunday.
(Pete remarks "It's grown", all three members chuckle, Pete continues "Ten years of Bloodstock has made it fat")
Of course it's your first appearance at Bloodstock, do you feel that Bloodstock gives more attention to British bands than other metal festivals in the UK?
Phil: Oh most definitely, I mean you got these big festivals like Sonisphere, you got Download and everything else, but this one is sort of catering for the middle of the range kind of people and I mean like I just been out of a tent (Sophie Lancaster Stage) to see a band we've actually played with Bull-Riff Stampede, absolutely amazing set tonight, I'm absolutely... it was absolutely gob-smacking and so it makes me feel proud to be a part of that and to be part of this festival is definitely a part from a childhood dream. It's just absolutely smashed it for me, I mean I'm like a little kid playing with big toys tonight and so I'm speechless, I can't say anything better than that, you know it's a dream come true.
Marcus: Yeah I mean absolutely, I think that the atmosphere of this festival is just unparalleled compared to any other festivals in the UK, I mean it's just a really nice community like tight-knit and what that do for unsigned bands is just incredible, I mean there is no other festival sort of doing anything like this, it's just so good to see that a major festival really likes pushing unsigned metal.
Pete: I think what Bloodstock scores over all the other festivals is that because it's a bit smaller it's a bit more based on being inclusive rather than being exclusive, everyone gets a chance, it's the only festival that's got a decent stage for up and coming bands, unsigned bands, I can't think of any other festivals in the UK that does this sort of thing, whether it's attached to something like Metal To The Masses or not, and Bloodstock is doing more for up and coming metal than anyone else. It must be supported because if we haven't got that then there's going to be no more metal bands in 5 to 10 years time, we're just going to be watching Megadeth coming out on Zimmer Frames (laughs occur), that's going, that's going to be no fun is it? You know? I mean bands like Gama Bomb, Evile you know 5, 6, 10 whatever few years back they were just playing little pubs and trying to get a following, but look at them now and people supported them and pushed them forward and we've got you know a new breed of major interest Thrash coming out of the UK and it proved positive that this works so people must support this because it's the only way we are going to keep the scene from dying on it's arse!
So you're playing at Bloodstock, what plans have you got for the rest of the year?
Pete: We've got Beermageddon in two weeks after that, the biggest most drunken metal barbeque in world history, i don't know unless 2014 gets any bigger, we got some shows, erm what have we got?... carried on by Phil talking about another festival
Phil: Playing with lots of goth bands, different alternative bands, I mean it's being sponsored by so many different (interjected by a punter asking about the Slayer signing sessions, which didn't happen for a few days...), ANYWAY where was I? Pete takes control.
Pete: Alt fest they've announced all the goth and industrial bands, but haven't started building the metal menu yet, but I am assured it's going to be incredible, what else we got? Oh, OH Full Thrash Assault next year, that's going to be insane! Phil takes control... again
Phil: It's not been announced properly yet because they're still going through it, erm Rad fest, there's also, what else is there? Pete interjects
Pete: We got a big charity thing in November for a friend of ours, Colin Tyler. Who had to have his arm amputated when he was a kid and this is the 30th anniversary of him losing his arm, so he's putting on a great big metal festival and donating proceeds to the charities so we're doing that one, erm whose on that... NeonHalo, Wretched Soul, Inner Fire, Unforeseen Prophecy, that's going to be good, erm... i don't know, anyone got any offers? (Laughs ensue) " facebook.com/Kremated ", put the songs somewhere, please we'd like to play outside London more, we have fans in the Midlands, we have fans all over the Midlands who are dying to see us which is going to make Beermageddon interesting, but we are looking for shows so hit us up on Facebook and get in touch, we'd love to come up and play, see what happens. You know we just enjoy doing this and that's it if we get an opportunity to do it then brilliant, you know we're not after world domination, you know we don't want to be doing that all jumbo jet s**t of course it would be nice but that's not the point of us, we play Thrash Metal because we love playing Thrash Metal, if we don't love doing that we wouldn't be going out and lose money on gigs, you know what's the point we love doing this and that's why we do it, you know if we break even then great but you know we love Thrash Metal, this is why we do it. Might even get a second album out if we're lucky! We've half written it, "I ask them: so is that going to be different from the first album?", response? Yeah it's going to have a different title and a different cover.
Are there any hello's, thank you's, greetings you wish to issue to friends, family, fans, bands playing today, bands you know, etc?
Phil: Yeah I want to say thank you to my daughter for being so supportive, she's only 12 years old and she's let me go off on tour, it's been difficult for her but I love her lots. Friends wise I'd like to say thank you to The Pandemonium club, all the Kent scene, the Kremated army, I'd like to say thank you to Simon Hall and Adam Fillary (who is on Darkstore during the festival) for actually giving us that chance and also so much support from the whole team. It's been appreciated, but also thank you to the bands that have actually welcomed us into the scene and had us play with them, no it's been absolutely amazing so far and we're looking forward to many more seasons of this.
Marcus: Yeah I'd just like to thank my friends and family for all the continued support they offer me, yeah all the people at Bloodstock that have made this happen every year, Phil comments 'I think the DJ's as well, multitude of DJ's, including Mr. Alan Hicks, he's the man!', Jim Beerman, there's so many.
Pete: John 'Beastie' Beeson our partner in crime, we done Adam Fillary, Jim Beerman, err COLIN TYLER, Stubb brothers... both of them. Ash Nash, Ben Richardson, the Original Kremated army, Annika Burgess with incredible feats of determined hard work, Andrew O'Neill comedian and guitarist of The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing great guy, good friend of mine, he's helped us out a lot, he booked us for probably one of the best shows we probably have done, we supported the men at Kings Cross which was a full house and we went on stage to a full house of Steampunks thinking this is either going to be brilliant or this is going to be excruciating and we won them over and the place went mad, I cant thank him enough for that. Anybody that has taken the time to come to talk to us, you know bought CD's, merchandise, thank you and booked us for gigs, anything. Anybody who has done something with us or for us, everybody, too many to mention.
Phil: I mean yeah that's also promoters, there's magazines, everything else there's MetalMouth, Metalnet, there's so many out there, er TotalRock Radio, there's just so many people out there erm we cannot thank enough for actually putting the name out so, we couldn't do it without you so you've been amazing. Yeah a very big thank you... Pete yells out "and you!" All of them together "Rhys Stevenson!", Pete says 'oh I forgot your sitting right in front of me', yeah sterling work!
Pete: Thank you!
You can listen to the other questions through the audio player at the very top of the page, some questions are already in text so you can read along to it as well. N.b. make a note of where you pause because 30 minutes is sometime.
Regarding customs: "I guess we might have to bribe them with some merchandises as well haha!"
By GMA's India Correspondent Farzand Bawa
Enmachined is an old school Thrash Metal band from Bangladesh which has come to vile existence in the early days of 2011. The loggerheads are spreading the chaos of bone crushing metal madness through killer live onslaughts and through the destruction of everything that stands in their path. The lyrics of these thrashers are about protesting against oppression and real life events. They have vowed to kill with their ruthless sonic insurgence. Their first international gig will be Ritual Ascension Fest organized by Putrid Ascendency which is being held in Kolkata, India.
On the ground breaking appearance at Putrid Ascendancy's Ritual Ascension Fest II (in association with GMA), we go one step further and ask Anil, the Guitarist and Nasa, the Bassist from the Enmachined camp about their plans and news about their Demo which is to be released soon!
Hails, how is the band doing right now and how is the preparations going for the next attack at War.Cult.Supremacy?
Nasa - Thrash greetings from Bangladesh brother! Enmachined is doing great right now. The loggerheads are ready with their artilleries to strike at the hearts of everyone at the upcoming congregation of bestial death! Let the Visas be done. We are psyched to kill!
Anil - Greetings! The band is running on full pace now. The upcoming onslaught has encouraged us to kill with power and we are getting ready with hammers, axes whatever we can find to ensure that, there would be definite injuries at the venue and we are planning to inject our splinters and steels and we hope the parasites will control thereafter. Just hoping to get the license to kill, which would be Indian Visas on our passports.
How did Enmachined come to be in existence? And what is the ideaology behind the band name?
Nasa - Enmachined is the brainchild of five violent minds. We have all played with different bands earlier, but our respect for thrash metal has bonded us together to create this sonic barrage in early 2011. As for the name, Enmachined is a cosmological system where cyborgs will rule the earth and will crush the feeble mortals. We hope it happens soon!
Anil - In the beginning Noor, Abir and I the three thrashers joined forces to create some sonic artillery's in the early days of 2011. We were in a maze of troubles but we never stopped our aural carnage. Our will to terrorize the oppression's has let us advance this far, and about the name, it’s just a f**king great name and even we gave a meaning to it. It’s a man turning into a machine and he comes in one purpose - to destroy what destroys you! Enough said!
Often we hear the so called 'Religious-head's' coming into the path of "Metalheads" saying the music is harsh, Satanic and what not! Has the band experienced this?
Nasa - No bro. Religion and music are totally different entities. We have not yet faced such misconceptions.
And what is the major influences as far as the song writing is concerned for the band? Both lyrically and musically?
Nasa - The song writing is a cohesive effort. During our practice sessions we jam, and if we find riffs that sounds killer we work on those, and that’s how songs of Enmachined have been made. This is how we transcribe our sonic assaults.
Anil - There is no such major influences for song writing, but we do like raise our bullet belts against oppression which is usually expressed in our lyrics, and also real life events. Musically, we try to establish a killing field in correlation with cruel environment it will create.
The essence of the Old School Thrash Metal seems to be gone nowadays with the math-school shit acting as a disease, what are the band's thought's on that?
Nasa - That math-school garbage can rot in the toxic wastes of hospitals! Such kinds of false musical acts have polluted the music scenes worldwide. Enmachined has only one solution for them - just f**king butcher those fags mercilessly.
Coming back to the band, the much awaited "Thrash Assault" demo is killing more people soon. Any insight into it?
Nasa - Yeah it was a kickass journey for Enmachined. We learned a lot about how to infect the global metal with our thrash assaults, and we also got kudos from a lot of listeners from abroad. Their support is a massive win for us!
Anil - This demo would be a killer one and hope people won’t get enough of it. The song ‘Thrash Assault’ is one kickstart to our band’s success so far. Noor is the man behind it!
How is the scene back there in Dhaka?
Nasa - Yes the scene in Dhaka has been in a coma for a few years but slowly it has been improving. A lot of international artists have played in some underground concerts arranged by the local metal hordes. The fans appreciation towards their music has also changed, like collecting demo tapes and official merchandise. Yeah, good days are here for Dhaka metal scenario.
Which albums would you guys see as the primary influences to the sound of Enmachined?
Personally we have some many influences that it will be illogical to mention all of them now. So let’s keep the list short at these –
Slayer - Show No Mercy
Sodom - Code Red
Nuclear Assault - Game Over
D.R.I. - Definition
Coroner - Mental Vortex
Overkill - Taking Over
Kreator - Extreme Aggression
Judas Priest - Painkiller
What is your take on the guys at Putrid Ascendancy?
Nasa - Massive respect! This group is doing a killer job promoting the vilest form of metal to the listeners. Their efforts of arranging killer gigs and supporting deserving acts are much appreciated by Enmachined. This is one of the true metal brotherhoods from India which will go a long way for their deadly efforts. Total support for them from the Enmachined horde.
How is the Indian scene looked upon by the guys back in Bangladesh, especially Kolkata?
Nasa - Yes the Indian scene is bloody awesome! We have an immense respect for the rising acts such as Necrodeity, Purgation, Armament, Kapalin and the other hordes exhibiting utter destruction! And who can forget the mighty Kryptos and Dying Embrace, the elder ones who have infused chaos into the Asian scene from a long time back! Massive respect to all of you vile hordes!
Anil - The Indian metal scene is growing day by day and making a strong bonding within the South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand. The bands are gradually motivating the bands of other countries and showing them that yeah we can do it too. The mighty Kryptos would be an example of how global metal can be.
It's sad that being in Metal money often becomes THE biggest factor and as a result some "compromises" have to be done, both with the quality as well as the sound. Has anything as such happened to Enmachined?
Nasa - Enmachined has been suffering from recognition since its savage birth. Still we have never given up our integrity because the urge to exhibit our sonic bestiality is beating in our hearts. Enmachined was, is and will always be true to the chaos it manifests!
Any chances of the band bringing in some Merchandise, or the awaited demo to Kolkata?
Nasa - Hell fucking yeah brother. If you don’t have cash, rob your nearest bank right now, cause we have some killer merchandises to sell!
Anil – Yeah, you sure don’t want to miss out any of the merchandises. The merchandise would be available at the venue only if we could pass through Indian customs with them. I guess we might have to bribe them with some merchandises as well haha!
Any words for all the fan's here in Kolkata waiting for the next killings?
Nasa - Brace yourselves. Some bones will surely be crushed!
Anil - Annihilation awaits, WE ARE COMING!
Best wishes go to Enmachined for their next occult venture. Burn the place down. Let there be "Murder in the front row". Hails!
Nasa - And there will be! Thanks for taking an interest on the loggerheads! Bone-crushing awaits Kolkata!
Anil - Yes, we are ready to slay holding axes. Beasts will be unleashed soon. Thanks and Kolkata, get ready!
Read the announcement of Enmachined's signing with Salute Records here
Abir - Vocals
Anil - Guitars
Noor - Guitars
Nasa - Bass
Sabbir - Drums.
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Foreskin, the Thrash Metal band hailing from the mass populated Muslim city of Lahore, the cultural hub of Pakistan and ancient capital of Punjab, speak up on how Metal in general has evolved in Pakistan and about their journey in making music, life and the ever-raging battle they face against preserving Metal against other genre's.
Vocalist / Lyricist Hassan Umer Amin of Foreskin spoke to GMA's Indian Correspondent Farzand Ali Bawa.
Farzand: Greetings from India, how is it going over there brother?
Hassan: Hey bro. Going alright, we're finishing up our EP recording and jamming for an upcoming gig.
Farzand: How has Pakistan had its effect on metal music?
Hassan: Difficult to say. On one hand, you'd expect that places like Pakistan would be able to produce some of the most insane, original, ass-kicking metal on the planet simply 'cos of the daily s**t we go through. There's been a precedent in history for this, New York and Brazil in the 80's for example, which were f**ked up dangerous places but with some of the most forward-thinking Metal / Hardcore / Punk scenes.
But with Pakistan, music as a whole seems dead and stagnating. There are some prominent 'popular' metal bands these days but none of those tickle my fancy, a lot of them lack originality and just have a basic understanding of 'metal', ends up making them feel soulless and contrived.
It wasn't until recently when Dionysus, us, Lohikarma, Necktarium, Khorne, Irritum, Myosis, and some other bands injected some originality and genuine underground ethos back in the scene. Dusk is also returning which is great. Those guys are by far the best metal act to have existed in this country.
Farzand: Bands like Strings, Jal and cults like The Zeest have been fairly known before, but the curiosity as to how the metal scene evolved back then still remains and where it currently is now.
Hassan: Metal started back in the late 80's with a Heavy Metal band called The Barbarians, apparently. Then Dusk started in the early 90's, influenced by the growing Death, Doom and Black metal scenes. They ended up being a very creative and forward thinking Doom metal band responsible for some of my favorite music.
In the late 90's to mid-2000's Karachi was the basic hub with frequent gigs, Lahore giving it a run too, but most of those bands never recorded and were just there to play gigs. A lot of them just died out when the Music TV channels started, because everyone suddenly wanted to play pop or rock. Bands like Soul Vomit stuck around but disappeared eventually despite a decent comeback. Some people involved with Hell Dormant / Autopsy Gothic can be seen in Karachi Butcher Clan these days.
In the mid-2000's, Eleventh Hour / Venom Vault was responsible for thrusting Islamabad into the limelight and it's still one of the top places for metal, though personally I think the quality has dropped since the golden days of Venom Vault and Depletion. Some of the folks from that scene are still around, and you can find them in the bands Black Hour and Inferner - Black Hour especially being a fantastic live band.
Lahore is a bit strange. It starts something then dies out, then starts again. We had the legendary Corpsepyre a decade ago along with other Death metal bands but when the gigs died out, they died out too. There was then a kind of revival with Dementia, Orion, Odyssey, Takatak, and other cool bands... but it died out too. Nowadays the Lahore scene has bands like Keeray Makoray, Takatak, Dementia, Dionysus, Foreskin, Irritum so it's a pretty musically varied environment, though splintered.
Farzand: Now coming to Foreskin, how did this project come into existence?
Hassan: In 2009, Amar and I were sick of the scene at that point and wanted to start a Punk Crossover / Thrash band. We just hated everything around us and wanted to give everyone the middle f**king finger. We named ourselves Foreskin because, well, f**k the world we're FORESKIN hahaha! We played some gigs, the first gig we played was also Dionysus' first gig - we've been sister bands ever since. We put out a demo called BITP in 2011 showcasing our old crossover sound in all its sloppy flavor and then split up for a time. Got together again and puked out the Anger Management demo with longer songs and more extreme influences added along with Sheraz of Dionysus doing the most of the songwriting whilst I continued to just focus on Vocals / Lyrics.
The Anger Management demo was well recieved, especially Hack N' Slash which is my favorite song from us to this day. So we started working on an EP after buying some new equipment. You can hear 2 promo songs from it on our Bandcamp, but the final version will be different. The song Anti-Kvlt is also available on the Ghalazat compilation.
_ Global Metal Apocalypse caught up with American Metalcore / Thrashers Miss May I to talk about their tour in the UK and what future plans the guys have,
So, first time headlining in the UK - what are you looking forward to at most and do you have anything to say to your British fans?
We are always looking forward to the UK fans because they are some of the best fans we have in the world! They go harder and louder than any crowd out there and not to mention they are some of the most appreciative people we have ever met. Always a pleasure playing in the UK.
Over the band's career, how would you say the band has changed musically and as a whole?
I think after all the touring and all the time spent in the studio we have truly found our sound and who we want to be as a metal band. We have read reviews and changed for the critics here and there but especially in the new album and recent tours we have done away with all those critic changes and broke down all the walls of the normal structure and just wanted to be the group of metal heads that are Miss May I.
What songs can fans expect to be blasted out in venues across the UK?
Well I don’t ever like to spoil a surprise but I can let you know that we are playing a good bit off of every album and our own little spin to the live performance for the fans.
Your recent album 'At Heart' charted on the Billboard at #32, would you say this is the band's biggest achievement?
I think that is a pretty large achievement especially for a band that isn't really changing music or defining anything. We are just playing what we grew up listening to, classic old school metal. We are just lucky enough that there is enough metalheads in the world that like our music to make this all happen!
What does Miss May I mean in terms of 'how would you define its meaning?'
We actually don’t have any cool meaning behind it. It’s sort of a blessing and a curse. It was something that stuck out as a local band but then sadly stuck around when all of our success happened.
If you could give any upcoming musician one little bit of advice, what would it be?
I would tell them to focus on every step that’s in front of them and not jump the gun. A lot of bands want to tour and be signed right off the bat but that isn't the way to go about it because if you did do those things no one would buy your records or come to your shows. You need to focus on playing locally and being the best you can until your selling out each local venue an must move on because that’s the next step which will naturally come to you if your being the best you can be.
Do you feel metal music in general is not getting enough exposure that it deserves or is it getting 'over-exposed'?
I feel like music isn't getting the exposure it should be. A lot of bands that sell out 2-3K rooms are not even recognized in press or in stores. We have been there. Before or new album was released we sold out venues on our headliners and packed out signings but in stores they would barely carry an MMI album and in magazines you would never hear about us. I just feel there is a lot of successful talent that no one has read or purchased because no one is giving them a chance and maybe they will blow it but either way they need a shot.
Finally, what can fans expect from Miss May I this year and in the foreseeable future?
We have a lot of touring worldwide coming up. We will be going to South America after Warped Tour with Asking Alexandria and then hopefully soon after doing a headliner in the states which will be followed by the UK headliner that will finish our year!
How did you guys get recognised and signed? Was it being at the right place at the right time? Knowing people already in the industry? Or constant hard work touring demos? (Asked by fan #1 - Dex Jezierski)
We actually did all of the above. We always worked hard locally and became one of the largest local bands in Ohio which lead us to having one of the members of The Devil Wears Prada at one of our local shows watching us. Then soon after that show he told us he would like to manage us and liked what we were doing. After he contacted Rise Records about us they already knew about us because we have been sending out digital demos every month to every record label we were interested in. Around 2 months later we were signing a deal and changing our lives.
What is your favourite song to play? (Asked by fan #2 - Tom Weller)
My favourite song to play live would have to be "Our Kings" because it’s the song I usually make the crowd do the craziest things to whether its 100 crowd surfs or a marathon pit the crowd gets crazy.
Have you guys ever considered playing in India? (Asked by fan #3 - Debojyoti Sanyal)
We would love to play in India and everywhere in the world! Just waiting on the right time to make our trip out there.
Global Metal Apocalypse caught up with Berkshire Metal mob Malefice at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 2nd June, we interviewed Dale and Ben from the band and the interview can be heard below.
So I caught up with Dave Spicer of Elimination, check out the interview below.
Sooo, I caught up with Ol Drake (right) from Huddersfield Thrashers Evile, spoke to him about their new album 'Five Serpent's Teeth', the band's glorious history and some other topics here and there. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did interviewing Ol.