Monthly Archives: April 2016

Titan Force’s silken writing and understated technicality

On Titan Force‘s high quality debut from 1989 are present two songs of particular brilliance; ‘Master Of Disguise‘ and ‘Lord Of Desire‘ are relaxed in sound but under their deceptively simple exterior lies a natural and acute songwriting nous. Rare are … Continue reading

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Metal as ROI: On the demise of the Indian Metal Podcast

Perennial blog favourite Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija recently announced the end of his Indian Metal Podcast. The podcast apparently ran for some six months and offered regular updates on music coming out of the depressing Indian metal scene. The Demonstealer’s somber justification … Continue reading

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Death metal: prewired idea or conditioned response?

An interesting thought experiment is to question whether death metal – or metal itself, for that matter, but a subgenre suffices for this purpose – would’ve evolved the way it did if it lacked the name. Or, pondering from across the … Continue reading

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Sectesy – The Shreds Of Oblivion (2014)

Here is one of the stranger albums in recent years. The Czech Republic is known for its oddball takes on grindcore, approaches that turn a simple genre inside out and recreate it with altogether disparate, at times inadvisable, influences. Sectesy stay … Continue reading

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The treacherous slope of subjectivity

Good and bad are ultimately subjective attributes, but people tend to lose sight of the functional “ultimately” in that statement. Objective truth is good enough to hold till a certain threshold; and even if it doesn’t, even if good and … Continue reading

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Kever – Eon Of Cycling Death EP(2013)

Eon Of Cycling Death is one of the finest death metal EPs in recent memory. Having escaped virtually all notice in the two years since its release, probably for reasons aligned more with insufficient promotion than any kind of intentional slight, … Continue reading

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There lies your Lord, Father of victories

Sounds have great power, so do the words and songs that those sounds make. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos was based upon this premise, that the names of Elder deities were to be pronounced in a certain way and that way … Continue reading

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Turia – Dor (2015)

Turiya in Hindu philosophy (Nirvana in Buddhism) represents the fourth and highest state of consciousness, a condition in which the atman or individual soul is rid of dualistic preoccupations and achieves unity with the brahman or the universal soul. The … Continue reading

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Lubbert Das – Deluge (2015)

This two song EP starts with a melange of dark ambient before ushering in noisy, tape-quality black metal proper. There seems equal likelihood of Lubbert Das coming to prefer either of these two musical routes in the future but for … Continue reading

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