Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fuoco Fatuo - The Viper Slither In The Ashes Of What Remains - Album Review

Year: 2014

Whoever claims that making slow music is easy, is clearly an ignorant fool. When music is robbed of it’s pace, there are a lot of elements that must be added to it, in order to compensate for that loss of pace. If done poorly, the resultant could be a monotonous drone capable of boring the heck out of anybody who listens to it. So evidently, a lot of skill is required to make slow music that is captivating and enjoyable, and not boringly monotonous. There are quite a few bands capable of this feat and the newest addition to the list is Fuoco Fatuo from Italy.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Woslom - Evolustruction - Album Review

Year: 2013

Brazil has remained one of the favourite place for all the thrash fans across the globe for the quality and the number of thrash bands that have emerged from this football crazy country. Woslom is another one of those bands which keeps the thrash flag high in the continent and has managed to create its own identity in the midst of the emergence of the dozens of thrash bands with each passing day. Over the years after listening to dozens of the thrash bands, I realize that thrash metal has more flavour and variety to it than most people recognise. Woslom gives you that different flavour of thrash not commonly heard these days, and its not a bad one by any means!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Black Death From The British Isles - Featuring Abyssal and Lvcifyre

Year: 2014

Of all the subgenres in metal, two of the most extreme kinds have always been black metal and death metal. While death metal is known for its down tuned brutality and gore, black metal deals with treble high tremolo storms and hyper blast beat drumming. Ever since the inception of these two genres, bands have been trying to blend them together, to create a sound that is both brutal and sinister at the same time. I am not talking about blackened death metal. Rather, I am talking about proper black / death metal that have been blended successfully by bands like Archgoat, Preludium, Blasphemy, Necrophobic etc. I am going to introduce you to new bands that do a solid job in bringing out the best of both genres. Both bands are from the UK and both have released their sophomore full lengths recently. Though they both play similar styles of music, there are some contrasting differences that set them apart.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gig Review - Inferno Metal Festival, Counter Culture, Bangalore

Year: 2014

Because the venue was more than 27km away from my house, I left home very early and reached the venue so early that they didn't allow me inside. I had to roam around for an hour before the gates were opened and then people got busy in beer drinking and socializing. The merch stalls were being set up and I got myself a Theorized album, which I had pre-ordered.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The End - You Made The Rain Disappear (Demo) - Album Review

Year: 2013

While most people may disagree the inclusion of shoegaze / post black metal as a sub genre of metal, it is undeniable that it is one of the most beautiful forms of music in existence today. Here, in India though, not many bands opt to play this beautiful form of music, as bands prefer the extreme genres instead. One of the few bands that do play post black metal in India is The End, a one man project from Mumbai. Last year, this band released its first demo, which gives an insight into what the band has to offer in the near future.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Entartung - Peccata Mortalia - Album Review

Year: 2014

Before I say anything else, I must confess something. I fell in love with this band, from the very first time I heard this album. This is a rare occasion in my case, as usually, it takes a while for me to get into a band, no matter how good they are. But there is something about Entartung, which got me addicted to their music from the very first listen. In the following paragraphs, stay with me as I try to explain why 'Peccata Mortalia' is an album that I will enjoy for years to come, without tiring of it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lachrymanopsia - Released EP - Album Review

Year: 2013

Death metal has always fascinated me and more so melodic death metal. Over the last few years the genre has seen an incredible number of quality bands from accross the globe. Now Lachrymanopsia is an alternative metal band with lots of melodic death influences. I had never heard of this band before and even pronouncing the name felt quite difficult for me. This a classic alternative metal and frankly I have not able to understand why they named this EP as 'Released' (Sounds too generic). The album is full of great death metal vocals which include both growling and screaming and also has lots of guitar solos.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Human Infection - Curvatures In Time - Album Review

Year: 2014

To a person who is not into metal, death metal may appear to be one of the most obscure and underground genres of music. But to a person seasoned in the art of metal, it is general knowledge that death metal is of the most common genres in metal today with most of today’s bands opting to play it. The genre has grown so much in terms of the number of bands playing it, that there are a very few avenues left to explore within it. Most of the options and variations have been explored by bands in the past. So why exactly should one listen to another death metal band, if its all been done before? I cant speak for most bands. But in the case of Human Infection’s new album, I can point out a number of reasons why you must check them out.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Inner Temple - Inner Temple EP - Album Review

Year: 2013

Grunge is something we don’t hear much of these days. Even harder to find is a new grunge band. Inner Temple hail out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is strange to see a grunge band coming out of Philly and naturally I expected something different out of one the toughest cities in America. Nonetheless it was a welcome listen.

Systemhouse 33 - Depths Of Despair - Album Review

Year: 2013

Though I enjoy almost every incarnation of metal in existence, bands that move away from the norm and experiment within their genres, hold a special place in my heart. The thrill of hitting the play button on an experimental album and not knowing what to expect, is something that is indescribable by mere words. Unfortunately, there are but a few handful of band here, in India, that are willing to think outside the box and experiment a little. But the few ones that do take the risk, end up doing a fine job at it. The very same can be said for Mumbai based band, Systemhouse33.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Interview with Chaos

Year: 2014

Thrashfest is right around the corner! Beers and riffs aplenty, Hotel United 21 in Thane on February 9 is the place to be for the no-holds-barred thrash till death mayhem that will leave you broken, beat and scarred. An amazing line-up featuring bands like Devoid, Albatross to Systemhouse 33 will satiate your appetite for destruction to your dark heart's content. Along with these stellar bands, Chaos- the thrash metal powerhouse from Trivandrum, Kerala- will be more than a welcome surprise for those haven't heard them live yet. Nikhil N.R, the guitarist of Chaos tells us about the band's humble beginnings to the recording process of their debut 'Violent Redemption'.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Interview with Halahkuh

Year: 2014

Halahkuh - as they suggest-has been borrowed from a descendant of Genghis Khan, Hulagu Khan. Their songs also invoke the same imagery of utter dominance and power.From the time they were formed, these guys have been hitting fans hard like a steamroller, gig after gig until finally they get a slot at Thrashfest, with the country's best in Thrash.

Metal Gallows interviews Halahkuh ahead of the Thrashfest.

Interview with Dr.Hex of Albatross


Dynamic,Powerful and Relentless -That's how one can describe Albatross's music. From 2008, these guys have been delivering a perfect amalgamation of thrash, heavy and doom metal which they have bracketed into their own genre-"horror metal". Come Thrashfest, these guys are all ready to deliver their unrelenting talent and energy upon the stage again
Metal Gallows talks to their founder and bassist Dr.Hex ahead of Thrashfest, about their plans and their future, as well as the gig.

Chaos - Violent Redemption - Album Review

Year: 2013

The state of Kerala in India has always been a hub for talented musicians. This southern state has given birth to so many talented bands, but only a few of those bands have gotten the recognition and praise that they deserve. Most of these bands are underrated and overlooked. One such talented and yet so underrated band is Chaos, from Trivandrum.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Raining Fire and Brimstone in January: Descend, Avichi, The Kennedy Veil

Year: 2014

Well thanks for Satan Spawn for letting me write on here. This is indeed shaping up to be a good site. Here are a few releases that I reckon are good although not groundbreaking nor AOTY material by any means. Still all of them hold a charm of their own.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thyrien - Hymns of the Mortals - Songs From The North - Album Review

Year: 2014

I am honestly astounded by the sheer number of the good metal bands come out of Finland and among them I would strongly say that this band, Thyrien has elements which are similar to their lauded countrymen Ensiferum and Wintersun. Thyrien are not one of the more well-known names from the Finnish scene, but with their debut album, 'Hymns of the Mortals - Songs From the North' it is evident what they add to the powerful, empowering yet rustic feel of folk metal music the Finns seem to be giving birth to and by that I'm implying this band has amazing potential.