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Compilation review : Indiean Volume II (2011)

Three years of associations with the people from the music fraternity, selflessly writing and promoting all that is underground and more than two years of friendship with me. This is all it took Santhosh Lobo (owner, IndianRockMp3) to make a family away from his own. When the site completed two years there came Indiean Volume one, so on account of his website turning three we have part two of the compilation.

The compilation contains nine tracks, touches upon as much as seven genres and sub-genres combined together. Not something that happens all the time. Well, I think it’s a wonderful idea to join acts from across the country and merge them on a single playlist. And, then give it out for free download just to make sure everyone listens to it. You can get it here.

1. As Soon As it is Over by Barefaced Liar – This varied band from Delhi is taking giant steps towards acceptance on an altogether different level. This track As Soon As It Is Over is kind enough to touch you, but there are slippages which go unnoticed.

2. Jihad by Motherjane – This track somehow makes me go, ‘dude, I really love old-Motherjane man‘. Those first two albums by this above par band traveled through my senses, very slowly. Jihad, for that matter, did not live up to my expectations.

3. Polymorphic Infection by Amogh Symphony – Bands make music, but Amogh Symphony adds several dimensions to their songs. State of the art production with the most intricate musical values imbibed together make up tracks from this band. Polymorphic Infection is from their second album, The Quantum Hack Code.

4. Visionary by Goddess Gagged – Progressive Post-Hardcore is what Bombay-based Goddess Gagged has been committed to. But, before they got to this genre there was something else they played which too was welcomed with arms wide open. A band to watch out for with a debut album and a music video scheduled.

Goddess Gagged, Bombay

5. Need for Sleep by Noiseware – Holy mother of all! Noiseware is loud and they have every reason to feel proud. Their jam laboratory would be equipped with every complexity there is and they aren’t wrong when they call their music experimental metal. This is what avant garde stuff is made of!

6. De Engineer by Eccentric Pendulum – I have always maintained that if a band can write a track like Cut Through the Light, they are capable of everything. Well almost. De Engineer is not one of the best ones by the band but it has its signature Pendulum moments.

7. Dear <Name> by Bhayanak MautMetastasis was a dangerous Ep that was give out by Bhayanak Maut for free, because it was so brutal, so metal that it’ll chase you till you accept your defeat. They are established, they know what they are doing, so only good things coming our way now. I had fun penning down my thoughts about Metastasis.

8. All That Is by Exhumation – Whether it is writing riffs that nobody else around can, or playing death metal with vigor, Exhumation has been doing the right things for eight years. Consider This was a laid back effort, yet had death metal content with accuracy and speed.

Barefaced Liar, Delhi

9. Xenophobe by Undying Inc – Delhi-based metallers have their own story to tell, are merciless when it comes to making the speakers feel attacked and the listeners feel harassed. All for a good cause, and Undying Inc bless you with a lot of metal. If you think this is exactly what you look for in your metal then they have a full-length that was out this year, go get it.

The compilation even has an album art for the front and back cover, and I think I have a thing for this art. It is apt, and if you look closely, it is detailed too. Done by Akhila Shankar who handles most of the things at IRMP3 now.

Here’s wishing the entire crew of IRMP3 (which includes me, but I have no hand in this compilation) the very best of everything. After all, trolling got a new meaning through this website. Jests aside, even I write and doing this apart from the normal shit you do is tough. Balancing is one of the things we humans are definitely bad at, and if IRMP3 has been doing this for three years and still continues doing it then there is a better tomorrow for the ‘scene’.

Rating : 4/5

I’ve said what I had to, now you vote for your favorite tracks –


The Flaming Skull Podcast

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I would start the post by giving you a little trivia. The word podcast was not Apples Inc.‘s creation, considering everything that has a pod in it reminds me of them. But we did get the term through one of its products, i.e. iPod plus broadcast made it podcast. Whatever it is, podcast was never a masses-term in India. You either have heard the term or you do not care enough to know about it. Now you don’t have to swell your eyeballs, as I am not talking about you. There are exceptions everywhere. Things would have been different if you had an Indian-podcast you could boast about. You know what I am getting at.

2009 saw a revolution in the name of The Flaming Skull Podcast. What started-off as a medium to feature Indian metal bands, more so those you knew about, has now become a benchmark. A judging criteria for a band’s music. If you play metal and if you are good at it, then you ought to be on this very podcast. Tighten up !

The Flaming Skull Podcast (tfsp) is the brain-child of Malcolm Soans who was an ardent follower of metal-podcasts and wanted to see his own so that Indian metal is heard. Transforming this dream into reality was not going to be easy. It required a team that needed to think alike in terms of what has to follow. After all its not always that everything falls into place. The greatest advantage for the members of tfsp has got to be the fact that maximum of them knew the scene inside-out. They knew what exactly is working for the scene and what is not. Who need to be out there and who need not.

Tfsp is a team of 9 members that includes Abbas Rizvi, Aditya Rao, Akhila Shankar, Ashwin Sharma, Arun Iyer, Ayan De, Malcolm Soans, Roydon Bangera, Sean Pereira. Four of them can drink like a fish and still ask for more but we’ll discuss that some other time. The podcast is recorded at 2 studios – MotorG Studios and Studio72.

team tfsp

The latest move by the team is The Flaming Skull Rockcast wherein bands that play bearable rock music are featured. Now the listeners also have an opportunity to be on the voice-cast by simply recording the review of any gig they attended and mailing it to tfspodcast@gmail.com. You can also place your advertisements on the podcast. 8 episodes down and still going strong with new plans everytime, I will take the liberty of saying that the tfsp team is satisfied with the way their efforts have been received. With the only difference being now they are in a demanding position. It is very clear what I mean.

Also from where I see it, the podcast came as a savior to those metalheads who always say they will buy a new album later. Reason – because they know the very next episode will have atleast one track from an upcoming release. No seriously. Now that is really innovative. India has premiers for almost anything that sells, including an ugly duckling choosing a husband on primetime television. But whoever cared about premiering a metal album. Tfsp made every new release even more special. Whether it was Bhayanak Maut releasing their Untitled, Infernal Wrath coming out with Inside Of Me or Devoid showcasing a single from their upcoming debut album.

poster for the most recent 8th episode

Following a chest-swelling response over a period of time made them bother about the scene in a couple of neighbouring nations. Honestly, if not for the podcast I would not have even heard metal from Pakistan. I am saying that considering the fact that I download metal from places where traces of humanity are yet to be determined. Featuring Communal Grave from Pakistan, Funeral In Heaven from Sri Lanka, Chromatic Massacre from Bangladesh was an encouraging move atleast for the featured bands. Wonder what Shiv Sena has to say about this !

Like every other thing around, even this podcast has lot of scope for improvement. After my interactions with a lot of listeners, and I personally also feel that our host Malcolm needs to be a little more spot-on. Sometimes it does give a feeling that its script reading, but then there also has been improvements since the first episode. I’m sure Malcolm will make his listeners stop bothering on this issue pretty soon.

I wish all of you at The Flaming Skull Podcast all the very best. Featuring a band like Casket Garden makes it clear where they are headed. Lets aim for a day when Lamb Of God asks you to feature them. Yeah Roydon ?

Just a pricking thought, branching the podcast into a Rockcast was awesome but I hope there won’t be any temptations to start a pop-cast, considering some faggots are making their presence felt soon.

[For any details regarding the podcast visit their official site here : Flaming Skull official]

also read :

The Flaming Skull Forums – a writeup

album review : DR – The Return To Darkness

Burzum – Spell Of Frustration


Deccan Rock Festival 2009 gig review

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I had never heard of Deccan Rock Festival before I read about it on Rolling Stones India website. A small article that read Textures and Amon Amarth would come down and play for us. I had that sudden rush of blood moment when it finally began to sink in that Amon Amartha band i’ve been listening to for 5 years now – is coming to India. Some weeks down and the poster for this confirmed gig came out, and it featured some real good Indian bands apart from the headlining ones. The entry fee – Rs. 450. woah !

And then it was 5th December. It was the festival day. Even though I wanted to settle inside the venue at the mentioned time of 1 pm, i had this natural instinct of not getting there on time. I reached 2 hours late and i still had to wait for an hour and a half. Talk about mismanagement. The entry began at 4:30 pm. The organisers had hired only a part of the humongous Palace Grounds. I entered and proudly looked around. It was a big day for me and my fellow listeners of metal. But it didn’t look big with just maybe 100 people around me. Comeon it is supposed to be a metal fest. I took time to go around some stalls selling cds and official Textures and Amon Amarth merchandise.

frenzy !

The opening band for the event, playing here after winning some competition was Eccentric Pendulum.  This Bangalore-based band with an Ep out showed just how much they deserved to win that so-called competition and be here. They played an all original set ending with my best track of theirs The Sculptor of Negative Emotions.

The enthusiasm among the crowd was still in infant stage. The energy levels around were not too high, with everyone just roaring

Inner Sanctum

and raising their devil’s horns in appreciation towards the end of Eccentric Pendulum‘s songs which is the least any crowd could do. But it took an Inner Sanctum to create mayhem. The mere mention of the band’s name was enough to ignite the pit. This band has made quite a name for themselves with every organiser wanting them to play at their event. I can’t say if all these big events happening only in Bangalore helps. Inner Sanctum‘s stage presence with each member knowing exactly what to do is what makes them connect. They opened with Eye Of The False and followed it up with tracks from their Ep Provenance.

It was Undying Inc from Delhi next. It was more of a progressive metal day what with Eccentic Pendulum and now Undying Inc. I had only heard them on record but it takes a live act to leave your mouth open. This 4-piece death metal band was so fucking tight that

Undying Inc

it showed just how carefully the bands have been picked to play here at this event. They deserved a standing ovation. Yes, some douchebags were sitting like they have been forced to come here. Undying Inc with their undying spirit came back strong after each original track and left the crowd wanting for more.

Bhayanak Maut is known to create pits and hurt necks everytime they play. For some reason the band was being booed off. Until they began playing ofcourse. Bhayanak Maut has been gigging a lot post their album release in August this year but I happened to miss out on all of these. Watching them live after almost an year made me feel even more lucky. It took 6 members including 2 vocalists to re-create the mosh. Playing tracks from their new album they were majorly appreciated. A special mention to Anupam Roy on the sound console. He was the reason the bands came across to the crowd the way they wanted to.

By now it was dark and the crowd had grown from 100 to maybe 1000. I wanted to see more. A lot more.

With my favorite Indian band Kryptos playing next, I pitied the food stalls behind coz the bands ust weren’t letting me leave my place. Its become common to see Nolan carrying a Liverpool scarf everytime Kryptos is on stage.

Kryptos

They began and I was already swaying to their metal. Everytime they play my belief is re-inforced that they are a near perfect band. Close your eyes and its like hearing them on a player. With 5 tracks ending with Descension it was a treat.

Next up were Demonic Resurrection. They were setting up and i overheard someone saying these guys are funny it seems as they do not play seriously. And i got reminded of DR 6 years ago when it used to be utter confusion on stage. Today they are the most sought after extreme metal band from India. For rural metalheads with limited or no internet access, DR is playing at the Brutal Assault next year with the likes of Corpse, Bodom and My Dying Bride. DR was the most unlucky band of the evening with time for just 3 songs, one of them being their new track The Unrelenting Surge of Vengeance. They promised to be back in January with their new album The Return to Darkness.

Now it was time for THE bands. Crew members from Textures took around 20 minutes for the setup. I really wanted to get into the All Access area. I sneaked in and managed to stay there till the end. All thanks to my friend Madhav from Road Crew Records. So when Textures took the stage i was right under them. Textures hailing from Holland carried forward the progressive metal act. They started off with the track One Eye For a Thousand.

Textures

The enthusiasm and presence of the band on stage showed how much they were enjoying. It was really a big deal for me to watch Eric (vocals) doing the aggressive growling and clean vocals with such finesse. The technicality of the band was something to watch. Stef Broks (drums) was flying. I needed another pair of eyeballs to really understand what he played .They played everything the crowd wanted – Storm Warning, The Sun’s Architect, Laments of a Icarus. It was followed by the favorite Awake and they concluded with Regenesis.

Then came the moment I was waiting for. Videos of all their tracks started playing in my head reminding me of the synchronized headbanging by the members. Setup was quickly done by the crew. The stage was ready to grace Amon Amarth, and their entry was quicker than I realised. They already began playing Twilight of the Thunder Gods before I could let the feeling sink in that the monstrous Johan Hegg was growling in front of me. I was lost banging to their songs. That feeling cannot be expressed, sending the crowd into an absolute frenzy. I was actually witnessing one of my favorite drummers Fredrik do his thing. Perfection right there. Johan was giving a brief intro before each of their songs conveying just how strong the band’s viking roots are. The band went on to play the mesmerizing tracks which included Runes to my Memory, Asator, Guardians of Asgaard. Their set ended with that 1 track everyone wanted – Death In Fire.

Amon Amarth

It was madness. I did manage to get hold of Olavi Mikkonen’s (guitars) pick. Their 1 hour set seemed like just 20 minutes. So wanted them to go on playing. But then it was already past 10 pm. Damn they couldn’t play Cry of the Black Birds, Pursuit of Vikings.

This is one gig that is going to be etched in my mind for a really longtime. It was all about metal. As was rightly put by Johan Isn’t life all about metal..? Oh yeah absolutely..!

p.s. : All the pictures included in the post – courtesy of Madhav Ravindranath (Roadcrew Records).

Also read :

gig review : GIR XIII Bangalore 2009


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