Relentless Reckless Forever :|

So here’s the song to the first single from Bodom’s new album “Relentless Reckless Forever”. Queer name for an album or any theme of sorts. And as for the song, nothing that would make me want to buy their CD or wait in anticipation for it. Its not bad, its just bland. The album is due next week- 8th March.



PS. I don’t know why there is a skateboarder in the video or why he is monkeying around. I haven’t seen the lyrics, so I won’t comment there. DO let me know your views.

Surtur Rising. Cult.


A New Album. A new Cult. Amon Amarth. Yet again. Listen. NOW! : War of the Gods

Amon Amarth’s new album, due to be released soon, end of March, Surtur Rising sounds like its going to be another chapter of wars of epic proportions. To the band that introduced me to the notion of melodic death metal, I hope this album proves to be just has powerful as the Twilight of the Thunder God.

This song in particular sounded very typical of them, which I am hoping is not true for the album. One thing that puts a person off, is the lack of growth. But apart from the similarity, I still found the song amazing! Vocals the best as always and drums spot on perfection. For heaven’s sake my profile name is varunamarth :D, if not me then who would like it?  I am really looking forward to something great from these guys, along with Opeth’s new album. Hopefully it’ll live up to its hype :).

Hyderabad Here We Come!

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Dark Tranquilty and Degradead (never heard of the latter) are headlining at BITS Pilani College fest Pearl. And I’ll be there. Dark Tranquility is like the daddy of Melo-death and is one of the only surviving bands of the earliest eras of death metal in Sweden. In LOTR terms, it is like getting to see Gandalf’s fireworks in the Shire yet again. Only this would be a first. So you’ve got to be stupid not to attend.

I hope it’ll be a “The Gallery” Fest, love that album. Anyway, hopefully i’ll see a couple of you there! mosh till we almost die. I don’t fancy dying to tranquility. Opeth had it been, i would’ve died thrice over.

Here a link to Degradead: Degradead @ myspace Let me know what you think.

They’d be doing a gig with Orphaned Land at Bangalore too.

Ihsahn – After (2010)

The newest venture by ex-Emperor front man, Ihsahn has done an excellent job, yet again. angL was refreshing change when it came and After is no different, in the sense of refreshing changes. It is the final chapter in the trilogy planned by Ihsahn.

53 minutes are enough to get one’s head all revved up. The album consists of 8 amazingly progressive tracks. I had not experimented with this band much earlier and now it saddens me that this is the end. Now having discovered bands like Solefald and Arcturus has just opened a whole new area of metal that I hadn’t explored.

Getting back to the album, the first thing one would notice is the saxophone. Yes, a saxophone. And does it gel well with the entire atmosphere created or what? Amazing work done by Munkeby with this instrument. For those who aren’t aware, Ihsahn is basically a self-named solo project of Ihsahn’s. He does the vocals (clean + guttural = wow), the keys and the guitar.

The thing I like about bands in this genre is the limitlessness to the scope of how a riff should go, or what scale to follow, or whether to maintain a particular beat at particular places (although some here might argue that I might’ve shifted to Math Metal here, still). And this album made me happy. The vocals were bang on perfect, not once did I cringe on listening to clean vocals (this has happened very rarely, like with Opeth/Novembre/Katatonia), because many bands get it wrong with when to do a clean and when not. Time and place for everything, an Ihsahn seems to know it :D. Drums I liked a lot, beats were riff appropriate, not ranting off on a tangent like it does many times. But I like to credit Ihsahn for his composition more. It’s an amazingly well-crafted album.

My favourite from this album include the title track After, Undercurrent and Austere. The other tracks miss out on the top spot by half points. There’s a bit of jazz in the last track and the way its incorporated in noteworthy.

The acoustic guitars have been used to create a smooth calm backing while the riff suddenly transforms into the blackest of black as do the vocals. The drums in sync. with the entire change, all done in a suavely.

“Heaven’s Black Sea” is another track where the saxophone creates this sensation of impending doom-esque event.

The album ends with “On the Shores”, and the saxophone does justice to it. Makes you think, if you get my drift. The kind of track that is prerequisite on road trips or during work.

The lyrics make absolutely no sense to me, so I won’t comment. Like I said before or maybe not, this album sounds very similar. Had this been a gapless album, something conceptual it would’ve been epic.

I read a comment which made me laugh yet I couldn’t agree more, especially when I’m high on Ihsahn: “Black Metal is a Disgrace to Ihsahn”

An easy 7.5/10


The video below is Scarab by Ihsahn from their previous album angL. You’ve got to be kidding me if you don’t like it.