Khaotic Art! \m/

The shit!

 

Arch Enemy is out with the album art to their upcoming release “Khaos Legions” \m/.

Deigned by Brent Elliot White (worked with Megadeth, Death Angel). Beautifully extreme. Hope the album is too.

Cheers!

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Eryn Non Dae. – Hydra Lernaia [2009]

The latest band to grace djent compendium are the French Eryn Non Dae. I started with the likes of Meshuggah and they to me seemed like zenith to which most of band of this genre tried to reach. Excruciatingly powerful and the queerest of signatures made me want to rethink my obsession with classic progressive metal of the likes of Opeth as my favorites. Eryn Non Dae. makes me think again, again.

As per its mythological definition – the mythical nine-headed serpent, slain by Hercules, that grew two heads in place of each one that was cut off, unless the wound was cauterized – Hydra Lernaia explores nine human feelings as many-sided problems that present new difficulties each time one aspect of them seems to be solved or overcome. Each song is a feeling; each feeling is an incurable disease that tortures the heart of man.

I got introduced to this band via The Djent-Lemens Club, a group on Facebook, so Thank you!

One thing about this music is the complexity of getting the vocals right, especially when the production of most of the albums is very raw and very potent and savage. It being one of the newest of the genres to be explored, many bands have tried numerous variations, with gutturals, shrieks and even clean female goth vocals (Mask of Judas). Of them I found Periphery and Hydrojent/Skyharbour (Indian!) top notch. Till now. Vocals, done by Nogues Mathieu backed by Quintin, sound heinous and are apt for this production. This debut album is an hour long assault and leaving the listener begging for more. I heard the album twice over and Obzen once before I couldn’t any more. Bliss.

Hydra Lernaia is a beautiful production, honest. The instruments have been handled so perfectly that there is almost no scope for me to suggest tweaks. The refined signature patterns along with the arithmetical beats really gelled well and helped create this diabolical atmosphere. The Decline and the Fall and Lam Tsol Oua effectively use patches of hanging notes and silence to give this ethereal feel of brooding iniquity, something quite unique to this sub-genre of music.

For any guy out there with a thing for seven stringed blasphemies, this is it. Through Dark Skies, Existence Asleep (video below), Echoes Of Distress would rank amongst my favorites. Pure is this 11 minute track which I swear would transport you to a different dimension all together, minus the prerequisite trip. This mystic underlying rhythm in the entire song would continue to echo long after the track is over and done with.

But, after having given justice to this album, I would still point out a few things that I think END could add. Firstly make the drums prominent. The skill portrayed in this album is phenomenal and yet the drums are not the first thing that hit me. They should be loud, bombastic and unrelenting which this album lacks. Secondly, a couple of the tracks sound similar, so after the initial boost, no riff or melody sticks to you. There is no hangover after a dosage of this album. The album would’ve been more impressive with a fewer tracks, showcases their skill cent percent.

Nonetheless, for a debut this is one of the best albums I have heard so far and I’m eager to see what this band grows into. Love to see them tour India sometime.

A well-earned 8.5/10.

Cheers! Check the track out :

Carach Angren – Lammendam [2005]

Here’s an interesting find of mine. I don’t know how many of you have heard this Danish death crusade previously, but if the answer is not, then do listen to Carach Angren. A brief introduction of the band would comprise of the fact that they are barely a decade old ( 7 years to be precise) and are surprisingly underground, because their music is quite the kick.  The funny part is that the first time I heard of them, they had described their genre to be haunting theatrical black metal and couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the ridicule. The fact that their music IS in fact hauntingly theatrical here and there was quite a slap in the face. This album Lammendam was their first album after a set of demo and EP. I haven’t heard them, so I can’t compare them. But the theme of this album is quite like a myth or legend of ghosts and evil in general. Also, I happen to relate their name to the great Tolkien and his fantastical land of Middle Earth.

I think we should take a moment here, and remember the man who created a fantasy so mythical that, if I as a seer say so correctly, would be the religion of the world.

Got to love the face mask

Getting back to the album, the vocals struck me first. Forgive me for taking another LOTR reference, but they sound like Danny Filth mated with Morgoth. They are beautifully ethereal despite being the deepest of gutturals. They really have given life to this album, especially while he (Vox- Seredor) narrates parts of the story of the theme. Well delivered. Second thing that hits you is the work on the keys (by Ardek). The part about the hauntingly theatrical comes from this instrument. It is used extensively and sets the perfect underscore for a haunting experience. They are used quite uniquely, very unlike the trend of orchestrated or strings which is now getting only too popular amonst melo black groups. It is almost gothic. Only not.

Apart from these, the production as such of the entire album could’ve been more exuberant or showy but I’m glad they kept it simple. No unnecessary idolization of the typical black metal sound/music.  The band that comes to my mind if I were to compare this to any at all would be Dark Fortress or even Keep of Kalessin at some places. My favorites would include Heretic Poltergeist Phenomena and The Carriage Wheel Murder.

I am definitely following this band up. I’d recommend one listen to them on myspace – CA @myspace or reverbnation once prior to buying (:D) their albums. Not everyone I know likes keys served with black metal. Nonetheless, give it a listen definitely. It’s a definite yes from my side.

I’d give it about 7.5/10.

Deccan Rock is Here Again!

 

I like it!

 

 

 

Official Line up of Indian and Asian Bands to play this year at Hyderabad at the DRF MMXI ( I don’t why I wrote it like this, somehow I just prefer it)

Indian:
Abandoned Agony (Bangalore)  [not heard]
Evergreen (Cochin)                       [not heard]
Escher’s Knot (Chennai)               [Mehuggah/LOG/ our very own BM rip offs, But still neat]
Devoid (Mumbai)                          [Mindfuck]
Artillerie (Delhi)                            [Noble Luke FTW]

Asian Acts:

Almost none of them have I heard. I’ve got to start brushing up on my metal trivia! Nervecell is one the most promising bands I have heard in recent times.

Funeral in Heaven – Black Metal from Sri Lanka
Absence of The Sacred – Thrash/Death Metal from Singapore
Antim Grahan – Melodic Black Metal from Nepal
Orator – Death/Thrash Metal from Bangladesh
Nervecell – Death/Thrash Metal from Dubai
Violent Eve – Melodic Death Metal from Spain

As for the headliners, still not out. With the likes of Amon Amarth last time, rumours about Cannible Corpse coming have been officially dismissed. Suffocation is still an option. It’ll be awesome if they did play in India. It’d give the scene here a good boost, not that it is required. India now seems to have finally woken to the genre of metal, many good bands on the list and many more that would come on it soon!

Meanwhile Cradle of Filth is visiting town in April. Here’ s a facebook link with some details. facebook event for COF

As for the headliners watch the Orka networks page, which I should say is hardly maintained at all.

The Fathomless Mastery [2008]. Not Really.

Bloodbath is essentially one of the best bands that I’ve come across. An amalgamation of the best of death metal artists there are, this band has really lived up to their expectations. With Mikael handling vocals nothing can go wrong. And, going against many opinions here, I quite like the work done by Martin Axenrot in his works with both Opeth and this project here with Bloodbath back in 2008. And about the other members, Katatonia I trust. However the sound here is so different. I had had this album in my collection for a long time without me actually having heard it.

First things first, I found both Nightmares Made in Flesh and The Wacken Carnage, both, more entertaining than this venture of theirs. I can’t pin point where exactly they lack because of the fact that I like this album. But there comes a point in the album where one goes like what-more? Like I said before, this band couldn’t be more jazzed up with all the fancy names in it, kind of like some Karan Johar/Yash Raj production with all the big names and big hype.

Coming to the production of this album, impressive. My favorites from this album would comprise of Drink From the Cup of Heresy, Iesous, Earthrot . Nystrom gave many twisted riffs, entwining perfectly with sick beats given by Axenrot.  Hades Rising was another track that really struck me with guttural vocals really getting to me, perfect to make a boring weekday afternoon worthwhile.

While the songs may be faster, when compared to their earlier productionand definitely more percussive and belligerent, the riffs remain typical to Bloodbath’s music, so while the differences will be very noticeable for Bloodbath fans, it wouldn’t draw a lot of crowd to this new brutality of theirs. The new more-true-to-death-metal production, even though quite explosive, wouldn’t have fared badly had it infused a bit of the melodic riffs that are quite prominent in their previous albums.

And then also, I feel this album lacks the sheen that its predecessors had. Maybe the face that Dan Swano didn’t contribute to this album made a difference. Yet it is still an album worth listening to. It certainly is amongst the better half of the multitudes of productions out there.

An honest 6.5/10.