Interview With Amorphia

Amorphia is a three-piece old school thrash metal band from Alappuzha, Kerala. They have recently acquired quite a name after the release of their single titled ‘The Lieber Code’. Very soon they’ll be coming up with their debut album which will be produced by Transcending Obscurity. Planet Caravan recently got the chance of chatting up with these guys.
 
PC: The band was formed in 2013. Tell us about the formation, and the significance of the name Amorphia?  

Amorphia: We three knew each other  well from our college times, as we had another college band of 5 members back then. Amorphia was formed after that band was disbanded and we three started jamming together. We were greatly influenced by bands like Sodom and Kreator. Among the bands from India and one of our major influences is Kryptos.  We three with almost same musical influence and taste led to forming this band.

Amorphia’s music, as the name signifies, is comprised of the changes and disorders happening around the globe. The band’s music is directed towards those changes and we express that anger and arrogance in our music.

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PC: What are the themes that you incorporate in your lyrics and music?

Amorphia: The first album is entirely based on the war-related issues and controversies happening or have happened around the globe .We have tried to show the pure hate, aggression, crookedness that are always involved in wars.

PC:  Have you released any other tracks apart from your debut single The Lieber Code? Are you satisfied with the response that the track has received?

Amorphia: Yeah, our first single is actually Master of Death. You can check out our SoundCloud page for that (https://soundcloud.com/amorphiaindia/master-of-death). We are very much satisfied with the response we got from the track. We received lots of suggestions and experiences so that we can make out our album a better package.

PC: So when is your album coming out?

Amorphia: If everything goes on schedule, it will be out in December 2016.

PC:  How is the metal in Kerala, what are some other bands from your part of the city?

Amorphia: Chaos and the Down Troddence, who are big names in Indian metal scene, are from Kerala and we used to look up to in our initial days .Talking about the Kerala metal scene, it still has a long way to go according to us. Most of the people who listen to metal music in Kerala are students and since the production and other costs for conducting gigs in Kerala are higher than other cities, the organizers are forced to price tickets a bit high and turnouts are poor . Most of the time the organizers end up in losses. So the number of metal gigs taking place in Kerala is like only 2 or 3 per year which is not at all encouraging for the upcoming metal bands. Also, we have seen that once these young listeners become graduated, they move to other cities for jobs and really don’t follow what’s happening here; thus when a band releases their music, the sales of their CDs and merchandise are very low and the bands find it difficult to survive. According to us, there are only about 80-100 genuine metal people in Kerala  who have been traveling around to see their favorite bands and supporting them by buying their stuff and showing up for their gigs . We hope the numbers will get bigger.

PC:  You are signed to Transcending Obscurity. How did the deal happen?

Amorphia: Kunal approached us and for a young band like us, it was a great opportunity and platform to make our music reach a larger audience. We met him personally before signing up when he came for one of our gigs in Bangalore.

PC: How would you like to differentiate between playing live and recording a studio album? What are the challenges of playing live, and any funny incidents you would like to share?

Amorphia: We have never been to a proper studio actually. Both our singles have been tracked in our jam room in a cheap home recording setup, engineered by our guitarist Vasu. So we don’t know how it will be in a studio and can’t tell the differences.

Coming to main challenges of playing live for us, are actually the unfamiliar backlines we need to use in gigs and also less sound checking time. Can’t complain though because that’s how it works everywhere I guess for a band like us .Recently we played a gig alongside the mighty Kryptos and Dying Embrace in Bangalore with a huge production .While I was checking the drums, I felt the bass drum skin was a bit loose so I tightened it .When sound engineer came bass drum was sounding like snare and he went mad for changing the entire drum tuning and he literally kicked me out of the venue actually. Lol!

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PC: What bands and artists do you people look up to as the influences behind your music?

Amorphia:  Sodom, Kreator, Merciless, Kryptos (Nolan Lewis), Dying Embrace (Vikram Bhatt) have been very supportive and inspiring in many ways.

PC:  An article recently came out in a reputed webzine complaining about the state of redundancy in metal, how metal has failed to explore into new territories. Hence, being a strictly old-school band, what is your opinion on the issue?

Amorphia: I, personally, feel that  bands such as Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica etc. have already covered the most of the territories that metal music can reach. We also lacked guitar heroes and charismatic vocalist in the last decades. You can’t find many guitarists who are writing brilliant riffs and solos like 70s and 80s now and also great front-men. Guitar heroes and operatic singing vocalists are becoming an extinct breed. Most of the stuff coming out now are the 3rd rated versions of prime 80 sand 90s (including us, Lol!).This quality decrease is also a reason why I think metal music is getting  the redundancy. But you see these NWOTHM bands such as Enforcer etc. are showing that there are still new territories for metal music

PC:  Name five albums that have influenced your band’s music?

Amorphia: Merciless: The Awakening, Metallica: Kill’Em All, Kreator:  Pleasure to Kill, Sodom:  Tapping the Vein, Sodom:  Agent Orange.

PC: Any last words?

Amorphia: We have ten thousand tons of old school thrash metal attack on your way .Keep following us and support the bands you like, and keep thrashing around Maniacs!!!

Written by – The Scene Kid

Images have been sourced from: https://www.facebook.com/amorpia/

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108: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Garage Party

In less than a month Kolkata will witness a one of a kind gig in the form of 108: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Garage Party. Two of the city’s hard rock/heavy metal bands ShredxXx and Road Roller are organizing this totally DIY gig on the 3rd of July at Muzik Factory (Electronics Complex, Salt Lake Sector V).
The tickets are priced at Rs. 196 and one will get many things along with it like food and beverages, download cards for Road Roller’s latest album “3rd Class“, ShredxXx’s upcoming single “My Bitch“, a Road Roller Badge, and a ShredxXx Sticker.
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Here is a short intro of the two bands:

ShredxXx was formed in 2015 and has attained quite a name for itself after having played in major events like the Hornbill International Music Festival. Their sound is an out of the box mix of Neoclassical metal, progressive rock and Indian Classical Music and these guys do it quite well. They have released a single till now named
Homuragama and are currently working on their album to released sometime this year. “We are very excited for this gig, because it’s probably the first of its kind. We’re putting a lot of effort into this. Recording an album, organising a gig, work, exams..so much to handle, but we know we can pull it off, if the Rock Music lovers of the city are on our side! See you all at the show!” says Swarnabha Gupta, the sitarist of the band.

Road Roller is a three-piece hard rock band formed in 2008. Their sound has been inspired by the likes of AC/DC, Motorhead and Megadeth and the lyrics are in Bengali. They have produced two albums till date. “I urge all the “Metal Mataal”s of Kolkata to come and experience a heavy dose of Rock n Roll at our very own party, 108!! See you there!!”, says Anindya, the vocalist/guitarist.

E-Tickets are available at: http://imojo.in/108Concert

You can also get the tickets from the following locations:

The Music Kafe (Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station) 202, S.P Mukherjee Road (near Tollygunge Rail Bridge) Kolkata- 26

Music Mantra (Naktala, near Garia)
396B Ground Floor, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Garia, Naktala,

PULSE-Saltlake (Salt Lake) AE 639, Sector 1, SaltLake City, near AE mother dairy depot(Kwality Bus Stop)

Roland Pro Music Lake Town (Lake Town)
217A Lake Town Block B, VIP Road

Lydian The Music Shop (Madhyamgram)
Chandangarh 1st Lane, Madhyamgram

Tickets are also available via cash on delivery. Call 9432337132, 9163874014

– Spirit Crusher

Grotesque Ceremonium – Demonic Inquisition Review

It is very difficult to single-handedly manage various roles in your band and Turkish lad Batu Çetin has mastered this task very well in the form of Grotesque Ceremonium. Yes, it is a one man band hailing from the Turkish city of Ankara that plays unholy old school death metal. At the year of formation itself, the debut EP ‘Blasphemous Goat Observance’ was initially produced as a completely self-released tape and later it was distributed as 100 limited copies by the Mexican Label American Line Prods. Now in 2016, Grotesque Ceremonium will be coming out with its debut album titled “Demonic Inquisition.”

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Although the album is coming out officially on the 15th of June, we at Planet Caravan have been very lucky to have already gotten a sneak peak of this gem of a record.

The first track instantly builds up the gritty death metal sound with the heavy riffs and blastbeats with occasional changes in tempo. The second one is the title track and this also moves along the same lines of the previous song. Buried at the Stake is next and the sound becomes a bit slower and darker. The next two songs return back to the sound of the first two songs. All the songs more or less have the characteristic death metal sound with the vocals and drums deserving special mention. However my favorite track of the album is “In The Cauldrons Of Hell.’ The album ends with a great Incantation cover.
The album is a typical old school death metal band that sounds more or less like the inspirations of the band which are Incantation, Autopsy and Winter. It is a concept album dealing with medieval dark times and witchcraft, demonic punishments and tortures in the depths of hell and the satanic temple of Baphomet.
The production quality is also very clear with every note and beat being clearly audible. However, it would have been better if a few guitar solos were there in some parts of the songs. Overall this is a very good record and all old school death metal lovers must give this a listen!!


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Written By: Spirit Crusher 

Serpent Spells – Mantras within Ascending Fire

Serpent Spell” is a three piece blackened death metal band hailing from the country of Bangladesh. “Mantras with Ascending Fire” is the band’s newly released E.P. via Godz Ov War, released in 30th May, 2016.
A cool breeze, rainfall, ritualistic chants and a woman moaning- that’s how the “Mantras within Ascending Fire” begins, before quickly escalating into the chaos of blackened death metal riffs, drum blasts and voice- “Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah”. The band’s depth is not only about composition of some hate spurred riffs and blasts but also writing deep and intricate lyrics. The listener can quickly infer that the moaning of the woman was indeed due to the birth of an evil creature through her womb.

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A slow, dark and gloomy riff begins the next song of the E.P. – “Scourge Heretic Consecration”, before the E.P. finally comes to an end with the title track.
The cover is as evil as it can get: A crow/ raven is roaming above a demented and horrified looking figure (woman or old hag?) and fires and skulls are lit all across her black robe. The logo of the band is pretty neatly (pun intended) done.
“Godz Ov War Productions” deserves much of the credit in discovering/ reaching out to these underrated and cult bands and bringing them to the hardcore flag (of hate) bearers (read supporters) of extreme metal fans. Spread the cult and spread the chaos by supporting the E.P.

 

 

Written By: Draconus