GIG REVIEW | Fistful Of Steel | Planet Caravan

So Fistful of Steel, the debut gig organized by Earth One Productions, took place last Saturday at Kolkata. It was a usual day in July with slight hints of rain and a group of metalheads gathered at the venue situated at Salt Lake for a day dedicated to metal.

The first band to take the stage was Vulgustrike and they kickstarted the gig with lots of energy. They did great covers like Sepultura’s “Screams Behind The Shadows” and an Exumer number that the crowd enjoyed a lot. Rest of their songs were originals. Although the band was tight as a whole, the drummer Sayak Bagchi stole the show with his killer rolls and blastbeats. Overall, I found the band giving a lot of Pantera vibes.

Up next were the death metallers Divide Torture who are already quite well-known in the scene. Denzil Davidson managed the guitar duties remarkably well in place of their old guitarist and the drummer Bob played with unbelievable speed and precision. Like in their previous gig just a few months back, this time also they covered Cancer’s “Hung, Drawn And Quartered” that sent the crowd into a headbanging spree. The band also played a few of their OCs including the new one “SNAFU”, and added a touch of humor by giving a tribute to their new guitarist in the form of playing Napalm Death’s “You Suffer.”

The next band Xplikator delivered a heavy dose of in your face old school thrash metal. Like I did for the first two bands, I have to give the drummer Chirantan a special mention here as well. Their OCs were appreciated a lot and so we’re their covers of iconic tracks like “Raining Blood”. Personally, I liked the performance of this act the most.  The death/thrash veterans Deadbolt were next in line. I have been watching Deadbolt performing since 2013 and they have indeed gotten better with time. Nilabja had been the usual great frontman that he is, and Denzil showed his mastery with the guitars here as well. They also did a splendid Sepultura cover (“Inner Self”).

Strangulate was insane as well. They were the only band who didn’t do any covers and just concentrated on their originals. They played most of the songs from their album ‘Catacombs Of Decay‘ released last year. The overall sound of the band was of very high standards. Finally the gig ended on a high note with the old timers Evil Conscience. There is performance doesn’t need much talking about. They have been putting up electrifying performances everywhere for quite a long time now. But, in this gig, their Necrophagist cover was the best among all of the songs they performed.

Overall the gig was a nice experience and the organizers did a great job with their first venture. However I did find the attendance a bit low but I guess things will be better with time.
Cheers to Earth One Productions for pulling off their debut gig so well!

– Spirit Crusher and The Scene Kid

The images used here have been provided by Arkadeep Deb and he reserves all the rights.

Sinner – Tequila Suicide Review

Even though front-man Mat Sinner must surely have his hands full with his many projects (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force, the Rock Meets Classic project), he evidently still finds plenty of time for his band, Sinner, who have been part of the German heavy/ power metal scene in various forms since 1982, selling over a million albums worldwide.
Due on March 31 via AFM Records, ‘Tequila Suicide’ is the German heavy metal band’s eighteenth studio album, being co-produced by Mat Sinner and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), and features Matt on vocals and bass, Tom Naumann and Alex Scholpp on guitars and Francesco Jovino on drums, plus special guest artists such as Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy), Pete Lincoln (The Sweet) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear).

The record kicks off with a bang, opening with fast and hard rockers such as “Go Down Fighting”, a fast number with a punkish feel and the title song “Tequila Suicide”, one of the highlights of the album with its energetic licks and catchy hook. The record transitions to a strong midsection, straddling various genres such as the power metal rocker “Dragons”, “Battle Hill” a hard and impactful metal number with a slight Celtic feel, and then going mellow in the fine ballad “Sinner Blues”. The latter part of the album continues delivering hard rock/ metal songs that, while fun to listen to, ultimately fail to stand out much, with the exceptions of “Gypsy Rebels” and the closing track, “Dying On A Broken Heart”, another soft number that gives the album a memorable ending.


Ultimately, while there is nothing on ‘Tequila Suicide‘ that hasn’t been done before, it still makes a worthy addition to the collection of any diehard metalhead, delivering a power packed mix of catchy vocals over frantic guitars and chugging bass, along with some really awesome album art – one hopes that Sinner release their next album soon.

Written by: Akshit Bajaj

Forged In Fire III: The Headliner | Kryptos

Well, less than two days are left for Forged In Fire III! And, now that we have covered all of the local bands, the time has come to talk about the headliner. KOSMA has been able to finally fulfill the long awaited dream of bringing Kryptos-undoubtedly one of the best old school heavy metal bands of India-to Kolkata.
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Formed in 1998 by Nolan Lewis and Ganesh Krishnaswamy, the band has been hanging around the Indian metal scene for almost two decades, ‘evoking the true spirit of heavy metal the way it was always meant to be.’ Their sound has a strong blend of classic heavy metal bands like Priest and thrash bands like Kreator, and it has changed and evolved over their four albums.  They have supported some of the biggest names in heavy metal and toured Europe multiple times, and even played at Wacken Open Air (they are about to do it for the second time this year).

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Photo Courtesy: AFM Records, Germany

They released their fourth album ‘Burn Up The Night’ under AFM Records, Germany just a few months back which has been widely acclaimed. We reviewed this album and you can read it here.

And, here’s how our conversation with Nolan about the band’s present and future turned out to be:

PC: You recently released ‘Burn Up The Night‘ which got numerous positive reviews. What are your thoughts on that?

Kryptos: It has been great so far. The overall reaction has been really positive. Sure, there are some who still prefer the aggression of our previous album, but most people who bought ‘Burn Up The Night‘ seem to really love it. The album’s been doing very well in Europe too; so things are good at the moment.

PC: What is Kryptos currently working on?

Kryptos: Nothing much. Just gearing up for a couple of gigs in Chennai and of course Kolkata. We’re really looking forward to that one!

PC: What are your future plans regarding albums and gigs? And how does it feel to be a part of Wacken Open Air for the second time?

Kryptos: We’re working on another European tour in the summer, and yeah it’s awesome to head back to Wacken again. That’s going to be fantastic. After that we’ll probably start writing again for the next album so it’s ready by mid 2018.

PC: I think Kryptos will be performing for the second time in Kolkata. What do you think about the metal scene of the city?

Kryptos: We had a blast the last time we played in Kolkata. There’s a really cool old school scene there and we get a lot of support from that side of the country. Plus, we have some good friends there who make sure we’re well taken care of .
And of course, the Kolkata scene has really good bands like Armament, Mortar, Deadbolt etc., so it’s always great to play there.

PC: What can we expect at the gig from Kryptos? And any message for your fans?

Kryptos: We’re just going to get out there and absolutely rage, and we’re going to drag everyone else along with us. We’ll put on a show that all the old school headbangers will remember for ages.To the fans we just have to say – Keep defending the faith. And don’t eat Five Star Chicken. It sucks. Haha!

So this is our last article regarding Forged In Fire III. We wish Kolkata Old School Metal Association all the very best for the gig! Everyone who can be in or around Kolkata do attend the show and provide some support to the local scene Passes will be available at the venue if you still haven’t got yours.

Cheers! Until next time!

Forged In Fire III: The Bands | The Neighborhood Thrashers

Cause I’m T.N.T., I’m dynamite”.

Yes, this article is about the young lads calling themselves T.N.T which is the abbreviation for The Neighborhood Thrashers. Formed in January 2016, they do a very decent job of ‘screaming’ about social and political issues through their music. They are the fourth band to be a part of KOSMA’s Forged In Fire III.
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Imagine a raw thrash sound combined with elements of punk and crossover bands llike Nuclear Assault (T.N.T pull of an impressive cover of ‘Brainwashed’), D.R.I, Vio-Lence etc. and you’ll know how the band sounds like. They believe that “We’re all gonna die” and hence try to make the most of the time by talking about social degradation and a lot of other stuff through their music. The line-up comprises of four talented and very enthusiastic lads who call themselves Cazz Bhai, Assholeman, Anonymous and Straightedge. Till now, they have released jam videos of two originals ‘Hellhole’ and ‘Children Of The Trend.

Their first live performance was a hit in Calcutta Punk Society’s gig last year, but they have a long way to go in order to develop a tighter sound. But they sure are a band to look out for in Forged In Fire III. Our short conversation with the band went like this:

PC: What message do you want to convey through your music?

T.N.T: Don’t do drugs, always study, listen to your parents and let them arrange your marriage for you! Jokes aside, we don’t really aim to bash people’s choices or anything, it’s just that we like to talk about how full of shit we all are.

PC: What are your future plans?

T.N.T: We intend on working on more and more compositions and a full length in the coming year, and eventually dying due to liver failure.

PC: What can we expect at the gig from T.N.T?

T.N.T: You can expect pure energy, VIOLENCE, offensive humour and comic book references from us. No, honestly, we’ll thrash you up in a very compact manner. Don’t miss the gig!

Line-up:
Nirmalya – Bass
Abhirup – Yells
Subham – Banging
Aniruddha – Riffs

Forged In Fire III: The Bands | Dreadhammer

Well, it has been a long time since Kolkata has seen a promising in-your-face thrash metal band come up after the likes of Mortar, Armament and Deadbolt back in 2013! Dreadhammer is one such band that came up not even a year ago and they are second on our interview list for Kolkata Old School Metal Association’s Forged In Fire III.
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Dreadhammer was formed in 2015 by the extremely talented Rishav, who handles vocals and guitar duties, and a few of his friends. Rishav even used to jam with the guys at Mortar before they split up, and now finally he came up with his own band. The other members are also very much talented, particularly the drummer Rohan, who is quiet young but knows his way around the kit. Together they manage to bring about a very decent thrash sound. Dreadhammer’s first release ‘Might Of Chaos’ has received positive reviews and was a treat to the city’s lovers of raw old school thrash. They also put up a decent show at their debut gig RISE ABOVE with many claiming that they were one of the best acts of that gig.
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We managed to get hold of Rishav and had him to answer a few questions regarding the band and its future plans. Here is how it went:

PC: What message do you want to convey through Dreadhammer’s music?

Rishav: Dreadhammer’s music has always been about the bitter and harsh truth. Generally I write the tracks, and our main lyrical and musical theme had always had a certain bluntness to it. We wanna talk about the things other people might not wanna talk about. We think there’s more evil in this world than good and people subtly ignore this fact and get back to their so called “lives” and pretend like everything’s fine. Well it’s not. Nothing’s fine with everything that’s happening around us. We just wanna point that out.

PC: What are you guys currently working on?

Rishav: People have a lot of unanswered questions about our sound and what we’re working on because we’ve been under the radar after our last track ‘Might Of Chaos’ was released, which was pretty big hit at Rise Above. Well actually we’ve been pretty busy. You’ll see what we were upto a few weeks before the gig when we release our new track titled ‘Violence Is The Cure’. I’m sure the track itself will answer all the unanswered questions out there. And we’ll perform another fresh Dreadhammer original at Forged In Fire III. Sore neck guaranteed!

PC: Do you want to say anything about your future plans?

Rishav: Well we are considering the thought of getting an EP out there pretty soon. Let’s see how everything goes.

PC: What can we expect at the gig from Dreadhammer?

Rishav: We might just turn Forged In Fire III into a ‘Terror Zone’

Line up:

Rishav Bhattacharya – Vocals, Guitars
Arya Dutta – Guitars
Suprovo Chowdhury – Bass
Rohan Bakshi – Drums

Forged In Fire III: The Bands | Falcun

As we had promised in our last article, we will be posting brief interviews of every band who will be a part of Forged In Fire III organised by Kolkata Old School Metal Association. We’ve mentioned earlier that this gig will be headlined by the mighty Kryptos.
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Instead of beginning with the headliner, we’ll look into the local bands first. The first in line is the classic heavy metal band Falcun. These guys are among the very few bands who play traditional heavy metal in India and are damn good at it.

Falcun initially started off in 2013 by the name of Steelbird and it was basically a supergroup formed by the members of thrash metal bands Armament and Mortar. They used to belt out covers of classic heavy metal numbers by the likes of Judas Priest, King Diamond etc. Two years down the line in 2015, Steelbird changed their name to Falcun and released their first song “Eye Of The Storm.’ The track combined elements of NWOBHM with speed metal and was an instant hit among the old school music lovers of Kolkata. Their first live performance as Falcun was also brilliantly executed at KOSMA’s Strength of Steel in August 2015.

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Image Courtesy: Rossogolla Photography

Falcun’s lineup went through major changes in 2016, the most significant one being a new vocalist, Abhishek. The style of his vocals is a bit different from Indranil (Armament/Falcun), but he also is a perfect match for the sound of the band with his mesmerising and wicked voice, and energetic stage presence.
Recently, Falcun just returned from playing an outstation gig at Cherapunjee (Shine A Light 2.0) and are currently gearing themselves up for Forged In Fire III. We got in touch with the axeman Samrat who gave us an insight relating to the current activities of the band.

PC: What are you guys currently working on?

Samrat: Falcun is currently writing more songs. At this gig, we will deliver 2 new originals along with the previous two songs. One will be a Maiden approach, with dual harmony sectioned riffs and power metal style vocals. Another will be a power ballad, focusing more on melodies and a bit slower than our other compositions. We are big fans of Maiden, we already do “The Trooper” as a sound check, so this time, there will be another classic and we are sure the entire auditorium will sing along with us and since we all are giving tribute to Judas Fuckin’ Priest, we will do it gracefully. Can’t reveal the cover now!

PC: Do you want to say anything about the upcoming gig?

Samrat: We are grateful to KOSMA for putting us in a slot along with some kickass bands from the city and of course, the mighty Kryptos. What is astounding, is that, even in 2016, people are still listening to the classic sound of Heavy Metal. Falcun have shifted from Speed metal to a more Traditional and British Heavy Metal sound. It’s been hard on the fans of the band to see a new lineup and getting something different, but the lineup is tighter than ever. Our newvocalist, Abhishek, is working his ass off day and night to bring out the beast and on the 21st, he is gonna wash away the Paul DiAnno fans (pun intended). Lastly, we are effin’ fuckin’ happy to play this classic sound in a sea of 300 bpm loud noises, It’s like a drop of water in the middle of a desert.

Line-up:
Vocals- Abhishek
Guitars- Sam, Anirban
Bass- Rony
Drums- Bob

So that’s Falcun for you guys!

Forged In Fire III

Kolkata Old School Metal Association (KOSMA) has been dormant with respect to gigs since their last one in 2015 named Strength of Steel. That was indeed a huge success, and had the giants Albatross, Hellwind and Primitiv from Mumbai as outstation bands along with the local acts. And this time they decided to go all in on bringing in one of the finest heavy metal bands in India as the headlining act. Yes, it is none other than the mighty Kryptos from Bangalore. With just one month to go for the gig, we decided to write an article about it.
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We’ve already revealed the headliner but the base of the music scene of any place is built up by the local acts and it is nothing different for Kolkata. Five of the city’s acts will be there at the gig to make you all bang your heads. The local acts include the veterans Armament (Thrash Metal), Blakhole (Punk) and Falcun (Heavy Metal), and two new kids in the scene – The Neighborhood Thrashers (Thrash Metal), Dreadhammer (Thrash Metal). TNT and Dreadhammer have already showed their potentials in Calcutta Punk Society’s Rise Above just a few months back.


Now, the interesting part of the gig is that it will be completely crowd funded and people can pay whatever they want to above the base price of the early bird passes (Rs. 400/-). This concept has already been implemented in KOSMA’s Forged In Fire II and the response was overwhelming. And like every gig of KOSMA, this one is also a pure DIY event organized by the people having a sheer passion for heavy metal music, and there are no sponsors and support from the so called corporate world.
So if you are a heavy metal fan and can be in Kolkata in January 21st, 2017, be sure to attend this or else you may miss out on something massive.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726545717503011/?
Passes have already started selling and there are various methods of payment.
For offline passes you can contact the following numbers: 8017345432, 8017838486, 9804236688.
Alternatively, if you have a credit/debit card, you can buy the tickets from here.

Get your passes fast or else the base price for the passes may increase.

Be there to support the local scene.

Stay tuned to us for detailed interviews of the each of the six bands. Cheers!