GIG ALERT | WACKEN METAL BATTLE KOLKATA

The much hyped Kolkata chapter of the Wacken Metal Battle is here again!

This time it will be held at VAULT Lounge Bar tomorrow, the 8th of June. The city’s heavy metal band Falcun will be headlining the event and their debut release ‘Kingdom Come’ will be played live for the first time in its full glory.
Apart from them, there will be four other bands: DeathLore, Chronic Xorn, Reciprocal and Astitva.
Be there to show your support.
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/186407672016437/

– Spirit Crusher

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Knight – High On Voodoo Review | Planet Caravan

Reviewing a traditional heavy metal release in 2017 can be tricky, as the idea of NWOTHM is not to break new ground in music, but to relive/revive the glory days of classic heavy metal. So, in a way, it is only fair that a heavy metal record be reviewed in the spirit of heavy metal. Knight’s debut EP does not present us with anything that we have not heard before, but instead, makes an effort to celebrate the heavy metal spirit in all its passion and glory.

For someone who is not big on old heavy metal, it could be easy to write this off as generic and rehashed, but progressiveness is not the point of ‘High on Voodoo‘. The essence of the music that inspired these guys is strongly felt throughout the record. The intro leading to “The Ventriloquist” is somewhat reminiscent of Priest’s “The Hellion” leading to “Electric Eye”, and the influences only become more prominent as the EP progresses. The riffs, as one would come to expect, are essentially classic heavy metal worship, as are the lyrics. While some of the riffs stand out, the rest are more of vehicles for the vocals.

The vocals are a bit of an oddball here. Since I am too lazy to explain it better, let’s just say that they are more Manilla Road than Iron Maiden. Also, there isn’t any virtuosic guitar soloing. The solos are quite simplistic, with the one on “Master of Dreams” standing out just a tad bit from the others. As for the songs themselves, “Break the Chains” is the one that stands out for me. It slows things down, and has more of a heavy rock vibe. It might sound a minute too long, but is a fun song nonetheless.

All in all, it is a spirited performance by the boys from Silchar. If you are a fan of traditional heavy metal, be sure to check them out!

Lineup:
Shibam Talukdar – Guitars/Vocals
Soumyadeep Nath Barbhuiyan – Bass

Written by: Metal Police

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