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  • Album Review: Return to darkness

    21 Mar 2010, 9:48

    Demonic Resurrection

    Demonic Resurrection, got an emotional connection with this band, they were the first ever indian metal band that i heard while beginning my sojourn to this colossal world of Metal. They are now relatively the veterans of indian metal scene, and with their brand of insane metal, termed aptly as “demonic metal” by Sahil Demonstealer Makhija, they have never disappointed with any of their records, and with their current offering, they have just stepped up a notch.The band has been undergoing constant line-up changes since last couple of years and have finally settled with a great group of musicians, highly proficient at wielding their respective gears. I must admit, i was really skeptical of Daniel, the first time i saw him play, and if my memory serves me right it was at resurrection VIII at that shitty Borivali venue, but how well has he come along, he has completely owned this record, and i can’t forget people going ape shit over his soloing at Resurrection XI.
    Getting down to the record itself, the box set itself is piece of art with a rich glossy touch to it and an equally brilliant art work done by Michal “Xaay” Loranc.This drooling factor on this record doesn’t stop there, all the above-mentioned are just the peripherals to what the record actually contains and it is no less brilliant. The album opens with “Between infinity and oblivion”which has some excellent work by Mephisto on keys, it truly gives you the epic feel for something truly great is about to happen. “Where dreams and darkness unite” is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and it carries the mood perfectly with some kickass death growls by Sahil and Viru pounding away on drums with equivocal ferocity.
    The most striking part of this record is the world class production that your ears are subjected to, the sound is extremely clear and profound. The unrenlenting surge of vengence is another of my favorite tracks, it gets extremely heavy with its sudden breaks and no sane person can stop himself from bobbing their heads up and down to this one.
    It is very difficult to categorize this record into any specific genre, because you are having so much on your plate, there is kamelot styled power metal, then death/ thrash riffs, black metal styled blast beating. This is truly an epic, aptly demonstrated by “Lord of pestilence”, with its beginning uncannily reminding me of Frozen Portrait, it goes on for a sheer length of eleven and half minutes but it never gives you a feeling that it is getting monotonous or just skip over to the next track, it is a masterclass composition, with its dynamic nature, it keeps you hooked on. Anyways being an avid listener of black metal, you somehow get used to such track lengths. “Omega, I” ends this masterpiece and a perfect ending at that.
    A new warrior has risen from ashes to take over the fucking world, one festival at a time Inferno and Brutal Assault beckons DR, and no other Indian band could have been chosen to demonstrate the prosperity and musicianship of Indian Metal Scene (apart from Kryptos, of course) better than DR.
    A must must listen for coming of age of Indian metal.
  • Book review: Lords of Chaos

    21 Mar 2010, 9:47

    The thing that got me interested in this book, apart from the cover was the review by Varg on his official site, he has absolutely trashed this book and annihilated the authors for supposed misinterpretations and crediting him with interviews, which never took place. As hard as that was to believe, i still thought maybe some truth would be there, afterall you can’t write a book of lies and publish it world over. But, after going through this book once, that perception of mine has thoroughly changed. This book is nothing but utter rubbish, well to be nice, the book does have its some moments of intrigue but those are very few and far in between.
    Starting on the book, the title of which is thoroughly misleading, it doesn’t depict any “bloody rise of satanic metal underground”, it is a book written for enjoyment of people interested in conspiracy theories. In fact in the mid-part of the book, the authors are on whole hearted mission to present the rise of black metal in Norway to be some kind of conspiracy by Nazis to come back to power, i mean seriously WTF ! Any author, who undertakes a job of chronicling an event such as this, has to make sure that he does this without any prejudices or partiality, the opinion forming has to be left to readers, if he himself starts presenting it in a way which makes this revolution look like a furore created by a bunch of drunken teenage punks, then the whole purpose of the book is defeated, thats where Michael Moynihan & Didrik Soderlind have went horribly wrong with this book. So, a book which could have been the History of Black Metal is reduced to a corny conspiracy theory. Now, after going through this book, i can understand why Varg Vikerness must have been miffed with the authors, because throughout the book, he has been portrayed as a mass murderer, a maniac, a nazi, a leader of a band of terrorists and what not. Every interviews that the authors conduct, and there are too many of them, eventually the discussion would come down to Varg, and how crazy he was ! After a point it tends to become funny, how the authors are going about the world asking people about Varg Vikerness. They fail to understand that the movement for Varg and likely most bands involved in Norwegian Black Metal scene, was more for going back to pagan roots then worship of some christian myth called “Satan”. The church burnings were more a symbol of going against Christianity than satan worship. But, they go on with their rhetoric, that black metal musicians practiced devil worship, witchcraft, satanic rituals etc.
    Out of the 400 odd pages that the book runs for 350 pages are filled with interviews with doctors, psychologists, scientists, physicists etc. and which are totally out of context and makes the reading an absolute ordeal. The good part of the book is the history that has been documented for Germanic black metal, which i was unaware of, and some nordic mythology, which is always a pleasure to read. Anton La Vey, who is so much detested by black metallers especially Varg, has been portrayed as some kind of master of them, which reflects the total ignorance on the part of the authors, while writing the book. They have sensationalized the whole thing in a sick and perverted way.
    Any metalhead who has been listening to black metal for a while and has been following its history, can easily make out the whole load of crap the authors are selling here. I had ordered this book online, and after spending ridiculous money over this, it has been a total waste of time. Skip this and read some dumbed down novels of chetan bhagat instead, atleast thats cheaper.