The metal bands these days can belong to one of two categories. They can either be bands that are trying to come up with something new by mixing two genres or by creating a brand new sound of their own. Or they can be bands that take up an established genre while aiming to execute it perfectly, thus giving the listeners a good time. Biopsy from Mumbai, India is a three piece that belongs in the later category. With their debut EP titled ‘Fractals of Derangement’ the band delivers some crushing music in the form of death metal of the brutal variety.
Here’s my 2014-list of bands and albums to check out. It’s impossible to make a best of-list, but these are some damn good albums. The numbers don’t mean anything. They’re all good.
Over the course of the existence of death metal, we have seen many things come, and go. But it hasn’t been until recently, that things have gone back to the basics. Time has been very good to the subgenre (death metal) as there has been growth and expansion beyond the visions that Jeff Becerra and Chuck Schuldiner had seen. We have found ourselves at point in its evolution where things have seemed to stagnate. With Perversity, they take the listener back to an age of death metal where brutality was measured in terms of heavy chuggy tremeolo riffs. It is a look back to a time when the incorporations of horror themes, were mixed with the music we so whole heartedly love.
When someone mentions the brutal side of metal, India is not exactly the country that pops into one’s mind. The reason is that there are not many brutal death metal bands from India. The number of proper bands playing brutal stuff can be counted on a single hand. But however few these bands are in number, their music sure does pack a punch. Leading this legion of brutal death metal bands is the almighty Gutslit. This band has been playing an active role in propagating this heavy art form since 2007. After releasing a split in 2009, the band’s much awaited debut full length is finally here! Was it worth the wait?
Every once in a while, I go through a phase, where all I need is a huge wall of music to grind my face. When I came across the band Facegrinder, this is exactly what I expected. Going into this album, my expectations from this band where pretty high, because earlier this year, I had reviewed an album from another band from by same members, called Corpseflesh and that album had impressed me so much. So does Facegrinder impress as much as Corpseflesh, or is it not as good?