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“Cave man metal” is a term often used by critics (including yours truly) to address music that is dumbed down for the least common denominator. Primitiv proves to a be an exception where the band embraces the idea of primitive sounding music to create a death metal album that is unapologetically heavy and relentless in its intent to crush everything. The band’s debut album ‘Immortal & Vile’ comes off as a concept album of sorts, where Primitiv cross the thresholds of sounding old school, taking the music into ancient realms. Every element of the music lends itself to the ancient feel of the music, resulting in a coherent and well put together album.

Primitiv Immortal & Vile

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As a young lad in a developing scene, who had just discovered death metal, my introduction to Third Sovereign happened back in 2007 when their full length ‘Destined to Suffer’ came out. The band’s brutal, straightforward approach to death metal fascinated my young mind and it was my first encounter with death metal from India. As the years passed, death metal in the country branched out into different styles while Third Sovereign lie dormant in terms of releases. After 9 years, the band prepares to make a comeback on Transcending Obscurity India with their second full length, titled ‘Perversion Swallowing Sanity’. Though there is a wide gap between the releases, the band’s sound harkens back to the first couple of albums and they manage to sound as brutal as ever.

Third Sovereign Perversion Swallowing Sanity

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Chances are you have probably never heard of Tetragrammacide. But what do I know? Maybe you are well invested in the underground Indian black metal scene. Anyway, that’s not the point. Released through Iron Bonehead Productions, Tetragrammacides debut is called ‘Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Antistructural Formulae’. Get it? Of course you do.

Tetragrammacide

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When I hear of a death metal band from India, I usually think of bands playing the same old school riff that has been done to death. But Gaijin’s self titled EP came as a pleasant surprise. This five piece from Mumbai play a form of technical / progressive death metal that does not compromise on the riffs for the sake of technicality and does not adopt the tired old djent tricks in the name of progression. Their sound follows the path of Gorguts, Death (Symbolic era) and the likes. Their debut EP is a refreshing breath of death metal in the Indian death metal fraternity.

Gaijin EP

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When Indian stoner doom purveyors Bevar Sea released their debut album back in 2012, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable records to come out of the Indian scene at that point. Filled to the brim with riffs that stuck with the listener, the band amassed fans from all over the country and around the world. The popularity of the record was made evident during their live shows, where the entire audience would hum along to the riffs and sing the lyrics in unison, making the vocalist’s job redundant. So it is natural that the follow up to such a debut be met with sky high expectations. The band’s second full length ‘Invoke the Bizarre’ sees the band shift away from hooky 70’s rock inspired riffs and deeper into traditional stoner doom territory. Regardless of the change in course, Bevar Sea manage to come up with a record that grows on the listener like a potent, yet slow hitting strain of kush.

Bevar Sea Invoke the Bizarre

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