If you haven’t heard about the budding metal scene in Dhaka, Bangladesh, well you my friend, have been missing out. In the past five years the land of Bengal has been churning out quality bands by the dozen and they don’t seem to be stopping. Bands like Morbidity and Orator put Bangladesh on the map with the raw and unpolished death thrash that has come to define the sound of Bengal. Since then, bands have been blazing through Bangladesh like wildfire. Death/thrash outfit, Infuscation are no exception. Forming earlier this year, Infuscation is a three piece, raw, death metal band out of Dhaka that’s planning to release their much anticipated debut album before the year’s end. I spoke with the band’s guitarist and main songwriter, Aaswad Arif about the new album, the local scene, and the band’s plans for touring next year. Here’s what he had to say.
Underworld Zine: First of all, how are you?
Aaswad Arif: Got a little daunted by current terrorism and conspiracies beyond them. Oh well, we are doing fine.
Underworld Zine: Yeah, I think we’re all pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal. We’re all grieving for the those who lost their lives and their loved ones. So sad. But metal must live on, am I right? Tell the readers about your band?
Aaswad Arif: Well, we are “Infuscation”. We are a three piece. Aaswad Arif is the guitarist and songwriter, Aymun Khan is the bassist and vocal, Navin Iqbal is the drummer. This band is all about dark philosophies, Occult-fiction, Mythology. During college days Aymun and Aaswad (Me) found that we had same taste in music. We both used to listen to heavy music. Basically the old school stuffs. I mean, Iron Maiden was a part of our daily conversation. Then we started to explore more of it, we attended many underground shows that offered true metal sounding bands, met many musicians. Those shows and brothers who were involved in this metal madness before us worked on as a force to inspire us to form our band. Almost over a year ago Aymun found Navin to play drums for the band. We started as a thrash metal sounding band. You could say 80s thrash inspired band. But I couldn’t escape the greatness of Death Metal that hit us with thrash and I also got badly gripped by all-embracing miseries of sickness, old age, pain and death, hence we evolved with both death and thrash. We jammed and worked hard on our techniques to the point where we found our own style of sounding.
Underworld Zine: Let’s keep our fingers crossed that everything works out as planned. Does the band face any challenges being a three piece?
Aaswad Arif: Not at all! I would say it’s more comfortable. We are doing great.
Underworld Zine: Yeah, I’m sure there would be fewer issues with less people in the band. So one last question. I’m sure the fans would love to know, does Infuscation plan on touring in 2016 or playing Banish the Posers fest?
Aaswad Arif: Yes, we definitely do. I mean, how astonishing that would be!?! We would love to play at BTPF if we got the opportunity and yes, positive about the tour. If we get a tour offer and everything is sorted we’d love to do it. After all, putting on a face-melting show is the most important thing.
Well, there you have it. Look out for upcoming tour dates from Infuscation worldwide, and don’t miss out on their debut release. Hails!