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Psychotron- Lethal Paralysis

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Psychotron  yet another  band  from  Bangladesh but this time it’s not basement metal, in fact they play a  refreshing  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  their  2016  EP  “Lethal  Paralysis”  is a very  heavy,  aggressive  and  melodic mother fucker.

Intense  blast  beats are the first thing you hear, and I was hit almost  a  few  seconds  later by a wave of pure aggressive thrash; but all  of  the  musical  instruments are clear, which is something rare these days. The  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80’s Bay Area thrash  metal  but  the guttural  vocals are more  aggressive, reminiscent of Possessed.

However, this isn’t just a simple no frills thrash homage.  The  vocals  utilize  melodic  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads at times give a more  melodic  style  of  old  school  thrash.  They even inject a bit of the traditional spoken  word  trope that came to thrash near the end of the 80s, for brief intervals throughout the album. There’s a lot of mixing going on and variety.  Something I didn’t expect  there’s a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  grooves that flow into fast tearing riffs  and an almost Burtonesque bass  guitar  leads. Though the album remains true to its influences and styles it never truly disappoints in anyway.

Psychotron  plays the classic era style of  thrash  metal  and you can tell it’s  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80’s  traditions, including the production style, but the album  also  bringing  back a more aggressive and at times a more  melodic  take  on  the genre  than  some  of  the  current  bands in play don’t bring to the table.  You can easily hear the East coast spilling over to Bangladesh; and one must keep in mind Bangladesh is a country full of censorship and corruption, and probably ranked up with Somalia for military coups totally 28 military coups in the nation’s history.

They deliver a grim and dark lyrical style with a heavy thrash tone that’s both aggressive and original, riding the fine line between complete cloning of the east coast and to some extent the German scene and innovating their sound with more melodic takes. I never thought I’d say this…. but you know I actually like this album. I like it a lot.

-Allynd Dudnikov-Venalainen

https://mortuaryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/lethal-paralysis-2

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The Uprising of Bengal: Bangladesh’s Thriving Metal Scene

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In case you haven’t heard, in the past few years there has been a massive influx of quality, old school metal bands coming out of Bangladesh. The first band to pioneer the burgeoning Bengali scene was Barzak, who later changed their name to Orator. There has been a constant and positive uprise of metal music in the country ever since.

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Barzak

Orator is a band who wasn’t afraid to break barriers. They were the first extreme metal band from the country to achieve recognition internationally. They were also amongst the first bands in the local extreme metal scene to play in gigs and fests outside the country. Secondly, they are one of the first to attract international label to release their music.

Along with Orator emerged bands such as Warhound, Nafarmaan, Morbidity, Enmachined, Abominable Carnivore, Burial Dust, Eternal Armageddon, Nuclear Winter, and Exalter. More recently, acts like Surtur and Infuscation began to sweep onto the scene. These bands have been making waves in the underground and aren’t stopping any time soon.

In Bangladesh, a relatively new country, metal is still in its infancy, however. Extreme metal bands didn’t start coming out of Bangladesh until the early 2000s. In contrast to the USA or Europe, where various Metal sub-genres were already established in the 80s and 90s, it is safe to say that metal is new to Bangladesh. Although there were bands that can be dubbed as “proto-metal” or heavy metal back in the 80s and 90s, most notably Rockstrata and Warfaze, extreme genres of metal hadn’t taken shape until the early 2000s in Bangladesh.

The first bands to make waves in Dhaka’s underground were Weapon and Barzak. Although Weapon was formed in Canada, their first two releases were recorded in Bangladesh. The Bengal scene is home to several genres, and pigeon holing its sound can be difficult, although a lot of quality death/thrash is known to come out of the country.

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Weapon

Severe Dementia,however, was one of the first bands out of Bangladesh to play death metal in the mid 2000s. The band deems their sound as “Eastern death metal”, which is very similar to American brutal tech death. Severe Dementia are arguably the first band to play the genre in Bangladesh, and are said to be pioneers in the scene. Orator (Barzak) released their demo in 2005. The band released their first full length album, Qabiluhu, in 2006 under the name Barzak and soon changed their name after its release. Since 2008, they’ve played in gigs in Thailand and India. They debuted in Dhaka with a band called Manzer, which apparently was the first Metal gig in Bangladesh with an international band in the bill. And the arrival of Manzer in Bangladesh gave birth to an entity who is single handedly responsible for the uprise of the metal scene in Dhaka.

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Severe Dementia

Primitive Invocation are a group of dedicated metalheads working to promote metal in Bangladesh. They issued the first metal zine in the history of the country and organized various gigs. They are well known for their work with “Banish The Posers Fest” which is, to this day, the biggest and most successful metal festival in Bangladesh. Acts like Impiety, Lobotomy, Savage Deity, Funerus and many more have came to Dhaka to play at BTPF. And this year it has been announced that Japanese Thrash Metal band Riverge will be playing at BTPF 16 in October.

Primitive Invocation inspired a lot of people in the community to start contributing the scene. In 2013, for the first time in Bangladesh, there were labels dedicated to releasing metal music and labels that released international bands in the country. Labels like Metal Monger Records have released bands like Master, who are arguably one of the first death metal bands in the world. This concentration of radioactive metal in Bangladesh is yet to expand. And I am confident that they will be emanating more and more quality metal music in the future. And as a fan, the scene in Bangladesh has my eternal support. And I highly recommend everyone to check out bands from Bangladesh!  And be sure to hit up Banish the Posers Fest in October if you’re in the area!

-Hridoy Rayhan

https://www.facebook.com/primitiveinvocation

https://www.facebook.com/metalmonger/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/venustasdiabolicus/

 

Morbidity- Revealed from Ashes

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It’s not everyday that band hailing from Bangledesh blows me away.  Recently signed to Memonto Mori Records, Morbidity has, as their debut album so eloquently pontificates, revealed themselves from ashes.  Seriously, this band came out of nowhere and punched listeners in the face with a sound so true, so Swedish before In Flames fucking ruined Sweden, that Attack Attack fans everywhere are tucking their penises and running away.

Evoking images of warfare and Hell’s firey gates, Morbidity’s debut, entitled “Revealed from Ashes”, is eerily reminiscent of early Swedish death legends like Unleashed and Grave.  Their neatly placed guitar riffs remain thrashy while carefully merging an unpolished and intense sense of melody untarnished and uninfluenced by the mainstream’s definition of “melodic”.  Defiler’s vocals are an echoing growl to nethergods, while unobnoxious blast beats spew forth naturally from the heels of Israfel.  Can you get any more metal than a name like Defiler?  Here is a band that understands the importance of having a metal image.

Morbidity doesn’t feel the need to overwhelm its fans with intricate guitar solos or ridiculously long songs, instead making every riff count.  At times the songs seemed to meld together, as though they were one 45 minute assault, but I found no real complaint with this.  This element only immersed me deeper into Morbidity’s dark world.  Tracks like “Decaying Souls” incorporated melodic and eerie interludes that broke up the the typical lightening fast riffing found throughout the album nicely.  I really enjoyed the bridges in songs like “Pits of Eternal Torment” and “Let There Be Chaos” and the track “Morbidity” is as unapologetically brutal as any track named after the band itself should be.

Overall, this album, this band, impressed me very much.  This is one of those new releases I am happy to have discovered and will revisite time and time again.  Beginning to end, “Revealed from Ashes” had me spellbound in all it’s melodic glory.  But what do I know, right.  Listen for yourself.  Happy listening! Hails!