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Vader- The Empire

Europeans just do it better.  What can I say?  Legendary, Polish, death/thrashers, Vader simply outdid themselves with this release.  As a formative band in the death metal genre, Vader has manged to maintain their energy and aggression after thirty years and remain a dominant force in the death/thrash genre, with riffs that cut to the bone, leads that blister, and drums that pummel. The Empire is the band’s thirteenth full length release and I give them a lot of credit, as it’s notably difficult for many bands to maintain the kind of hungry energy Vader does on this release after so long in the game.  Perhaps their black leather ensembles have melded to their skin and they’ve become some kind of death metal super villains set on destroying the world with blast and leads.  Who knows but whatever they’re doing is working for them.

Many of the tracks on The Empire focus on the band’s thrashier elements.  The opening track, “Angels of Steel”, is as bludgeoning as ever in its ferocity, causing listeners to immediately take notice.  Vader is not intended to be background music.  By the time the third song rolls around, you’re ready for an anthemic kind of thrash hit, like “Prayer to the God of War”.  I wasn’t too impressed by the decision to immediately follow the fist pumping thrasher, “Prayer to the God of War” with another slower, thrashier tune, “Iron Reign”.  I was admittedly craving something a little more crushing.  Thankfully, Vader delivered with the following track, “No Gravity”.

The two songs that really stuck out to me on this album were “Genocidius” and “Parrabellum”, which is arguably the heaviest thrash song released all year.  Ending the album with the slow, chugging, thrash track, “Send Me Back To Hell”, was a bit weak in my opinion, but I have very few complaints about this album overall.  The Empire is old school to the core and I give Vader props for sticking to their guns after over thirty years at it.  This is a good one.



Infuscation Interview


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!