Reptilian Death’s much awaited comeback release saw the light of day in May of 2013. “The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence” features Vinay Venkatesh of Bhayanak Maut on vocals, Ashwin Shriyan on bass and the Demonstealer on drums and guitars. The 12 tracks on the album extend to nearly 40 minutes and cause complete obliteration. The highlights of the album are the fantastic drumming and meaty production, which gives the album a raw feel. “The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence” is a well-executed slab of brutal death metal precision and technicality.
Djinn & Miskatonic released its sole full length album before meeting its untimely demise in late 2013. “Forever In The Realm” merges traditional doom metal with stoner doom and healthy doses of death/doom as well. With 4 tracks under its belt, the album times up to 45 minutes of bass-driven crushing doom metal. The addition of a guitarist in the band led to the band expunging their drony, ambient sound. The low-fi production lays stress on the heavier side of the music, while the vocals range from harsh growls to clean vocals. Definitely a gem for doom fans.
Behind the uber-cheesy artwork featuring a grim reaper, Chaos’ “Violent Redemption” is a fantastic release. It’s thrash metal played right, and hits you like a freight train. The main focus of the album is the groove-motivated guitar work. Although not something innovative or new, every track is catchy and memorable in its own way. The clean and dynamic production makes this record stand out from the other low-fi production thrash records (courtesy of Keshav Dhar). The album’s lyrical themes concentrate on social affairs like war, politics and corruption; nothing new here either. And despite the lyrical themes surrounding these topics, the booklet does not contain any of the lyrics; which seemed to be a matter of discontent among many of the listeners. Nonetheless, a fantastic lesson in violence here.
After a 5 year break, Mumbai-based atmospheric/symphonic black metallers Cosmic Infusion are back with the release of their self-titled EP. The lyrics revolve around life, nature, the cosmos and death and all the songs are symphonic, dark and ambient; setting a great emotional atmosphere to the E.P. The keyboards greatly predominate in the mix. The vocals consist of a mixture of growls, shrieks and cleans that have fantastically been pulled off by the vocalist. A must-listen for fans of Emperor, Carach Angren and Borknagar.
Halahkuh – ‘Desecration’ [EP]
The debut E.P “Desecration” is a powerhouse of brutal, maddening and fist-pumping death/thrash metal. This 15-minute short record is as infectious as it gets; with intense thrash riffing and some great melodies thrown in as well. The production is top-notch and doesn’t get too polished or brick-walled. The track “Sacrilege” also features Shashank Bhatnagar of Undying Inc. on vocals, which gives you another reason to check out the E.P. This is a great record, and if you consider yourself an extreme metal fanatic, this should be on your “to-buy-list”. There are ten to the dozen of The Haunted and Sepultura clones in this beloved style of music that don’t deliver the goods, but you can take my word for it that Halahkuh isn’t one of ‘em. They stand out from the rest.
• Chaoskampf – ‘Rise And Reconstruct’ [EP]
• Mortar – ‘Ground Zero’
• Gutslit – ‘Skewered In The Sewer’