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Demonic Resurrection Announced For Wacken Open Air 2014

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Mumbai-based death metal band Demonic Resurrection have just been announced to play at Wacken Open Air 2014. WOA is one of the worlds biggest metal festivals with almost 80,000 attendees in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.

DR has previously performed at the Inferno Metal Festival and Brutal Assault in 2010. Formed in the year 2000, DR has stood strong for 14 years with very few lineup changes and have released an EP followed by three studio albums in this period, in addition to their amazing repertoire of live performances. They have also bagged the Metal Hammer Golden God Award for Global Metal in 2010.

The official Wacken announcement reads “From India comes the blackened death metal band Demonic Resurrection. The band was founded in 2000 and has already released three dark studio albums and an EP next to their extensive live experience. They will rock Wacken for the first time!”

When asked about how it feels to be one of the bands set to perform at the WOA, frontman Demonstealer says “It’s very hard to put into words exactly how it feels. For us it’s still just a small step forward but when you’ve been busting your ass for 14 years it definitely feels like a big deal, given that it is the coveted Wacken Open Air, the festival most metal heads dream about playing or attending. It’s definitely going to be a religious experience and we’re going to deliver a kick-ass performance. It feels good to see that our hard work and perseverance is paying off.”

Demonic Resurrection will be playing alongside the biggest metal acts in the world at WOA 2014 which include Behemoth, Saxon, Kreator, Emperor, King Diamond and Motorhead among others. The band is also set to release a new album sometime this year on Candlelight Records worldwide and on Universal Music in India.

 

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Insurrection Returns With It’s Second Edition

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After its initial success at Ion Bar & Kitchen, less than two months ago, Insurrection returned with its second edition, welcoming Tinga Tinga Bar (previously known as Couch) to the world of death metal. The line up comprised of the most mind-boggling metal bands –  Necrophilia, Festered Wound, Shepherd, Xector, Orchid, Nihilus, Trojan Horse, Dark Desolation and Neolithic Silence all at one stage. As the day progressed to night, minimal lighting contributed to the dark ambience, enticing the metalheads to headbang and mosh throughout.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

“One of Bangalore’s most brutal heavy metal shows” began with Bangalore based experimental death metal band, Necrophilia infecting the crowd with its vacillating tempos and time signatures. Avinash’s ruthless high pitched growls in combination with Shelton’s speedy double bass drumming got a man in a wheelchair out of control. Though the band faced problems with their guitar, the fast paced drumming did not allow the mishap to dawn on the people around them. Necrophilia’s performance was a great kick-start for the night, despite the existing daylight outside.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Necrophilia was followed by gore-spewing Festered Wound, with a set list of songs that were less than a minute long. Heavily influenced by Last Days of Humanity, the music disgorged a fall and rise effect, spiralling from nothingness to utmost beastliness. With the aid of programmed drumming, Charlie’s vocals spoke volumes about the nastiness of gore. They most definitely are one of India’s vilest goregrind bands.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Spotted amongst the crowd was Dying Embrace’s Vikram Bhatt, thoroughly enjoying himself as Shepherd entered the stage. This sludge metal band sure knew how to pull off a great gig, progressing from slow tempos to heavy riffs. Namit’s growls characterized by a melodic strain, with Deepak’s dexterity with the cymbals and Michael’s bass produced a combination of doom metal and hardcore punk that kept the audience in constant trepidation. Deepak’s vocals were clean with a medieval touch, with simultaneous blast beat drumming. Overall, it was quite a tight performance.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

What the bands lacked was crowd presence, and those that followed Shepherd hit the bull’s eye. Xector spurred a moshpit with its variety of song structures. People were in a continuous mosh, as Charan’s deep growls, Ashwin’s powerful double bass and Ashutosh’s and Suhas’ tremolo picking contributed in giving the performance an intense feel. All that aside, the bridges produced a captivating effect.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Orchid cast a 45 minute spell on the people, by putting them in a state of trance. This band that won Strawberry Fields 2012, retained its technical brilliance at Insurrection. They do not identify entirely as a metal act, but have surpassed all boundaries with Rahil Ahmed’s prowess on the bass and Vinay’s sheer sagacity with the guitars. Kaushal was exceptional at using two microphones, alternating with his vocal style and the usage of shakers. Towards the end, drummer Mayur was joined by Kaushal’s emphatic beats and deep growls. Unusual time signatures, complex rhythms, technicality and a good setlist define Orchid’s performance.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

The pit came back to life when it was technical death metal band, Nihilus’ turn to perform. Unusual rhythms, out of the box time signatures, catchy riffs and complex song structures discharged a remorseless atmosphere, aided by malicious double bass patterns. The six string bass guitar was definitely done justice to by Jason. The band covered Necrophagist, Behemoth and Decapitated, keeping everyone on their toes throughout.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Though Chennai based Trojan Horse took their time for setting up, their performance was worth a wait. The music bred a deadly and merciless hue of red, and never ceased to awe the people around. Vishnu’s powerful, speedy drumming with Siddhartha’s and Hasnain’s alternating lightening speed riffs and solos drove the crowd mad. Their music was characterized by rapid key and tempo changes, which went way past the crowd’s ability to headbang. The band covered Meshuggah’s ‘Perpetual black second’ which was in a class all by itself. A general survey inquiring of people’s personal favourite band pointed to Trojan Horse.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Just as the lights went out, Dark Desolation began their set. Wisps of relentless, ruthless black smoke bewitched the air. Their look was reminiscent of “Kiss” as the vocalist and guitarists made their presence felt with corpse paint and spears. Once they started playing, it seemed like their songs were in a continuous loop. The vocalist was sprawled on the floor behind the guitarists with calescent high pitched growls, shedding light on the guitarists’ terminal velocity. Their tremolo picking was like a bat out of hell. Speedy blast beat and double bass drumming was top notch, but the only drawback was that they ate into the next band’s time.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Though problems with time management resulted in quite a number of people leaving the venue, Neolithic Silence earned their set of well deserving fans that supported them. Utilizing elements of death and thrash metal, the band put forth an outstanding performance. A combination of death growls, fast riffs, and the blend of harmony and melody was enough to keep the audience headbanging and raising their horns the whole while. The drumming was very tight, and provided vitality to the band. They celebrated their 10th anniversary by inviting their special guest, Navneeth from Nihilus to do vocals. And once it began, not a single person was standing still! On popular demand, the band played one last song, which was a perfecting ending for the night.

Insurrection Returns With It's Second Edition

Problems with time and sound persisted throughout, and the repercussions had to be faced by the bands that were playing towards the end. Despite that, the good line up, great ambience and the energetic crowd filled the missing gaps.

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Interview with Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka, Decapitated

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Wac?aw is the guitarist in the technical death metal group Decapitated. WTS had a quick chat with him during Decapitated’s visit to India and here’s what he had to say…

WTS: This was the first stop for Decapitated in this part of the world, what have been your impressions about music(especially metal) in India?

Vogg: Yes, this was indeed the first time for Decapitated to play in this part of the world.Probably we are the first Polish metal group which has had an opportunity to play in India ever! And of course we had a great experience too! I mean, the show in Hyderabad was awesome and the people were so friendly and it was such a pleasure to be there. About music, well, to be honest i don’t know too many bands from India so I cannot tell much about that.

WTS: You guys have finished working on your new album Carnival is Forever. Tell us more about the sound of the album and what fans can expect.

Vogg: Yes we finished with the recording session and are more than happy about the final result. The sound is awesome and you can expect very good production. This time we are working with Arek “Malta” Malczewski – the sound guy of Behemoth and also with Swedish producer Daniel Bergrstrand (Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah and many more) This album is not experimental, it is still extreme metal with good taste and you can recognize from the first second that you are listen decapitated. Every song on this one is diffrent and very interesting in my opinion. I like this album very very much.

WTS: Did you guys try to experiment with some of the local Hyderabadi cuisine and explore the city to a certain extent?

Vogg: The food was the best – especially desserts! We didn’t see too much, but we saw some parts of Hyderabad and it was a very interesting experience – a totally different world when compared to Europe! Some of the places were very nice!

WTS: What have been the significant non-metal influences to your music? How has it changed with time?

Vogg: Life is my biggest influence, everything that has happened to me and around me has inspired me, I can also say that every kind of music has inspired me a lot.

WTS: Decapitated has been a key influence for many bands in India. Any words of advice to the fans and musicians here?

Vogg: All the best to you people, I hope we can come back to India soon! Play music, smoke weed and have a good time!

Abhilash Achar

Abhilash Achar may be remembered as the (in)famous guy behind hits such as 'Extraterrestrial Human Being' and 'The guy who spent way too much time on the internet' or from his earlier works such as 'Serving justice in the mosh-pit'. He is currently working on his next big hit, 'Lounge Bedroom Music for a Metalhead' (You are welcome.) Find his musical misadventures at last.fm/user/humanethb

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