Bangladeshi thrash metal band, Exalter, who’ve wowed metal fans from around the world with their debut release, have come up with new material for the 2016 sophomore release titled ‘Obituary for the Living’. The three new songs are coupled with the entire first ‘Democrasodomy’ release, making it like a proper full-length affair, lasting for around 30 minutes which are full of sharp, brisk and deadly thrash metal.
Transcending Obscurity Distribution owner Kunal Choksi comments, “Exalter are possibly one of the best bands in the subcontinent and their brand of thrash metal has everything I adore – it’s gnarly, old school, uptempo, and even sounds crisp and good. I think they have great potential and hope our partnership extends beyond the label/PR sphere and even entails the band crossing over to play more shows in the country. This year is looking good for thrash metal with Exalter and after that Chaos and Carnage Inc. releasing albums under the TO banner. Armament paved the way and it’s time for Exalter to carry the torch.”
Exalter state, “First of all, we want to express our gratitude towards Transcending Obscurity Distribution. This is our second release. Big thanks to brother Kunal Choksi, the owner of the label. We are honored to work with you. We are excited and looking forward to our endeavors with Transcending Obscurity Distribution.
In the ‘Obituary for the Living’ MCD, Exalter explore themes related to freedom, liberty, power, torture; and all of it expressed through the classic thrash metal fury and boldness. The drive and the pulse of the songs are heavily infused with thoughtful words that are as meaningful as they are aggressive. People who appreciate dynamic heavy music will be thrashing along to this damning obituary.”
Dutch doom metal legends, Officium Triste, are now officially signed to Transcending Obscurity Records. They join a roster comprising several new signings of bands like the death metal supergroup Echelon, dark death metal force InfinitumObscure, Swedish post-black metallers Seedna, artwork legend Mark Riddick’s band Fetid Zombie, and lastly the Swedish death metal juggernaut Paganizer for an upcoming EP release. The release schedule will be announced shortly.
Transcending Obscurity Records (main label) owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’m a huge fan of Officium Triste and I know Pim from experience to be a very level-headed and passionate guy. Not only has he been a writer himself for Lords of Metal, but his band Officium Triste have also been interviewed on Transcending Obscurity before. The music has always remained world class and I believe the band have the potential to go a lot further. The emotive doom/death metal music is pure, soothing and incredibly heavy at the same time. It’s an honour and dream come true to work with Officium Triste for their upcoming full length release on the main label.”
Officium Triste comment, “We have been working on a follow-up to ‘Mors Viri’ for a while now. Even when we are still in the process of writing new material we are more than pleased Kunal and Transcending Obscurity offered to work with us on the release of our next album. It’s exciting to work with a label based in India. This only shows that boundaries mean nothing in the world of heavy metal. Kunal already proved to us he is a hard-working, dedicated guy. Add persistent to that as well. Kunal really did his best to reel us in and that determination is exactly what we need from a label. We are looking forward working with Kunal and will deliver the best possible album we can do. We only ask for a little patience before it actually will be out!”
Current Officium Triste band lineup: Martin Kwakernaak – Keyboards Gerard de Jong – Guitars Pim Blankenstein – Vocals Niels Jordaan – Drums William van Dijk – Guitars Theo Plaisier – Bass
The idea of Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Megascavenger, Putrevore) and Dave Ingram (Hail of Bullets, ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower) coming together to play death metal probably sounds fanciful, but they’ve made it happen and it’s going to be even more epic in the future, with the addition of the drummer in Travis Ruvo (Among the Decayed, Cropsy Maniac, ex-Blood Freak). This is a veritable international band with members from Sweden, UK and US being involved to create classic death metal that’s made pertinent due to Rogga’s vigorous activity for the genre in recent times. The new Echelon full length will be unloaded after the much-awaited new Paganizer release titled ‘On the Outskirts of Hades’ via Transcending Obscurity Records.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “Having already worked with Rogga Johansson for the new Paganizer release, it’s been an absolute breeze planning out details for the upcoming Echelon release with none other than Dave Ingram of Hail of Bullets, ex-Bolt Thrower and ex-Benediction on vocals/lyrics. The new Echelon full length will be released on Transcending Obscurity Records when ready and it’ll serve as a reminder for all of what’s so great about classic death metal and it doesn’t get bigger than this. I’m absolutely chuffed.”
Rogga Johansson adds, “We, Rogga and Dave, are very excited to be contracted by Transcending Obscurity for the second Echelon album. Work has started and so far half the album is written, and arrangments of vocals and drums will take place the coming couple of months. Expect an album that continues after the debut, but with everything more worked through and made harder and more epic. The drums will also be taken care of the awesome Travis Ruvo.”
Long-running Mexican dark death metal band Infinitum Obscure sign to Transcending Obscurity Records (main international label) for a new full length album. The band, helmed by Rob Lizarraga, are working hard to conjure up an album that can be a worthy successor to their critically-acclaimed album ‘Ascension Through the Luminous Black’.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “Infinitum Obscure and I go back a long way – Rob’s an old friend, a death metal warrior, and his band have only shown improvement with every passing year. Their single ‘The Luminous Black’ and their last release ‘Ascension Through the Luminous Black’ in particular have been stunning releases where the band came into their own, and their future music promises to be outstanding in the style. It’s a rare privilege to work alongside a friend and a band with great vision and unique sound.”
Infinitum Obscure vocalist/guitarist Rob adds, “I’ve had the grand pleasure of being in contact with Kunal from Transcending Obscurity for some years now, ever since he started the now defunct Diabolical Conquest webzine (pre-Transcending Obscurity), and now being able to collaborate on Infinitum Obscure’s new record on his label will mark a very meaningful experience. We look forward very much to the efforts that will be made and the harvests that will be shared.”
Band lineup: Rob L. – Lead 6 string ritual noise & funeral orations H. Lalanne – Lead guitar A. Castañeda – Bass O. García – Battery
After the Third Sovereign phenomenon, Transcending Obscurity unearths yet another old school-sounding death metal band from the country in Strangulate, who’ve been working very hard to put out their debut full length album titled ‘Catacombs of Decay’.
Transcending Obscurity Distribution owner Kunal Choksi mentions, “Strangulate have been quite a revelation – just when I thought that old school death metal in the country had reached its acme with Third Sovereign and their remarkable release this year, we have Strangulate from Kolkata, who’re taking the style forward. Their debut full length ‘Catacombs of Decay’ is full of killer riffs, hooks and blasting in the classic style. Strangulate have a solid future in store for them.”
Strangulate comment, “We’re really thrilled to be releasing our debut album via Transcending Obscurity Distribution. A lot of hard work and dedication has been put into the making of this album right from the scratch to the end. Transcending Obscurity has been working relentlessly with some of the best bands from the country and internationally as well and we are really excited to be joining hands with them.”
Strangulate join the ever-increasing Transcending Obscurity roster which can be observed HERE.
‘Catacombs of Decay’ Lineup: Subhasish Mitra- Vocals Denzil Davidson- Guitars Prakash Paul – Session drums (recorded live)
Transcending Obscurity Records is proud to have yet another extremely talented and innovative band to its roster. Playing atmospheric black metal with progressive/post-metal elements, Seedna are a breath of fresh air and remain unpredictable as well as mesmerizing.
Transcending Obscurity owner Kunal Choksi says, “I was blown away when I first received an email from Seedna, and got to check out their songs. The kind of black metal that Seedna specialize in is hard to come by, one that is sincere, emotive and also very atmospheric. It’s fortuitous to have found a band worthy to be on the main label and I can’t wait to release their upcoming full length this year titled ‘Forlorn’. It’s destined to be special.”
Seedna collectively add, “We are happy to announce that our third full length album will be released through Transcending Obscurity. This is our first album to be released through a record label. We are really looking forward to work with Kunal, both with the label and his promotion agency. Our new record is a concept album named ‘Forlorn’ and shows a strong development compared to the previous album. It is very dynamic; from heavy doom sounding parts via faster, rather chaotic melodies to more ambient and calm passages. We want to create music that takes us, and the listener, on a musical journey through different soundscapes. If you are looking for some new dark, heavy and atmospheric music you must give ‘Forlorn’ a spin in your player.”
Here’s the album artwork for the upcoming Seedna release titled ‘Forlorn’ –
Transcending Obscurity Distribution is glad to work with a budding and ambitious band in Darkrypt and will be releasing their debut full length album that’s in the old school death metal vein. From Thane (Mumbai region), the guys have been working very hard, honing their sound and doing all they can to leave an indelible mark with their very first release. The artwork for it is made by Turkka G. Rantanen (Demilich, Adramelech, Demigod, Zealotry, etc.), while the mixing and mastering will be done by Greg Chandler (Cruciamentum, GraveMiasma, Esoteric) and Dan Swano (EdgeofSanity, Demiurg, Pan.Thy.Monium) respectively.
Transcending Obscurity owner Kunal Choksi comments, “Darkrypt are one of the most promising death metal bands from the country – the guys not only know the foundation of genre, particularly in the Finnish/Swedish old school style, but they also manage to competently deliver it, and don’t lack ambition. If all falls in place, their release could set new standards for the rest of the bands in the region. Watch out for their debut album titled ‘Delirious Excursion’ in 2016.”
Darkrypt drummer Aumkar Lele adds, “‘Delirious Excursion’ is a concept album based on the life of a psychopath. The album will be dark and haunting and we are putting in a lot of effort in this release. Major power to Kunal Choksi for having faith in us and supporting us in every possible way. This wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
Tracklist: 1. The Becoming Alteration (Instrumental Intro) 2. Dark Crypt 3. Chasm of Death 4. Abstract Submission 5. Cryptic Illusions 6. Folie à deux (Instrumental interlude) 7. Limbic Dichotomy 8. The Inducer 9. The Acceptor
Band lineup: Amey Bhole – Vocals, Bass Aumkar lele – Drums Rishabh Ravi – Guitars Mihir Gaikwad – Guitars
After planning releases of Paganizer and Affliction Gate on the main (international) Transcending Obscurity label, we are proud to welcome to our fold Mark Riddick‘s death metal band Fetid Zombie. Expect only the best, classic-spirited death metal with genre-defining aesthetics from the legend himself.
Transcending Obscurity label head Kunal Choksi states, “Having worked with Mark Riddick before for the promotion of his previous full-length album ‘Grotesque Creation’, not only was the music absolutely remarkable with the right influences and aesthetics, I was thoroughly impressed by his humility and promptness. Right then I made a mental note of working with him as much as possible, and when I approached him with a label deal for his upcoming album, it went down absolutely smoothly and I’m really excited to deal with his music and also artworks (being somewhat of a budding artist myself) in the coming year. It promises to be his best album yet!”
Fetid Zombie sole creationist and art legend Mark Riddick adds, “I’m very pleased to be working with Kunal and Transcending Obscurity in support of Fetid Zombie’s sixth full-length album, ‘Epicedia’. Kunal is a hard-working professional and I put my full confidence in his expertise, ability to network, and his passion for good music. For a long time, metal fans have known me for my artwork however I’ve been publishing music since the early ’90s as well. I believe Fetid Zombie’s new album will convince fans that my song-writing is equally as compelling as my illustration abilities. My latest effort is for fans who are looking for an underground death metal album familiar but unique and original. In addition, ‘Epicedia’ will showcase the virtuoso talents of several unlikely guest musicians who boast their talents throughout the album.”
Fetid Zombie are contributing an unreleased song for the upcoming Transcending Obscurity Label Sampler – ‘Volume 1’.
It’s time to revisit the classics all over again. After starting a sub-label in 2013, Transcending Obscurity India, meant for bands from the Indian subcontinent to the rest of Asia, Transcending Obscurity is keen on re-releasing sold out albums, with official licensing and excellent packaging, under the new sub-label ‘Transcending Obscurity Classics’. As the term denotes, it’s essentially classic quality. Bigger, sold out releases will be covered as well as the more obscure ones, as the essence of the label remains the same for all sub-label divisions.
The first release to be put out under this new division is ‘Once Entombed…’ which is a compilation of all previously released material by the excellent Greek death metal band called Abyssus. Below is the artwork for it.
Abyssus are a new sensation in the death metal underground, known for their Obituary-esque traits as well as their crust-laden old school death metal leanings. The band successfully reinvigorate the fire lacking in today’s death metal music, by circumventing the modern elements and just going primal both in rage and sound. This release puts together their latest split material with crust grinders Slaktgrav, their infamous EP ‘Summon the Dead’, which was also on the split with Czech death metal grime-peddlers Morbider, as well as their split with death metal warlords NocturnalVomit, and finally, their debut EP ‘Monarch to the Kingdom of the Dead’ – all in reverse chronological order, having the latest material first. The energy is barely contained on this single disc, which reverberates with untamed enthusiasm, purest intentions and a sound that hearkens back to the irresistible, untouched-by-fate golden period of death metal.
Transcending Obscurity Classics label head Kunal Choksi states, “I’m about the biggest fan of ‘Slowly We Rot’-era Obituary, and until now, the magic of that style of death metal has never been successfully recreated. Abyssus, especially with the material on ‘Once Entombed…’, rival that very period of Obituary, as well as add an extra dose of thrashy/crusty wickedness to the sound. This, of course, is in addition to the vocalist Kostas sounding uncannily close to John Tardy. There’s something in the vibe of this material of Abyssus that’s simply unparalleled. It makes the original death metal fan inside me come alive.”
Abyssus frontman Kostas Analytis comments, “We are more than happy being a part of the Transcending Obscurity family and having our release as the premier release of the new sub-label Transcending Obscurity Classics. We are thankful to Kunal and really thrilled for this collaboration. ‘Once Entombed…’ will show to all the band’s race from the very beginning till today. Excited!”
Abyssus will also be featured in the Transcending Obscurity Label Sampler – ‘Volume 1’.