In the past year, foreign bands have started touring across India not only playing one off shows. The first was Australian technical death metal band Psycroptic and this weekend French death metal band Benighted will embark on a tour across the country.
Benighted are one of the well known metal bands from France. The band have released 7 albums over the past 2 decades. Earlier this year, they released a concept album, Necrobreed through Season of Mist. The album continues in the death metal vein of their previous albums and is a ferocious listen.
I spoke to vocalist Julien Truchan about Necrobreed, their tour of India and also their upcoming plans.
Transcending Obscurity (Peter K): It has been 20 years since the band first started out. How does it feel looking back?
Benighted (Julien): It’s a huge pride for me that we went so far with what was just a funny project with friends rehearsing in my father’s garage at the beginning. We have now the opportunity to tour around the whole world, meet always more people and share our music on stage with a bigger mass, which is absolutely awesome! We have recorded 8 albums, toured with so many great bands that I admired so much when I was a teenager and that now became friends… I really live a dream with Benighted and we will continue to go farer in our music to give all people who support us what they deserve and unleash our rage on stage during the tours.
TO: You are performing in India for the first time. How did the tour come about?
Benighted: Yes, and I am so excited about that! Actually our manager got contacted by an Indian booker who appeared to be very motivated to organize this tour, which seemed to be a huge thing to settle because a lot of offers from local bookers when he announced we will tour Asia. He had to make choices and already think about a second tour next time to play in the countries we can’t for this one. That’s how was born the Necrobreed indian:Asian Tour.
TO: You are the only member from the original line up. What has kept you going despite all the lineup changes?
Benighted: Yes, I am. And trust me; it costs a lot of energy to assume all the line-up changes. But Benighted is in my blood and I can’t give up on it just because of fatigue or too many changes in the band. The passion still burns in me and I will give everything I have in my guts to keep this machine going on. Being on stage is such a unique sensation and our first purpose is to share the energy we have with the crowd.
TO: Necrobreed, your 8th full length album is a ferocious listen. Tell us a bit more about the album?
Benighted: Yes, it was out in February this year and it received and amazing welcome from everywhere. This album is actually the most vicious and brutal offering we ever made, it’s exactly like a horror movie that you watch with your ears. I work as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital in “normal life”, and all the lyrics and concepts in our albums come from my professional experience. For Necrobreed, it’s about a schizophrenic man who wants to build his own-family with dead animals he finds on the side of the road. Once at home, he stitches them to his belly to simulate like an “extra-abdominal” pregnancy, and once the infection gets his tissues, he feels like the animal is alive again so he cuts the stitches off and give him birth. The concept fits perfectly with the very insane parts of the music that you will find between very brutal and fast ones and breakdowns which are perfect to break your neck on it! Ah ha!
TO: What have you been listening to lately (metal and non-metal)? Are there any acts that have inspired you of late?
Benighted: I discovered recently the German band Der Weg Einer Freiheit which inspired me a lot of emotions listening to their music, and those guys are amazing musicians and such great dudes, I love them! Concerning my personal influences, the bands that inspire me the most are for sure Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Aborted, Anaal Nathrakh and Shining.
TO: What are your thoughts on the current state of death metal?
Benighted: You can find now so many good bands from every country, it’s amazing! Each time I play at some festivals, I discover new ones with a very personal and effective way to play death metal! My crush recently would go to the Swedish band Cut Up whose music is so effective with this typical Swedish sound!
TO: Do you have any shows/tour planned next year?
Benighted: Absolutely, we will play the legendary 70 000 Tons of Metal on the big boat in February, then lots of festivals like mighty Obscene Extreme (Czech Rep), Party San (Germany). Also a US tour in July, and a European one in autumn 2018 with one of my favorite bands that will be announced soon…
TO: What has been your favourite city/venue to perform in so far?
Benighted: I always love to play in Paris in France, and also Tilburg in Netherlands. But there are too many I love to play every time to tell them all.
TO: What are you looking forward to at your shows in India?
Benighted: I am very very impatient to see how crazy the crowds can be in India, I only heard great stuff about metal fans here and I can’t wait to be on stage and also meet our fans here, it will be fantastic!
TO: Do you have any pre show rituals?
Benighted: Actually I don’t, we just talk a bit between us and I try every vocal style for fun with one of my guitarists, it’s a joke between us! Ah ah! He counts until five and I try each of my vocal styles.
TO: What can fans expect from your set?
Benighted: They can wait for a huge blast of energy and savagery on stage. Stage is the place where we express ourselves the best, we move a lot and we love to share this with the crowd! For example, I try to make people scream with me the chorus, etc. Our gigs are like a huge party where the crowd reactions are as important as the band on stage!
TO: Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?
Benighted: Thank you very much for this interview, we live in 2 days now and I can’t wait to discover your country, culture and what metal is made of in India! It will be unforgettable for sure! Stay sick!
Check out all the dates of Benighted’s India tour below
Cenotaphare veterans of the Turkish metal scene. Vocalist Batu is the only original member of the band and has kept the band going through multiple lineup changes. Earlier this month, they released their latest album, ‘Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions’; after multiple listens I can testify that this is their best release yet.
I spoke to Batu about their first album in 7 years, the Turkish metal scene and also their upcoming European tour.
Transcending Obscurity (Peter K): You have been around as a band for 23 years now. How does it feel looking back at your career?
Cenotaph (Batu): It feels awesome. There a lot of memories of both the good times and the bad times but after 23 years of playing brutal death metal, I am proud of it.
TO: You are the only original member of the band. What has motivated to keep going through the different line ups over the years?
Cenotaph: It’s just my passion for death metal and extreme music. This music is a part of my life and gives me happiness and fun.
TO: Your latest album ‘Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions’ sounds brutal. Tell us more about the album.
Cenotaph: It is a step up, a progression from previous album ‘Putrescent İnfectious Rabidity’. It was released on 2010 and during those years we tried to develop our style and music with the new songs – the result is ‘Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions. It has 8 brutal songs inside, came out from 3 different labels on CD and vinyl versions, and it’s also available as digital from our Bandcamp.
TO: The album comes 7 years after the release of ‘Putrescent Infectious Rabidity’. What was the writing process for album? Did you try anything different this time around?
Cenotaph: Yeah 7 years after it came out indeed. The reason why it took so long was the line up problems, with guitarists leaving the band on 2010 just shortly after the ‘Putrescent…’ album released and I searched for new and right members for the band and also waited patiently till new members understood the music style, chemistry, and the song structures of Cenotaph. Later new songs and ideas started to come from new guitarist Erkin,and we totally focused on new songs. During that period of time also we continued to play gigs around and kept writing new material.
TO: The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at DTH Studios in Moscow, Russia. How was the recording process? What was the reason behind recording in another country, Russia?
Cenotaph: To get this natural and acoustic sounding album we choose DTH Studios at Moscow Russia as the sound engineer Stanislav Baranov was a friend of us. We decided to record the whole album there. The recording process was hard like in every album but it was also a new experience and challenging for us to record it outside of our country. We are happy with the final result and sound of the album. The mix and mastering process was also done at the same studio.
TO: What are your thoughts on slam in brutal death metal?
Cenotaph: Personally I like to listen some slam bands, but not all; there are a lot of both good and shitty bands around. I’m a bit picky about it and it’s a thin border between slamming brutal death and brutal death metal, so we are using some groovy and slamming parts in our music but in our own way as we are not a slam band but a brutal death metal one. Nowadays the festivals at Europe are full of slam bands. It’s a bit boring but people seems to have fun at the festivals. I think most people there are just for fun, alcohol and hanging around and not so much for the music. They like to mosh and doing circle pit to slam bands but a very few of those people at such festivals seem to be listening and caring about the band’s music.
TO: What is your take on the prevalent misogyny that’s part of the artworks and even lyrics and song titles sometimes in the style?
Cenotaph: I really don’t care much about the lyrics in brutal death metal or slam. For me it’s important how the vocal patterns are or how low and guttural the vocalist is, whether he using any distortion or harmonizer or any plugin or is it natural guttural voice. I don’t care how the vocalist pronounces the words understandably because for me it’s brutal death metal and the vocals must sound like a monster. That’s the first thing I check when I listen any brutal death or slam band. Later I check the band on their live performance videos on youtube or at live concerts. About your question ‘Prevalent Misogyny’ I think it’s a boring cliched lyrical content since the early Cannibal Corpse albums. Millions of bands in this genre used such lyrics. Our lyrics are more science fictional or about a different kind of gore, about mutations, diseases, epidemics ,unknown creatures from other dimensions and time, viruses, psychological diseases, etc.
TO: Turkey has an active metal scene. What are bands that you recommend our readers to check out?
Cenotaph: There are a lot of good releases that came out this year and earlier too. I would recommend these bands: Decimation, Carnophage, Suicide, Engulfed, Hell Sodomy, Rektal Tuşe, Drain of Impurity, Grotesque Ceremonium, The Sarcophagus, Acrosome and many more.
TO: The album is being released by three labels – Sevared Records (US) , Coyote Records (Russia) and Hammer Muzik (Turkey). How important do you feel record labels are in this digital age?
Cenotaph: Labels are still important for us. All the labels we are working with are fully supportive to us and since many years we are working with these labels and we are also good friends with them. Yes nowadays in the music industry some fans prefer digital only and then there are some die-hard fans and collectors still buying CDs, vinyls and tapes – it depends on person and listeners. But I think labels always be there, no matter what.
TO: You have toured around Europe and even at Maryland Deathfest in USA. What have been your favourite venues/cities to perform in?
Cenotaph: We played at Maryland Death fest at 2006. It was a really huge and cool festival and a great experience for us. We also played big festivals like Brutal Assault and last year we played at Netherlands Death Fest which was a blast. We love to play live this music and our favourite ones include shows in Czech Repulic, Berlin, Maryland, Mountains of Death fest in Switzerland. We also played at many cities at Russia during our tours and we felt always like at home at Russia. Ukraine too always gives us good memories like at the Simferopol Metal Heads’ Mission Fest.
TO:You are going to tour Europe in August and September this year. What are you looking forward to from the tour?
Cenotaph: To promote our new album ‘Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions’, we will crush Europe from 24 August till 17 September. It will be the longest tour we will have ever made, a total 24 days, and a lot of countries and cities this time around. We are very excited about this tour and for more details on it like the venues and dates, please check our Cenotaph Facebook Page.
TO: Do you have any more shows/tour planned this year? ‘
Cenotaph: Yeah, there will be a festival gig in Athens, Greece, Brutality Over Sanity Death Fest in December 2017, and we are also planning to play at Moscow Death Fest. Negotiations continue about it and also the planning of a big Russia tour at the end of summer or early Autumn in 2018. There are some local gigs in progress too. We are open every kind of serious offers and organisers and concert promoters can get in touch with us through our Facebook Page.
TO: Thanks for doing this interview. Do you have any final words?
Cenotaph: Thanks a lot for the support and interview! Follow us on our pages and you can also buy our music and merch through that. Support the real music and real bands. Stay brutal!
One of the most reputed labels in the brutal death metal underground, Comatose Music from US, has decided to employ the services of Transcending Obscurity PR. Having worked with similar established labels in the line such as Lacerated Enemy Records, Amputated Vein Records, Rising Nemesis Records, etc. it’s an honour to work with what is regarded as among the best out there.
The first release is of Pathology no less, who’re regarded as one of the biggest death metal bands in their line. Here’s some info about their self-titled upcoming release via the US label –
Devastating brutal death metal unit PATHOLOGY have gone from strength to strength, incorporating variations and technical flourishes within the ultra-heavy framework of the sub-genre. Eight full length albums have cemented their position worldwide as one of the best bands of their ilk, and their new one on Comatose Music will only uphold their global status and take it higher. On their latest opus, we have 10 songs of cutting-edge chock-a-block brutality without any intros or beating around the bush; and yet each song has its own identity largely due to the compositional skills of the members. High speed execution is matched perfectly by the standard-setting guttural vocals of Matti Way who is in best form since the early DISGORGE days. All in all, this is a contemporary death metal beast that remains true to its art and will go down as one of the best albums in the style for years to come.
Matti Way – Vocals (ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY, ex-DISGORGE, LITURGY A.D.)
Dave Astor – Drums, Vocals (ex-CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Tim Tiszczenko – Guitars (BEING KILLED)
Par Olofsson (IMMOLATION, DEEDS OF FLESH, ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY, DEVOURMENT)
One of India’s leading bands, Plague Throat, are on the verge of releasing their much awaited full length titled ‘The Human Paradox’ through Transcending Obscurity India (sub-label). They join the ranks of bands like Gutslit, Chaos, The Minerva Conduct, Albatross, Primitiv, Against Evil and others. The album artwork and track listing of the album is as follows –
The Human paradox (2017)
1. Inherited Failure
2. Dominion Breach
3. Fallible Transgression
4. Human Paradox (instrumental)
5. Hour of Darkness
6. Corporeal Sentients
7. Truth In Silence
8. Conception Subjection
9. Conflict Resolution
10. Ma Nga
Transcending Obscurity owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s an honour to work with one of the best death metal bands in the country as of now. Having already conquered this region with a series of live shows almost incessantly, Plague Throat are set to step into the international market with their debut full length album. Evidently, the guys have worked extremely hard and it’s my duty to spread the word across the world. I’m thankful to Nangsan for his lucid communication and easy cooperation and I hope to do justice to this much-awaited release. I’m sure it will go down as one the country’s strongest metal albums.”
Nangsan Lyngwa of Plague Throat adds, “We are glad to announce the worldwide release of our debut album entitled ‘The Human Paradox’ through the record label Transcending Obscurity India (sub-label) which has served as a good platform and distributor for many international as well as Indian bands in the past and we are confident about and looking forward to working together. Special thanks to our supporters for believing in us and making it happen. Thanks also to Incanned Productions for having nurtured us these past few years.”
At Transcending Obscurity Records, we’re looking for bands that are trying to do something innovative and from Spain, Gloom are onto something special. They don’t just play standard death metal but are exploring the extreme end of it, playing something close to brutal death metal one can say but also merging influences of black metal unlike any other. The overall mix is hard-hitting as well as stimulating, and that rarely happens nowadays. Gloom are a great addition to an already diverse band roster.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s hard to come across a band that blends in diverse influences without compromising on the heaviness as well as Gloom. Unlike others, they’re merging elements of brutal death metal and even grind with black metal and the result is astonishing. This should serve as a welcome relief from the clones out there. Gloom are here to create a new expression and I’m sure their new album will turn heads all over the world.”
Gloom comment, “When Transcending Obscurity records proposed us to sign with them we did not hesitate for a single second, it was a golden opportunity to take a step further with a record label that frightens the underground extreme metal and that supports bands from all over the world. Some of them are now well known bands and we are really proud to be a part of this roster.
Our next album, the first album with Transcending Obscurity records, will be an evolution in the music of Gloom, the first album with a single guitar and in which we bet for heavier and cruder guitar riffs, greater importance of the bass lines, and with the same rage and power of drums and vocals. There is no doubt that we are very excited about this new stage and that our followers will find in this new album the essence of Gloom with more anger and hatred than ever.”
When it comes to quality death metal that skews towards the brutal side of the genre, Comatose Music has become one of my go-to labels. Over the past fifteen years they’ve established a roster of quality, particularly when it comes to bands from the United States. One of the groups on their roster that has been quiet for a while is Minnesota’s Face of Oblivion, who released their debut full length ‘The Embers of Man’ in 2011. In the five years that have passed, vocalist James Lee left and was replaced last year by Jesse Watson from Incinerate. Now Face of Oblivion is finally ready to release their sophomore effort ‘Cataclysmic Desolation’ on November 11th, and it’s a real heavy hitter. We’re excited to bring you an exclusive stream of the fifth song on the record, Futility, alongside an interview with Jesse that discusses what went into the new album and much more!
Everything about returning South African brutal death band Vulvodynia's new album seems painstakingly constructed to make one feel sick. Their new album, Psychosadistic Design, represents for me one of the most repellent releases of the year in terms of both intense music and media content. I also think that the band may have topped themselves despite many already excellent previous efforts with terrifyingly technical drumming, wretched riffs, and primitive vocals. We took some time to get a brief rundown of their influences, reasons for their graphic imagery, and touring.
Renowned death metal label from Czech Republic, Lacerated Enemy Records has unleashed the much-awaited single off the new Infecting the Swarm album called ‘Abyss’. From Germany, Infecting the Swarm play brutal death metal rooted in the US Disgorge-style of music, but as is evident from the new track, the standards have been upped and the music sounds inhuman and showcases better technical chops, more varied songwriting, while remaining lethal, brutal and even possessing some slam elements. It’s a delight for the brutal death metal fans all over and it’s a release to keep your eyes out for. Pre-order links are up HERE.
Comatose Music has a lock on some of the best brutal death metal on the market right now, and they’ve managed to snag another heavy hitter with Neurogenic. Formed by Ukrainian guitarist Vlad Melnik (Derogation) in 2012, rather than recruiting band mates from his own country he reached abroad and brought an international lineup together. With Russian bassist Anton Zhikharev (Back Door to Asylum, Fleshbomb), U.S. drummer Marco Pitruzzella (Six Feet Under, ex-Brain Drill) and Italian vocalist Matteo Bazzanella (Cerebral Paralysis, Indecent Excision) all on-board, Neurogenic set out writing their debut full length ‘Ouroboric Stagnation’ which will release on September 2nd. Today we’re excited to exclusively premiere the title track to show you just how monstrous this album truly is.