Interview with Armament

Armament is Thrash metal band formed in 2011 in Kolkata, India. Armament is completely concerned to the raw and aggressive musicality that is generated through their sheer and passion. Also an old school European thrash is ultimate influence of Armament. The band comprises vocalist "War" Indranil, drummer "Death" Ayan, guitarist "Famine" Soubhik and bassist "Conquest" Sayan. Short while ago we caught up with band for this little conversation.

Metalhead Spotted: Greetings from Metalhead Spotted! How have you been doing?
Armament: Greetings from the band. How have we been doing? Let's just say - practice, recording, practice, recording beer time! Poseur bashing starts on the 9th

Metalhead Spotted: First of all tell us how did you guys form Armament?
Famine: The band was formed about three years back. I was looking for a vocalist to jam with and met War. It started from there and before long the lineup was complete with a second guitarist, a bassist Conquest and drummer Death. We had to do without a second guitarist due to some differences.

Metalhead Spotted: From where do you draw your influences? Are there any dialectal origins of the band name?
Conquest: Personally, our influences are diverse. Each of us come from a different musical background. But where the band is concerned our influences go back to 80's thrash, especially the styles popularised by German bands like Sodom and Destruction. Also Sepultura and Sarcofago to an extent.
Famine: Origins of the band name..well, humankind's obsessed with war and violence. I'd like the band to be viewed as an armory of weapons for our listeners to choose from.

Metalhead Spotted: Armament will be playing soon at Thrashfest sponsored by Transcending Obscurity, are you excited about it?
Death: Hell yes! It's been a long awaited dream to be playing in Mumbai. Previously we've had to cancel a show there due to timing clashes but this time we're gonna make it all count.

Metalhead Spotted: How the preparation are going over for Thrashfest?
Conquest: We've been preparing since before Putrid Ascendency's RAF II here in Kolkata last month. So preparation.pretty solid I'd say.

Metalhead Spotted: Are there any new compositions coming up for Thrashfest?
War: New compositions are surely in the making but probably will be held up till the extension plays are released. Meanwhile everyone can surely mosh to some Sepultura and Sodom right??

Metalhead Spotted: We notice a strong Sodom and European thrash influence on a song, Hammer of God; How will you describe Armament sound to the readers?
Famine: As we mentioned before.80's German thrash is our.primary inspiration. We try to.compose music keeping that.distinct style in mind all the while.trying to create new rhythms and riffs.

Metalhead Spotted: Armament also overlaid fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, do you think it is important to imitate thrash metal sound?
War: Every genre of music has a certain way of speaking their minds out to the world. We try our best to carry on the legacy that the 80's bands have left behind.
Famine: Apart from that, any style of music has certain similarities due to which we club them together under a genre. Thrash metal is defined by razor-fast expressive drumming and chugged, heavy guitar riffs which are in essence that backbone of the rhythm.

Metalhead Spotted: Throw some details about writings, lyrical themes and process.
Conquest: The lyrics are mainly written so as to not only bring up the shortcomings of the society that we live in nowadays but sometimes from the history pages where people might want to look for a different perspective.
Famine: The musical process is fairly simple. We come up with the lyrics with a certain rhythm in mind. We then create riffs to match the lyrics in rhythm and feeling. From there we let feelings dictate as how the riffs should progress. Chaos follows.

Metalhead Spotted: Are there any plans for releasing new EP or full-length?
War: The EP is still cooking hot in the oven. Recording sessions are currently on. Hope to get it out to you guys as soon as possible.

Metalhead Spotted: What is your opinion about the metal scene in India?
Death: Things are looking up certainly. Newer bands that are coming up, including ours, are choosing the old school ways and staying true to that. Improved communication with the metal scenes in the other parts of the subcontinent are really helping to spread the word. In fact now we can say that Kolkata has a real metal scene for the first time.

Metalhead Spotted: We thank you for your time, here is your space shoot your message for attendees of Thrashfest.
Armament: To all you thrashheads out there we are pretty excited to check out the moshpits in Bombay..Wouldn't harm a bit to see little blood gettin spilled... To Arms... To War... Cheers \m/

Interviewer: Akshay Gaikwad
Edited by: Mercy Thoras

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