Album Review : Toxoid - Aurora Satane

In the middle of 2014 Delhi based Indian black metal band Toxoid unveiled their debut full length album entitled “Aurora Satane”. Basically they was formed in 2012 . This album sounds so authentic,mature it is hard to believe that it is only their debut album . After checked out this whole album I was just astounded . This whole album hooked me up with it’s vocals blackened rasps ,screaming voice and their deep,unrelenting,hate-filled,merciless,savage musical style with crushing,chugging riffs works and builds layers of blasphemous musical style through high reverb and fast,medium and often slow tempo . They have endeavored an brilliant effort on this album and nailed it . ”Aurora Satane” contains a strong dose of black metal ,with atmospheric vibe,melodic aesthetic . Their whole composition and musical style borrow old school raw black metal atmosphere . This new albums whole ambiance and compositions are brilliant . Their distinct style infused me by a lot . Their musical style adds to the melodic,atmospheric kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward borrow ferocity simultaneously . This album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,heavy,the multi-layered black metal musical style . I highly appreciate this album .
This album is filled with a plenty of cadence, apocalyptic, ominous,hellish,devilish , chaotic ,powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling . Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid and powerful . In each track dismal, delicious, macabre,spiral riffs,bass lineups correlated in well manner . tempo changes are excellent . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . vocals howling scream, bestial snarls, blackened rasps, high pitch screams ,ruthless, vicious voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mid-paced, evil melodic,dismal ,utterly merciless,cacophonous black metal musical style with melodic,atmospheric accompaniment and embedded perfectly . Appreciate blasphemous lyrics with satanic realms . Overall u will get sinister,gloomy,desolate, grotesque ambient from this whole album . Each song have an energy  and fluency . Stand out tracks are Baphomet Enraged,Feed My Wrath,Demon Lust,Aurora Satanae,Thy Infernal Defloration. Album artwork is atrocious,indelible and portrayed sinister,gloomy vibe . Overall “Aurora Satane” whole album is Impeccable , prestigious , rich, intense ,significant . This album will give u unyielding awesomeness from beginning to the end . From now I will wait for their sophomore release . Hope their sophomore release would be excellent as “Aurora Satane” or way more superior . Their potential on this debut album is appreciable . This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection and definitely highly recommended for old school raw  black metal fans.

 Rating: 3.2 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu

Review: Schammasch - 'Contradiction'

The enigmatic avant-garde black metal band Schammasch are strikes back with their sophomore release  on this year entitled “Contradiction” . This is a double album consist with 9 tracks . Schammasch was formed in 2009 as a blackened death metal band . later they evolved into avant – garde black metal band .  In before they had released their debut full length album in 2010 entitled “Sic Lvceat Lvx” . Actually Schammasch hailing from Switzerland . Now I am straight going to the point about this new album .
When at first I have heard their first released track probably it was “Golden Light” I was overwhelmed and  hyped from then for this full length album . This bands vocalist C.S.R is such an excellent musician appreciate his unsurpassed ability & skill . Though this bands each and every musician did fantastic job on this album in radiant way . This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . It is really not easy to describe their musical style . A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults  with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where Schammasch combines doomier passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melancholic guitars and those effective rasps .
well,this albums opening track is “Contradiction” .  This track starts with softly,delicate guitar works, followed by an onslaught of tremulous ,dark eerie riffs  and a wall of spectacular,sober drums and  then segues into an acoustic passage with softly spoken vocals . Quickly the song returns to the sonic assailment and  the whispers are transformed into a whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression,deliberate cadence . Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour ,dissonant riffs work .
This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance . Their distinct entity infused me by a lot . Their musical style have a quite soft and smooth edge in the guitar playing which adds to the more atmospheric kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward brutal simultaneously . Honestly saying after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,melancholic,the multi-layered,ominous musical style . Each musicians have exudes tremendous effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it . I highly appreciate and embrace this album .
This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, ominous,hellish,doom laden, slow but powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling .  Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful .  In each track morbidly delicious,slow,macabre,soaring riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner . The most striking thing you’ll notice about the sound of Schammasch is the air of melancholy that quite literally drips from the noise they create . This whole albums sound  deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy . “Contradiction” endures beauty of black metal . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener . C.S.R  decently large voice that does well for Schammasch . Especially his whispers are menacing and hoarse voice are excellent . Vocals howling scream, snarling, sneering ,immense,deep rasps ,serene chanting voice emerged on this album in a well manner and intertwined perfectly with their utterly  spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering  black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric,doomy  accompaniment  and  embedded perfectly . Overall you will get  sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album . I really worship this band .
Each song have an energy ,fluency and  draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them . I personally Cherish Contradiction,Split My Tongue,Provoking Spiritual Collapse,Until Our Poison Devours Us,The Inner Word,Golden Light,JHWH track .  Crown is brilliant instrumental track .  Album artwork is atrocious,grisly . Overall “Contradiction” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant . This album sounds so authentic  and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . Outstanding another one release of 2014 so far . If you looking for  something different, epic this double album will take you on a journey into another universe . so, enter the void and I am sure definitely u will come out stronger,darker than ever before.

 Rating: 4.2/5 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu

News: Fireball is ready to hit Guwahati with its sixth chapter.

Fireball is back again with its sixth chapter. On 23 November, 2014 RockaRolla is going to host this event in the memory of Tariq Abdulla upholding the motto “Join The Indian Armed Forces
The bands

Jupiter Island [ Guwahati | Art Rock]:
Jupiter island is one of the best rock acts of North East India.They are inspired by bands like Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Steven Wilson, Sigu Ros etc. The band was formed in the year 2011 in Guwahati. They have played in a lots of show in Guwahati and outstation too. It is surely an act to look up to.

Aberrant [ Shillong | Groove Metal]
Aberrant is a groove metal act from Shillong, the land of clouds. They are active from October 2011. They were all from different bands but got together for their love and passion for music.They have played in various stages in the country and are best at what they do. I am sure you won’t miss it as a metalhead.

Still Waters [ Gangtok | Hard Rock]
Still Waters was formed in 2001 in Gangtok, Sikkim. After a series of line up changes over the years,The members are now Abhishek Lemo Gurung (Singer), Sonam Lachungpa (Lead guitar), Lokes Mangar (Bass), Samir Gurung (Rhythm Guitar), Ronald Pradhan (Drums). They are one of the best hard rock bands in the country and are now concentrating on a foreign tour.

Skyharbor [ Delhi/Mumbai/Notts/DC | Progressive Metal]
Skyharbor, the headliners of fireball and one of the legends of Indian Metal scene. Skyharbor continue to grow rapidly as a group and musical entity as they prepare to launch their second album ‘Guiding Lights’ in November 2014. They are on their album release tour. I am sure that you are ready to band with them.

The organizers
ROCKA ROLLA CAFÉ is a renowned event management organization based in Guwahati which deals with artist and band management and has played host to successful shows in the past.

For more details click here

-Rishi Raaj



On 31st October Indian metal band Bhayanak Maut dropped their brand new album on their website www.bhayanakmaut.com

The band has also put out a video talking about the origins of the song. Watch the video here:

The band is now streaming the first single Now, Creation. Forever, Destruction. on their soundcloud page.

Review: The End- White Lotus

The End is a solo shoegaze/blackgaze/post-black outfit from Kalyan, India. It’s among the few bands of the wave of post-black acts in the country. It’s a very unique band provided the limited exposure of shoegaze/blackgaze music among the Indian audience. White Lotus is their second full-length release, and it’s a very brave effort. The atmosphere of the album is very beautiful and melancholic. It’s one of the best elements of the record. The lyrical themes are unconventional and feature very dark and philosophical aspects about relationships, among other subjects. The album has very unconventional song structures and abrupt time-signature changes, adding to the blatant-ness of the music. Every track has a similar muted, faded outro which adds to the atmosphere created by the band. This album might not be likened by every ear it reaches, for the style they've played is uncommon among Indian bands. But, for the experienced ear this album might be played on the loop.

-Piyush Ojha

NEWS: BIG69 Festival in Mumbai Announces Fleshgod Apocalypse, Demonic Resurrection and more artists.

The city of Mumbai, India is set to witness it's first proper open air metal festival in years with the announcement of the new BIG69 Festival hosted by Bajaao.com. The first edition of the festival will see bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse from Italy, Hacktivist from the UK as well as local heroes like Demonic Resurrection, Undying Inc, Kyrptos, Albatross, Gutslit and many others. The festival is still to announce more acts and will feature 2 stages with a total of 22 bands.

The festival teaser video can be watched here:

Season tickets and day passes will go on sale this Friday, November 7th. While presale season tickets are priced at Rs 2,000, student tickets will be available for Rs 1,500, granting access to both days of the festival.

BIG69 Festival 2014 Partial Lineup
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Demonic Resurrection
Plague Throat
Inner Sanctum
Chronic Xorn
Grammy Winning Effort
Escher’s Knot
Undying Inc

BIG69 Festival takes place on January 17th and 18th 2015 at Richardson and Cruddas, Mumbai. More details here.

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