Interview: Chepang on New Album Dadhelo, Recording and Upcoming Shows

Chepang - Kshitiz Moktan
Chepang – Kshitiz Moktan

Chepang are a US based “immigrant core” band. I first heard them last year, when they released their EP, Lathi Charge. This impressive debut release was hailed by webzines around the world. The band released their first full length album, Dadhelo, last week. The album is a more complex and intense listen compared to Lathi Charge and after multiple listens, I can tell you that it is not your run of the mill grindcore release. I spoke to guitarist Kshitiz Moktan aka Grandmaster Bhudey about Dadhelo, recording the album and their upcoming shows. Continue reading

Scene Report: Columbus, Georgia

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Columbus, Georgia is situated roughly 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and just across the Chattahoochee River from Phenix City, Alabama. It is the second largest city in Georgia (population over 200,000) and the home of Columbus State University, one of the biggest urban whitewater rafting courses in the world and Fort Benning is close by. Atlanta may be the city you all are familiar with for metal and live shows but, as Cole (@KVLTLand) points out in this Scene Report, the bands that follow and The Estate make Columbus a definite must visit to see some very good homegrown metal. Continue reading

Album Review: Shooting Guns – “Flavour Country”

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So soon, you ask?  Yes!  Time to once again grab our brother from the North Jonathan Petkau (Respectably Loud, DomestikwomSpacekau and most recently the excellent Dudeist Priests) to cover the varied ground that is the new Shooting Guns LP…

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Given their prolific output of splits and film scores of late, it’s easy to miss the fact that Flavour Country (no I won’t correct that spelling no matter how the red line in Microsoft Word tells me it’s wrong) is technically only the third full length from Saskatoon heavy psych band Shooting Guns. Whether inspired by their recent turn to film scoring or just concurrently alongside it, Shooting Guns this time expand their sonic interests while knowing when those ideas are sufficiently expressed. In other words, Flavour Country covers a lot of ground in its 34-minute run time.   Continue reading

Ride to Ruin: “Plagues Upon Arda” and a Conversation With Khazzadum’s Luka Djordjevic

Khazaddum - Plagues Upon Arda

Metal Archives’ database lists 174 Tolkien-inspired acts. One-hundred and seventy-four. Sub-genres range from traditional power metal to atmospheric black metal and beyond. So if you said heavy music may not need any more Tolkien worship, you’d be forgiven, but you’d also be wrong. In August, Wisconsin’s Khazaddum will self-release their debut full-length, Plagues Upon Arda. As a fan of both Khazaddum and JRR Tolkien, I’m excited to say the new record is a solid, meaty effort, marked by significant improvement over their (also really enjoyable) 2015 EP, In Dwarven Halls. This is a fantastic first full-length, and Plagues Upon Arda feels like an engrossing, if still somewhat cursory, study of the line that separates the band’s musical delivery from the literature that inspires its lyrical material. Continue reading

Album Review: Less Art – “Strangled Light”

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Once again we call to our friends in the Great North to assist in some gnarly metal reviews.  Today Jonathan Petkau from various endeavors including Respectably Loud, Domestikwom and Spacekau jumps in to cover the debut from Less Art…

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If I were forced to pick a single word to encapsulate the experience of listening to Less Art’s debut album Strangled Light, the word that comes to mind repeatedly is “clarity.” I suspect that probably derives from the fact that Less Art is composed of veteran musicians each with already established careers, as Strangled Light sounds like what should be a band’s fourth or fifth album, not their first swing at bat (a pun for all you Puig Destroyer fans out there.)   Continue reading