Profile: Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija of Demonic Resurrection

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Demonic Resurrection is one of India’s oldest metal bands. Frontman Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija has kept the band going with his dogged determination despite multiple lineup changes over the years. The band have performed at festivals and even toured the UK. On their fifth full length album Dashavatar, the band have expanded their already full sound with the introduction of Indian instruments and further experimentation in melodic death metal mixed with black metal and even strains of epic power. I spoke to Sahil about Dashavatar, their new sound and their plans for this year. Continue reading

Daily Bang: Corey’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Not one to miss out on another chance to share ‘The Best of 2014’, get excited to see a complete rundown of all the albums that made it into my Top 25 in a straightforward, easy to read list. That’s right. No reviews, no write-ups… just the list. Quick note, the Top 10 is ordered, the honorable mentions are not. So, without further delay, here they are…

– TOP FOUR –

Behemoth – The Satanist

Sólstafir – Ótta

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Winterfylleth – The Divination of Antiquity

– REMAINING TOP 10 –

Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere

Saor – Aura

Arkona – Yav

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Enthroned – Sovereigns

– HONORABLE MENTIONS – 

Fen – Carrion Skies

Demonic Resurrection – The Demon King

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Anathema – Distant Satellites

Vallenfyre – Splinters

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation 

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum 

Devin Townsend – 

Eyehategod – Eyehategod

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

And there you have it! Everything we’ve talked about and reviewed over the past few weeks on both the blog and in our podcast is right here. Yes, I am aware this was promised to you yesterday. Unfortunately some lingering holiday obligations after work prevented me from getting this done yesterday evening. Deal with it. And on that note, I think, just maybe, 2014 is officially a wrap…

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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Best of 2014 – Corey’s Honorable Mentions, Part 1

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As you all know by now, we’ve been discussing our favorite albums from 2014 on the podcast for each of the last two episodes, and will round off the year with our Final Fours on this week’s episode (!!!) Personally, I can go better than just four; I’ve managed to compile a Top 10 list of albums that have really caught my attention this year. I didn’t rank these in any particular order, aside from the aforementioned Final Four, but I’ve already discussed six of them on the podcast—Agalloch, Enthroned, Saor, Allegaeon, Arkona and Insomnium.

However, there were obviously more than 10 albums that I enjoyed this year. We’ve been treated to a lot of wonderful new music that is worthy of a second mention. This is where my blog content for the week comes in. My three blurbs a day this week will represent 15 ‘Honorable Mentions’ from 2014—all of them certainly worth revisiting, even if they ended up on the wrong side of the top 10 bubble. So, shall we begin?

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Stage Dive: Which Wacken Band Name Holds The Most Potential?

Well, a week from today I will be arriving at the Wacken Open Air festival grounds embarking on a metal adventure of a lifetime. That in mind, this will be my final Stage Dive until I return to the States two weeks from this coming Sunday. As you’ve noticed, I’ve casually mentioned this once or twice over the past week (fine, maybe more). Sticking to that trend, I pose this question to you:

BASED ON NAME ALONE, WHICH BAND SHOULD I BE MOST EXCITED FOR AT W.O.A. 2014?

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I really do want your opinion here, because there are a lot of bands. I’m attempting to avoid bias and am discounting all knowledge of the bands I already know. For example, there are great bands with great names. Take Demonic Resurrection, Fleshgod Apocalyse, and A Pale Horse Named Death. Needless to say, those names are right up there. Conversely, you have bad bands with decent names (I guess), like Omnia or Heaven Shall Burn. Although, to be fair, these artists both entertain me on some level. Need evidence? Here. Finally you have the mysteries in Plague Throat and Excrementory Grindfuckers. So, which of these 120+ names has tickled my curiosity the most? That would be

Nachtgeschrei.

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Really, the only thing I know about this band is the name. And the name is awesome. Let me explain. For one, it’s in German. So major props for that. Duh. Secondly, the translation. ‘Nacht’ refers to ‘night’. ‘Geschrei’ means ‘shouts’. So to me, this translates to roughly ‘Night Shouter’ which could also be interpreted as ‘Shouting Night’ or basically anything to that effect. For the assholes, here’s your translator. So, that’s kinda awesome. It screams black metal to me. An unknown band that I loosely translate their invented term of a name to something that sounds like it could be a black metal band name… takes the cake. And any statistician would hate how I came to that conclusion. Sorry.

Honorable mentions go out to Elmsfeuer and Ax’ N Sex. FYI, for those that were around for our MDF week here at Horns Up, you saw a similar Stage Dive then. So, here’s round two. I know most of you (or all) won’t be joining me – and if you are, fuckin’ hit me up, yo! – but your input is still very much desired here because there are some righteous names. Alright, that’ll wrap things up. Later, everyone.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

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The Horns Up Podcast: Episode 14 (July 19, 2014)

It’s time for Episode 14 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!

This week, Dan and Corey take a listen to new albums from Novembers Doom and Demonic Resurrection, weigh in on the first wave of Maryland Deathfest’s 2015 lineup(!!!), and send the World Cup off with a rousing discussion of German hero Mario Götze’s boat boner.

All that and much, much more in this week’s episode, so check it out!

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