It was a good morning on our metallic island. The day here in the Pacific Northwest is dry and bright, I enjoyed BadWolf’s immensely entertaining interview with Arthur Von Nagel (Cormorant), and I’ve been filling my head non-stop with good metal — some cathartic black death from A Hill To Die Upon, a sampling of grindviolence courtesy of Alex Layzell, and a few head-wrecking tracks from Condemned.
I thought briefly about continuing my painful efforts to whittle down the list of most-infectious-song candidates into something less than 100 songs, but decided to put that off a while longer (“Procrastination” being one of my middle names) and instead check out news from the 5,000 bands I follow on Facebook. Turned out to be a wise decision, because in doing that I discovered some extremely high-quality concert video of the mighty Demonic Resurrection performing at the 26th annual Independence Rock festival in Mumbai, India, on November 26.
And by high-quality, I mean (a) it was filmed with about 100 cameras from about 100 different angles (including, like, just underneath the hand of DR’s keyboardist so you get a close-up of his fingers in motion), and (b) it sounds fucking awesome. Also, the stage is festooned with color and smoke and lights and looks killer.
As for the music, it’s over the top. Despite the fact that “Apocalyptic Dawn” is a single song, it almost sounds like a medley (even more so than on DR’s 2005 album, A Darkness Descends), with elements of symphonic black metal, death metal, power metal, and folk metal all effectively fused together — plus a heavy dose of hardcore vocal violence added by guest singer Sunneith Revankar of another Indian band we love around here, Bhayanak Maut.
The second video I saw was DR’s performance of “A Tragedy Befallen” from the band’s breakout 2010 album, The Return To Darkness. This one also features a guest vocalist — Siddharth Basrur from a Mumbai band called Goddess Gagged. That band has a debut album out there called Resurfaces that I’ve heard good things about, and now I’m doubly interested in checking it out (it’s streaming at the band’s official site here).
So check out these two videos below from India’s finest metal band (and for a taste of Bhayanak Maut, here is a link to one of our earlier posts about them).
UPDATE: DR have now uploaded two more videos from their set at Independence Rock — “A Darkness Descends” and “The Unrelenting Surge of Vengeance”. The latter features guest appearances by Jugal Jagwani and Pratika Prabhune of Chronic Phobia. I’ve added both of them below.
And while we’re on the subject of Demonic Resurrection and Goddess Gagged, I thought you might also enjoy the latest episode of Headbanger’s Kitchen, which is the always amusing and educational video series created by DR’s main man, the Demonstealer, who seems to be doing about a thousand different things on any given day. Among other things, the dude really can cook. The rest of the episodes can be found here.
That’s a respectable crowd they’ve got there! I just love these guys. Indian as a Metal nation is very much up and coming and these guys are at the very forefront of it, Demonstealer head first and pulling in a lot of bands in his vortex. Gotta respect the man!
Well put — Demonstealer is like a one-man army. At least from what I’ve seen, he has done more to put Indian metal on the global map than any other single person.
Mos def. Word.
I will pimp DR as much as possible. They truly deserve a prominent place on the world stage.