Aug 172015



(TheMadIsraeli introduces our premiere of a new song by Kinnefret from Oakland, California.)

Kinnefret were recommended to me by Ted O’Neill of Oblivion a few days ago, and after checking them out, I rushed to see if I could secure SOMETHING with these guys. I’ve only heard two songs, but I’m thus far 100% hooked. The low down: They’re from California, and three-quarters of the band are Iranian immigrants who fled so they could play metal. Artak Ozan, the band’s founder and central pillar has told me that he is actually a political refugee here in the US for having already gotten on the Iranian government’s bad side.

The music is death metal that touches on all eras of the style. There’s some old school stuff, some modern hyper-technical stuff, a good dose of melody, and some grotesque Suffo/Dying Fetus shit thrown in, all with an underpinning of distinct Middle Eastern influence and melodic tendencies. The music is wicked, and the guitar front — the thing I care most about — is playful, complex, and interesting. The dual vocal assault of Ozan and vocalist Chelsea Rocha is also pretty overwhelming, with Rocha having a beastly and powerful voice.


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We’re premiering “Salvation”. You can hear a demo of this song on the band’s Youtube channel, but we’re premiering the final product mix that will be on the band’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled debut full-length. This song is all over the place and is quite the trip. Below, along with that song, I will include the music video for the band’s other single, “Losing Grips To Gain Grips (I Am Beast)”.

Enjoy the song, and let me know what you think. I’m anticipating an underdog death metal entrant in 2015 from these guys when the full-length surfaces.




  1. Killer track, a great way to start my Monday morning 🙂

  2. This sounds great. Looking forward to the full album.

  3. Music like this is a far better weapon against the Iranian government than bombs ever could be.

  4. Wow, very nice!

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