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tales from the vault

The following are some 'most-visited' and 'most-searched' posts from this blog, many have been lost into the archives over the years. I have finally managed to post them in one convenient place since I have not been able blog as much as I would like to these days...

Metal Faith
What I refuse to understand is a generation of air-heads, goateed bastards in shorts who behave like a black man trapped in a white man's body making shitty music and major labels, music channels and the radio feeding the entire generation on crap and creating another generation of numb nuts...
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Opeth - Damnation
There was a time when there were people who'd swear by Opeth and were alienated when Opeth became a kind of mainstream band couple of albums ago. Here's an Opeth album to impress the chicks...
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Heartwork - a taste of Carcass
Ever come across a band that doesn't fit in any particular genre or does fit in few of them?
The maniacs from Liverpool called Carcass is all that and more...
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Eargasmic Hymns: crazed highs and horrible lows
It is no secret by now that I love the Verve and every album they did especially from my Brit-rock loving days. This one is particularly about Urban Hymns album by the Verve, and the pains that went behind the making of this modern day classic. Damn good one, this is, guv'na!
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Dumb ass guide to headbanging
As the title suggests, that's what this is...
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Headbangalore I
Take a walk on Church Street and chances are you must have come across couple of blokes who are members of a Rock / metal band. Yes, not surprisingly there are nearly more than couple of hundred bands in Bangalore today...
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of Space Monkeys and Durdenisms
There's a lot of fight over the amount of violence in the movie Fight Club, most people obviously missed the point...
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Metal 101 according to Sam Dunn
An unreformed metalhead who ended up becoming an anthropologist because the universities didn't have Metal in their curriculum. But eventually made a movie about the Journey of a Metalhead. Here's a Metal 101 according to that dude we all have come to know as Sam Dunn...
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Florida was known for brutal technical death metal bands and for most active atheist societies in the world. One band had both of these in common (I mean, something like that)...
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of Movies, Comics and Passion
He 'rented' his body for medical research so that he can fund his first movie that became the lowest budget movie ever to be released worldwide by a major studio. Then he resigned from the Directors' Guild of America so that he can share directorial credits with Frank Miller.
Still no idea? Robert Rodriguez, man!
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Earlier they had started a joint project called as Grind House which is a throwback to the old school 70’s flicks that both of them had grown up on, two truncated films connected by a series of movie trailers that Rodriguez says will be for "movies that don't exist"...
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Sunday Jam rantz
That was then...
This is now... and it aint pretty Dorothy!
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The departed
Most of my heroes are dead. Here is a homage to those heroes...
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Hard Rock Hallelujah
Who knew that a bunch of hideously masked metal dudes from Finland who go by the moniker Lordi could capture the imagination of the generation that was hellbent on getting the measurement of Fergie's ass...
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Bootlegs Bloody Bootlegs
, is a fun-metal band from Erlangen, Germany. Known for their cover versions of various modern rock and disco songs, each of their covers often has humorous modifications to the lyrics...
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Moksha attained
"Three people with guitars don't make it rock. Make money if you want to playing Backstreet Boys or "please-like-me'' music. But don't insist that it is rock. Rock is about pure music, it happens when you perform live and when you can see the crowd take what you give them.''
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Iron Maid-in Bangalore
Bangalore has one of the craziest bunch of Iron Maiden fans. I am sure it is going to be an Once in a Lifetime experience for us fans and a great experience for the band to perform here...
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Lord of War title sequence
Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage features an incredible title sequence that of a journey of a bullet from the arms factory to the guerilla rebels in Africa. An interesting study in live and CG compositing and HDRI reflection.
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LOL Metal, anyone?
Ladies and germs, here comes lolmetal. Check it out for yourself wtf it is and you could be rolling on the floor laughing...
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Top 10 Gibson Guitar Solos: 70s and 80s
What makes a guitar solo great? While technical precision and speed are certainly important, a good solo should also be inventive and imaginative. The solo should support the song, and the best solos are ones that are so melodically strong that you can sing them while you wail away on your air guitar.
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Sepultura in Bangalore
Sepultura as I was introduced to many years ago was called as 'Slayer's cousins from Brazil', it was when they had colored their hair and had become a thrash metal band. Wait a minute, isn't Sepultura a thrash metal band?
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Carcass confirmed for Wacken
This is absolutely mindblowing news after so many years of Carcass-less world. Its time to look forward to Carcass re-union perhaps?
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Chuck Schuldiner remembered
It is really hard to believe that such a person is no more among us whereas an asshole like 50 Cent simply don't die even after a couple of dozen caps busted up his ass...
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Undergrind V: Brutal Sonic Assault

Undergrind is a brainchild of few extreme metalheads from Bangalore who in the absence of any corporate or organizational backup started this idea of gathering like-minded headbangers, hang out, play some good original music and have fun. That was it.

As with nature of things, the good ideas are mostly simple. This was one of them.

I definitely would like to mention that the people behind organizing these events are the band members themselves, who also pool in dough to make it a reality with no goal towards making a big profit or anything, if that these ones have actually left them with holes in their pockets.

It really is a commendable effort from the people who are trying their best to keep the underground scene alive.

First off, let me declare my Undergrind credentials. I am a veteran of 3 past Undergrind gigs since 2007 , now I am all geared for the 5th avatar Undergrind and it sure does give me the juicebumps.

It was March 18, 2007, I was invited by Charlie of Gorified to attend this underground deathfest called as Undergrind right after the day of very first Iron Maiden concert in Bangalore. It was held in a basement (literally underground) with band lineup of Anorectal Ulceration, Perforated Limb, Gorified, Gut Carnage and all. It was a major pain in the neck, I went home with bumps and bruises by getting caught up in the mosh-pit. It consisted of a small crowd of 30-40 hardcore extreme metalheads, it was simply badass.

Scenes from Undergrind II
Anorectal Ulceration


Gut Carnage

Perforated Limb

Cut to the next one, a few months later, I got to attend the Undergrind III in the same basement with Asura, Anorectal Ulceration, Perforated Limb, Bloodsucking Freaks and Gorified (which was a send-off gig for original Gorified drummer Ali).

Scenes from Undergrind III

Anorectal Ulceration

Bad Taste

Perforated Limb

Last year the Undergrind IV had a change of location which interestingly was held beside one of the heritage churches in Frazer Town opposite Coles Park. The lineup included some new bands along with the usual suspects. Macabre Intent, Abandoned Agony, Shit Assault, Bad Taste, Gastronomicus Erectus featuring a guest appearance on drums with occasional growls, squeals and moans by Vikram Bhatt (or Dr. Bhatt-fuck as he likes to introduce himself) of Gruesome Malady, a veteran Gore/Porngrind stalwarts of Bangalore who kinda set a benchmark for a lot of others to follow not so long ago in this decade. I also had happened to attend Bad Taste gig a few days earlier at Sphaira [*sic] on MG Road where Vikram Bhatt just jumped in and gave one brutal performance with Bad Taste.

And of course there was a guest band from Mumbai called Gutslit who won over Undergrind audience with their sonic assault and hung out after the gig with few of us, pretty cool guys.

Scenes from Undergrind IV
Abandoned Agony

Anorectal Ulceration

Bloodsucking Freaks

Bad Taste

Gastronomicus Erectus
(feat Vikram Bhatt of Gruesome Malady on drums)


Macabre Intent

Perforated Limb

Shit Assault

Check out the following 'collage' of Undergrind IV
(edited by Rahul, the vocalist of Shit Assault)

An interview clip of Gutslit after Undergrind IV.

The Undergrind IV was bigger and badder than the previous incarnations, and also the bands themselves had gotten a lot tighter and better sounding with more original compositions. It has left Undergrind V with a tougher act to follow, which I am sure will be even more awesome and brutal than before.

Undergrind V
Now, ladies and germs, the time has come for the Undergrind V which for me is the greater high-point than the Iron Maiden concert which will be held the day after that which I frankly don't intend to attend. What I definitely intend to attend is Undergrind V, I was damn excited when Srinivas (spiritinblack) informed me a month or two ago about the gig to be arranged some time in February. I think it was at the Strawberry Fields, NLS when I hung out with the guys from all these different bands where we had gathered up for Abandoned Agony's set (which I must add, kicked some serious death metal ass).

Last month it was finalized that the date would be February 14th, 2009. So here it is...

The band roster for Undergrind V (2009)

Bad Taste (Grindcore)
Perforated Limb (Brutal Slam Death)
Anorectal Ulceration (Goregrind)
Gorified (Grindcore)
Macabre Intent (Brutal Death Metal)
Abandoned Agony (Brutal Death Metal)
Blood Sucking Freaks (Horror Grind)
Shit Assault (Goregrind)
Necrophilia (Brutal Death Metal)
Cryptic Stench (Death Metal)

The following are the details from the site they have set up on googlepages:

Undergrind 2009!
In your mind
Nothing but fear
You can't face life
Or believe death's near

A vision of life
On television screens
An existance created
From empty dreams

-From the song Scum by Napalm Death
Undergrind is a fest encouraging and keeping the underground music spirit alive. We believe that we can organize a community dedicated to preserving the old school underground spirit in our own little way. The spirit of community, sharing and self organizing is what will keep this annual show going. Anyone who listens to and supports metal bands who play the old school style and reject mainstream coverage are welcome!

This fest is not about making money from music or bands. All money raised from contributions of bands and audience entry fee will be used to fund the show itself. Any extra money will be donated to charities.

Bottomline, music created and played for music's sake.

Entry fee per head is Rs.100

Undergrind 2009 on Saturday Feb 14th at Rotary Club, Frazer Town.
Doors open at 2:30PM (Map of the location)

Moshing, trashing, headbanging allowed!
No alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and food allowed inside as per Rotary Club rules!

For more details catch Undergrind on Orkut or here

RSVP on Undergrind V Facebook Event

Send mail to for any info or questions.

PS: my next post will be about Undergrind V followed by one about the underground scene in Bangalore (most likely) and one in the making about Abandoned Agony's new EP. Stay tuned...

Parting shot:

If you are in or visiting Bangalore around Maiden concert on 15th, get your asses to Undergrind V for an brutal sonic fucking assault brought to you by Charlie and the Gore-factory.

Support and buy original music, say no to mediocre mainstream corporate whores and rip offs.

Stay brutal \m/


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