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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Blood & Iron: Power Metal raises its epic fist in India

India does not lack musical talent. If you look beneath the deceptive talentless surface of beat-bastardized,simplistically created indipop 'music' that is doing very well to reduce the overall IQ of the country,there's no dearth of talent. Especially in the metal circuit. Gone are the days when bands were cheered on for covering favourite songs of people in the crowd. Now bands like Kryptos, Demonic Resurrection, Acrid Semblance, Bhayanak Maut etc, are making the effort to write orginal music and are getting BRILLIANT responses for it. And that's happening in almost EVERY sphere of metal: Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Nu-Metal etc. Now I say ALMOST because, barring Bangalore's Slain, there was no word of a SINGLE Power Metal band in India. Even Slain are TOO busy preaching Christ to the public using a very generic NWOBHM/Old School version of the genre. Its not bad music, but Power Metal's 'Power' comes from its very EPIC sound. But breathe easy fellas, that aspect has been taken care of very well.


Say hello to Blood & Iron from Chennai. They are epic in every sense of the word. Long songs, atmospheric keyboards, driving,marching fretwork and aggressively melodic and powerful vocals. Their songwriting is a sort of amalgamation of old school and new wave power metal, with groove and thrash-influenced instrumental moments (occasionally). Their sound is very rightly an original one, reminiscent of many styles, but doesn't let you conclude that they follow only those styles. Their lyrical themes range from history to spirituality to personal struggles. And who knows what else they could conjure up. They plan to release a concept album as debut. I personally hope it carries forward the World War II theme heard in 'Stalingrad'. I'll be damned if I don't buy that album. And I hope they come to Delhi regularly. Listen. Indulge. Surrender.

18 comments:

Express said...

fuaacckkk!!!

I can't believe tht I am prolly the only person whos reading this! we need 2 implement tht idea boy..like...now!

my net's fucked up...real soon i swear!

Indian metal movement!
\m/

metal-militant said...

Implement what idea?

Alok said...

Brilliant music, man! \m/

Alok said...

Btw listen to these guys too.

metal-militant said...

WOW!!!These guys are like black metal without the harsh vocals!!Neat!!!

Alok said...

Listen to "Kurukshetra" on their list.

metal-militant said...

Wow!!!!Their style can only be referred to as avant-garde at best.They've thrown in sympho-power,black,thrash,death EVERYTHING into one genre!!!!AMAZING!!Who says Indians only steal Korean and Indonesian songs!! ;-)

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ki said...

BLOG na.

Wardog said...

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metal-militant said...

Thanks Wardog.That's a nice endeavour you've taken up on yours blog.Keep up the good work with spreading the metal!!

mark said...

hey man... metal militant \\m//..
Mark Thomas here, (vox for Blod and Iron.. first off, thanks for the really nice write up....
just wanted to let u guys know that Blood and Iron will be releasing our second album in a month's time... (june end latest.. :P) titled Dynamite World!!, not a concept, but something new.. :) do listen to it.. and spread the word... much much much more power, symphony, melody and heavy fuckin metal!!!!! :) cheers guys...

metal-militant said...

Hello Mark.Well isn't it great that the vocalist himself chances upon this write-up,hehe.And it's great that you guys have TWO albums to your name already man.BTW,I'm the guy who messaged you from Delhi regarding how to get the album.I still don't know how.Half those links on the Facebook group don't work.Can't you make your releases available through Music Yogi?

Anyway,keep the power metal coming,can't wait to hear both your albums.And congratulations on winning best vocalist AND getting felicitated by Mikael Akerfeldt at Saarang 2009.But I don't really think you sound like Manowar's vocalist,rather you sound more Sabaton's guy.

And last but not least,welcome to the Processor.

mark said...

hey thanks dude... and yes now i remember.. u did message about pickin up a cd.... i thought since u were from delhi u must have been a friend of my guitarist.. he's from delhi too.. in fact he's there rite now. u can pick up a cd of the first album from him...
and
btw,... eric adams of manowar is god to me... so it really was an honor... but i really like the sabaton vocalist too.. sound more like him than eric.. :P.. practiced alot of metal machine, primo victoria, purple heart, panzer battalion... \\m//

metal-militant said...

Hey thats great!Could you message me his no and name?Or post them here if you don't have my number stored.

DEATH IN THE SHAPE OF A PANZER BATTALION!!!!!!!!!!!

mark said...

hope u got it... i asked him to give it to u..

metal-militant said...

Yeah I got it man.I had even messaged you about it.Vikram gave it to me for free.I REALLY appreciate that.And please let me know when Dynamite World comes out.Thanks,and keep up the 'power'.

mark said...

JULY 3RD
final date for the album.. just fixing up the art work... :)