Various Artists: Rise of the Eastern Blood
‘Rise of the Eastern Blood’ marks a next-level achievement for the Indian metal scene. It is for the first time that we witness the collaboration of metal bands from four different countries, something of an international Asian metal unity. The album is marked by the presence of bands like Demonic Resurrection (India), Severe Dementia (Bangladesh), Dusk (Pakistan), Helmskey (Singapore).
The album kick starts with a brutal dose of Demonic Metal from our very own Demonic Resurrection (‘Beyond the Darkness’ EP). Throughout the five tracks in the EP, we see a significant departure in their sound from their first album. We still see the perfect blend of clean vocals with gut wrenching growling, skin blasting drums and head banging riffs completed with melody from the keys. Songs to be noted from this EP are “Journey To Solaris” and “And the Dream Will Cease To Exist”. Also, “The Fallen Star” is an instrumental track which gives an apt ending to DR’s part in the compilation.
Next up, Severe Dementia’s ‘Epitaph of Plassey’ EP blows your mind away with the most brutal form of metal you’re likely to come across. It is sure to hit listeners right across their faces and leave them stunned by the band’s maturity and tightness. Severe Dementia gives us a set of five songs, all of which showcase a level of perfection unmatched by any other band in their league. They have an incredible sound and production quality. Indian bands could look up to this band, or better yet, watch out for them. They give us the ultimate brutal metal that leaves your head off your shoulder at the mosh pit. Songs to be noted are — wait, I can’t pick one or two songs from this, listen to all of them.
Dusk’s ‘Dead Heart Dawning’ sets the mood with their first track “When the Mirror Speaks”. The form of metal that Dusk offers is a little slow compared to the other three bands in the compilation, and their music is also quite distinct from that of the others. Of the four tracks in ‘Dead Heart Dawning’, the title track is the most notable. Sublime maturity and perfection marks Dusk in ‘Rise of the Eastern Blood’.
Helmskey from Singapore bring the compilation to a close with two bonus tracks at the end. Being an international band, they are tight enough for any mosh pit.
Over all, this album marks a very significant move in the field of metal solidarity and unity in the metal scene in India and its neighbouring countries. A must-have for head bangers from all over the country, especially if you still haven’t heard bands like Severe Dementia and Dusk.