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Antim Grahan: In Thy Ambience Ov Malevolence

By Vishal Gandhi | May 26, 2008

Split Magazine: Antim GrahanIt’s hard not to chuckle when a band names itself Antim Grahan. On hearing the name, you get the impression of a nerdy prog-rock band inspired by sci-fi movies, who probably take themselves too seriously. That may not be the case here, as Antim Grahan from Kathmandu, Nepal, is a symphonic black metal band. Returning from a hiatus imposed due to line-up changes, the band has just released their second album ‘In Thy Ambience Ov Malevolence’.

The album opens with a ghoulish voice on “Into the Forest of Bereavement” that prophesizes ‘Once upon the darkness / Through the antagonistic grounds / Enter the world of belial / Atrocity thus walks along’. Again, it’s hard not to chuckle, making them an easy target for ridicule. But thankfully, these gimmicks are just a sideshow, like the comedy track in most Bollywood movies. For the most part, the album has powerful unhinged black metal interspersed with melodic keyboards and haunting female vocals. Admittedly, it’s a sound that has been done to death by the likes of Cradle of Filth and Nightwish. It’s not breaking new ground, but at the same time this loud-soft dynamic really enhances their sound, and is best incorporated on “Infected II” and “Serenade For the Gracious Death”. There are sweeping guitar riffs with epic overtones as on “Angels and Eternal Dismay” and more brutally on “Winter Blossom Ov Ceremonial Grief”.

The most profoundly dense track on the album is “With Vengeance I Bleed”, with inventive use of classical piano motifs, all the while raging with blast beats and journeying through a full-on classic metal passage; it’s a song of utter brilliance. The final track “300″ is total black metal mayhem and is, of course, inspired by film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 that came out last year. The song samples Gerard Butler’s famous “Tonight, we die in hell!” quote from the film and fittingly, the vocalist also yells “This is Sparta” after the midway build-up.

Crafting harsh black metal with intelligent use of keyboards and melodic female vocals, Antim Grahan has found a formula that works. For fans of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, this album should be an absolute treat.


29 Comments. Post Yours Here.
  1. May 30, 2008, 7:39 pm Joey Johnsa

    really nice piece. And congrats to the members of Antim Grahan for such a wondrous release. I and a bunch of my friends would like to take a trip to Khatmandu. And the Antim Grahan album surely makes me wanna really go to Nepal and check out the rock scene out there. Best of luck to Antim Grahan…hope to see you soon!

  2. May 30, 2008, 7:49 pm Gringo Grinder

    Ya. Watever! Mr. Joey Johnsa is more interested in talking about his daydreams. Lets put him to sleep. Anyway I am waiting to get my hands on a copy of the Antim Grahan CD. If any of the Antim Grahan guys are readin this pls tell me where to buy your CD frm. Cheers!

  3. May 30, 2008, 7:53 pm Joey Johnsa

    Shut Up Gringo. Go home bitch!

  4. May 30, 2008, 8:03 pm Candice

    Where can I get the CD? How much is it for? Do you’ll ship to India?

  5. May 30, 2008, 8:26 pm Angry Dwarf

    wow. Nepali symphonic black metal band. Nice to see our neighbours belting out some mad noise. good goin Antim Grahan. Do you have any link where I could chk the songs or download for free?

  6. June 4, 2008, 10:46 pm Antim Grahan

    Thank you for all your comments for our new album. We sent a copy of the album to spilt radio but werent notified if the copy was received. Thankfully in google we found this posting. Thanks to the team of Split Radio and Split Magazine for admiring our band and the album. A small correction, this is our third release. You can get more info about us from our hi5 profile.

    For those who have requested for a copy, pls email us your address and we will be very glad to send you guys a copy of our latest album.

    Thanks once again for your comments

    Antim Grahan.

  7. June 7, 2008, 2:19 am immortality

    i just happen to get the copy of this album and its hard to believe this band is from nepal…
    from brutality to the haunting melodies… absolutely awesome…
    a must listen album for the people who prefer their music in a bit extreme format..
    hail antim grahan!

  8. June 11, 2008, 7:28 pm Sudeep

    I have heard all the songs of Antim Grahan and I was just thrilled and loved every seconds of the songs in this album. Its fckin great…………300 and infected II grt. I simply love them and soon i m goin to listen them live…………HAHA. ….ERGGGGGGGGGGG…
    METAL rulz

  9. July 9, 2008, 10:24 am Gopal

    Antim Grahan …………. fucking rules……. every song are brutal, breath taking, and a pure melodic black tracks.This album is certainly the album i searched for couple of years…. if u wanna download the song for free then go to http://www.soundclick.com\antimgrahan

  10. July 20, 2008, 2:01 pm Deelip K

    wow. I didn’t know that they have albums too.
    I’ve seen them playing in a lot of underground concerts here. They’re good. Fucking good.

  11. August 4, 2008, 8:38 pm prabodh


  12. September 5, 2008, 3:36 pm ancient _ plague

    Okay. Antim Grahan and their 3 year hiatus….. Seems like they’ve learnt plenty of things in that time……

    For some user above:
    You are most welcome in Nepal.. to learn the scope of rock and metal here…..
    I do not think Antim Grahan is a great band compared to others here… like Cruentus, Ugra Karma, Sanguivorous Messiah, Arachnids, Bitter Euphemism,etc. And good to know that Nepalese albums are being listened internationally too….

  13. September 14, 2008, 12:57 am Ujjwal

    Got my album here, in uk through parsal…. I was so excited to listen the new AG’s album. With Vengeance I Bleed, Infected 2, 300, and Into The Forest Of Bereavement are the most amazing titles of this album. Hope to see AG live in Nepal next year….

  14. October 11, 2008, 2:40 am 1349

    antim grahan is the best metal band that has ever come out in the history of metal scene in nepal… and just for my man ancient_plague above who is comparing antim grahan with other bands, lemme just say this, antim grahan has been around for almost 6 years now.. most consistance performances.. and ur compared bands like cruentus, ugra karma, bitter euphism… where r they?? being good doesnt mean few performances and breaking the band down… and about sanguivorous messiah.. hahaha u fucking moron, its ur band isnt it??? coz this band has never even played a single live performance… and no body knows the name of the band.. stop fucking promoting urself in this cheap way !
    antim grahan rules!!

  15. October 19, 2008, 1:53 am guru

    Antim Grahan, one of the pioneers of Nepali heavy metal bands.
    Visit the following link to listen to their songs.

  16. October 22, 2008, 10:48 am ancient _ plague [impaled northern moonforest]

    Dear Mr. 1349, you may have liked Antim Grahan’s new album, but I think it’s just average. And fine, they’re just one of the tightest underground bands, but the thing is: I do not like their kind of music. From “Forever Winter” to “Tales from the Darkened Woods” and then now “In thy Ambience ov Malevolence”, I’m bored of listening same type o’ melody from them. Okay, they’ve gone a bit brutal in this album, but who cares??? And by the way, yes, I’m still stuck upon the fact that Nepalese bands like Cruentus, Refused 13, Karmavalanche, and even amateurs like Bitter Euphemism and Arachnids are/were better than these. Who knows if some of them will reform tomorrow??? …And about Sanguivorous Messiah, excuse me for that. Ahumm Ahumm.

  17. October 27, 2008, 10:45 am praabin

    haye. niraj dai hows is it going with Antim Grahan?

  18. November 17, 2008, 11:57 pm sahil bista

    Hey can u send send me a copy of forever winter and infected ….. i really love those songs but i dont have the music … so i will be thankful if u can send it to my e mail adress

  19. November 22, 2008, 4:43 pm PRAJWAL


  20. March 1, 2009, 8:47 pm Necrosis

    I just wana say that u guys r just making brutal songs but where is the technical difficulties in muzik anyway u guyz r really mind fuker

  21. March 1, 2009, 8:51 pm Necrosis

    The songs like 300, with vengeance i bleed is brutal as a burning hell. I heard dat u guys r goin to perform in japan also. Ok guys make the japanese bangers to bang their head.

  22. March 4, 2009, 7:36 am always182s

    sabin bro”the drummer”has been changed……m pissed…..
    about the gig on MARCH 14,2009…..
    who else is gonna be there….
    ancient_plague..hop u’l be there….i’m gonna break ur tooth and gift it to Mr.1349…
    he’s rite dont fuking compare asshole….
    u dont like ‘em…..FINE…who asks u to??????
    go to hell man…u’r so cheap!!!!!!!!!!
    AG,Vhumi and Lost Oblivions are the best band in Nepal at present…
    the rests are all history!!!!!!

  23. March 8, 2009, 11:01 pm rahul shakya

    you guys rock. all of the musics of ur songs are trully meaning ful and great. hope u’ll create such songs in upcoming futre toooo

  24. March 28, 2009, 9:07 am http://mp3crunch.blogspot.com

    Great band keep rocking guys.. these guys really represent metal scene

  25. April 23, 2009, 9:26 am prakash

    i have listen all songs of antim grahan . all r very very gud . i dun know, how could u creat n compose the all music yaar , jus u guys r great . i m waitin 4 ur 4th album. metal heads………………………..

  26. June 7, 2009, 8:19 am MANAb RIJAL

    hey devil u guys are damn fucking good ! we metal fan want to hear an album where vocalist have vocal that suit the music of u guys.comeon bro make ur fucking soung a bit louder nad . ur voice get hidden in the music man .come on

  27. June 20, 2009, 9:12 pm pAinthyGrave

    If u guys here think this is just the best!U haven’t listened much of nepali metal!Nepali undergroung screams a lot better bros!try also cruentus,bhumi,maya,blood blisters etc etc
    but no doubt antim grahan rocks all way in symphonic black metal genre……………………………………………………
    for more info on nepali underground scene

  28. November 30, 2009, 1:02 am Anthrax

    Yea, grahanians are real havocs wit brutality. . . Dz guys r jus gr8 metalers. . . I lov evry track 4m 4eva winter to infected, angels eternaly burn, her demise, sanctuary of eternal black hearts, pashu samrajya, the ruin of immortals nd all. . . Al grahanians creations r must welcum, but guys lets nt mak disguise of otha bands. Creasns r nt 2 b compared. Cruentus, ugrakarama r gr8 2. Infact, nepali metallers r da bangers. . . Salute 2 al dose whu r in it.

  29. January 31, 2010, 9:44 pm Binod

    Antim grahan is such a band that has a pure melodic black musics.They rules the country with their music.good job antim grahan.i m your great fan.keep going guys so that we can hear your new musics

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