Gutslit – Amputheatre

As a great many, our passion for brutal ravenous metal was given a real treat with the debut Gutslit album Skewered in the Sewer back in 2013. It was a raw and insatiable introduction to the India hailing outfit instantly stirring up global attention. We can declare now though that it was just the prelude to something bigger, bolder, and even more barbarous now savaging the senses in the shape its successor Amputheatre. Embracing the uncompromising rabidity of grind into their already distinct death metal nurtured sound, Amputheatre not only reinforces Gutslit’s presence in world metal but puts it on a whole new plateau.

From the moment the album’s title track sets the darkening scene and blood strewn atmosphere intrigue is hooked and attention grasped, than ruptured by the invasive surge of Brazen Bull. Sizing things up initially, it charges head first through ears, the incessant riffs and swinging grooves of Prateek Rajagopal leading the way closely followed by the scything attack of drummer Aaron Pinto. New member in vocalist Kaushal LS (Godless) impressively roars from the midst of the tempest, his diverse attack as riveting and stirring as the predatory sounds around him. With the heavy invasive groove of Gurdip Singh Narang’s bass completing the irresistible animus, the album swiftly hits the sweet spot as it instantly reveals a thicker and bolder adventure in the Gutslit trespass.

The following From One Ear To Another is equally as uncompromising and compelling, its ravenous assault a web of grooved invention and merciless antipathy again headed by Kaushal’s outstanding onslaught. That new found imagination in the band’s sound is swiftly exposed in its individuality as the song flips from its brutality into a surging rock ‘n’ roll charge and then a technically mesmeric tango, the cycle repeating without in any second ever losing its instinctive animosity. The track is immense almost reason enough to check out Amputheatre and soon backed in might by the belligerently savage Necktie Party. It too surges through a clutch of unpredictable and inventive twists which are maybe not as bold as in its predecessor, though its melodic detour is fascinating, but just as captivating and thrilling as the song preys on the senses.

Album artwork – Eliran Kantor

Blood Eagle is a carnivorous infestation, grooves and rhythms as toxic as they are seductive and ridden by the viral antics of vocal predation. Rajagopal’s melodic enterprise wraps this unrestrained and violently catchy malevolence, his strings equally adept at conjuring extremes and skilfully matched by the malicious yet vibrant antics of Narang’s bass. It is a tapestry which simply lights up appetite and imagination, success just as easily and mightily nurtured by the incessant quarrel of Brodequin and the ruthless animus cast by Maraschino Eyeballs. Both tracks are as bloodthirsty as they are openly infectious; their webs of wiry grooves and murderous rhythms bound in often acidic but perpetually beguiling enterprise.

Arguably the most truculent offering within Amputheatre is provided by Scaphism, a sadistic immersion of the senses but again one as ridiculously catchy as it is brutally cruel before the album is brought to a close by Death Hammer. Instantly you can sense the band are going to push their instincts and imagination further; something about its entrance and building confrontation which suggests the venturous almost schizophrenic tapestry of idea and sound eventually realised. Soaked in Gutslit’s renowned and expected brutality and accomplished craft, the closing trespass enthrals and excites whilst creating another seriously striking moment within the release.

Amputheatre is superb, a real standout treat in a year of potent ravenous metal encounters from a band deserving as much attention as possible.

Amputheatre is out now through Transcending Obscurity India and available @ https://gutslitindia.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 24/10/2017

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Third Sovereign – Perversion Swallowing Sanity

3rdS_RingMaster Review

The Asian metal scene is still a relatively untapped and certainly unrecognised landscape in the awareness of the majority on the outside, this despite the impressive bands and releases springing from it over the years. Through the fine efforts and passions of bands and labels/PR companies like Transcending Obscurity, a few things deservedly escape the shadows to earn strong attention and draw new ears and appetite to the region’s mighty underground scene. One such offering is the striking new album, Perversion Swallowing Sanity, from Indian death metallers Third Sovereign. It is an explosive thrash fuelled incitement bred from old school seeds of death metal blossomed into something as intensely fresh as it is enjoyably nostalgic, and another example of the potency within India’s metal scene as Third Sovereign back up to the legendary status they carry in their homeland and surrounding areas.

Formed in 2003 by a trio of musicians from Aizawl, the capital of the state of Mizoram, after they moved to Delhi “in order to expand their horizons”, Third Sovereign quickly earned a reputation for their bold and pungent take on death metal. Inspiration to their sound comes from the time bands such as Sepultura, Monstrosity, Cannibal Corpse, and Vader were the prime death metal driven scourges on the senses. 2006 saw the release of debut EP Horrified Visions with their acclaimed first album, Destined To Suffer uncaged the following year, as its predecessor upon Demonstealer Records. The Deprived Serenity EP continued the attention capturing success of the album with its release in 2008, whilst the single Sarcophaga was nominated in the Best Metal Song category at the Rolling Stones Metal Awards a year later. Leaping on to the now and the band is ready to unveil second album Perversion Swallowing Sanity, a release sure to ignite the most potent range of acclaim and spotlights on the band yet.

art_RingMaster ReviewAizawl based again, Third Sovereign intrigue the imagination with opening introduction Sakei Ai Hla, voices in threat or calling, hard to know, leading the listener towards and into the brewing tempest of Grave of Humanity and an irritable climate of intimidating riffs and towering intensity. A few moments more and the track is rampaging with thick spicy grooves entwining thumping rhythms and rabid riffs. As vocalist Vedant prowls proceedings with his grizzly guttural tones, thrash bred fuel flows to incite and power the increasingly gripping provocation masterly coloured by guitarist Benjamin and given compelling bulk by bassist Jonah within Reuben’s skeletal rhythmic frame.

Demonic and fiercely enticing, the excellent opener makes way for the incessant violation and nagging persuasion of Sarcophaga; the track a tempestuous onslaught as bestial as it is creatively endearing. Spiralling grooves and sonic imagination light the smothering weight of heavy riffs and brutal rhythms, their union a vicious contagion unafraid to spew toxically bracing tendrils of melodic enterprise.

Both Living This Hate and Slaughtered Mankind descend on the senses with nostril flared and muscles merciless; the first a barbarous consumption of ears littered with psyche gripping hooks and fiery grooves carrying as much venom as the bruising menacing around them. Addiction is as swift as an appetite for the quartet’s intrusive rabidity of sound and ideation, its successor showing this an achievement working across the board of Perversion Swallowing Sanity with its fierce animus of sound and hungry intensity.

From the waspish and predatory trespass of Devolution of Mortality and the more controlled predation guided prowl of Spawned with Guilt, band and album squeeze their grip on ears and thoughts tighter. Through their own individually truculent designs, the pair find a mutual savage beauty and character to threaten and enthral, theirs a murderous seduction emulated in the skilfully sculpted and emotionally untamed Holocaust of Preaching. The track is outstanding with its grooves, as in its predecessors, essential lures backed by the nimble and scorching prowess of the guitar and the merciless uncompromising tempting of rhythms and vocals.

There is no denying that Third Sovereign songs are as anthemic as they are vehemently hellacious; captivating incitements as ready to tear out your soul as incite an uprising. The insidiously hued Dark Black is crawling pervasive proof, working its way under the skin to ignite the passions into a greedy lusting for more before the military seeded rhythmic emergence of Burnt Epitome draws the listener into one final invigorating storm of raw malice and virulent death metal tenacity.

It is an immense end to an outstanding release from a band deserving the fullest attention. Third Sovereign is prime example of the depth within Indian metal alone; one of the leading forces we all need in our metal lives.

Perversion Swallowing Sanity is released January 15th via Transcending Obscurity India @ https://transcendingobscurityindia.bandcamp.com/album/perversion-swallowing-sanity-death-metal or http://tometal.com/

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Pete RingMaster 15/01/2016

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