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Latest Mahatma News

Below is our complete Mahatma news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Asia Metal Festival 2011 Recap

Another edition of Asia Metal Festival went off this past weekend in Seoul, South Korea, bringing together extreme metal bands from all parts of the metal spectrum hailing from the host nation, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.K.

Roughly 600 fans, largely from South Korea but also with a large ex-pat contingent from the U.S., Canada, and all over Europe, turned up for the event in raucous anticipation of headliner Napalm Death’s first appearance on Korean soil.

Seoul melodic death metal act Terrormight kicked off the evening, or rather late afternoon with the festival’s 4:30 start time. The five piece band took full advantage of their 25-minute time slot, showcasing their rich, early-era In Flames sound with a keyboardist adding some rich underlying textures. Many punters showed up early and were ready to expend some energy, head banging enthusiastically at the front of the stage at V Hall in the city’s Hongdae District, an area filled with restaurants, bars, and drunken revelers of all ages. More...

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Mahatma Posts Testament Cover Online

Mahatma's cover of Testament's "Practice what you Preach" was uploaded on both Dope Entertainment's MySpace and the band's MySpace page. The cover song is part of the two bonus tracks of the Japanese version of Mahatma's sophomore album, "Perseverance," which was recently released in Japan by Soundholic Records.

The Korean (Dope Entertainment) and European (Listenable Records) version of "Perseverance" both have a cover of Judas Priest's "PainKiller" as bonus track.

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Mahatma Post "Falling to Hell" Video Online

"Falling to Hell", the new video from Korea's thrash metal quartet MAHATMA, can be viewed here. The clip was directed by 1999 Productions in Korea.

"Falling to Hell" is the first video from MAHATMA's latest album, "Perseverance", which was released in Europe on February 13 via Listenable Records. The CD will be made available on May 21 via Soundholic Records in Japan.

In other news, MAHATMA will spend two days (April 22-23) at Sonic Boom Studio in Korea this month with engineer Kyung Su Hwang recording a cover of the TESTAMENT classic "Practice What You Preach", to be used as a bonus track for the Japanese version of "Perseverance". More...

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Mahatma To Co-Headline Pulp Summer Slam

Korea's #1 thrash metal killing machine MAHATMA will be co-headlining this year's Pulp Summer Slam - the Philippine's biggest annual rock event - with DARKEST HOUR. Last year's Summer Slam had a total of 35,000 in attendance with Death Angel as the headliner. This year, the organizers are hoping to break last year's attendance by putting more foreign acts to the line up plus the Philippine's best rock/metal bands. With Mahatma and Darkest Hour as the headliners, the crowd will be treated to full metal assault with Darkest Hour's Americanized Gothenburg metal and Mahatma's 80's Bay Area inspired thrash metal. This is a certified headbanging galore and mosh inducing frenzy event. Summer Slam 8 will be held at Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City, Philippines on the 26th of April. For more info, please do visit pulpcommunity.com

Mahatma will also be headlining a pre-Summer Slam show on the 25th of April with some local metal bands from the Philippines. The venue and the official line up will be announced shortly, but the show is already confirmed.

The Philippine tour is in support of Mahatma's highly acclaimed sophomore album, "Perseverance." You can listen to some of the songs from the album on the band's MySpace.

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Mahatma To Support Shadows Fall In Korea

Mahatma will be supporting SHADOWS FALL on March 5, 2008 when they come to Korean as part of their world tour. Also supporting will be Japan's technical melodic death metallers SERPENT.

In other Mahatma-related news, an excerpt of the band's first ever national TV appearance has been posted at on their label's MySpace page. The video footage was shot February 12 and has been telecast on EBS channel. Mahatma played songs from their 80's Bay Area thrash metal inspired sophomore album, "Perseverance."

Mahatma has also done an in-depth interview with Filipinometal.com, that is now online.

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Listenable To Distribute Mahatma's "Perseverance"

South Korean thrashers MAHATMA will have their new album "Perseverance" distributed and marketed by France's LISTENABLE Records (Immolation, Aborted, Incantation, Gojira, etc.) beginning in 2008. The European release date will be on January 29, 2008.

"Perseverance" clocks at almost an hour and has a total of 11 songs including a cover of Judas Priest's "Pain Killer" and is available on luxurious digipack format.

MAHATMA's Leader, Jong Kap Yun (Guitar,Vocal), commented:

"We are very enthusiastic to have the opportunity to work with Listenable Records. They are releasing high caliber metal music that we all love that's why we are very pleased that they will handle the distribution of our newest album in Europe. We will be working harder to meet their expectations. Thank you!"

Mahatma is currently in the process of shooting a music video for their song "Falling to Hell". It is planned to premier in January next year.

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In Search Of...The Best Underground Metal Songs

The vast, expansive world of underground metal can leave even the most persistent headbanger’s music collection lacking of many of the industry’s finest songs. With the depths of MySpace and the many other music sites which lend themselves to the exploration of one’s musical tastes, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to dig up the finest metal gems. Moreover, some metal fans so deeply embed themselves in one sub-genre that they might be missing some truly great stuff. This brief guide is intended to give you, the metalhead, a reference to some of those songs that “make” an album, that rattle around in your head for hours, and that warrant a deeper exploration of a band’s entire body of work. Furthermore, newer metalheads will find a few older songs from current big-name artists that are worthy of tracking down. More...

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Download Metal Compilation "Pedal To The Metal"

A free compilation featuring some of the metal bands from Croatia has been made available for download. Entitled "Pedal to the Metal", the collection is split into two archives and contains 40 MP3s of some of the best-known groups in the genre.

The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

01. Skepsis+ - Redrum
02. E.N.D. - Pontless Revelation
03. Beyond Redemption - Prison Of Existance
04. The Rite Of Retaliation - Bite The Concrete
05. Usud - Burning Angel
06. Firmament - Bestial She
07. Machine Insufficiency - Conffornation With Reality
08. Downfall – Second
09. Igut – Betrayal
10. Forlorn Legacy - Insanity pt. 1: Rewind
11. Forest Of Vanity - Forging My Own Destiny
12. Moltencore - beyond Your Comprehension
13. Defiant - Everything Ends
14. Amok - So What
15. Gardens Of Hiroshima - New Paths To Freedom
16. Koziak - Your Final Sunset
17. Gregzeye - Inside Out
18. Zyon – Illusions
19. Father – Cynosure
20. Testisment - Unhappy Holidays
21. Theory Of Chaos - Devil In Their Eyes

Disc 2:

01. Machine Insufficiency - Arson
02. Downfall - B.l.e.a.k.
03. Skepsis+ - Blank
04. Igut - End Hope
05. Fornlorn Legacy - Conspiracy
06. Koziak - Fallen Star
07. E.N.D. - Misery Path
08. Usud - Creator's Sorcery
09. Deaf Auditorium - Lanf Of Black Horizont
10. True - Legal Robbery
11. Cydocore – Attention
12. Zeus Faber - Sequence Of Collapse
13. Cold Snap – Worthless
14. Mental Harakiri - Marching To The Beat
15. Mahatma - Let Life
16. Essence – Cypher
17. Inciter – Lifeless
18. Sufosia - Blazing Energy
19. Dislike - Digital God

To download "Pedal to the Metal" for free, use these Rapidshare links:

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Exclusive Mahatma Song, "Falling To Hell," Online

In conjunction with South Korean thrashers Mahatma and Dope Entertainment, we've posted an exclusive track, "Falling To Hell," on Metal Underground.com's MySpace page to promote their recently released album, "Perseverance." Mahatma believes that with this aptly titled album, now is the time that their 14 years of perseverance will finally pay off. The band seeks to prove that Japan is not the only Asian country that is capable of producing high quality metal. "Perseverance" was released on October 4, 2007 through Dope Entertainment.

You can listen to "Falling To Hell" exclusively on Metal Underground.com's MySpace page for the next month - starting today – so head over now and check it out.

You can find two more songs, including a their cover of Judas Priest's "Painkiller," on the band's MySpace page and another song not available there on their Pure Volume page.

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Mahatma Release Album, Judas Priest Cover Online

After a four day delay, "Perseverance" the highly anticipated sophomore album of Korea's thrash metal titans, Mahatma, is finally out now on Dope Entertainment. You can get it at dopemusic.co.kr or if you're living outside of Korea you can order it at mrkwang.com.

The band's label, Dope Entertainment, has posted "Painkiller", a new song from "Perseverance" on their MySpace page. "Painkiller" is a cover song of the legendary Judas Priest that Mahatma have injected with their unique thrash metal touch while still maintaining the spirit of the original version. You can also listen to other songs of Mahatma on the band's Pure Volume page and their MySpace page.

Here is Mahatma's "Perseverance" tracklisting:

01.There is No Hope without suffering
02. Beginning of the End
03. Unseen Enemy
04. Having Hopes
05. Violence
06. Falling To Hell
07. Reform
08. The Road I Must F ollow
09. Stormrunner
10. Painkiller (Judas Priest cover)
11. Despair Overcome

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Mahatma's "Perseverance" CD Slightly Delayed

The second album of Korea's thrash metal madness, Mahatma "Perseverance" CD was pushed back to October 4 instead of the previously announced October 1 release date due to manufacturing problem. We would like to give our apology to those who are eagerly waiting for this future thrash metal classic but we do assure that the few days of delay is worth all the wait.

In the meantime you can feast on the two tracks of the album on the band's Pure Volume page.

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Mahatma Post "Beginning of the End" Online

Korea's longest running thrash metal aficionados, Mahatma, have posted yet another new song from their upcoming album "Perseverance" online. You can take a listen to "Beginning of the End" at their MySpace.

Dope Entertainment are now taking pre-orders for Mahatma's second full length album, "Perseverance". You can email them at allanatdope@gmail.com or visit www.dopemusic.co.kr.

"Perseverance" is the band's second full length and it is big a leap in terms of song writing, fret board mastery, and skin bashing skills from their debut release. Their never ending quest to improve their craft have afforded them to make an album that you can put along side your collection of classic 80's Bay Area thrash metal albums. They have included a cover of Judas Priest's "Pain Killer" that they have injected with their unique touch while still maintaining the spirit of the original version.

The tracklisting for Mahatma's "Perserverance" is as follows: More...

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New Mahatma Song Available Online

Dope Entertainment has posted “Unseen Enemy”, a song from the upcoming album, “Perseverance”, of Korea's long running thrash metal outfit MAHATMA. You can listen to it at their MySpace page. The album will be out on October 1st.

Mahatma's "Unseen Enemy" album track listing is as follows:

01. There is no hope without suffering
02. Beginning of the end
03. Unseen enemy
04. Having hopes
05. Violence
06. Falling to hell
07. Reform
08. The road I must follow
09. Storm runner
10. Painkiller (Judas Pries cover)
11. Despair overcome

You can visit the band's MySpace here.

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