Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Dhaka, Bangladesh Scene
With a population of 160 million people, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The country's attitude of cultural tolerance (Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists live side-by-side) is reflected in their tastes in metal (well, at least in this article).
This Unearthing segment includes three bands of disparate styles from the city of Dhaka. The wide scope of sounds documented in the following video includes death metal, black metal, atmospheric, neo-classical, thrash, and progressive, many derived from a sole band!
Mostly unknown in the West, Artcell is one of the most celebrated rock acts of Bangladesh. They play arenas, appear on TV shows and have over 479,000 likes on their Facebook page. In addition to the Sabbath-thy heaviness of debut "Onnoshomoy," Artcell has an affinity for melody and acoustic guitar. I'm not sure what the band sings about because all lyrics are sung in Bengali, but his voice is harmonious and passionate. Whatever he's saying, their crowds respond well. As with most prog bands, Artcell has an outstanding bass sound, very warm.
This ain't no Saint Nick. This ain't no beatnik. Nope, this is Satanik. Since 2001, Satanik has spilled the proverbial blood with their patent brand of "technical brutal black metal." The group fully lives up to their description, bridging the gap between black and death metal. Brutal death metal smashed into hollowed, snarling black metal wrapped in a veil of enchanting keyboards defines their songs released through various underground compilations, demos and singles. Satanik is akin to a master alchemist--smoothly mixing together volatile elements such as the ferocity of Deicide and Behemoth with the guitar dexterity of Death and Atheist and mood enveloping keyboards of Old Man's Child and Cradle of Filth.
Formed in 2011, Enmachined is the youngest band in this edition of "Unearthing." Decked in the usual thrasher garb such as patch-covered vests and high top sneakers, Enmachined unabashedly wears its '80s heavy metal and thrash influences literally on their sleeves. Some of the influential artists cited on the band's Facebook page include Judas Priest, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Overkill, Municipal Waste and Exodus. Even without seeing one of the band's many Overkill covers, Abir's aggravated high notes pin points Bobby Blitz (and David Wayne!) "Thrash Assault," the band's recent 3-song demo release through Salute Records keeps the spirit of the bay area thrash (the Bay of Bengal) alive and well.
Make sure to visit us next Monday as we unearth another scene!
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