Banish The Posers Fest 2013

After a long wait it was finally the 16th of November. The date was fixed for the biggest extreme metal fest on the mighty soil of Bangladesh and metalheads were all waiting eagerly for this day. Maniacs form all over Dhaka city congregated together for the “Banish the Posers fest – 2013 (BTPF-2013)” at Russian Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh; to be a witness to the grand desecration by the bands from Malaysia, Thailand, India and Native Bangladesh. Few crowds from outside Dhaka (including from India) also showed up to witness one of the most vehement viciousness in the history of Bangladeshi Extreme Metal Scene. The show was arranged by the local promoters PRIMITIVE INVOCATION, who were responsible for several other outrageous metal concerts of the country prior to BTPF-2013.There were stunning preparations for the show to meet up the quality that local crowds demand from them. The hour of wait came to an end, the gig was to start at about 3:00pm, but due to technical complicacy, the gig started a bit late; all hell broke loose at 5:00 pm when the gates were opened!

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PURGATION was the band to open the live desecration. They are a five piece brutal death metal from India. It was their 2nd international live assault up here in Dhaka, the first being in “Death Skull Ritual II‘ earlier in February of the same year. The local crowd having witnessed their wrath once already knew what these young Brutal Death Metallers are capable of. Their vocalist and one Guitarist could not attend the gig for some personal issues. The vocal duties were taken over by Carnage Desecrator (Necrodeity{Kolkata}) and they used only one guitarist instead of two. They jammed a bit and launched their death metal onslaught over the local crowd, playing some of their own tracks and covering Autopsy and Unleashed classics. The crowd response and all the head banging proved what they were delivering to them. Really a great way to commence such a gig!

Watch Purgation (Full show at BTPF-2013): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0S572Ic0ps

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Their debut EP “Exterminated Malfeasance” is out on Slaughterhouse Records (USA).This is highly recommended for fans of Death Metal.

Setlist:

Communal Carnage
Repugnant Flesh
Immaculate
Dead Forever (Unleashed Tribute)
Uncanny Obsession
System Impaled
Charred Remains (Autopsy tribute)

Band Members:

Ayushman Sinha (Bass)
Abhinava Shukla (Drums)
Denzil Davidson (Guitars)
Carnage Desecrator (Vocals; Guest)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAH1-Nxve_8K1WNb-IC1ug

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PURGATION

The next band in roster was WARHOUND (previously known as Carnage), a reincarnation of classic death metal from Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was their third appearance on stage, with members from mighty Orator, MirrorBlaze and Archeon. They ripped the hearing capability of the crowd with their blazing performance, fast guitar work and aggressive drumming, guttural vocals- everything that is meant by what death metal is. Their mastery of skills in each section stunned the each and every metalhead present there. They appreciated them with loud applause and huge “Warhound” chant. It was really a great atmosphere for headbangers present there. Just take a look of their performance in the link followed.  

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Warhound – Ironborn performed at BTPF 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlZHozuev20

Setlist:

Warriors of apocalypse
Ominous death carnage
Dead Forever (Unleashed Cover)
Ironborn
Fighting for hell (Aura Noir cover)
Flesh Decay (new track)

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Band Members:

Furywraith (Bass)
Warmonger (Drums)
Strifelord (Guitars)
DeathWarrior (Vocals)

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WarhoundCarnage

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eganrac

Now the stage was ready for NAFARMAAN, the bestial black/death metal band hailing from the realm of Bangladesh. There were a huge attention for the band preceding the show for they have created a great hype in the underground scene of Bangladesh and the neighboring countries after releasing some rehearsal videos and upcoming ep trailer. The founder of the band is Nohttzver(Ex-Weapon). Their vocalist Imam Iblis was also a point of attention as his maniacal stage performances he threw previously with other bands. The anticipation was over, and Nafarmaan hit the stage for their debut performance with “Quayamat Lullaby”. While they proceeded for ‘”Bloodsokaed Revelation”, crowds’ reaction was beyond imagination. Their strong performance and vilest sound was completely a new conception for the local gigs here in Bangladesh. Nafarmaan blessed everyone with their sheer Nafarmaani and they just showed everyone what they are truly capable of. They renounced all the posers and achieved storming complements for themselves. Such a classed performance!

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Nafarmaan – Bloodsoaked Revelation at BTPF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7763uSnD8rw

Their debut EP is scheduled to be out in early 2014 in more than one format and different labels. Watch out for it!

Setlist:

Quayamat Lullaby
Bloodsoaked Revelation
Leashed Silence
Azab Al Muminun
Godless Messiah

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Band Members:

Imam Ibils – Vocals
Nohttzver – Drums
Marhum – Bass
Agnee Azaab- Guitars

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NAFARMAAN?feature=watch

Then came the aghori warriors known as ORATOR. The flag bearer of Bangladeshi metal hordes unleashed few tracks from their EP and their debut album “Kapalgnosis”. But there were more to come. They did a track from their early Orator era “Barzak” known as “Shiraj”. Ratna from Kathgor joined forces with Orator as vocal to pay tribute to “Merciless” by covering “Pure Hate”. Ratna played live vocals with ORATOR for the second time, the first being in KL, Malaysia. ORATOR was worth of watching live always. The “Orator” chants from the crowd, the stage dives, moshing, group headbanging- even Ray Mullaxul (guitars) of Savage Deity could not resist joining in on the fun and performed a stage dive when ORATOR was playing and surfed the crowd.

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Orator’s BTPF appearance is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1abs3VJN6ZA

Setlist:

God to the Strong…Master to the Slave
Rites of the Grand Renunciation
Shiraj (Barzak number)
First Born of Sataninsam
Satanachesh Grimoire
Kapalrevolution
Pure Hate ( Merciless cover with Ratna from kathgor on vocal)

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Band members:

Amit Skullbearer (Vocals, Guitars)
Vritra Ahi (Bass)
Mephistopheles Warmonger (Drums)

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/oratorofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orator/320273501690

KATHGOR, from Malaysia, got onto the stage for their supreme death metal invasion. Evil riffs by Sen and Ray combine with Tartarus Demon’s piercing vocals, scorched the hell out of the stage. Like a raging titan they destroyed the venue with extreme performances you could expect. Their energy and skill were outstanding! If you want me to describe Kathgor in one word, I will choose the adjective “Bestial”- that’s what they truly are. But probably I do not have proper adjective in my dictionary to praise the ancient Neanderthal vocal skills delivered by Ratna. Ray Mullaxal from Savage Deity and Vrita Ahi from Orator played as guest members with Kathgor.

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Death Awaits by Kathgor at BTPF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMyLcH-d6bA

Setlist:

Descendants from the Death
Death Awaits
Morbid Death
The Lord of Infernal Blasphemy
Impurity

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Band Members:
Musa (Drums)
Ratna (Vocal)
Sen (Guitars)
Ray (Guitars- Guest)
Vritra Ahi (Bass – Guest)

Now the slot was set for old-school death metal hordes known as MORBIDITY to desecrate the stage. They were back after a long time and their fans were waiting eagerly to see them live again. They played some of their own number and also some from their upcoming full length. Defiler’s deep growls, Azarete’s sharp guitars and Skorcher’s death yelling solos changed the atmosphere of the auditorium into a total abyss. The crowd was really tired after the continuous neck wrecking performances done by the previous bands, but still showcased their support and dedication towards true metal. They received a big round of applause from the whole auditorium after their set and why wouldn’t they? It was a great comeback for them.

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Their debut full length is going to be out in early 2014 from ME SACO UN OJO Records.

Setlist:

Decaying Souls
Let there be Chaos
Incarnation of Death
SkullCrusher
Revealed from Ashes

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Band Members:

Defiler (Vocals)
Sethos (Bass)
Nefarious (Drums)
Azerate (Guitars)
Skorcher (Guitars)

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/morbidity89

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morbidity/133630130030339

SAVAGE DEITY, a four piece death metal act hailing from Thailand came up next. I have never seen this kind of tremendous band before. These guys can rip open the portal to hell with their sound. Starting off with a track called “Into the Den of God” from their debut album “Amulet of Sins”. If you still have not got the album then you have no idea what you are missing. They did few tracks from their album. You cannot compare one song to another. Twish is probably the “Steve Harris” version of Death Metal (Laughs) considering his bass annihilation. After their own track “Defiling”, they had a trick up their sleeve. Amit Skullbearer from Orator joined them as guest vocal to pay tribute to “Death” by covering “Evil Dead”. Without any doubt, Savage Deity is the next big thing of Asian Metal scene.

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Savage Deity’s full gig counts on the link right up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n57WFZ1hpk

Their debut full-length “Amulet of Sin” is out from Slaughterhouse Records(USA).This is highly recommended for fans of Death Metal!

Setlist:

Into the Den of God
Bearer of Strom
Burning Wind
They Reign
Awake
Cold Carnage
Defiling
Evil Dead (Death Cover, Amit Skullbearer on vocal)

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Band Members:

Ray Mullaxul (Guitars)
Seren (Guitars)
Twish (Vocals, Bass)
Thinnarat (Drums)

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/savagedeity

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Savage-Deity/175954109083054?sk=info

The final assault was unleashed by LOBOTOMY, a satanic speed metal act from Malaysia. The evil trio was geared up for their onslaught; as they were the last band to desecrate the stage, they summoned the evil out of hell by doing tracks from their album “Satanic Speed Metal Ritual”. It was almost late night for the people there in Dhaka; everyone was tired after the great performances by the preceding bands. When Lobotomy started playing, who could say that the crowd was tired? Everyone joined the bestiality with the evil trio; the madness resumed and the outburst of energy was massive! Really an absolute finisher for such a great event. Based on genre and sound, they were totally a unique addition of BTPF that snap the neck of everyone in the pit. Their insane sounds reminded me of the forefathers of speed metal. Melody coalesced with aggression; Lobotomy’s fury blew up everyone present there, leaving a permanent mark of their performance to their soul.

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Lobotomy’s signature number Hell’s Metal Brigade can be streamed from the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du-IwrtJBuM

Setlist:

Underground Thrash Killer
Power Thrash
Mistress of Ecstasy
Speed Metal Breakdown
Delusion of Sin
Hell’s Metal Brigade

Band Members:

Sen Nightcrawler (Vocals, Bass)
Aloy Sahau Rapat (Drums)
Iwan Uchida (Guitars)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lobotomy/269256643104747

Banish The Posers Fest- 2013 finally came to an end, with a huge response from audience. I heard some guys calling it “the best show they ever witnessed” or “Never seen such a show before”, Amen to that. The gig did not start at proper timing and probably that was the only cons of the show. Nevertheless, gig was extended and each of the bands got adequate time to show their potential performance. Bestial endeavor by Primitive Invocation finally came to a success. Those that were present that day would not forget what they had seen. Huge thanks goes to all of those who came down and showed their support. For them the show received such positive energy. I do not know about you but I am coming back for more. Thanks to Primitive Invocation for initiating such a blasting fest in Dhaka.

Thanks to all!

Ave!

Article by: Safwan Hossain
Photo Courtesy: Shafayet Chowdhury, Moin Uddin, Shafayet Turash, Safwan Hossain

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