For Dhwesha, Everything Old Is New Again

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Greetings and salutations, my fellow flushers. I’ve got another great band for your auditory enjoyment. There’s just not enough of those on the Toilet, right?

Are you currently a resident of Ferguson, Missouri? Has the new In Flames got you down? Has living under the regime of a order obsessed power hungry pacifist who wears shitty kimonos and whose idea of a good time is singing commercial jingles forced you to live in the sewers eating burgers of questionable meat? Does all of this make you want to rage and smash someones fucking skull in? Dunkelheit Productions may just have the solution for you.

Yours truly relishes senseless violence born of anger and strife, and few things in music embody violence in audio form as well as OSDM (that’s old school death metal for you posers). Take that time honed template, add a local perspective born of a country full of political and social chaffing, and the epic, violent folklore that comes with it, and BAM you get Bangalore, India three-piece Dhwesha and their excellent full length debut Sthoopa.

Seriously, it’s like someone sat these young men down and had them listen to Last One on Earth and The IVth Crusade on repeat for a month straight, then gave them instruments and said “make something.” Lurching mid paced death metal of the early 90’s variety complete with riffs able to dent steel and drums equivalent to curb stomping some lifelover for fucking your girlfriend on your favorite pleather couch, weaving tales of ancient gods and battle sure to satiate your thirst for bloodshed. A healthy dose of melody and searing solos, which was a rarity for many (not all) of those old timers, is added into the mix. Things like the acoustic intro to the track Dhwesha or the soloing in the middle mark of “Yuddhabhumi,” in this criminal mastermind’s opinion, makes this band stand out among the multitude of bands currently aping Incantation and Autopsy (though l love those too.).

Go to the Bandcamp and stream/purchase Sthoopa, which is out now on Dunkelheit Productions, or like them on Facebook and tell them personally how awesome they are. And tell them Mr. Phoenix sent ya.
But don’t tell them my current location, or I promise the cops will never find your body.

Mosh and be well, flushers.

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  • Edward Meehan

    Personally I love finding out about extreme metal bands from other parts of the world because it’s such an interesting thing to consider culturally.

    • Xan

      I wrote a piece on several metal bands from places that you don’t typically hear about metal bands coming from though I don’t know when it will be posted. I too take in interest in bands from cultures other than mine. For instance, in Iran, it is illegal in many cases to perform extreme metal and several Iranian bands have been arrested for it.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I remember watching a documentary about a metal band in Baghdad.

      • Edward Meehan

        I somewhat recently read about a… I think it was a black metal band in Iraq and, exactly what you are saying about it, they kept their identities masked during the interview for fear of persecution in their native country. Imagine the circumstances that would lead them to create extreme music, probably more trve than a lot of our homegrown bands except of course for inner darkness, emotional turmoil and outrage at the state of things here.

        • W.

          Have you watched “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”? It is pretty heartbreaking.

          • Edward Meehan

            I have not. Is it available via some pretty standard means? i.e. Netflix? Online?

          • W.

            I honestly can’t remember where I watched it. You’d have to do some digging, but it’s totally worth it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’ve seen it. It’s a good documentary. I think I have it recorder somewhere.

          • crazytaco_12

            Couldn’t believe how those fucking planes landed at the airport. Some of the sketchiest shit I’ve ever seen.

        • Xan

          That kind of state can make some devastating music. One of the problems I had when I wrote the article was finding bands that had music I find. Most of it is not on the internet, even through pirating websites. Another problem is that the sound quality is frequently abysmal. I almost can’t listen to some of the stuff because it is so badly compressed and the files have been degraded so it has that swimmy sound to it.

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell
          • Edward Meehan

            It’s quite possible! I will check out the video after work today and try to see if I can find the article.

          • Edward Meehan
          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            My friend introduced these guys to me last year, they’ve got a really unique sound, but still that wash of classic Raw BM

          • Simon Phoenix

            This sounds a LOT better than the last time I heard them.

          • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

            Mhm, they’ve really been improving their sound. I think after exposure, they got some much needed know how, and got to talk to some experienced black metal bands.

    • Simon Phoenix

      Same here. It’s one of the reasons I love bands like Melechesh, Wrust, Rudra, and so forth. It’s cool seeing people in far off places taking the elements we’ve come to know and love and combining them with aspects of their own culture. More often than not, the results are incredible.

      • Edward Meehan

        See also: Wormrot.

  • W.

    The album is also on Spotify for all you murderdeathkillers who don’t want to go the bandcamp route.

  • Howard Dean

    Awesome rec, Simon! Byah!

    Any comparison to IVth Crusade will get me to listen. I’m digging that track you posted.

    Also, Dunkelheit?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPyOhP1GTRQ
    I’ve been on a Burzum binge lately, and does it ever feel good!

    • W.

      Doesn’t dunkelheit roughly translate to “dark house?”

      • Edward Meehan
        • W.

          Illuminatus!

        • Tyree

          Damnit! I’m already 30 seconds through this.

          *More then half way through now. Might as well finish it. Eh, the rap part ruined it though.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Does anyone else wonder what the hell happened to Juicy J?? I mean, the dude was in Three 6 Mafia!

          • W.

            He got a taste of that pop star money?

        • tasty.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          i’m a sucker for big boobs and an egyptian themed video, but sound off on this one.

          • Edward Meehan

            I haven’t even watched it yet, I should lol

      • Howard Dean

        Varg translated Dunkelheit as “Burzum,” and both are translated by him to English as “darkness.” No one is really 100% sure why the song titles on Filosofem are in German instead of English or Norwegian. Though it was recorded pre-prison, It was released in 1996 during his incarceration and his fascination with Nazi Germany, so that might explain it.

        • W.

          I realized after I typed that that I was mixing up “heit” and “heim.” I read through the Prose Edda last year and had heim stuck in my head despite knowing dunkelheit is German.

          That said, thanks for the interesting tidbit. You contribute good content here!

          • Howard Dean

            Thanks!

        • Gurp

          Isn’t there a Norwegian version too?

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          I actually would have had a shred of respect and time for him if he stayed into satanism instead of turning into a nazi the moment he walked through the prison doors. I guess he didn’t want to stand alone. Fear plays a huge role when being incarcerated, especially for over a decade.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I liked Burzum once but that liking stopped when their new album came out.

      • Howard Dean

        Wat?

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I did not like their new album. It was not good. I could tolerate everything else before that but I hated the new one.

          • Howard Dean

            You must like your cornflakes soggy.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I don’t eat cornflakes.

    • Xan

      I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Burzum. I need to take a look at some of the early albums as I’ve heard the newer stuff blows dick.

      • Howard Dean

        New stuff (post-prison) is hit or miss. Belus was a fantastic album, and Fallen was solid. Things started to go down hill at Umskiptar, and the ambient albums are kind of meh.

        Classic Burzum is untouchable, though. Essentially the starting point for atmospheric/ambient black meta. Varg is a really talented guy, even though he is a kind of crazy.

        I know Burzum will never get a lot of love around here, as the music and the man behind it likely alienates many of the ToH regulars and is not something they would even consider touching. But Burzum is one of my favs. Awesome stuff.

        • Xan

          I love atmospheric music so I’ll have to check some of it out later. Alternatively, I could check it out now and blast these peasants in the library.

        • Scrimm

          Belus was a beast of an album.

        • Burzum is one of the few bands I feel ok with pirating

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Burzum will always have a special place in my heart, for it was my introduction to more extreme metal. Belus and Fallen were quite good both, Umpskiptar not so much and all the ambient albums have their moments, they are not just too many. But yeah, Varg is goddamn nuts

        • Rob M

          Despite Varg’s craziness, anyone who dosnt think “Hvis lyset tar oss” is one of the all time classics in black metal, dosnt have any regard for the genre

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        Good for you, varg is a shithead who is only famous for the murder of a black metal genius. I have never heard a note of his music just like i will never watch conan 3d or Indiana jones & the crystal skull. I don’t need to waste my time with that crap.

        • Rob M

          Varg is a total shithead who helped write music with three of the most well known Norwegian black metal bands of the early 90’s, including single handily laying the groundwork for atmospheric black metal. Hate him all you want, but dont try and downplay his impact on metal

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            sorry to offend, i hate to be the cause of friction in the toilet.

          • Rob M

            No offense here…I have no love for Varg. As a human he’s a total piece of shit…but he was hugely influential in the development of Norwegian black metal. Filosofem and Hvis lyset tar oss are held up in black metal for good reason

    • Scrimm

      The news says were supposed to get one hell of a storm…

      • Howard Dean

        Death, disease, and pestilence with a side of byah!

        • Scrimm

          Now every time I hear the wind howling it’s going to sound like byaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh…

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Send the death storm.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    This is pretty good stuff.

    • W.

      See my comment below. You’re not aiming with your eye, Randall.

      • Edward Meehan

        #shotsfired

      • I’m trying to get work done, unlike someone who did nothing with 8 years

        • W.

          I’m sorry your friends weren’t rich enough to get you elected.

          • fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – can’t get fooled again

        • Xan

          He had some pretty sick dodges during the Great Shoe Flinging of 2008.

          • W.

            On the list of things I hate, shoes are just below hawks.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            What is your opinion on Road Warrior Hawk? Do you hate him as much as you hate hawks?

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            remember that time when hawk climbed to the top of the jumbotron and was drunk ? That whole drunk angle was kind of disrespectful to one of the greatest and most influential tag teams in wrestling history.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That was terrible but not as bad as when Animal and the wrestler Heidenreich formed a new version of the Road Warriors. I love the Road Warriors because they are one of the greatest tag teams ever and very few teams are at their level. The only teams that were at their level that are somewhat current are the Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian. It’s a shame that the WWE has no good tag teams currently.

          • Xan

            I hope you showed
            Muntadhar al-Zaidi what ‘Murica’s really about and waterboarded that bitch.

          • W.

            I have no recollection of the event in question.

          • Howard Dean

            And just above pretzels?

          • crazytaco_12

            ^^^THIS FUCKING COMMENT^^^ To this day, I will still randomly laugh hardily to myself at how this was national news and almost killed a president. I mean, the absurdity of the whole situation: the president of the United States at a high school football game, munching on a GARBAGE BAG full of pretzels, almost dies from choking on a fucking pretzel. Priceless

          • crazytaco_12

            I loved how after that whole fiasco, reporters kept saying “In this country (whichever one it was), throwing your shoe at someone is considered a great form of disrespect”. WELL NO SHIT?! I thought throwing your shoes at someone meant you were inviting them to dinner

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I’ve been at my job training since Saturday and now I have two days off. I’m happy to have that time off because I haven’t been able to be here because of the training.

        • hey now, he’s the President that you feel like you could just have a beer with!

          • W.

            And a cigar.

          • Can I just get one of his dog paintings instead?

  • Tyree

    Oooooooo, this is groovy and haunting. I want dis!

  • Jormungandr

    Thanks Simon! I be’s likin’ dis

  • we’ve got murdering police officers, metal-as-fuck rioters, and lots of *ahem* used instruments and gear. welcome to St. Louis!

  • Xan

    OSDM is my favorite genre of metal. There is nothing like listening to the classics. I think Death’s Leprosy has to be my favorite OSDM album. Death, Obituary, Autopsy, Immolation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, and about 1,000 other more obscure bands are in constant rotation on my listening endeavors. One of my favorites recent finds has been this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrgVbI_8g3o

    • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

      Love me some OSDM….Baphomet, Demilich, TIamat, Dismember, who can forget GORGUTS

      • Xan

        They’re all wonderful. I just bought the first three Tiamat albums yesterday. Somehow, I had never heard of them.

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          Prob because we all read FFB for so long, and we all know it’s pay for play over there

        • Rob M

          …most likely because right around their fourth album “Wildhoney” they started making the change to their current style …theyre not a death metal band anymore, more of a goth rock/metal group

    • Simon Phoenix

      Occurence on Mimmas is such an epic song. I always thought it had to do with the movie Event Horizon for some reason, probably cause of the intro.

  • coal roll

    disqus is being major dick not letting me sign in

    • NegroD

      Me too, something is up here.

      • Byah

        Byah?

        • Dëpütÿ Dïpshït

    • must suck…

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    The title song is really sick. Loving the hell out of this band

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Their Bandcamp description pisses me off. “Furnished with vocals sounding as if they came from the depths of infinite catacombs.”, “The darkest vocals ever heard “, um, what? There’s nothing dark about them. They sound like every lowfi, Bandcamp death metal band out there. The Cuckoo, Dave Hunt, Travis Ryan, the dude from the Body, the dude from Coffinworm, etc, all sound far darker and eviler.

    EDIT: I’m not pissed off at the music, just the description of the music.

    • W.

      The guy from the Body sounds legitimately demented.

    • Simon Phoenix

      To be fair, the vocals are definitely the weakest part of the music. I don’t know what was going on with that description either.

  • Gurp

    More bands that sound like Bolt Thrower are never a bad thing.