Album Review – Nafrat / Veins EP (2022)

This Singaporean horde returns after a hiatus with a new EP, exploring darker atmospheric soundscapes coupled with their familiar blistering style of Blackened Death Metal.

Mixed and Mastered by Zoteng at Masterplan Studio and displaying an obscure artwork by the band’s own bassist Firdaus Kadir, Veins is the brand new three-track EP by Singapore-based Dissonant/Technical Death Metal horde Nafrat, following up on their 2018 full-length opus Abnegation after the band went on a hiatus due to personal reasons. Formed in 2003 and currently comprised of Han Shah on vocals and guitars, Iskandar Zul also on the guitars, the aforementioned Firdaus Kadir on bass and Islam Falmi on drums, Nafrat venture through new territories in their new EP with the exploration of darker atmospheric soundscapes coupled with the familiar blistering style of Blackened Death Metal that they produced in previous releases, turning such short and sweet record into a must-listen for fans of bands the likes of Hate Eternal, Immolation and Svart Crown.

Sinister sounds permeate the air in the Stygian instrumental intro Veins, dragging our souls to the obscure realms ruled by Nafrat before the quartet begins hammering our heads with In Absentia, a brutal, malignant Death Metal onrush spearheaded by the venomous beats by Islam while Firdaus extracts rumbling tones form his bass, all of course spiced up by the visceral guttural by Han in a solid, straight-to-the-point display of the band’s core sonority. Then more of their primeval, tribalistic music comes in the form of Oculus, with the guitars by Han and Iskandar decimating our ears while Islam sounds like a demented beast on drums, feeling absolutely bestial from start to finish with Han roaring deeply just the way we like it in Death Metal. Put differently, this might be a very good sign of what to expect from Nafrat in their upcoming releases.

You only need 12 minutes of your time to let Nafrat crush your cranial skull with their music by either streaming the EP in full on Spotify or by purchasing it from their own BandCamp page (or click HERE for all locations where you can buy or stream the album, among other cool links). In addition, let’s show our support to underground metal made in Singapore by giving the guys from Nafrat a shout on Facebook and on Instagram, showing them how much we appreciate their devilish music. Veins might be short in duration but the quality of the music found in it is outstanding, which leaves me wondering what those Singaporean metallers will bring to our avid ears next, especially if they release a full-length album, always in the name of our good old Death Metal.

Best moments of the album: Oculus.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2022 Independent

Track listing
1. Veins 2:02
2. In Absentia 4:31
3. Oculus 4:59

Band members
Han Shah – vocals, guitars
Iskandar Zul – guitars
Firdaus Kadir – bass
Islam Falmi – drums

Album Review – Pyrrhic Salvation / Manifestum I EP (2022)

This Internet-based, raw Technical Death and Black Metal-influenced trio is ready to disturb your peace with the pulverizing 30 minutes of music found in their debut EP.

Hailing from Burlington, a city in northwestern Vermont, in the United States, Internet-based, raw Technical Death/Black Metal-influenced trio Pyrrhic Salvation is ready to kill with their debut EP entitled Manifestum I, clocking in at just under 30 minutes in length across four highly ambitious and eclectic songs along with one shorter instrumental piece. Mixed and mastered by the band’s own drummer and bassist Sagar Nadgir, and featuring a fiery, crimson artwork by The Lung Swarm, Manifestum I will appeal to fans of bands the group cites as sources of inspiration such as Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Immolation, among others, showcasing all the talent and fury of Chrisom Infernium (of Veilburner) on vocals, Michael Altobello on the guitars, and Sagar Nadgir (of Carcinomic) on drums and fretless bass.

Void Mass Revulsion is brutal and demented form the very first second, with Chrisom leading his crew with his infuriated roars while Michael slashes his stringed axe in great fashion, all of course boosted by the demented beats and sick bass lines by Sagar. Then the instrumental interlude A Martyr… will penetrate deep inside your psyche, darkening your thoughts before the trio comes crushing once again in …to Never Awaken, where Michael keeps extracting wrath and fury from his riffage while Sagar hammers his drums mercilessly in a vile display of Dissonant Death Metal. Needless to say, the gruesome guttural by Chrisom will haunt your damned soul for all eternity. In the infernal Revelations of Agonies to Come we face five and a half minutes of insanity and heaviness blasted by those unrelenting metallers, displaying another superb job done by Sagar on bass and drums and, therefore, resulting in a puissant fusion of Technical Death Metal with the rawness of old school Death Metal. Lastly, the trio offers us all seven minutes of darkness in the form of Those That Dwell, with Sagar once again showcasing all his dexterity and rage behind his drums while the music flows infernally until the very last second.

“We wanted to bring the idea that technical death metal with a variety of influences can be done with a very raw, unfiltered voice to it, and the result was kind of unexpected with all of this. It was kind of what we all wanted to hear, being that a lot of studio process in death metal – while it sounds great and is purposed – is also very perfected. We aimed to take that away from what we were doing, so if you hear us mess up somehow, it’s because we are still just people trying to play this. We do our best and no less,” commented the trio about their debut effort, and let’s all agree they more than succeeded in bringing to us their version of Dissonant Death Metal. Hence, don’t forget to give them a shout on Facebook to tell them how much you enjoyed the music found in Manifestum I, and of course if their version of Death Metal is your cup of tea you can support the band by purchasing their EP from their own BandCamp page. And now let’s wait to see what type of dementia in the form of Death Metal those three metallers will provide us with in their future releases.

Best moments of the album: Void Mass Revulsion and Revelations of Agonies to Come.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2022 Independent

Track listing
1. Void Mass Revulsion 5:52
2. A Martyr… 1:17
3. …to Never Awaken 7:55
4. Revelations of Agonies to Come 5:30
5. Those That Dwell 7:08

Band members
Chrisom Infernium – vocals
Michael Altobello – guitars
Sagar Nadgir – drums, fretless bass