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Angst for a cause

Metalheads score an EP on consequences of Babri Masjid verdict.

music Updated: Dec 01, 2010 14:41 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ goes the idiom. What makes this phrase universal with young angst-laden rockers is that it applies to their consistent song-writing frame of mind. The only variable dynamic for them becomes women/life/parents/system or, in this case, politics.

The relatively unknown city band Heathen Beast definitely lives by that Shakespearian quote. Just a year old, the three-piece band has already released their first statement-making EP online, Ayodhya Burns. “Ayodhya Burns is our take on the Babri Masjid verdict and how it has affected this country and created so many divides. It’s also about how politicians have abused religion and turned this country into a war zone.

We always knew we wanted to write about India and bring our culture into our music, but not about mythology. We want to sing about things that affect us now, our present, our politics,” explains Carvaka, the lead guitarist and vocalist of the band.

Heavy and raw, this black metal trio’s EP screams strong ideology in the form of heavy growls, reverberating drumbeats and incendiary guitars riffs. What sets them apart is not just their theme, but also their melodies.

“We basically play black metal but with a different mindset. While Black Metal is satanic in nature, we are atheists and are not against any one particular religion. We pick on the misinterpretation of religion and how it affects us, which is why we chose to release the EP online on 26/11,” adds Carvaka, who says that they chose the release date to offer the album as a tribute to the victims of the tragedy in Mumbai.

“The date 26/11 is obviously significant because of the terrorist attacks and so it made sense to release it then. After all, the very core of that attack boils down to religion. We understand politics is important for a democracy to function, but misuse of the power can cause a lot of destruction,” says Carvaka.

Joining Carvaka in his endeavour to promote Black Metal are bassist Samkhya and drummer Mimasa. Heathen Beast has so far, not played a major gig in the city and is waiting for the right stage to showcase their talent. They are hiding behind their EP cover and are only willing to interact via Ayodhya Burns.

“We just want our music to speak for itself for now. When we are ready, we will come out in the public. Since our cause is very sensitive, we just want to be heard,” says Carvaka. “We’d rather not be hunted down by some politician.”

Black Metal band Heathen Beast’s Ayodhya Burns is available for download at

First Published: Dec 01, 2010 13:13 IST