Sunday, June 19, 2016

Interview with India's death metal band Strangulate done by Patrick on 6-19-16

Hope  everyone  is  having  a  good  day or evening{whenever you  get time to read this  interview}  This  time  around  we  have  Strangulate  from  the  death  metal  scene  in  India.Feel  free to read the   interview  and  be sure  to  buy  the  debut  cd  today.

Interview  with   Denzil  guitarist  of  Strangulate   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Denzil   when  did you  first  discover   metal   music? Who   were  some  of  the  first  bands  you   listened  to?

Well i was lucky enough to be born in a family with great music taste. My mom used to listen to the Beatles,Bob Dylan,etc. and my uncle used to listen to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink floyd, so i grew up listen to classics. When I was like 13 I remember my cousin was listening to Metallica- For whom the bell tolls..i was blown away listening to the heavy guitar riffs by Hetfield..and then i was introduced to Megadeth, Iron Maiden..i remember saving up and buying The Number of the Beast album which was confiscated by my mom as my aunty complained that i was listen to Satanic music.

 2.When  did you  meet   Subhasish{vocalist} ? Was   it   long  before  you two  decided  to  form  Strangulate ?

 Well i met Subhasish when i was in School...We had musical differences back then..Strangulate was as a side project..We were a grindcore and Subhajit..vocalist of Purgation(the band i used to play in) Subhasish had his own death metal band in a different city..After his band broke up and i was kicked out of purgation(due to personal reasons) we decided to continue with Strangulate but as a Death Metal band..We both were big fan of bands like Cannibal Corpse,Morbid Angel.Autopsy,etc..Though we've had member changes and all which slowed us down..but here we are..going strong

3.Denzil   I  believe  you formed  Strangulate   in  2012    did  you  plan  to  keep    Strangulate   as  a  two  man  band  or  would  you   like  to  add   more  members  soon?

Well Strangulate started off as a two piece band..surprisingly it still is one..we did try few others..but there were there to play a 2-3 gigs..member changes did slow us down..But hopefully we find a permanent drummer and a bassist in the near future.

4.Strangulate  has  just  recently released their  debut  cd  "Catacombs Of  Death"  through  Transcending Obscurity Rec.  how  did you  come  in  contact  with  this  great  label?

Well i contacted Kunal Choksi of TO when i was recording our album..we was interested in what we do..after we were done recording i did send Kunal a rough mix and he was happy to sign us up.

5.I  believe you  are the  main  song  writer  for  the  band  so  how  long  does  it  take  you  to  write  one  song?

Well it depends..i just sit there jamming and when i come up with something i record it on my laptop..other time i have this idea in my head and i like to replicate it. so it Blood and Bones was written when we were already in the studio doing drum takes..i was just warming up ready to give my guitar a certain warm up session turned out to be a song in our album. 

6.Besides  the debut  cd   "Catacombs Of  Death"  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? If  yes  where  can  the  readers  buy  it?

We have t-shirts out..we can order then at 

7. Denzil   you   handle  the  guitars  for   Strangulate    at   what  age  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the   guitars? Are  you  self taught   or  did you   have  some  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

Well i started playing guitar at the age of first i had someone  teaching me but i was not really interested in learning indian Bollywood he left after 3 months and as they say Youtube is you best teahcher..and surely is. I had John Petrucci's Rock discipline Instructional dvd..which helped me from the get go.

8.Who  are  some  of your  influences/favorite  guitarists?Besides  the  guitars  do  you  currently  play  any other  instruments?

Well that's easy Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friendman and John Petrucci. Well i want to learn the piano but at this moment i'm mixing songs 

9.In  your  opinion   what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal today? And  what  does  underground  metal  mean  to  you?

Well it's like a brotherly thing..people who listen to metal music understand each other..metal music helps you get away from day to day bullshit in your me underground metal is a life line..something good that keeps me going. The good thing about underground metal today is alot of people are appreciating what we do and people are interested in knowing more..people do turn up and support the bands and have a great time..but there're issues related to venues and organizers..

10.Strangulate  comes  out  of  India's  death  metal  scene. What  is your  opinion  of  India's  metal  scene? 

Well indian metal scene is spread out.. like there's something happening in this city and locals bands and playing there and that's just it.. There are great bands in india but shows are limited..Number of metalheads are increasing which is a good thing..International bands does tour in indian..the turnout is decent..but as per local shows..there are few..mainly due to lack of organizer and venues.

11.Who  are your  all-time  favorite   bands  from  India? And  are their  any  new  up and  coming  bands  you  feel  the readers should  watch  out  for?

Well Kryptos, Dying Embrace are two of my favorites..there are new bands like Armament from our city..Great thrash metal band..Infernal Diatribe(black metal) Against Evil,Primitive,Evil Conscience

12.Besides   underground   bands  are  their  any  labels  or  web/fanzines  you  feel  the  readers  should   check  out  soon?

  Well as of now i've nothing in mind..but Do check out transcending obscurity..

13.Besides  playing   in   Strangulate    are  you  or   Subhasish  currently  working  with   any other  bands? If  yes   please  tell the readers  a  little  about  them?

Well yes..i'll be tracking guitars for Divide Torture,death metal band from our city..i guess they will be releasing a new single in yes stayed tuned. But mostly i'm working on Strangulate's new album..plan to release it next year or so.

14.When   not  working  on  new  music  or  band releated business  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?

Well i like spend time with my Girlfriend..go out on a a movie.

15.Thank  you    Denzil    for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  interview  out  do  you  have  any  last  comments  for the  readers?

Well you're Welcome.. Keep Supporting underground music..if you like a their merch or that band and support your local scene.

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