Until recently, the Death Metal scene, or even the metal scene as a whole in Bangladesh did not exist. Occasionally, there would be kids covering Master of Puppets and Sweet Child O’mine (which I personally believe should be classified as Hard Rock). But then came this whole new generation of dedicated Metal artists and changed the game. Now these guys were doing pretty well on a national level, but the band that put Bangladeshi Death Metal musicians on the map was probably Homicide.
Formed in 2009, this currently four member band came in with a bang and basically taught the kids how to be metal. Focusing on Technical and Brutal Death Metal, these people are now internationally acknowledged. They’ve been to the Kolkata Death Fest (not a murder spree) and also to the Nepal Death Fest where I suspect people spent a considerable amount of money on physiotherapy for the neck injuries they might have gotten from all the headbanging there. It is surprising though, how little people know about them here in BD. So we here at BCBD decided that it is about time you got introduced.
Let’s meet the members first. Starting off, we have Istiaque Ahmed at vocals. Honestly, this guy surprised me with his growls. Trust me on this, he does some of the best growling that I have ever heard in BD. He acts as the foreman, interacting most with the audience and terrorizing babies with his monstrous voices. Showmik Das, the guitarist is easily recognizable among the others with his hair (which he lets loose on stage, turning his head into a haze of shadows). Showmik is crazy about headbanging. Most of his playing consists of Djent-style tremolo picking and loads of pinch harmonics, with shred runs here and there. His riffs are not among the fanciest, but they are connected to the song itself, unlike most amateur metal band riffs. Selmi Azhar Nabil with the bass plays a very important role, since theirs is a death metal band focusing mostly on the lower registers. Although most wouldn’t notice him in all the noise, only a dedicated metalhead can see the magic he’s doing with his bass guitar. And last, but definitely not the least, there’s Sarrowar Hossain (Siam), the drummer. This guy’s epic. You really need to head him smashing away at his set. Incredibly fast and yet precise, he usually sits in a corner doing his job – leading the rest into their glory.
Homicide is mainly influenced by the likes of Death, Nile, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Vital Remains, Cannibal Corpse, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Psycroptic, Severe Dementia and Origin, which is clearly visible in their music. In fact they started off covering mostly these bands. They seem mostly interested in dark themes like Greek mythology and warfare. Their debut single EP, Annihilation Pit released from Aussie producer Infinite Regress Records received an exceptionally good response, considering how recently this band was formed. They’ve been receiving invites to international Death Metal tours and interviews ever since.
Go find out more about them on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/homicideIXth
You can subscribe to their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Homicidebd
If you like them, you can buy their debut EP here: http://infiniteregressrecords.bandcamp.com/album/annihilation-pit