DHWESHA – Sthoopa
Bangalore based death metal act Dhwesha have always done things differently, and their debut full length Sthoopa is testament to that. For starters, the vocals are in the band’s native language Kannada – not in English as most other Indian bands, and in a time when an increasing number of bands are trying to play heavier, faster and squeezing as many notes in as many bars as possible, Dhwesha have followed the time honoured influences of early Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower and Entombed with crushing, mid-tempo riffs driven by pummelling drums and a heavy rhythm section.
Released on Germany’s Dunkelheit Productions, the album consists of 8 tracks of unbridled death metal, free from trends, and crushing posers in its wake. Beginning with ‘Sattva Bali,’ the songs combine groovy godliness with cavernous vocals and eerie melodies. ‘Hoy! Sala’ brings out the pumping fists and the band’s title track ‘Dhwesha’ echoes early Amon Amarth with an underlying melody running through the riffs. The album is themed in ancient Indian mythology and is an excellent homage to the glory days of death metal, which might also be the album’s sole weakness. Too many influences and not enough of their own sound, though you won’t find me complaining. I’ll file this under “too much of a good thing” and I’m pretty sure the album is going to get repeated spins in the coming months.