By now India is the source of some of the most unworldly combination of sunken magic, ancient knowledge, and blood-soaked rituals imaginable. All this is transferred into indescribable, deadly Death/Black Metal: Orbiting around the likes of TETRAGRAMMACIDE and KAPALA the extremists named BRAHMASTRIKA (hailing from Kolkata) fire their bestial Warnoise of the most inhuman kind into the unsuspecting world.
We are grateful to Brahmastrika for their time in the interview. Their latest release, Excarnastrial Commencination is available on digital, cassette and CC formats via Dunkelheit Productions.
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
BRAHMASTRIKA is a two man extreme metal project from the toxic wastelands of Kolkata formed in 2018.
So far you have released a demo. Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Our musical style is dictated by beliefs & ideologies and what comes naturally to us.
Some of your lyrics touch on the eastern side of occultism. Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Since we belong to the Eastern side of India, the ritualistic and occult practices are very intertwined with our heritage and culture. As we have grown up witnessing these practices firsthand, our inclination towards them and further exploration through this form of extreme music was imminent.
You also have a song attacking the Elohim. Can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for Abrahamic religions?
Isn’t Black Metal Inherently and fundamentally against the so-called concept of One All Pervading, All Controlling Creator God? If you are against that saying, you are surely against this form of music as well.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Brahmastrika’?
The inspiration for the name comes from ancient puranic texts that have been passed down to us for generations. The literal meaning can be only understood by an adherent of the Sanatana dharma.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
The artwork is primarily a depiction of both the start and end of the universe and would be more clearly understood after our next release. The title refers to the excavation of the primal and ancient evil that wears a veil of benevolence.
Currently there are only 2 members in the band. Are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
No, we prefer to remain a duo.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks you wear in the promo pictures?
Our masks are inspired by the ancient cult of thuggees and are very symbolic in nature.
Dunkelheit Productions’ recently re–issued your 2019 demo. Can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?
The newer version will have the same radioactive aural filth.
On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of war metal and noise?
As we are not on any social media platform, we are unaware of any reactions.
When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
You will have to keep an eye on Dunkelheit Produktionen.
What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our influences range from Indian Tribal and Traditional music to extreme metal bands such as Teitanblood, Nuclearhammer, Tetragrammacide, Angelcorpse, Conqueror, Sarcofago, Beherit along with a few harsh noise projects such as Xenophobic Ejaculation, A.Z.A.B and Deathkey.
Recently, we really liked Necrobode’s Full Length, Hexekration Rites’s EP, Nyogthaeblisz’s Full Length, Misþyrming’s 2019 Full length, Andavald’s
Full length and a few classics from bands such as Deathspell Omega, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Impetuous Ritual, Bolzer.
Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
YES, THIRD WORLD DEATHKULT ETERNAL!!!!
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