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Bangladesh isn’t a country you would immediately associate with black metal. But there is quite an underground scene in Bangladesh and Burial Dust is one of the active bands in that scene. Burial Dust recently released their EP Oshubho Ahobaan (which you can exclusively stream below). Sander van den Driesche asked vocalist Necrophiliac a few questions to find out more.
(((o))): I admit that I hadn’t heard of Burial Dust before I received the press email, so can you please introduce the band and give us a little background of the band’s history.
Necrophiliac: Burial Dust was formed in December 2013. By forming the band we intended not only to play black metal, rather we also try to preach the philosophy of black metal. Our lyrical theme consists of death, darkness, occultism and blasphemy; whereas our musical theme indicates to an old kind of production with raw sound and a layer of noise. Considering the presence of a raw noise as a portrait, melody is the art on it that describes our ideology musically. Other than this, Burial Dust is a four men band, which includes, Necrophiliac on vocals, Namrood on drums, Diabolus on bass and Turaghh on guitars.
(((o))): I don’t associate Bangladesh with black metal to be honest. What is the black metal scene like in Bangladesh?
Necrophiliac: As the philosophical stand of culture and religion of mass people here are different from and opposite to black metal, not so many black metal bands could spread their roots on this land. However bands like Barzak and Weapon brought this ideology and music of black metal for the first time in Bangladesh in early 2000’s. Weapon got massive recognition after the band shifted to Canada. Barzak had split up after releasing their full length Qabiluhu in 2006. After this for few years Bangladesh didn’t produce many bands affiliated with this musical genre except Nafarmaan, Abominable Carnivore and Jahiliyyah. On 2013 Burial Dust was formed and started preaching the essence of black metal. Later on, in 2015 Serpent Spells joined the alliance. And nowadays the black metal scene of Bangladesh is evolving day by day.
(((o))): Is it difficult to find gigs where you are based?
Necrophiliac: As I have told before, the religious belief and ideologies of mass people here don’t suit the character of black metal music. Black metal bands do not get much opportunity to perform at various gigs. The growing scene is much more in to thrash metal and death metal, so they naturally want to see more bands from these genres. Though few organizations like Primitive Invocation, Metal Monger Records and Venustas Diabolicus are promoting this genre by organizing gigs and writing articles. Venustas Diabolicus webzine is planning to organize a gig with a full black metal lineup in future. We’re really looking forward to this idea.
(((o))): Tell me about your debut release Oshubho Ahobaan please. How long did it take to write and how did you record it?
Necrophiliac: At the beginning we wanted to release a rehearsal demo of our band at the end of 2014, but as our first bassist couldn’t continue with the band, we had to delay. In 2015, with our new bassist we were ready to do the unaccomplished work, but this time as an EP. Unfortunately this bassist had to leave too that year. So we finally hit a friend’s studio, VDS, for recording the EP. Where Turaghh, our guitarist played both the guitar and bass, and I recorded the vocals. The drum was recorded live in a local rehearsal studio. And finally our second bassist, Krypthoth (SerpentSpells) who was already out of the country, mixed and mastered all the tracks. And then Oshubho Ahobaan came out.
(((o))): Can you give us a brief track-by-track overview of the release, please?
Necrophiliac: The first track ‘Oshubho Ahobaan’ is written with Sangskrit language, which musically and lyrically welcomes its listeners to the dark side of nature and life through occult ritual.
The second track ‘Where Is Your Rahmaa’ speaks against the mass killing, molestations, and many other severe transgressions that take place in the name of ‘the Most Merciful’ God by some religious assholes. The chorus asks to that God, where is his mercy and blessings if his name and teachings are responsible for all these occurrences.
Later on, the third song ‘A Call From Home’ indicates about ending of life. It says about the call that comes from the real and eternal home of a man, the grave. This call comes through the whispers of Death.
The fourth track ‘Sandshaded Mausoleum’ is written about the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun. It talks about his birth, succession as king, his murder and the occult mystery that lies within his tomb till today.
The last track ‘Mystery of Dust’ is an instrumental outro inspired by Eastern and Middle Eastern dark notes and Eastern classical music. It searches for the conclusion of the mystery that is lying beneath the dust of grave. But it ended up in a nature of restlessness, and with a view to begin from another perspective.
(((o))): What are your lyrics about and where do you find your lyrical inspiration?
Necrophiliac: I guess you have already got the idea of what our lyrics actually about by the overview of each tracks of the EP. Our Lyrics mainly focuses on death, darkness, occult, blasphemy, ancient dark practices etc. And the lyrical inspirations are so many that I can’t finish saying. Many different books, occult, history, science, songs etc, but I must add that I got the first and main inspiration and influence to write black metal lyrics from my black metal preceptors like Dead (Mayhem), Quorthon (Bathory), Nodtveidt (Dissection) and Kapalyq (Barzak).
(((o))): Where does the interest in Egyptian mythology come from?
Necrophiliac: If someone tries to find some occult events of the world, it won’t be really hard for him to go back to the ancient time through studies and dig the Egyptian histories to know about some wonderful occult events and teachings that developed in their era. There were some dark and mysterious practices of occultism among them, which makes their lifestyle and stories of a long era really attractive.
(((o))): What bands would you consider to be your influences?
Necrophiliac: We consider many bands as our influences. Few important mentions are: Bathory, Mayhem, Morbid, Barzak, Weapon, Dissection, Inquisition, Immortal, Nafarmaan etc.
(((o))): If you’d be allowed to curate your own festival, what would the line up look like? (can be historical bands as well)
Necrophiliac: This is maybe the hardest question among all. If it would be really possible, I would make it a never-ending festival, adding all the bands I’ve named as our influences and also many other black metal bands. Not only that, I would also add hundreds of rock and roll and heavy metal bands, starting from Led Zeppelin to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Angel Witch, Mercyful Fate, Coven and many many more. Haha!
(((o))): What can we expect from Burial Dust this year?
Necrophiliac: On the next February 27th, Burial Dust will be performing the first live after the release of their EP. You can see more of our live gigs this year and we’ll also start recording our new elements. If any tour offer comes, then why not?!
(((o))): Is there anything you would like to add?
Necrophiliac: To end up I would want to say that black metal isn’t just a ‘kind of music’, rather it has its own culture, history and type. This is not a trend that one can jump in and catch. This is a life style; it’s about holding the spirit of darkness inside. We would like to thank all the true maniacs who have the heart to hold the true essence of black metal.
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