Thrash metallers Amorphia releases debut LP Arms to Death
Cherthala-based act Amorphia’s Facebook bio reads—No bullsh*t, just pure f*cking old school thrash. The adherence to this statement through their aggressive metal tunes won them the ears of the Indian metal audience as they hit the touring circles in 2015.
The five-year-old band is now all set to surprise their fans with their yet-unheard, evolved sound on their debut LP, releasing on April 15.
Disillusioned with the record label industry, the act’s independent release titled Arms to Death is the result of over three years of planning.
“We’ve been working on our own compositions since early 2015 and we had about 16. To maintain a consistency in theme and style, we sorted out eights tracks, most of which have not been played live,” says Vasuchandran M V, who shares half of the recording duties alongside drummer Vivek Prasad.
No man’s land
Right from the artwork designed by Indonesian illustrator Jenglot Hitam, the band’s in-your-face approach is reflected in their sonically and thematically cohesive war-themed release.
The abrupt and heavy opening of their first track Necromancers itself reveals that they mean business. The songs—some of which reach breakneck tempos nearing 230 bpm (beats per minute)—dwell on aspects ranging from black magic in ancient warfare to modern drone techniques.
“We started jamming back in 2012 with some heavy metal tunes and have been swayed much by the German thrash metal scene,” answers Vasuchandran, when asked about influences.
But, as different from their first single Master of Death, tracks like Toxic Death show leanings towards death metal through their double pedal attack and extensive use of techniques like tremolo picking, inspired by bands like Morbid Angel.
Roping in a new bassist—whose iron mask is sure to add to the mystery factor on stage—the trio is busy charting out promotional tours across the country.