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Review: Dhwesha - Sthoopa

Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Year released: 2014
Duration: 41:38
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 10, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

India has slowly become a noteworthy country in the realms of underground Metal. Bands like Kryptos and Demonic Resurrection have paved the way for other Indian Metal acts and one of the more talented is undoubtedly this trio from Bangalore, Karnataka, named Dhwesha.

Sthoopa is the title of Dhwesha's 8-track debut full-length affair and brings us an amazing, tightly-played dose of crushing, heavy and addictive Death Metal that is full of top-notch melodies, thick riff work (à la early Demigod and early Amorphis), strong atmosphere and, most importantly, throws you straight into the middle of the 90's era of Death Metal. That's a time we love most, right dear comrades in crime? In melody and atmosphere, there's something Finnish to their sound, in brutality and heaviness you either consciously or unconsciously turn in Sweden's direction and in simplicity and effectiveness, the vapor trail leads to the same cauldron where Holland's Asphyx absorbed its lethal juices during the band's early days.

There's no denying Sthoopa is a great debut from this Indian trio and it puts Dhwesha on the map as one of the most promising new Death Metal acts. Dhwesha will be ruling the ancient ruins of dark and murky Death Metal, there's no question.

Other related information on the site
Interview with guitarist Somesha on January 4, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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