Wednesday 15 April 2015

Band To Check Out - DIRGE

India is slowly starting to offer some awesome Doom/Stoner Metal bands to check out with Bevar Sea and Shepherd winning major praise within the major Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community. Now it's time for another band to join the ranks. I'm talking about DIRGE.

Their bio should tell you more about this awesome band.


Dirge was formed in January 2014, strongly influenced by doom metal with the likes of sludge and stoner. Bands like Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Eyehategod, Trouble, Sleep, Melvins, Autopsy, Acid bath etc heavily influence the band's sound.

The originals are composed on a Historic-myth-fiction lyrical theme about the resurgence of the violent Maya. This makes the music of Dirge to be maddeningly sludge driven doom with fuzzed out overdrive, ‘10000 ton’ heavy riffs, low tuned distorted basslines with screaming angst-ridden vocals.

The band's current lineup consists of Tabish Khidir on vocals, Ashish Dharkar and Varun Patil on guitars, Harshad Bhagwat on bass and Prathamesh Lele on drums.

They played their debut gig on 12th July at 'Dawn of the legion', Pune.

Since then Dirge has played multiple shows in Pune and spread the word of doom in parts of India where people were still getting familiar with the genre and has opened for international bands like Defiled - Japanese Death Metal Giants (Twice) and Psychedelic Stoner/Sludge band CHU from Kazakhstan.


DIRGE's debut song - Swamp - is a fucking monster of epic Stoner/Sludge riffs with a dark and heavy sideline in monolithic doom. DIRGE have huge potential and I can see them becoming favourites of the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community.

Bring on the debut album.

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