DHWESHA – Sthoopa (CD)
India’s Dhwesha play death metal from the unholy depths of hell, as can be heard on their debut album “Sthoopa”. Musically and vocally, you can hear Bolt Thrower, Benediction and even little bit of Impaler in their gut wrenching old school death metal music. They’ve even some influences from Death’s “Leprosy” CD too, which is freakin’ wild, and this is very noticeable on the track “Yuddhabhumi”, a very ancient-sounding name, whatever the hell it means. There are a total of eight songs on here, and they’re all different in their own way, if you figure in the Indian influences and exotic instruments on few of the cuts. So, basically, the music on “Sthoopa” adds up to almost an hour. The pairing of mystical and exotic influences along with melodically haunting riffs makes this an interesting listen.
The production sounds okay, could’ve been a little cleaner in spots as it comes across muffled, especially on the drums and bass guitars. Apart from this, these guys are very fucking murderous, and will surely appeal to fans of Bolt Thrower, Death, Benediction, early Hypocrisy and even Sinister. Check it out, and let the ancient gods and goddesses wreak havoc on your soul. [Dunkelheit Produktionen] Sarjoo Devani