Heathen Beast is a 3-piece black Metal band from Kolkata, India. Since their 2010’s debut EP “Ayodhya Burns”, they have carved out a reputation for no-nonsense, anti-religious black metal with a sense of politics as well. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Nationalism, all are targets of Heathen Beast’s relentless assault. Through 5 EPs and 1 Compilation release, the band has cemented themselves as an important part of India’s extreme music scene with listeners from death metal and grindcore quarters as well.
Their latest 2 songs “Fuck All Religions Equally” and “Bloody Sabarimala”, their first outings since 2017, build on the bludgenoing death metal inspired guitar-work with even more venemous vocals, once again taking shots at the heart of Indian society. Tremolo riffs and machine-gun drumming serve to create the atmosphere of total war, while Carvaka’s venomous vocals provide both an anthemic defiance as well as a scathing critique. “Fuck All Religions Equally” is self-explanatory whereas “Bloody Sabarimala” takes a vicious aim at Hindu beliefs about menstruation and women’s purity.
Heathen Beast has proved to be a prolific and reliable purveyor of extreme music in this wartorn land of South Asia, a voice of hatred against every negative cultural and traditional norm. Unique in sound and identity, free of gimmicks and not one to capitalize on western stereotypes of a spiritual India to sell records. Though some sonic comparisons to Marduk, Craft or Watain can be found, this Indian 3 piece is a unique beast to be reckoned with, and an important band for these confusing times. These latest two songs continue on the path, grinding on mercilessly against the tide.