Karachi-Based Doom/Death Band Dusk Release New Album ‘The Imaginary Dead’ [Pakistan]

This is amazing…long-running Pakistani doom metal band Dusk (1995) has finally graced the world with a brand new album consisting of 9 tracks ready for you to spend the next few weeks listening devoutly.

According to Rolling Stone India, “With their upcoming full-length album The Imaginary Dead, Dusk do what they know best. Harrowing doom and death metal make for varying pace and intensity, as heard on their first single “Ancient Shattered Moon.” With the new song “Eigengrau,” there’s an incendiary atmosphere, punctuated by Sheikh’s vocals, bass by Mike Loh aka Mike Bloodcurse and drummer Halim Yousof aka Tremor, both from Singapore. The trio worked remotely, with help from guitarist/synth artist Kashan Admani, guitarist-producer Santiago Dobles and others. Sheikh says he wanted to harken back to Dusk’s first two albums – My Infinite Nature Alone (1999) and Jahilia – which showcased “strange time signatures.” He adds, “I think with ‘Eigengrau’ we somehow managed that, the initial part of the song with its mono synth is a homage to Rush, as you can tell. Some strange parts where you hear a Hammond through the mix is everything the way I had conceived it. The guitar solo on the track is by Santiago Dobles.”

Dusk was born in Karachi Pakistan as the brainchild of Babar Sheikh in 1995, then known as Carcinogenic. Sighting Black Sabbath, Death, Celtic Frost as early influences the band recorded and released their first demo ‘Casketize’ the same year. The year 1996 saw the release of the ‘Where Dreams Bleed’ demo tape featuring an altered approach with a heavier leaning to the death and doom style. This year also marked the beginning of a long-term partnership between Sheikh and renowned Pakistani guitar virtuoso Faraz Anwar. Newly signed with Portuguese extreme metal label Hibernia Productions, the duo began recording for what would become the debut full length ‘My Infinite Nature Alone’ released worldwide in 1999 December.

7 solid releases and 2 decades under their belt, Babar’s heavy engagement in a two-year-long writing process led to the realization of the new Dusk full length titled ‘Imaginary Dead’. Returning to the Dusk drummer mantle is Halim (Tremor ov Kaos of Impiety) and welcoming long time comrade Mike Bloodcurse (Illemauzar) on bass to the ranks, and guest appearances from both metal and the non-metal artist’s community, ‘The Imaginary Dead’ sees the light of day in early 2022 courtesy Cyclopean Eye Productions.

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