Karachi thrashers Tabahi are back with a raging new single entitled ‘Kingpin’. The band states, “‘Kingpin’ is a powerful thrash metal song that delves into the theme of manipulation and control. The lyrics focus on the chief manipulator in a group or undertaking, who uses lies and mobs to take control of society. The song is a scathing critique of those who abuse their power and the devastating effects it has on those around them. Musically, “Kingpin” is characterized by its fast tempo, aggressive style, and heavy palm-muted guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work and energetic, high-pitched growls. The song’s high-energy thrash metal sound is sure to get listeners’ blood pumping and is an exciting addition to Tabahi’s discography. With its unique lyrical content and powerful musical style, “Kingpin” is a standout track that showcases the band’s talent and dedication to their craft.”
The band’s name, Tabahi, means “Destruction” in Urdu, and is heavily inspired by legendary Teutonic thrash metal bands such as Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, along with classic ’86 Bay Area thrash metal bands, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, and Exodus. The band was formed in 2005 by Faiq Ahmed as the lead guitarist, Daniyal Buksh Soomro as the vocalist and bassist, and Omair Soomro as the drummer.
Tabahi has made a significant impact on the metal industry worldwide since their debut EP, Fatwa, in 2012, followed by a self-titled full-length album in 2014, and their first music video, “Politricks,” in February 2022. With the release of “Kingpin” and their upcoming second EP, to be released in August 2023, the band continues to solidify their position as the leading thrash metal band in Karachi, Pakistan, and the world.
Further below check out a cool interview the band did with Brazilian station Rock Mania.