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Watch: Gutslit’s NSFW Gorefest Video for ‘From One Ear to Another’

The Mumbai brutal death metallers are currently on their Gutted At Birth South East Asia tour alongside German metal band Stillbirth

Anurag Tagat Sep 24, 2018

Gutslit - (from left) Gurdip Singh Narang, Kaushal L.S., Aaron Pinto and Prateek Rajagopal. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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Among the several gruesome topics covered on Mumbai death metal band Gutslit’s 2017 album Amputheatre, there’s one about the Glasgow Smile, a Scottish torture method that fits in with the overall concept of brutal ways to maim and kill.

Their razor-edged song “From One Ear to Another” details just how horrific things can get thanks to a music video created by design and animation studio Improper’s Mehr Chatterjee and Aditya Dutta. Bathed in black, white and red, the animated video follows a figure hunted down by a detective/mafioso type, aided by his bloodthirsty hounds. Only in this case, the figure has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Ideated by Gutslit’s drummer Aaron Pinto – who knew Improper from their days working together at MTV – “From One Ear to Another” was in the works for more than a year, with the final concept put down in January. Pinto lists his visual art influences for the video, “I got this whole [2007 horror film] Grindhouse, [graphic novel-turned-film series] Sin City, noir look. [Action trilogy] Kill Bill, [animated series] Samurai Jack – all this stuff was going through my head.”

The video arrives just in time for their Gutted At Birth tour, which covers 11 countries in 16 days. With the Dubai, Mumbai and Hyderabad shows out of the way, Gutslit will perform in New Delhi tonight and head out to Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and more. Joining them are touring buddies from Europe, German brutal death metallers Stillbirth.

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A tour that’s entirely covered in flight mode, Pinto recalls that bassist and co-founder Gurdip Singh Narang really pushed for the band to make inroads in new territories. The drummer says, “He [Narang] sorted everything and now guys from the European side are asking us, ‘How the fuck did you manage this?’ It’s insane. It’s generated buzz we didn’t know existed. “

Guitarist Prateek Rajagopal says that at the outset, he wasn’t sure if it was worth the risk of touring Asia this extensively when they had established a good base in Europe over the last four years. He says, “This was Gurdip taking us in the opposite direction.

Once this tour is dusted, Gutslit will set their sights to North America. Rajagopal adds, “U.S. has got to be the long-term goal, especially for our style of death metal – we’re all inspired by a lot of American bands.”

Gutslit and Stillbirth perform at Café Turquoise Cottage, New Delhi on September 24th. Entry: Rs 300. Event details here.

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