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Album Review: The Down Troddence ”“ How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You

Folk metal that stays true to all its influences

Anurag Tagat Feb 20, 2014
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The Down Troddence.

The Down Troddence.

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You know a great album when its collaborations include Delhi producer and prog metal band Skyharbor guitarist Keshav Dhar and Carnatic rock guitar­ist Baiju Dharmajan. The Down Troddence take names (“Muck Fun Mohan”), deliver a dressing down of their own generation (“KFC”) and growl in Sanskrit (“Shiva”) on their debut album. The band channels inner de­mons on songs such as “Nagaval­li” taking folk myth and mashing it with crushing riffs. The Down Troddence have a winner in fus­ing not just modern metal and groove metal, but also throwing in Kerala folk dance rhythms and Carnatic rock solos.

This review appeared in the February 2014 issue of ROLLING STONE India.

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