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Frontman Sushan Shetty on the symphonic black metal band’s sophomore record which is due later this year

Nabeela Shaikh Jul 11, 2016
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(L-R) Sushan Shetty, Amnish Lohire and Nakul Rathod of Cosmic Infusion.  Photo: Courtesy of Switch 16 Photography.

(L-R) Sushan Shetty, Amnish Lohire and Nakul Rathod of Cosmic Infusion. Photo: Courtesy of Switch 16 Photography.

Since they returned to the drawing board last year, Cosmic Infusion have already come up with ”“ and then scrapped””“about three entire songs, a lot of half-songs and a bunch of fantastic riffs”, frontman and keyboardist Sushan Shetty describes. “We’ve been writing stuff, we’ve been discarding stuff. [The discarded material] It’s like small babies lying on my computer that probably will never see the light of day”¦ We could probably have another album with a B-side,” he says.

The material that did survive, however, is making its way to the Mumbai symphonic black metal band’s second record, a full-length album due later this year. Shetty (who’s big on incorporating imagery in his lyrics) isn’t keen on giving away details, but promises that the as-yet-untitled release is going to be unique. “We’re working on a fantastic concept that no one’s done ”” especially not in India,” he says. “There’s a theme we’re working with on the album and there are a few stories that stick around the theme.”

And then there’s the blastbeat-driven, synth-possessed music itself. While Cosmic Infusion established bleak grandiose with their 2013 self-titled debut EP, record number two seems to be headed in an even more harrowing direction, going by live material like “The Stream”, “Raktabeeja” and “Road to Freedom, Road to Death”. “We work a lot on the sound as much as we work on the composition. In our heads the sound is very clear,” explains Shetty.

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There’s also another song currently in the works which the frontman explains is “representative of the entire sound of the album.”  He says, “It’s very challenging and epic and includes ”˜more [French] horns than all of India’s cars put together’.”

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